Monday, February 21, 2011

City of Miramar Mayoral and City Commissioner Municipal Election

Update 3/10/2011

Mayor Lori Moseley was re-elected in Tuesday's election, and Wayne Messam won the election for the open Commission seat. Congratulations to both. No matter how you all voted, please get behind them and the other three Commissioners in helping make Miramar a wonderful place to live!

Perhaps you've heard that there is an election around the corner. Well, you've heard right. On Tuesday, March 8, 2011, the City of Miramar will have its Municipal Election with the Mayor and One City Commission Seat on the ballot. The other Three City Commission Seats will be on the ballot in two more years. The Mayor and Four City Commissioners serve Four-Year Terms.

My goal for this post is not to endorse any person for either role. This is not a political blog. I merely want you to have the information so that you are aware or have a place to start your own research before making well-thought-out decisions. I want what is best for My City!

On the City Clerk's web page, you can find out many facts about the voting process for these offices as well as some information specific to this election. Precinct maps and financial disclosures and contribution reports are all there for those of you that really want to dig deep. And there is also contact information for each of the people on the ballot (I put it below as well). I encourage you to contact them to find out all you can!

Here is a summary from the City's website:


Qualified Candidates For City of Miramar Municipal Election -- March 8, 2011

The following is a list of those who have qualified and filed the necessary papers for the March 8, 2011, City of Miramar Municipal Election.

General Election (4 years)

* Mayoral Seat #5

Lori C. Moseley
3314 SW 173rd Terrace
Miramar, FL 33029
Date Qualified January 3, 2011

John L. Moore
3309 Onyx Road
Miramar, FL 33025
Date Qualified January 6, 2011

* Commission Seat #4

Yvette Holt
5074 SW 161 Avenue
Miramar, FL 33027
Date Qualified January 5, 2011

John J. Murphy Jr.
3471 Java Plum Avenue
Miramar, FL 33025
Date Qualified January 6, 2011

Wayne M. Messam
18961 SW 30th Street
Miramar, FL 33029
Date Qualified January 10, 2011

Joe Romero
2837 SW 177 Avenue
Miramar, FL 33029
Date Qualified January 10, 2011

Other Information

According to, these six candidates will speak to the public on February 24, 2011 at 7 p.m. at 6700 Miramar Parkway in the Miramar Multiservice Complex.

Besides my commentary above, here are two other websites that I found that you wont see on the City's website. Again, I provide these to you to help you make up your own mind. In addition, I personally wrote an email to each of the six candidates last Thursday at the email addresses above asking for input about their biographies, projects and what goals they'd like to accomplish. So far, I haven't heard back from any of them. If I do, I'll add updates here.

Mayor Lori Moseley's Website

Sun Sentinel Endorsement of John Moore in a previous election for City Commissioner. There is some good information about Mr. Moore's background there.

Updates 2/21/2011

Yesterday, Mr. John Moore and Mr. Wayne Messam graciously replied to my emails. They provided good resources to find out more about themselves and their candidacies.

Mr. Messam:

You can get more information at or call our Campaign Manager Latessa Hall at 954.558.3996.

Mr. Moore:

Miramar resident for 27 years.
Married 30 years; 3 Children

Masters Degree – Computer Information Systems
Nova Southeastern University

BA Speech Communications
North Carolina State University

Also reference my public information in the Sun-Sentinel voter’s guide (Blog Author: this is actually a great head-to-head comparison with Questions and Answers for the Mayoral race)

My website:

Commission Seat 4 Head-to-Head

This is a link to Voter's Guide for the Commission Seat. You can choose two of the four candidates to compare head-to-head. Try it several times to find out about all possible match-ups.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Great American Cleanup and Keep Broward Beautiful 2011

The following information was sent to me by my property manager. I'm not sure if I will officially register for this specific event, though I think it's a fabulous idea. Even if you don't register for this annual cleanup, I hope you will take the time to make a difference and take pride in our community. Personally, one spot catches my eye every weekend. Every time I leave that Hess station on Flamingo Road with Miramar Parkway, I get disgusted with the amount of garbage all over the grass there, even to the point of blocking the storm drains. Who wants to spend a few hours with me and clean that disaster up one weekend?


The Great American Cleanup® is coordinated locally by Keep Broward Beautiful. More than 9,000 volunteers joined the effort last spring for a cleaner, greener Broward! The Great American Cleanup is an annual event that runs locally March 1st through May 31st.

How You Can Get Involved

There are three ways you can participate in the Great American Cleanup 2011.

1. Adopt-A-Street groups can clean their designated street during March, April or May. (This cleanup will count toward the required four cleanups per year.)

2. Broward County School Groups can set a date during March, April or May to clean up or green up around school grounds, in a local park, or in a community.

3. Volunteer at one of our scheduled Great American Cleanup 2011 events.
Marine Industries Association of South Florida's 34th Annual Waterway Cleanup, Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 9 am until 1 pm. Visit their website for information on volunteering, sponsoring, finding out about the cleanup sites, and much more information. I didn't see any locations in Miramar, though the lists may not be complete. We have lots of canals in our city for sure. Here is a Press Release summarizing the 2010 Annual Waterway Cleanup

Keep Broward Beautiful 2011 Beach Sweeps
MAY 14
What Keep Broward Beautiful Provides

* Trash bags and gloves.
* Promotionals.
* Event planning, volunteer recruitment support.
* Recycling opportunities.
* Educational Workshops (based on staff availability).

Call our Litter Hotline at number 954-474-1835 or email if you'd like to be added to our volunteer list. Thank you!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Somerset Academy Miramar Registration for School Year 2011-2012

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Last week, re-registration packets for the 2011-2012 school year were sent home to current Somerset Academy Miramar students. The one caveat was that at least 15 volunteer hours, which I believe is half, must have been completed before they will receive it. Along with the re-registration form, a letter from Principal Sadesky said that Sibling Registration forms would also be available online starting yesterday. When I didn't see the forms this morning, I called the school and asked them to put them there. Just a few hours later, you can find them if you need them. Nice!

I know all of this so far is only good if you are a current student, but the Public Registration Period is just around the corner, starting March 1, 2011. Here is the schedule:

2011-2012 Registration Dates

Current Students*, Siblings*, and Transfer Students February 7-18

Public Registration Period March 1-March 31

Notification of Initial Registration Acceptance April 8

Confirmation due to school April 15

Current Student Re-Registration Packets are sent home with your child upon verification of volunteer hours.

*= Please note that all current students, including 8th grade students, must have at least 15 volunteer hours completed prior to receiving any re-registration paperwork from the school or to receive report cards and/or transcripts necessary to matriculate to high school.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s registration please email us at or call 305-829-2406 ext. 301.

I previously did this short post with a few pictures if you're interested in hearing more about my opinion of the school. One last Pro Tip: call the number above if the email doesn't work. It bounced on me this morning. I did suggest they fix that issue, but a call will always be answered during office hours.

Miramar East Aquatic Complex and Regional Park Aquatic Complex Spring 2011 Swim Class Schedule

Update 5/16/2011: Here is the newest class schedule.

Well, I guess I dropped the ball the past few months keeping an updated Swimming Lesson Schedule for both the East Miramar Aquatic Complex and the Regional Park Aquatic Complex. Sorry. I called them up yesterday and predictably they told me they could not fax or email the current schedule to me, so I picked it up last night. I hope this is helpful for you and will give you what you need through the beginning of May, 2011. If you are reading this and can't find the most recent schedule, leave me a comment or drop me an email and I'll get/post the newest one.

As a recap, my oldest son took lessons at the East Miramar Aquatic Complex located at 6920 SW 35th Street, Miramar, FL 33023 (954-894-3133). That was a while ago, but they have a large facility and my son picked up the basics and swims like a fish now. If you have more info or photos, please share them.

Younger son took several swimming sessions at the Regional Park Aquatic Complex last year. That park is located at 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, FL 33027 (954-641-0150). They helped him get over some of his fears, and he loves the pool and is eager to start swimming again shortly. You can see some photos of this park here. New photos and information are of course welcome as well.

Remember to call ahead to make sure there are spots available in the class you are interested in joining. They do fill up.

Here is the Weekday Schedule (Nov 22, 2010 - May 6, 2011)

Here is the Weekend Schedule (Nov 26, 2010 - May 8, 2011)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Miramar Green Market

I know a lot of you have passed Miramar Square many times, probably daily at the busy intersection of Flamingo Road and Miramar Parkway. That is very close to my neighborhood of Vizcaya, so I am a regular. I shop at Kohl's, get my hair cut at SuperCuts, and have checked out the other businesses as well.

What I didn't know or ever see before is the Miramar Green Market. From 9 am until 3 pm on Saturdays, there will be an open market where you can buy fruits, vegetables, baked goods, plants, flowers and other items. The Public Relations firm for Landlord Woolbright Development put out a press release announcing the weekly event just a week ago, so perhaps that is why I've never seen it before, despite passing there every Saturday for years. The press release states that they expect to start with 8 vendors and increase to around 20 vendors. I'm pretty excited about the whole thing. I love a good open market and I love my community!

Now, I know you are wondering where the photos are. Trust me, if I could have lifted them from another site, I would have done that! However, I will do my best to get some shots in the next few weeks. But how about you send them to me in the meantime to CityOfMiramarFlorida [at] yahoo [DOT] com? I will publish them right away. Anyway, the flowering Gardenias above are from my back yard and have nothing to do with this green market. They are just beautiful and smell delicious!

After you are done picking out the best tomatoes and orchids or whatever you desire, take a moment to check out the rest of the tenants in Miramar Square. Thanks. Let me know your experiences.