'A Word From Our President'
While it is our hope and desire that the City Council will take the welfare and safety of our residents, including seniors and children into consideration, and come to the conclusion that Town Centre is not the appropriate forum for any car dealership. We are asking for the assistance from our members and request that you make your voice and opinion heard.
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm the City Council will meet in the Council Chamber at Boca Raton City Hall, 201 West Palmetto Park Road, to either approve or disapprove this proposed car dealership. The Board of Directors is encouraging each member available to attend the meeting or email your City Council (listed below) to let them know how you feel.
Jerry Ruderman, President
The Via Verde Master Association Board of Directors
Mayor Susan Whelchel: email@example.com
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My name is Jerry Ruderman. I am the President of the Via Verde Master Association. As you may know, we consist of 24 homeowner and rental communities between Military Trail and the Turnpike, and between Glades and Palmetto Park Roads. We have approximately 2000
residences and upwards of 5000 people who live within our Association.
The job of the Board of Directors of the Via Verde Association is to protect the interests of the residents in our community. We are very concerned about the inclusion of the Tesla Corporation, or any other car dealership, in Town Center, as it represents a safety hazard right in the heart of our area. We understand that test driving will be done in the streets adjacent to the mall. Let's face it. Glades Road has much too much traffic as it is, and would be inconvenient and too dangerous for test drivers. St. Andrews already has a 45 mile an hour speed limit, and recent tests have shown that the average driver is driving 46-48 miles an hour down the stretch from Palmetto to Glades...another hazardous situation, especially at night as there are no streetlights between Palmetto Park Road and Verde Trail South! The least amount of traffic in the area is therefore on Verde Trail, which would make it ideal for test driving...ideal for Tesla, but not for the residents. I want to bring to the Council’s attention that on Verde Trail, we have St. Andrews Estates, an independent and assisted living facility; Regents Park, a rehab and nursing home facility, and
Verde Elementary School, a primary school for young children. In addition to these facilities, most of our residents are retired adults and seniors. Is this where the City wants to establish a test driving route? I hope not!
When the Via Verde Communities voted to be annexed into the City of Boca Raton, we were assured that we would be protected by all the laws and ordinances of the City. We did not expect to be treated as the poor sisters out west. The City of Boca Raton prohibits car dealerships from operating within its boundaries. That extends to the full boundaries of the city. I have heard that Tesla does not consider itself a “dealership,” yet their aim is to sell cars, they have test drives in the community, and they are required to get a State permit as a dealership to operate. It may be a boutique dealership, but it really doesn't matter what they call themselves. You can you call yourself Donald or you can call yourself Daffy,... but you're still a duck!' And you know what they say about ducks...”If you look like a duck, and you walk like a duck, and you quack like a duck, YOU'RE A DUCK!”
We hope that the City Council will take the welfare and safety of our residents, including seniors and children into consideration, and come to the conclusion that Town Centre is not the appropriate forum for any car dealership.
Thank you very much. I appreciate your attention.