The slogan for my campaign is LET’S UPGRADE, and that has multiple meanings. I think we can upgrade many facets of our city just by raising our expectations. We can aim higher.
I also think I’m an upgrade to the council as a candidate. I would like to think I see problems as they are developing, and cut them off at the pass. Having to fix the barn after the horse has escaped is too late.
Plantation is a beautiful town but perhaps our tree and foliage requirements are too stringent. I would like to look at our code enforcement regulations and permitting procedures to see if we can improve them. I will have more specifics as I talk to residents. Because of Hurricane Irma, this has been a growing point of contact for Plantation homeowners.
Plantation is one of the county’s best at being a full-service police operation. But we can help our civil servants. I would propose more get-to-know-your-neighbors activities, which help reduce crime. I also would like to have more activities for students near our high schools and middle schools, to keep our teens busier during the afternoon, and cut down on the crimes committed by our youths.
I see several budget challenges in the coming years. (I’m a fiscal conservative, with more experience in financial management than most journalists.) We are losing Plantation General Hospital. We will be paying many more pensions as our police force retires. We need to plan for that, while maintaining Plantation’s economy via low tax rates.
Because I covered south Broward municipalities during their post-Hurricane Andrew growth period, I am aware of developments and changes that can affect a community. I will use what I learned from those places and apply them here.
The tone of discourse in Plantation has mirrored what we have seen across the country and hurts my heart. My journalism career was centered on listening to everyone respectfully and hearing every point of view. I’d like to do that now for a city I love.
Because I am experienced with not only traditional media, but social media, I will help us effectively reach every resident. Hey, I love reading the newspaper, but that’s not where every single person receives his/her information any more.