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 slide 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.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Women's Prison in West Broward Sold!


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.,,,,,


Other News Links:
Sun-Sentinel Story

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Federal Court Dismisses CCA Lawsuit



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)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Asking for records in the Ranches? Think Twice!

This is the perfect way to show people the administration of Mayor Jeff Nelson and what a hostile environment that has been created at Town Hall.

A member of our group went to Town Hall today to inspect some records and had an appointment with the Town Clerk to do so that she had made the day prior.  The right to inspect public records is protected in Florida by Florida Statute 119.  Immediately after she sat down with the Town Clerk to view records, one of Mayor Jeff Nelson's supporter's Dee Schroeder, (pictured below on right) enters Town Hall. 

Upon walking into the Town Hall, Dee Schroeder immediately starts berating the woman and asking why she "has to waste her tax dollars" on the Town Clerk meeting with her to inspect records and even went on to question the woman's parenting ability along with committing all sorts of character attacks.  She went on and on until BSO Commander Wally Haywood was called to come to the front as well as the Town Administrator, Andy Berns.  How could anyone put up with such a verbal assault?   

You can see some of the verbal attacks Ms. Schroeder has performed on others in the past on this Bob Norman video which include leaving harsh messages that appear to sound like a drunken dialer and an uncivilized person. She seems to patrol the streets of Southwest Ranches and turns in people for having small political signs on their property if she deems them inappropriate.

We have to wonder who exactly informed Ms. Schroeder of this visit?  How she could have known that this person was there?  Our only conclusion could be that someone from Town Hall must have leaked the information to her.  We do know that a certain employee at the Town is her close friend.  Ms. Schroeder had showed up the day prior as well and done the same thing to this innocent woman just exercising her protected right to access public records which forced the woman to have to leave the building.    She happened to be with her young daughter during this visit and the child was questioning what Ms. Schroeder was saying.  What possesses her to be such a nasty person towards people?  Why is she so hell bent on attempting to obstruct someone's access to records?

Could it be that having that access equates to "power" for her (information equals power), and she feels her "power" is slipping through her fingers with the major support that Mayoral Candidate Holly Hugdahl is getting throughout the community and by large voting blocks such as the Police Benevolent Association and The Hispanic Vote?  In addition to a most recent endorsement from Southwest Ranches Councilman Freddy Fisikelli... That must really hit the Jeff Nelson campaign pretty hard that they are resorting to such combative and desperate measures!!

Coincidentally, the Town is currently involved in multiple open records violation lawsuits, a couple of which involve a resident who filed lawsuits for being denied access and was told by Mayor Jeff Nelson at a Town Council Meeting that if they didn't drop the lawsuit the Town would go after them.  How is this promoting an Open Government?  How is this being a "self described activist for my neighbors"?  Do you have to live right next to him in order for him to take action??