Sharief Got $$$ From Davie Commons


The developers of the Davie Commons are keeping their options open at the Broward County Commission.  

The Aventura firm that wants to built the controversial proposed shopping and office complex along Interstate 75 in Davie have placed a big bet on Barbara Sharief.  She is expected to become a county commissioner after overcoming nominal opposition in November.

The project has been stalled for over two years due to, among other things, the poor economy. It still has several regulatory hoops to jump through before it could be built.

Turnberry Associates and three subsidiaries started giving money to Sharief in July, long before the August 24 Democratic primary. Sharief has gotten a total of $2,000 to date from the developers.

Critics of the Davie Commons project say it would bring traffic, sound and light pollution to Western Davie and Weston.  Sharief is running for the seat of Diana Wasserman-Rubin, who supported the project and is now retiring from the commission

25 Responses to “Sharief Got $$$ From Davie Commons”

  1. Roy L. Fuchs says:

    so how did Turnberry know Sharief was going to trounce Angelo? or did they hedge their bets and donate to his campaign also?

  2. Bett Willett says:

    This story is another poster child for making sure Amendment 4 is passed. Another commissioner in bed with the developers. So much for electing representatives who will represent the wants of the residents.

  3. Lori Fan says:

    Let us all assume that Lori Parrish won’t be endorsing Ms. Sharief any time soon.

    FROM BUDDY: Parrish lives near the proposed complex and has been a strong opponent of it for years.

  4. Roy L. Fuchs says:

    I “Bett” Amendment 4 will fail to garner 60% of the vote hahahaha

  5. Roy L. Fuchs says:

    P.S. I disagree, Ms. Willett. I think Davie Commons would pass a vote of County voters – the developers have limitless spending capability to campaign for the benefits of the project (real or exagerated as they may be) including tax revenue, job production, etc etc. 150 Davie residents that live in close proximity against; thousands of Weston residents happy to have finer shops and restaurants, along with many many West Broward residents in close proximity to I-75 FOR. I’m not saying I personally approve of this development, I’m just saying that if it had to pass a vote of the electorate, all things considered, I think you’d be surprised by the outcome. Weston residents came out in droves to support this, it was the Weston City Commission that opposed it. Many Davie residents (not directly impacted by the development) were in favor of the project as well. I doubt many Miramar, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac and Pembroke Pines voters would vote against this, honestly.

  6. dk says:

    what’s wrong with davie commons? i’m for it. i’m not a politician or a developer.

  7. Fake Rick Sanchez says:

    Anyone got Mel Gibson’s phone number ?

  8. Frank White says:

    @ Roy L. Fuchs: You left out about 3/4 of broward’s cities that would be allowed to vote and don’t give a shit about west pines. Do you really think anybody in Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Parkland, etc cares (or even heard about) the Commons?

  9. Lori Parrish says:

    If Amendment 4 passes only Davie residents would vote on Davie land use issues. Only Weston residents would vote on Weston land use issues.


  10. Lpeerman33063 says:

    I was under the impression(I believe I got the impression from a County Commissioner) that certain land use changes would have to also be voted on by Broward County voters as well as local. Have I been given the wrong information?

  11. Frank White says:

    @ Lori: If it required an amendment to the Broward County Comp Plan, which I’m not sure if the Commons does or not, then it would require a county-wide vote.

    If it didn’t require an amendment to the Broward County Comp Plan, then the fact that Sharief got $ from the commons is irrelevent.

  12. Kevin says:

    Amendment 4 may be the worst idea I have ever heard of. The law of unintended consequences will end up giving us ballot referenda like you would not believe…. and that would be in about 2030 only after all the lawsuits.

  13. Answer says:

    Since the Davie Commons amendment would require a change to the County Land Use Plan, it would be subject to a countywide vote under Amendment 4. This is common knowledge to Broward municipal, county and private sector land use attorneys.

  14. Richard J. Kaplan says:

    According to every group I deal with, including in discussion with Broward County, since the County has its own Land Use Plan, if Amendment 4 passes, it would require a City Commission approval, and positive vote of the residents of Davie, and passage by a general referendum of the entire county.

    That is one of the problems with Amendment 4, and why it will be so difficult to ever pass a land use change in Broward.

    How often will a vote occur, what order will it take, who will pay for it, how long will it take, how many city and county wide referendums will occur when a vote happens, who cares about development on the other side of the county, when in doubt vote NO. These are a few of the other problems.

    Not to say the Amendment 4 doesn’t try to address a problem, but does it create more problems than solve?

  15. West Hollywood Dissident says:

    The perfect reason to: VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 4.

  16. Lori Parrish says:

    Davie Commons( in the Town of Davie) or any other city or town’s land use plan amendment would require a final vote by the voters in the home city or town ONLY. The process before a vote would be exactly the same as it is today.

    Whether you support, as I do, or do not support Amendment 4 please make sure you have the true facts before you vote.


  17. Lpeerman33063 says:

    Someone needs to tell the County Commissioners that they are not telling the truth then.

  18. Floridan says:

    I’m not so sure than anyone actually knows who will vote on land use changes if Amend. 4 is passed.

    The text states “before a local government may adopt a new comprehensive land use plan, or amend a comprehensive land use plan, such proposed plan or plan amendment shall be subject to vote of the electors of the local government by referendum”

    The County is responsible for the land use plan; it adopts or amends the cland use plan. Municipal governments apply for changes, which are reviewed by the B.C. Planning Council and the B.C. Commission.

    Municipal govts do not control the land use plan.

    In any event, expect plenty of lawsuits to determine how this amendment would work.

  19. Frank White says:

    local government is defined in the amendment as a “municipality or county.” If it requires an amendment of the Broward County Comp Plan, then Lori has the facts wrong.

  20. Roy L. Fuchs says:

    @Lori Parrish must be an impostor, because as a former County Commissioner (and chair) and Planning Council member (and chair), the REAL Lori would know that the Davie Commons project requires amendments to Davie AND Broward County Land Use Plans. The REAL Lori showed up at the Planning Council’s 1st public hearing (transmittal recommendation), County Commission’s first public hearing (transmittal, in which she insulted and challenged former friend Diana Wasserman-Rubin), the Planning Council’s second public hearing (adoption recommendation) and the County Commission’s second public hearing (adoption denied). As for Floridan, the municipalities DO vote on land use plan changes. In Broward, there are municipal land use plans AND a county land use plan. Both would need to be amended as state law requires them to be consistent. In addition, the municipality would be required to transmit the proposed amendment to the County, so in that regard, fake Lori is correct.

  21. Floridan says:

    RLF – You are correct. What I was alluding to (poorly, it seems) is that under Amed. 4, a chane to the land use plan made at the county level would be voted on county-wide.

  22. Roy L. Fuchs says:

    Absolutely correct Floridan, my appologies

  23. get real says:

    I thought the Turnberry guys went broke in Las Vegas ??

    Thinking their net worth is Negative

  24. Frank Aboudit says:

    Enough about Amendment 4, take that up in another blog post!

    Has Sharief gotten money from any other developers?

  25. Floridan says:

    Frank A: “Enough about Amendment 4, take that up in another blog post!

    Has Sharief gotten money from any other developers?”

    Sorry, didn’t mean to get in the way of the witch hunt.