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GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO OUR FIRST MEETING OF AUGUST.

IT IS OUR VIRTUAL MEETING OF AUGUST TWENTY SIX AT NINE THIRTY A.M.

AND I'M GOING TO EVERYBODY TO REMEMBER TO KEEP THEIR MICROPHONES IT'LL HELP WITH SOME OF THE BACKGROUND NOISE.

AND I WILL NOW ASK OUR CITY CLERK FOR THE CALL TO ORDER OR THE ROLL CALL.

GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.

NOW, COMMISSIONER PLACKO LEAD US IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE EVERYBODY TO--.

GIVE ME A MOMENT.

I AM GOING TO ASK FOR MOMENT OF SILENCE WHILE WE RECOGNIZE THE PASSING OF TWO INDIVIDUALS WHO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY IN DIFFERENT WAYS.

YEARS OF AGE.

AS YOU KNOW, MANY OF OUR TAMARAC HIGH SCHOOLERS ATTEND BEEN A BELOVED FIGURE FOR MANY YEARS.

HE SERVED AS THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR SINCE 2011 AND BEFORE THAT WAS THE SCHOOL'S BASEBALL COACH.

EARLIER THIS MONTH, WE ALSO LOST JAMES FRANCO.

A TAMARAC UNIVERSITY GRADUATE WHO SERVED THE COMMUNITY AS A MEMBER OF THE CITY'S PLANNING BOARD FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

HE AND HIS WIFE, PAULINE, WERE ALSO ACTIVE WITH THE TAMARAC ON A PERSONAL NOTE, I HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH JAMES AND PAULINE DURING EVENTS TO PROVIDE HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE.

WE EXTEND OUR HEARTFELT SYMPATHIES TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF BOTH OF THESE GENTLEMEN AND ASK THAT WE TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO HONOR THEIR MEMORIES.

I THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND NOW I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE CITY ATTORNEY TO REVIEW THE PROCEDURES FOR OUR VIRTUAL MEETING.

GOOD MORNING MADAM MAYOR AND COMMISSIONERS AND ADMINISTRATION.

WELCOME BACK. IT'S NOW WEDNESDAY.

IT IS THE TWENTY SIXTH OF AUGUST, AND WE ARE LIVING IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD AT LEAST UNTIL OCTOBER ONE. THE ORDER THAT YOU EXECUTED AND APPROVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OCCURRED BACK ON APRIL THE 8TH.

ROUND NUMBERS.

AS YOU KNOW, GOVERNOR DE SANTOS ENTERED AN ORDER, AN EXECUTIVE ORDER DATED MARCH THE 20TH, NUMBER TWENTY DASH SIXTY NINE, WHICH IS THE PREEMINENT BASIS FOR HAVING VIRTUAL QUORUMS AND VIRTUAL MEETINGS. I WILL BRIEF YOU DURING MY BRIEF PRESENTATION AFTER THE COMMISSIONS HAVE COMPLETED THEIRS. BUT YOU SHOULD KNOW THE FOLLOWING WITH REGARD TO TODAY'S PROCEEDING. NUMBER ONE IS THAT NOTICE FOR ALL VIRTUAL MEETINGS OF THE CITY COMMISSION SHALL BE PREPARED AND POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION ONE TWENTY POINT FIFTY FOUR, SUBSECTION FIVE B TWO OF THE FLORIDA STATUTES AND WHAT IS KNOWN AS CHAPTER TWENTY EIGHT, DASH ONE ZERO NINE OF WHAT'S CALLED THE FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE, ESSENTIALLY CALLING FOR WHICH TODAY WE'RE ALL MEETING ON THIS PLATFORM WHERE THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT OF ACCESS AND A RIGHT TO ACCESS THE MEETING AND TO BE AWARE OF THE ACTIONS BEING TAKEN BY THE CITY COMMISSION. NUMBER TWO IS THE MEMBERS OF THE CITY COMMISSION AND THE CITY STAFF MAY ATTEND MEETINGS REMOTELY UTILIZING CMT.

AND THE CITY'S IT DEPARTMENT SHALL ASSIST TO ENSURE THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE CITY COMMISSION AND THE NECESSARY CITY STAFF, AS DETERMINED BY THE CITY MANAGER, HAVE ACCESS TO THE CITY COMMISSION MEETING AND PURSUANT TO THE ORDER A PHYSICAL QUORUM OF THE CITY COMMISSION IS NOT LEGALLY REQUIRED TO HOLD A MEETING AND TO CONDUCT OFFICIAL BUSINESS.

IN THE EVENT THAT A PHYSICAL QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT, A VIRTUAL QUORUM SHALL BE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO HOLD THE MEETING AND CONDUCT OFFICIAL BUSINESS.

BASED UPON THE ROLE TAKEN BY THE COURT MOMENTS AGO, YOU HAVE A VIRTUAL QUORUM.

YOU ARE LEGALLY ABLE TO CONDUCT PUBLIC BUSINESS IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE LAW.

NUMBER THREE IS THE CITY HALL, AS YOU KNOW, AND THAT THE DISCRETION OF THE CITY MANAGER

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IS LIMITED ONLY OPEN AND LIMITEDLY CLOSED FROM THE STANDPOINT OF WHERE THE CITY STANDS IN BROWARD COUNTY IN CONNECTION WITH THE EXECUTIVE ORDERS OF THE GOVERNOR, REFERENCING THE PHASE THAT WE'RE CURRENTLY IN, THE CITY IS CURRENTLY IN BETTER SET, I THINK, LIKE A PHASE ONE AND A HALF PROGRAM.

WE'RE NOT IN PHASE TWO, BUT THAT'S SOMEWHERE ON THE HORIZON AS A MATTER OF LAW.

ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO COMMENT PUBLICLY ON ANY MATTER, INCLUDING ON ITEMS ON THE AGENDA, MAY SUBMIT THEIR COMMENTS BY EMAIL TO THE CITY CLERK AT HER EMAIL ADDRESS.

ALL COMMENTS SUBMITTED BY EMAIL AND READ ORALLY ARE THREE MINUTES OR LESS SHALL BE READ INTO THE RECORD, BUT ARE LIMITED BY THAT CONSTRAINT.

ALL COMMENTS SUBMITTED BY EMAIL SHALL BE MADE PART OF THE PUBLIC RECORD AND PUBLIC COMMENTS MAY ALSO BE SUBMITTED ONLINE DURING THE MEETING THROUGH FACEBOOK LIVE.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY ALSO REGISTER ONLINE, WHICH THEY CAN DO UNDER THE INFORMATION POSTED ON THE WEBSITE AND ALSO IN THE POSTED NOTICE.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY ALSO BE HEARD AND WILL BE CONTACTED AS APPROPRIATE DURING THE COURSE OF THE MEETING, WHICH WOULD BE A FUNCTION OF THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE.

ALL ACTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION, NOT SOME, BUT ALL ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN BY A ROLL-CALL VOTE. EVEN SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS A MOTION TO ADJOURN.

JUST FYI BECAUSE THAT THE LAW RECOGNIZES THAT IN THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT OF TIME, BECAUSE WE'RE ON A VIRTUAL PLATFORM, THE PUBLIC CAN'T KNOW WHO THE GROUP IS VOTING IN THE CONTEXT OF WHO VOTED YES OR NO.

SO FOR THE RECORD, IT WILL BE AN INDIVIDUAL VOTE COUNT FOR EACH ITEM ON THE AGENDA.

AND LASTLY, IF DURING THE COURSE OF THE MEETING, TECHNOLOGICAL FAILURE OCCURS WHERE THERE CANNOT BE INTERACTION BETWEEN ANY ONE OF YOU AND INTERACTION WITH THE PUBLIC ACCESS IN THE MEETING, IT IS INCUMBENT UPON THE MAYOR AND COMMISSION TO RECESS THE MEETING UNTIL THE IT DEPARTMENT CAN FIX THE GLITCH.

WE FORTUNATELY HAVE HAD VERY LIMITED GLITCHES.

BUT I WOULD SUGGEST TO YOU AS A LAWYER THAT THERE'S A LEGAL IMPLICATION TO THE TECHNOLOGY AND TO THE EXTENT THAT THERE IS A LACK OF OR A DEPARTURE FROM COMMUNICATION, WHICH OTHERWISE IS REQUIRED BY THE STATUTE GOVERNING SUNSHINE, WE WILL APPROPRIATELY DEAL WITH THAT I WILL BRIEF YOU SEPARATELY IN CONNECTION WITH THE GOVERNOR'S MOST RECENT ORDERS DURING MY PRESENTATION. BUT FOR THE MOMENT, THOSE ARE THE RULES OF THE ROAD.

THE CITY COMMISSION HAS ADOPTED AN ACTUAL ORDER EMBRACING THOSE ITEMS, WHICH WILL CONTROL THIS MEETING AT LEAST UNTIL OCTOBER ONE.

AND FOLLOWING IN THE CONTEXT OF THE GOVERNMENT'S DECISION TO ALLOW THESE KINDS OF MEETINGS TO OCCUR ON A VIRTUAL PLATFORM.

MAYOR AND COMMISSION, THANK YOU FOR THE INDULGENCE AND KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF WORDS, BUT THERE ARE SOME VERY SIZABLE LEGAL MEANINGS TO HOW WE ARE HERE.

AND KNOW SOME OF YOU ARE IN THE BUILDING, SOME MAY NOT BE.

STAFF IS AVAILABLE, ETC., BUT THE END RESULT AS WELL IN THE GALLERY, WE MUST MAINTAIN THE SAME DECORUM IN THE QUALITY OF LIFE THAT'S TYPICALLY GIVEN DURING THE PUBLIC MEETING.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER. IT'S NICE TO SEE YOU BACK AND WELCOME HOME.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. AND I WOULD LIKE TO JUST RECOGNIZE THAT THIS TIME WE ARE NOW GOING TO MOVE TO THE PROCLAMATION'S.

AND IN AN EFFORT OF TIME, I'M GOING TO JUST GIVE ME A SECOND. LET'S TALK ABOUT TECHNOLOGY.

MY COMPUTER WANTS TO RESTART.

SORRY. THE FIRST ONE WAS REQUESTED BY VICE MAYOR BOLTON.

[2.a. Proclamation - Hispanic Heritage Month Requested by Vice Mayor Bolton ]

AND THIS IS DURING NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, SEPTEMBER 15 TO OCTOBER 15.

WE RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE AND THE IMPORTANT PRESENCE OF HISPANIC AND LATINO AMERICANS, THE UNITED STATES, AND CELEBRATE THEIR HERITAGE AND CULTURE.

AND ON BEHALF OF THIS COMMISSION, I DO HEREBY PROCLAIM SEPTEMBER 15 TO OCTOBER 15, 2020 AS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC AND ENCOURAGE ALL RESIDENTS AND CITIZENS TO LEARN ABOUT HISPANIC COMMUNITY AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CITY OF TAMARAC. THE SECOND ONE WAS REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER JULIE FISHMAN.

[2.b. Proclamation - 2020 Broward Mental Health Summit Requested by Commissioner Fishman ]

MENTAL HEALTH EFFECTS THOUGHTS, FEELINGS, BEHAVIORS AND GENERAL INTERACTION WITH OTHERS, AND THE STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESS MUST BE ADDRESSED SO THAT NO ONE FEELS SHAMED IN KEEPING AND SEEKING HELP AND TREATMENT NEITHER FOR ON BEHALF OF THE COMMISSION, I DO DESIGNATE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 AS BROWARD MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT DAY IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

[2.c. Proclamation - National Black Business Month & Broward County Black Chamber of Commerce Month Requested by Commissioner Gelin ]

THE THIRD PROCLAMATION WAS REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER GELIN.

NATIONAL BLACK BUSINESS MONTH WAS FOUNDED IN THOUSAND FOUR BY FREDERICK JORDAN SENIOR AND JOHN WILLIAM TEMPLETON TO RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND TO ENCOURAGE THEIR CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT.

THE FOUNDERS INTENDED TO HIGHLIGHT THE ISSUES AND STRUGGLES ASSOCIATED WITH BEING A BLACK ENTREPRENEUR, SUCH AS THE INEQUITIES WITH ACCESS TO CAPITAL AND THE AWARDING OF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS.

NOW, THEREFORE, ON BEHALF OF OUR COMMISSION, I DO HEREBY PROCLAIM THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2020 AS NATIONAL BLACK BUSINESS MONTH AND RECOGNIZE A BROWARD BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR THEIR PROMOTION AND SUPPORT OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN OWNED BUSINESSES IN OUR BROWARD COMMUNITIES AND ENCOURAGE TAMARAC CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS TO FREQUENT BLACK OWNED

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BUSINESSES DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST AND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, AND TO REFLECT ON THE NUMEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS OF BLACK ENTREPRENEURS IN OUR CITY, COUNTY AND STATE.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO READ THE FULL PROCLAMATION, THEY ARE ON THE AGENDA PACKAGES.

YOU CAN FIND THEM ONLINE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THOSE.

[2.d. 2020 1st Quarter - Neighborhood Beautification Program ]

AND NOW I'M GOING TO HEAD TO D, WHICH WILL BE OUR TWENTY TWENTY FIRST QUARTER NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION PROGRAM AWARD RECIPIENTS, WHICH WE HAVE IN OUR GALLERY HERE TODAY. SO THE CITY OF TAMARAC TAKES GREAT PRIDE IN ENHANCING THE VISUAL IMAGE OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, INCLUDING LIVABILITY AND THIS MORNING, THE MAYOR AND COMMISSION PROUDLY PRESENT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION RECOGNITION AWARDS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER.

THIS AWARD IS GIVEN TO RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES THAT DISPLAY ARCHITECTURAL FEEL, OUTSTANDING LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE AND SUSTAINABLE DESIGNS.

RECOGNITION OF YOUR PROPERTY'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE VISIBLE BEAUTY AND VIBRANCY OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC. IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING FIRST ORDER 2020 WINNERS.

AND I DID NOT HERE--.

WE DO HAVE ANYBODY HERE FROM WHOSE PROPERTY IS LOCATED AT FIVE NINE ZERO ONE MADISON AVENUE IN TAMARAC, FLORIDA.

AND I'M NOT SURE OF JUST GENERAL MANAGER IS HERE TO ACCEPT ON BEHALF OF THE PROPERTY MANAGER.

NOW MOVE TO OUR DISTRICT ONE.

WE HAVE EDUARDO AND JOANNE HERNANDEZ, WHOSE PROPERTY IS LOCATED AT FIVE EIGHT TWO ONE NORTHWEST FIFTY SIX TAMARAC.

AND I DO NOT RECALL SEEING IF YOU ARE HERE.

HERNANDEZ FAMILY, ARE YOU? NO.

WE ARE HERE. EXCELLENT.

YES. WELL WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

YOUR PROPERTY IS BEAUTIFUL.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY ANYTHING? WE JUST RECENTLY PURCHASED THIS HOME FROM A AMAZING COUPLE AND WE LOVE OUR HOME.

AND IT'S AMAZING.

IT'S BEAUTIFUL. WELL, WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY AND ENJOY YOUR HOME.

MANY, MANY HAPPY MEMORIES, BEST TO YOU.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU IN PERSON.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

WE WILL NOW GO TO OUR DISTRICT TWO.

WE HAVE GREGORY HIGGINS, WHO I BELIEVE IS HERE.

HIGGINS? GOOD MORNING.

THANK YOU. GOOD MORNING.

CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YEAH.

I JUST-- WE BOUGHT OUR HOUSE IN 2017 AND MY WIFE AND I HAVE PUT QUITE AN EFFORT INTO TRYING TO MAKE IT AS BEAUTIFUL AS WE COULD FOR OURSELVES AND OUR NEIGHBORS.

WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING LIVING HERE AS WELL.

THANK YOU. NOW WE WILL MOVE TO DISTRICT THREE.

WE HAVE SHIRLEY BASS AND ROBERT RICARDI, WHO'S PROPERTIES LOCATED AT SEVENTY ONE HUNDRED NORTHWEST 89 AVENUE IN TAMARAC.

ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL PROPERTY.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY ANYTHING TO THAT? YES. GOOD MORNING.

AND WE MOVED HERE FROM PLANTATION IN 2012.

WE'VE DONE A LOT OF WORK ON OUR HOME AND WE JUST LOVE IT.

AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT WE CHOSE HERE AT WESTWOOD 22 IS A LITTLE GEM AND WE'RE JUST GRATEFUL TO BE HERE.

AND WE LOVE THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

EXCELLENT. GOOD TO SEE YOU BOTH AS WELL.

AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL.

JUST KEEP IT UP AND WE'RE GLAD YOU'RE HERE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

NOW WE'LL GO TO DISTRICT FOUR.

ALAN HIS PROPERTY IS LOCATED AT 7812 NORTHWEST SEVENTY SEVENTH AVENUE.

MR. JOSEPH, THANK YOU FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL PROPERTY AS WELL.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY ANYTHING? SURE.

THANK YOU FOR THE REWARD.

EXCELLENT. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, EVERYONE.

CONGRATULATIONS. AND I DO SEE THAT MR. CALABRO IS HERE AND HE IS GRATEFUL FOR THE AWARD.

HE'S JUST HAVING A LITTLE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU FOR BEING PROUD OF YOUR PROPERTIES, LIVING IN TAMARAC AND ALL THAT YOU DO TO KEEP IT LOOKING SO WELL.

AND WE CONGRATULATE YOU FOR HAVING TAKEN PART AND PLAYING YOUR PART IN HELPING TAMARAC THE CITY FOR YOUR LIFE. THANK YOU.

SO ON THAT NOTE, NOW, WE WILL GO TO OUR COMMISSION REPORTS.

[3.a. Vice Mayor Bolton ]

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VICE MAYOR BOLTON. GOOD MORNING, MADAM MAYOR, AND THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT. IT WAS A LONG, LONG BREAK THAT WE HAD WHAT WE CALL A HIATUS.

IT WAS NOT REALLY A HIATUS BECAUSE WE WORKED THROUGH THE ENTIRE MONTH.

AND I MENTIONED THAT AT THE LAST MEETING, YOU KNOW, BUT WE GOT SOME WORK DONE AND WE'RE THANKFUL THAT MANY OF US HAVE OR HAVE ESCAPED COVID SO FAR.

I JUST WANT TO MENTION THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE LOVING THE SIGNS, WEAR MASKS, SAVE LIVES.

WE'RE GETTING A LOT OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK.

AND SO WE'LL PUT UP SOME MORE.

SO THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.

AND I YIELD THE FLOOR.

THANK YOU. COMMISSIONER GELIN.

GOOD MORNING. JUST WAITING FOR MY PRESENTATION TO POP UP.

WILL BE THE POWERPOINT, LEVENT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MARY GOMEZ. DO YOU WANT TO SKIP THE SOMEBODY ELSE AND COME BACK FOR MY POWERPOINT? YOU NEED MORE TIME OR YOU DON'T HAVE IT, OKAY.

COMMISSIONER PLACKO. I'M SORRY DISTRICT FOUR. OK, THAT'S FINE.

OH, I'M SORRY. YEAH, NO, YOU'RE RIGHT.

[3.c. Commissioner Fishman ]

COMMISSIONER FISHMAN, THE FLOOR IS YOURS. I WAS PATIENTLY WAITING MY TURN.

NOT A PROBLEM.

I JUST WANT A REAL QUICK TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO VOTED IN THE PRIMARY AND REMIND EVERYONE THAT THERE IS A GENERAL ELECTION COMING UP.

IN THAT ELECTION, THERE WILL BE SIX CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION THAT VOTERS ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT.

IN ADDITION TO SEVERAL PROPOSED BROWARD COUNTY CHARTER AMENDMENTS.

THESE PROPOSED CHANGES IN BOTH THE CONSTITUTION AND OUR CHARTER WILL HAVE AN EFFECT ON OUR RESIDENTS AND ON OUR CITY.

INFORMATION ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS AND OTHERS.

AND THE BROWARD LEAGUE OF CITIES IS CURRENTLY PUTTING TOGETHER INFORMATION ON THE COUNTY PROPOSALS THAT WILL IMPACT CITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY.

IT'S JUST AS IMPORTANT TO EDUCATE YOURSELF ON THESE ISSUES AS IT IS TO EDUCATE YOURSELF ON THE PEOPLE RUNNING FOR OFFICE.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

COMMISSIONER GELIN, ARE YOU READY? OR SO I'D BE ASKING LEVENT, ARE YOU READY WITH COMMISSIONER GELIN'S ITEM? NOT YET. OK, SO WE WILL HAVE TO

[3.d. Commissioner Placko ]

. THANK YOU.

OVER THE PAST MONTH WITH THIS PANDEMIC CONTINUING AS IT IS FOR UNKNOWN TIMEFRAMES, I'VE SPOKEN AND MET WITH SEVERAL GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS, AND A COMMON ISSUE THAT CONTINUES

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TO COME UP IS ISOLATION.

AND THIS IS REALLY BECOMING A SERIOUS PROBLEM.

IT'S NOT JUST WITH THE ELDERLY.

IT'S WITH EVERY AGE BRACKET.

WE ARE SEEING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO GO OUT.

SO THEY ARE STAYING IN.

IF THEY LIVE ALONE, THE ISOLATION IS REALLY BECOMING AN ISSUE.

WE HAVE SEVERAL ORGANIZATIONS AND SEVERAL GROUPS THAT DO REACH OUT AND DO CALL AND CONTACT AND CHECK UP ON THESE PEOPLE.

WHAT I HAVE TRIED TO DO WITHIN THE COMMUNITY IS GET COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

WE ALL KNOW WHO OUR NEIGHBORS ARE.

WE ALL KNOW WHO'S LIVING ALONE.

WE ALL KNOW WHO'S ISOLATED.

SO TRY AND REACH OUT, GIVE THEM A CALL, KNOCK ON THE DOOR, STEP BACK IN THE DRIVEWAY, SAY HELLO JUST SO PEOPLE DO NOT FEEL SO ISOLATED AND SO ALONE.

IT LEADS TO DEPRESSION.

IT JUST LEADS TO HORRIBLE THINGS.

SO I'M ASKING EVERYONE AND I KNOW EACH AND EVERY ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES, YOU KNOW YOUR COMMUNITIES, YOU KNOW WHO YOU'RE REACHING OUT TO.

SO LET'S CONTINUE TO DO THAT.

LET'S NOT FORGET THAT THIS PANDEMIC IS GOING ON.

AND I HAVE NO IDEA.

I DON'T THINK ANYBODY DOES WHEN IT MAY END.

SO LET'S CONTINUE TO SHOW SUPPORT TO OUR NEIGHBORS, TO OUR FRIENDS, TO OUR RELATIVES WHO MIGHT HAVE THAT ISOLATION FACTOR GOING ON.

AND THAT'S IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, EVERYBODY.

STAY SAFE. THANKS SO MUCH.

THANK YOU AND I WILL ASK LEVENT AGAIN AT THIS TIME, ARE YOU READY FOR COMMISSIONER GELIN? NOT YET. ALL RIGHTY, THEN, SO I WILL GO.

[3.e. Mayor Gomez ]

AND AS FOR MY REPORT, I DO WELCOME EVERYBODY BACK AFTER THE HIATUS AND AS YOU GUYS SAID, IT WAS BUSY. I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO CONGRATULATE FORMER EXECUTIVE OFFICER LIEUTENANT SISTER CITY OF AND WITH THAT, I'D LIKE US TO PLEASE GIVE A WARM WELCOME TO EXECUTIVE LIEUTENANT ALEXANDER HOLMES.

SHE'LL BE A GREAT ADDITION TO OUR BSO TAMARAC DISTRICT SEVEN FAMILY.

I KNOW YOU'RE ON SO WELCOME ABOARD.

LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU IN PERSON AND TALKING WITH YOU.

ALSO WANT TO SAY HAPPY WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY.

TODAY MARKS THE 100 YEARS SINCE THE RATIFICATION OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT GRANTING WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE DESPITE ENDURING COUNTLESS HURDLES, RIDICULE, THREATS.

THIS PROCLAMATION HONORS A HISTORIC ANNIVERSARY OF THIS ACHIEVEMENT.

WELL, ONE THAT IS ACTUALLY WE GAVE LAST MONTH, BUT WE DIDN'T READ IT.

AND IT'S GOING TO BE POSTED.

THE PROCLAMATION THAT WAS WRITTEN HONORS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THIS ACHIEVEMENT AND RECOGNIZES THE COURAGEOUS EFFORTS OF THOSE BOLD, FEARLESS WOMEN, INCLUDING THOSE WHO TIRELESSLY SUPPORT IT IN PERSON.

I KNOW EVERYBODY IS STILL WONDERING WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WAS I BELIEVE THE CITY ATTORNEY SAID WE'RE IN STAGE ONE AND A HALF OF THIS COVID PROCESS AND WE HAVE ANOTHER MEETING OF OUR CITY MAYORS AND THE TOWN MAYOR AND ADMINISTRATION ON FRIDAY.

WE'VE HAD MEETINGS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER WITH WHITE HOUSE COVID-19 PRESS BRIEFINGS, THE US COUNTY MAYORS, BLOOMBERG LEADERSHIP CALLS ON THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEETINGS AND BUT I MUST SAY THAT WE'RE DOING OUR PART AND WE'RE WEARING OUR MASKS.

WE'RE KEEPING OUR HANDS AND WE'RE DOING WHAT WE NEED TO DO.

AND THE NUMBERS ARE GOING DOWN, WHICH IS-- WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR.

AND ALSO, I KNOW THAT EVERYBODY SUPPORTS OUR SMALL BUSINESSES.

AND, YOU KNOW, I'VE COME AND ASK THAT YOU STILL CONTINUE TO SHOP LOCALLY, PLEASE.

I'VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF GOING TO MANY OF OUR BUSINESSES WITH THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NORTH FLORIDA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, PETER MASON, AND CONTINUE WITH COMMISSIONER FISHMAN TO GO TO CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTER AND COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN.

AND THE LAST ONE WE HAD LAST WEEK COMMISSIONER GELIN WAS THERE.

AND I MEAN EVERY SATURDAY WITH NICKERING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, WITH THEM BEATING SOUTH FLORIDA AND PARTNERING AND MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE GETTING FOOD THAT THEY NEED.

AND ALSO WANT TO THANK OUR CENSUS VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE OUT THERE WHO ARE ALSO MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE SIGN UP. LET'S NOT FORGET, OUR CENSUS NUMBERS ARE VERY IMPORTANT.

SO PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE FILL OUT YOUR CENSUS, BECAUSE PRETTY SOON THERE WILL BE PEOPLE KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR.

AND IF THEY DO KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR, YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE LEGITIMATELY THE PEOPLE THEY SAY THEY ARE AND IF YOU CAN FEEL THAT THEY ARE NOT, DO NOT ANSWER.

YOU CAN CALL ANYBODY AND YOU CAN CALL THAT NUMBER WILL HAVE IT POSTED ON THE WEBSITE WHERE

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YOU DO HAVE A PERSONAL WEBSITE AND YOU CAN CALL THEM AND YOU FILL OUT YOUR APPLICATION TO THAT NUMBER IF YOU DON'T WANT TO HAVE ANYBODY CALLING COMING TO YOUR DOOR.

ON THAT NOTE, I WILL ALSO ASK AS COMMISSIONER PLACKO DID AS BEST AS YOU CAN BE SOCIAL. KEEP YOUR MENTAL HEALTH, TALK TO A FRIEND IF YOU'RE FEELING DOWN, YOU NEED TO MAKE A PHONE CALL. EVERYBODY'S GOING THROUGH THIS TOGETHER.

WE'RE ALL ADJUSTING TO IT IN A VERY DIFFERENT MANNER.

BUT THE SAME. LIFE IS PRECIOUS.

LET'S LIVE IT. LET'S ENJOY IT, AND LET'S BE GOOD TO ONE ANOTHER.

I AM DONE WITH MY REPORT, COMMISSIONER GELIN.

[3.b. Commissioner Gelin ]

WE'LL ASK LEVENT. ARE WE AVAILABLE YET? IT'S NOT AVAILABLE, SO I'LL JUST GO WITHOUT THE ACTUAL POWERPOINT.

SO I JUST PARTICIPATED IN A FEW FORUMS OVER THE COURSE OF THE SUMMER.

ONE WAS WITH SOUTH BROWARD SOCIAL NETWORK.

I WAS COPSON COMMUNITY FORUM.

DR. GREGORY SALTERS FROM THE HE SINCE BEEN PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT CHIEFS AND REGARDS TO HIM.

ALSO IN A KIND OF A COP'S FORUM WITH THE OSCEOLA FORUM.

WELL, NOW THE FORMER OSCEOLA COUNTY SHERIFF, RUSSELL GIBSON, UNFORTUNATELY, HE RECENTLY LOST HIS ELECTION AND THEN PART OF A GROUP CALLED LOCAL PROGRESS.

AND WE DID A FORUM CALLED REIMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY.

CAN WE INVEST IN COMMUNITIES TO MINIMIZE THE NEED FOR LARGE POLICE FORCES? THAT WAS A GREAT FORUM.

ONE OF THE SPEAKERS THERE WAS A GUY NAMED UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, AND HE BASICALLY BROKE DOWN SOME OF THE OBSTACLES TO POLICE REFORM THAT SO MANY PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR.

ALSO PARTICIPATE IN THE BROWARD LEAGUE OF CITIES, COFFEE WITH THE PRESIDENT, WITH OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS IN BROWARD COUNTY.

AND JUST GETTING THE BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS IN PARKLAND.

IT WAS ORGANIZED BY AND THE PARENTS OF ONE OF THE KIDS WAS KILLED SO HIS PARENTS, MANUEL AND ALSO THIS SUMMER, WE SAW THE LOSS OF TWO CIVIL RIGHTS ICONS.

ONE GUY NAMED CT VIVIAN PASSED AWAY AT AGE NINETY FIVE.

AND JOHN LEWIS AND BOTH OF THEM ACTUALLY PASSED AWAY ON THE SAME DAY, JULY 17, 2020.

SO WE ALL SAW I HAVE SEEN VIDEO OF JOHN LEWIS WHO WAS BRUTALLY BEATEN AT THE EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE.

BUT WE DON'T TALK ABOUT WHO BEAT HIM UP, WHO WAS, UNFORTUNATELY, THE POLICE OFFICERS WHO BEAT HIM UP. AND WE STILL SEE THE EFFECTS OF THAT TO THIS DAY.

THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER PROTESTING, HE'S BEEN ARRESTED AT LEAST FORTY FIVE TIMES AS AN ADVOCATE AND PROTESTER FOR THE RIGHTS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS.

C.T. VIVIAN IS A LITTLE BIT LESS KNOWN.

HE HELD HIS FIRST-- USA TODAY DID A FAST FACTS ON HIM.

FIVE FAST FACTS. I'LL JUST SHARE THAT.

HE LED THE FIRST SIT IN IN NINETEEN FORTY SEVEN.

HE HELD THE JOB AT THE TIME AS A PROFESSIONAL, AS A RECREATION DIRECTOR FOR THE CARVER COMMUNITY CENTER IN ILLINOIS.

HE ALSO PARTICIPATED IN THE FREEDOM RIDES IN SELMA.

MARTHA KING WAS FRIENDS WITH THEM AND REFERRED TO HIM AS THE GREATEST PREACHER TO EVER LIVE. HE WAS AWARDED THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM, ALONG WITH JOHN LEWIS, PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON, OPRAH WINFREY, BEN AND HE ALSO CREATED A PROGRAM WHICH BECAME KNOWN AS UPWARD BOUND.

SO THE YEAR AFTER HIS WORK TO PROMOTE BLACK VOTER REGISTRATION IN SELMA, ALABAMA, HE DESIGNED, ORGANIZED AND LAUNCHED A PROGRAM CALLED VISION IN THE SUMMER OF NINETEEN SIXTY SIX, WHICH WAS AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM THAT HELPED 700 STUDENTS IN THE STATE TO ATTEND COLLEGE ON SCHOLARSHIPS.

VISION LATER BECAME UPWARD BOUND, WHICH IS NOW A NATIONAL PROGRAM RUN THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, AND IT SUPPORTS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN LOW INCOME FAMILIES IN WHICH NEITHER PARENT HOLDS A COLLEGE DEGREE.

AND SO THEY HELP THOSE STUDENTS GET A COLLEGE EDUCATION.

AND ALTHOUGH YOU MAY NOT KNOW THE NAME C.T.

VIVIAN, YOU PROBABLY IF YOU'VE SEEN SOME CIVIL RIGHTS VIDEOS, IT'S A FAMOUS VIDEO OF HIM CHALLENGING A LOCAL SHERIFF NAMED JIM CLARK ON THE STEPS OF A COURTHOUSE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, TRYING TO PROMOTE A VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE.

AND HE STATED, YOU CAN TURN YOUR BACK ON ME, BUT YOU CANNOT TURN YOUR BACK ON THE IDEA OF JUSTICE. YOU CAN TURN YOUR BACK NOW, BUT YOU CAN KEEP THE CLUB IN YOUR HAND, BUT YOU CANNOT BEAT DOWN JUSTICE.

AND WE WILL REGISTER TO VOTE BECAUSE AS CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO IT. AND THEN THE FOOTAGE SHOWS CLARK, THE SHERIFF CLARK, STRIKING VIVIAN AND FALLS TO THE GROUND AND HE'S SEEN GATHERING HIMSELF AND THEN CONTINUING HIS ARGUMENT.

AND SO WE'VE SEEN VIDEO OF POLICE ABUSING AFRICAN-AMERICANS FOR THE CANDIDATE FROM

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BROWARD SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

I'M OUR SURPRISE ELECTION, JOE SCOTT.

HE ORGANIZED A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR JOHN LEWIS AT THE MARTIN LUTHER KING MEMORIAL IN CORAL SPRINGS. SO MYSELF, JOSHUA SIMMONS, MAYOR BILL OFFICIALS SHOWED UP, EXPRESSED A FEW WORDS FOR JOHN LEWIS AND C.T.

VIVIAN. BUT ONE THING I NOTICED WAS THAT THERE WAS THIS BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF ART, WHICH I WISH I COULD SHARE LOOKING AT THE CORAL SPRINGS LIBRARY.

SO I'M NOT SURE IF I RUN THE REQUEST THROUGH THE COMMISSION TO THE CITY MANAGER, THROUGH THE ART COMMUNITY. BUT IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE SOME TYPE OF MEMORIAL LIKE THAT IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE IT IN CORAL SPRINGS.

I WANT TO CONGRATULATE ALL OF THE WINNERS OF THE PRIMARY ELECTION AND STRESS THE FACT THAT WE DO NEED CONTINUOUS VOTER REGISTRATION.

SO FOR THE FIRST TWO HOURS ON ELECTION DAY, I WAS AT THE TAMARAC LIBRARY BECAUSE WE SUSPECTED THAT THERE WAS GOING TO BE SOME PEOPLE WHO THOUGHT THEY COULD VOTE THERE.

AND SURE ENOUGH, IT SEEMED LIKE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE CAME TO THE LIBRARY ALL DAY LOOKING TO VOTE. SO I SPENT MY TIME MEETING PEOPLE, GETTING THEIR FIRST NAME, LAST NAME AND DATE OF BIRTH AND REDIRECTING THEM TO THEIR OFFICIAL POLLING LOCATION.

SOME PEOPLE HAD THEIR VOTER ID CARD AND THEY WERE ABLE TO GO RIGHT AWAY, OTHERS NOT.

AND WE HAD TO HAVE VOLUNTEERS THERE ALL DAY BECAUSE I HAD TO GO TO WORK, REDIRECTING PEOPLE TO THE CORRECT POLLING LOCATION.

SO I ALSO THINK THAT WE SHOULD PROBABLY HAVE POLLING LOCATIONS AT THE LIBRARY SINCE PEOPLE ARE USING THEM AND CAN'T DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN THEIR POLLING LOCATION AND THE LIBRARY. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE BROWARD STATE ATTORNEY'S SUPERVISOR, ELECTIONS, COURT RECORDS, PUBLIC DEFENDER AND THE COUNTY SHERIFF.

ALSO, DURING THE SUMMER, I GOT MY ANNUAL PHYSICAL AND THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY NOW RECOMMENDS ANYONE AGE 45 AND ABOVE TO GET A COLONOSCOPY.

SO I REQUESTED ONE.

I GOT ONE. AND THE DOCTOR FOUND A PRECANCEROUS POLYP, WHICH HE REMOVED.

AND I HAVE TO TAKE THE TEST AGAIN IN FIVE YEARS.

SO AS COMMUNITY LEADERS AND AS DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS THAT YOU ALL HAVE THE TITLE OF HAVING, I THINK WE SHOULD DO A BETTER JOB OF JUST TRYING TO, YOU KNOW, ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GET THE ANNUAL PHYSICALS, DO THE PREVENTIVE SCREENINGS, BECAUSE IT MAKES SENSE TO TAKE CARE OF THINGS THAT THE SCREENING WAS FREE AT NO COST BECAUSE IT'S PREVENTIVE AND BECAUSE THEY FOUND A PILE UP HAVE TO COME BACK IN FIVE YEARS.

IF THEY DIDN'T BUT I JUST WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR LOVED ONES, YOUR DEPARTMENT LEADER, TALK TO YOUR EMPLOYEES AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO GET THEIR PREVENTIVE SCREENINGS. AND THEN AS WE HAVE THE DISCUSSION ABOUT REIMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY, DEFUNDING AND POLICE, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS AN INCIDENT AT BROWARD HEALTH IN CORAL SPRINGS WHERE A NURSE WHO HAD ASKED FOR A RESTRAINING ORDER WAS KILLED BY HER HUSBAND AND HE STABBED TO DEATH AND HE DROVE OVER HER BODY TWICE.

THE LADY HAD CALL AND REACHED OUT TO THE CORAL SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AND THEN 10 DAYS BEFORE A MURDER, THEY SAID, BECAUSE NO CRIME HAD BEEN COMMITTED, THEY CAN'T HELP HER. AND THEY ASKED HER TO TALK TO HER DIVORCE ATTORNEY.

AND THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE.

THE WAY RESTRAINING ORDERS WORK IS THEY SAY, OK, MIKE, YOU HAVE TO STAY IN 500 FEET AWAY FROM YOUR WIFE, BUT THERE'S NO MECHANISM TO ENSURE THAT I STAY 500 FEET AWAY.

AND I THINK THE TECHNOLOGY EXISTS BECAUSE WE KNOW PEOPLE WHO ARE ON PROBATION THEY HAVE TO WEAR AN ANKLE BRACELET AND THAT CAN BE MONITORED.

WE NEED TO INVEST IN THE KIND OF RESOURCES WHERE WE CAN TRACK AND PROTECT RESIDENTS.

AND I'M CURIOUS TO KNOW FROM OUR BSO LEADERS HOW MANY RESTRAINING ORDERS WE HAVE IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

AND ACTUALLY THE SAME THING HAPPENED IN ALABAMA WHERE A MONTGOMERY POLICE DETECTIVE NAMED TUNISIA RESTRAINING ORDERS JUST SAY, OK, MIKE, WHOEVER, YOU CAN'T BE WITH THIS PERSON, BUT THERE'S NO ENFORCEMENT TO IT.

AND SO WE HAVE TO DO A BETTER JOB OF THAT.

AS RESOURCES. SO THE EFFECT OF THE PANDEMIC IS REAL.

I SUPPORT WHAT COMMISSIONER PLACKO SAID IN TERMS OF DOING WHAT WE CAN TO REACH OUT TO PEOPLE. AND THAT THAT CONCLUDES MY REPORT.

THANK YOU. I'M GLAD TO HEAR THAT THE TOPIC IS NOTHING.

AND I AGREE.

AS I SAID ON THE 30TH, I'LL BE CELEBRATING MY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, MY FIRST BIRTHDAY

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BECAUSE WHAT THEY CALL IT CANCER FREE AND ALL BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO GO FOR YOUR CHECKUPS.

THERE'S NOTHING TO BE EMBARRASSED ABOUT IT.

NOBODY CARES, THEY'RE YOUR BODY PARTS.

GET THEM CHECKED. MEN, WOMEN.

WHETHER IT'S A COLONOSCOPY, WHETHER IT'S HEART, WHETHER IT'S BREAST MAMMOGRAM, ANYTHING YOU NEED TO GET CHECKED BECAUSE IT'LL BE A LOT EASIER FOR YOU TO BECOME HEALTHY AGAIN WHEN YOU DO.

ON THAT NOTE, I WILL NOW GO TO OUR CITY ATTORNEY.

[4. CITY ATTORNEY REPORT ]

THE ATTORNEY, THE FLOOR IS YOURS. THANK YOU, MADAM COMMISSIONER.

GOOD MORNING ONCE AGAIN.

AS AN UPDATE WHILE YOU WERE GONE, SO TO SPEAK, ON AUGUST THE 7TH, THE GOVERNOR ENTERED AN ORDER NUMBER TWENTY ONE NINETY THREE, WHICH I BELIEVE I SENT TO ALL OF YOU, ENTERED ON AUGUST THE 7TH AND WHAT IT DID WAS IT FIXED A PREVIOUS ORDER, WHICH HE ENTERED, KNOWN AS TWENTY DASH ONE SEVENTY NINE, THAT WAS ACTUALLY ISSUED ON JULY TWENTY NINTH.

AND WHAT TWENTY ONE NINETY THREE DID WAS IT FILLED A GAP AND THAT GAP SAYS THAT FROM THAT ORDER DATE OF AUGUST THE 7TH UNTIL OCTOBER ONE AT 12:01 IN THE MORNING, LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES SUCH AS CITY COMMISSIONS MAY STILL CONDUCT VIRTUAL MEETINGS FOR REGULAR OR SPECIAL MEETINGS.

THE PREVIOUS ORDER ISSUED BY THE GOVERNOR OF THIS, THIS IS BEING NUMBER TWENTY DASH ONE SEVENTY NINE SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED THAT IS, BUDGET AND MILITARY NEEDS TO BE EXTENDED THROUGH OCTOBER THE 15TH AND VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD MEETINGS TO BE THROUGH DECEMBER THE 15TH, BUT NEGLECTED TO INCLUDE WHAT YOU DO WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEETINGS BECAUSE SOME CITIES ACTUALLY CONDUCT THEIR AND THAT WAS THE CONFLICT.

THE CONFLICT WAS YOU COULD BE ASKED TO HAVE A VIRTUAL MEETING, WHICH WOULD BE ALLOWABLE FOR A COMPLIANCE HEARING AND BUDGET, BUT YOU WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT FOR A REGULAR MEETING. THE CONSEQUENCE OF WHICH IS THAT NOW VIRTUAL MEETINGS ARE LEGALLY GOOD THROUGH OCTOBER ONE. I HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE, GIVEN WHAT WE ARE SEEING ON THE NOTES AND COMMENTS FROM THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE THAT THE DATE OCTOBER ONE MAY BE THE END OF THE VIRTUAL MEETING CONCEPT.

MUCH, OF COURSE, WILL DEPEND UPON WHAT PHASE THE STATE IS IN AND WHAT PHASE SOUTH FLORIDA IS IN, BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH THE GOVERNOR MAY WITHDRAW THE ORDER OR ALLOWED TO EXPIRE REGARDING REGULAR OR SPECIAL MEETINGS THAT CAN BE CONDUCTED VIRTUALLY WITH A VIRTUAL QUORUM, IT MAY ALLOW FOR PERSONAL MEETINGS OR IN-PERSON MEETINGS OF PUBLIC BODIES.

THAT BEING SAID, THERE WILL STILL BE POTENTIAL LIMITATIONS OF THE AMOUNT OF NUMBER OF THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT ARE ALLOWED IN A ROOM.

AND THAT'S YET TO BE DECIDED.

RIGHT NOW, THE LIMITATIONS ARE TEN.

COULD BE UP TO 50. DEPENDS UPON YOUR INTERPRETATION, BUT WE'RE NOT SURE WHAT PHASE WE'RE IN. I THINK WE'RE IN LIKE PHASE ONE, ONE AND A HALF, ACTUALLY.

SO WE'LL KEEP OUR EYE ON THE BALL, KEEP YOU POSTED.

BUT THROUGH THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, WHEN YOU WILL HAVE REQUIRED BY STATE STATUTE AND YOU WILL HAVE REGULAR MEETINGS, THEY WERE ALLOWED TO BE CONDUCTED IN A VIRTUAL FORM BASED UPON THIS CITY COMMISSIONS ADOPTION OF THE RULES BACK IN APRIL.

ONE MORE THING, IF I CAN.

YESTERDAY, THE COUNTY COMMISSION TOOK PUBLIC ACTION ON EIGHT TO ZERO VOTE, SUPPORTING THE PROPOSAL OF THE BROWARD COUNTY LEAGUE OF CITIES AND THE BCCMA, WHICH IS THE CITY MANAGERS ASSOCIATION. FOR THAT, MICHAEL WILL SPEAK TO THE ISSUE BRIEFLY AS WELL, IF AT ALL, WITH REGARD TO THE CARES ACT FUNDING.

THE CARES ACT FUNDING, WHICH IS AGREED TO BY THIS BY THE COUNTY COMMISSION, IS UP TO ONE HUNDRED AND TWO MILLION DOLLARS TO BE DISTRIBUTED AMONG ALL THE BROWARD CITIES SUBJECT TO INTER LOCAL AGREEMENTS, WHICH HAVE YET TO BE FINALIZED.

THERE IS A FORM IN A LOCAL THAT WAS APPROVED BY THE COUNTY COMMISSION YESTERDAY, ALONG WITH WHAT WE'LL CALL EXHIBIT A, WHICH IS THE COLLABORATIVE DISCUSSION, REVIEW AND MEASURED EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE COUNTY COMMISSION, CITY COUNTY MANAGER, COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR AND PROFESSIONAL STAFF, FOUR SUBCOMMITTEES OF THE LEAGUE OF CITIES IN THE BCCMA, THE END RESULT OF WHICH IS THAT IN THE NEAR TERM AND PROBABLY IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, HOPEFULLY BY EARLY SEPTEMBER, THERE WILL BE A FORM INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WHICH WILL PROVIDE GREAT BENEFITS AND RETURN ON INVESTMENT BY THIS CITY OF CARES ACT DOLLARS.

I CAN'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE ALLOCATION WOULD BE FOR TAMARAC, BUT THERE ARE VARIOUS COMPONENTS THAT MIKE OR KATHLEEN CAN SPEAK TO AS NEEDED.

BUT THE EXHIBIT THAT WAS A PART OF THE PRESENTATION YESTERDAY WAS, IN MY VIEW, EMBRACED BY THE COUNTY COMMISSION AND AN EIGHT TO ZERO VOTE, COMMISSIONER TOWN. SO THE ACTUAL FUNDING MECHANISM, IT WILL BE REFERRED TO NOT AS AN ILA PERSAY, BUT IT'LL BE REFERRED TO AS A FUNDING AGREEMENT.

EACH CITY WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIGN OFF ON THIS FUNDING AGREEMENT.

THE SENSE I HAVE IS IT WILL BE A STANDARD FORM DOCUMENT WITH SOME LIMITED DEGREE OF NEGOTIATION IN THE CONTEXT OF LANGUAGE AS DESCRIBED BY THE COUNTY COMMISSION YESTERDAY.

BUT IF THE CITY WANTS TO TAKE DOWN THE FUNDS APPLICABLE WITHIN THE CITY OF TAMARAC, IT MUST SIGN THAT AGREEMENT.

AND THERE WILL BE SOME LIMITATIONS CONTAINED IN THAT DOCUMENT THAT WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CHANGE. THAT BEING SAID, I WILL DEFER TO THE CITY ADMINISTRATION, WHICH MAY WANT TO

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DESCRIBE THE ISSUE FURTHER.

BUT THIS IS A HIGHLY COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN EACH COUNTY COMMISSIONER, MANY OF THE MAYORS IN BROWARD COUNTY THAT WERE INVOLVED WITH THE TASK FORCE HOLLYWOOD WAS THE CHAIR OF THAT TASK FORCE.

BCCMA. AND IT'S A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT DOCUMENT.

IT IS THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME THAT THERE'S BEEN SUCH COLLABORATION AND QUITE FRANKLY, A UNANIMOUS VOTE ACROSS ALL BORDERS ACROSS BROWARD COUNTY, INCLUDING THE UNINCORPORATED PORTION OF BROWARD COUNTY.

SO I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

APPRECIATE VERY MUCH. YOU'RE LISTENING TO THESE ITEMS AND APPRECIATE BEING ABLE TO BE WITH YOU THIS MORNING AND THAT SUBMARINED COMMISSION.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY, AS ALWAYS.

GOOD MORNING. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. CITY MANAGER, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER AND EVERYBODY WHO WORKED SO HARD ON THE CARES FUND NEGOTIATIONS AND TO THE BROWARD LEAGUE OF CITIES, I KNOW THERE WAS A TEAM OF COLLEAGUES AND COLLEAGUES THAT WERE DOING IT FROM OTHER CITIES AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THEM. AND I'M GLAD THAT EVERYTHING HAS MOVED THROUGH.

WE HEARD ABOUT IT BEFORE.

ANYBODY ELSE KNEW MORE ABOUT IT.

AT THE TIME, I ASKED THE CITY MANAGER TO GIVE HIS REPORT.

[5.a. Investment Report - May 2020 Commission District(s): Citywide ]

WELL, GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE, AND THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR, COMMISSIONERS, VICE MAYOR.

WELCOME BACK FROM YOUR HIATUS.

I WOULD SAY IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I'VE SEEN YOU, BUT I SEEM TO HAVE SEEN YOU A LOT DURING YOUR HIATUS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED EFFORTS.

MOVING THE CITY AHEAD, EVEN THOUGH YOU WERE NOT MEETING.

A FEW THINGS. THIS MORNING, THE CITY OF TAMARAC HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED ONCE AGAIN BY THE ICMA WITH AN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT.

THIS IS THE ICMAS HIGHEST LEVEL OF RECOGNITION, AND IT IS A TESTAMENT TO THE EFFORTS OF OUR STAFF, AS WELL AS THIS ORGANIZATION'S WORK TO MAINTAIN A FOCUS ON DATA DRIVEN MANAGEMENT EVEN DURING THE ONGOING PANDEMIC.

THIS IS THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED THIS PRESTIGIOUS RECOGNITION F ROM ICMA.

THANK YOU. SO THIS IS VERY INTERESTING AND VERY GOOD FROM PARKS AND RECREATION, AND I'M VERY, VERY PROUD OF OUR PARKS AND RECREATION FOLKS AND THEIR CONTINUED EFFORTS TO BE AS ABSOLUTELY RELEVANT AND MORE RELEVANT THAN USUAL DURING THE PANDEMIC.

WE'VE HAD A LOT OF DIFFICULTY, PARTICULARLY IN PARKS AND RECREATION, BECAUSE A LOT OF WHAT THEY DO, WHAT THEY LIKE TO DO, WHAT THEY WANT TO DO, WHAT THEY NEED TO DO HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY THE CITY SHUT DOWN BY THE CLOSURE OF THE PARKS, BY SPORTS LEAGUES NOT BEING ABLE TO GET TOGETHER.

AND AS YOU KNOW, YOU'VE HEARD FROM THE RESIDENTS ABOUT THE VIRTUAL CONTENT THAT THEY'VE CREATED, THE ONLINE CLASSES, ALL THE THINGS THAT THE PARKS AND RECREATION HAS DONE TO CONTINUE TO SERVE THE RESIDENTS DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES.

BUT SO BEGINNING ON SEPTEMBER 8TH, THE CITY OF TAMARAC, THROUGH PARKS AND RECREATION WILL BEGIN TO OFFER THE LEARN, PLAY, ENGAGE KIDS PROGRAM, WHICH IS GOING TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR KIDS IN GRADES THREE TO SIX TO COMPLETE THEIR VIRTUAL STUDIES, WHILE ALSO HAVING INTERACTION WITH THEIR PEERS AND MAINTAINING SOCIAL DISTANCING.

SO THIS PROGRAM IS GOING TO ALLOW THE PARENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK KNOWING THAT THEIR CHILD IS IN A SAFE PLACE THAT IS SAFE AND OFFERS THE CHILDREN A SENSE OF NORMALCY.

THIS PROGRAM IS BEING OFFERED TO THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS EMPLOYEES.

REGISTRATION IS ON A FIRST SERVE BASIS AND THE CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE TO BE DROPPED OFF AT THE REC CENTER AND MULTIPURPOSE CENTER BETWEEN SEVEN THIRTY A.M.

AND SEVEN FORTY FIVE A.M.

VIRTUAL LEARNING WILL BE FROM EIGHT TO TWO AND THE ACTIVITIES AND CRAFTS AND OTHER WAYS TO KEEP THE KIDS ENGAGED WILL BE FROM TWO FIFTEEN TO FOUR THIRTY.

THERE IS A RESIDENTIAL FEE OF ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY DOLLARS A WEEK AND ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS A WEEK FOR NONRESIDENTS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, OUR RESIDENTS CAN CONTACT THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AT NINE FIVE FOUR FIVE NINE SEVEN THIRTY SIX SEVENTY FOUR.

WE WILL BE OBVIOUSLY TOUTING THIS THROUGH ALL THE CHANNELS AND I THINK IT'S A GREAT START. I WILL CAUTION EVERYONE THAT THERE ARE ANY NUMBER OF INHERENT RISKS THAT GO WITH THIS IN TERMS OF COVID AND WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN DO THIS AND CONTINUE IT FOR A SIGNIFICANT PERIOD OF TIME.

IT'S GOING TO DEPEND ON KIND OF THE HEALTH CONDITIONS.

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BUT I'M VERY, VERY PLEASED WITH EVERYONE OVER IN PARKS AND RECREATION FOR DOING THEIR BEST TO TRY TO MAKE THIS WORK.

WE TALKED A LITTLE EARLIER ABOUT ISOLATION.

THAT'S NOT JUST IMPACTING SENIORS AND PEOPLE WHO LIVE ALONE.

IT'S, YOU KNOW, IT'S HAVING A CHILLING EFFECT ON CHILDREN AS WELL.

AND, YOU KNOW, EVERYONE WANTS TO DO THEIR BEST TO TRY TO MAKE THINGS AS NORMAL AS POSSIBLE FOR EVERYONE, YOU KNOW, DURING THESE TIMES.

AND JUST ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT TO SAY IS THE THE FEE THAT IS BEING CHARGED BY PARKS AND RECREATION IS QUITE REASONABLE.

WE'VE DONE A LITTLE BIT OF INVESTIGATION INTO WHAT SOME PRIVATE ENTITIES ARE CHARGING FOR SIMILAR PROGRAMS. AND IT'S SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER.

SO WE'RE GOING TO START WE'RE GOING TO START THIS.

WE'RE GOING TO SEE HOW IT GOES.

AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE IF WE'LL BE ABLE TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM BEYOND THE INITIAL PILOT.

AND I JUST HOPE THAT IT GOES WELL, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S A GREAT SERVICE FOR THE FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY WHO NEED TO GO TO WORK AND NEED TO KNOW THAT THEIR CHILD IS SOMEWHERE SAFE AND THAT THEY ARE PARTICIPATING IN SCHOOL VIRTUALLY.

SO, AGAIN, THANK YOU. THANK YOU, GREG WARNER AND LINDA EVERYONE THERE IN PARKS AND RECREATION BOTH WORKING SO HARD TO CONTINUE TO BRING THESE SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY.

ALSO, IN SEPTEMBER OF TWENTY NINETEEN, THE CITY COMMISSION APPROVED THE EXTENSION OF THE WASTE MANAGEMENT CONTRACT EFFECTIVE OCTOBER ONE TWENTY TWENTY.

IN THAT EXTENSION, THE CITY COMMISSION ALSO APPROVED THE CLEAN TAMARAC PROGRAM.

THIS IS AN ANTI LITTER PROGRAM AND THAT PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO REDUCE LITTER BY ENSURING LOCAL BUSINESSES HAVE THE APPROPRIATE SIZE AND SERVICE DUMPSTERS FOR THEIR BUSINESSES.

IN THE COMING WEEKS, ALL TAMARAC BUSINESSES WILL RECEIVE A FLYER FROM WASTE MANAGEMENT, ADVISING THEM OF THIS NEW PROGRAM AND ADVISING THEM OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO RIGHT SIZE THEIR DUMPSTERS AND THEIR TRASH I WANTED TO LET EVERYONE KNOW BECAUSE WE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE YOUR HIATUS, BUT ALL OF OUR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS ARE UP AND RUNNING.

AND AS OF THIS MORNING, WE HAD OVER 30 BUSINESS APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED THIS WEEK FOR THE BUSINESS APPLICATIONS.

THE CITY ATTORNEY MENTIONED THE CARES ACT.

WE HAVE SPENT A LOT OF TIME, AS HAVE OUR COLLEAGUES IN OTHER CITIES, TRYING TO BE SURE THAT CITIES GET A FAIR SHARE OF THE THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY ONE MILLION DOLLARS THAT WENT TO BROWARD COUNTY FOR ASSISTANCE TO RESIDENTS DURING THE PANDEMIC.

THE COUNTY AGREED TO PROVIDE ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS TO CITIES.

EVERYONE HAS WORKED VERY DILIGENTLY TO TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT MONEY GETS DISTRIBUTED EQUITABLY. AND WE HAD AN AGREEMENT APPROVED YESTERDAY.

OBVIOUSLY, WITH THE COUNTY.

THERE'S STILL MORE WORK TO DO.

BUT WE'VE GOTTEN THE BALL THIS FAR DOWN THE FIELD AND I DON'T SEE ANY REASON WHY WE WON'T CROSS THE GOAL LINE AT SOME POINT IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

PROBABLY HAVE SOMETHING BACK TO YOU ON THAT SHORTLY FOR YOUR REVIEW AND APPROVAL.

SO I DON'T HAVE MUCH MORE TO SAY ABOUT IT AT THIS POINT, BUT IT'S OBVIOUSLY A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY AND IT WILL CERTAINLY HELP WITH SOME OF THE BUDGETED FOR AND UNFORESEEN EXPENSES THAT THE CITY INCURRED IN TRYING TO DEAL WITH THIS PANDEMIC ON BEHALF OF OUR RESIDENTS. SO THANK YOU AGAIN.

WELCOME BACK. THAT WAS ALL I HAVE THIS MORNING.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

NOW GOING TO PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND I WILL READ IN TO ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC MAY SPEAK

[6. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ]

TO ANY ISSUE THAT IS NOT AGENDAS FOR PUBLIC HEARING AT THIS MEETING.

SPEAKERS WILL BE LIMITED TO THREE MINUTES DURING THIS ITEM AND PUBLIC HEARINGS.

THERE WILL BE A 30 MINUTE AGGREGATE TIME LIMIT FOR THIS ITEM.

ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO COMMENT PUBLICLY ON ANY MATTER, INCLUDING ITEMS ON THE AGENDA. THEY SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS BY EMAIL TO CITY CLERK TAMARAC THAT ALL COMMENTS BY YOU KNOW THAT IF READ ORALLY OR THREE MINUTES OR LESS SHALL BE READ INTO THE RECORD.

ALL COMMENTS SHALL BE MADE PARTS OF THE PUBLIC RECORD.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND ALSO BE SUBMITTED ONLINE DURING THE MEETING THROUGH FACEBOOK LIVE.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND REGISTER ONLINE THEIR PUBLIC COMMENTS.

TO ASK THE CITY CLERK IF THERE ARE ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC.

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GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE. YES, THERE ARE SEVERAL COMMENTS THIS MORNING.

I HAVE ONE THAT CAME IN BY REGULAR MAIL FROM RICHARD E AND HE SAYS, I OBJECT TO THE EXCESSIVE WASTE OF TAXPAYER FUNDS DURING THIS ECONOMIC DOWNTURN IN THE PUBLICATION MOST OF THE INFORMATION IN THE PUBLICATION IS ALSO ONLINE ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE.

THERE ARE MANY GROUP PHOTOS OF THE CITY COUNCIL WHICH ARE SELF PROMOTING, AND THE GROUP PHOTOS CONTAIN NO INFORMATION.

FOR EXAMPLE, PAGE TWO HAS ALL THE CITY IMPORTANT NUMBERS, WHICH IS ON THE WEBSITE.

ALSO, SINCE THE PUBLICATION COMES OUT EVERY OTHER MONTH, IT IS BASICALLY A THROW AWAY ITEM. THE DIRECTORY COVID-19 INFORMATION AND HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION COULD BE PUBLISHED AND MAILED OUT ONCE TO ALL RESIDENTS SAVING MONEY.

RECENTLY, THE MAYOR OF BROWARD COUNTY MAILED A GLOSSY POSTCARDS SIMILAR TO WHAT REAL ESTATE AGENTS MAIL ABOUT THE DANGER OF COVID-19.

AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CARD WAS A NOTATION THAT GAVE THE TOTAL EXPENSE OF THIS MAILING TO BROWARD COUNTY TAXPAYERS.

I CHALLENGE THIS COUNCIL TO DO THE SAME AND INFORM HOW MUCH TAX PAYER DOLLARS ARE WASTED IN THIS PUBLICATION.

PRINT HOW MUCH THE REAL COST IS ON THE FRONT PAGE.

NEXT, THIS ONE COMES FROM EMAIL.

IT'S FROM BRIAN IT SAYS, I AM WONDERING WHAT IS HAPPENING ABOUT THAT AWFUL BOLTON SIGN AT THE ENTRANCE TO MAINLAND ONE AND TWO PLUS FIVE.

THE POLITICAL SIDE NOT ONLY IS AN EYESORE WHEN YOU ENTER OUR BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITY, BUT IT ALSO BLOCKS MY VIEW WHEN I DRIVE IN AND OUT OF THE AREA.

WHO GAVE MR. BOLTON PERMISSION TO PUT THE SIGN UP? KINDLY HAVE HIM TAKE IT DOWN.

THIS ONE COMES FROM IMOGENE DAVIS, ALSO BY EMAIL.

GOOD EVENING, CITY OFFICIALS.

I RECEIVED AN EMAIL URGING MAINLAND'S ONE AND TWO RESIDENTS TO COMPLAIN ABOUT VICE MAYOR BOLTON'S SIGN.

MANY PEOPLE, INCLUDING MYSELF, APPRECIATE IT.

IT IS TASTEFUL, WARRANTED AND WELL MEANING.

PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE IT.

WE APPRECIATE THE GOOD WORK THAT VICE MAYOR HAS DONE AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO IN OUR COMMUNITY. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE IT.

THANK YOU, IMOGENE AND NEVILLE DAVIS.

THIS ONE COMES FROM SANDY PATEL.

GOOD EVENING, CITY OFFICIALS.

I RECEIVED AN EMAIL URGING RESIDENTS IN MAINLAND ONE AND TWO COMPLAIN ABOUT VICE MAYOR BOLTON SIGN. MANY PEOPLE, INCLUDING MYSELF, APPRECIATE THE SIGN.

I PASSED A SIGN AT LEAST TWICE A DAY, AND IT IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO READ.

WELCOME HOME. MY FELLOW MAINLANDER SAID IT WOULD BE AWFUL TO REMOVE THE SIGN.

PLEASE DON'T REMOVE THE SIGN.

IT IS PROVIDING A COMMUNITY SERVICE BY REMINDING US TO REMEMBER TO WEAR MASKS.

WE APPRECIATE THE GOOD WORK THAT THE VICE MAYOR IS DOING IN OUR COMMUNITY.

THE SIGN IS TASTEFUL, WARRANTED AND WELL MEANING.

PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE IT.

THANK YOU. THIS ONE COMES FROM JOSHUA PATEL.

SAYS, GOOD EVENING, MADAM CLERK.

PLEASE READ THIS COMMENT TO THE RECORD AT TOMORROW'S PUBLIC MEETING.

I WANT TO COMMEND VICE MAYOR BOLTON ON THE WONDERFUL WORK THAT HE IS DOING IN THE COMMUNITY FROM DELIVERING MASS SANITIZERS AND WATER TO SENIORS TO SHOPPING FOR THEM.

IT SEEMS VICE MAYOR BOLTON DOES IT ALL.

I AM PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO SEE THE SIGN AT THE ENTRANCE OF MAINLINED ONE AND TWO.

I BELIEVE THE SIGN IS BEAUTIFUL AND EFFECTIVE.

SINCE THE SIGN HAS BEEN INSTALLED, I WITNESSED MANY OF THE RESIDENTS WEARING MASKS EVEN WHEN WALKING THEIR DOGS.

THANK YOU, VICE MAYOR BOLTON, FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND UNWAVERING SUPPORT FOR OUR SENIORS.

AND THAT WAS FROM JOSHUA PATEL.

THIS ONE COMES FROM BEVERLY WHITTIER.

SHE SAYS, GOOD EVENING, COMMISSIONER BOLTON.

PLEASE HAVE THE CLERK READ MY EMAIL BELOW LIVE AT THE MEETING TOMORROW.

I MUST APOLOGIZE TO YOU.

LAST WEEK, I SENT YOU THE EMAIL COMPLAINING ABOUT THE SIGNAGE AT THE ENTRANCE OF MAINLAND'S ONE AND TWO.

I MUST ADMIT, WHEN I RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM PAM BUSHNELL, OUR HOA PRESIDENT, I THOUGHT THE SIGN IN QUESTION WAS THE SAME SIGN, TALKING ABOUT TRAFFIC CALMING THAT HAD BEEN SINCE TRAFFIC COMING HERE IS COMPLETED.

I DID NOT KNOW YOUR SIGN WAS ERECTED IN ITS PLACE.

I HAD GONE OUT SINCE THE PANDEMIC.

WHEN I SAW YOUR SIGN THAT COULD BEAT MYSELF.

I KNEW I HAD MESSED UP BY COMPLAINING ABOUT IT.

I WANT TO APOLOGIZE FOR THAT.

YOUR SIGN IS AMAZING AND YOU WERE DOING A GREAT JOB.

WHAT I FIND DISPLEASING IS THE ACTIONS OF THE MAYOR, MAYOR GOMEZ.

SHE IS ONE EVIL WOMAN.

ON AUGUST 18TH MAYOR GOMEZ SENT ME A TEXT TELLING ME SHE WOULD CALL ME THE NEXT DAY ABOUT THE SIGN AND MY COMPLAINT.

THE NEXT DAY, AUGUST 19TH SHE DID CALL ME.

WHILE TALKING TO HER, I COULD SENSE THAT SHE HAD NO PROBLEM WITH THE SIGN BUT HAD A PERSONAL PROBLEM WITH YOU.

I CAME TO THIS CONCLUSION BECAUSE SHE ENCOURAGED ME OVER AND OVER TO CALL IN TO WEDNESDAY'S MEETING AND SPEAK POORLY ABOUT YOUR SIGN.

SHE WAS LITERALLY FORCING ME TO CALL.

AFTER HANGING UP, I THOUGHT HER REQUEST WAS RATHER DISPLEASING.

SHE WANTS TO HUMILIATE YOU AND THAT IS NOT RIGHT.

TALKING ABOUT SIGNS IS PETTY.

WHY DOES MAYOR GOMEZ SPEND SO MUCH TIME ON CHILDISH THINGS? VICE MAYOR BOLTON, FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, I AM SORRY.

YOUR SIGN IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS.

ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO WEAR MASKS AND TO SLOW DOWN IS A SENSIBLE THING TO DO.

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THANK YOU FOR CARING ABOUT US.

PAM AND BRIAN ARE UP TO NO GOOD, AND THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES PUSHING US TO COMPLAIN.

BUT GUESS WHAT? THEY ARE NOT GETTING ANYWHERE BECAUSE EVERYONE HERE ADORES YOU.

TELL THAT EVIL MAYOR TO LEAVE YOUR SIGN ALONE.

BEVERLY MAINLAND'S ONE AND TWO RESIDENT FOR FIFTEEN YEARS.

AND LET ME JUST DOUBLE CHECK THAT WE HAVEN'T--.

FRANCIS AND JOSE FROM FACEBOOK SAID GOOD MORNING TAMARAC.

JUST DOUBLE CHECKING.

I HAVE ONE MORE FROM PENNY SHE WROTE COMMISSIONERS'.

I WENT TO FILE A COMPLAINT ABOUT MARLON BOLTON CAMPAIGN SIGNS.

HE HAS IN PLACE AT BOTH ENTRANCES ON MAINLAND ONE AND TWO IN SECTION FIVE.

HE EVEN HAS ONE POSTED AT THE MAINLAND PARK.

MR. BOLTON HAD PEOPLE COMPLAINING AT THE MAINLAND ONE AND TWO CLUBHOUSE DURING THE RECENT PRIMARY ELECTION, ALONG WITH A TENT ERECTED ON THE PROPERTY WITHOUT PERMISSION.

HE WASN'T ON THE PRIMARY BALLOT.

I WAS OF THE UNDERSTANDING THAT CAMPAIGNING WAS LIMITED TO A CERTAIN TIME, E.G.

THIRTY DAYS IN ADVANCE OF ELECTION DAY.

HE IS DEVIOUS ENOUGH NOT TO STATE VOTE FOR ME, INSTEAD POSTING THREE SIGNS AS COVID-19 SAFETY CONCERNS. THE SAFETY CONCERN IS THESE SIGNS ARE BLOCKING THE VIEW WHEN ENTERING AND EXITING TO COMMERCIAL BOULEVARD.

MR. BOLTON HAS A REPUTATION FOR SKIRTING RULES AND REGULATIONS.

IT IS TIME FOR THE COMMISSION TO CENSOR HIM AND OR IMPOSE ANOTHER APPROPRIATE ACTION AGAINST HIM. THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME OUT.

PENNY AND THAT IS ALL I HAVE FOR YOU THIS MORNING.

SO THERE'S NOBODY, NOBODY SIGNED UP TO SPEAK BY PHONE.

AND JUST DOUBLE CHECKING.

I HAVE NO ONE TO SPEAK BY PHONE.

THANK YOU MADAM MAYOR. OK, AND I AM GOING TO SAY THAT MY COMMENT TO ANYBODY HAD A PROBLEM WITH VICE MAYOR'S SIGN THAT THEY NEED TO SPEAK WITH THE VICE MAYOR.

I COULD NOT DO SO.

IT WAS THEIR PREROGATIVE TO SILENCE THE MEANING MEETING OR PHONE DIRECTLY.

IT IS WHAT I TOLD THEM.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THERE ARE NOW GOING TO GO TO OUR CONSENT AGENDA.

CITY MANAGER. OH, ACTUALLY, I TAKE THAT BACK.

[Additional Item ]

WE DO HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL TODAY.

WE HAVE A SPECIAL PRESENTATION.

AND I'M GOING TO PUT THE FLOOR BACK TO THE CITY MANAGER.

CITY MANAGER. THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR.

JUST ONE THING BEFORE OUR SPECIAL PRESENTATION, I JUST WANTED TO ALERT THE COMMISSION TO ONE OTHER THING THAT WE ARE DOING.

EARLY IN THE SUMMER, THE COMMISSION AUTHORIZED OR WE ADVISED THAT WE WERE NOT GOING TO BE SHUTTING OFF WATER DURING THE PANDEMIC.

AND I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE'VE BEEN MONITORING THAT, WE HAVE NOT SEEN A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN RECEIVABLES IN TERMS OF PEOPLE NOT PAYING THEIR BILLS.

WE HAVEN'T EXPERIENCED ANYTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY, BUT WE ARE GOING TO BE CONTINUING THE NON SHUT OFF OF DELINQUENT WATER ACCOUNTS THROUGH THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

WE WILL BE CONTINUING TO MONITOR THAT SITUATION, BUT WE WILL NOT BE SHUTTING OFF PEOPLE'S WATER IN SEPTEMBER FOR DELINQUENCIES.

WE ARE HAVING OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE PEOPLE REACH OUT TO PEOPLE DIRECTLY TO REMIND THEM THAT ULTIMATELY THE BILLS DO HAVE TO BE PAID.

BUT WE ARE CONTINUING TO MAKE SURE THAT THE COMMUNITY UNDERSTANDS THAT THE WATER WILL CONTINUE TO FLOW, THEIR WATER WILL NOT BE SHUT OFF.

SO I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT.

THE FINAL THING THAT WE HAVE THIS MORNING BEFORE YOU GET INTO THE MEAT OF YOUR AGENDA IS WE DID A VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT PROGRAM AND THE PEOPLE THAT RETIRED ARE RETIRING UNDER THAT PROGRAM. THEIR LAST DAY WITH THE CITY WILL BE AUGUST THIRTY FIRST OF TWENTY TWENTY, WHICH IS FAST APPROACHING.

SO FOR SEVERAL OF THEM WHO ARE ON THIS MEETING CALL THIS MORNING AND FOR OTHERS WHO ARE WATCHING FROM THEIR DESKS OR FROM THEIR HOMES, THIS WILL BE THEIR LAST CITY COMMISSION MEETING AS CITY EMPLOYEES FOR THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

WE HAVE A TOTAL OF THIRTEEN EMPLOYEES CHOSE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT OPPORTUNITY.

WE HAVE LOST SEVERAL LONG STANDING AND LONG CONTRIBUTING EMPLOYEES.

WE WILL BE HARD, VERY HARD PRESSED TO REPLACE THEIR EXPERTISE AND THEIR PROFESSIONALISM.

BUT WE WISH THEM THE BEST IN THEIR RETIREMENT AS THEY MOVE ON TO THE NEXT PHASE OF THEIR LIFE. AND WE DO HAVE A VIDEO TO PLAY THIS MORNING THAT COMMEMORATES THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR ORGANIZATION AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEIR SERVICE TO THE RESIDENTS OF TAMARAC FOR MANY, MANY, MANY YEARS.

SO WITH THAT, I'D ASK LEVENT IF HE COULD PLAY THE VIDEO FOR US, PLEASE.

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I'M SORRY, EVERYBODY, FOR THE START OF YOUR NEW FUTURE, MEETING WITH THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE WORKED IN THE CITY FOR SO LONG, AND I'LL GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU INDIVIDUALLY BECAUSE I THINK IT NEEDS SO ON THAT NOTE, WE WILL NOW GO TO THE CITY

[7. CONSENT AGENDA ]

MANAGER, ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONS OR WE DON'T HAVE ANY ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS THIS MORNING, MADAM MAYOR.

I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. I MOTION TO APPROVE.

SECOND. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ROLL CALL.

COMMISSIONER GELIN. YES.

COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

YES. COMMISSIONER FISHMAN.

YES. VICE MAYOR BOLTON.

AND MAYOR GOMEZ. YES.

THE CONTENT AGENDA PASSES UNANIMOUSLY, FOUR TO ZERO.

AT THE MEETING, TO OUR REGULAR AGENDA AND THE ATTORNEY TO READ THE TITLE WE'RE GOING TO GO TO OUR ORDINANCE

[11.a. TO2433 - Ordinance Adopting Mandatory Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Conservation Measures ]

AND I WILL ASK THE ATTORNEY TO READ THE TITLE ON THE RECORD FOR 11 A TO FOUR, THREE THREE AUDIENCE ADOPTING MANDATORY YEAR-ROUND LANDSCAPING, IRRIGATION, CONSERVATION MEASURES.

ALL THIS RETIREMENT JUST HAS ME I'M SO SORRY.

ALL YOURS CITY ATTORNEY.

HOW ABOUT NOW? SOUND BETTER? I DIDN'T MUTE MYSELF. THAT'S OK.

AND NOT TO WORRY.

THIS IS STILL TEMPORARY ORDINANCE NUMBER TWENTY FOUR 33 EITHER WAY.

AND IT'S THE ONLY PUBLIC HEARING EITHER WAY.

AND IT IS A SECOND AND FINAL READING AS AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA, AMENDING AND RESTATING CHAPTER TWENTY TWO REFERENCES, ARTICLE SEVEN OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC AND TITLE WATER CONSERVATION REGULATIONS IN ITS ENTIRETY, AUTHORIZING THE CITY TO IMPLEMENT PROCEDURES TO PROTECT THE WATER

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RESOURCES OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC IN A REMOTE WATER CONSERVATION THROUGH THE EFFICIENT USE OF LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION AND CONSISTENCY WITH THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICTS WITH MANDATORY YEAR ROUND LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION CONSERVATION MEASURES.

AND IT WAS REFERRED TO CHAPTER 40 DASH TWENTY FOUR OF THE FAC, WITH A FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE PROVIDING TWO DEFINITIONS AUTHORIZING CITY ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE ALL STEPS NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT AND TO OPERATE THE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM PURSUANT TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF STATE LAW PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY EVERY OF AND FINALLY PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. TEMPORARY UNDER TWENTY FOUR THIRTY THREE IS NOW ON THE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION. THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

SO DO WE HAVE ANY PUBLIC COMMENTS? NOT FOR THIS ITEM. OK, PUBLIC COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED.

I AM NOT IN THE COMMENTS BY THE COMMISSION.

ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER PLACKO. YES.

COMMISSIONER GELIN. YES.

VICE MAYOR BOLTON. YES.

COMMISSIONER FISHMAN. YES.

AND MAYOR GOMEZ. YES.

SEPARATE ORDINANCE TWO, FOUR, THREE, THREE PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

FIVE TO ZERO. THANK YOU.

WE ARE NOW MOVING TO 13 A PUBLIC ART SCULPTURE DESIGNS DISCUSSION

[13.a. Public Art Sculpture Designs Discussion continued from the July 8, 2020 meeting]

AND I WILL NOW GO OVER TO SO MY COMMUNICATION.

GOOD MORNING. I HAVE BETH AND GEORGE WITH ME THIS MORNING AS WELL.

IN JULY, WE STARTED THE PRESENTATION FOR THE GARDEN WILL BE BOTH COMPLETE PRESENTATION.

THIS MORNING, BETH AND GEORGE WILL PROJECTS. GOOD MORNING, MAYOR GOMEZ AND VICE MAYOR BOLTON AND THE COMMISSION.

I'M GEORGE GATSON.

AND AS MAXINE MENTIONED, WE'VE HAD TO PRESENT IT TO YOU EARLIER AND WE'RE COMING BACK TO YOU TO CONTINUE FROM THE JULY EIGHT COMMISSION MEETING.

AND WE'D LIKE TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON THE PROJECTS OF THE TAMARAC VILLAGE, AS WELL AS AN UPDATE ON HOW SO NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AS YOU ARE AWARE, THE CITY WAS AWARDED A GRANT BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF BROWARD AND PART OF THAT GRANT WAS WITH, OF COURSE, REQUIRING MATCHING FUNDS.

SO WE ENGAGED THE SERVICES OF CYNTHIA FISHER, AN ARTIST WHO HAS BEEN WORKING DILIGENTLY ON THE DESIGN FOR THE SPLASH PAD AS WELL AS THE AMPHITHEATER.

BUT WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS AN OLD DESIGN THAT SHE HAD DONE.

AND JUST TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WHAT TOOK PLACE AS PART OF HER CONTRACT, REQUIRED THAT SHE WOULD HAVE A SERIES OF COMMUNITY MEETINGS, COMMUNITY OUTREACH MEETINGS, AND ONE OF WHICH WAS ACTUALLY MEETING WITH THE KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY.

AND THROUGH A SERIES OF CONVERSATIONS WITH THE KIDS, ASKING THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT TAMARAC AND VARIOUS SUBJECT MATTERS, THEY PROVIDED HER WITH DRAWINGS WHICH SHE SOUGHT TO INCORPORATE INTO HER DESIGN.

WE'VE HAD SEVERAL MEETINGS WITH EACH OF YOU AND GETTING YOUR FEEDBACK, PARTICULARLY ON THIS OLD DESIGN.

AND SO HENCE THE COMMENTS WERE VERY WELL RECEIVED AS FAR AS THIS PARTICULAR DESIGN BEING A LITTLE BIT TOO BUSY.

WE'LL HAVING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES HERE.

HERE WE ARE. SO WE BETH AND I WENT BACK TO CYNTHIA AND EXPRESSED THE CONCERNS REGARDING THIS PARTICULAR DESIGN BEING TOO BUSY.

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AT THE SAME TIME THOUGHT WAS GIVEN TO INCORPORATING LANGUAGE IN THE DESIGN AS WELL, WITH INDIVIDUALS OF THREE OR FOUR LANGUAGES BEING REPRESENTED.

AND THAT, TOO, WAS COMMUNICATED TO HER.

AND IT WAS ULTIMATELY DECIDED THAT THE RISK OF ELIMINATING ANOTHER LANGUAGE, IT WOULD BE BEST NOT TO INCORPORATE ANYTHING AT ALL.

SO IF WE MAY HAVE THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE NEXT SLIDE THAT YOU SEE SHOWS A DIFFERENT A NEWER VERSION OF THE DESIGN, AGAIN, MIND YOU, THE DIAMETERS OF THE SPLASH PAD IS ABOUT THIRTY SIX FEET IN DIAMETER.

SHE ELIMINATED THE RING THAT YOU SAW ON THE EXTERIOR AND HAD THE DESIGN COMPLETELY TO THE EDGE, ELIMINATED THE BUSINESS, IF YOU WILL.

AND AS WE ALL KNOW, ART IS VERY SUBJECTIVE.

AND WE MADE AS AN ATTEMPT TO HEAR FROM EACH OF THE COMMISSIONERS AND VICE MAYOR, AS WELL AS THE MAYOR IN TERMS OF COMMENTS REGARDING THE DESIGN.

AND WE COMMUNICATED THOSE TO THE ARTISTS.

AND AS BEST AS SHE COULD TRIED TO INCORPORATE AS BEST AS POSSIBLE THE SUGGESTIONS IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD.

SO THESE ARE THE DESIGNS THAT ACTUALLY SHOW SPECIFICALLY A LITTLE BIT LESS BUSY.

AND AGAIN, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THIRTY SIX FOOT DIAMETER SPACE.

SO ONCE THESE WERE ACTUALLY PLACED IN THE APPROPRIATE SETTING, THIS SPACE WOULD EVEN BE GREATER AND ELIMINATE ANY CONCERNS AS IT RELATES TO THE ITEM BEING VERY BUSY.

SO MAY I HAVE THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE? THE NEXT DESIGN CONCEPT WAS THE AMPHITHEATER.

AS WITH THE SPLASH PAD, WE MET WITH EACH OF THE COMMISSIONERS, VICE MAYOR, AS WELL AS THE MAYOR. AND AFTER GETTING THE COMMENTS AND FEEDBACK FROM THEM, WE ACTUALLY COMMUNICATED WITH CYNTHIA AND SHE HAD BEGUN TO DO THE WORK ON THE PANELS.

AND IF WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND WE WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU SOME OF THE THE WORK THAT SHE HAS ALREADY BEGUN.

THIS ACTUALLY IS HER WORK USING GLASS MOSAIC TILES TO ACTUALLY BEGIN TO BRING INTO THE DESIGN ACTUALLY TO LIFE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. WHAT THESE PHOTOS ACTUALLY SHOW IS THIS PARTICULAR ARTIST, CYNTHIA, SHE IS FANTASTIC WITH HER USE OF THE TILE TO ACTUALLY GET THE COLORS, TO GET THE IMAGERY.

IT'S, AS BRETT HAS STATED, THAT I LOVE TO STATE THAT SHE ACTUALLY THIS PARTICULAR ARTIST PAINTS WITH GLASS.

SHE PAINTS WITH TILE.

SHE'S DOING A PHENOMENAL JOB.

NOW IN THE PROCESS OF MEETING WITH EACH OF THE COMMISSIONERS AND VICE MAYOR, AS WELL AS THE MAYOR, WE FELT THAT IT WAS APPROPRIATE AND IMPORTANT THAT YOU SAW HER PROGRESS.

AT THE SAME TIME AS OF THIS MEETING TODAY, SHE HAS HELD OFF MOVING FORWARD BECAUSE, AGAIN, WE HAVE AS BEST AS WE COULD, OUR INTENT FOR HEARING FROM THE COMMISSIONERS, VICE MAYOR, AS WELL AS THE MAYOR, THE DESIRES AND BUT WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU WHERE THE ARTIST IS.

AND AFTER THIS MEETING, WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR APPROVAL WITH HER MOVING FORWARD AS IT DOES TAKE TIME TO COMPLETE BOTH OF THESE PROJECTS.

THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

HERE'S A CLOSE UP OF THE VERY FIRST PANEL IS JUST PHENOMENAL WORK THAT SHE'S DOING BETTER . BETH AND I HAVE WORKED WITH HER ON NUMEROUS PROJECTS WITH OTHER CITIES, AND SHE ALWAYS COMES THROUGH WITH GIVING US A PRODUCT THAT IS-- THAT YOU WOULD BE PROUD OF.

THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS ACTUALLY ONE OF OUR FAVORITES BECAUSE OF HER MAKING CERTAIN THAT SHE IS REALLY CAPTURING THE COLORS IN HER DESIGN, BUT THIS, OF COURSE, AND YOU'LL SEE AS SHE BUILDS UPON THIS PARTICULAR MURAL THAT SHE REALLY HAS A COMMAND OF COLORS.

AND THIS JUST SPEAKS TO WHAT WE KNOW HAS BEEN A TRANSFORMATION OF THE DIVERSITY THAT OUR COMMUNITY NOW ENJOYS AND EXPERIENCES.

AND NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND NOW I WILL SPEAK TO THE GLASS WALL MURAL.

ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS?

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WELL, I'LL CONTINUE TO DO THE POWERPOINT AND ASK QUESTIONS LATER.

JUST TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON APPROVED PROJECTS IN THE PROGRESS, JIM BOWMAN IS WORKING DILIGENTLY ON-- THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ON THE ACTION, A GLASS MURAL THAT WILL BE GOING IN OUR NEW COLONY WEST.

SPOKE WITH HIM LAST WEEK.

HE IS IN THE PROCESS OF CONNECTING WITH ONE OF OUR GENERAL CONTRACTORS WHO WILL WORK WITH HIM AND ACTUALLY APPLYING FOR THE ACTUAL PERMIT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. HIS COLORS, HIS GLASS WORK IS VERY TRUE TO WHAT HE HAD PRESENTED TO THE COMMITTEE INITIALLY AND WHAT WE HAVE PRESENTED TO YOU, THE COMMISSION SEVERAL MONTHS AGO. SO HE'S ON POINT, ON TARGET, AND HE'S JUST DOING GREAT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. IT WAS JUST A-- THIS IS A PART OF THE PROCESS OF THE GLASS ACTUALLY BEING IN THE KILN, IT'S COOLED DOWN AND HE, OF COURSE, IS GOING TO BE REMOVING IT AND CONTINUING WITH HIS WORK.

AND I'LL HAVE MY BUSINESS PARTNER BETH SPEAK TO THE OK, RAY, JUST AS JIM BOWMAN IN THESE CHALLENGING TIMES IS STILL ON TARGET TO FINISH THIS BY THE FALL, WHICH IS SHORTLY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. HERE'S A RENDERING OF HIS PROJECT.

IT'S THE CONCRETE BASE, HE'S CALLING IT AN ORCHID AT THE TOP WHERE THERE'S SEVERAL GLASS PIECES THERE, WHICH IS SHOWN IN THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

HE'S GOT ALL HIS AND INFUSED IN THE CENTER OF THE ORCHID.

AND ON THE UPPER RIGHT IS THE ARMATURE WHERE THIS GLASS WILL GO.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OK, ANY QUESTIONS FOR GEORGE AND I ABOUT ANYTHING THAT WE HAVE PRESENTED TO YOU, PLEASE? WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU NOW.

BETH, PLEASE TELL THE RECORD WHO YOU ARE.

I KNOW THAT GEORGE INTRODUCED YOU, BUT THE RECORDINGS TO REFLECT YOUR YOUR NAME AND YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE CONSULTANT.

THANK YOU. YOU'RE WELCOME.

I'M BETH RAVITZ AND I'M IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GATSON AND RAVITZ LLC.

AND WE ARE PUBLIC ART CONSULTANTS FOR THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

MANY THANKS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU. SO WE'VE HAD TWO UPDATES AND THEN I HAVE-- YOU ARE ASKING US FOR APPROVAL ON THE SPLASHPAD AND THE--.

YES MA'AM, WE'RE ASKING FOR BASICALLY THE GREEN LIGHT FROM AS I MENTIONED, THAT WE MET WITH EACH OF YOU INDIVIDUALLY JUST REALLY TO GET YOUR THOUGHTS, WE'VE COMMUNICATED THAT TO CYNTHIA.

AND SHE WAS AGGRESSIVELY LOOKING FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK ON THE PROJECT.

AND WE ASKED HER TO, YOU KNOW, JUST TO HOLD OFF UNTIL WE PRESENTED THIS TO YOU THE FINAL TIME. AND THEN WITH YOUR BLESSING, SHE WILL MOVE FORWARD.

ON THE THE AMPHITHEATER WALL, WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THAT ONE IS THE VIBRANCY OF THE COLORS THAT ARE IN THE BACKGROUND.

AND WHEN BETH AND I MET, I HAD SUGGESTED THAT THE SPLASHPAD THOSE BACKGROUND COLORS REFLECT MORE OF THE COLORS THAT ARE ON THE AMPHITHEATER WALL AND IN OUR TAMARAC LOGO, BECAUSE LOOKING AT THE SPLASHPAD, NOTHING ABOUT IT TO ME SAYS SPECIFICALLY TAMARAC.

YOU COULD PUT THAT SPLASH PAD IN ANY CITY AND ANY STATE AND IT WOULD LOOK LOVELY.

WHERE ARE WHERE WERE-- WHAT CAN YOU DO TO BETTER REFLECT AT LEAST THE LOGO COLORS ON THE BACKGROUND OF THE SPLASHPAD? THE CONTENT OR THE IF YOU WILL, THE THE MATERIALS THAT ARE USED FOR THE AMPHITHEATER WALL, IT'S A DIFFERENT TYPE OF TILE AS OPPOSED TO THE TILE THAT WOULD BE USED TO DO THE SPLASHPAD. SO THEREFORE, THE PALETTE IN TERMS OF COLORS WOULD BE A BIT MORE LIMITED BECAUSE AGAIN, THE TILES THAT ARE USED FOR THE SPLASH PAD HAVE TO BE SPECIFICALLY SO THAT THE KIDS, WHEN THEY'RE PLAYING ON THE SPLASH PAD, ACTUALLY DO NOT SLIP.

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SO THE TILE IS NON-SLIP TILE.

SO COMMISSIONER FISHMAN IN TERMS OF COLORS, THERE ARE SOME LIMITATIONS IN TERMS OF COLORS FOR THAT PARTICULAR FOR THE SPLASH PAD BECAUSE OF THE TYPE OF MATERIAL THAT HAS TO BE USED SO THE KIDS DON'T SLIP AND FALL.

BIT BRIGHTER, TO BE MORE CONSISTENT AND COMPATIBLE WITH THE AMPHITHEATER AND TO SEE IF THERE CAN BE ANY IMPROVEMENT.

I KNOW SHE HAS NOT QUITE STARTED WITH TILES FOR THE SPLASHPAD.

SO IF THAT'S THE CONSENSUS OF THE COMMISSION AND CAN COMMUNICATE BACK TO THE ARTIST AND SEE IF THERE'S ANY IMPROVEMENT WHATSOEVER YOU CAN GET.

YES. THAT WE CAN DO.

THANK YOU. I'M NOT SEEING ANYBODY ELSE'S HAND RAISED, SO I WILL SHARE MY COMMENTS, I MET WITH GEORGE AND BETH, I WENT TO THE ARTISTS OTHER SPLASHPAD SHE HAD DONE IN ANOTHER LOCATION HERE IN OUR COUNTY.

AND WHILE I THINK IT'S AN ADORABLE DESIGN, I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT IT IS WHAT WE HAD ENVISIONED OR WHAT WE HAD SAID WHEN WE FIRST STARTED THE PROJECT.

MY UNDERSTANDING WAS IT WAS GOING TO BE BOLD AND VIBRANT, IT WAS GOING TO HAVE COLORS OF OUR CITY AND IT WAS GOING TO BE THE SPLASH PAD.

AND THEN IT WAS GOING TO BE LIKE THE TAMARAC VERSION OF THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD, A BEAUTIFUL, VIBRANT GOING THROUGH UP INTO THIS AMPHITHEATER WALL AND THEN THROUGH THE WALL. AND I'M NOT SEEING THAT.

AND I EXPRESSED THAT.

AND SO I FEEL ALL THE ARTISTS ARE BUT I FIND IT BE SIMILAR IN THAT AS ANOTHER CITY DOESN'T HAVE THE ORIGINALITY THAT I WAS HOPING FOR, SIMILAR WITH THE BACK WALL.

BUT I CAN I SEE THE INTRODUCTION OF OUR COLOR IN THE BACK WALL.

I SEE THE ARTS AND AS WE GO THROUGH THE BACK WALL OF THE AMPHITHEATER.

BUT I JUST HAVE TROUBLE WITH THE SPLASH PAD AS IT IS. IT DOESN'T SAY TAMARAC AND SO AT THIS POINT, I KNOW THAT YOU'RE ASKING ME BECAUSE CONSENSUS IS DIVIDED UP.

IS THERE CONSENSUS ON THE WALL? AND YOU ASK MY COLLEAGUES.

AT THIS POINT BECAUSE WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING WITHOUT A MOTION, I'M GOING TO AMPHITHEATER BACK WALL.

INTERRUPT ANYONE? NO, THAT'S WHAT THAT WAS ABOUT TO SAY, WE DON'T HAVE A CONSENSUS AT ALL, SO WE DON'T . MOTION FAILS FOR A LACK OF SECOND AT THIS TIME.

WHAT DON'T WE HAVE A CONSENSUS ON? THEATER WALL.

WELL, OK.

WHAT'S THE ISSUE WITH THE AMPHITHEATER WALL? OK, SO NOW I HAVE A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

I HAVE A SECOND BY COMMISSIONER FISHMAN.

CITY CLERK, WILL YOU PLEASE CALL THE ROLL OF THIS FOR MOVING FORWARD WITH THE AMPHITHEATER WALL.

ON THAT MOTION, MADAM MAYOR.

ON THAT MOTION.

CONSISTENT WITH THE CONTINUATION OF THE ITEM FROM JULY THE 8TH SO THAT YOU ARE ALLOWED TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION ON THE MOTION TODAY.

COMMISSIONER FISHMAN. YES.

COMMISSIONER GELIN. YES.

COMMISSIONER PLACKO. YES.

VICE MAYOR BOLTON. YEAH.

MAYOR GOMEZ.

THE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY FIVE TO ZERO.

OK, NOW WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SPLASHPAD.

THERE'S BEEN DISCUSSION-- WELL, TWO OF US HAVE SHARED OUR OPINIONS ON THE COLOR AND DESIGN OF THE SPLASHPAD.

I NOW NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND.

DOES SOMEBODY WANT TO CHANGE THE COLORS, ASK THE ARTIST TO CHANGE THE COLORS, ASK THE DESIGN, OR ARE WE GOING FORWARD AS IS? SO I HAVE THREE OPTIONS HERE.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO HAVE THE COLORS AT LEAST TRY

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TO BE MORE LIKE THE LOGO OR THE SPLASH PAD.

I BELIEVE MAXINE CALLAWAY SAID THAT THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WE COULD AT LEAST PUT INTO PLAY.

GRANTED, IF THE COLORS ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN THAT MATERIAL, IT'S A DIFFERENT STORY, BUT AT LEAST TO TRY TO CREATE MORE VIBRANCY TO THE SPLASHPAD.

AND FOR CLARIFICATION, MY APOLOGIES TO INTERJECT IN THE MIX UP YOUR MOTION, BUT TO TRY AS BEST AS WE CAN TO HAVE THE COLORS MIMIC THAT OF THE AMPHITHEATER, SINCE WE HAVE AGREED THAT THAT ALREADY REFLECTS THE CITY'S LOCAL COLOR.

SO I THINK WE'D LIKE TO HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO GO BACK TO THE ARTIST AND TO SEE HOW BEST WE CAN ACHIEVE THAT.

YES. SECOND.

CITY CLERK, IS THERE ANY MORE DISCUSSION? I'M SORRY, I KNEW I HAD A HAND RAISED, TRYING TO FIND YOU.

GO AHEAD.

THE COMMISSION AND THE CONSULTANTS, WOULD IT BE HELPFUL TO HAVE US HAVE THE COMMISSION THAT HAS CONCERNS ABOUT THIS, HAVE A SIDEBAR CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTISTS AND WORK WITH YOU AND THE ARTISTS SO THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY CAN EXPRESS THE LIMITATIONS OR POTENTIAL ISSUES THAT ARE WORTHWHILE REQUEST.

THAT WE CAN REALLY REACH OUT TO THE ARTISTS AND SEE IF WE CAN ARRANGE THAT.

I DON'T NEED THIS IS REALLY, I GUESS, A QUESTION FOR THE COMMISSIONERS, BECAUSE WE'RE DOING A LOT OF BACK AND FORTH IN BETWEEN MEETINGS THAT SUMMER APART AND NOW A COUPLE OF WEEKS APART. AND SO TO FACILITATE A QUICKER DECISION, MAYBE THERE CAN BE A DISCUSSION AND HAVE ALL ISSUES ADDRESSED.

AND WE'LL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO DO THAT WITH THE COMMISSIONERS THAT HAVE SOME CONCERNS REACHING OUT TO THE ARTISTS AND LOOKING AT HER SCHEDULE AND COORDINATING WITH THE COMMISSIONERS SCHEDULES.

BUT I THINK SPECIFICALLY COMMISSIONER FISHMAN AND MAYOR GOMEZ, TOO, AND POSSIBLY COMMISSIONER PLACKO, WHOEVER, YOU KNOW, JUST SO THAT THEY HEAR SHE CAN HEAR DIRECTLY FROM EACH OF YOU IF THAT YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THAT.

WELL, PERSONALLY, I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT.

I'VE MET WITH YOU BECAUSE I'VE DONE IT A FEW TIMES AND MEETING WITH THE ARTIST WILL HELP.

I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT WHATSOEVER.

HOWEVER, ARE WE LOOKING AT KEEPING THE SAME DESIGN WE'RE TRYING TO CLARIFY COLORS OR ARE WE LOOKING TO CHANGE THE DESIGN? THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION, COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT WE'RE ACTUALLY LOOKING TO NOT CHANGE THE DESIGN, BUT MORE SO TO CHANGE THE COLORS.

AND AGAIN, THE DESIGN IS A LOT MAJORITY OF DESIGN INCORPORATES THE IMAGES OF THE CHILDREN THAT WERE INVOLVED IN THAT PROCESS.

SO COMMUNICATING WITH HER, THE COLORS AND HOW THOSE COLORS CAN BE INCORPORATED INTO THE CITY'S COLORS.

CITIES LOCAL AND AS BEST AS POSSIBLE CAN MIRROR THAT THOSE COLORS THAT ARE CURRENTLY NOW IN THE AMPHITHEATER WALL.

ALL RIGHT.

IF YOU HAVE MORE, I CAN SEE YOUR LOOKS.

I THOUGHT I LOWERED MY HAND, OK.

NO, BUT I'LL TAKE CARE OF IT. THANK YOU.

IT LOOKS LIKE COMMISSIONER FISHMAN HAS HER HAND RAISED.

YEAH, I'M TRYING TO RECOGNIZE HER, BUT I'M NOT HEARING HER.

I DIDN'T HEAR YOU RECOGNIZE ME.

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SO HERE'S US TALKING ABOUT THE BACKGROUND COLORS.

THE BACKGROUND COLORS WAS PART OF A DISCUSSION I HAD WITH BETH SEVERAL WEEKS AGO.

AND TO ME, FOR ME OR FOR ME, CHANGING THOSE BACKGROUND COLORS TO BE MORE VIBRANT AND MORE IN TUNE TO WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE AMPITHEATER WALL IS WHAT'S NECESSARY FOR ME.

I DON'T THINK AGAIN FOR ME THAT I NEED TO GO BACK TO SQUARE ONE ON THE DESIGN.

AND MY MOTION WOULD BE TO MOVE FORWARD, BUT CHECK WITH THE ARTIST TO ENSURE THAT THOSE COLORS IN THE BACKGROUND ARE AS CLOSE TO THE VIBRANCY AND COLORS OF THE AMPITHEATER WALL AS POSSIBLE.

OK, SO THAT THE COMMENT ABOUT ORIGINAL DESIGN OR WHAT I MEAN, BECAUSE I FEEL FROM THE VERY BEGINNING AND I EXPRESSED THIS FROM THE VERY BEGINNING WHEN I WAS FIRST SHOWN THE DESIGN AFTER OUR ORIGINAL DISCUSSION OF HOW WE'RE DOING THIS AT TAMARAC VILLAGE, THAT I WAS NOT WELL TO DESIGN IS CUTE.

IT WAS NOT WHAT I THOUGHT SHOULD BE IN OUR DOWNTOWN TAMARAC VILLAGE, OUR BEAUTIFUL PROJECT THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR SO LONG.

I DO NOT FEEL IT FIT THE ATMOSPHERE OF WHAT WE WERE TRYING TO FIND AND UNDERSTANDING AT THE TIME. EVEN THOUGH I'VE BEEN MAKING THIS COMMENT FOR MONTHS, THIS IS NOT A FIRST WHEN THIS POSSIBLY COULD HAVE BEEN CHANGED AND NOW WE'RE UP AGAINST THE TIME FRAME AS ALWAYS.

SO IT IS TOO HARD PROBABLY TO CHANGE THE PATTERN.

SO IT IS SO AS A COMPROMISE. I WILL SAY I WANT TO SEE THE COLORS MORE VIBRANT.

THE CONCERN IS BEFORE WE TAKE THE MOTION OF GOING FORWARD, WHAT HAPPENS IF WE CAN'T FIND THE COLORS TO BE ABLE TO BE MORE VIBRANT AND SHOWING OF OUR TAMARAC SPIRIT THROUGH OUR LOGO AND OUR COLORS.

COMMUNICATE AGAIN WITH THE ARTISTS ABOUT IF SHE CAN STRETCH AND GET THE COLORS CLOSE TO WHAT YOU WANT. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THIS, THOUGH, THAT THE DESIGNS THAT YOU SEE IN THIS SPLASHPAD ARE THOSE SPECIFICALLY FROM THE CHILDREN WHERE THE OUTBREAK WAS DONE.

AND SO IN THIS AND THE WORK WOULD BE WHAT WE WOULD CALL SITE SPECIFIC.

THE USERS OF THE SPACE OF THE CHILDREN.

IT WOULD GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE DESIGNS OR THEIR CONCEPTS THAT THEY HAVE PRESENTED. ANYTHING OUTSIDE OF THAT IN TERMS OF ARE YOU SAYING MAYOR GOMEZ, IN TERMS OF THE LAYOUT OF THE FIGURES THAT THE KIDS DID, IS NOT WHAT'S PLEASING TO YOU? WHAT I'M SAYING IS WHEN WE STARTED THIS PROJECT AND THE PRESENTATION WAS GOING TO THE PUBLIC, OUR COMMITTEE, WHAT I FEEL WE AS A BODY WERE INFORMED OF THE DESIGN AND THE WAY THIS WOULD BE THE SPLASH PAD WITH A PATH TO THE AMPHITHEATER ALL TOGETHER, VIBRANT AND FULL OF COLOR AND GOING FROM THE SPLASH PAD.

DURING THE COMMUTE THROUGH THE TAMARAC VILLAGE TO THE WALL WAS GOING TO BE JOINED TOGETHER IN OUR VIBRANT COLORS.

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE, OBVIOUSLY, THE THOUGHT CHANGED TO BECOME WHERE WE WERE GOING TO HAVE KIDS INVOLVEMENT FOR THEIR DRAWING AND THEIR DESIGN, AND I THINK IT'S ADORABLE AND I HAVE NOT-- I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE SAYING AND TUGS AT THE HEARTSTRINGS AND IT GETS KIDS AND FAMILIES IN THERE TO SAY THIS IS MY DRAWING FOR MY CHILD.

I GET IT. BUT THAT WAS NOT PUT FOURTH, AS FAR AS I AM AWARE, TO THE COMMISSION TO CHANGE THE PATH WHICH WE WERE ORIGINALLY ASKING YOU TO TAKE, THAT OUR COMMITTEE TO TAKE.

AND I PRESSED THIS IN THE VERY BEGINNING WHEN IT FINALLY CAME TO US OF THIS CHANGE.

THAT SOME OF US DIDN'T KNOW, AND WHEN I'M TOLD THAT WE'RE LOOKING INTO AND SEEING WHAT WE

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CAN DO, I'M NOT EXPECTING ANOTHER MEETING, ANOTHER MEETING REGARDING WHERE THINGS HAVEN'T CHANGED. JUST TAKING OUT LANGUAGE AND TRYING TO MAKE IT A LITTLE BIT BIGGER AND A LITTLE LESS CLUTTERED. SO I'M SHARING MY OPINION WITH HOW I FEEL ABOUT THE PROJECT.

I FEEL IT WAS NOT THE WAY IT WAS ORIGINALLY, IS NOT COMING OUT THE WAY WE REALLY VOTED ON FOR IT TO GO FORWARD.

THAT BEING SAID, I'M NOT GOING TO HOLD OFF THIS PROJECT.

I DON'T-- WE'VE GOT TO GET THIS DONE, SO I WILL MEET WITH THE ARTISTS.

AS I'VE ASKED YOU FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, REGARDING THE TIME AND THE CALLERS, SORRY, MY LIGHTS ARE OUT, BUT I WILL DO THAT, BUT I-- JUST GIVE YOU MY OPINION.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

AND I'M CERTAINLY WE CAN ACHIEVE THE VIBRANCY THAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR.

SO WE'RE JUST ABOUT TO BE GIVEN THAT OPPORTUNITY AND WE CAN SCHEDULE THIS AND BE BACK BEFORE YOU HOPEFULLY BY THE NEXT MEETING OR INDEED IN THE LAST MEETING IN SEPTEMBER.

I AM HAPPY TO MAKE MYSELF AVAILABLE TO YOU AND THE ARTISTS, WE'LL JUST FIGURE OUT THE TIME. ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. AT THIS TIME, I'M GOING TO CALL A RECESS.

IT IS 11 OH SIX.

WE WILL BE BACK HERE AT 11:20.

WE'RE NOW IN RECESS. HOW WE DO IT ON TIME FOR THE PRESENTATION, SHOULD WE BE SKIPPING DOWN TO--? I DON'T MIND THAT.

OK, WE'RE GOING TO MOVE TO ITEM THIRTEEN E DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE MOTION TO DRAFT AN

[13.e. Discussion and possible motion to draft an Ordinance creating a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board]

ORDINANCE CREATING A DIVERSITY EQUITY INCLUSIONARY INCLUSION ADVISORY BOARD.

CITY MANAGER. THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR.

I BELIEVE WE'VE GOT GREG WARNER AND SOME OTHER STAFF MEMBERS THAT ARE PREPARED TO MAKE PRESENTATION. YES, I'LL BE MAKING THE PRESENTATION TO THE POWERPOINT AND I HAVE A QUESTION.

ISN'T THERE SOMETHING THAT WE DISCUSS IN OUR-- IS THIS A FOLLOW UP TO WHAT WE DISCUSSED IN OUR STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING? YES, COMMISSIONER.

OK.

FOR THE RECORD, GREG WARNER, DIRECTOR OF PARKS AND RECREATION AND AS COMMISSIONER GELIN JUST SAID, THIS IS A FOLLOW UP TO OUR STRATEGIC PLANNING DISCUSSIONS, WHICH SEEMS LIKE A LIFETIME AGO.

IT HAS BEEN A WHILE, BUT WANTED TO GET BACK TO YOU AND THEN YOU COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE. PLEASE JUST GIVE ME SOME SOME BACKGROUND ON THIS.

WE SPOKE ABOUT TAMARAC'S GROWING DIVERSITY DURING OUR STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSIONS, AND THERE WAS A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT SOME A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT EVENTS TO CELEBRATE THE DIVERSITY IN TAMARAC.

AND WE TALKED ABOUT IN THAT TIME SOME PLANNING COMMITTEES FOR CULTURAL EVENTS TO BUILD UPON OUR CULTURAL OFFERINGS.

AND THE CITY COMMISSION ASKED STAFF TO RESEARCH AND COME BACK WITH A PRESENTATION.

AND THEN WE HAD A FURTHER DISCUSSION AT ONE OF THE COMMISSION WORKSHOPS.

THAT'S WHAT WE HAD COME UP THROUGH MY RESEARCH WAS TO DEVELOP A ONE COMMITTEE TO COVER THE CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND MAKE THAT AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO PROVIDE INPUT TO THE CITY AND THE CITY COMMISSION.

SO WHAT I WANT TO DO TODAY IS PROVIDE YOU WITH SOME INFORMATION IN THAT-- GO TO THE NEXT ONE. WILL THAT PROVIDE YOU WITH SOME INFORMATION THAT I HAVE FOUND AND A STRUCTURE THAT WE COULD SET THIS ADVISORY COMMITTEE, ADVISORY BOARD UP WITHIN THE CITY CODE AS A PERMANENT CITY COMMITTEE.

SO I'LL GO THROUGH SOME OF THOSE STEPS.

BUT FIRST, I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, DEFINITION, DIVERSITY, VARIATION OF SOCIAL CULTURAL IDENTITIES AMONG PEOPLE EXISTING TOGETHER IN A DEFINED SETTING, THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

AND WE WANT INCLUSION IN ALL OF OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES, ALL BELONG AND EQUITY, THE FAIR AND JUST AND EQUITABLE MANAGEMENT OF ALL INSTITUTIONS SERVING THE PUBLIC DIRECTLY OR BY CONTRACT AND THE FAIR, JUST AND EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLIC SERVICES AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PUBLIC POLICY.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WANT TO POINT OUT WITH EQUITY AND WE TALK ABOUT SOCIAL EQUITY A LOT IN THE COMMUNITY NOW AND EQUITY VERSUS EQUALITY ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS THAT I'VE

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LEARNED THROUGH THE YEARS.

AND ONE OF THE EXAMPLES THAT I LIKE TO SHARE WITH THOSE TWO TERMS IS IN A WORKSHOP WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD. AND IT'S A CHILD WHO IS A THREE FOOT TALL AND AN ADULT WHO IS SIX FOOT TALL ARE WATCHING A BASEBALL GAME FROM THE OUTFIELD FENCE.

THE FENCE IS SIX FOOT HIGH AND EQUALITY IS THEY BOTH GET A BOX THAT'S TWO FOOT, TWO FOOT TALL STAND. SO THE CHILD STANDING ON THAT TWO FOOT TALL BOX STILL CANNOT SEE OVER THAT FENCE. BUT HE'S GETTING EQUAL ACCOMMODATION AS THE ADULT WHO'S SIX FOOT TALL.

SO THAT TWO FOOT BOX ALLOWS HIM TO SEE OVER THAT FENCE.

EQUITY WOULD BE THAT THEY HAVE EQUAL PROVISIONS, BUT DIFFERENT NEEDS.

SO THAT CHILD WOULD NEED A FOUR FOOT BOX TO BE ABLE TO SEE OVER THAT FENCE WHERE THE ADULT. SO EQUITY VERSUS EQUALITY.

JUST WANT TO SHARE THAT A LITTLE BIT WITH YOU.

WITHIN THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO THE ACTION OF SETTING UP AN ADVISORY BOARD AND CURRENTLY, AS YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SEVERAL ADVISORY BOARDS, ONE BEING A PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD, THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THOSE TYPES OF THINGS.

WE WOULD TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS.

WE WOULD DEVELOP AN ORDINANCE TO CREATE A PERMANENT AND THE THE TITLE OF THE BOARD THAT I CAME UP WITH AND DOING SOME RESEARCH FROM SOME OTHER COMMUNITIES, A DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION ADVISORY BOARD.

AND THE COMMITTEE WOULD BE TASKED WITH ADVISING THE CITY ON INITIATIVES THAT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO CITY SERVICES AND PROGRAMS BEING EQUITABLE AND ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL WHILE CELEBRATING OUR COMMUNITIES UNIQUE CULTURAL DIFFERENCES.

NEXT, LEVENT. AND AS WE MAKE UP THIS BOARD AND I WILL HAVE DISCUSSIONS FROM INPUT FROM THE COMMISSION. BUT THE MAKEUP OF THE BOARD PROPOSED IS TO CONSIST OF FIVE REGULAR MEMBERS THAT WOULD BE APPOINTED BY THE CITY COMMISSION.

SO EACH COMMISSIONER WOULD HAVE HAVE ONE APPOINTMENT TO THE BOARD.

AND POWERS AND DUTIES WOULD BE IDENTIFIED AS THE BOARD SHALL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON THE RECOGNITION AND IDENTIFICATION OF THE OPPORTUNITIES CREATED BY THE GROWING DIVERSITY OF THE CITY'S POPULATION.

THE BOARD WILL ADVISE ON INITIATIVES THAT WILL PROMOTE APPRECIATION, ACCEPTANCE AND RESPECT FOR CULTURAL AND DEBILITY DIFFERENCES.

AND THESE INITIATIVES WILL CONTRIBUTE TO CITY SERVICES AND PROGRAMS BEING EQUITABLE AND ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL.

AND AGAIN, THAT LAST SENTENCE HITS IT THAT WE WANT OUR CITY SERVICES, OUR CITY PROGRAMS, ALL TO BE EQUITABLE FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERYBODY.

AND THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE THE ADVISORY BOARD, THE MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD SHALL BE APPROVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION AND SERVE AT THE PLEASURE OF THE COMMISSION WITHOUT COMPENSATION. THE CHAIRMAN, CHAIRWOMAN OF THE BOARD, SHALL BE SELECTED THROUGH A VOTE OF THE MEMBERSHIP ON AN ANNUAL BASIS.

AND AGAIN, THIS IS THE MAKEUP OF THE BOARD, WHAT WE'RE RECOMMENDING.

GO AHEAD WITH THAT. THE ADVISORY BOARD SHALL MEET AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH AT REGULARLY SCHEDULED TIME APPROVED BY THE CITY CLERK.

THE BOARD WILL DETERMINE ITS OWN VACATION PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED MORE THAN ONE COUNCIL MEETING PER YEAR.

AND THAT'S CONSISTENT WITH OUR OTHER ADVISORY BOARDS IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

AND THE ADVISORY BOARD MAY HAVE CITY COMMISSION LIAISON PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECTION OF THE CITY CODE.

ALSO, THE ADVISORY BOARD MAY HAVE A STAFF PERSON ASSIGNED TO IT BY THE CITY MANAGER, DESIGNATED BY THE CITY MANAGER TO SERVE IN AN ADVISORY CAPACITY TO THE BOARD AND A REQUEST ON THE PART OF THE BOARD FOR INFORMATION OR SERVICES FROM THE ADMINISTRATION SHALL BE MADE BY THE CHAIRMAN CHAIRWOMAN TO THE CITY MANAGER OR THROUGH THE STAFF LIAISON IF ONE IS ASSIGNED.

SO AGAIN, CONSISTENT WITH SOME OF OUR OTHER BOARD'S.

GO AHEAD, LEVENT. AND I KNOW THAT ALL OF YOU SPEAKING TO THE CHOIR WHEN I'M TALKING ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A BOARD SUCH AS THIS, BUT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT I WANTED TO POINT OUT HELPS THE CITY UNDERSTAND, CITY MEANING CITY STAFF, CITY COMMISSION, UNDERSTAND

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PERSPECTIVES EXTERNAL TO THE CITY GOVERNMENT FROM THE DIFFERENT RESIDENT GROUPS, BUILD CAPACITY TO BETTER INTERACT WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIFFERENT CULTURAL AND ABILITY BACKGROUNDS.

AND ADVISORY BOARDS, THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE ALL ABOUT, IS GAINING THAT PUBLIC PERSPECTIVE, GATHERING FEEDBACK FROM THE PUBLIC AND IN ESSENCE, WILL ALLOW THE CITY TO BETTER LEVERAGE THE STRENGTH OF ITS DIVERSITY.

I THINK THAT THAT'S DEFINITELY SOMETHING OVER THE PAST PROBABLY 10 YEARS THAT WE'VE DEFINITELY BEEN KEYING IN ON AND FOCUSING ON IS THE STRENGTH OF THE DIVERSITY OF TAMARAC AND HOW WE REACT TO THAT.

SO GO AHEAD. AND WITH THAT, JUST TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BACKGROUND, AS FAR AS SOME RESEARCH I DID IN BROWARD COUNTY, THERE ARE ACTUALLY MANY OF THE CITIES DO NOT HAVE A BOARD SUCH AS THIS. HOLLYWOOD HAS AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN ADVISORY COUNCIL.

CORAL SPRINGS IS PROBABLY THE ONE WITH THE MOST BOTH AS A MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

COMMITTEE AS WELL AS A MULTICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

SO CORAL SPRINGS HAS THOSE TWO.

AND THEN BUT MANY OF THE OTHER CITIES DON'T HAVE THIS.

BUT I THINK THIS WOULD BE A VERY IMPORTANT COMMITTEE AND COULD HELP THE CITY BE A STRONGER CITY. AND I IN DOING THAT RESEARCH MANY COMMUNITIES OUT WEST, I'M NOT SURE WHY THAT FOCUS. WHEN I LOOK UP THESE TYPES OF COMMITTEES, THERE'S MANY OF THEM IN THE STATE OF OREGON, ALSO ON THE EAST COAST, DECATUR, GEORGIA, HAS A VERY STRONG, STRONG COMMITTEE.

AND ALSO, ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, IS VERY, VERY STRONG COMMITTEE.

SO WITH THAT, WITH THE AGAIN, THE NEXT STEPS WOULD BE IF WE GET AN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FROM THE COMMISSION TO MOVE FORWARD WITH DEVELOPING THIS COMMITTEE, THE STAFF WOULD PUT TOGETHER A RESOLUTION TO GET THE CODE.

TO DO A CHARTER, JENNIFER, IF YOU COULD HELP ME OUT.

I THINK IT'S JUST TO DO A CODE CHANGE TO ADD THIS INTO THE CITY CODE.

BRING THAT BACK TO THE COMMISSION FOR APPROVAL.

MADAM MAYOR, IF I COULD.

IT WOULD BE TO HAVE AN ORDINANCE DRAFTED TO CREATE THE BOARD.

MOTION DIRECTED CITY ATTORNEY, ALONG WITH THE CITY ADMINISTRATION, TO DRAFT AN ORDINANCE TO EFFECTIVELY LEGISLATE IN THIS AREA AND TO BRING BACK AN ORDINANCE CONSISTENT WITH THE PRESENTATION BY MR. WARNER.

AND THIS TIME I'LL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS THAT YOU MAY HAVE.

THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

GREG. I LIKE THE PRESENTATION.

I DID NOT HEAR THE PART WHERE YOU SHOULD HAVE SAID THAT I BROUGHT THIS FORWARD.

SO CAN I HEAR YOU SAY THAT? COMMISSIONER, I'LL TAKE YOUR WORD FOR IT THAT YOU BROUGHT THIS FORWARD.

I APOLOGIZE, BUT I CAN SAY IT'S BEEN EONS AGO AND I-- MY MEMORY IS GOING, BUT I WILL.

OK, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. BUT AT LEAST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE IT, AND THIS WAS THE SAME MEETING THAT WE COINED ONE TAMARAC MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL, YOU WILL RECALL, CORRECT? IT'S JUST IN MY MEMORY, SIR.

I BELIEVE ONE TAMARAC WAS PRIOR TO THESE DISCUSSIONS, BUT I KNOW YOU BROUGHT UP THE IDEA OF ONE TAMARAC. YES.

SO IN THE STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING WHERE I BROUGHT UP HAVING THE DIVERSITY BOARD IN THAT SAME MEETING, WE COINED ONE TAMARAC.

YOU'RE SAYING THAT YOU REMEMBER OR YOU DON'T REMEMBER? I REMEMBER THE INITIAL DISCUSSIONS IN YOUR FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT IT, AND THAT IS WHAT ONE TAMARAC CAME FROM.

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THE DISCUSSIONS ON DIVERSITY BOARD.

AND I KNOW YOU WERE INVOLVED IN THAT CAME IN LAST YEAR STRATEGIC PLANNING ALONG WITH COMMISSIONER GELIN. BUT I KNOW ONE TAMARAC WAS YOUR FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE WHEN WE PUT THAT INTO PLACE AND THAT WAS YOUR-- YOU DID BRING THAT UP.

OK, SO I'M NOT GOING TO MAKE AN ISSUE OF THIS, BUT I WILL ASK THE CITY CLERK FOR A COPY OF MY PRESENTATION MADE COINING A DIVERSITY BOARD AT THAT VERY SAME MEETING.

BECAUSE, I MEAN, WHILE I RESPECT AND HONOR THE IDEA OF COMING FORWARD NOW AND I'M OVERJOYED WITH THIS FINALLY TAKING PLACE, YOU KNOW, WE CANNOT BE STRICKEN OUT OF HISTORY, YOU HAVE TO SEE WHERE THINGS CAME FROM AND WHERE PRESENTATIONS CAME FROM. YOU CAN'T JUST TAKE THE NAME OF THE AUTHOR OFF OF A BOOK, SO TO SPEAK.

SO I WOULD LIKE THAT IN THE RECORD.

AND IF THE CITY MANAGER OR COMMISSIONER PLACKO OR ANYBODY ELSE THAT WAS AT THAT MEETING REMEMBERS MY PRESENTATION TO BRING FORTH A DIVERSITY BOARD, I WOULD LIKE THAT TO BE STATED ON THE RECORD.

THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU.

SO, COMMISSIONER FISHMAN, YOU'RE NEXT.

THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR.

I THINK THIS IS A GREAT IDEA.

I THINK ITS TIME HAS COME AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THE MLK COMMITTEE.

WE'VE TALKED ABOUT A DIVERSITY COMMITTEE.

WE'VE TALKED ABOUT A SPANISH AMERICAN COMMITTEE.

I THINK THIS YEAR WITH THE CREATION OF THIS THE CIVIC COMMITTEE, WE COVER ALL OUR BASES.

AND IT ALSO TIES INTO ENSURING THAT THE COMMITTEES THAT WE CREATE IN THIS CITY AND THAT WE MAINTAIN IN THE CITY ARE REFLECTIVE OF THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY.

AND I THINK THIS ONE DOES A GREAT JOB OF DOING THAT.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER GELIN? YEAH, OBVIOUSLY I DO SUPPORT THIS.

I DO THINK WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THE CHANGE IN THE COMMUNITY AND ALSO GET FEEDBACK FROM RESIDENTS.

YOU KNOW, WE DON'T ALWAYS KNOW THE ANSWERS, WE GUESS.

BUT, YOU KNOW, WE ALWAYS MORE SUCCESSFUL WHEN WE GET FEEDBACK FROM THE COMMUNITY.

I WANT TO SAY THIS WAS BROUGHT UP AT LEAST A YEAR AGO OR MAYBE MORE THAN A YEAR AGO.

SO I'M GLAD THAT WE'RE FINALLY BRINGING UP, AND I'M SURE IT WILL PASS WITH NO ISSUES.

VERY MUCH.

COMMISSIONER PLACKO. YES, AND I ALSO SUPPORT THIS, AND I THINK GREG YOU DID AN EXCELLENT JOB, YOU DID YOUR RESEARCH.

IT'S ALSO NICE TO KNOW THAT WE WILL BE TAKING THE LEAD IN THE OTHER CITIES HAVE ANYTHING QUITE LIKE THIS.

I THINK IT'S A GREAT IDEA.

LET'S TAKE THE LEAD AND SHOW THEM WHAT IT REALLY SHOULD ALL BE ABOUT.

SO I AM ALL FOR IT.

THANKS GREG. THANK YOU.

CITY MANAGER.

YES, THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

I JUST WANTED TO CHIME IN ON THE VICE MAYOR COMMENTS ABOUT WHERE THIS AND SOME OTHER THINGS THAT HAVE STARTED TO COME TO FRUITION REALLY CAME FROM.

AND I JUST WANTED TO, FOR THE RECORD, TO REFLECT THAT THE VICE MAYOR WAS CORRECT IN THAT, YOU KNOW, DURING THE FIRST YEAR OF HIS FIRST TERM, HE SUGGESTED AND RECOMMENDED A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT HE PUT OUT ON THE TABLE FOR THE COMMISSION TO CONSIDER, AND THAT THROUGH THE YEAR, THROUGH THE STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS, ANY NUMBER OF THOSE THINGS ARE BEGINNING TO COME TO FRUITION.

AND THAT WHETHER IT WAS THE DIVERSITY COMMITTEE OR A, YOU KNOW, WHATEVER IT WAS LIKE GREG, I'VE SLEPT SINCE THOSE MEETINGS YEARS AGO, BUT I DO KNOW THAT THIS WAS SOMETHING

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THAT CAME UP CERTAINLY DURING HIS FIRST TERM AND THAT, YOU KNOW, IS NOW COMING TO FRUITION. AND SO I JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY FOR THE RECORD THAT WHAT HE SAID WAS CORRECT.

THAT'S ALL, MADAM MAYOR. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

YEAH, AND IN DEFENSE OF COMMISSIONER BOLTON, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE LEARN SLOWLY AS AN ELECTED OFFICIALS IS HOW TO BE EFFECTIVE AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL.

AND WE LEARN THAT BY NETWORKING WITH OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND LOCALLY, OF COURSE, AND I THINK HAD COMMISSIONER BOLTON KNOWN OR VICE MAYOR BOLTON KNOWN BACK THEN, HE COULD HAVE SIMPLY JUST ASKED FOR THE ITEM PLACE ON THE AGENDA DURING HIS FIRST YEAR AND HAD A VOTE ON IT AND GOTTEN IMPLEMENTED BACK THEN.

SO IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE, YOU KNOW, WE SHOULD BE TAUGHT, YOU KNOW, HOW TO GET ITEMS ON THE AGENDA THAT WE WANT IF WE WANT TO SEE CERTAIN THINGS DONE.

AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT SHOULD HAPPEN FOR ALL NEWLY ELECTED OFFICIALS, BECAUSE WE TYPICALLY DON'T GET THAT UNTIL WE MEET AND NETWORK WITH OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS TO SAY, YEAH, IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE, HERE'S HOW YOU GET IT DONE.

BUT KUDOS TO HIM FOR AT LEAST BRINGING THE ITEM UP.

COMMISSIONER PLACKO. I'M NOT SURE I STARTED TO SAY THAT, BUT MICHAEL REALLY ADDED, I DO RECALL THE VICE MAYOR BRINGING THAT UP, BUT THEN HE CAME UP WITH A LOT OF IDEAS. SO, YOU KNOW, SOME THINGS KIND OF GOT LOST IN TRANSLATION.

AND WHAT COMMISSIONER GELIN JUST SAID IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE.

YOU HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO GO ABOUT GETTING THINGS DONE THE WAY I THINK WE'VE ALL LEARNED AND WE CONTINUE TO LEARN. BUT NOW WE'RE GETTING IT DONE.

SO THAT'S WHAT MATTERS. SO LET'S JUST MOVE FORWARD.

TO GET IT DONE, BASICALLY.

YES, I KNOW THAT WE HAVE DISCUSSED THIS FOR A LONG TIME.

MY ONLY COMMENT TO IT WAS THAT I LIKE THE WORD MULTICULTURAL VERSUS DIVERSITY.

YOU GUYS HAVE HEARD ME SAY THAT THROUGH ALL THE DOING THIS.

I THINK IT'S A GREAT IDEA.

I DO. I AM A LITTLE CURIOUS AS TO THE MAKEUP, AND I DON'T KNOW IF WE NEED TO WAIT UNTIL AN ORDINANCE IS CREATED FOR THAT.

TO MY COLLEAGUES, I KNOW FIVE IS AN EASY NUMBER, BUT WE ARE SO MULTICULTURAL AND WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT WOULD PROBABLY WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS.

IS FIVE THE RIGHT NUMBER, IS MY QUESTION.

AND I DON'T KNOW IF IT BECOMES AND WE'LL SEE IF IT'S TOO LARGE, IF IT BECOMES TOO DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE THEIR IDEAS EXPRESSED IN OR SO.

I THINK WE START WITH FIVE AND THEN WE CAN BUILD SUBCOMMITTEES THAT GO FROM THERE.

BUT WE SHOULD AT LEAST START WITH THE FIVE.

I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT.

AND SO AT THIS TIME, I'M GOING TO ASK FOR A MOTION TO DIRECT OUR CITY ATTORNEY TO DRAFT AN ORDINANCE CREATING A . MOTION TO DIRECT THE CITY ATTORNEY, AS STATED.

I'M NOT HEARING YOU, WE'RE NOT HEARING YOU.

I'M LOOKING FOR A SECOND.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OK, CITY CLERK, PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

THANK YOU. VICE MAYOR BOLTON.

VICE MAYOR BOLTON.

YES.

COMMISSIONER GELIN.

YES. COMMISSIONER FISHMAN.

YES. COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

YES. AND MAYOR GOMEZ.

YES. THE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY FIVE ZERO.

THANK YOU. NOW WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK.

ARE YOU READY FOR

[13.b. Discussion and possible motion to draft an Ordinance to Ban the Box]

ALL RIGHT. SO YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE THE DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE MOTION TO DRAFT AN ORDINANCE TO PLEASE PROCEED. ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

I BELIEVE LEVENT HAS A DOCUMENT AND WE'LL LOAD IT UP.

OK, SO, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A FAIR CHANCE ACT IS SOMETHING THAT'S BEEN PASSED AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL AND MULTIPLE STATES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

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AND REALLY, I DON'T SEE THE POWERPOINT.

IT'S REALLY ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY.

NEXT SLIDE. AND SO THESE ARE SOME QUESTIONS THAT ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS SHOULD CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING AT THIS.

DO WE AS A COUNTRY, AS A CITY, AS A COUNTY, DO WE GIVE RETURNING CITIZENS A FAIR CHANCE TO SUCCEED AND AVOID RECIDIVISM? ARE WE SETTING THEM UP TO GO BACK TO PRISON? WHAT IS THE COST TO SOCIETY TO KEEP PEOPLE IN PRISON? AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR PUBLIC SAFETY? WHAT IS OUR ROLE AS ELECTED OFFICIALS TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR RETURNING CITIZENS? I WILL EXPLORE WHAT THE CITIES ARE DOING.

WHAT IS THE LINK BETWEEN POVERTY AND CRIME? AND THEN, YOU KNOW, WE ALWAYS ASSUME THAT PEOPLE WHO COMMIT CRIMES ARE BAD PEOPLE AND WE DON'T REALLY GO INTO THE MIND OF WHAT WOULD CAUSE SOMEONE TO DO SOMETHING AND WHAT DRIVES THAT BEHAVIOR. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO THERE ARE NOT PROGRAMS IN PLACE AND NOT ENOUGH PROGRAMS IN PLACE TO DEAL WITH THE HUGE NUMBER, ABOUT SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND PEOPLE PER YEAR RETURNING FROM PRISON AND BACK TO SOCIETY. AND SOME OF THIS IS DOCUMENTED IN THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, PRISON AND RECIDIVISM REPORT.

NEXT. SO BECAUSE THERE'S NO STRUCTURED PROGRAM IN PLACE, THESE FOLKS ARE ACTUALLY SET UP TO FAIL BECAUSE IF THERE WAS A PROPER TRANSITION, THEY WOULD GET TRAINING, COUNSELING, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH SERVICES TO MINIMIZE THEIR CHANCE OF RETURNING TO PRISON.

NEXT SLIDE. AND THIS IS THE COST.

AND THIS IS FROM THE VERA INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE.

ALMOST TWO BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA.

AND I CAN'T SEE BECAUSE I HAVE THIS REQUEST THING ON MY SCREEN, BUT IT COSTS ABOUT TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS PER HEAD OR ABOUT TWO BILLION DOLLARS AS OF TWENTY FIFTEEN TO KEEP FOLKS IN PRISON.

NEXT SLIDE. AND SO WHAT DOES IT MEAN IN TERMS OF PUBLIC SAFETY? IT MEANS WE MAKE BECAUSE IF WE DON'T GIVE PEOPLE A FAIR CHANCE TO SUCCEED AND TO SECURE WORK, THEN THEY'RE GOING TO FIND THE MEANS TO SURVIVE ON THEIR OWN, WHICH MEANS MORE ARRESTS, MORE BURGLARS, MORE CAR VEHICLE BREAK INS, WHICH I SEE ALMOST EVERY DAY ON MY NEXT DOOR APP HEARING FROM NEIGHBORS TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE BREAKING IN THE CARS NOW LOOKING FOR ITEMS TO STEAL, TO SELL AND TO MAKE SOME MONEY.

NEXT SLIDE. SO, YOU KNOW, OUR ROLE IS TO LOOK AT WHAT'S GOING ON THROUGHOUT SOCIETY AND LOOK AT SOME OF THE BEST PRACTICES THAT EXIST AND IMPLEMENT THOSE BEST PRACTICES AND THEN MEASURE AND TRACK THE PROGRESS.

NEXT SLIDE. AND HERE'S SOME DATA FROM THE BUREAU OF JUSTICE STATISTICS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND IT REALLY DEMONSTRATES THE LINK BETWEEN POVERTY AND CRIME.

AND IT DEMONSTRATES WHETHER YOU'RE WHITE, BLACK OR HISPANIC.

IF YOU'RE POOR, YOU'RE MORE LIKELY TO COMMIT CRIME.

AND SO THESE ARE THE STATS.

POOR PEOPLE LIVING IN URBAN AREAS HAD VIOLENT VICTIMIZATION RATES SIMILAR TO POOR PEOPLE LIVING IN RURAL AREAS. SO IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE CITY OR RURAL.

IT HAPPENS.

POOR HISPANICS HAD LOWER RATES OF VIOLENCE COMPARED TO POOR WHITES AND POOR BLACKS.

SO, YOU KNOW, IT GOES ACROSS ALL RACES AND CULTURES.

ANYONE WHO'S TAKEN A SOCIOLOGY COURSE IN COLLEGE, YOU KNOW THAT THERE'S A STRONG LINK BETWEEN POVERTY AND CRIME.

NEXT SLIDE. AND THEN, YOU KNOW, WE NEVER REALLY EXPLORE THE MENTALITY OF PEOPLE THAT COMMIT THESE CRIMES, AND SO SOMETIMES THE ANSWER IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF US IF WE JUST LISTEN. AND SO HERE JUST A FEW LYRICS FROM A RAPPER, TUPAC, WHO IN A FEW LINES JUST TALKS ABOUT SUICIDE, TALKS ABOUT POVERTY, TALKS ABOUT COMMITTING CRIME DUE TO POVERTY, TALKS ABOUT DISCRIMINATION, AND TALKS ABOUT A POLICE ABUSE.

JUST IN WHAT, ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SEVEN, SEVEN LINES.

NEXT SLIDE.

A FEW OTHER LYRICS. JAY-Z, A YOUNG PICTURE OF JAY-Z WHEN HE WAS A CRACK DEALER WITH GOLD FRONTS IN HIS MOUTH, EXPLAINING WHY COMMITTING CRIMES.

WE'RE NOT THUGS, WE'RE NOT DOING IT FOR THE SAKE OF BEING THUGS.

THE POVERTY LINE, WE'RE NOT ABOVE.

SO WE PUT ON A MASK AND GLOVES AND WE'RE ROBBING PEOPLE BECAUSE WE DON'T FEEL THE LOVE.

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WE'RE NOT DOING CRIME JUST FOR THE SAKE OF IT.

WE'RE MOVING DIMES, SELLING WEED OR WHATEVER DRUGS BECAUSE WE'RE NOT DOING FINE.

SO THE MESSAGES ARE THERE.

WE'RE JUST NOT LISTENING. WE'RE NOT CREATING OPPORTUNITIES.

NEXT SLIDE. AND SO, YOU KNOW, WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL WHEN WE DON'T CREATE OPPORTUNITY? SO HERE YOU HAVE A YOUNG JAY-Z AS A CRACK DEALER BACK, AND THAT'S THE A SECTION OF BROOKLYN WHO, WHEN GIVEN A FAIR OPPORTUNITY, THEY ARE CREATING HIS OWN OPPORTUNITY BY IT, BY BEING A PART OF THE CREATION OF RAP AND BEING SUCCESSFUL NOW HAS THE KIND OF INFLUENCE WHERE HE CAN BE FRIENDS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA AND WARREN BUFFETT.

AND THIS IS THE KIND OF OPPORTUNITY AND POTENTIAL THAT WE THROW AWAY WHEN WE THROW OUR KIDS AWAY.

NEXT SLIDE. AND JUST ONE OF MY FAVORITE ARTISTS AND ONE OF THE GUYS WHO REALLY GETS INTO THE MIND AND EXPLAINS THE PLIGHT OF POOR PEOPLE IS A GUY NAMED RODNEY PRICE, WHOSE STAGE NAME IS BOUNTY KILLER AND WHO'S ALSO KNOWN AS THE POOR PEOPLE'S GOVERNOR, BECAUSE HE TRULY EXPRESSES THE ANGER, THE RAGE AND THE MENTALITY OF SOMEONE WHO IS POOR AND FEELS LIKE THEY HAVE NO WAY OUT EXCEPT FOR CRIME.

SO I LISTED A FEW TRACKS THAT HE HAS WHERE HE REALLY TALKS ABOUT IT AND THEN JUST WANT TO DIG INTO THE MIND.

AND ONE OF HIS MOST FAMOUS TRACKS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. AND SO HERE, IF YOU READ THESE LYRICS, HE'S SAYING, LOOK INTO MY EYES, TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE. DO YOU SEE MY PAIN? DO YOU CONSIDER ME AN ENEMY? HE'S SAYING GIVE US A BETTER WAY.

THAT'S A CALL TO THE GOVERNMENT.

GIVE US A BETTER WAY. THINGS ARE BAD.

THE ONLY FRIEND I KNOW IS THE GUN I HAVE.

LISTEN TO ME. I'M NOT A THREAT.

BUT YOU SEE THE NINE MILLIMETER GUN.

ARE YOU WORRIED? YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT YOU WANT WAR, CRIME, DRUGS TO STOP.

AND THEN THE FINAL LINE, WHICH IS WHERE WE COME IN, IS WHEN YOU SHOW US HOPE, WE WILL SHOW YOU PEACE. WHEN YOU PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO PEOPLE, WE WON'T COMMIT THESE CRIMES.

AND SO THE LYRICS GO ON AND ON WHERE HE TALKS ABOUT THE STRUGGLE OF BEING POOR AND IN TROUBLE. NEXT SLIDE. AND HE'S SAYING, CAN YOU SEE I'M LOOKING TO MY LIFE, CAN YOU SEE MY KIDS? LET ME ASK YOU, DO YOU KNOW WHAT HUNGRY IS? IN THIS PART OF TOWN, SURVIVAL IS MY WILL.

FOR YOU TO STAY ALIVE, YOU HAVE TO ROB AND KILL.

YOU'RE FORCED TO BE IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF CRIME WHERE YOU DON'T PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES.

LOOK AT MY HOUSE. WOULD YOU LIVE IN THERE? LOOK IT TO MY EYES.

DO YOU REALLY CARE? AND THEN THE ISSUE WHERE IT COMES WITH POLICE, THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THIS MENTALITY WHERE THEY FEEL LIKE THERE'S NOTHING FOR ME TO LIVE FOR, I'M OK WITH DYING BECAUSE I'D RATHER DIE THAN LIVE IN THESE HELLISH CONDITIONS.

SO THESE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS THAT WE CAN STOP THROUGH POLICY.

NEXT SLIDE. AND SO ONE OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WORKS WITH RETURNING CITIZENS IS THE OIC OF SOUTH FLORIDA.

SO I'VE ASKED THE CEO NEWTON SANON TO SPEAK ABOUT SOME OF THE WORK THAT HE DOES AS A PARTNER WITH BROWARD SHERIFF'S OFFICE, CHILDREN'S SERVICES COUNCIL OF BROWARD COUNTY, THE JIM MORAN FOUNDATION, AND AS A MEMBER OF THE ORANGE BOWL COMMITTEE, RECEIVE THE NONPROFIT BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AND PROMINENT BLACK PROFESSIONALS. AND HE RECEIVED THE AMERICAN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM JM FAMILY ENTERPRISE.

AND WE CAN DIG INTO HIS BIO IN THE NEXT SLIDE.

BUT BEFORE YOU GO THERE LEVENT, SO THERE ARE CREDITS THAT BUSINESS OWNERS CAN RECEIVE FOR HIRING RETURNING CITIZENS AND NEWTON CAN TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT.

NEXT SLIDE. AND SO JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HIS BIO, HE'S BEEN DOING THIS FOR A LONG TIME.

WHEN HE FIRST STARTED, HE ONLY HAD TWO EMPLOYEES.

NOW HE HAS A STAFF OF OVER A HUNDRED AND FIVE.

HE STARTED OUT WITH A BUDGET OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE YEAR. NOW IT'S AT TEN MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR BUDGET.

THEIR PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN FEATURED ON CNN AND THEY'RE RIGHT HERE IN SOUTH FLORIDA.

AND WITH HIS LEADERSHIP AND HIS TEAM, THEY'VE HELPED OVER NINE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED PEOPLE RETURNING CITIZENS FIND EMPLOYMENT.

AND SO THE FAIR CHANCE ACT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO ENCOURAGE THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, SUPPORT THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP PREVENT RETURNING CITIZENS FROM GOING BACK INTO A LIFE OF CRIME WHICH COULD POTENTIALLY HARM US AND HARM THE RESIDENTS THAT WE ARE HERE TO PROTECT.

AND SO I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE NEXT WITH THE FORMALITY IS, WHETHER WE CAN SPEAK NOW OR WHETHER WE GO TO THE FELLOW COMMISSIONERS.

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COMMISSIONER GELIN, YOU'VE ASKED THIS AND TO SPEAK, SO I WOULD BE HAPPY TO HAVE HIM COME ON THE LINE AND SHARE WITH US WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE HIM TO SPEAK TO US ABOUT.

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD MORNING. CAN YOU ALL HEAR ME? WE CAN THANK YOU FOR THAT.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR.

MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION AND COMMISSION, AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

I JUST WANT TO OFFER A VERY QUICK CONTEXT TO OUR ORGANIZATION.

AND I APPRECIATE THE KIND WORDS FROM MY BIO.

BUT I THINK WE REALLY WANT TO FOCUS ON WHAT OUR MISSION IS.

SO OIC WAS ESTABLISHED IN NINETEEN SIXTY FOUR BY THE LATE LEON SULLIVAN.

SIMPLY STATED, WE'RE WHAT YOU CALL A COMMUNITY BASED WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION.

WE ALL KNOW WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT IS AROUND CREATING OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO GAIN THE SKILLS NECESSARY TO GET A JOB WORKING IN CONCERT WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.

THE COMMUNITY BASED SIDE SPEAKS TO OUR TARGET AUDIENCE.

WHAT WE TEND TO FOCUS ON COMMUNITIES.

WHAT IS ONE LOT OF UNDERPRIVILEGED COMMUNITIES, OFTENTIMES MINORITY COMMUNITIES WHO HAVE BARRIERS THAT ARE MORE TO ACCESS TO TRAINING AND JOBS.

THERE ARE ISSUES OF PEOPLE RETURNING FROM INCARCERATION, YOUTH AGING OUT OF THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM, TEEN PREGNANCY, ET CETERA, ET CETERA.

ON OUR YOUTH SIDE, WE SERVE EIGHTY FIVE HUNDRED YOUNG PEOPLE A YEAR BETWEEN DATA IN BROWARD COUNTY OPERATIONS AND DATA YEAR.

HALF OF THEM ANSWER THAT AGE OLD QUESTION WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? WE JUST BELIEVE SO DEEPLY THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT HAVE GUIDED ASPIRATIONS BECAUSE YET AGAIN, I REMEMBER WHEN I USED TO WORK FOR THE MIAMI DOLPHINS WAY BACK, I WOULD ALWAYS OBSERVE THAT MY COLLEAGUES ALWAYS RAN OUT OF BUSINESS CARDS.

AND WHEN I STOOD BACK AND WONDERED WHY IS BECAUSE THE SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE AND CREDENCE GIVEN TO THEM WHEN THEY HAD THAT JOB, THAT ASSOCIATION, THAT SENSE OF PRIDE THAT IT HAD FOR THEM MEANT EVERYTHING.

AND WE WANT TO INSTILL THAT PRIDE IN OUR YOUNG PEOPLE PROACTIVELY, BECAUSE OTHERWISE THEY HAVE NO ASPIRATIONS, MISGUIDED ASPIRATIONS.

AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A GOOD CAREER, A GOOD JOB THAT HELPS BUILD OUR ECONOMY . ON OUR ADULT SIDE, YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT WE'RE A LICENSED CERTIFIED ORGANIZATION WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION CIE, WHICH IS THE COMMISSION FOR INDEPENDENT EDUCATION, WHICH TALKS ABOUT THE CREDIBILITY OF OUR VOCATIONAL CERTIFICATIONS THAT WE OFFER, WHICH WE OFFER 15.

WE HAVE AN ARTICULATION AGREEMENT WITH BROWARD COLLEGE.

THAT MEANS THAT UP TO NINE COLLEGE CREDITS CAN GO ON WHAT PEOPLE CAN EARN COLLEGE CREDITS AS WELL. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, OUR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE COMPANY, WHERE WE HIRE TO DATE SEVENTY SEVEN PEOPLE THAT WORK FOR US IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BROWARD COUNTY GOVERNMENT, BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A VERY STRONG TRACK RECORD IN SOLIDIFYING FEDERAL FUNDS.

BUT WE WANT TO CREATE AN OPPORTUNITY, CREATE JOBS FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

SO IN PARTNERSHIP. SO GOD BLESS THE MAYOR AND BERTHA HENRY.

EVERY COUNTY BUS YOU SEE IN BROWARD COUNTY, WE CLEAN THOSE AND WE PAY FIFTEEN DOLLARS AN HOUR. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW IS THAT AFTER NINE MONTHS OF EMPLOYMENT, THEY GET A CHANCE TO NOW GO WORK FOR BROWARD COUNTY.

THESE ARE ONE HUNDRED PERCENT RETURNING CITIZENS, BY THE WAY, OF WHICH FROM INCARCERATION, GETTING SOME TRAINING, GETTING SOME HOLD, MAKING FIFTEEN DOLLARS AN HOUR. NOW YOU'RE WORKING FOR THE COUNTY WITH A PENSION, HEALTH CARE, RETIREMENT, ETC.

FOLKS, LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING.

THIS IS MY 19TH YEAR RUNNING OUR ORGANIZATION.

THE MOST MAGICAL THING YOU WILL EVER EXPERIENCE IS THAT FIRST MOMENT WHEN THEY INTRODUCE THEMSELVES THE SENSE OF HOPELESSNESS, DESPAIR AND DOUBT AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THERE REALLY IS GOING TO BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM.

THE MINUTE THEY GET A JOB, PARTICULARLY IF THEY GET A JOB THAT REQUIRED FOR THEM TO WEAR A UNIFORM, THEY ALWAYS SHOW UP TO OUR OFFICE WITH THAT UNIFORM AND THEY WILL LIGHT THIS PLACE UP WITH BEAM AND PRIDE WHEN THEY GET THAT JOB.

COMMISSIONER GELIN YOU NAILED IT WITHOUT HOPE WITH PEOPLE WITH THE SPARES.

LET'S NOT KID OURSELVES.

NONE OF US KNOW WHAT WE WOULD DO IF WE HAD NO MEANS OF FEEDING OURSELVES AND OUR FAMILY.

YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR A VERY LONG TIME.

AND I REMEMBER WHEN WE USED TO BE FUNDED BY THE UNITED WAY AND PART OF, AS YOU KNOW, THE UNITED WAY, WHEN THEY FUND YOU, YOU HAVE TO GO HELP TELL THE STORY TO THE INVESTORS AND OFTEN TELL WHEN I WOULD TALK ABOUT THE WORK THAT WE DO AND WE DON'T SO TALK ABOUT THAT WORK. AND I WOULD SAY TO THESE EXECUTIVES, IF THERE'S ANYONE THAT NEEDS HELP AND IF I CAN BE OF SERVICE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

NOBODY WOULD RAISE THEIR HANDS.

THAT NEVER FAILED. AS I WALKED TO MY CAR, SOMEBODY WOULD GO CHASING ME SAYING, HEY, LOOK, I DIDN'T WANT TO SAY ANYTHING, BUT MY DAUGHTER MADE A BAD MISTAKE.

MY SON MADE THE MISTAKE.

THE REALITY, FOLKS, WHAT WE RECOGNIZE IN THIS COUNTRY, WE REALLY ARE ONE COMMUNITY.

THE IMPACT IS EITHER FROM A COMMUNITY SAFETY STANDPOINT.

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IF YOU DON'T GIVE PEOPLE WHO'VE PAID THEIR DEBT TO SOCIETY AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH AN ORGANIZATION LIKE AN OIC AND YOUR LEADERSHIP TO GIVE THEM A HOME, YOU GIVE THEM A CREDENTIAL TO EARN A WAGE.

AND BY THE WAY, TO BE A TAXPAYING CITIZEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND BUILDS YOUR WORKFORCE.

WHAT ARE WE DOING RIGHT? AND SO I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS, I WILL NEVER PRESENT A CHALLENGE AND NOT PUT SKIN IN THE GAME. I'M PROUD TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT ABOUT A MONTH AGO, WE JUST WON ANOTHER FIVE MILLION DOLLAR AWARD FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO CONTINUE OUR REENTRY WORK.

I'M WILLING TO WORK WITH YOU TO TALK ABOUT EARMARKING SOME OF THOSE VOCATIONAL TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP SLOTS AS SCHOLARSHIPS IF YOU WORK WITH US TO ENGAGE THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.

AND WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ME IS THIS.

WE'RE NEVER GOING TO ASK THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, PLEASE TELL THEM, GIVE THEM A JOB, BECAUSE IT'S A NOBLE THING TO DO.

THAT'S IMPORTANT. WE RESPECT THEM.

BUSINESSES HAVE A BUSINESS TO RUN AND WE LIKE TO OFFER OUR VALUE PROPOSITION AS AN EXTENSION OF THEIR HUMAN RESOURCE ARM.

WELL, WE WILL TRAIN THEM.

WE WILL PREPARE THEM.

WE'LL PROVIDE RESOURCES, BECAUSE MOST OF THE TIME THE CONCERN IS WE DON'T HAVE THE TIME, THE RESOURCES. AND I'M TELLING YOU, WE'RE WILLING TO PUT MONEY ON THE TABLE TO WORK WITH YOU TO GET THESE CITIZENS TRAINED, EARN A CREDENTIAL AND BECOME PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY. SO THAT'S MY PRESENTATION.

THAT'S MY MESSAGE.

AND I'M STICKING WITH IT.

I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND LEADERSHIP.

LASTLY, WE DID COME SEE YOU GUYS.

I'M ON THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE ALLIANCE AND ONE OF THE CO-CHAIRS OF PROSPERITY BROWARD . YOU ARE ONE OF THE CITIES WE'VE COMMISSIONED AND COMMITTED TO BRINGING A PLETHORA OF RESOURCES TO TO MAKE SURE WE WORK WITH THOSE FOLKS IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES, GET THEM TRAINING IN JOBS. SO, NO, WE'RE NOT ASKING OF YOU ANYTHING THAT WE'RE NOT PREPARED TO BRING LOTS OF RESOURCES AND SUPPORT TO JOIN YOU HAND IN HAND.

YOU GIVE OUR RETURNING CITIZEN AN OPPORTUNITY, GET A SKILL, AREN'T ALWAYS BE PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF YOUR COMMUNITY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND EVERYTHING THAT YOUR ORGANIZATION HAS DONE.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT AND I KNOW I'VE HAD SOMEBODY WHO I'VE HIRED FOR OVER 10 YEARS IN MY OFFICE WHO HAS STATED THAT THE SOCIETY IS DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB AND THERE IS THAT PATH THAT ALWAYS NEEDS TO HAVE SOMEBODY BE PROTECTED AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE DOING.

I THINK THAT IF YOU'RE IN TOUCH WITH OUR PARK AND REC DEPARTMENT, AND YOU CAN TOUCH WITH OUR CITY MANAGER AND HOW THE PROCESS WORKS FOR HOW TO CONNECT WITH MAYBE EVEN WITH OUR SOCIAL SERVICES TO BE ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE.

ALSO MAYBE CONNECTING WITH OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TAMARAC NORTH LAUDERDALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SO YOU CAN CONNECT WITH OUR BUSINESSES AND TALK WITH THEM WITH WHAT YOU HAVE TO BRING FORWARD. I THINK THAT'S A WONDERFUL IDEA.

I DON'T SEE ANY HANDS RAISED FOR ANY QUESTION.

VICE MAYOR, YOU KNOW. GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, AND THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER GELIN, FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD.

OFTEN TIMES WE DO NOT APPRECIATE OUR COLLEAGUES IN THAT WAY.

I MUST MENTION THIS.

THIS IS A PART OF THIS DISCUSSION, AS IT WERE.

THE FIRST ITEM BEFORE THIS THAT, LIKE COMMISSIONER GELIN NOW IS BRINGING POINTS TO THE CITY COMMISSION IDEAS TO ASSIST THE COMMISSION.

IT'S A GOOD THING.

BUT WE MUST RECALL THAT WHEN WE JUST GOT ELECTED, I DID NOT HAVE SUPPORT SOMEBODY TO SECOND MY MOTIONS.

THAT IS WHY I SUPPORTED COMMISSIONER GELIN TO BE ELECTED HERE.

SO THESE IDEAS CAN GO FORTH.

NOW I'M GOING TO SECOND FOR HIM.

PERHAPS IF I WERE NOT ON THE COMMISSION, HE WOULD NOT SEE THESE ITEMS GO FORWARD.

I DID BRING ITEMS TO THE TABLE AND THEY PRETTY MUCH DIED FOR A LACK OF SECOND, BECAUSE THE SAME COLLEAGUES HERE DID NOT THINK THAT THE IDEA SHOULD GO FORWARD, MAYBE BECAUSE OF WHO IT WAS COMING FROM. MAYBE IT WAS A TIME AND PLACE ISSUE.

I DON'T KNOW.

SO, YOU KNOW, I DID KNOW HOW TO BRING ITEMS FORWARD, BUT THOSE ITEMS

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WOULD SIMPLY BE SHOT DOWN BY THE MAYOR.

SHE WAS THE VICE MAYOR AT THE TIME.

AND JULIE FISHMAN DID NOT HAVE A VOICE OF HER OWN AT THAT TIME.

BUT THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY.

TAMARAC. AND I SUPPORT IT.

I WANT TO UNDERSTAND, THOUGH WHAT CERTAIN PARTY OR BACK IN SCREENING IS LIKE AFTER INTERVIEWS OR JOB OFFERS TAKE PLACE.

SO OFTEN THE BOX IS BANNED ON THE FRONT END, BUT IT ENDS UP BEING INEFFECTIVE BECAUSE JUSTICE INVOLVED APPLICANTS ARE FILTERED OUT WHEN THE FINAL VERIFICATION TAKE PLACE.

SO ON THE FRONT END, WE'RE BANNING THE BOX.

BUT WHAT HAPPENS ON THE BACK END? WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE FINAL VERIFICATION TAKES PLACE? I WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT GOES ON THERE.

SCREENING. SO THAT WOULD BE MY FIRST QUESTION. I DON'T KNOW IF SAM OR THE CITY MANAGER OR THE H.R.

MANAGER, IF IT PLEASES YOU, MADAM CHAIR, FOR THEM TO ANSWER.

I DON'T KNOW, I COULDN'T HEAR WHAT YOU JUST SAID.

I WAS ASKING IF WE SHOULD BE DIRECTING THIS TO OUR HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR.

YEAH. I MEAN, I THINK THAT MR. CALHOUN CAN SPEAK TO OUR EXPERIENCE WITH THE BAN THE BOX AND THE SUCCESS THAT WE'VE HAD IN TERMS OF BRINGING PEOPLE INTO OUR ORGANIZATION.

WITH THAT IN PLACE, THOUGH, MR. CALHOUN WANTED TO GO AHEAD AND TALK ABOUT THAT HE CERTAINLY CAN.

GOOD MORNING OR GOOD AFTERNOON, I SHOULD SAY.

MADAM MAYOR, MR. VICE MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION.

LERENZO CALHOUN, HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR FOR THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

MR. VICE MAYOR, AS I SHARED MANY MEETINGS AGO, WE HAVE A NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE BEEN GIVEN A SECOND CHANCE, REGARDLESS OF THEIR RECORD, AND HAVE BEEN QUITE SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR EMPLOYMENT WITH THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

TO YOUR QUESTION, CANDIDATES RECEIVE WHAT'S CALLED A CONDITIONAL OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT BEFORE WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THE THIRD PHASE OR THE THIRD PARTY BACKGROUND SCREENING, AS YOU MENTIONED. AND PRIOR TO THAT THIRD PARTY BACKGROUND SCREENING TAKING PLACE, EMPLOYEES OR POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCLOSE ANY INFORMATION IN THAT BACKGROUND THAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SO THAT WE ARE NOT SURPRISED WITH THE BACKGROUND INFORMATION COMES BACK TO US.

THEY ARE NOT DEPENDING ON THE I WOULD SAY THE RECENCY OF THE INFRACTION THAT PLAYS INTO WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE MOVED FORWARD IN THE PROCESS.

OBVIOUSLY IF THEY HAVE SERVED THEIR TIME AND PAID THEIR DEBT TO SOCIETY AND IT IS REMOTE IN TIME, THAT IS NOT HELD AGAINST THEM.

BUT SOMETHING VERY RECENT.

AND ONE EXAMPLE I CAN GIVE YOU, WE HAD SOMEONE WHO WAS BEGINNING A PROGRAM AND THE STATE ATTORNEY AND THE PUBLIC DEFENDER HAD NOT FINALIZED THE PARTICULARS OF THEIR PARTICULAR PRETRIAL DIVERSION PROGRAM.

SO UNTIL THAT PARTICULAR PROGRAM WAS AGREED TO BY THE STATE ATTORNEY, THE PUBLIC DEFENDER, WE WERE NOT ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH EMPLOYMENT FOR THAT PARTICULAR CANDIDATE.

THE PARTIES WERE NOT ABLE TO COME TO A MEETING OF THE MINDS.

THEREFORE, WE HAD TO MOVE FORWARD BECAUSE THERE WAS POTENTIAL THAT THAT PERSON WOULD BE INCARCERATED. SO WE DO NOT HOLD THE RECORD THAT SOMEONE MAY HAVE IN THEIR PAST AGAINST THEM. WE GIVE EVERYONE AMPLE OPPORTUNITY.

OK. COULD THERE BE SOME SORT OF A POLICY ABOVE WHAT

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COMMISSIONER GELIN HAS BROUGHT FORWARD? AND I MEAN, I COULD SAY THAT THAT COMMISSIONER GELIN CAME ON, CAME ON BOARD, BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN YOU HAVE RIGHTFULLY SPOKE TO US ABOUT HOW LENIENT YOU HAVE BEEN WITH CERTAIN PEOPLE FROM THE WORKFORCE THAT HAS BEEN WORKING FOR THE CITY OF TAMARAC EVEN BEFORE COMMISSIONER GELIN CAME CAME ON.

SO IF I WANTED TO BE AS DEVIOUS AS GREG, I WOULD NOT GIVE COMMISSIONER GELIN CREDIT FOR THIS. BUT SINC HE'S BOLD AND SO INTELLIGENT, LET HIS NAME BE WRITTEN IN HISTORY THAT HE WAS THE ONE THAT BROUGHT THIS FORWARD.

SO COULD THERE BE SOME SORT OF A POLICY WHERE HR SAYS, IF SOMEBODY WAS ARRESTED OR DID THEIR TIME FIVE YEARS AGO, LET'S SAY THEY DON'T HAVE TO DISCLOSE IT, IT WILL NOT AFFECT THEM IF THEY DISCLOSE IT IN THE FIRST INTERVIEW.

AND THEY YOU KNOW, THIS IS JUST CREATIVE THINKING.

IS THERE SUCH A THING? DO YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHER CITIES THAT DOES THIS KIND OF A THING, YOU KNOW, BEYOND BANNING THE BOX? ON MY RESEARCH, THERE ARE A FEW CITIES THAT HAVE TAKEN ACTION ON BANNED THE BOX.

I KNOW THAT HALLANDALE, PRIOR TO COVID, WAS IN THE MIDST OF ADOPTING AN ORDINANCE.

I AM NOT CERTAIN HOW FAR THEY'VE GOTTEN SINCE COVID AND VIRTUAL MEETINGS.

IN TERMS OF BEING PROGRESSIVE, SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU'RE DESCRIBING.

EVEN IF WE SAID TO SOMEONE YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DISCLOSE, WHICH WE ARE ESSENTIALLY DOING WITH BANNING THE BOX ON AN APPLICATION, ONCE WE RUN A BACKGROUND CHECK, WHICH WE REQUIRED TO DO ON EVERYONE IN PARTICULAR POSITIONS WHERE THEY MAY HAVE CONTACT WITH CHILDREN, FOR EXAMPLE, THE PARKS AND RECREATION SITUATION, THAT INFORMATION WOULD BE MADE KNOWN TO US.

SO WE CAN BE AGGRESSIVE FROM THE STANDPOINT OF MAKING SURE THAT WE GIVE THEM A FAIR OPPORTUNITY. BUT WE WOULD NEED TO KNOW THAT INFORMATION.

OK, ALL RIGHT.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE CITIES THAT HAS BANNED THE BOX, SO IF WE CAN HAVE A LIST OF THE CITIES THAT HAS BANNED THE BOX AND ALSO A COPY OF THEIR ORDINANCE, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT. AND I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE HOW MANY CITIES ARE DOING SOMETHING ELSE ABOVE BANNING THE BOX LIKE MAKING SURE THAT BACK END SCREENING, AFTER INTERVIEWS THAT PROCESS, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT.

SO IF YOU CAN PULL UP THE CITIES AND BENCHMARK THEN, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

MR. VICE MAYOR, I WILL WORK ON THAT AND GET THAT INFORMATION TO YOU IN THE COMMISSION.

THANK YOU, MR. GELIN. YOU MEAN THE COMMISSIONER? THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

JUST TO LET EVERYONE KNOW WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

SO THE CITY DOES HAVE AN ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY OF BANNING THE BOX, WHICH IS WHAT THE FAIR CHANCE LAW ASKS FOR.

SO IT DOESN'T SAY NOT TO ASK FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS.

IT SAYS BAN THE BOX TO GIVE A PERSON A FAIR OPPORTUNITY TO JUST BE TO EVEN BE EVALUATED.

BUT THE POINT OF DRAFTING AN ORDINANCE IS TO MAKE IT LAW, NUMBER ONE.

NUMBER TWO IS TO EXTEND IT TO THE CONTRACTORS THAT WORK WITH THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

THE CITY TAMARAC IS ONE ORGANIZATION ARRANGED FOR THE EMPLOYEES THAT IMPACT MIGHT HAVE IT MIGHT HAVE IMPACT ON FIVE OR TEN PEOPLE.

BUT THE LAW, IF IMPLEMENTED, IF WE DECIDE TO MOVE FORWARD AND GET IT PASSED, IT WOULD ALSO EXTEND TO THE CONTRACTORS WHO WORK WITH THE CITY, WHICH IS HOW IT WORKS CURRENTLY WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SO NOW SO THAT OPENS UP THE OPPORTUNITY FOR COMPANIES THAT WANT TO ENGAGE WITH THE CITY OF TAMARAC TO ALSO ENGAGE WITH OIC.

AND OIC CAN SAY SO IF A COMPANY WANTS TO BID ON A CITY OF TAMARAC, FOR EXAMPLE, THEN THEY MAY NEED TO WORK WITH A CERTAIN NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES THAT COME FROM THIS LABOR POOL.

AND SO IS YOU CAN SAY, WELL, WE HAVE A POOL OF PEOPLE WHO ARE TALENTED AND READY AND CAN FILL THESE ROLES. AND THIS IS HOW WE HAVE A LARGER IMPACT ON SOCIETY.

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THE CITY OF TAMARAC IS JUST ONE ORGANIZATION.

WE HAVE 30, 50 PEOPLE.

BUT IF WE EXTEND THIS OUT TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY THAT'S CONTRACTING WITH THE CITY OF TAMARAC, THAT'S WHERE IT CAN HAVE MAXIMUM IMPACT.

AND SO ALL IT'S SAYING IS, YOU KNOW, LET'S LOOK AT THE BACKGROUND LATER ON IN THE PROCESS, WHICH IS WHAT IS CURRENTLY DONE NOW THROUGH AN ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY.

SO MY POINT IS, LET'S MAKE IT LAW.

SO NOT ONLY THAT IT STAYS PERMANENT WITHIN THE CITY OF TAMARAC AND NOT AT THE WHIMS OF CITY MANAGEMENT. BUT SO IT ALSO EXTENDS TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.

AND IF YOU COULD PULL UP THAT PDF DOCUMENT ON A FAIR CHANCE ACT, I CAN ADDRESS VICE MAYOR BOLTON'S QUESTION ON A NUMBER OF CITIES THAT HAVE ADOPTED THE VARIATION OF THE BAN THE BOX ORDINANCE, ALSO KNOWN AS THE FAIR CHANCE LAW.

MAYOR GOMEZ, YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT FOR THAT.

OK? WRONG DOCUMENT.

ANYWAY, I WANT TO SAY THIS ABOUT ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY CITIES THAT HAVE ADOPTED IT, SEVERAL I THINK 13 STATES AND THEN A LOT OF LARGE CORPORATIONS LIKE TARGET, JPMORGAN AND SO MANY OTHERS. SO THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT.

AND I YIELD MY TIME.

SO HOPE COMMISSIONER PERSONALLY CAN SPEAK.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER FISHMAN.

COMMISSIONER GELIN, I APPRECIATE YOUR GOING INTO WHAT THE ORDINANCE WOULD INCLUDE, BECAUSE THAT WAS MY QUESTION, IF WE PASS THIS, CAN WE PUT IN AN ORDINANCE THAT OUR CONTRACTORS ALSO HAVE TO DO THE BAN THE BOX? I AGREE THAT THE CHANCE FOR RECIDIVISM FOR FOLKS COMING OUT OF OUR PRISON SYSTEM IS RIDICULOUS IS PART OF THAT REASON, AND IT'S BEEN SAID THERE IS NO HOPE AND THERE IS NO WAY FOR THEM TO BE EMPLOYED.

THERE IS NO WAY FOR THEM TO GET HOUSING.

LOOK, WE PUT ALL THESE BARRIERS IN PLACE AND THEN ACT SURPRISED WHEN PEOPLE REALLY RECOMMIT. IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE YOU PAY YOUR DEBT TO SOCIETY AND THEN YOU'RE ABLE TO GO ON AND THE WAY OUR SYSTEM IS SET UP DOESN'T ALLOW FOR THAT.

SO I'M VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THIS ORDINANCE AND HOPE TO SEE THIS QUICKLY THROUGH THE PROCESS.

THANK YOU.

I GUESS WHAT'S COMING UP NOW, COMING UP.

COMMISSIONER GELIN.

JUST IF ME THROUGH THE MAYOR.

SO THIS IS THE DOCUMENT, IF YOU CAN JUST ZOOM IN A LITTLE BIT LEVENT AND THEN SCROLL DOWN TO THE NEXT PAGE.

I THINK I HIGHLIGHTED SOME ITEMS. OK, HERE WE GO. SO THE PRIOR PAGE.

YEAH, SO AGAIN, SO THE GOAL IS JUST TO HELP QUALIFIED WORKERS AND NOT UNQUALIFIED WORKERS, BUT QUALIFIED WORKERS COMPETE FAIRLY FOR EMPLOYMENT, IN THIS CASE FOR FEDERAL AGENCIES, IN OUR CASE, IT WOULD BE FOR THIS CITY.

AND THEN IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT HIGHLIGHTED AREA.

SO, AGAIN, IT DOES NOT PREVENT EMPLOYERS FROMLOOKING AT THE HISTORY OF THE BACKGROUND CHECK, IT JUST GIVES THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO FAIRLY GET INTO THE POOL.

AND THEN IF YOU SCROLL DOWN TO THE NEXT HIGHLIGHTED AREA AND I CAN SUBMIT IT TO THE CITY CLERK SO THAT EVERYONE HAS A COPY.

SO ALL SOME GROUP CALLED ALL OF US OR NONE OF US HAVE CHAMPIONED THIS.

SAN FRANCISCO DID THE FIRST BAN THE BOX WAY BACK IN 2005.

AND SINCE THEN, THIRTY FIVE STATES AND MORE THAN 150 CITIES HAVE ADOPTED THIS, INCLUDING PRIVATE CORPORATIONS LIKE JP MORGAN CHASE, COKE, FACEBOOK, GOOGLE, STARBUCKS, TARGET, SO MANY OTHERS. SO THIS IS REALLY A GOOD THING.

AND IT HAS SUPPORT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS.

AND RIGHT NOW, FAMOUSLY, SENATOR RAND PAUL ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE AND CORY BOOKER ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE ARE WORKING TO REDUCE THEIR PRISON POPULATION OVERALL BECAUSE WE'RE SPENDING WAY TOO MUCH MONEY AND IT'S JUST NOT PRODUCTIVE.

AND HERE JUST LIST ALL THE ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING ACLU, AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION AND SO MANY OTHERS THAT HAVE SUPPORTED THIS.

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AND IF WE SCROLL DOWN A LITTLE BIT MORE, YOU KNOW THIS TO ME, THIS IS SUCH A SHAME OF A NUMBER WITH 70 MILLION ADULTS THAT HAVE SOME KIND OF ARREST RECORD OR CONVICTION RECORD THAT SHOW UP ON THESE BACKGROUND CHECKS.

SO, YOU KNOW, THIS JUST TO ME, HELPS SOCIETY BE SAFER, CAN INCREASE THE TAX POOL IF WE GET PEOPLE WORKING INSTEAD OF BEING A TAX BURDEN BY BEING IN THE PRISON SYSTEM.

AND BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT POVERTY LEADS TO CRIME, WE MAKE THE JOB OF OUR POLICE OFFICERS EASY IF WE PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT AND CAN REDUCE CRIME.

SO I'M NOT SURE THAT ANY CITIES IN BROWARD COUNTY THAT DOES THIS.

I KNOW BROWARD COUNTY GOVERNMENT PASSED AN ORDINANCE, BUT IT DOES NOT EXTEND TO THE CONTRACTORS. SO IT'S VERY LIMITED.

IT'S GREAT THAT THEY WORK WITH OIC, BUT IT WILL BE MORE POWERFUL AND MORE IMPACTFUL IF IT EXTENDED TO THEIR CONTRACTORS.

SO JUST SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND I YIELD.

JOURNEY, WE OFTENTIMES LIKE TO OFFER THIS TO BUSINESSES TO PARTICIPATE NOT SO MUCH AS A MANDATE, BECAUSE STYLISTICALLY WE FOUND THAT THAT DIDN'T WORK AS WELL, GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE A DIFFERENT SEGMENT OF THE WORKFORCE.

BUT BUT AGAIN, MY COMMITMENT TO YOU IS, AS YOU'RE MAKING THE PRESENTATIONS, THE PITCHES ARE ENGAGING. THE BUSINESSES KNOW THAT WE STAND READY TO WORK WITH THEM AGAIN AS THE EXTENSION OF THE HUMAN RESOURCE DIVISION TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE VETTING THE RIGHT TALENTS. WE OFTENTIMES WE ASK FOR A JOB DESCRIPTION.

SO WE MAKE SURE WE'RE MEETING WHAT THEY'RE REQUESTING.

BUT SOMETIMES IF THEY DON'T HAVE A JOB DESCRIPTION, WE'LL CREATE ONE FOR THEM.

SO THE KEY IS THAT THIS IS LESS OF A MANDATE THAN AN OPPORTUNITY AND WE'RE WILLING TO WORK WITH THEM BECAUSE THAT'S TYPICALLY SOME OF THE RESERVATIONS THEY WILL HAVE.

IS IS THIS ANOTHER ADMINISTRATIVE BURDEN THEY HAVE TO SORT THROUGH? BUT JUST KNOW THAT WE STAND PREPARED.

OUR ORGANIZATION, CAREER SOURCE, OUR OTHER STRATEGIC PARTNERS, WE STAND PREPARED TO WORK WITH YOU AS YOU HELP GET YOUR BUSINESSES ACCULTURATED WITH THIS PROCESS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND THROUGH THE MAYOR, MR. AND CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT BRIEFLY? SURE, ABSOLUTELY.

IF THE TAX BOND, THERE'S AN INSURANCE BOND AND A TAX INCENTIVE AND I'LL TELL YOU SEQUENTIALLY WHAT WE OFTEN DO.

I OFTEN SELL THE NOTION OF A REFORMED PERSON WHO HAS EARNED THE CREDENTIALS, HAS THE SKILL SET THAT ALIGNS WITH THEIR I ALWAYS START WITH THAT PART FIRST AND SAY, AND BY THE WAY, YOU SHOULD ALSO KNOW THERE'S A TAX BENEFIT THAT YOU'RE ELIGIBLE FOR AS WELL AS AN INSURANCE, THE FEDERAL BOND, IT PROTECTS THEM IN THE EVENT ANYTHING HAPPENS.

I DO THAT SEQUENTIALLY RECOGNIZING THE INTEREST OF BUSINESS IS FIRST TO RESOLVE THE TALENT VOIDS.

SO I START WITH IT FROM A BUSINESS STANDPOINT AND THEN TALK ABOUT THE ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS LIKE THE TAX INCENTIVE AND THE INSURANCE BOND AS SECONDARY AND THIRD TIER MEASURE TO HELP GIVE THEM SOME LEVEL OF ASSURANCE THAT THIS IS A GOOD DECISION FOR THEIR BUSINESS. THANK YOU.

I THINK WHAT YOU, MR. I WILL TELL YOU MY CONCERNS OF WHAT I'M HEARING HERE.

IS SOMETHING I'M GOING TO ASK LEGAL BECAUSE CITY ATTORNEY, I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS IN OUR PURVIEW AS A COMMISSION, ISN'T IT SEEMS MORE LIKE MR. TO GO THROUGH A PROPER PROCUREMENT PROCESS AND WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH MANAGER FOR THIS TO HAPPEN.

AND I'M NOT SAYING THAT YOU SHOULDN'T.

I JUST DON'T THINK THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE COMMISSION CAN SAY TO YOU AT THIS TIME MR.WE WE DON'T CONTROL THAT.

THAT'S UNDER THE CITY ATTORNEY CITY MANAGER'S RESPONSIBILITY.

BUT I'D LIKE THE CITY ATTORNEY TO RESPOND, PLEASE.

MAYOR, IF I CAN, AND COMMISSION BEFORE THE COMMISSION TODAY IS COMMISSIONER GELIN'S ITEM.

AND THAT ITEM SPECIFICALLY TALKS ABOUT DRAFTING AN ORDINANCE TO BAN THE BOX.

THAT THAT IS THAT IS THE SUBJECT MATTER OF TODAY'S PUBLIC REVIEW BY EACH OF YOU.

THE GENTLEMAN WHO SPOKE AND HAS OFFERED UP HIS ASSISTANCE AND DIRECTION AND GUIDANCE, WHICH I KNOW YOU APPRECIATE, AS WE ALL DO.

IF THE COMMISSION WERE TO ADOPT A MOTION TODAY TO DIRECT OUR OFFICE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CITY ADMINISTRATION TO DRAFT AN ORDINANCE WHICH WOULD EXTRACT FROM THE EXISTING POLICY THE REFERENCE TO BAN THE BOX AND CREATE A LEGISLATIVE POLICY AND A LAW AS DESCRIBED BY COMMISSIONER GELIN TO CHAPTER 166 AS A LAW OF THE CITY.

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THAT WOULD BE THE DIRECTION WE WOULD TAKE TODAY WITH REGARD TO THE ASSISTANCE TO BE OFFERED BY THE ORGANIZATION THAT'S BEING SPOKEN TO.

THAT'S A SEPARATE ISSUE. THAT'S AN ISSUE WHICH IS NOT BEING LEGISLATED.

IT'S AN ISSUE BEING CONSIDERED.

AND HOW IT GETS TO BE CONSIDERED AND INTERWOVEN IN THE CONVERSATION IS A MATTER WHICH HAS YET TO OCCUR. I THINK THAT COMMISSIONER GELIN'S OPPORTUNITY OF DISCUSSION TODAY WAS TO SIMPLY OPEN UP THAT DOOR FOR THAT OPPORTUNITY OF DISCUSSION.

WE CAN'T CERTAINLY LEGISLATE THAT DIRECTION, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO BE RESPECTFUL OF THE PROCUREMENT CODE IN THE CITY, WHAT ITS LIMITATIONS ARE, WHAT ITS OPTIONS ARE.

AND WITHIN THAT CONTEXT, WE CAN LOOK AT THAT ISSUE LATER.

I'M NOT TRYING TO DO A DISSERVICE TO THE GENTLEMAN SPEAKER.

WE APPRECIATE THE COMMENTARY, BUT WE'RE IN A PROCESS, THE STATEMENT THAT WE HAVE BEFORE US AND THE POSITION WE HAVE AS COMMISSIONER GELIN'S MOTION.

IF ADOPTED, WE WILL DRAFT AN ORDINANCE, WE'LL COLLABORATE WITH LERENZO WILL BENCHMARK WE WILL SHARE DOCUMENTS.

WE WILL HAVE AN ORDINANCE FOR YOU IN SHORT ORDER.

THE CONSEQUENCE OF ALL THAT IS PART OF WHAT'S BEING DESCRIBED BY MR. AHEAD OF THE GAME OR MIGHT BE SOMETHING TO BE ANSWERED WHEN PROVIDED THAT THE VICE MAYOR IS ASKED, WELL, BUT WHAT, IF ANY, DO WE HAVE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO AMEND THE REQUIREMENT BECAUSE MAY I RESPOND TO THAT MAYOR AND COMMISSION? I'M A VERY THOUGHTFUL CITY ATTORNEY AND I DON'T LIKE TO GUESS WHEN I DON'T HAVE AN ANSWER.

AND IT'S VERY RARELY I DON'T HAVE A THOUGHTFUL ANSWER.

THE THOUGHTFUL ANSWER I WOULD HAVE HERE IS THE FACT THAT I WOULD HAVE SOME INTEREST IN DOING SOME LEGAL RESEARCH ON THE ABILITY TO MAKE THAT COMMITMENT.

I DO KNOW THAT THERE ARE PORTIONS AND PARTS OF OUR PROCUREMENT CODE NOW, AS I'M SURE CAN BE DISCUSSED BY MR. GLATZ AND BY MS. CAJUSTE AS NEEDED THAT ENCOURAGE CERTAIN BEHAVIORS OF OUR VENDORS AND THAT OPEN UP DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY AND REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE ASPIRATIONAL GOALS THAT WE CALL THEM PRECATORY OBLIGATIONS VERSUS MANDATORY OBLIGATIONS, THAT THAT IS SOMETHING WHICH CAN BE CONSIDERED.

BUT IN THE CONTEXT OF HOW THIS WILL PLAY OUT AFTER THE ORDINANCE IS CONSIDERED THAT'S AN OPEN ISSUE. TO BE VERY BRIEF AND TO RESPOND TO A QUESTION JUST IN SHORTER TERMS, THE ANSWER IS, IS THAT I WOULD LOOK AT THAT ISSUE.

I THINK IT'S WORTH LOOKING AT.

BUT AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE CITY CAN, UNDER FLORIDA LAW, LEGALLY BIND A THIRD PARTY VENDOR CONNECTED TO THE CITY IN A PROCUREMENT PROCESS IS AN OPEN QUESTION.

I WILL CERTAINLY BE EDUCATED IF THERE ARE ORDINANCES OUT THERE IN THE COMMUNITY.

IF THERE ARE, I'D LIKE TO SEE THEM.

TO THAT END, WE WOULD LOOK AT THAT ITEM AS REQUESTED.

AND I THINK THE MR. AND WE'RE DISCUSSING THIS THREE MONTHS DOWN THE ROAD.

WELL, LET ME RESPOND, MADAM MAYOR.

WE COMMENCED DOING SOME HOMEWORK ON THE SUBJECT MONTHS AGO WHEN THE SUBJECT BECAME A TOPIC OF AT LEAST PRELIMINARY CONVERSATION.

IT WAS NOT SOMETHING WHICH WE PUT IN THE BACK ROOM AND LOCK THE DOOR.

SO WE HAVE SOME PRELIMINARY RESEARCH DONE.

LERENZO'S DONE. MR CALHOUN HAS DONE QUITE A BIT OF WORK ON THE SUBJECT.

HE'S DONE SOME HOMEWORK, I KNOW HE'S BENCHMARKED AND LIMITEDLY HALLANDALE BEACH WAS ONE VENUE. THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHERS AND QUITE PUBLICLY MR. GELIN, COMMISSION GELIN SHARED WITH ME SOME OTHER STATES WHERE THEY MAY HAVE THEIR OWN ORDINANCES THROUGH VARIOUS GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.

BUT LET'S FOCUS ON THE MOMENT.

THE MOMENT IS A VERY, VERY LIMITED ITEM, WHICH ESSENTIALLY SAYS A MOTION TO DRAFT AN ORDINANCE TO BAN THE BOX, THAT THAT IS THE BOX THAT YOU'RE IN.

THAT'S THE LEGAL BOX ARE IN.

THERE ARE OTHER PERIPHERAL ISSUES WHICH, ALTHOUGH IMPORTANT AND THOUGHTFUL AND RELEVANT, ARE NOT RELEVANT TO THE DRAFT OF THIS MOTION.

SO I DON'T WANT IT.

I'M NOT TRYING TO HEARD YOU. BUT I IN THE CONTEXT OF HEARDING PEOPLE FROM PLACE TO PLACE.

BUT I'M TRYING TO SHEPHERD YOU TO THE RIGHT ANSWER TO GET TO THE CONCLUSION THAT'S NEEDED TO GET TO THE OTHER SETS OF ISSUES THAT WE CAN THEN REACH THEREAFTER WITH THOUGHTFULNESS AND INVESTMENT OF TIME.

WE'LL GET THERE. OK, SO I'M HEARING OBVIOUSLY TODAY OUR DISCUSSION IS ON BAN THE BOX, I GET THAT, YOU KNOW, LISTENING TO ALL OF THIS, WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. AND RATHER THAN CONTINUE THE DISCUSSION, THREE MEETINGS DOWN THE ROW, ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO EXPEDITE IS ALL I'M ASKING FOR.

SO ARE YOU ASKING ME FOR EXPEDITIOUS TREATMENT? YEAH, YEAH, WELL, TO THE EXTENT THAT YOU ARE, IT'S A GIVEN AND THE ANSWER, OF COURSE, I MEAN, WE'RE PREPARED TO GET TO THE, TO START DRAFTING.

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AND BY THE WAY, ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY QUENTIN MORGAN HAS BEEN LISTENING IN IF QUENTIN'S THERE. YOU CAN ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR PRESENCE.

THIS IS A TOPIC WHICH YOU HAVE ALL TOUCHED UPON WITH US PRIVATELY AND TO SOME GREAT DEGREE PUBLICLY. TODAY IS THE ACTUAL MOMENT OF TRUTH, WHERE THE MOTIONS ON THE TABLE STRIKE THAT ON THE FLOOR. FORGIVE ME.

THANK YOU SAM.

QUENTIN, ARE YOU THERE? IF I MAY ASK MADAM MAYOR.

I AM. GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE.

AS SAM STATED, THIS HAS BEEN A SUBJECT MATTER THAT WE'VE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH COMMISSIONER GELIN ABOUT, AND MR. CALHOUN TO ASSIST WITH SOME OF THE BACKGROUND INFORMATION.

IF THIS WERE TO PASS, WHERE THE COMMISSION WOULD ASK US TO PREPARE AN ORDINANCE TO THE EFFECT OF BANNING THE BOX LEGISLATIVELY IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC, WE COULD GET THAT DONE IN SHORT ORDER. WITH RESPECT TO THE ISSUE OF EXTENDING THE BANNING OF THE BOX TO VENDORS OF THE CITY. WE WILL DO SOME LEGAL RESEARCH ON THAT TO ENSURE THE PARAMETERS OF WHAT WE CAN DO WITH THAT PARTICULAR SUBJECT.

BUT THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT ALSO COULD BE DONE IN SHORT ORDER.

IT WOULDN'T BE THREE MONTHS DOWN THE LINE.

AND UNLESS IT WAS PUSHED BY YOU ALL FOR WHATEVER REASON, WE COULD HAVE THAT WORK DONE FOR YOU IN SHORT ORDER.

THANK YOU, MR. MORGAN. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MAYOR, FOR THAT I APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU. COMMISSIONER GELIN. YEAH, JUST TO ADDRESS SOMETHING YOU BROUGHT UP, SO I AM TO ADDRESS COMMISSIONER PLACKO, I'M PREPARED TO MAKE THE MOTION ONCE ALL QUESTIONS ARE ASKED AND ANSWERED.

BUT I JUST WANTED TO BRING MR. TO HELP RETURNING CITIZENS.

AND AS HE STATED ELOQUENTLY, YOU KNOW, HE SEES PEOPLE COMING TO HIS OFFICE WITH NO HOPE AND AND PROVIDING THEM WITH HOPE AND JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES.

AND HE ALSO KNOWS THAT IF WE DON'T PROVIDE THOSE PEOPLE WITH HOPE, THEN THEY CAN POTENTIALLY END UP BEING A PROBLEM IN THE COMMUNITY.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ALL ALL TRYING TO AVOID.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE IT CLEAR BY HAVING HIM HERE THAT THERE ARE MANY BUSINESSES OUT THERE. HE ALSO HAS COMMUNITY PARTNERS.

AND BECAUSE THE NEED IS SO GREAT, HIS FIRM IS GROWING.

HE'S GETTING, HE'S GROWING, HE IS GETTING MORE AND MORE DOLLARS.

AND THERE HAS BEEN A COMMITMENT ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL UNDERSTANDING THAT WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE, SO MANY RETURNING CITIZENS, THAT THEY'VE STARTED TO INVEST A LOT MORE MONEY IN HELPING BECAUSE WE ALWAYS SAY ABOUT THE CRIMINAL, LOCK THEM UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY, BUT WE DON'T THROW AWAY THE KEY. THEY DO COME OUT, BUT WE HAVEN'T RESOLVED THE ISSUE OF HELPING THEM AS THEY COME OUT.

SO I'LL MAKE THE MOTION WHENEVER WE'RE DONE WITH THE QUESTION AND ANSWER, PERIOD.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER FISHMAN.

I UNDERSTAND WHAT MR. CONTRACTORS. PERHAPS THE CITY ATTORNEY CAN LOOK AT INSTEAD OF REQUIRING OUR CONTRACTORS, VENDORS TO ALSO BAN THE BOX, MAYBE LOOKING AT AN INCENTIVE OR PROCUREMENT THAT WE HAVE IN OTHER AREAS, LIKE AN INCENTIVE FOR BUSINESSES THAT CONTRACT WITH THE CITY AND WILL BE USING THE BAN THE BOX OR USING THE SERVICES OF ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS MADAM MAYOR IF I COULD RESPOND TO THE COMMISSIONER VERY QUICKLY.

I KNOW THE TIME IS SHORT.

BEFORE FEDERAL LAW CHANGE WITH THE SUPREME COURT, FOR EXAMPLE, SOME CITIES, SOME OF WHICH WE ALL KNOW IN THIS COMMUNITY AND IN SOUTH FLORIDA, REQUIRE VENDORS DOING BUSINESS WITH THE CITY TO HAVE RELATIONSHIPS IN CONNECTION WITH DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP, WHICH IS A SUBSET OF THIS CONVERSATION. AND AS AN ALLY, A POINT OF CONVERSATION.

THIS THIS ISSUE, THE BAN THE BOX CONCEPT MAY BE SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT, BUT THE CONCEPT THAT CITIES EMBRACE IT THROUGH LEGISLATION WAS TO, IN FACT, REQUIRE AND OR TO ASPIRATIONAL OBLIGATE VENDORS TO PROVIDE DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP BENEFITS IF THEY'RE DOING BUSINESS WITH THE CITY. I SAY THAT ONLY BECAUSE IT'S OPEN AND NOTORIOUS AND IT'S CERTAINLY AN ALLIED ISSUE, WHICH I'M SURE THE COMMISSIONER WILL EMBRACE AS WELL AS MR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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I'M JUST GOING TO SHARE MY ONE LAST THOUGHT.

PRESUMABLY, THIS WILL GO FORWARD AS A MOTION FOR AN ORDINANCE TO BE DRAFTED.

AND I BROUGHT UP THE COMMENTS I DID, BECAUSE IF WE'RE GOING TO DRAFT A MOTION, I DON'T I KNOW THAT WE ARE NARROW IN THE FIELD.

BUT TODAY IS THE FIRST TIME I'M HEARING FROM AS AN ORDINANCE RATHER THAN AS IT HAS BEEN AS A POLICY THAT IS RUN THROUGH OUR CITY MANAGER AND THROUGH OUR AND THERE HAS BEEN NO ISSUE WITH IT TO DATE.

HEARING TODAY, FURTHER THAT THE EXPANSION OF WHERE YOU ARE WISHING TO GO WITH THIS COMMISSIONER GELIN, IS WHY I ASKED THOSE QUESTIONS, BECAUSE IF ANYTHING IS BROUGHT FORWARD, OF COURSE, YOU WILL CITY ATTORNEY AND ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE ITEMS ARE CAREFULLY REVIEWED BEFORE PUTTING SOMETHING TOGETHER SO WE DON'T HAVE ANY KIND OF ISSUE OR DELAY IF IT'S COMING FORWARD TO US IN ORDINANCE HAVING TO SEND YOU BACK DOWN THE LINES AGREE TO IT. SO THAT AND I TRIED TO GET ONE OF THE ATTORNEYS FROM THE NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT LAW PROJECT TO SPEAK TODAY. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY WERE NOT AVAILABLE, BUT THEY'VE HELPED DRAFT SOME OF THESE ORDINANCES. THEY'RE STAFFED BY HARVARD LAW EDUCATED ATTORNEYS.

SO I'LL BE SURE TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE AVAILABLE AND INTRODUCE THEM TO OUR CITY ATTORNEY AND ENSURE THEY'RE AVAILABLE FOR THE NEXT COMMISSION MEETING WHENEVER THIS ITEM COMES BACK UP. BUT, YEAH, I'LL MAKE A MOTION TO DIRECT THE CITY ATTORNEY TO DRAFT AN ORDINANCE REGARDING BAN THE BOX.

I SECOND THE MOTION.

CITY CLERK, PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

YES, MA'AM, VICE MAYOR BOLTON.

YES.

COMMISSIONER FISHMAN. YES.

COMMISSIONER GELIN.

YES. COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

YES.

MAYOR GOMEZ.

YES.

THE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY FIVE TO ZERO.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE CURRENT TIME IS 12:37.

MR. AND I'M GOING TO PUT THIS IN RECESS.

IT IS NOW 12:38.

WE WILL BE BACK IN SESSION AT 12:50.

WE'RE IN RECESS.

POSSIBLE MOTION MANDATING THE BROWARD SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO ISSUE ADULT CIVIL CITATION FOR

[13.c. Discussion and possible motion mandating the Broward Sheriff's Office issue adult civil citations for minor offenses]

MINOR OFFENSES, COMMISSIONER GELIN.

YES, I BELIEVE WE DISCUSSED THIS AT THE LAST COMMISSION MEETING, AND I WANT TO SAY AND THEN THE CITY ATTORNEY, YOU CAN REMIND ME THAT BROWARD COUNTY GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY AND SO BY DEFAULT, THAT EXTENDS TO THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

YES.

WHAT I THINK IS CLEAR IS THAT AT THE ONE OF THE LAST COUNTY COMMISSION MEETINGS BEFORE THEIR SUMMER BREAK, THEIR HIATUS, THERE WAS DIRECTION GIVEN TO THE COUNTY ATTORNEY TO LOOK INTO A SITUATION WITH REGARD TO A PUBLIC SAFETY OR A PUBLIC SAFETY BOARD OF SOME KIND, A REVIEW BOARD TO THE EXTENT THAT THAT THEY AND THAT'S STILL UNDER REVIEW, THAT THEY HAD NOT ADOPTED AN ORDINANCE.

AND IF THEY WERE TO ADOPT AN ORDINANCE WITH REGARD TO HAVING SOME KIND OF CITIZEN REVIEW OR PUBLIC SAFETY REVIEW BOARD, THAT HAS CERTAIN LIMITATIONS, OF COURSE, BUT IT COULD BE APPLICABLE TO THE CITY, LIKE THE CITY CHOSE NOT TO HAVE AN ORDINANCE IN CONFLICT WITH IT.

ON THE ISSUE OF THE CIVIL CITATION, THAT'S A MATTER WHICH THE CITY COULD TAKE UP AS AN ISSUE. I'M NOT SURE THAT THE COUNTY, THE COUNTY MAY HAVE THEIR OWN IN PLACE.

AND WE CAN LOOK AT THAT AS AN OPTION.

BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THE CITY COULDN'T LOOK AT ITS OWN.

THAT WOULD NOT BE INCOMPATIBLE, SO TO SPEAK.

SO IT WOULD BE UP TO THE COMMISSION HOW IT WANTS TO LOOK AT THE SUBJECT.

I'D HAVE TO ACTUALLY PULL THE COUNTY ORDINANCE ON THAT ISSUE TO LOOK TO LOOK AT THAT SPECIFICALLY. I KNOW THAT PROPERTY APPRAISER MARTY LEFT, WAS ON THE COUNTY COMMISSION, WAS A PROPONENT OF THAT ORDINANCE THAT THE COUNTY COMMISSION LEVEL. AND AND I KNOW THAT OTHER CITIES HAVE ADOPTED THEM THAT WERE NOT BSO CITIES THAT WERE THAT WERE THEIR OWN POLICE DEPARTMENT.

OK, I THINK I DISCUSSED IT WITH QUENTIN, IS HE STILL ON THE LINE? YEAH, HE IS. QUENTIN DO YOU RECALL? I THINK BECAUSE I THINK YOU TOLD ME THAT, THAT IT'S IT'S ALREADY APPLICABLE IN THE CITY OF TAMRAC THROUGH THAT COUNTY ORDINANCE.

YES. YES, SIR.

OK, SO THEN THE QUESTION WAS WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS WHETHER OR NOT IT'S MANDATORY OR THE OFFICER HAS DISCRETION.

SO, FOR EXAMPLE, LET'S SAY IT'S A MINOR OFFENSE, AND I ASKED I ASKED WELL, FIRST LET ME

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ASK THROUGH THE CHAIR, CAPTAIN CIRMINIELLO, CAN YOU LIST THE TYPES OF MINOR OFFENSES THAT WILL BE CONSIDERED? SURE JEFF CIRMINIELLO, BROWARD SHERIFF'S OFFICE, THAT IS A COUNTY ORDINANCE, YOU'RE CORRECT. 216, WHICH GIVES DEPUTIES THE OPTION TO ISSUE A CIVIL CITATION OF THE FOLLOWING OFFENSES, WHICH INCLUDE PETTY THEFT UNDER 20 GRAMS OF MARIJUANA, CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND ASSAULT AND LET ME SEE IF A MISSING ONE.

TRESPASSING. POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND RESISTING ARREST WITHOUT VIOLENCE.

THEY'RE THE ONES THAT CAN FALL INTO THAT CATEGORY THAT WILL GIVE YOU THE ABILITY OR OPTION OF AN ADULT CIVIL CITATION, PROVIDED THE SUBJECT DOESN'T HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD OF THAT. OFFENSE IS SOME RULES THAT NEGATE THE ABILITY FOR US TO GET THEM.

BUT IT IS AN OPTION. OK, SO I GUESS I'LL JUST OPEN IT UP FOR DISCUSSION.

WELL, FIRST, LET ME GO BACK TO YOU, CAPITAN CIRMINIELLO, WHAT IS YOUR FEELING IN TERMS OF LEAVING IT AS AN OPTION OR IF THEY IF ALL THE BOXES ARE CHECKED, JUST MAKING IT MANDATORY? YOU KNOW WHAT? I'LL JUST GIVE YOU A SIMPLE CITATION.

YOU CHECK ALL THESE BOXES, NO PRIOR RECORD WE'LL LET YOU GO VERSUS ALLOWING THE OFFICER TO USE THEIR DISCRETION IN SAYING FOR FOR A SUBJECT A, YOU NEED TO BE ARRESTED OVER SUBJECT B, I'M GOING TO LET YOU GO, PROVIDED THEY BOTH MEET THAT CHECKBOX.

WELL, I DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY OR AUTHORITY TO MAKE THAT MANDATORY.

BUT I WILL TELL YOU NOW WE DO LIKE TO HAVE THAT OPTION, WHAT THE COUNTY GAVE US FOR THESE OFFENSES, ONE HELPS US REDUCE, LIKE YOU WERE SPEAKING EARLIER, OF PEOPLE GOING THROUGH OUR SYSTEM ON CRIMES LIKE THIS.

BUT THE OPTION, I BELIEVE, SHOULD BE THERE IN CERTAIN CASES, ESPECIALLY IN THE CASE OF BATTERY. YOU KNOW, YOU JUST PUNCH SOMEBODY IN THE FACE, THE PERSON THAT'S THE VICTIM OF THAT MAY NOT WANT THAT PERSON JUST TO WALK AWAY WITH VERY LITTLE IMPACT ON THEM, YOU KNOW, CRIMINAL MISCHIEF. THERE ARE CERTAIN ONES WHERE I THINK IT TAKES DISCRETION TO MAKE A BEST CALL ON SCENE FOR THE PUBLIC SAFETY, WHICH WE HAVE TO HAVE TO REALLY RESPECT.

OK, THANK YOU. AND THIS IS WHERE, YOU KNOW, AS PEOPLE ARE HAVING A DISCUSSION ABOUT, YOU KNOW, DEFUNDING THE POLICE, REIMAGINING POLICE, THIS IS WHERE I HAVE AN ISSUE BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I KNOW I HAVE TO LOOK OUT FOR THE SAFETY OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE RESIDENTS, BUT ALSO UNDERSTANDING THAT SOME OFFICERS DON'T ALWAYS ACT IN THE BEST INTERESTS.

AND SO THERE ARE PARTS OF ME THAT SAYS, NO, WE SHOULD MAKE THIS MANDATORY.

AND THERE ARE OTHER PARTS OF ME THAT SAYS, YES, YOU KNOW, WE SHOULD LEAVE IT AS AN OPTIONAL SO THAT THEY CAN YOU KNOW, THEY CAN MAKE A FAIR ASSESSMENT OF THE CHARACTER OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE CRIME DONE IN ORDER TO MAKE THE BEST DECISION FOR THE COMMUNITY, WHICH IS THEIR JOB. SO I'D BE CURIOUS TO JUST HEAR FROM FROM THE OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS AND THEN JUST WANT TO FOLLOW BACK UP WITH CAPTAIN.

REGARDING THAT THE OFFENSE THAT WAS DONE IN MY COMMUNITY WHERE THERE WAS AN 11 YEAR OLD BOY, WAS THAT, WERE THOSE FOLKS ALL ARRESTED OR WERE ANY OF THOSE GIVEN A CIVIL CITATION? I THINK THERE WAS THERE WAS SOME KIDS THAT WERE CAUGHT IN MY COMMUNITY AND CALLED AND TOLD ME THAT THE PERSON WHOSE HOME WAS BROKEN INTO SAID, YOU KNOW, HE DOESN'T WANT TO PRESS CHARGES. I GUESS YOU DON'T REMEMBER.

IT'S NOT NO ISSUE.

BUT THERE WERE SOME, I THINK JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.

AND THEY HAD AN 11 YEAR OLD BOY WITH THEM, WELL, A FEW MONTHS BACK.

SO NO WORRIES.

BUT THIS IS FOR ADULTS ONLY.

18 AND OLDER. OK, SO I'M JUST WOULD LIKE TO HEAR COMMENTS FROM MY FELLOW COMMISSIONERS.

COMMISSIONER FISHMAN. YOU'RE MUTED COMMISSIONER.

I KNEW I WOULD FORGET AT LEAST ONCE.

QUESTIONS FOR THE CAPTAIN, DOES BSO KEEP STATISTICS ON WHO IS GRANTED THE ADULT CIVIL CITATION AND COMPARE IT TO THE ARRESTS THAT ARE DONE FOR THOSE SAME CRIMES? YEAH, THEY WILL KEEP A MONITORED LOG OF WHO IS WHO WAS ISSUED A CIVIL CITATION.

THEY SAW, I THINK, LAST YEAR THIS CAME OUT.

SO THE INFORMATION WILL BE RELATIVELY NEW.

I KNOW THE NUMBER'S BEEN VERY LOW SINCE IT PASSED SINCE MARCH FOR COVID BECAUSE ALL OF US HAVE BEEN DOWN. SO THIS WOULDN'T BE A GOOD PERIOD OF TIME TO COMPARE IT TO.

BUT I KNOW THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO THE SHERIFF.

I KNOW HE'S BEEN LOOKING FOR THESE STATS TO SEE HOW TO ENHANCE THIS PROGRAM.

ALL RIGHT. BECAUSE I KNOW THAT PART OF LOOKING AT WHETHER IT'S A DISCRETIONARY OR

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MANDATORY ISSUE IS BECAUSE IT'S THE DISCRETION OF AN INDIVIDUAL DO THEIR BIASES, COME INTO PLAY AND TRY HAVING THE FACTS DOWN TO BE ABLE TO COMPARE WHO IS ISSUING THE CITATION TO WHOM AND WHO'S NOT WILL BE IMPORTANT.

MADAM MAYOR, IF I COULD JUST INTERRUPT JUST FOR A MOMENT.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

CAPTAIN CIRMINIELLO, HELLO, GOOD AFTERNOON, NICE TO SEE YOU AS ALWAYS.

I HAVE TO ADMIT, NOT KNOWING THE ANSWER WAS MOST LAWYERS DON'T LIKE TO ASK QUESTIONS THEY DON'T KNOW THE ANSWERS TO. I'M GOING TO ASK YOU A QUESTION I REALLY DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO, WHICH IS, HAVE YOU BEEN DIRECTED BY BSO LEGAL TO ENFORCE THE ADULT CIVIL CITATION COUNTY ORDINANCE IN TAMARAC? AND IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER, THAT'S AN ANSWER WE SHOULD MAKE SURE WE GET, BECAUSE THEORETICALLY UNDER THE COUNTY CHARTER COUNTY ORDINANCES ARE APPLICABLE UNLESS REJECTED BY THE CITY OR EMBRACED BY INCOMPATIBLE ORDINANCES.

SO I'M NOT SURE WHAT WHAT DIRECTION TO GET IN BY TERRENCE LYNCH, BUT IT MIGHT BE USEFUL TO KNOW THAT FOR COMMISSIONER GELIN AND FOR THE REST OF US, FRANKLY.

THAT'S A GOOD POINT, MR. THEY'VE ENDORSED IT. WE HAVE WE HAVE TRAINING FLIERS, WHICH I HAVE RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME, GIVING US MORE GUIDANCE AND INSTRUCTION ON EXACTLY HOW TO DO IT AND DO IT EFFECTIVELY.

AND THAT'S SOMETHING WE DO LOOK AT.

COMMISSIONER GELIN, THROUGH THE MAYOR, THAT THE COUNTY ORDINANCE, WHICH YOU ASKED ABOUT EARLIER, AND I TRY TO RESPOND TO YOU AND I APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE WITH ME.

IT DOES EXIST, BUT IT'S WHETHER OR NOT IS BEING IMPOSED ON THE CITY OR IS BEING ENFORCED BY THE CITY, WHICH APPARENTLY THROUGH THE CAPTAIN IT IS THE CITY COULD THEORETICALLY REJECT IT AND NOT HAVE IT APPLY IN THE CITY UNDER THE COUNTY CHARTER, OR IT CAN ADOPT ITS OWN INCOMPATIBLE ORDINANCE OF A DIFFERENT CALIBER.

SO, FOR EXAMPLE, SOME BROWARD CITIES WITHOUT BSO AS THEIR POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE ADOPTED THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL CIVIL CITATION PROGRAM.

SO YOU NOW HAVE THE FULL PANOPLY OF OPTIONS ON THE TABLE.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING. THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR.

QUESTION. I WAS GOING TO ASK IF THERE WERE ANY GUIDELINES TOWARDS DISCRETIONARY MATTER AND YOU WERE HOLDING SOMETHING UP.

COULD I GET A COPY OF THAT CAPITAN? THANK YOU. THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER GELIN.

YOU'RE MUTE ONE MORE TIME.

IF THE CAPTAIN CAN SHARE THAT WITH THE ENTIRE COMMISSION, THAT WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. SO I'M IN FAVOR OF DROPPING THIS AS AN ISSUE JUST SO LONG AS THIS COMMISSION DOES NOT REJECT BSO'S DECISION TO TO IMPLEMENT THIS IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC GIVEN WHAT THE CAPTAIN SAID ABOUT THIS ONE BEING A NEW POLICY, TWO, GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE'RE NOT LIVING IN NORMAL CONDITIONS AND SO THE NORMAL ACTIVITY IS NOT HAPPENING, IT'S ACTUALLY GOING TO BE HARD TO MEASURE FOR AT LEAST A COUPLE OF YEARS.

SO I'M OK WITH DROPPING THIS AS AN ITEM.

I DO BELIEVE DISCRETION IS NEEDED IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES AND WE JUST NEED TO TRACK AND MEASURE IT TO SEE JUST TO MEASURE THE SUCCESS.

I'M CONFIDENT IN THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR LOCAL CAPTAIN AND THE NEW SHERIFF, AND SO I THINK WE SHOULD JUST SEE HOW IT PLAYS OUT.

AND THEN MEASURE IT AFTER A COUPLE OF YEARS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SO SEEING THAT THERE WILL BE NO MOTION, WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO ITEM 13D, DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE MOTION TO CELEBRATE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY INSTEAD OF

[13.d. Discussion and possible motion to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day]

COLUMBUS DAY. COMMISSIONER GELIN REQUESTED THIS AS DISCUSSION.

SURE. I JUST WOULD LIKE TO ASK LEVENT TO PULL UP A DOCUMENT.

IN THE MEANTIME, I'LL JUST GET STARTED SO WE KNOW WE'RE LIVING IN AN AGE NOW WHERE THERE'S ALMOST A BIT OF A RECKONING IN TERMS OF ACKNOWLEDGING THE TRUE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY.

SO, FOR EXAMPLE, I REMEMBER LAST YEAR DURING THIS TIME, ALL THE NEWS NETWORKS WOULD TALK ABOUT CELEBRATING THE 19TH AMENDMENT, WHICH GAVE WOMEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE.

AND THIS YEAR AND THIS YEAR OF RECKONING, A LOT OF THE NEWS CHANNELS HAVE OPENLY STATED, YOU KNOW, IT WAS THE YEAR IN WHICH WHITE WOMEN WERE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE BECAUSE BLACK MEN WERE NOT GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY, EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE PART OF THAT MOVEMENT AND WERE ALSO ASKING FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE.

AND SO WE'RE LIVING NOW IN AN AGE OF RECKONING WHERE WE'RE SAYING, HEY, LET'S REALLY LOOK AT HISTORY AND AND REVISE CERTAIN THINGS AND LOOK AT IT APPROPRIATELY.

SO PEOPLE PULL UP THAT DOCUMENT LEVENT, WHICH YOU PULLED UP EARLIER IN ERROR.

SO I JUST LOOKED AT A DOCUMENT THAT'S FROM THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE AND THE I THINK IT'S THE AMERICAN INDIAN LIBRARY UP IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

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SO THEY LIST. OK, YEAH.

SO IF YOU SCROLL DOWN TO THE NEXT PAGE, YOU THINK I HAVE SOME ITEMS HIGHLIGHTED? YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN'T CLICK ON THAT FIRST PAGE, IT'LL TAKE YOU RIGHT TO THE INTERNET FOR SOME REASON, I THINK THE WHOLE PAGE IS LINKED TO THE TO THE ORIGINAL WEB SITE.

SO YOU HAVE TO USE THE SIDEBAR TO SCROLL DOWN.

IF YOU COULD JUST ZOOM IN.

ALL RIGHT, SO THAT FIRST LINE, THE MOST AMERICAN THING ABOUT AMERICA IS THE AMERICAN INDIAN, I'M NOT SURE IF WE HAVE ANY TYPE OF THAT POPULATION HERE IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

BUT FOR A LONG TIME, NATIVE PEOPLE HAVE PROTESTED COLUMBUS DAY BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY REPRESENTS THEIR DISAPPEARANCE AND AND WHAT SOME PEOPLE CALL THEIR GENOCIDE.

AND SO GOING BACK DOWN TO THAT THIRD PARAGRAPH, THERE HAS BEEN A MOVEMENT SINCE THE 1990S TO ACKNOWLEDGE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY.

SO THE FIRST STATE TO RENAME COLUMBUS DAY IS SOUTH DAKOTA, WAY BACK IN 1990.

THAT'S ABOUT 30 YEARS AGO.

AND BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA, BECAME THE FIRST CITY TO MAKE THE CHANGE BACK IN 1992.

SO THAT'S ABOUT 18 YEARS AGO.

AND THEN THE NEXT PAGE HIGHLIGHTS THE NUMBER OF STATES THAT HAVE ADOPTED INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY AND THEN SOME OTHER CITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY THAT HAVE ADOPTED IT.

SO SOME CITIES HAVE TAKEN THE APPROACH OF SAYING, YOU KNOW WHAT, WE WILL ACKNOWLEDGE BOTH DAYS OR ACKNOWLEDGE, YOU KNOW, BOTH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY AND COLUMBUS DAY.

SOME FOLKS THINK THAT STILL LEAVES AN INSULT TO NATIVE AMERICANS.

THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS AGREED TO DROP THE NAMES.

YOU KNOW, OTHER COMMUNITIES HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD.

AND SO IT'S SOMETHING FOR US TO THINK ABOUT AND TO DISCUSS THE LIBRARY.

I MEAN, THE MUSEUM DOES TALK ABOUT TEACHING A MORE ACCURATE AND COMPLETE NARRATIVE ABOUT OUR HISTORY. AND, YOU KNOW, THEY HOLD SOME TEACH INS SO THAT WE CAN WE CAN DISCUSS IT.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, I JUST LIKE TO GET SOME FEEDBACK FROM THE COMMISSION AND DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD MAKE A MOTION.

AND MAYBE THERE'S MORE RESEARCH NEEDED.

BUT IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT THAT I THOUGHT ABOUT AFTER THE THE REDSKINS AGREED TO TO DROP THEIR NAME. AND NOW THEY'RE DOING A SEARCH TO GET A FULL NAME.

AND HOW DO WE ACKNOWLEDGE NATIVE AMERICANS? SO BEFORE I ASK FOR A MOTION, I'D LIKE TO GET FEEDBACK FROM THE COMMISSION WHETHER YOU THINK WE SHOULD, ONE, CHANGE THE NAME OR TWO ADOPT THE NAME OR CELEBRATE BOTH, OR JUST NEED MORE TIME TO THINK ABOUT IT.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES HAS STARTED DOING WITH THEIR RACE EQUITY AND LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE IS.

WHEREVER THE MEETING IS HELD, THEY GIVE INFORMATION ON THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE THAT LIVED THERE BEFORE THE ADVENT OF THE EUROPEANS.

AND I THINK THAT'S A WONDERFUL TRIBUTE TO THOSE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE.

AND I AGREE THAT THEY SAY THAT HISTORY IS WRITTEN BY THE WINNERS.

AND IN THIS CASE, IT WAS DEFINITELY WRITTEN TO BENEFIT THE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS AND TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE INDIAN POPULATIONS.

I WOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THE CITY OF TAMARAC CHANGING COLUMBUS DAY TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLE DAY. THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER FISHMAN, YOU KNOW, IF IN ANY OF THOSE SESSIONS WITH THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES, HAVE YOU TALKED TO ANYONE THAT CAME FROM A CITY WHERE THEY ADOPTED THE ORDINANCE, WHETHER OR NOT ANY SURVEYS HAVE BEEN DONE? BECAUSE I'M WILLING TO TABLE THIS ITEM TO ANOTHER MEETING SO WE CAN GATHER MORE INFORMATION OR PERHAPS ASK THE CITY ATTORNEY TO FIND SOME OTHER CITIES THAT HAVE SOME LANGUAGE. BUT I DO THINK THAT IF SOMETHING IF IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE DO, THAT WE ALSO

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HAVE SOME KIND OF EDUCATIONAL COMPONENT, PERHAPS REACH OUT TO THE NATIVE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE AT THE SEMINOLE HARD ROCK OR THE THE ONE IN COCONUT CREEK AND GET SOME OF THEIR FEEDBACK. I JUST THINK IT'S AN ITEM WE SHOULD WE SHOULD DISCUSS AND THEN MAKE A DECISION ON. DOESN'T HAVE TO BE TODAY.

I WOULD SAY THAT THE REAL COMMITTEE WOULD PROBABLY HAVE SOME OF THAT INFORMATION.

AND I WOULD ALSO SAY THAT THERE WERE TWO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TRIBE IN THE CONVERSATIONS FOR THE CARES ACT DOLLARS.

SO IT MAY BE VERY EASY FOR US TO REACH OUT TO THEM, TO GET SOME INFORMATION FROM THEM AND SOME FEEDBACK FROM THEM.

OK. AND JUST TO ADD TO THE CONVERSATION, MY WIFE WENT TO FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY AND AT THE TIME SHE WENT THERE, THERE WAS A LOT OF ANGER FROM THE NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY IN TERMS OF HOW THEY WERE BEING DEPICTED.

AND SO THEY WORKED CLOSELY WITH FLORIDA STATE TO TALK ABOUT A BETTER WAY TO HONOR THEIR LEGACY. AND SO IF YOU WATCH ANY COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES, YOU'LL NOTICE THAT THEY ALLOW AN AMERICAN INDIAN TO SHOW UP ON THE FIELD WITH A HORSE AND THEY DO A LITTLE BIT OF A CEREMONY. AND SO SO THERE IS SOME THERE WAS SOME THERE WAS A PARTNERSHIP THERE WHERE THERE'S AN ACCEPTANCE AND THEY WORK TOGETHER.

I REMEMBER WHEN I WENT TO I WENT TO BROWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, AND I REMEMBER IN TAKING A SOCIOLOGY COURSE, THEY HAD IT.

THEY HAD A PICTURE OF THE WHITE SOX AND THE REDSKINS AND ALL THIS STUFF.

AND THEY ALSO HAD A PAGE.

IT SAID, YOU KNOW, THE AMERICAN FOR WHITE AMERICANS. AND I WAS LIKE, WOW, WHAT IS THIS? AND THEY'RE LIKE, YES, HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF THIS WAS YOU? AND SO WHEN I SAW THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHEN IT FIRST REALLY HIT ME.

BUT ANY COMMENTS FROM COMMISSIONER PLACKO, VICE MAYOR BOLTON OR MAYOR GOMEZ? I AM NOT SEEING THAT THEIR HANDS ARE RAISED, SO THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY COMMENT.

ACTUALLY, NO. COMMISSIONER PLACKO GO AHEAD.

AND I'M SORRY, COMMISSIONER GELIN, I HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A MINUTE.

YEAH, I UNDERSTAND.

YEAH, RIGHT. SO THAT'S THAT'S MY COMMENT AT THIS POINT.

OK, ALL RIGHT.

SO I GUESS OUR DISCUSSION IS COMPLETE AND I'LL PROVIDE SOME FURTHER INFORMATION.

ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THEN SEEING THAT THERE'S NOTHING ELSE THAT I'M SORRY TO THE COMMISSIONER, YOU ALSO HAD ASKED THAT WE DO SOME HOMEWORK FOR YOU AS WELL IN THE CONTEXT OF YOUR INDEPENDENT REVIEW OR OTHERWISE. YES, PLEASE.

SO IF YOU'LL JUST PROVIDE SOME INFORMATION, FOR EXAMPLE, I DON'T KNOW THAT THERE'S ANY CITY. AND SO WHEN I SAW THAT LIST, I DIDN'T SEE ANY CITIES IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA ADOPTED THAT. SO IF YOU CAN LOOK AT THAT, THAT'LL BE GREAT.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER. THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR.

THANK YOU. AND BEFORE WE SIGN OFF, I'M PRETTY SURE I SPEAK FOR THE COMMISSION TO ALL OF OUR RETIREES.

BUT THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR SERVICE.

AND AT THIS NOTE, IT'S 1:11 HAVE A GREAT DAY IN PUBLIC, BUT MEETING ADJOURNED.

THANK YOU.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.