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Commissioner's Monthly Message

April 2019

Each day as I travel through our District, I enjoy hearing from so many friends and neighbors eager to discuss their issues. As an elected official, I serve the people and many who I speak with day in and day out, share similar concerns: kitchen table issues! They are concerned with the public safety of their families, finding high quality jobs, affordable housing options, and of course, traffic. Over the last few weeks, I have participated in our Broward County Strategic Planning Sessions. These sessions serve as a great way for me to incorporate some of the ideas and comments I hear every day and work them into the process. Many of the issues I hear throughout the community were addressed in our strategic planning. We follow up the strategic planning with budget workshops and make sure those priorities are reflected in the County’s budget. These workshops are important to ensure that all of us who serve understand what matters most. The good news is, we are making great strides on both these and other important issues. I am happy to report that Broward County is in a strong position to achieve the goals we have set. Speaking of hearing from the community, I look forward to participating in the Coral Springs Teen Political Forum, where local high school students from Northwest Broward gather together to ask their elected officials the tough questions and discuss issues that matter most to them. As your County Commissioner, I value this opportunity to hear firsthand from our students. 

You may have noticed some new public artworks throughout District 3. “Persistence” is on display at the Sawgrass Nature Center and “Perseverance” at the Coral Spring Museum of Art. As part of the Forever Broward project funded by the Community Foundation, these works showcase the rich wildlife and community we have here in Broward. We also have the “Temple of Time” on Sample Road. This solemn work of art was put together by artist David Best with help from volunteers throughout the community. The art is not only beautiful, but it serves to help the community with healing and hope. I highly recommend checking out these artistic displays, they are truly beautiful and therapeutic. 

Speaking of therapeutic, the benefits of adopting a dog or cat cannot be overstated. My office in conjunction with the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Division, and the City of Tamarac, will be hosting an adoption and outreach event for residents of Northwest Broward. Join us on Saturday, April 27th at the Gary B. Jones Dog Park in Tamarac to meet some of Broward’s pups that are searching for their forever home. Leading up to the event, my office will be sharing photos and information on social media for the dogs that are ready for adoption. Many thanks to the City of Tamarac for helping us host this great event. We hope to see you there and hope you can adopt a pet! 

The State Legislative Session is in full swing in Tallahassee. In particular, this session will be filled with multiple pieces of legislation pertaining to Northwest Broward. The legislation includes issues such as school security, firearm regulations, revision of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act (SB 7026), the MSD Commission, and victims fund legislation. A large portion of our District, due to some late scheduled elections, may not have full representation during this legislative session. Our office is here to help in the event you have issues related to state goverment that need attention. While not our primary role, my legislative team and I will be closely monitoring all the key developments that affect our community and can always be reached to assist with any issues you may have. Please feel free to contact us. 

Staying connected with the residents of District 3 is a top priority for me. That means making sure I can meet with constituents throughout the District. Every month, we hold office hours at the following locations on the third Wednesday of every month: 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. Please feel free to stop by and say hello. If those times don’t work for you, I am always available to discuss any questions or concerns and can be reached at MUdine@Broward.org or (954) 357-7003. Please 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.