Over the past couple of months, several high-profile projects have begun throughout Broward County. In Northwest Broward, radio communication towers are being constructed to enhance emergency communications for first responders, and they will be a necessary component of the County's overall E911 system. I look forward to updating you as they progress. Here is the status of two in our area:
- Parkland: Tower foundation complete. Excavation has begun for the shelter and generator foundation. Electrical and equipment install scheduled for July.
- Tamarac: Tower foundation completion in June. Shelter and tower construction scheduled for July.
There are many other major happenings in County government. Currently, the County is in the process of upgrading and expanding the Broward County Convention Center, and in May, we hosted a demolition celebration. This project will have wide reaching significance to Broward's economy through tourism and job creation and will secure the future of meetings and conventions in our area. Lastly, FLL is making improvements to its South Runway over the summer. No interruptions are expected for travelers, and this will help our airport to remain safe and competitive for years to come. Check out the progress of all these projects and more at Broward.org.
During June I participated in a roundtable discussion on Mental Health hosted by the Florida Association of Counties. As always, I brought the views of Northwest Broward to the statewide community so that the lessons we have learned in Parkland can assist communities throughout the state.
July is full of fun for the entire family. Our community offers all sorts of summer camps and activities. Whether your kids are participating in sports, music, the traditional summer camp, or you are taking a summer vacation as a family, I hope you enjoy all that our community offers.
Speaking of summer programs, Broward's libraries and parks offer many. The Florida Panthers are hosting their annual Summer Reading Tour and will visit the Northwest Regional Library on Friday, July 26th at 1 pm. Additional opportunities include the "Young Engineers" Generation Shock: Wind and Solar Power" program at the North Lauderdale Saraniero Library on July 19th from 3-5 pm. This program is for children grades K-5. Check out all the options for this month at our local libraries!
Our County parks offer many ways to get out in nature. I encourage you to reach out to your local cities as well and see how you can get involved. Events in July include the following:
- Summer Escape Camping Specials for up to four campers, Sundays to Thursdays, through September 30th at Quiet Waters Park. $25/site per night. 954-357-5100.
- Island History Paddle & Hike, 9-11 am, July 27th. Take an island history tour on a kayak or paddleboard at Deerfield Island Park. $30/person or $15 with your own board/kayak. 954-357-5100.
- Fox Observatory Stargazing every Saturday, sunset to midnight. Join the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association to view the night sky through telescopes. Park weekend gate fee of $1.50/person (ages 5 and under free). 954-357-8868.
Finally, I would like to encourage all District 3 residents to attend their city's upcoming Fourth of July celebrations. There is nothing greater than coming together as a community to honor the freedom that we have. Whether you're attending the fireworks at Mullins Park or having a cookout with the family, I hope you enjoy your Independence Day celebration.
Staying connected with the residents of District 3 is a top priority for me. Every month, we hold office hours on the third Wednesday. I can be reached at
MUdine@Broward.org or (954) 357-7003. Follow me on social media @CommissionerMichaelUdine on Facebook and @MichaelUdine on Twitter or Instagram to receive important updates and see what is happening in our community.
Office Hour Locations:
- 10:00-11:00 AM at the Northwest Regional Library,
- 2:00-3:00 PM at the Tamarac Community Library, and
- 4:00 to 5:00 PM in North Lauderdale at the Saraniero Branch Library