Heads Up: Turnpike Expansion, Landfill

by Yvonne Lopez | Nov 09, 2021

 Heads Up Creek

Turnpike Expansion

Florida's Turnpike engineering team is preparing for a January 18, 2022 (virtual) and January 19, 2022 (in-person) Public Information Meeting to discuss their plans to widen the Turnpike.  These plans may be of particular concern to you, residents of Coconut Creek, because we anticipate the alternative preferred by the Turnpike will involve widening entirely to the west, impacting all of the properties along the east boundary of our City.  The plans are not complete, but we wanted to give you a heads up.  You will have the opportunity to review the plans and express your concerns.  We understand that the live meeting is to be scheduled in Davie, however, the City has not received official notice of this meeting.  Please watch your City News highlights and stayed tuned for the most current information.  We may need to rally the troops!

Landfill (Monarch Hill)

The Broward County Commission is once again considering an action that would allow the expansion of the landfill, ironically referred to as Monarch Hill, at their December 7th meeting.  The item the County Commission is considering is the first step in changing the land use of the area that was formally the active waste- to-energy plant.  The piece of property under consideration has historically been permitted under the power plant siting act with the rare designation that allows the area  to be used for power generation.  The City is actively reviewing this important issue and we are working with cities from around Broward County on a plan to address waste disposal county-wide.  Allowing this action might be selling our future short.  The meeting on December 7th and future meetings on this topic may be of particular concern to you, residents of Coconut Creek.  Please watch your City News highlights and stayed tuned for the most current information.