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The Town of Southwest Ranches, Corrections Corporation of American (CCA), and DHS / ICE want to build one of the largest immigration detention centers in the nation within walking distance of thousands of homes; thus, reducing the quality of our life and our community. We do not agree with the federal government privatizing our immigration detention centers throughout the nation when there is clear evidence that privatizing our prisons creates a clear public safety threat. For ICE to continue to privatize these institutions and bring this safety threat through their "secure communities Initiative" to our community is unacceptable. Depriving someone of their liberty is a non-delegable governmental function and privatizing of such a function is infecting our nation like a virus.

The Town of Southwest Ranches has now entered into it's THIRD Fire Contract within the last year now with the Town of Davie, costing taxpayers $120,000 in ramp up fees. They are now closing several roads in western Southwest Ranches charging the tax payers $80,000 for the gates. They have paid an unknown amount of money for lobbying with ICE regarding this prison. They have several lawsuits against the Town, 1- Involving Open Meeting Violations on a November 5th meeting concerning the ICE Detention Center, 2- Open Records Violations, and 3- The Town is putting together a lawsuit to sue Pembroke Pines for breach of contract because the City utilized their exit clause and cancelled for convenience their Fire/EMS contract which included water and sewer at the last minute for the CCA prison. In the contract it states that there should be no third party beneficiaries. CCA would be a third party in this instance.

CCA has also filed suit in Federal court against the City of Pembroke Pines saying they are denying them water however the City had never seen a water application. The City did file for a Declaratory Judgement in State Court but that has been put on hold until the Federal Court hears the suit from CCA.

Is ANYONE CONFUSED as to why the Pembroke Pines/Southwest Ranches Fire Agreement was cancelled? The Town Attorney Keith Poliakoff attempted to "slip" into the agreement a portion that guaranteed water for the prison at CCA's request. This is something that should have been brought up separately. CCA should have brought it forward on their own in a water application. This is slight of hand that CCA and the Town attempted to do because they were so afraid of CCA being on the Pembroke Pines agenda.

As of June 2012, ICE put out a statement that the site selection was no longer needed due to the fact that the extra bedspace was no longer needed.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

City of Pembroke Pines WINS Declaratory Action on Water!





BREAKING NEWS.  

DATELINE NOVEMBER 24TH, 2014.  PEMBROKE PINES, BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA.

IN A DECISION DATED NOVEMBER 20, 2014, THE BROWARD COUNTY 17TH CIRCUIT COURT, JUDGE CAROL-LISA PHILLIPS HAS RULED REGARDING THE CITY OF PEMBROKE PINES VS. CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA DECLARATORY ACTION REGARDING WATER SERVICES. (ENTIRE DECISION BELOW)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Women's Prison in West Broward Sold!



BREAKING NEWS...


We have just heard that as of Friday, May 30th, 2014, the City of Pembroke Pines is the proud owner of the Broward Correctional Institute (BCI) on Sheridan near HWY 27 for the sales price of $13 million and change. There was one other bidder, developer Ron Bergeron who bid around $9 million.   The property is valued by independent property appraisers at $18 million, but by the Broward County Property Appraisers office at $10 Million.

The City of Pembroke Pines plans to sell the land to another developer, but wishes to control what goes there so they had to purchase it first.  It will go back onto the tax rolls once a developer buys it and ultimately gets annexed into Pembroke Pines when our Florida Legislature is back in session.

Now would be a good time to reach out to the City of Pembroke Pines Commissioners to have a say in what gets developed...  More details will be reported as we are made aware.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Federal Court Dismisses CCA Lawsuit

LATE BREAKING NEWS. DATELINE MARCH 20, 2013. PEMBROKE PINES, BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA.

IN A STUNNING SETBACK TO CCA'S ATTEMPT TO BULLY THE CITY OF PEMBROKE PINES, THE US DISTRICT COURT OF FLORIDA RULED AGAINST THEIR SPECIOUS CLAIM THAT THEIR EQUAL PROTECTION RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED AND TOLD CCA TO FOLLOW THE PROCESS IN FLORIDA COURTS.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Protected First Amendment Rights Confirmed by FEC!

Sorry we've been away for a while.  We know you've missed our witty posts...

We thought we'd bring you some recent information that we received from the Florida Elections Commission by way of a letter regarding a complaint against our PAC that was alleged by Mary Gay Chaples.  It would appear that Ms. Chaples is not a fan of our First Amendment Rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.  It does, however, fall in line with the Town Attorney's continued obstruction of Free Speech.  This is a common theme we are seeing with the Town of Southwest Ranches.


Also, it's worth noting that the complaint was notarized by Becker Poliakoff who represents the Town and was strongly supportive of Mayor Jeff Nelson's successful reelection bid.  Don't believe us, look at the Notary stamp and the registration address with the State of Florida.  You'll notice that it's the same address as the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff. 



 
 
 



The lines of ethics are blurred and not by the resident's group opposing the corruption and the prison....

Stay tuned as apparently the prison has new legs...  The Mayor and the Town attorney are apparently trying to "unring" the bell of taking themselves out of the running for the ICE prison to prop up their frivolous lawsuit against Pembroke Pines. Official FOIA requests prove the Town withdrew itself. (Page 7, Second paragraph)

How many people did Jeff Nelson tell during his campaign for reelection that he made the call to ICE to withdraw the Town from the Prison??  For the Town Manager Andy Berns to now flip-flop all of a sudden is just another legal maneuver to try and convince a Judge that they have any grounds at all to sue Pembroke Pines.  Now they think with the sequester happening, ICE is going to follow through with a new detention center??  Not gonna happen!! 

(Page 7, Second Paragraph)