District 3 Newsletter
March 2012
Broward: Florida’s Most Diverse Commission

Broward County is home to an extremely diverse community. The Broward County Commission reflects that diversity thanks to you, the voters. Just how diverse is your County Commission?

Right now on the Commission, we have six women and three men. We have an African-American woman and a Caribbean-American man. We have elected officials from both parties and various faiths. This board has a history of being diverse, too.

We’ve had a Cuban American who came here to escape from the communist island, become a citizen and serve on this commission. She also became our very first mayor.

The first woman was elected to this board in 1974.

The first African-American, who also happened to be a woman, was elected to the County Commission in 1986.

Our first openly gay elected official came to this board in 2006 and also served as our Mayor, making him the highest-ranking openly gay Mayor in the entire country.

Male and female; black, white and Hispanic; Democrat and Republican; Jew and Gentile; gay and straight. You look at the Broward County Commission and it IS Broward County. Every person who chooses to register to vote has a vote and a voice in Broward County thanks to our very diverse Commission.

The County Commission recently passed a new district map; districts that in my opinion very fairly represent all communities the best way possible. These newly drawn districts will keep the diversity alive on the Broward County Commission long into the next ten years before we are required to redraw them again.

Runway Expansion at FLL

Commissioner Ritter with Airport Director Kent George

Commissioner Ritter with Airport Director Kent George at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new south runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

On January 23, at about 10:30 a.m. on a beautiful South Florida morning, ground was officially broken for the new, expanded south runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. This expansion has been in the works for nearly 20 years.

This project is one of the most significant construction projects in the State of Florida and will generate an estimated 11,000 temporary jobs. At the peak of construction in 2013, it will put a million dollars a day into our local economy until the runway’s substantial completion in 2014. It will also increase the capacity of the airport by up to 50 percent, allowing FLL to accommodate up to 450,000 landings and takeoffs annually.

The cost for the project is $791 million and is being paid for from a variety of sources including the FAA, the FDOT and fees travelers pay when they use the airport. The money is not coming from local property taxes.

View the quarterly update on Aviation projects.

Tomorrow’s Rainbow
Do you know a child who has experienced the death of a loved one? Tomorrow’s Rainbow can help. For information, go to TomorrowsRainbow.org. Tomorrow's Rainbow
Pine Island Road Project
The Pine Island Road project between Commercial Boulevard and Oakland Park Boulevard is approximately 97 percent complete with all lanes open in each direction. All that is left to complete the project includes a few sections of sidewalk, a few light poles, minor landscaping, property restoration and permanent pavement markings.
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Commissioner Ritter attends the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Commissioner Ritter attends the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. Pictured with Stacy are Coral Springs MLK Committee members (L-R) Leilani Smith, Ainsworth Clarke (Chair) and Bessie Cristwell.
Commissioner Ritter attends the 40th Anniversary celebration of Family Central