District 3 Newsletter
March 2014

Chapter 164

You may have seen in the headlines recently, several meetings involving the County and local cities called a “Chapter 164” Conflict Resolution meeting. This is actually a Florida statute that requires government bodies, which are having disagreements with each other, a chance to try to work things out before heading to court. It’s designed to keep costs down for you, the taxpayer, who ends up footing the bill for both sides should the case reach the court system.

Broward County has had several of these cases recently. The latest involves 26 municipalities which are suing the county over solid waste disposal assets. After a full meeting of all County and City Commissioners, the County yielded to the demand of municipal officials to attempt to resolve the dispute in mediation instead of through direct discussions. The mediation has been tentatively scheduled for early March.

The County held a joint meeting with the City of Pompano Beach and the Northwest Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in January regarding a request by the City to extend the CRA for an additional thirty years. The elected officials are planning to meet again to continue discussions. During the interim, the parties are selecting a mediator.

The parties are potentially faring better in the dispute with the City of Lauderhill concerning whether the County or the City will provide water service to certain residents annexed into Lauderhill. At a joint meeting of elected officials in October last year, the County Commission and City Commission directed staff to meet again to see whether a voluntary resolution can be achieved.

The cities of Pembroke Pines, Margate, Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale and the Town of Southwest Ranches each individually initiated Chapter 164 proceedings regarding the funding of Emergency 911 services. The disputes were resolved when each of the municipalities entered into an agreement with Broward County to participate in the new, upcoming, consolidated Regional E-911 System.

 Stacy Ritter's Signature

Chapter 164 Conflict Resolution Meeting

Elected officials and staff fill the meeting space at the Sunrise Civic Center in the Chapter 164 meeting.  Nearly every city in Broward, along with the County Commission, had representation at this meeting.

Stacy’s New Position

I was honored back in January to be voted the Chair of the South Florida Regional Planning Council. The Council's mission is to identify the long-term challenges and opportunities facing Southeast Florida and assist the region's leaders in developing and implementing creative strategies that result in more prosperous and equitable communities, a healthier and cleaner environment, and a more vibrant economy. There are 19 voting members, including County and City elected officials, along with appointees from the Governor. We follow the Strategic Regional Policy Plan for South Florida. I look forward to working closely with all of these members in 2014 in my new position.

Movies and TV in Broward

Broward County is fast becoming a hot spot for Hollywood types. Broward has hosted 1,791 film productions since 2010, generating over $426 million for our local economy. They range from feature films to music videos to high impact TV series. Just to name a few projects: Rock of Ages, Sopranos, Dexter, Glades, Graceland, Burn Notice, Iron Man, Hotel Impossible and Gator Boys. Film production in our County has created more than 64,000 jobs and 1.8 million room nights in local hotels. Learn more at Sunny.org/film.

Broward’s New Website

Broward County now has a new and improved website which can be viewed more effectively on any mobile device. Now when you go to Broward.org, you will see streamlined content with easier navigation on your smartphone or tablet. You will notice more direct links to County information, programs and services. There are also fewer images so it will load even faster. The new home page also features a live feed from the official Broward Twitter site along with links to over 50 social media sites for various County agencies including Animal Care and Adoption, Transit and Libraries. Be sure to check out a new link on the home page called “Things to Do” which features the latest happenings around Broward. Some 30,000 pages of content on Broward.org are being transitioned over to the new design over the next several months. Our County website gets 2.8 million page views every month and continues to grow.

Tomorrow’s Rainbow

Tomorrow's RainbowDo you know a child or grandchild who is grieving the loss of a loved one or close friend? Tomorrow’s Rainbow is a unique, non-profit organization that can help children, teens and families in their time of need. Check their website at TomorrowsRainbow.org or call them at 954-978-2390

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Stacy speaks with students in Mr. Michael Singer’s Advance Placement Government and Macroeconomics class
Stacy speaks with students in Mr. Michael Singer’s Advanced Placement Government and Macroeconomics class at the Coral Springs Charter School.
Stacy is named the new Chair of the South Florida Regional Planning Council
Stacy is named the new Chair of the South Florida Regional Planning Council. As is the tradition, the outgoing Chair, Paul Wallace (center), receives a check for $100 to be given to his favorite charity. Also pictured (far left) is Executive Director Jim Murley.
Stacy presents Michelle Tapia of the Hampton Inn West - Sawgrass/Tamarac
Stacy presents Michelle Tapia of the Hampton Inn West - Sawgrass/Tamarac with a SunSational Service Award for her going beyond the call of duty on many occasions. One that comes to mind is when a visiting a girls' soccer team returned muddy and wet after two hard games, Michelle washed the entire team's uniforms so that they would be fresh for their game the next morning.
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