Dear Broward County Residents,
I am deeply honored that you have chosen to place your trust in me, once again, to represent you on the Broward County Commission. As we come to a close on 2014, I would like to share some of our successes from the past year and provide insight into our priorities for Broward County for 2015.
I have worked diligently with our local, state and federal partners to ensure Broward County beaches receive beach re-nourishment. As of today, we have every indication that our beaches will receive sand in early 2015 as Congressional approval has been received for the project.
The A1A Reconstruction project is underway in Fort Lauderdale. It will include the installation of a wide beachfront promenade on the east side, complete with wide bicycle lanes, a new underground drainage system, turtle friendly lighting on both sides of A1A, and the installation of new asphalt pavement on all lanes and parking spaces and installing signalized pedestrian crosswalks at Birch State Park. The Florida Department of Transportation expects the project to be completed by the end of 2015.
I want to personally thank the Broward County Transit Division for getting the VET Pass (Veteran Enabled Transportation) off the ground as a pilot program. This program provides low income veterans with a free 31-day bus pass. Our goal was to ease their transportation challenges while seeking employment and medical services. The pilot program averaged 212 vets being assisted monthly in 2014 and grants have been secured to continue to fund this program.
Broward County Transit is proposing a fare discount that would allow military veterans who are eligible to use our Paratransit (alternative transit options for those with a functional disability that cannot access or use the public transportation system) service to ride for half price if they travel to or from the six Veterans Administration (VA) clinic facilities throughout the county.
The new South Runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is now fully functional. The 8,000 foot long runway is part of a $2.3 billion capital improvement project that includes the renovation and reconstruction of all terminals. FLL hit the two million passenger mark in August and reported a 5% increase in passengers from 2013 and international traffic is up 24.3% this year.
Port Everglades has completed a 42.5-acre near-dock intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF) that will transfer international and domestic containers between ship and rail to handle domestic containers originating in or destined for the Eastern United States market. The ICTF will reduce congestion on interstate highways and local roadways and reduce harmful air emissions by diverting an estimated 180,000 trucks from the roads by the year 2029.
A record breaking 14.1 million people visited Broward County this year with an economic impact of $11.4 billion. The Broward County Commission is moving forward with plans to expand the Broward County Convention Center and create a world-class 750-room headquarter hotel.
Broward County has a new “pet project” on the horizon with the construction of a 40,000 square-foot contemporary state-of-the art animal shelter and adoption center. The new fully air-conditioned facility will be located in Broward County at 2400 SW 42nd Street, west of the airport. Completion of the new shelter is anticipated in March 2016.
Thank you for the opportunity to continue to work on your behalf to make Broward County the best place to live, work and play. If there is anything that we can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 954.357.7004 or by email at email@example.com. You may also subscribe to our newsletter and updates by visiting www.broward.org/commission/district4.
As always, it is my honor to serve you.