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Reject sales tax increase that gives local governments a blank check | Editorial

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:34:00 PDT

Editor's note: All eyes are focused on the top of the ticket this election cycle. But at the very bottom of the ballot, Broward voters face a big, polarizing local issue. That is, whether to raise the county's six-cent sales tax — half a penny for transportation and half a penny for infrastructure.


Sales tax increase will help build a better Broward | Opinion

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:35:00 PDT

Unlike the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, I strongly support the two half-cent surtaxes proposed on the Nov. 8 ballot. As an elected official, I believe our county and cities best understand the needs of our taxpayers as we have been elected by them to ensure public services and quality of life...


A penny is a small investment for our future | Opinion

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:30:00 PDT

In 2006, I was against the Transportation Surtax because, in my opinion, it was a money grab. Anyone involved in the 2006 full penny Transportation Surtax effort knows that since then, experts have been reviewing our needs and developing plans to address current and future growth.

As a donor county,...


Broward surtax isn't perfect but necessary | Opinion

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:36:00 PDT

As one of the leaders in our community, I feel compelled to speak up on the penny surtax initiative on the ballot in November in the form of one Ballot Question for $0.05 for Transportation and one Ballot Question for $0.05 for Infrastructure. The Sun Sentinel, in its recent editorial, opposed...


No, they aren't both equally as awful | Opinion

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:30:00 PDT

One of the things that really irks me about the presidential election — one of many things — is the idea that your vote comes down to two awful choices.

I hear it all the time.

"They both stink. One's a racist, sexist pig, the other is a liar and a crook."

"They're both terrible. What difference...


Add Ehrnst to beach and park board, retain Starkoff | Editorial

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:27:00 PDT

Elections for seats on the Greater Boca Beach & Park District board usually are non-controversial and often are uncontested. Not this year.

Three candidates each ran for two of the five positions – Seat 1 and Seat 3. Seat 5 incumbent Steven Engel was elected without opposition. No one got a majority...


Vote YES on county charter amendments | Editorial

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:26:00 PDT

Two proposed amendments to the Broward County Charter appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The first is there at the urging of the Charter Review Commission. The second comes from the Broward County Commission.

The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board recommends a YES vote on both.

AMENDMENT ONE: commission member...


To ease political unrest in Lauderdale Lakes: Rogers, Phillips and Davey | Editorial

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:25:00 PDT

Lauderdale Lakes is one of those quiet central Broward cities that straddles State Road 7 and would just as soon stay out of the headlines.

But controversy has taken up residence in this minority-majority city of 32,000.

First, there was the strange case of City Manager Kelvin Baker, who threatened...


Incumbents are best choices in Lauderhill | Editorial

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:25:00 PDT

Lauderhill isn't a city that offers big change often, but it is trying to up its game for residents and visitors.

The process hasn't gone smoothly.

It took more than a decade for the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center to open at State Road 7 and Sunrise Boulevard. Now, city officials are concerned...


Reject deceptive Boca Raton waterfront ordinance | Editorial

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:27:00 PDT

The last item on Boca Raton's ballot asks whether "all city-owned land adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway shall only be used for public recreation, public boating access, public streets, and city stormwater uses only."

Though the proposal sounds innocent, the campaign for what would be Ordinance...


David Hilton the choice in sleepy North Lauderdale | Editorial

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:44:00 PDT

North Lauderdale might as well be called the "Pass-Through City" for the way it is treated by many South Floridians.

A lot has to do with its location. The city of 4.6 square miles in central Broward is adjacent to Margate, Coral Springs, Tamarac, Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. People going...


Margate commissioners hope to boost image | Editorial

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:45:00 PDT

Margate is a city in search of a makeover.

The Central Broward city of 55,000 wants to be a destination for nearby neighbors. Elected officials and residents want to see a long-discussed downtown development plan finally come to fruition.

Politicians and residents have talked about needed changes...


Eric Jones, Felicia Brunson best choices for West Park | Editorial

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:45:00 PDT

West Park, Broward County's newest city, is trying to make the most with the least.

West Park's median home value, according to, is $158,400 — one of the lowest in the county.

The biggest challenge facing the city, which was incorporated in 2005, is a lack of businesses and tax revenue.


Urgent need for Obama to support Holocaust survivors | Opinion

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:24:00 PDT

As Holocaust survivors, we were surprised that President Obama cited support for survivors as one of his Administration’s top achievements with the Jewish community in a Rosh Hashanah conference call with U.S. rabbis. We can only assume that he was badly misinformed by his advisors. 

In fact, this...


Trump's wounds worsen in unsettling debate performance | Editorial

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:18:00 PDT

Few political observers expected Donald J. Trump to undergo a metamorphosis at Wednesday’s third and final presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, and he didn’t.

As in the first debate, Trump was relatively disciplined in the early part of the debate. But in hewing to his policy positions, he...


Elect Kevin Moot for Weston commission | Editorial

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:03:00 PDT

In Weston, the little issues matter.

Since its 1996 incorporation, Weston has thrived as a mostly affluent suburban community in southwest Broward County.

The median home is valued at $401,700 — fourth-highest in Broward and first among cities with at least 50,000 residents, according to


James Curran deserves re-election in Cooper City | Editorial

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:03:00 PDT

For a quiet suburban city with 35,000 residents, strong home values and low crime, there's been a lot of drama in Cooper City.

Verbal attacks among commissioners have overshadowed meetings, leading one member to be censured by his colleagues.

The city also faces a class action lawsuit from residents...


Freddy Fisikelli, Denise Schroeder best choices in Southwest Ranches | Editorial

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:04:00 PDT

There's no town in Broward County quite like Southwest Ranches.

The 12.8-square mile town has just 7,761 residents. Nearly every property is at least an acre in size and the median home is valued at $600,100, according to, the highest in the county.

Southwest Ranches lives by the motto,...


With Gore, it was class. With Trump, it’s all gas | Opinion

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:13:00 PDT

As Donald Trump calls for anarchy if he loses, contrast his demagoguery with the patriotism Al Gore displayed when he lost but actually had a credible claim that the system was "rigged."

It was mid-December 2000. The U.S. Supreme Court had halted Florida's ballot recount, effectively declaring...


GOP betrays its evangelicals; evangelicals betray their women | Opinion

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:12:00 PDT

Donald Trump's only real interest in Christianity is that he's heard it can involve the laying on of hands. Sorry, Donald, but groping one's way toward faith is not what you think it is.

While it is flabbergasting to me that so many evangelical Christians will hold their noses and vote for Trump,...


To change decorum and direction, choose Anabelle Taub and Michele Lazarow in Hallandale Beach | Editorial

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:09:00 PDT

Citizens deserve so much better than what they're getting from today's five-member Hallandale Beach City Commission, which has divided into camps like two high school cliques.

The city faces serious challenges with traffic, flooding, crime and the pressure to build more high-rises. But the city...


Keep Chickie Brandimarte, Albert Jones, add Bill Harris in Dania Beach | Editorial

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:14:00 PDT

Decades ago, Dania Beach was a city of antique stores and a jai-alai fronton. It's name also was just Dania.

Rather suddenly, Dania Beach is trying to grow up. Kimco Development is building the Dania Point mixed-use project that will replace the roller coaster visible from Interstate 95. City officials...


Change Dania Beach's system for commission vacancies | Editorial

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:14:00 PDT

If it weren't for Hallandale Beach, Dania Beach might be the capital of city government dysfunction in Broward County.

In 2013, the city commission couldn't agree on filling a vacancy, and the position stayed open for more than a year. That left just four commissioners. Whether on the U.S. Supreme...


Patrick Murphy gains more from debate than Marco Rubio | Opinion

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:16:00 PDT

Hours after Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy clinched their respective Senate nominations, Rubio sent Murphy a letter challenging him to six media-sponsored debates. 

Murphy balked and eventually agreed to two debates. Last week he said he’d debate a third time on Univision, if it’s conducted in...


Vote for candidates who care about your issues | Opinion

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:58:00 PDT

The election is just weeks away. Ballots are going in the mail for voters who requested them and early voting is starting. Voters have a lot of decisions to make.

I've given my opinion on two constitutional amendments. As a reminder: Vote No on Amendment One, the deceptive utility-backed solar...