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2013 - New Beginnings

HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2013 !!

A New Year – And “new” is the operative word as it is a new beginning at the national and state levels. Starting with January’s inauguration of our re-elected President, the country is poised anew to work together to address and solve our pressing economic and social issues.

A new Congress, hopefully committed to working together with the Executive Branch to further strengthen our economy, will be sworn-in early this month and begin its deliberations on so many critical concerns. No doubt, the President and the Congress will immediately focus on income tax rates, new revenues, spending reductions, the deficit, the military, health care, jobs, infrastructure, and the overall economy to name but a few.

Statewide, a new Legislature will convene in March and likewise begin to craft a path for Florida’s future; our economy, our safety net, education, jobs, and transportation and transit systems.

Locally, a new Sheriff will be sworn-in and begin working with the County Commission on so many vital law enforcement issues, including a new regional E-911 communications system with coordinated police, fire, and EMS dispatch components; mutually agreed upon Law Enforcement Trust Fund expenditures, as well as identify theft and other major crime concerns in Broward County.

A new County Commission will continue working on behalf of all Broward County residents and our economically important snow-birds (welcome back!). Speaking of new, do you realize five of the current nine serving county commissioners were first elected in 2010 or 2012? In terms of tenure, that is certainly “new” for the County Commission. I look forward to our Goal Setting Workshop which most likely will occur in the first several months of this new year and for input from our newest Commission members on their visions for our future.

Of course, the County Commission will remain focused on our main economic engines, the expansion of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, our container cargo and cruise passenger traffic at Port Everglades, our hospitality/tourism based industries, and our overall efforts to strengthen our local businesses by fostering an environment in which they can thrive. We will continue our fiscal policies that helped us weather the Great Recession and kept our financial house in order.

So again – it is a new year and a new chance for good works throughout Broward County. May this new year also bring you and yours continued good health and more celebratory and memorable times together. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the office, 954-357-7006, or send me an e-mail at For now, that’s what’s “new” from here!