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. Here are some recent highlights from Broward County.
Coastal Commissioners Head to Tallahassee to Push for Designated Beach Funding
The Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association and a group of coastal county commissioners from the Panhandle to South Florida joined forces in Tallahassee to discuss the significant role that beaches play in our state's economy. Meetings with state lawmakers included discussions to encourage designated funding for beaches using money reserved for the environment with the passage of Amendment 1.
Our beaches are extremely important for our residents and keeping them healthy is what drives our economy. Reports from the Office of Economic and Demographic Research confirm that the statewide beach management program generates a positive return on investment of 5.4 for each dollar that is invested in our beaches. Protecting our beaches is an ongoing process that must be continuously funded to keep their beauty and essence intact.
Port Everglades Advocacy Team Heads to Tallahassee
Port Everglades is a tremendous economic engine for Broward County with an economic impact of $28 billion. This month, the Port Everglades Advocacy Team (PEAT) which is composed of Port Everglades and Intergovernmental Affairs staff, members of the local business community and myself took an advocacy trip to Tallahassee. The team met with several key Legislators and decision makers to thank them for their support of the Port’s infrastructure and to encourage a continued effort of support to provide for future successes.
Broward County's Port Everglades, along with other Florida Ports recommend that the Florida Seaport Transportation Economic Development Council (FSTED) program receive a minimum of $25M annually to adequately support seaport infrastructure. According to a study commissioned by the Florida Ports Council, for every $1 invested in Florida Seaports, Florida’s economy experiences $6.90 in economic activity. The Port is such a valued asset to our community. It helps create jobs and also has a great economic impact on Broward County.
Eligible Travelers Have a Mobile Option for Customs and Border Protection Declaration at Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) announced the expansion of Mobile Passport Control (MPC) to FLL. MPC is the first official app to expedite a traveler's arrival into the United States. Eligible travelers submit their passport information and customs declaration form to CBP via a smartphone or tablet app prior to arrival. Android and iPhone users can download the Mobile Passport app for free from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
The app does not require pre-approval, is free to use and does not collect any new information from travelers. Travelers choosing to use the app will no longer have to complete a paper customs declaration form. As a result, travelers will experience shorter wait times, less congestion and faster processing.
There are five easy steps to MPC:
- Download the Mobile Passport Control App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store prior to arriving.
- Create a profile with your passport information.
- Complete the "New Trip" section upon arrival in the United States.
- Submit your CBP Declaration form through the app to receive an electronic receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code.
- Bring your passport and smartphone or tablet with your digital bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer.
Broward's Inaugural Capacity Building Conference
The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development will host the 2016 Capacity Building Conference on Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. The purpose of the conference is to assist business with charting a course for success by strengthening their core capacities in general business operations. Business owners and residents are invited to attend this free event to learn, engage in stimulating conversation and encourage key connections. Register online now to join more than 800 registered conference attendees looking to energize their businesses. For more information visit Broward.org/econdev.
Broward County Libraries Circulated 1.2 Million eBooks in 2015
In 2015, Broward County Libraries circulated 1.2 million eBooks to our customers. BCL was one of only 33 libraries in North America that was able to circulate more than one million digital titles in one year.
If you're interested in learning how to download free materials from Broward County Library, including music, movies, TV shows, music videos, eBooks and eAudiobooks, visit Broward.org/library. All are free and open to the public with no registration required.
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 clamarca@Broward.org.
As always, it is my honor to serve you.