The LaMarca Letter

 April 2016

Dear Broward County Residents,
I am honored to serve as your County Commissioner, representing our coastal communities every day from Deerfield Beach to Fort Lauderdale. Here are some recent highlights from Broward County:

Broward Navy Days Fleet Week

During Fleet Week 2015, more than 8,000 South Florida students, residents and veterans toured the visiting ​Navy and Coast Guard ships. Fleet Week 2016 is just around the corner. Beginning May 2nd through May 9th Port Everglades will host the USS Bataan amphibious assault ship, the destroyers USS Farragut and USS Cole, and Coast Guard cutters Robert Yered and Dependable and others at the signature event. Due to security restrictions at Broward County's Port Everglades, tours must be reserved well in advance of the ship arrivals and each visitor must undergo security clearance. Registration to tour one of the vessels is open.

For more information, including schedules, ship tours and registration information visit

Fort Lauderdale Air Show

The 2016 Fort Lauderdale Air Show is back, set for May 7-8, 2016, and the promoters have many new aerial surprises for this year. The show will feature multiple jet demonstration teams from three nations. Our headliners, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, will perform along with their North American counterparts, the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds. We also welcome the Breitling Jet Team from France as they all perform over the crystal blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful beach. This year’s show will also be the very first civilian air show in history to feature the F-35 Lightning “Joint Strike Fighter”.

For more information, please check out the show’s Facebook page at Fort Lauderdale Air Show or their website at

New Comprehensive Spay/Neuter Initiative

The Animal Care and Adoption's comprehensive spay/neuter initiative BrowardPetFix includes all spay/neuter programs designed to service Broward County residents and reduce the number of unwanted pets throughout the community. The programs include sterilization options for owned dogs and cats, as well as programs specifically for Community Cats.


The new programs are: SNIP, Portable Sterilization Units, Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR), and Returned-to-Field (RTF). SNIP is open to all Broward County residents who have an owned dog or cat. SNIP services include spay/neuter surgery, a rabies vaccination, and a Broward County Registration License Tag.  SNIP sterilization services are provided through a network of veterinary providers. Broward County residents must apply online to the program at

The new portable sterilization unit also provides sterilization services for owned dogs and cats in the community, as well as Community Cats. The sterilization services are only provided by appointment and it is currently stationed at Delevoe Park, 2520 NW 6th St., Fort Lauderdale. The sterilization unit will stay at Delevoe Park for about six months and then it will move to another targeted area in Broward County where the services are in high demand. Spay/neuter services can be scheduled by calling the Humane Society at 954-463-SPAY.

Through the TNR program, Community Cats are sterilized, vaccinated against rabies, ear-notched, and returned to the neighborhood in which they were found. Broward County Animal care partnered with many veterinary clinics to provide these services. The RTF program is for healthy Community Cats that enter the Animal Care’s Adoption Center, where they are sterilized, given a rabies vaccination then placed back in the neighborhood in which they were found.

To apply to the SNIP Program, or for details regarding any other BrowardPetFix program, visit

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
International Airport Restaurants Recognized in National Top 10 List

USA Today and their readers have recognized two restaurants in Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in their National top 10 list. The contest sponsored by USA Today names the two winners, Shula Burger in Terminal 1 and Food Network Kitchen in Terminal 3, in the Airport Grab-And-Go Dining category in 10Best Readers’ choice travel award contest. See the full list of winners.

The contest is promoted across USA Today Travel Media Group’s digital and mobile products and social media outlets. Nominees are announced and promoted by USA Today and through Gannett media outlets, including the websites of its 81 local newspapers and 43 television stations.

Informative New Sea Turtle Signs

Sea turtle season is well underway on the beautiful white sand beaches of Broward County. Broward's beaches support vital nesting grounds for loggerhead sea turtles, green sea turtles and leatherbacks. In order to help in the protection efforts during the sea turtle season the Sea Turtle Conservancy has awarded Broward County a grant to create and install permanent informational sea turtle signs at heavily-used public beach access locations throughout the County. In partnership with the municipalities, the County has selected the locations for the informational signs to be installed April 26-27, 2016. The signs will be in English and Spanish and will be beneficial in providing beach goers with safe sea turtle practices.

For more information on how to help create a more sustainable environment for sea turtles, contact the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program​ at 954-519-1255.

The Resident's Guide to Government​ provides a convenient resource to help people stay connected to their local government.  It includes contact information for County officials and Federal, State, and local agencies. Visitors can subscribe to E-news and social media sites. Sign up at to receive email updates from our office. If there is anything that we can do to assist you with your vision for a better Broward, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 954-357-7004 or by email at

As always, it is my honor to serve you.

Best regards,


Contact Us:
Main Office
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Ave.,
Room 410
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


Chip LaMarca


Mabel Hurtado

Administrative Coordinator:
Mary Pryde

Broward County Commission Meetings
The Broward County Commission meets generally on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Room 422 of the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. (Commission Meeting Schedule and Agenda are listed here: Residents can view live coverage of the Commission meetings on Comcast Cable channels 12 and 77; Advanced Communications channels 64 and 25; AT&T U-verse channel 99, and through the County's website at The County Commission meetings are rebroadcast at 5:30 p.m. each Friday following a Tuesday Commission meeting.

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