Dear Broward County Residents,
I am honored to serve as your County Commissioner representing our coastal communities each day from Deerfield Beach to Fort Lauderdale and all of the amazing communities in between. Here are some recent highlights from Broward County.
Broward County Receives Innovation Awards
The National Association of Counties (NACo) has awarded Broward County eleven Achievement Awards recognizing several effective and innovative county government programs. The Broward County Human Resources Division received two awards, one award for an employee assistance program and another for an educational roadshow for County employees. The Office of Economic and Small Business Development was recognized for developing the Technical Assistance Training program which provides certification and training for local small businesses to boost their ability to bid on Broward County projects. The Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division was awarded for developing hydrologic models that help bridge the communication gap between scientific research and policy makers to provide a more proactive response to future climate scenarios and sea level rise. This department was also recognized for the County’s commitment to enhancing community resilience and protecting the environment. The Libraries Division was awarded for creating a year-long program of events and education outreach in support of a mayoral initiative "Broward Means Business," which promoted County, state and federal programs that help mentor and finance Broward County businesses.
The overall winning Division was Risk Management with four awards. The first was for Safety and Occupational Health for providing an Exceptional Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Program Enhancement. Next was an award in the Liability Claims Section for providing innovation in a liability video that demonstrates a more timely and efficient way to handle claims. The Risk Management Division was also recognized for an innovative Property Insurance Premium Savings Program and a Workers’ Compensation Medical Cost Reduction Program.
The services provided by Broward County divisions and departments are a great example of residents’ tax dollars at work providing the best quality of life for residents in our community.
Port Everglades Update
Broward County’s Port Everglades has recently earned its first Green Marine certification. Green Marine is the largest voluntary environmental program for the maritime industry in North America. The Port earned this certification by benchmarking specific environmental performance indicators including air emissions, water standards, community impacts and environmental leadership.
Port Everglades recently welcomed a German-based shipping line as part of its Mediterranean Gulf Express (MGX). Hapag-Lloyd has announced the addition of Port Everglades to its MGX rotation from Valencia, Spain. It is expected to add approximately 300 to 400 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the industry's standard container measurement) weekly at Port Everglades providing additional shipping options for customers. More information about Broward County's Port Everglades is available at PortEverglades.net
Fort Lauderdale International Airport Update
Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) received the J. Bryan Cooper Environmental Award for its Sustainable Strategic Initiatives. Broward County’s Aviation Department (BCAD) successfully implemented Sustainable Strategic Initiatives at FLL to help conserve and protect our natural resources. A Green Practices Program and a Water Resources Protection Program were implemented in the maintenance facility. The expansion and modernization project of Terminal 4 also included numerous green design and construction elements. The features reduce water use by 40 percent and provide 90 percent natural light, which reduce electric energy usage. The building also used reflective roofing materials to reduce heat and workers recycled more than 50 percent of the construction debris. Recognition was also given to the Aviation Department for its use of electric cars and the new “Park Assist” system in the parking garages that helps reducing idle time, fuel consumption and air emissions.
FLL has also opened Concourse G in Terminal 4 with new concession areas and five new gates. The next phase of the expansion and modernization project will include an Interactive Walkway and nine new gates. This project is expected to be completed by mid-2018 which will include 12 international gates and two domestic gates. Additionally, construction at Concourse A is currently underway in Terminal 1. This addition will include a Customs Inspection Facility with five gates handling both international and domestic flights, to be completed May 2017.
Zika virus cases have recently been confirmed in South Florida. According to the Florida Department of Health, some of these cases have been transmitted locally. The Broward County Mosquito Control Division is working closely with the Florida Department of Health and Code Enforcement partners in Broward's 31 municipalities. The Mosquito Control Division is also actively involved in the effort to reduce breeding sites. These efforts include: conducting door-to-door back pack spraying, draining standing water where possible, treating standing water with long-lasting larvicide, eliminating mosquito habitats, setting up mosquito traps and sampling adult mosquitos to gauge effectiveness of the above-mentioned treatments.
Residents are also encouraged to help reduce the mosquito nuisance by remembering to drain and cover. You can also contact the Mosquito Control Division and request spraying in your neighborhood by calling 954-765-4062 or completing the online Mosquito Spray Request Form. For more information on protecting yourself from mosquito-borne diseases, visit Broward.Org/Streets/Mosquitos.
Hurricane Season: Are You Prepared?
While summer is almost behind us, South Florida residents should still be on alert since we are in the height of hurricane season. For the months of August and September, it is important to continue to use the Broward County Hurricane website in order to be informed during hurricane season. Resident are also encouraged to be prepared for any emergencies that might occur. Being prepared means having a plan and knowing what to do before, during and after a tropical storm or a hurricane. Testing your hurricane preparedness knowledge can also help you become more prepared for hurricane season. Test your hurricane preparation knowledge by clicking on the link and check to see if you can identify proper evacuation procedures, shelters, supplies, and notifications that can keep your family safe during this hurricane season.
For more information please visit Broward.org/Hurricane.
Mobile-Friendly Property Taxes Website
The Broward County Records, Taxes and Treasury Division recently launched a mobile-friendly version of Broward.County-Taxes.com. The website now offers citizens a more efficient and easily accessible way to print receipts and bills, pay bills, and do searches by name, address, or account number. All the functions that can be accessed through the original website format can now be accessed by tablet or mobile devices. The County continues to make strides in offering more easily accessible options for all Broward County citizens. For more information, visit the County's Records, Taxes and Treasury website or call 954-831-4000.
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 Broward.org/District4 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, it is my honor to serve you.