I am happy to announce that the Florida League of Cities has selected our City as the recipient of the “City Spirit Award” in appreciation of creating the “Raising Positive Children” initiative, an ongoing series for both parents and guardians of school-age children, educators and youth advocates to bring attention to and find solutions for the many issues that both parents and children face today at home and at school. I am so grateful to Commissioner Siple, Principal Castellano and the Education Roundtable Forum for all their hard work in creating this community engagement program and educational series.
I encourage the community to learn more about the City of Pembroke Pines’ latest events by subscribing to Pines Media on YouTube, reading the city’s newspaper City Connect, checking the City’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofpembrokepines, and accessing Twitter or Instagram using @cityofppines. Residents with Comcast can view Pembroke Pines Media programming on Channel 78, while residents with AT&T U-Verse can view programming on Channel 99 and click on Pembroke Pines TV.
It’s never too late to learn how to swim. We have had several drownings already this year in Broward County. I urge everyone to please make swimming lessons a priority in their lives. With more people hitting the waterways during the summer months, please be cautious. Take the necessary steps to keep you and your family safe.
Registration for swim lessons can be made at the City of Pembroke Pines Towngate Park, 901 N.W. 155 Avenue, any Monday through Thursday beginning at noon through 4:30 p.m., and on Fridays from noon to 7 p.m. Lessons are offered for children age one through adults. The swimming session fee for Pembroke Pines residents is $45.00, and $57.00 for non-residents. Lessons are taught by certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors (WSI) and are offered at three Pembroke Pines locations. For more information about swimming lessons, please call 954-450-6895.
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the City’s “See, Click and Fix” program that helps cities resolve and solve various issues easily and efficiently with just a click from a smart mobile device. The application is available to all residents and business owners to report non-emergency issues such as potholes, graffiti, chronic overgrown landscaping, and missing traffic signs.
Through a free app downloaded to a Smartphone device such as an iPhone, android or blackberry, residents can take a picture of a problem (i.e. a pothole), scroll down from a list of defined issues and then hit send. The GPS in the Smartphone can pinpoint the exact location of the problem, or the person can drag the map marker or input an address manually. The issue is then sent to the appropriate department such as public services, public safety, parks & recreation, police, etc. and a confirmation receipt within 48 hours will then be received. Residents can then go online (type See, Click, Fix into SEARCH bar) and track their issue and vote on other posted issues that need attention.
We have many other exciting events coming up this summer, be sure to check our calendar at www.ppines.com for info on these and other planned events and to visit our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/cityofpembrokepines.
Wishing you a very safe and fun summer!
Mayor Frank C. Ortis
City of Pembroke Pines
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 954-450-1020, or by email at [email protected].