Dear Broward County Residents,
I am honored to serve as your County Commissioner, representing our coastal communities from Deerfield Beach to Fort Lauderdale and all of the amazing cities, towns and villages in between. Here are some recent highlights from around Broward County:
After Action Review Following the MSD Shooting
Broward County recently chose the Police Foundation as the independent organization to create an After-Action Report (AAR) on the event that transpired on February 14th at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. This independent organization will identify and review all relevant information about the event and conduct interviews to complete an assessment and provide an AAR to the County.
The Police Foundation was created in 1970 and is the oldest nationally known independent, nonprofit, non-partisan, and non-membership driven organization dedicated to advancing policing through innovation and science. Most recently, it conducted and concluded an AAR for the police response to the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting in the City of Orlando. The Police Foundation received extremely high recommendations from the City of Orlando for its thorough, fact-based and unbiased reporting. The team will be comprised of subject matter experts in the field of public safety response to critical incidents, psychology of school shooters, school safety, security and emergency preparedness. The assessment is expected to begin later this month and take between 3 to 6 months to complete.
National County Government Month
April is National County Government Month, an annual recognition of County government and the many services it provides. Since 1991, the National Association of Counties has encouraged counties around the country to actively promote the services and programs they offer. In Broward County, there are more than 60 agencies that provide key programs and services every day to serve those who are economically disadvantaged, and to make our communities stronger. Some of these programs and initiatives are in the areas of education, finance, housing, health and wellbeing, transportation and technology.
Be sure to visit Broward.org and/or stop by the Governmental Center Lobby and view a special exhibit on the many services the County provides to keep our community healthy and prosperous. Or, visit Broward.org/CountiesMatter for details.
Port Everglades 90 Years Strong
Established as a deep-water harbor in 1927 by the Florida State Legislature and dedicated in 1928, Broward County’s Port Everglades is now one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world, one of the top 10 U.S. container ports, and South Florida’s leading seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline and jet fuel. Today, nearly 13,000 residents are directly employed by Port-related businesses earning $502.7 million in wages and generating $1.1 billion in state and local taxes. Total economic activity for Port Everglades is nearly $30 billion. Very important to me as a County Commissioner and resident who works to make local government fiscally responsible, Port Everglades is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund that does not use any ad valorem tax dollars.
The first official commercial vessel to dock at the new harbor was the Graypoint on November 23, 1928. Today, more than 4,000 ships call on the Port annually, carrying 25 million tons of waterborne cargo including 3.86 million cruise passengers, nearly 5 billion gallons of petroleum and more than 1 million TEUs of containerized cargo (TEUs stands for 20-foot equivalent units and it the cargo industry’s standard container measurement). Port Everglades has come a long way since its humble beginnings, and there is much more opportunity ahead.
To learn more about Port Everglades growth please visit porteverglades.net.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Update
Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport continues to grow with many new services this year. Spirit Airlines has added new services which include Columbus (February), Richmond (March), Guayaquil, Ecuador (March), Seattle (April), Cap-Haïtien, Haiti (April) and St. Croix (May). Southwest Airlines also has new service which includes Aruba (March) and San Antonio (July). Jet Blue has new service to Atlanta (March), Grand Cayman (June) and Santiago, Dominican Republic (June); and Azul Brazilian Airlines has new service to Recife, Brazil.
For more information on all the exciting new things at FLL, please visit Broward.org/Airport.
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As always, it is my honor and privilege to serve you.