Coconut Creek News

Heads Up: Landfill Meeting, Turnpike Expansion

by Yvonne Lopez | Jan 22, 2024
Heads Up Creek

Landfill (Monarch Hill)

Thank you to everyone who called, emailed, or signed up to speak at the January 23, 2024, Broward County Commission Meeting regarding the proposed landfill expansion. Your voices were heard. The County moved the agenda item to May 21, 2024. The City is advocating for a one-year extension to allow the Solid Waste and Recycled Materials Authority time to complete the Master Plan for addressing countywide waste disposal.

The City is extremely concerned and will continue to advocate to the County Commission and the newly formed Solid Waste Disposal and Recyclable Materials Processing Authority (the Authority) to vote “NO”.  The priority should be to develop a master plan that includes waste reduction, recycling, and a disposal plan for the entire County for the next fifty years.  They should not be considering an expansion to the Monarch Hill Landfill. 

To stay abreast of this issue, please make sure to follow the City on social media, sign up for our CocoGRAM and periodically check this page.

City staff covered this topic in detail at an Ambassador meeting which is available for review at the following link here. 

Submit a Landfill Complaint

Turnpike Expansion

There are several projects under design that all relate to Florida’s Turnpike, the Sawgrass Expressway, and the interchange of the two roads. These projects are broken into several different projects, but all have concerning impacts on the City of Coconut Creek.

With regard to Turnpike, the project study for the mainline Turnpike is nearing completion and the City's concerns have not been addressed.  The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, held Public Hearings for the Turnpike expansion project for the section from Atlantic to Wiles Road. The project website, Turnpike595toWiles.com, has transcripts for the hearings.  Staff attended to voice the City’s concerns, and many residents were also in attendance.

The City has major concerns that we have submitted to the Turnpike.  Our concerns include:  the Turnpike’s insistence that the road project needs to shift to the west; the need for ten lanes when traffic volumes only warrant an 8-lane cross-section; the placement and height of the noise walls; and non-receipt of the amended plans from the Turnpike. The City will continue to seek commitments from the Turnpike related to these important issues.  Please continue to stay involved and share your concerns as we develop a plan of action.

People wishing to submit written or verbal comments/questions may do so at the hearing or may contact the project manager, Jazlyn Heywood, P.E., via email at Jazlyn.Heywood@dot.state.fl.us or by phone at (407) 264-3298.

For further details, please visit Turnpike595toWiles.com



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