Tamarac Resident LeRoy Browne: You CAN Fight City Hall
|The potential view from Paradise?|
But now his heavenly retreat is threatened: Browne's house sits directly on a golf course that the city wants to rezone. The plan is to pave Browne's Paradise and put up a subdivision.
Browne gathered with about 100 others on Sunday to ritually burn their Census forms, harkening back to the 1960s protesters torching their draft cards.
Hey, whoever said middle-class grownups couldn't co-opt radical high drama? Browne says the demonstration signified that their voices are not being heard by the city. "We feel we are not being represented," Browne told the Juice. The course's owners say they're losing money, and they want to bail. If the city agrees to rezone, it would dramatically increase the value of the land, which could then be worth up to 10 times as much and suit the needs of developers, Browne says. In contrast, Browne and his neighbors think their own property values will plummet.
|Mad as hell homeowners face off with Tamarac pols tomorrow night|
Browne successfully strangled plans to build a thoroughfare through his neighborhood in the '80s, so he's convinced he can fight City Hall. And he plans to do just that tomorrow night, when he expects 200 residents to show up at the Tamarac city commission meeting to present their case. "The city has not explored possible alternatives" to building new housing on the land. "Our argument is that the proposal for new housing does not meet the public's needs. There are 199 homeowners associations in the city of Tamarac," he says. "The impact of our potential vote is very strong."