Friday, January 28, 2011

Vizcaya Park Should Be Substantially Completed in 2011

Update 6/23/2011: if you are interested in this topic, I have another blog that is chronicling the building of this park. I try to take some photos and give a little commentary a few times per month.

I mentioned in my comments a few days ago that the two items on the recent Miramar City Commission agenda regarding Vizcaya Park were approved. I thought I'd share the letter that Commissioner Samuels sent to the Vizcaya Property Manager. It includes some additional details and time frame for this Phase II project.

Hello, Vizcaya residents! Well, it is now official. The funding for Phase II of the Vizcaya park was approved at last night's city commission meeting. First of all, let me say what a thrill it was for me to see so many of you come to last night's meeting. It was truly heart-warming to see those of you who were able to take the time from your busy schedules to be there. I received so many remarks from the Mayor and other members of the City Commission, as well as the City Manager and city staff about the great turnout from our community. You made a very positive impact with those folks last night. The type of impact that will stay with them as they consider other improvements in our area of town. I truly appreciate you being there.

Phase II of Vizcaya park is rather significant. It will entail a very great majority of the amenities in the park. This phase includes a soccer/football field,  two basketball courts, two pavillions, playground area, asphalt walkways, bathroom building, landscaping, irrigation and the construction of a 7,660 square foot Community Center building. Installation of electrical conduits for lighting the play fields for the entire park is also part of this phase. I believe that will leave remaining to be constructed the little league baseball field and the 2 softball fields. The total cost of this phase is $3,191,872.00. We also approved of the funding to purchase and erect the lighting for the soccer/football field and the basketball courts at a cost of $204,237.00.

As it regards the construction schedule for the park, the contract reads, "Time is of the essence in the performance of the work under this Agreement. The commencement date shall be established in the Notice-to-Proceed for Phase II to be issued by the OWNER. CONTRACTOR shall commence the work within ten (10) work days from the commencement date." It then states, "The Work for the Base Bid and Bid Alternate #1 combined shall be substantially complete within two-hundred-ten (210) work days after the Notice to Proceed for Phase II Base Bid plus Bid Alternate #1 and closed out within two-hundred-thirty (230) work days after said Notice to Proceed. Ten (10) weather days or rain days are included within the overall contract time of two hundred-ten (210) workdays for Phase II Base Bid plus Bid Alternate #1." That means that we should see this phase complete practically before the end of the year.

This is great news that we have waited a long time to hear. I know that I have been waiting to hear about this since 1999 and there are many others who have been waiting longer! Thanks for not giving up on me and my efforts to get this park moving. This park is one of the reasons that I decided to run for the City Commissioner position back in 2003 and then again in 2005.  It is never easy in government, nor is it fast, but I am happy to see this outcome and look forward to enjoying the amenities in the park with you and your family one day soon. Thanks for all of your support. It is TRULY appreciated.


Troy R. Samuels
Commissioner, City of Miramar
2300 Civic Center Place  Miramar, FL 33025-6577
(954) 602-3130  Office

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Vizcaya Park Update

How about you get me a basketball court and soccer field?
Update 6/23/2011: if you are interested in this topic, I have another blog that is chronicling the building of this park. I try to take some photos and give a little commentary a few times per month. 

You may recall a little write-up I did back in March of last year regarding Miramar's Vizcaya Park, located at the end of Honey Hill Drive. Well, I've been back multiple times since then, even as recently as this past Sunday, and there has been zero progress.

This morning I received an email from Vizcaya's Community Manager. Basically, she was passing along information from Commissioner Troy R. Samuels that the City of Miramar Commission will be voting on Phase 2 Funding for the park Tomorrow Night, January 26, 2011 at 7pm. Apparently, the Commission has been "waffling" on funding this project and a strong resident turn-out is just what they need to hear how valuable this park will be to the neighboring communities. I am going to do my best to go to the meeting. Read the note from the Commissioner below with some additional details! And if when you attend, be sure to come back and comment on the meeting. Thanks!

I have some good news. The city commission will be voting on the approval to fund phase 2 of Vizcaya park at this Wednesday's meeting. We will also be voting to approve the purchase of lighting for the soccer/football field and the basketball courts. I have worked very hard and for a very long time to get this funding so that the park can open for our residents in Vizcaya. We could use as many people as can attend in the event the commission tries to waffle on this funding. The commission needs to see that the community supports this park. The meeting is this Wednesday (1/26) located at 2300 Civic Center Place and starts at 7 pm. You should plan to stay for an hour and a half even though I do not think that it will take this long to get to this agenda item. These items are number 10 and 11 on the agenda. Please do not hesitate to call with any questions (954) 602-HELP. Also, the back-up material for these items are located on the city website Just click in commission meeting agendas on the homepage and then click in January 26's meeting.

Best Regards,

Commissioner Troy R. Samuels
City of Miramar

Update 1/28/2011: Both items on the agenda were approved. You can read the letter to Vizcaya residents from Commissioner Samuels here.