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PUBLIC NOTICE OF NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN CITY OF MARGATE AND INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS, LOCAL 3080

You are hereby notified of a Negotiations Session scheduled for the following date:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014, AT 10:00 AM

The negotiations session will be held at City Hall, 5790 Margate Boulevard, Margate, FL, in Conference Room One on the Third Floor between the City of Margate and the IAFF.

If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City of Margate and the International Association of Firefighters, Local 3080, with respect to any matter considered at this Negotiations Session, s/he will need a record of the proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

Any person with a disability requiring auxiliary aids and services for this meeting may call the City Clerk’s office at 954-935-5326 with their request at least two business days prior to the meeting date.



SPRING CLEAN UP AND GARAGE SALE

MARGATE, FL – JANUARY 30, 2014 – The City of Margate is conducting its annual Spring Clean Up and Garage Sale, Saturday, March 15th from 7:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., at Oriole Park (NE corner of NW 1st Street / Rock Island Road).

Pre-registration is required for vendors at a per space price of $10.00 for residents and $20.00 for non-residents. Last year’s event brought in over 150 vendors and hundreds of buyers. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 13th or until full.

The Spring Clean Up is a great way to clean out your clutter, and make some extra money in the process.

For more information or to register as a vendor go to www.margatefl.com or call 954-972-6458.



PUBLIC NOTICE OF NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN CITY OF MARGATE AND BROWARD COUNTY POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION (CAPTAINS AND LIEUTENANTS)

You are hereby notified of a Negotiations Session scheduled for the following date:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014, AT 10:00 AM

The session will be held to discuss a Collective Bargaining Agreement for members of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, (Captains and Lieutenants) bargaining unit. The session will be held at City Hall, 5790 Margate Boulevard, Margate, FL, in Conference Room One on the Third Floor, with the City of Margate and the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, (Captains and Lieutenants).

If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City of Margate and the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, (Captains and Lieutenants) with respect to any matter considered at this Negotiations Session, s/he will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

Any person with a disability requiring auxiliary aids and services for this meeting may call the City Clerk's office at (954) 972-6454 with their request at least two business days prior to the meeting date.



PUBLIC NOTICE OF NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN CITY OF MARGATE AND FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE FLORIDA STATE LODGE (OFFICERS AND SERGEANTS)

You are hereby notified of a Negotiations Session scheduled for the following date:

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014, AT 10:30 AM

The session will be held to discuss a Collective Bargaining Agreement for members of the Fraternal Order of Police Florida Labor Council, Inc., (Officers and Sergeants) bargaining unit. The session will be held at City Hall, 5790 Margate Boulevard, Margate, FL, in Conference Room One on the Third Floor, with the City of Margate and the Fraternal Order of Police Florida Labor Council, Inc.

If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City of Margate and the Fraternal Order of Police Florida Labor Council, Inc. with respect to any matter considered at this Negotiations Session, s/he will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

Any person with a disability requiring auxiliary aids and services for this meeting may call the City Clerk's office at (954) 972-6454 with their request at least two business days prior to the meeting date.



THIRTY – FIFTH ANNUAL MARGATE SENIOR GAMES

MARGATE, FL – (January 16, 2014) – The City of Margate is proud to announce the 35th Annual Margate Senior Games, hosted by the Margate Parks and Recreation Department and the Northwest Focal Point Senior Center, to be held from March 10th – 14th, at various locations throughout the City.

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 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. Additional events, new to 2014, may include pickleball and sand volleyball.

The City of Margate invites anyone 60 years of age or older to participate in the 2014 Senior Games. There is something for everyone wishing to "compete" individually or as a team. Entry applications, which include a full schedule of events, are available at the Parks and Recreation Department, 6199 NW 10th Street, and at the Northwest Focal Point Senior Center, 6009 NW 10th Street. The deadline for submitting entry forms is Wednesday, March 6th 2014.

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 18th, at the Northwest Focal Point Senior Center.

For more information go to www.margatefl.com or call 954-972-6458.



PUBLIC NOTICE OF NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN CITY OF MARGATE AND BROWARD COUNTY POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION (CAPTAINS AND LIEUTENANTS)

You are hereby notified of a Negotiations Session scheduled for the following date:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2014, AT 2:00 PM

The session will be held to discuss a Collective Bargaining Agreement for members of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, (Captains and Lieutenants) bargaining unit. The session will be held at City Hall, 5790 Margate Boulevard, Margate, FL, in Conference Room One on the Third Floor, with the City of Margate and the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, (Captains and Lieutenants).

If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City of Margate and the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, (Captains and Lieutenants) with respect to any matter considered at this Negotiations Session, s/he will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

Any person with a disability requiring auxiliary aids and services for this meeting may call the City Clerk's office at (954) 972-6454 with their request at least two business days prior to the meeting date.



MARGATE ANNOUNCES NEW SATURDAY BUS SERVICE

MARGATE, FL – (December 12, 2013) – The City of Margate is proud to announce the introduction of a new Saturday bus service. The Saturday bus service, designated as Route “A ext”, will begin December 14, 2013; the hours of operation will be 7:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. The route, depicted in the attached map, will service several condominiums, shopping centers, and various houses of worship. Stops along the route include, but are not limited to:
 Holiday Springs Shopping Center
 Holiday Springs
 Firefighters Park
 Palm Springs
 Townhomes of Oriole
 Oriole Golf and Tennis
 Margate Plaza
 Oriole Gardens
 Palm Lakes Plaza
 Palm Lakes
 Lakewood Mall
 Lakewood Villas
 Royal Park Gardens
Bus stops that service this new route will have orange stickers that read “A ext” affixed to bus stop signs. The fee to ride the bus will be fifty cents each way.
For more information, please visit http://www.margatefl.com/pubworks/transit.html or call 954-970-5342.



MARGATE CITY COMMISSION ELECTS NEW MAYOR AND VICE MAYOR

MARGATE, FL - (November 21, 2013) – The City of Margate is proud to announce the election of a new Mayor and Vice Mayor by the City Commissioners during the November 20, 2013, City Commission Meeting. Lesa "Le" Peerman will serve as Mayor and Joanne Simone will serve as Vice Mayor for the next year. Both were elected unanimously.

"I look forward to working in my new capacity and I am optimistic that this will be a great year for Margate. We have a really good commission who works well together that is supported by a great city staff," said Mayor Peerman after the meeting. Mayor Peerman will preside over her first City Commission meeting on December 4, 2013.



Sand Volleyball Court Open to the Public

MARGATE, FL – Wednesday, November 20, 2013 – The City of Margate is proud to announce the expansion of recreational opportunities for Margate residents and their guests with the installation of a sand volleyball court at Firefighters Park.
LOCATION: Firefighters Park, 2500 Rock Island Road, Margate, FL 33063.
ACCESS: Open to the public on a first come first serve basis.
Organized play - A facility use permit is required for organized activities, such as league play, or group gatherings.
EQUIPMENT: Volleyballs are available for sign out at the Firefighters Park Game Room for Margate residents, Photo I.D. is required.
The volleyball court is designed to accommodate adult or youth play with adjustment of the height of the net as needed.

For more information please contact Parks and Recreation Department at (954)972-6458



Winter Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Winter Festival


MARGATE, FL – (November 19, 2013) - The City of Margate and the Margate Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) are once again hosting the Margate Winter Festival on Friday, December 20th from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Location: Margate City Center-Margate Boulevard from 441 to NW 58th Avenue
Cost: FREE to the public
Activities: Real “Florida Style” Snow (for ages 11 years and under), kiddie rides, arts and crafts for the kids, craft fair, pictures with Santa, and food vendors.

Road closure: Margate Blvd. (from 441 to NW 58th Avenue) will be closed from approximately 2:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. The roundabout will remain open during the event.

Food, advertising, and craft vendors are welcome; advanced registration and registration fee is required (food vendor-$150, advertising vendor-$50, craft vendor-$25). To register as a vendor please contact the Margate Parks and Recreation Department at (954)972-6458 or email parksrec@margatefl.com.



Fallen Soldier Memorial Statue

MARGATE, FL – November 12, 2013. On temporary display at the Veteran’s Memorial Park this past Monday, and scheduled to be unveiled at the 2014 Memorial Day Ceremony on May 26, 2014, a three foot tall bronze statue of the “Fallen Soldier Memorial” will be erected.

The Fallen Soldier Memorial, also known as the Battlefield Cross is a symbolic replacement of a cross on the battlefield or at the base camp for a soldier who has been killed. Made up of the soldier’s rifle with bayonet attached and stuck into the ground, and the boots of the fallen soldier next to it. Its purpose is to show honor and respect for the fallen soldiers at a battle site. This practice dates back to the Civil War as a means of identifying the bodies on the battleground before they were removed.

The City of Margate plans to create an area located in the Veteran’s Memorial Park to allow Margate residents a place to visit and pay their respects to a fallen soldier. Family and fellow combat members can reflect, and have a moment with a fallen loved one. The City of Margate is proud to support ALL veterans of the United States of America’s armed forces.

“ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL”


For more information please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 954-972-6458



Margate Basketball League Registration

MARGATE, FL – (October 17, 2013) – Registration begins October 28th for boys and girls, ages six to sixteen years old, interested in playing in the Margate Basketball League.

Registration Dates: October 28 - November 3
Registration Time: Monday thru Friday 4:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Location: Firefighters Park, 2500 Rock Island Road, Margate

Parents must attend this in-person only registration. For all first time players, a birth certificate must be presented at registration. Uniform fittings will take place at registration.

Weekend League practice begins in December and weeknight games will begin in January. The league will close out the season with a Jam Fest, cookout, and award ceremony to honor all our outstanding players. To view a draft league schedule, go to www.margatefl.com/basketball.

League Divisions and Fees*
Midget (ages 6-8) and Junior (ages 14-16) - $75
Freshman (ages 9-10) and Sophomore (ages 11-13) - $85
*Margate residents receive $10 off registration fees with two proofs of residency
(driver’s license, utility bill, mortgage bill, etc.)

Wanted - Volunteer coaches and assistant coaches
The City of Margate Basketball League is seeking volunteer coaches and assistant coaches, ages 21 years and older. No experience is necessary (coaching clinic provided). A Background check required.

For additional information, please contact Richard Waitkus, Margate Parks and Recreation Supervisor, at Firefighters Park by calling 954-255-3501 or email FFP@margatefl.com.



Veteran's Day Ceremony 2013

MARGATE, FL – (October 17, 2013) – Join the City of Margate in honoring and thanking military veterans for their dedicated and loyal service to our country. The public is invited to the City of Margate Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11th at 10:30 A.M., at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 7044 N.W. 1st Street (S.E. corner of Rock Island Road and N.W. 1st Street) in Margate.
The ceremony will include the marching of color guard units, the singing of the national anthem, a keynote speaker from the United States Southern Command, invocation prayer, a presentation of awards to our elementary school essay contest winners, a live band, rifle salute, taps, and complimentary refreshments.

For more information, please contact the Margate Parks and Recreation Department at 954-972-6458.



Digital Photography Monthly Competition

MARGATE, FL – (October 7, 2013) – The City of Margate Parks and Recreation Department is holding a Digital Photography Contest for Margate residents. Beginning in October, complete a registration form found at www.margatefl.com then email your best digital photographs of Margate to the Margate Parks and Recreation Department at parksrec@margatefl.com.

ALL photographs must be within Margate City Limits, and shall NOT focus on any individual person, business, or any form of advertising. Photos can be in color or black and white, must have been taken in the current fiscal year, and must be submitted in JPEG format at a minimum 150 dpi resolution.

Each participant can submit up to two (2) photographs per month and must complete a contest entry form per submittal. One winner will be selected each month from all photographs received by the last Wednesday of each month. All monthly winners will be entered into the Grand Prize Category, which shall be awarded at the end of the 2014 fiscal year.

The City of Margate designated judges will consider originality, composition and artistic merit. All winning photos will be published on the City of Margate’s Website.

For additional information, please contact the Margate Parks and Recreation Department at (954)972-6458 or email parksrec@margatefl.com.



Public Notice of Negotiations - City of Margate and Federation of Public Employees

You are hereby notified of a Negotiations Session scheduled for the following date:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2013, AT 10:30 AM

The session will be held at City Hall, 5790 Margate Boulevard, Margate, Florida, in Conference Room One on the Third Floor, with the City of Margate and the Federation of Public Employees.

If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City of Margate and the Federation of Public Employees, with respect to any matter considered at this Negotiations Session, s/he will need a record of the proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

Any person with a disability requiring auxiliary aids and services for this meeting may call the City Clerk's office at (954) 935-5326 with their request at least two business days prior to the meeting date.



Margate Basketball Clinic

MARGATE, FL – (October 2, 2013) - The City of Margate, through its Parks & Recreation Department, will be offering a two week basketball clinic for youth, ages six (6) to ten (10) years old, beginning on October 14, 2013. As part of this program, participants will learn the fundamentals of basketball including state of readiness, passing, dribbling, shooting, and rebounding. The clinic’s low ratio of staff to youth will provide participants with an excellent opportunity for individual assistance.

The basketball clinic will take place Mondays thru Thursdays, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., at Firefighters Park (2500 Rock Island Road, Margate, FL 33063). The total cost for the two week program is $30.00 per person.

For more information or to register for the basketball clinic, please contact the Margate Parks and Recreation Department at Firefighters Park at (954) 255-3501 or FFP@Margatefl.com.



Water Aerobics

MARGATE, FL – (Sept 17, 2013) Calypso Cove offers Water Aerobics every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The cost to register is $40.00 for eight (8) classes.

Water Aerobics is a safe, fun, and energetic workout. Our program is designed for all fitness levels, because you can exercise at your own pace.


For more information please contact:

Calypso Cove Aquatic Facility
Phone: 954-974-4566
E-mail: ccove@margatefl.com



Adult Nights at the Cove

MARGATE, FL – (Sept 17, 2013) Calypso Cove Aquatics Facility is offering (for a limited time only) adult nights during the off season. Come visit your neighborhood tropical paradise for a quick getaway at a cost of $5.00 to enter. Adult Nights will run every Friday starting on September 27, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Dates are subject to change). You must be at least eighteen years of age to enter the facility.

Have you ever wanted to get away from the stresses of life? Well now you can leave all your troubles at the door, and kickback to a relaxing evening without the kids. If you do not want to cook or clean, do not worry, we offer a full concession with a special dinner menu.


For more information please contact:

Calypso Cove Aquatic Facility
Phone: 954-974-4566
E-mail: ccove@margatefl.com



Parent & Toddler Water Safety Instruction

MARGATE, FL – (Sep. 17, 2013) – Calypso Cove in partnership with Swim Central is offering water safety instructions to parents on how to acclimate your toddler to the water. The program will start on Sept 23, 2013, advanced registration is required. Registered participants will receive six (6) free classes held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. located at Calypso Cove Aquatics Facility.

Learning to swim is a LIFESAVING skill all children need. A parent/guardian is required to be in the water during the full session with the child and instructor. A swim diaper is required for all children; swim diapers are available for purchase at the facility.


For more information, please contact
Calypso Cove Aquatic Facility
Phone: 954-974-4566
E-mail: ccove@margatefl.com



IAFF NEGOTIATIONS CANCELED

You are hereby notified of a Negotiations Session scheduled for the following date:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22,2013, AT 10:00 AM

HAS BEEN CANCELED.



MARGATE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY HOLDS PUBLIC WORKSHOP

MARGATE, FL - (July 29, 2013) – The Margate Community Redevelopment Agency (Margate CRA) is extremely pleased to announce that Madison Marquette will lead a public workshop to gather input from Margate residents and business owners on the redevelopment of the downtown Margate City Center. The Margate City Center is comprised of 38 acres of property located at the intersection of Margate Boulevard and State Road 7/U.S. 441.

The workshop will be held on Monday, August 5, 2013, at Margate City Hall, located at 5790 Margate Boulevard, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Madison Marquette, as the development firm that responded to the Margate CRA’s Request for Proposal for the redevelopment of the Margate City Center, will spearhead the workshop along with their team of development professionals.

For more information, contact Dennis Holste at the Margate CRA at (954)935-5324.



Margate Announces Appointment of New Assistant City Manager

MARGATE, FL – (July 25, 2013) – The City of Margate is proud to announce the appointment of Douglas E. Smith as Assistant City Manager of the City of Margate effective August 28, 2013. Smith has over seventeen years of local government experience. He previously served seven years as Assistant City Manager, and most recently as Interim City Manager, for the City of Delray Beach, FL.

Smith’s responsibilities in Delray Beach included supervising City operations, assisting in budget preparation, participating in strategic planning, and developing an economic development incentive package to attract a large business and numerous jobs to the City. Prior to Delray Beach, Smith served as Assistant Village Manager and Acting Village Manager of North Palm Beach, FL, where his responsibilities included coordinating personnel activities, administering a performance evaluation system, and participating in labor negotiations.

Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Liberty University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the Florida City and County Management Association and the International City/County Management Association. Smith is currently serving as President of the Palm Beach County City Management Association.

The City of Margate welcomes Douglas E. Smith as the newest member of the management team.



City of Margate to Hold 2nd Annual Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Event

MARGATE, FL – (July 11, 2013) Margate residents can properly dispose of their household hazardous waste and old electronics at the City of Margate’s 2nd Annual Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Event. On Saturday, September 7, 2013 Margate residents can bring their household hazardous waste and old electronics items to Oriole Park (7055 NW 1st Street) from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. All accepted items will be recycled or disposed of properly.

Items accepted at the collection event include household chemicals, cleaning solutions, aerosols, paint, oil, solvents, pesticides, herbicides, pool chemicals, vehicle fluids, mercury thermometers, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, fluorescent bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), TVs, computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, cell phones, home phones, wire, DVD players, rechargeable batteries, and tires (limit 4).

Items not accepted include explosives, flares, ammunition, bio-hazardous waste, medical waste, appliances, microwaves, shavers, sewing machines, and business or commercial generated waste.

Proof of Margate residency is required.

For more information, contact the Department of Environmental and Engineering Services at (954) 972-0828, Monday-Thursday from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M.



MARGATE ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW FIRE CHIEF

MARGATE, FL – (June 19, 2013) – The City of Margate is proud to announce the appointment of Franklin H. Edwards as Fire Chief of the Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue Department effective July 13, 2013. Chief Edwards is a twenty-nine year veteran of the fire service. He previously served twenty-six years with the Chesterfield County, Virginia Fire and Emergency Management Service Department; rising through the ranks from Firefighter to Deputy Chief.

Chief Edwards also served as the Fire Chief for the City of Pensacola and as the Public Safety Bureau Chief for Escambia County, Florida, where he provided strategic oversight and led the operation of a full service public safety bureau, providing fire and rescue services, emergency medical services, emergency management and emergency communications.

Chief Edwards holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science from the University of Maryland and a Master of Public Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has received the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer (CFO) from the International Association of Fire Chiefs and is a graduate of the prestigious Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO) from the National Fire Academy.

The City of Margate welcomes Chief Edwards as the newest member of the management team.



City of Margate 2012 Water Quality Report Available On-Line

MARGATE, FL – (June 12, 2013) The City of Margate’s 2012 Water Quality Report is now available on-line at www.margatefl.com/ccr2012.pdf. This report contains important information about the source and quality of drinking water for customers who receive their water from the City of Margate Utilities.

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 City’s website.

However, if consumers prefer to receive a printed report, they can submit their names and addresses in any of the following ways:

Mail: City of Margate, Department of Environmental & Engineering Services, 901 NW 66th Avenue, Margate, FL 33063
E-mail: dees@margatefl.com
FAX: (954) 978-7349
Phone: (954) 972-0828



MARGATE CITY COMMISSION CREATES A CHARTER REVIEW COMMITEE

MARGATE, FL – (May 16, 2013) – The Margate City Commission, has created a Charter Review Committee (“Committee)” to review the terms and provisions within the City Charter. The Committee will be tasked with considering whether any part of the forty-two page City Charter, consisting of ten articles and sixty-one sections, needs to be amended.

The Committee will be composed of five (5) Margate residents who shall be appointed by the City Manager. The City Attorney will attend Committee meetings; however, outside counsel shall be utilized when the Committee reviews the Charter section affecting the Office of the City Attorney.

Recommendations of the Committee to amend the Charter (that are adopted and approved by at least four committee members) will be forwarded to the City Commission for consideration. The City Commission will then make the determination which recommended amendments, if any, shall be placed before the electorate in the 2014 general election.

Margate residents interested in being considered as a member of the Committee may pick up an application at the City Clerk’s Office at 5790 Margate Boulevard, Margate, Florida, or may download an application from the City’s website at www.margatefl.com. The application deadline is June 19, 2013.



CITY OF MARGATE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

MARGATE, FL – Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – The City of Margate, in partnership with Waste Management, presents the 2nd Annual Margate Academic Scholarship Program.

The City of Margate and Waste Management established the Margate Academic Scholarship Program to foster the educational opportunities for City of Margate students. The City of Margate and Waste Management encourage Margate students to pursue educational paths that support government and civic endeavors.

Award Components: For fiscal year 2013, the City of Margate will select one female recipient and one male recipient to receive a one‐time $2,500 scholarship for demonstrating excellence in the classroom and in the community.

Award Impact: Through educational opportunities afforded by this Program, the scholarship recipients will be better prepared to enter a profession within or supporting government and nonprofit agencies, such as Parks and Recreation/Leisure Services.

Eligibility Requirements:

1. Current Margate resident
2. Core weighted GPA of 3.50 (minimum)
3. Community Service (minimum 40 hours)
4. Education or professional path of government or non‐profit service

Award Criteria ‐ including but not limited to:
1. Community Service
2. Personal Essay (no more than 600 words)
3. Weighted GPA
4. Financial Need

For more information please contact Parks and Recreation Department at 954-972-6458



APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE MARGATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE - 2014

MARGATE, FL. – April 23, 2013 - The City of Margate announces that applications are now available for the 2014 Session of the Margate Community College. This 8-week long interactive program will provide residents and business owners, over the age of 18, an opportunity to learn how their City government works from the inside out. City of Margate staff, including the City Manager and Department Directors, will host the Tuesday night sessions beginning, tentatively, in January 2014.

Each class runs from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., with a light dinner served from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Classes will be held at various City facilities throughout Margate, including City Hall, Calypso Cove, the Department of Environmental and Engineering Services, Fire Station #98, the Police Department Training & Transit Center, and the Northwest Focal Point Senior Center.

Although students are encouraged to attend every class, only 6 of the 8 sessions are mandatory for graduation. If a conflict arises where a student misses more than the allowed 2 sessions, arrangements can be made to make up the classes in a future semester.

The goal of Margate Community College is to give interested residents the opportunity to become better informed and more involved in understanding the daily workings of their City. All residents are encouraged to apply for admission to this free program, sponsored by the City Commission and coordinated through the office of the City Manager.

To apply for the Margate Community College, residents are being asked to fill out an application and submit it to the City at the Margate City Manager’s Office, 5790 Margate Boulevard, Margate, FL 33063. Applications are available for download from the City’s website at www.margatefl.com, or may be picked up at Margate City Hall. Space is limited to 25 participants. If you have any questions, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 954-935-5300.



MARGATE SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

MARGATE, FL – (April 17, 2013) – Registration is now open for the City of Margate Parks and Recreation Summer Recreation Program. The program begins Monday, June 10th and ends Friday, August 2nd. The recreation program will be held at the Margate Community Center, 6199 NW 10 Street, Margate, FL 33063 and will operate from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

In addition to twice weekly trips to the City’s own Calypso Cove waterpark, there will be Friday field trips to Zoo Miami and airboat rides in the Everglades, just to name a few. Children will choose daily “Fun Zone” activities which include arts and crafts, technology, cooking, health and fitness, science, sports, music, and drama.

Our Summer Recreation Program is for Margate children ages 6 through 12. Children must be entering first grade or be 6 years of age before the first day of camp, and cannot be 13 years of age before August 2nd.

You can now register for: Session A $335.00 June 10th – July 5th
Session B $335.00 July 8th – August 2nd
Full Program $645.00 June 10th – August 2nd

Field trips are included in the price of the program and children are to bring their own lunch. Space is limited to 200 children and is filled on a first come, first serve basis.

For mail-in registration, we require completed registration forms, Fun Zones choices, copies of two current proofs of Margate residency, a copy of child(ren)’s birth certificate, and payment in full. Registration forms are available at the Margate Community Center, or you can download the forms from www.margatefl.com. Mail registration forms to: City of Margate, 6199 NW 10 Street, Margate, FL 33063. Checks are to be made payable to The City of Margate.

Upon our receipt of your completed registration form and payment, we will mail you a confirmation letter, your child’s zone schedule, and receipt of payment, prior to your child(ren)’s first day of camp.

For more information, please call 954-972-6458.



NOTICE OF CITY COMMISSION VACANCY

MARGATE, FL – (April 15, 2013) – The City of Margate is seeking to fill one Commission vacancy resulting from the suspension of one Commissioner by executive Order of the Governor (Order 13-94).

The individual appointed to Seat 2 will serve until that suspended Commissioner is either returned to office by the Governor or until August 12, 2014, whichever is sooner.

Applications are available, as of 12 noon April 15, 2013, online at www.margatefl.com, and in person in the Office of the City Clerk located at Margate City Hall, 5790 Margate Blvd., Margate, FL 33063 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The deadline to submit applications, in person to the Office of the City Clerk, shall be no later than 12:00 p.m. on April 25, 2013.

Commissioners will conduct a Special City Commission meeting on May 1, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, at Margate City Hall, 5790 Margate Blvd., Margate, FL 33063.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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 www.margatefl.com/ccr2012. 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):

  • E-Mail: dees@margatefl.com
  • Fax: (954) 978-7349
  • Mail: 901 NW 66th Avenue, Margate, FL 33063
  • Phone: (954) 972-0828

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 DEES@margatefl.com



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 www.margatefl.com or call 954-972-6458



SPRING CLEAN UP

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 www.margatefl.com 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 www.margatefl.com 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 Parksrec@margatefl.com



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 www.margatefl.com/recycling, call the Department of Environmental and Engineering Services at (954) 972-0828, or email recycle@margatefl.com.



VETERANS DAY CEREMONY

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 www.margatefl.com 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 citymanager@margatefl.com



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 rating...one 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 tstravino@margatefl.com



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 www.margatefl.com/dees/.


Contact Jeanine Athias - DEES Dept. (954) 972-0828 jathias@margatefl.com



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 jathias@margatefl.com



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 citymanager@margatefl.com



 
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