Parkland wants to offer its residents more inexpensive ways to honor or preserve the memory of their loved ones.
Some of the commemorative opportunities now available include planting trees, naming of the pavilion and benches at Barkland, the city’s dog park, and donation of benches at Veterans Park. Residents can also buy a personalized brick that will be displayed in the outdoor patio at the Parkland Library; they can also buy a leaf in the Parkland Friends of the Library’s Giving Tree.
The city is planning to open the pavilion and bench naming programs to other parks in the city; another program that may be expanded is the donation of commemorative benches. Etched pavers at City Hall, the library and Veterans Park, and etched sidewalks at select locations to create a walk of honor are some of the other options being considered by staff.
The cost of buying a leaf in the Giving Tree is $250; a personalized brick at the library is $100. “The bricks generally are $100 to $300,” Scott Davidoff, the city’s public information officer, told city officials at a recent workshop. “The price of benches and plaques depends on size. The benches at Barkland are $1,500; we have not had anyone do that.”
Commissioner Christine Hunschofsky said she was in favor of letting residents buy bricks at Veterans Park. Mayor Michael Udine wanted the city to focus on low-cost commemorative opportunities.
People in the community are not likely to show an interest in programs that cost more than $500, said Udine. “I’d like to see something small. The trees and bricks are always nice.”
Resolution against sale of candy-flavored tobacco products: The city has joined many other local bodies in the fight against candy-flavored tobacco products.
The City Commission passed a resolution that supports the joint efforts of Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), the Tobacco-Free Partnership of Broward County, the American Cancer Society and Broward League of Cities Student Ambassador Carlos Mondesir.
According to studies, there has been a 25-percent increase in cigar use among high school students in the county since 2002.
The Food and Drug Administration has banned the distribution and sale of flavored cigarettes, but other flavored tobacco products, such as cigars, smokeless tobacco and cigarillos, do not come under the purview of the ban.
Coconut Creek, Lauderhill, Plantation, Pembroke Pines, Margate, North Lauderdale and Pompano Beach are among the cities in the county that have passed resolutions against the sale of candy-flavored tobacco. Illinois and Wisconsin have banned the sale of all flavored tobacco products.
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