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This petition won 5 months ago

Petition to Commissioner Charles Smith

Help to save 3-year old Layla’s playhouse in Ellenton, FL!

Layla has until the end of January to enjoy being a child in her playhouse or the county will start fining her family $100 a day! Layla’s dad built his daughter a playhouse to foster her imagination, creativity and outdoor play instead of plopping her in front of the TV! Her family lives in a flood zone in Manatee County Florida where it is required that ALL playhouses in a flood zone be in compliance with flood plane elevation, by applying for a permit. However, Layla’s parents are the ONLY family in the history of Manatee County who have been required to apply for a permit for a playhouse and Layla’s meets the flood code and building code requirements! A neighbor felt the need to complain who cannot see the playhouse and has since moved away, so Manatee County code enforcement decided to enforce only hers! Turns out the information Layla’s parents received and relied on from the county before they built their daughter’s playhouse was incorrect. Layla’s playhouse is on a vacant lot that they also own and in order to keep her playhouse there her parents would have to join the vacant lot with their adjoining property. Unfortunately, this would cause their flood insurance premium to increase by $2,000 a year! Please sign to let Manatee County know that you want Layla to continue to enjoy playing pretend, going down her cool tube slide, and swinging on her swings by creating a land use exception for playhouses!

Lauren Przybyla
1,087 supporters
This petition won 7 months ago

Petition to Duane Coleman, Robert Gleisberg, Ann Corwin, Emily Ortiz Wichmann, Mike Blessing, Eleanor Juanita Evans

Give Christa McAuliffe Elementary the upgrade we have been promised!

In 2008 Oceanside Unified School District passed Proposition H, a bond that promised to upgrade a large number of our outdated and unsafe schools. Among the schools promised an upgrade, Christa McAuliffe Elementary School has been allotted $0.8 million to give the facilities a "facelift" as well as a full renovation of our playgrounds.  While we have had a recession in Southern California and earned less from the bond than anticipated, OUSD still has approximately $65 million left of the bond measure to spend. In attending Bond Oversight meetings we've discovered that OUSD does NOT plan to complete the upgrades, or even plan to do some level of upgrade to all schools, but only plans to complete the schools it deems most in need.  Of the schools left on the list, McAuliffe has the smallest allotted amount by a long pace... most ranging over $10 million. So far we've added a $25 million state of the arts performing center, and we're planning on demolishing several schools with low census in an effort to increase enrollment... but the district has not deemed our school in need enough. While there have been complaints about safety to the district, there has not been "enough" injury due to the equipment to justify upgrade ... yet.  Our school is in bad need of repair, particularly to our playgrounds. We understand that we need a lot less than other schools, but our playgrounds are grossly unsafe and unsanitary. At present, many of our play structures are 30+ years old and are being continually repaired past their life resulting in sharp open areas causing wounds, corrosion at joints which could result in an equipment failure, and extreme temperatures resulting in unusable equipment over 80 degrees outside. Our sand play areas are infested with sand mites causing bites, cat and dog feces, and possibly bacteria from flooding that happens during every rain and can sit for up to several weeks. Several large play structures have been removed due to breaking or injuries, but no replacements have been provided and our playground is disappearing little by little.  We want our district to perform on the bond that we were promised. We are not asking for anything more than we were told we would receive when we went to vote. Our district needs to act NOW for the safety of our children. Our school has amazing teachers, staff, volunteers, and energy... but we need them to fix our outdoor areas so our children have a safe and clean environment to play and explore. Please help us to show OUSD that our playground isn't just a frivolous cost, but an area we need to sustain our school and create a learning and thriving environment. 

Christa McAuliffe Elementary School PTA
855 supporters