District 3 Newsletter
May 2014

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Thinking about buying an Electric Vehicle?  Broward County is going to make it easier for you to charge up when you’re on the road. The County will be installing 4 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations; at the Young at Art Museum in Davie,  at the Government Center West at Broward Blvd and University Drive, inside the East Garage at the Broward County Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale, and inside the Governmental Center Parking Garage also in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The charging stations should be up and running by the fall.

In more alternative fuel news, the Broward County Commission has given the thumbs up for Broward County Transit to purchase 138 propane vehicles for paratransit services. The vehicles will run cleaner, produce less noise and be more fuel efficient.

Broward Gets AAA Bond Rating

Broward County was awarded its third triple-A rating back in December when Standard & Poor's raised the County's general obligation bonds to AAA from AA+. The move was based on the County's strong economy and "very strong" budget profile. Moody's Investor Service and Fitch Ratings also had previously given the County triple-A ratings. The action affects more than $301 million of outstanding debt and will allow the County to obtain funds for capital expenses at a more competitive interest rate, saving taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

Broward is Lowest for Travel Taxes

TouristsGreater Fort Lauderdale is perfect for vacationers, but did you know Broward is also a smart choice for business travelers? The region is #1 in the nation with the lowest travel taxes, according to the Global Business Travel Association’s. For the third year in a row, the annual study found Greater Fort Lauderdale tops the list of taxpayers’ most friendly travel destinations. The study examines hotel lodging, car rentals and restaurant meal taxes, which averaged $22.61 per day.

Summer Savings: 2-for-1

Hello Sunny

Now that summer is approaching, with many 2-for-1 offers, it’s time for local residents to benefit from our local hospitality industry. Experience arts and entertainment, transportation and spa treatments at great values. Visit Sunny.org/summer to view more than 30 special two-for-one deals available now through September 30.

Turtle Season is Here

Sea turtle nesting season began March 1 with the peak expected in June and July. These large marine reptiles will be visiting our beaches at night with regularity. Females of three different species of sea turtle come ashore at night, lay their eggs and return to the sea. Nests average 110 eggs! If you are on the beach at night and see a large turtle coming ashore, please observe this phenomenon from a distance. If you wish to participate in organized tours to witness the nesting ritual, contact the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program at (954) 519-1255.

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Commissioners Wexler, Ritter, Jacobs and Mayor Sharief
(L-R) Commissioners Wexler, Ritter, Jacobs and Mayor Sharief on the 16th floor of the under-construction Broward County Courthouse.
Stacy Ritter speaks to a group at Kings Point in Tamarac
Stacy speaks to a group at Kings Point in Tamarac, to explain what’s happening with construction of the new Broward County Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland receives Broward's Small Business honor for their dedication to hire individuals with autism
Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland receives Broward County’s Small Business honor for their dedication to hire individuals with autism. Pictured (L-R) are Stacy, General Manager Kevin Wolyniec, co-owner Tom D’Eri, Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief and co-owner John D’Eri.
Parkland Bus Shelter
Parkland gets a new BCT bus shelter. It is located on 441, south of Hillsboro Blvd on the west side by Winners Circle and Bells Parkland.
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