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2011 - Broward Issues

As Broward County Mayor, my responsibilities include representing the County’s interests in Tallahassee and Washington, DC. Meeting face to face with the elected officials who represent us at the state and federal level is vital as the Commission works to secure reliable funding for public services and to express our views on legislation currently under consideration.

Recently, at the Governors Club in Tallahassee, I was pleased to deliver the opening the remarks at the Broward Days luncheon, which was attended by the Governor. During Broward Days, I met with members of our State legislative delegation about a number of pending issues. I stressed the need for increased cooperation among counties in order to create jobs and stimulate economic development. I spoke extensively about changing the process of collective bargaining when there is an impasse among employees of the constitutional offices of the Sheriff, Property Appraiser and Supervisor of Elections. I’m also happy to report the passage of the Ocean outfall legislation which lessens the financial impact to local governments who must stop discharging treated wastewater into the ocean outfalls in Southeast Florida. The bill extends the compliance deadlines for treating wastewater discharged through an ocean outfall from 2015 to 2025 which will save Broward County millions of dollars and not cause additional harm to the environment. Other discussions focused on the need for additional community control and oversight governing low income individuals awaiting trial who had not committed a felony, but cannot afford bail. Keeping these people in jail is costly and causes overcrowding in our jail population.

Shortly after Broward Days, I traveled to Washington, DC to meet with members of the Broward Congressional Delegation. Federal funding for beach re-nourishment, repair of the south jetty, dredging projects and expanded customs protection at the airport and seaport dominated much of the conversation. There is stiff competition for state and federal dollars and the County Commission is working very hard to make sure that Broward captures its fair share.

North Runway Closed

The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s North Runway will close from May 3 through Thursday, July 7. Workers will complete a number of critical construction projects. Crews will work seven days a week to make sure the projects are completed with as little interruption as possible.

Conserve Water!

Broward County reminds everyone to conserve water in response to severe drought conditions and a Water Shortage Warning issued by the South Florida Water Management District. Those with an odd-numbered street address may water on Wednesdays and Saturdays, before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. Those with an even-numbered street address may water on Thursdays and Sundays, before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

Happy Mother’s Day (Don’t forget it’s May 8!) and Memorial Day is on May 30th. Please take a moment to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.

If you have any comments or concerns please call my office at 954-357-7006 or send me an e-mail at sgunzburger@broward.org.

Until next month,
Sue
Sue Gunzburger
Broward County Mayor

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