On Tuesday October, 26, 2021 COPNA, the Corals of Oakland Park Neighborhood Association held a general membership meeting. As the sun set on downtown Oakland Park about 40 residents descended on The Butcher’s Barrel on Main Street for the taco specials, cold beer and wine, and the get the 411 on what’s going on in the neighborhood. A nice group with a handful of association members greeted attendees, sold raffle tickets to the nights goodies, and helped out with the agenda and it’s action items.
A noteworthy attendance was made City Commissioner Aisha Gordon, who networked with the group on local issues. Doug Weisz spoke about installing COPNA monuments in the neighborhood to brand the area more appropriately. The topic of changing the building code time frame from 7 AM to 8 AM, allowing a little more peace and quiet was widely agreed upon. Also discussed was putting three Little Libraries similar to newspaper stand throughout the neighborhood to enhance kids learning and maybe lessen the time spent on apps these days.
John Albee of the Urban Farming Institute discussed the use of the space for almost nine years now as an agricultural site that residents can rent space from and create their own garden. The garden in open seven days a week, from 7 AM till dusk, and plots are only $89.00 per season. You can register for this through the City of Oakland Park.
Another great use of the site is bee keeping through the Fort Lauderdale Bee Keepers Group, The Institute hosts several student projects and hopes to start offering classes again to the local residents next year if Covid stays on a decline.
Peter Schwarz, from the City Oakland Park Community Development Department, discussed the strong possibility of a tri-city train stop that would accept intercity trains and possibly create transit that could go to and from Miami, West Palm and even as far as Orlando, and Tampa. Earlier this year the City became the winner apparent for the train stop after the FDOT announced its preference for Oakland Park. While this project is still in its early phase, the City welcomes residents’ input.
Deputy Osborne from BSO discussed the importance of being vigil and looking out for our neighbor’s and each other. Identity Theft is on the rise all over, and he discussed a few simple things we can do to stay safe.
There is an app you can download to your phone called SAFERWATCH. There you can report crimes, issues and shady circumstances in real time to get police presence involved.
The deputy also encouraged residents to reach out to him and BSO with their concerns or for more information on local developments.
Overall the meeting was very informative and broached many topics relevant not only to the Corals but to Oakland Park. You can find more information by going to the The Corals of Oakland Park Neighborhood Association Facebook or Instagram pages.
Kim is a South Florida native with a background in Non-Profit work, Special Events, Public Speaking, Community Outreach, and Development. Oakland Park has been her home for 20 years. She is a creative catalyst who enjoys creating win-win relationships on whatever project she puts her mind to. She is involved in Animal Rescue, Art events, C.E.R.T., and an American Red Cross volunteer. In her spare time, she does photography, writing and the outdoors.