District 1 Newsletter
October2013

 

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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Broward County Budget 2014

The Broward County Commission adopted a final budget for fiscal year 2014. Broward County is one of the largest counties in the nation and the budget is approximately $4.1 billion. The budget funds departments, programs, and services and has a direct impact on every resident of Broward County. For example, the budget funds Port Everglades, the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, many capital projects, county parks, libraries, mass transit, health and human services, traffic control, animal control, waste water and solid waste, roads and bridges, the medical examiner’s office, all traffic control devices, the Broward Sheriff's Office, the Property Appraiser's Office, the Supervisor of Elections, and many other important governmental programs, department and functions.

New to this year’s budget is the funding of $22.5 million for Consolidated Countywide E-911 Communications and Dispatch Emergency System. This new consolidated system shifts the costs away from several cities to the county to achieve the life saving benefits of consolidation. In the past fragmented system, mobile phone 911 calls could be misdirected to the wrong dispatch center, endangering the health and safety of people needing emergency services. For example, a resident calling 911 on their cell phone in Sunrise could have that call bounced off a cellular tower and be misdirected to Pembroke Pines. In that scenario, the Pembroke Pines dispatch center would then have to transfer the call back to Sunrise, leading to confusion and making it longer for first responders to arrive. Now, with a consolidated dispatch system, the amount of misdirected calls will be cut down and our residents will be provided with better health and safety services.


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"Affordable Care Act" "Obamacare" "Navigators"

The federal government is funding "Navigators". "Navigators" are individuals whose sole task is to provide information to participants in the "Affordable Care Act" also known as "Obamacare". "Navigators" provide this information so that people enrolling in "Obamacare" can make the best possible decisions for themselves and their families as to which healthcare coverage is best for them. Many folks enrolling in "Obamacare" will go to health facility buildings owned by Broward County. Governor Rick Scott, who is an opponent of "Obamacare" and the State Department of Health have attempted to ban "Navigators" from these county buildings. In response, the Broward County Commission voted 8-1 to allow "Navigators" into our county buildings as we believe the Governor lacks the authority to prohibit "Navigators" in our county owned buildings. I believe that Broward residents should be enabled to get all the information they need on health care benefits so they can make the best health care decisions for their families. Below is the link for the Channel 10 news story about "Navigators" and allowing them access into Broward County owned buildings. View Affordable Care Act news article...


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Disabled Veterans Gain Access to County Parks at No Expense

In my 7 years in elective office, including 6 years in the Florida House of Representatives, I have learned that the best ideas for laws and policies come not from politicians and lobbyists but from our residents. Recently, a resident of Plantation, a military veteran who sustained a service-related disability, contacted me and informed me that unlike our state and federal parks, Broward County did not provide free access to our parks to veterans who have sustained a service-related disability. I am so appreciative that this American hero contacted me because on August 27, 2013, the County Commission unanimously passed a Resolution allowing free entry into our county parks for any veteran who has sustained a service-related disability. On October 1, 2013, those veterans became eligible to receive their free park pass. Below, please find a link to an article posted in Tamarac Talk as well as the contact information for any veteran who has sustained a service-related disability and would like to apply for a park pass.
News info...
Eligibility info...


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University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center comes to Broward County

I am proud to announce that the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has come to Broward County and its offices are located in Plantation. On September 17, 2013, I was honored to participate in the grand opening of the Center. We are truly blessed that the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has come to Broward County as the Center is considered one of the best in the world. If you wish to contact the center, its phone number is 954-210-1190 and its address is 8100 SW 10th Street, Crossroads Business Park Building 3, Plantation, FL 33324.

Those pictured above celebrating the opening of the Center are, from left to right, University of Miami President Donna Shalala, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, myself, Broward County Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief, Jane Sylvester Malsitano (whose family the Center is named after) and Dr. Stephen Nimer, Director of the Center.



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.)

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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Community Update

Opening the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Broward County
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Opening the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Broward County (story below).
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Disabled Veterans' FREE Parks Pass Program
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