Technology can certainly make life easier, but did you know that it makes government more accessible and accountable?
I’ve always been a staunch supporter of a Broward County Ethics Code. Now that’s it’s in place and part of the County Charter, a centralized Web Site www.broward.org/opengovernment has been created to provide searchable databases, such as a visitor log for County Commissioners and staff and a database for registered lobbyists. It also provides information regarding public records requests and current solicitations.
Broward County has also launched a new "Search as you Type" feature at www.broward.org that makes finding information quick and simple. All you have to do is begin typing the topic of interest in the search box at the top of the page. A drop-down menu of popular search options automatically appears. You can select one of the options or continue typing if you don’t see what you’re looking for.
Economic Development = JOBS
I recently had the pleasure of meeting with the Honorable Director-General Wang and his colleagues visiting from Quingdao, China. Qingdao is a prominent province and the delegation members were interested in Broward County’s economic development, including Port Everglades, and the infrastructure of the County’s parks, tourism, and transportation agencies. Through Broward College, meetings were scheduled to cultivate the exchange of culture, education, and potential business opportunities.
Pain Management Clinics:
I strongly encourage you to contact your elected city officials and urge them to adopt the Pain Management Clinic Ordinance that the Broward Commission adopted in May. It strictly regulates where, when and how Pain Management Clinics, also known as Pill Mills, can operate in Broward County. These Clinics legally prescribe and dispense hundreds of highly addictive pain medications with little regulation or oversight. Drug addicts and dealers flock to these clinics that have proliferated throughout Broward County and Florida. It’s important that all 31 cities adopt a unified ordinance to crack down on this problem that has caused a record number of drug related deaths, addictions and contributed to crime in our communities.
If you’re looking for something new, exciting and challenging to do this summer, why not become a volunteer? There are so many opportunities available. Please visit www.broward.org/volunteer to get an idea of agencies that desperately need volunteers. You’d be doing a great service for our community and hopefully have fun too.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call my office at (954) 357-7006 or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.