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MARGATE, FL - (April 5, 2013) - Effective today, in accordance with the Constitution and the laws of the State of Florida Executive Order Number 13-94 was issued from the Office of the Governor that David McLean is suspended from public office.

The Executive Order of Suspension directs that David McLean is prohibited from performing any official act, duty, or function of public office; from receiving any pay or allowance; and from being entitled to any of the emoluments or privileges of public office during the period of suspension, which period shall be from today, until a further Executive Order is issued, or as otherwise provided by law.


MARGATE, FL - (April 3, 2013) - Federal bribery charges brought against David McLean, Commissioner of the City of Margate, are a result of isolated incidents involving one elected official. No employees of the City and no other elected officials are involved. No city, state, or federal funds were misappropriated.

The City of Margate will cooperate fully with the Assistant U.S. Attorney and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who investigated these incidents.

The City recognizes as should the public, that we will continue to do the public's business with the utmost of integrity, and that our responsibilities and trust are larger than any one person.

On behalf of the City, no further comments are appropriate until this matter comes to a final resolution.

Any further information or questions should be directed to the U.S Department of Justice, Assistant U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami, Fl.

City of Margate 2012 Water Quality Report To Be Available On-Line

MARGATE, FL - (February 16, 2013) - COMING SOON! Beginning June 10, 2013, all customers who receive their water from the City of Margate Utilities will be able to review the City of Margate's 2012 Water Quality Report on-line at This report contains important information about the source and quality of our drinking water.

In the past, this report was mailed directly to consumers, but in an effort to save paper and tax dollars spent on printing and postage, the City will be providing the report primarily through the web.

However, if consumers prefer to have a report mailed at a later date (approximately June 21, 2013), they can submit their names and addresses in any of the following ways (preferably before May 15, 2013):

This notice is being sent to you by the City of Margate.

Date Sent: February 26, 2013

Contact: Reddy Chitepu, P.E., Director DEES Public Information Officer (954) 972-0828

34th ANNUAL MARGATE SENIOR GAMES March 11-15, 2013

MARGATE, FL - (February 19, 2013) - The City of Margate is proud to announce the 34th Annual Margate Senior Games, hosted by the Margate Parks and Recreation Department and the Northwest Focal Point Senior Center, to be held from March 11-15th, at various locations in the City of Margate.

This popular program, endorsed by the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, boasts several hundred seniors participating annually and has a variety of events planned to appeal to everyone's area of interest. Outdoor events will include horseshoes, shuffleboard, golf putting, basketball, petanque and bocce. The games will also feature indoor events such as Wii bowling, Wii table tennis, billiards and bowling.

Anyone 60 years of age or older is invited to participate, either individually or as a team. Entry forms are available at the Parks and Recreation Department, 6199 NW 10th Street or at the Northwest Focal Point Senior Center, 6009 NW 10th Street. The deadline for submitting entry forms is Wednesday, March 6, 2013. A full schedule of events and activities will be provided with each entry form.

Get your cameras ready as gold, silver and bronze medals will be presented to the winners at an awards ceremony to be held on Tuesday, March 19th, at 1:00 PM, at the Northwest Focal Point Senior Center.

AARP has also sponsored a showing of the award-winning documentary, Age of Champions to be shown at 10:00 AM on March 19th, prior to the awards ceremony. Age of Champions follows five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics.

For more information go to or call 954-972-6458


MARGATE, FL - JANUARY 28, 2013 - The City of Margate Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Spring Clean Up and Garage Sale on SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH FROM 7:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. at Oriole Park (NE corner of NW 1st Street / Rock Island Road).

Last year's event brought in over 150 vendors and hundreds of buyers. The Spring Clean Up is a great way to clean out your clutter, and make some extra money in the process.

Pre-registration is required for VENDORS at a price of $10 per space. Print a registration form by going to then drop off or mail the form to the City of Margate Parks and Recreation Department, 6199 NW 10th Street, Margate, FL 33063. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 14nd or until full.

For more information go to or call (954)972-6458.

Winter Festival

MARGATE, FL - NOVEMBER 27, 2012- The City of Margate is proud to announce our Annual Winter Festival on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21ST FROM 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM. This family friendly event is FREE to the public and will take place at the Margate City Center located on Margate Boulevard from State Road 7 to NW 58th Avenue (Clock Tower).

Children ages 11 years old and under are invited to play in REAL SNOW (Florida-style). Various rides, games, arts and crafts, and food will be available for all to enjoy. There will also be live music, ballet performances, and a performance by the Margate Elementary school chorus.

How will Santa Claus arrive this year? Stop by for pictures with Santa to find out!

Margate Boulevard will be closed from approximately 2:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. from State Road 7 west to NW 58th Avenue. The round-a-bout will remain open during the event.

Food and craft vendors are welcome, advanced registration is required. To register as a food or craft vendor or for additional event information.

Contact the Margate Parks and Recreation Department at 954-972-6458 or email at

The City of Margate Introduces Rollout Recycling Carts with Rewards

MARGATE, FL - November 20, 2012 - The City of Margate is excited to introduce a new way to recycle with rollout recycling carts and recycling rewards. The new carts will hold much more recyclable materials and will make it easier to bring recyclables to the curb. Residents on the City of Margate Recycling Program with curbside recycling will soon begin receiving new rollout recycling carts. Deliveries will begin on November 26, 2012 and will take approximately three weeks to complete.

The new recycling carts will replace the existing recycling bins. Residents should begin using their carts immediately as they will no longer be able to use their existing bins. For those wishing to recycle their current bins, place the bins out on the first recycling day after the cart is received to have the bins collected and recycled.

Along with the new recycling carts the City is also launching the Recyclebank rewards program. As part of the Recyclebank rewards program, registered participants can earn points for green actions like recycling. The points can then be redeemed for discounts and deals from local and national businesses. Registration with Recyclebank is required to receive rewards. Information on how to register will be mailed to residents in the coming weeks.

The new rollout recycling carts, along with the Recyclebank program, bring an exciting change to the City of Margate Recycling Program. The City looks forward to increased participation and enthusiasm for recycling from residents.

For more information on the City of Margate Recycling Program please visit, call the Department of Environmental and Engineering Services at (954) 972-0828, or email


Posted 11-5-2012

MARGATE, FL - November 5, 2012 - In honor of our veterans and to commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Country, the City of Margate Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony on Sunday, November 11th at 10:30 AM, at Veterans Memorial Park, 7044 N.W. 1st Street (SE corner of Rock Island Road and NW 1 Street) Margate, FL.

The public is cordially invited to join members of our City Commission at this Veterans Day Ceremony as they pay tribute to all those who have served and are currently serving our Country to preserve our freedom. This year's keynote speaker will be Sergeant Major Eric J. Geressy, of the United States Army.

As part of the observance, a flag retirement ceremony will be held to retire tattered flags that residents have brought to the City throughout the year for a respectful disposition. This will include flags used in the Stars for Troops program, which mails out stars from the "Union", or star field, to our troops around the world.

The City of Margate Utilizes CodeRED for Mass Notification to Residents

Posted on 11-01-2012

In light of recent storm events in the North East sections of the United States, the City of Margate would like to take this opportunity to remind all residents that they should enroll in the City's CodeRED program to receive important public safety messages. In operation since 2005, the CodeRED system allows the City to contact residents by phone, email, and cellular text messaging. No one should automatically assume their contact information is in the CodeRED system. A test message was sent in June of 2012 and most recently a CodeRED message was sent out in late October regarding a boil water issue.

If you did not get either of these messages, we urge you to visit our website at and click on the CodeRED link and register your home phone, cellphone, and email address. Residents may also visit City Hall at 5790 Margate Boulevard and register with the receptionist. If you have any questions, please call (954) 971-7010 for further information.

Appointment of New Department Directors

Posted on 10-16-2012

MARGATE, FL - October 16, 2012 - City Manager Jerry A. Blough, is proud to announce the appointment of three new department directors effective October 15, 2012.

Dana E. Watson, a 27-1/2 year veteran and Margate resident, who has served the department since April 1985, will lead the 206 member Police Department as the newly appointed Chief of Police. Chief Watson rose through the ranks from Police Officer to Deputy Chief, and was appointed Acting Chief of Police on June 25, 2012.

Christopher R. Cotler, a 5-1/2 year veteran of the City of Margate Building Department, who was appointed Acting Director on May 3, 2012, will lead the Department as Building Director/Building Official. Mr. Cotler has over twenty-two years experience as a Building Official and is a welcome addition to the management team.

Michael A. Jones, a 7 year veteran of the City of Margate, has been appointed as Director of Parks and Recreation, and started his career on June 5, 2005 with the City of Margate. Mr. Jones, who was born and raised in the City of Margate, began his career as a part-time City of Margate summer camp counselor in June of 2001. Mr. Jones was appointed Acting Director of Parks and Recreation on June 25, 2012.

The City of Margate is extremely pleased and exceptionally proud to announce these internal appointments and looks forward to these new directors becoming an integral part of the new Margate management team.

Contact Jerry A. Blough, City Manager -  (954) 935-5300

City of Margate Earns Class 1 ISO Rating

Posted on 10-04-2012

MARGATE, FL-October 4, 2012-The City of Margate is extremely proud to announce that on September 27, 2012, the City was formally advised that, based on recent visits, interviews, and data submission, Margate is being reclassified from an ISO (Insurance Services Office) Class III to a Class I, effective January 1, 2013. Based on data supplied by the ISO, the City of Margate will be one of ten municipalities in Florida to earn this top classification, and in the top 1% in the country! The City is honored to have attained a Class 1 of only 10 in the State of Florida and 61 across the country. ISO is responsible to rate 48,000 fire rescue departments in this country and the City of Margate earned the highest rating! In the coming weeks the Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue Department will begin to brand our agency with vehicle lettering and wear new t-shirts that will proudly claim our Class 1 status. This is certainly a City-wide accomplishment and could not have been achieved without the support of our Mayor, City Commission, City Manager, Fire-Rescue Chief and all staff.

Mayor Pam Donovan stated, "What a great accomplishment for our City and the entire community." "We have a great team in place in our City and it is more evident each and every day."

It is not unusual for businesses to obtain lower insurance premiums based on a city's ISO Class I rating.

A formal presentation will be made to all residents at the October 17, 2012, City Commission meeting.

Contact Antonio Stravino -  (954) 971-7010

Proposed FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) - Appeals

Posted on 09-27-2012

MARGATE, FL - September 27, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently updated the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for Broward County and revised flood zones based on the study's findings. As a result, the flood zone designations on the FIRM for most properties in the City of Margate will change and will no longer be in a flood zone when the FIRM becomes effective in January 2013. However, a small number of properties, which previously were not located in a flood zone, are being assigned to a flood zone.

Residents may appeal the proposed changes in the 90-day statutory appeal period, which began August 31, 2012 and will end November 30, 2012. During this appeal period, residents may submit documentation or other pertinent information to challenge the proposed designations on their individual properties before they become permanent. For assistance with the appeal process, contact Jeanine Athias, Engineer, in the City's Department of Environmental and Engineering Services, at (954) 972-0828.

Web links to a map showing the current and proposed flood zones for the City, as well as the Broward County web link for the proposed flood zone determinations for individual properties can be accessed at

Contact Jeanine Athias - DEES Dept. (954) 972-0828

Lane Closures on State Road 7

Posted on 08-09-2012

MARGATE, FL. - Beginning Monday, August 13, 2012 at 9:00 p.m., City contractor Weekley Asphalt Paving, Inc., will begin repairing the northbound lanes of State Road 7 (U.S. Hwy. 441) between Park Drive and N.W. 8th Street. Repairs will be conducted during non-peak hours between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., and should be completed by 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2012.

Commuters can expect periodic lane closures. At least one northbound travel lane will be available at all times to thru traffic and lane closures will not affect any intersections.

The repair is necessary to correct damage to the roadway which occurred June of 2012.

Contact Jeanine Athias - DEES Dept. (954) 972-0828

City of Margate Appoints New City Manager

Posted on 06-14-2012
MARGATE, FL. - June 13, 2012- Jerry Blough, Chief of Police for the City of Margate during the past 16 years, was approved for appointment as City Manager of the City during a City Commission Meeting Wednesday night. Chief Blough, who has been employed in municipal government during the past 38 years, will succeed Yolanda Rodriguez, who will be leaving the city on June 21st after announcing her resignation on April 30th.

Mr. Blough will serve as the City Manager during an interim period of up to one year, and with direction from the City Commission, will spearhead the search for a new permanent City Manager.

Mayor Pam Donovan stated, "Jerry Blough has a proven track record of being a results oriented leader who will ensure stability, a smooth transition, and will continue to be a valued advisor to the City Commission in the daily management of the City".

The Mayor further indicated that the new city manager will work to improve operational effectiveness and efficiency during the interim period.

Mr. Blough will take over the leadership role as City Manager on Friday, June 22nd.


Contact Jerry Blough -  City Manager's Office (954) 935-5300