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 NSortal@Plantationorg.

Another volunteer opportunity, and other school notes

Take Stock seeks mentors; Runcie visits EAB Nov. 4So I kept jotting down nuggets about our schools to share sometime, and by this point my notebook is full. So here we go: Take Stock  First off, I am beyond excited to announce that both Plantation Middle...

As county grows, so will trash challenges

Wheelabrator visit provides info, backgroundPlease don’t call it an incineration plant.Just as “bowling alleys” are now “bowling centers” and “stewardesses” are “flight attendants,” the venue where much of our garbage is processed has a name that, well in...

19 fun Plantation events for your calendar

Plenty of activities, many by nonprofitsSo I started mapping out my calendar for the fall, fueled by an excellent buffet of events provided to me by our Parks and Recreation Department. Then I added events that I'd like to attend to support our volunteer...

How we’re spending your money this year

Council votes 5-0 to approve budgetThe city has approved its 2019-2020 budget, and, like your personal budget, we’re spending only when we need it.City council members, including me, have the final say on the budget. It’s our biggest task as elected...

Lazy Dog, Whiskey Cake plans approved

Let's Eat, Plantation: Restaurants comingThe creation of a dining and entertainment centerpiece is coming together: The City Council approved two designs for new restaurants at its Sept. 18 meeting.The additions are called Whiskey Cake and Lazy Dog. They...

Schools, budget and traffic: City updates

Action on many fronts in PlantationWell, folks, it’s September and that means activity is picking up. I have some updates on schools, activity by us city leaders and a couple of other notes. Let’s dive in:EAB doing well The relationship between our schools...

Overflowing trash will soon cost businesses

Surcharge approved for unkempt garbage bin ownersThey’re unsightly and they attract unwanted critters and starting Oct. 1 overfilled trash containers are going to cost business owners a $200 surcharge.The city of Plantation on Aug. 28 approved a program...

A city’s challenges aren’t always unique; comparing notes

League of Cities experts help city leaders address problems There are 412 towns, cities, villages, etc., in Florida, and many of us have the same challenges. So it’s a good idea to compare notes.I did that earlier this month, as I attended the Florida League of Cities...

El Dorado, Plantation Isles drainage work approved

Plantation Isles, El Dorado, Royal Palm among drainage approvals  Funding for five much-needed drainage projects was approved at the city council’s meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 14.  The neighborhoods are Plantation Isles ($1.3 million), El Dorado Estates...