District 3 Newsletter
October 2013

Introducing Broward’s New Libraries Director

Skye Patrick

Broward County has a new Director of Libraries. Skye Patrick came to the County after serving as the Assistant Director of the Queens Public Library in New York, managing 20 branches in that system. She’s now in charge of Broward’s Library system, which has over 9 million walk-in customers visiting our 40 locations every year. If you see Skye at one of our three library branches in District 3, be sure to say “hi.”

Northwest Regional in Coral Springs, Tamarac Branch and North Lauderdale Saraniero.

Shape of New Courthouse Emerges

Fort Lauderdale’s skyline is changing, thanks to work on the new Broward County Courthouse. The building is taking shape with 10 floors built so far. It will reach 20 stories by the time it is fully constructed. The 741,000-square-foot project will have 77 courtrooms with additional space for expansion. Follow the construction on Twitter or get updates by email. Just send an email to newcourthouse@broward.org.

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Road Project

Work on Wiles Road in Coral Springs from SR 7 to Rock Island Road is expected to get underway in 2014, expanding the roadway from 4 lanes to 6 lanes. The total cost for the project is $12.3 million, which includes a grant from FDOT for $5.6 million. Most of the County’s portion of the project will be budgeted in 2014, but $1 million has already been budgeted for design.

Broward Visitor Numbers

In 2012, 12 million travelers spent more than $9 billion dollars in Broward County. If you break that down, it represents:
  • $26,867,000 spent by visitors in Broward each day or
  • $1.1 million each hour or
  • $18,600 each minute!

Broward has experienced over 40 months of consecutive tourism growth. Our tourism industry employs 141,000 people.

Broward is Big!

Based on the 2010 census, Broward County’s population is greater than the population of many U.S. States including Idaho, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming and Washington, D.C. If you combine the population of South Florida’s 3 big counties, Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach, our population is more than 38 U.S. States!

Adopt a Pet from Broward County

Every year, the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Division finds homes for thousands of dogs and cats. But more homes are needed as our homeless animal population increases. Although we’ve closed our satellite animal shelter in Pompano Beach, our operations have now been centralized at our main facility, located at 1870 S.W. 39 Street, on Perimeter Road at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. In fact, a brand new animal adoption center at this location is expected to be completed in 2015.

What can you do at the Broward Adoption Center? You can look for a lost pet, surrender an animal you’ve found, or adopt a dog or cat. Broward County also offers mobile animal clinics, providing low-cost spay/neuter services through partnership programs. Our goal is to reduce the number of homeless pets throughout the County.

To find out more about the animal care programs offered by Broward County, visit broward.org/animal or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

I hope you find it in your heart to adopt a dog or cat from Broward County Animal Care.

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Stacy meets with officials from JetBlue Airways
Stacy meets with officials from JetBlue Airways, the largest carrier at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Pictured L-R: Robin Hayes, Chief Commercial Officer; Dave Barger, President & CEO; Stacy; Rob Maruster, EVP & COO and Jeffrey Goodell, VP Government Affairs.
Stacy presents a proclamation to the North Springs Little League of Coral Springs on their Southeast Regional Championship, the
Stacy presents a proclamation to the North Springs Little League of Coral Springs on their Southeast Regional Championship, the second year in a row that this group of boys won the title.
Stacy gets a tour of the Coral Springs Museum of Art with the museum’s Executive Director Bryan Knicely.
Stacy gets a tour of the Coral Springs Museum of Art with the museum’s Executive Director Bryan Knicely. Find out all the museum has to offer including exhibitions, summer arts camps and family fun days at csmart.org.
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