Back To School Supplies Drive!

July 20th, 2017

Assist the City of Coral Springs with providing the children of our community with a great start to a new school year by making a donation of school supplies.  As back to school shopping begins to get back underway, some children will head back to the classrooms without much-needed, basic school supplies. The City is collecting these supplies for economically disadvantaged children in the community starting on July 18th.
This drive will run from the 18th of July until August 15th.  Supplies that will be accepted include: markers, erasers, glue sticks, crayons, highlighters, binders, pencils, folders, pens, index cards, rulers, notebooks, and more. Please stop by and make a donation of any size (Cash donations are also accepted toward supplies and uniforms). Also, remember that the weekend of August 4-6th is Tax Free for all schools supplies. So come on down and continue to make Coral Springs a better place to live for people of all ages.

Drop off Locations:

Volunteer Service (inside Mullins Park) • 10000 NW 29th Street
Police Department (in lobby) • 2801 Coral Springs Drive
City Hall • 9551 W. Sample Road
City Hall in the Mall • 9239 W. Atlantic Blvd.
Marcos Pizza • 8220 Wiles Road

 

Rainy Season is Mosquito Season!

July 7th, 2017

Everyone knows that mosquitoes are both annoying and a nuisance to any home. They can also carry serious diseases such encephalitis, yellow fever, dengue, and malaria. There are many ways to prevent mosquitoes from lingering around your home, so in order to protect yourself and your neighbors, you can take these precautions.

–       Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets

–       Move house drain hoses frequently

–       Install screens on rain barrels

–       Empty water from boats.

–       Clean clogged roof gutters

–       Empty watering areas of pets daily

–       Change and clean water in bird baths weekly

–       Stock fish pools or lily ponds with minors. These fish eat mosquito larvae.

–       & many more!

Remember, mosquitoes need stagnant water to lay their eggs where they hatch in a day or two. So draining and changing water frequently will prevent these eggs from hatching or being laid in the first place. If you would like more information and more precautions you can take to protect your property from mosquitoes, please visit broward.org.

 

Happy Independence Day!

June 30th, 2017

The summer is a great time to be a resident of Coral Springs and this Fourth of July is going to be a highlight of the year! Join the City’s annual Fourth of July celebration at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4th at Mullins Park.

We encourage the community to celebrate the holiday safely by enjoying a fireworks display set to being at around 9 p.m. in the park. The event as always will be free to enter with bounce houses and live music. There will be some small fees for kid’s craft activities, food, and refreshments. If you will be driving, there is a $3 parking fee at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, Mullins Park, and the Center for the Arts. For safety reasons, personal fireworks, pets, and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited and security will be enforcing these rules. All bags brought into the event are subject to search for this reason.  Mullins Park is located at 10000 Ben Geiger Drive and for more information please call 954-345-2200.

We here at Great Florida Homes wish everyone an exciting, fun, and safe summer!!

 

Healthcare on the Go!

June 14th, 2017

The Coral Springs, Parkland Fire Department/Cleveland Clinic Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program (MIH) is a mouthful to say but is something that brings a very unique form of healthcare to Coral Springs. It is a system that gives the patient (in a non emergency situation) the option of being treated on their premises and then to be referred to the appropriate level of follow up care if needed.

The fire department has modified one of its existing rescue trucks into a mobile urgent-care of walk-in unit. It has the feel and look of an examination room found in a hospital or doctor’s office. The unit is staffed with one mid-level care provider, a nurse practitioner and one paramedic. The service is available by appointment only between 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.  and the caller will be asked for some basic demographic and insurance information before the appointment is confirmed.

Some examples of service that could be provided are as follows:  Respiratory Infections, Ear, Nose and Throat Infections, Urinary Tract Infections, Asthma, Migraines, Minor Lacerations and Burns, Minor Soft Tissue Trauma (Sprains/Strains), Minor Skin Conditions (Rashes/Bites), Minor Eye Conditions, Minor Pelvic Discomfort, Sports and School Physicals, Vaccinations, and Community Public Education.

Please call 954-346-HELP if you are interested in scheduling an appointment. Times and services will be expanded as demand for services increase. Stay safe!

Enjoy an Ice Cream Cone With Coral Springs Finest

June 12th, 2017

On June 16th, we encourage you to come out to the Chick-Fil-A on University Drive in Coral Springs to enjoy a Cone With a Cop. Join your neighbors and police officers for an ice cream cone and conversation. There will be no agenda or speeches, just questions from you!

This is an opportunity for you to voice any concerns your may have as well as just being able to get to know the officers that are patrolling your neighborhood. Coral Springs always wants their police officers and citizens to have a solid relationship and this event is your chance to ask any questions you may have.

The event will take place on June 16th, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Chick-Fil-A located at 1341 University Drive in Coral Springs. So come on down and enjoy some ice cream while getting to know those who keep Coral Springs safe each and every day!

Coral Springs Flooding – Be Safe!

June 9th, 2017

Coral Springs has had over a foot of rain over the past few days which has led to dangerous flooding, especially with the current drought situation upon us. We want to remind you that flooding is extremely dangerous and that precautions should be made. The City of Coral Springs is working very heard to remedy the situation and is pumping water out at its maximum capacity. The c-14 canal is currently very high due to the amount of rain in such a short amount of time which is making it difficult to move water out at a quicker pace.

Please drive carefully and avoid flooded areas for your safety. To report any road hazards, please call the Call Center at 954-344-1001. The water districts are working very hard to clear the flooded roads. Please be aware that Westchester, North Springs, and the Corporate Park are the worst affected areas. Please avoid them if you can.

Lastly, Waste Pro is working hard to collect carts, but some routes are inaccessible due to flooding. If they are unable to collect your cart, please store them away until the next scheduled pick up day. The city wants to thank you for your patience during this difficult time. Stay safe!

Broward County to Replace Aging Police Radio System

June 7th, 2017

Coral Springs and the surrounding communities in Broward county have approved the replacement of its aging police radio system. The current system has had some recent criticism for the static and sporadic outages that have been reported in the past. The cost of the new system totals at $59.5 million. Though replacing the system is expensive, the current system is more than 25 years old and is generally considered to be at the “end of its life”.  The new system which was approved Tuesday May 23rd won’t be ready to use until the end of the 2018 year.

A new system means improved communications within the county and will increase the capabilities of local law enforcement agencies to respond that much quicker and allow the first responders to be better updated with critical information. It will be focused and used by all public safety responders, police, and fire departments. This is just another way in which Coral Springs and the communities in Broward County are making this area a place where everyone will feel safe and everyone will want to live!

U.S. Home Resale Prices Hit a 10 Year High In Q1!

June 6th, 2017

Home resale numbers and prices across the country jumped in the first three months of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales of existing homes jumped 1.4 percent from the previous quarter to hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.6 million, the highest rate since the first quarter of 2007.

The national median home price hit $232,100, a 7 percent jump from the same period last year and the biggest increase in two years. Out of the 178 markets covered in the National Association of Realtors survey, 85 percent saw increases in single-family homes. Thirty markets saw double-digit annual price gains in the first quarter.

With the market continuing to rise and hitting these types of highs it might be a good time to invest in a home and watch the price go up! South Florida is an especially good market at the moment with affordable prices and great listings. Contact Great Florida Homes for all the help you need!

 

NOAA Predicts High Active 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Stay Safe Florida!

May 31st, 2017

As hurricane forecasts are beginning to form, the federal government predicts an unusually active 2017 hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin, with five to nine hurricanes expected to form. Overall, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts 11 to 17 named tropical storms will develop in the region which includes the Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. The season official begins June 1st and runs through November 30th.

It is worth the investment to install hurricane impact windows on your home as well as any other wind resistant installments that can save your home from extensive damage and in turn an extensive hit to your back account. These storms can reach wind speeds easily over 100 mph and as seen in the past, do some real damage to homes. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew which tore into South Florida on August 24th , 1992. We here at Great Florida homes encourage you to make the investment in making your home not only a safer place but also a more valuable property for future tenants, especially in such a hurricane prone area that we live in. Stay safe!

 

Upcoming Events in Coral Springs!

May 29th, 2017

Thank you to everyone in the community who joined the City of Coral Springs this morning in celebrating and supporting the Veterans Coalition of Coral Springs at the special Memorial Day Ceremony in honor of the men and women who have given their service and lives to this great nation. Just because Memorial Day is over doesn’t mean you can’t continue to show your support throughout the year. The Veterans Coalition of Coral Springs are continuing to transform Veterans Park by placing engraved bricks along its walkway. The bricks can be purchased to memorialize and honor veterans of all eras and services. The bricks can be purchased for $50 each directly from the coalition. Anyone can purchase and the bricks can accommodate up to 4 lines of engraving. For more information, please check out the website here to donate and get a brick! 

The annual Fourth of July celebration at Mullins Park is just around the corner as well! One of our most exciting and anticipated celebrations of the year will begin at 6 p.m on Tuesday, July 4th. Families are encouraged to celebrate the birth date of our country by safely by enjoying a grand fireworks display set to begin promptly at 9 p.m. Free admission, bounce houses, and music are available while small fees will be administered for arts and crafts, food and refreshments. A $3 parking fee will also be assessed for those parking at the Coral Springs Gymnasium. Alcoholic beverages, personal fireworks, and pets will not be admitted into the park (as an extra safety measure, coolers, backpacks, and lawn chairs in a bag are also prohibited). Mullins park is located at 10000 Ben Geiger Drive (NW 29th St) and for more information please call 954-345-2200.

We all hope you come out to both of these special events and show your support for our veterans, this country, as well as this city. We here at Great Florida Homes hope you all have a great and safe summer!