2 Ways to “Show Your Love” for Apopka this week

first_img Mama Mia Mama Mia TAGSCRAKaboomSuzanne Kidd Previous articleTheaters showing “1984” to protest President TrumpNext articleFoster youth learn about careers in law enforcement Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mama Mia UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom 5 COMMENTS I didn’t buy a rose today, because things are drying up, and if it doesn’t rain, it will be a desert around here. Plus I have a zillion plus small black grasshoppers that will turn into giant lubber grasshoppers very soon, and the birds don’t seem to want to eat them either! They are so plentiful, I am waiting on them to carry us away. I have a brand new yard ornament too in our front yard. It is BIG and has bull-dozer tracks. It is the new BORING MACHINE that was the butt of Commissioner Becker’s jokes at the city budget workshop. They are pushing a pipe under our street, and we are the ones who gets the BORING MACHINE parked across my front yard. It looks similar to that heavy duty piece of equipment that was stolen that is on Apopka Then and Now website, but it was a big stump grinder not a BORING machine. I saw a stump grinder at Race Track in Apopka on 436 on a trailer pulled by a pickup, this morning, but it was smaller than the one stolen, I am sure. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. March 30, 2017 at 9:39 pm A rename might be in order……change it to the ” Florida House Ways To Be Mean Committee” in Tallahassee, while the Republicans are ruling the roost. LOL Reply Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Mama Mia Suzanne Kidd is a former 30-year public school educator and design professional.  During her sixteen years as an Apopka resident, she has been an active participant in her homeowners’ association and in Apopka civic affairs, attending City Council and Planning Commission meetings and serving on several City committees, most recently chairing the City’s Visioning Steering Committee.  She is currently involved with Habitat for Humanity in bringing affordable housing to Apopka. April 2, 2017 at 10:52 am April 3, 2017 at 8:43 am Check out Kellyanne Conway and Patrick Stewart in drag comparison on the Daily Mail…….long lost twins???? Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter About some of the CRA funds being used to fix the pot holes in my above posting……there is an article in the Chicago Tribune and it is titled, “Trump cuts will hurt rural small towns but residents are willing to trust him”. If you will read that article, you will see they have some problems about pot holds on their old historic brick streets, and there is a picture there in the article. So is it better to pave over the bricks, or better to fix the bricks back in the sunk in area, I don’t know? I was surprised for some reason that the town there in Okla. had brick streets. Yes, I directed you there also to show what Trump is doing to the seniors, the poor, and small towns also! I admit it! April 3, 2017 at 1:33 pm Mama Mia One improvement that is needed would be to do something about the old brick street that has sunken in on Central Av. there between the Chase Bank and the auto insurance company and doctors office. That is, Central Av. between 441 and 3rd St. Either redo the historic bricks in that bad spot, or pave the street. Something, as it is really bad and can tear up your vehicle undercarriage if you are unaware to come to a very slow approach there. Maybe some of the CRA funds could be used for that. That’s in the CRA area, I believe. Also Lake Avenue is very nice now that it has been repaved and is nice and smooth. Reply Around TownOpinionBy Suzanne KiddApopkans often boast about how they LOVE their city, and why not?  There is a lot to love!  Rolling hills, lots of greenery, great schools, etc.  And, above all, wonderful, warm neighbors always ready to lend a hand.  But, as life teaches us, love is a two-way street, demanding giving as well as getting.So, this week, while enjoying all Apopka has to offer, let’s do two things to show our love FOR Apopka:  1.  sign up to help build the new KaBoom! Playscape at Lake Avenue Park and  2.  take action to guarantee Apopka’s right to spend its CRA funds for projects that target dilapidated and neglected areas near downtown.First up, KaBoom!  In only 10 days, on Saturday, April 8th, a fantastic playscape, designed by Apopka’s children, will rise at Lake Avenue Park (Lake Avenue at Summit Street).  It’s a massive undertaking to build this playground in just ONE day!   But that’s what Rotary Club of Apopka, The Big Potato Foundation, The City of Apopka and the Independent Order of Foresters, which is funding the $90,000 cost, have worked tirelessly to make it happen for Apopka’s kids.  But, with 200 volunteers needed on build day, they’re still 40 volunteers short!So, how about it Apopka… will you step up and be one of the fabulous forty who sign-up to build?  What a great way to Show Your Love for Apopka’s kids!  Click here for complete information and Sign-Up form:   https://www.tfaforms.com/4600492Now for our CRA.We must take immediate action to ensure Apopka’s CRA retains its ability to breathe new life into long-neglected areas.  We must reach out, through call or email, to one or more of the eighteen members of the Florida House Ways & Means Committee in Tallahassee.  It’s not as scary as it sounds!  We must insist in no uncertain terms that we, as Apopka citizens, DO NOT want CRAs eliminated, or prohibited from investing in new projects after October 1st of this year.  And here’s why.A CRA is a Community Redevelopment Agency formed to target blight and neglect in a defined district by investing a portion of the property taxes generated in the district back into projects that promote economic development, affordable housing, and health and safety for the residents and businesses of that area.Although Apopka formed our CRA in 1993, it has been largely inactive for years and is just now getting back into action.  Our updated CRA Redevelopment Plan will soon be presented to City Council and, if approved, accumulated funds can begin to be spent on reimagining and reinvigorating our CRA  area, which stretches roughly from Highland Manor west to Hawthorne Avenue, and Oak Street south to 10th Street.House Bill CS/HB13, which the Ways & Means Committee is considering, will take away Apopka CRA’s ability to spend the funds at the very moment it is finally positioned to invest in the revitalization that will benefit all of Apopka.  We must not let that happen!So, how about it Apopka….will you make the call, or email the Committee members?  Go ahead, Show Your Love for a better Apopka for ALL!  Click here to connect to the Committee’s website  http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Committees/committeesdetail.aspx?CommitteeId=2924.  Click on a name for contact information or email form. Tell them “hands off my CRA!” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! 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