When you move to a community with many law enforcement neighbors, you may think everything will be great. But how do you respond when your elected officials are failing you? 

So many neighbors have been telling me what’s on their mind… and in South Florida, where I live, there is constant chatter about new Park and Rides. Weird right?

The park and ride issue is a really hot topic here. I think the reason it got to this point is because elected leadership dropped the ball and allowed other agendas to outweigh the wishes of their residents. 

Weston is a beautiful community. It’s a town with many veterans and law enforcement officers and is even home to a large contingency of DEA personnel assigned to an office within the town.

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This is the town where my family worships.  It’s also the home to many of my friends and neighbors. I moved to Weston in 2006 and then to Southwest Ranches, 1 mile South of Weston, in 2012. My family visits Weston daily for shopping, dining, visits with friends and more. Weston and Southwest Ranches are sister communities and both town share the importance of putting family and community first.

We’re all strangers until we become neighbors and as neighbors, we fight to protect each other like family.

I have always admired how Weston was so well planned and how everything seemed to be exactly where it should be.  But in recent years, city officials may have missed opportunities to keep it that way.

At what point will politicians listen to their constituents? (Adobe Stock)

 

The community is now fighting a park and ride that elected officials should have killed while it was merely a notion. Neither Weston nor it’s neighboring Southwest Ranches Communities want a park and ride. So why weren’t leaders proactive, knowing that? Had they just done their job, residents wouldn’t be in the trenches fighting for themselves in a reactive manner. The answer is because leadership failed!

Very few would use a park and ride in Weston and nobody wants the eyesore of a big empty garage and parking lot that takes away from the beauty of lush landscaping and open green spaces. Maybe Miramar wants it? Let them have it. We don’t want it. 

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Why is it we’re having trouble providing lunch to the kids of disabled vets but can spend hundreds of millions on these silly park and rides? 

Why is it we cannot even prevent the root systems of oak trees from destroying our sidewalks but we can spend hundreds of millions on these silly park and rides?

Because our current State Representative has failed us, that’s why. He has been unable to ensure our district and our municipalities could protect our own hometowns. Now he’s losing the battle for us to keep our home rule and if he continues losing we will keep getting things like park and rides and other things we don’t want shoved down our throats.

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This eye-soar will hurt our property values too, detracting from the first impression visitors to our homes see. We don’t want that!

Leaders must be held accountable, no more passing the buck and blaming others. Demand nothing less of you elected officials, that’s why you elect them, right?

Louis “Uncle Louie” Gregory with resident Robin Bartleman, and Al Jimenez, President of Veterans of Weston.

 

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