Nick’s Notes

This is my spot for what everyone else calls a blog. I’ll write my thoughts and ideas on Plantation issues as I see fit.  Have a topic idea? Email me at nicksortal@bellsouth.net.

2 new faces at City Hall

Two new faces at City Hall I have a saying: You govern like you campaign. And, based on how hard and how Jennifer Andreu and Tim Fadgen campaigned this fall… well, I’d just like to say our city is in good shape. The two new council members, elected Nov. 3,...

You get one (and only one) state natural resource priority

State committee spot gives me an insight on priorities I admit that I underestimated the effect state government has on my city after being elected in 2018. As State Rep. Evan Jenne said last year during a League of Women Voters workshop, “Government is...

Covid: 99 percent isn’t good enough

Covid: 99 percent isn’t good enough  Our city is creating weekly podcasts to better inform our residents, and recently I sat down with them for an interview about Plantation and Covid-19.Here are some excerpts:What challenges do you see? Like a lot of...

Unexpected gift: Woman’s Club receives $500 check

Peter Weidinger agency provides funds  Sure, times are tough, but there’s still some good out there. For example, on Thursday morning State Farm insurance agent Peter Weidinger presented a $500 check to the GFWC Plantation Woman’s Club. The club, which...

Plantation business confirm: Times are tough

Covid-19 puts stress from several directions  Mayor Lynn Stoner led a combined workshop of Gateway (SR 7) and Plantation Midtown members and it was a nice give-and-take of city updates regarding businesses and construction.   The Covid-19 pandemic has...

$2.9M in county money brings road resurfacing

Lauderdale West among areas to be repaved(Photo above is for item No. 2.)Some bonus road repaving is coming to Plantation, thanks to money from the county.The city is obtaining $2.7 million via the Broward County Penny for Transportation Surtax that voters...

Council meeting notes: How we plan to reopen

 Balancing public safety with a return to normal  The city council met again Wednesday, May 13, and there’s really only one topic to discuss. Blue bags. (Just kidding.) CAO Jason Nunemaker gave councilmembers an update related to Covid-19: Reopening...

Chief Harrison’s mask advice: “Use common sense”

You really can't go wrong keeping your mask onI had a conversation with Plantation Police Chief Howard Harrison this week.The topic? Masks. His policy? COMMON SENSE.As Plantation took the first step to reopening after the Covid-19 virus, the most prevalent...

City finances, staff are in good shape

City in good shape, fiscally and physically While news reports document the financial troubles other cities are facing, we are good so far in Plantation.Chief Administrative Officer Jason Nunemaker updated councilmembers on the city’s finances at an April...

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