District 1 Newsletter
May 2014


This Memorial Day please remember the women and men who gave their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces.

My name is Martin David Kiar and I am honored to serve as your Broward County Commissioner for District 1. If we can ever provide assistance to you, then please call me at 954-357-7001 or email me anytime at mkiar@broward.org

Sincerely,
Martin David Kiar

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Cost of Parking at the Broward County Central Courthouse
The Central Courthouse parking garage is owned by Broward County. Unfortunately, the current cost to park at the garage is cost prohibitive for many folks. Broward County charges 8 dollars an hour or 60 dollars a day to park at the garage. I believe that the amount charged is unreasonable as Broward County charges a much higher rate to park than any other courthouse in Southeast Florida. I am working hard to reduce the rate charged at the Broward County Central Courthouse so our taxpayers, who own the parking garage, can afford to park at the garage. Below is a link to a Sun-Sentinel article written on the matter. More...
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Removal of Plaque with Criminal Scott Rothstein's Firm's Name
At a recent Broward County Commission meeting, I brought up the fact that a memorial with a plaque in one of our County parks was dedicated by Scott Rothstein's former law firm, Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, Attorneys at Law. The memorial was erected to honor victims of crimes. Scott Rothstein is a notorious criminal who used his law firm to victimize many innocent people. Scott Rothstein is currently serving a long prison sentence for his crimes and a number of his firm's former employees are either in prison or have been criminally charged. I am working hard to have his name and his law firm's name removed from the plaque as I believe it is an insult to crime victims to have Scott Rothstein and his former law firm's name portrayed in a positive light. It should be noted that I am only asking that any mention of criminal Scott Rothstein and his company name be removed from the plaque or that a new plaque be installed. I am not requesting that any other changes be made to the memorial. Below is a link to a Sun-Sentinel article on the matter: More...
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Public-Private Partnership between Broward County and the Humane Society
Unfortunately, thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized in Broward County every year. In an effort to combat this issue, Broward County has aspired to be a no-kill county. The Broward County Commission is exploring a public-private partnership with the Humane Society of Broward County to construct a large, low-cost, spay and neutering facility, which would help control pet over-population and thereby reduce significantly the number of animals euthanized each year. Below is a link to a Sun-Sentinel article on the matter: More...
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Development of Property Adjacent to Sawgrass Mills Mall

On April 22, 2014, the County Commission approved an agreement to vacate a conservation easement in the area of Sunrise Blvd. and SW 136 Ave to allow for a mixed-use development, called Metropica. In exchange for vacating the easement, Broward County will receive significant wetland mitigation at Long Key Natural Area in Davie and approximately $1,025,000. The Metropica development will ultimately generate millions of dollars in tax revenue for Broward County, the City of Sunrise and Broward County Public Schools. Furthermore, the project will create thousands of jobs and be an economic boon for Broward County. Below is a link to a Sun-Sentinel article written on the proposed development: More...

Workforce Investment Program
Broward County residents who are having a difficult time finding a job may soon find many more opportunities for employment in Broward County. The Broward Commission voted in favor of the Broward County Workforce Investment Program, which is designed to help those who are hard to hire. The program does not penalize but incentivizes contractors doing business with Broward County and awarded contracts in excess of $250,000 to hire the chronically unemployed, economically disadvantaged, veterans, convicted felons, the disabled and more.

St. David Catholic School Turns 30

St. David Catholic School Turns 30
Below is a link to an article about St. David Catholic School's 30th anniversary. The article also refers to my mother, who is the School's founding Principal. My wife Kelly, our daughters Brianne and Camryn, and I are on the front cover. More...

Water Parks at our Parks
Broward County has four wonderful water parks located within our County Parks; Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, Tropical Splash at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium in Lauderhill,  Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, and  Castaway Island at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood  will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. based on the following schedule in 2014:

  • March 21-30 – daily
  • April 5-27 - Saturdays and Sundays
  • May 1-June 1 - Thursdays-Sundays
  • May 26 (Memorial Day)
  • June 5-August 17 – daily
  • August 21-31 - Thursdays-Sundays
  • September 1 (Labor Day)
  • September 6-28 - Saturdays and Sundays
  • October 4-26 - Saturdays and Sundays
    (Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith only)

Locations and more information on Broward County Water Parks is here: More...

The Broward County Commission meets generally on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Room 422 of the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. (Commission Meeting Schedule and Agenda are listed here: broward.org/Commission/Pages/Meetings.aspx) Residents can view live coverage of the Commission meetings on Comcast Cable channels 12 and 77; Advanced Communications channels 64 and 25; AT&T U-verse channel 99, and through the County's website at broward.org/video/  The County Commission meetings are rebroadcast at 5:30 p.m. each Friday following a Tuesday Commission meeting.

 

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