Hurricane Season, 4th of July, Governor DeSantis signs new bill, New Candidate running for Governor, and Governor signs Florida Budget

Coral Springs to celebrate Fourth of July

Coral Springs residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a big Fourth of July celebration.

On Sunday, July 4, 2021, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., residents are invited to celebrate Independence Day with a grand firework display set to start at 9 p.m. at Mullins Park.
The event begins at 5 p.m. with all-new family-friendly activities, including a water splash zone run operated by the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department, a community cornhole area and game zone. Also new this year, an enhanced entertainment experience, featuring live music by Alexander Star and The Golden People, along with DJ Reré and emcee Andres. The night concludes with the firework display.  
Admission and parking are free! Participants will have food truck and refreshment options for purchase.  
Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook said, “We are so excited to gather to celebrate our nation’s independence and community spirit. This year’s celebration will be a great time for families of all ages.”
Mullins Park is located at 10000 Ben Geiger Drive (N.W. 29th Street).


Florida Agricultural Commissioner will run for Governor.

Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried has officially announced that she will run for Governor of Florida. 

Fried produced a video on Twitter where she said she would be “something new” for Florida. She hopes to expand Medicaid, increasing the minimum wage, improve education, fight for racial justice and legalize marijuana. Fried will face U.S.Rep Charlie Crist, a Democrat and former Republican Governor in the Democratic primary. Whoever wins the primary will face a very popular Gov. Ron DeSantis.


Hurricane Season is here

City of Coral Springs leaders remind residents that June kicks-off the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which is predicted to be a busy storm season. As a city, we always prepare and plan ahead of Hurricane Season. We remind our residents to stock up and prepare too.
At a minimum, residents should strengthen their homes and ensure a fully stocked disaster supply kit. Additional actions residents should take to ensure they are prepared include the following:
-Purchase at least 5-7 days of cleaning supplies and nonperishable food.
-Prepare to be without power, stock up on batteries and keep electronics fully charged.  
-Sign up to our text message option for the latest information emergency related information, by texting ALERTCS (one word) to 888-777..


Gov. DeSantis signs bill creating “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act”

Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 1028 creating the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” and preserving fair opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their strength, skills, and abilities in athletic competition. The bill specifies that an athletic team or sport that is designated for females, women, or girls may not be open to students of the male sex, based on the student’s biological sex listed on the student’s official birth certificate at the time of birth. The bill applies the requirements to interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural, or club athletic teams or sports that are sponsored by a public secondary school, high school, public college, or university institution. The bill provides civil remedies for those who suffer harm by violations of the section of law.

The designation of separate sex-specific athletic teams or sports is necessary to promote equality of athletic opportunities, and the majority of Americans support this action. Multiple polls have stated more than 60 percent of Americans believe that biological males should not be participating in women’s sports. 

“As a father of two daughters, I want my girls, and every girl in Florida, to compete on an even playing field for the opportunities available to young women in sports,” said Governor DeSantis. “Women have fought for decades to have equal opportunities in athletics, and we have to prevent those opportunities from being eroded as is happening in other states. It’s common sense. Many thanks to Senator Stargel and Representative Tuck for their thoughtful work on this bill to ensure fairness in women’s sports.”

“As a mother whose children have been active in athletics, I know our youth deserve policies that allow them to compete safely and fairly,” said Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “I am proud Governor DeSantis has signed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act which, by ensuring our girls will not need to compete against biological males, protects the fairness and integrity of women’s sports.”

“This bill incorporates a number of policy changes. It will improve the operations of our charter schools. Taking into account COVID-19, it gives parents the final say in whether or not their child has made enough learning gains this year to advance a grade level,” said Senate President Wilton Simpson. “And, it protects the opportunity for female athletes to safely compete in athletic activities. This work product reflects ideas many different lawmakers worked on throughout session, and I am grateful to Governor DeSantis for signing it into law today.”

“This issue is an issue of fundamental fairness. Recognizing gender differences is a far cry from discrimination,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “This is especially true in education where major college athletics — and the scholarships that go with it — still delineate by gender. No one believes it would be fair for LeBron James to play in the WNBA.”

Full Highlights of SB 1028 include:

  • Maintains opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their strength, skills, and athletic abilities and to provide them with opportunities to obtain recognition and accolades, college scholarships, and numerous other long-term benefits that result from participating and competing in athletic endeavors.  
  • Strengthens educational opportunities for military families by allowing state universities to expand high-quality developmental laboratory schools to serve communities around military installations. 
  • Paves innovative pathways for students to access industry certification and workforce education by allowing Florida College System and State University System institutions to sponsor charter schools to meet regional workforce demands. 
  • Empowers students to pursue high-wage STEM professions by expanding access to the Florida Private Student Assistance Program grant award to include full-time certificate-seeking students at an aviation maintenance school. 
  • Requires each public school to provide parents with information on the role swimming lessons and water safety education plays in saving lives, including free and reduced cost options for swimming lessons and safety courses.  


Gov. DeSantis signs Florida Budget

Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Florida Leads state budget for fiscal year 2021-2022. The budget totaled $101.5 billion and includes $169 million in tax relief. The Governor vetoed $1.5 billion in total spending, including $1.35 billion from federal funds received under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. 

“While other states advocated for never-ending lockdowns during the pandemic, Florida followed the science and led the nation in ensuring there were opportunities for Florida families to go to school, go to work, and provide for themselves and their families,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “I’m proud to sign the Florida Leads budget that continues to exemplify Florida’s continued resolve and unshakeable economic foundation, while establishing Florida’s position as a nationwide leader in education, protecting our environment, creating a resilient economy, and ensuring public safety. We did all this while maintaining strong fiscal reserves and lowering taxes to make sure Florida families benefit this year and for decades to come.” 

“In Florida, we have the best policies and the best Governor of any state in the nation, and we are reaffirming Florida’s position as a national leader today,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “In the Florida Leads Budget, our administration is investing in the priorities that matter most to Florida families like education, the environment and the economy. We are also continuing to prioritize public health and mental well-being, and we are fully backing our law enforcement officers and first responders who put their lives on the line for their communities every day.”

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