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 sleight 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.

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??




  1. Not joking, but serious question.
    Is Dee Schroeder OK?
    This is not intended as a cruel comment but a serious question.
    Hearing her many public comments at town meetings, seeing her on the news recently, and now reading this kind of story yet again, there seems to be a pattern of unusual conduct involved that is not fully normal.

  2. Glad to hear someone in the town government has finally "seen the light"!! Freddy is endorsing Holly for mayor! Maybe the two of them can keep Dee Schroeder and her"friends" in line!!

  3. Bullying, threats, lies. greed and intimidation - hallmark traits of the Nelson/Poliakoff administration. There are alot of residents in SWR who believe this town is on the wrong path. The administration is only for themselves and their crazy cronies.

  4. Time for the "evil twins," Nelson and Poliakoff to get the sack. They've taken the taxpayers and residents of Southwest Ranches for their last ride, I hope.

    Whoever the person was, retrieving the records despite the duress encountered, bully for them!

  5. dee asks why her tax dollars are being wasted like this?? she should be more concerned that her tax $$ are being wasted on frivolous law suits with pines. or how about $650,000 of our hard earned money going to the greedy grubby town attorney. I would happily donate tax money for anger management for her

  6. read wanch wrangler if you want an idea of how incredibly mean and vindictive the people are that mayor Nelson surrounds himself with. these people think they represent swranches, but they are the problem..... theyll tear anyone apart who doesnt agree with them.... Freddy fisikelli is their most recent target because he endorsed Holly hugdahl..... Freddy is one of the nicest most level headed people u will ever meet, hes always been the most reasonable council member... but now hes facing the vindictiveness of Jeff Nelson people...Mary gay is a loud mouth embarrassment to this town no wonder people are tired of ,Jeff Nelson and his ilk...


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