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 communities in between. Here are some recent highlights from around Broward County.
Beach Renourishment Segment II Project Complete
Broward County’s first large-scale beach nourishment project utilizing an inland sand source has been successfully completed. As of December 28th, 2016 all sand placement activities for the Segment II Shore Protection Project has been completed. In total, the project placed just under 1,000,000 tons of sand along 4.9 miles of beaches in portions of Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and Fort Lauderdale. Additionally, 1.5 miles of protective sand dune habitat was created or restored, creating this critically important feature along approximately 70% of Broward County’s shoreline. The project was well executed, efficiently operated, in full compliance with environmental protections and regulatory requirements. With equal importance it was completed on-time and within budget.
This project, with 43,276 truckloads of sand, was the largest truck haul project in the State of Florida and possibly in the country. The contractor, Eastman Aggregates, is currently demobilizing from the project are, with final restoration of the Sunrise Boulevard access area by January 13, 2017. I extend my deep personal gratitude to our Broward County staff that worked diligently on this project for years, particularly Division Director Jennifer Jurado, Administrator Nicole Sharp and for many years Eric Myers. I want to also thank the Broward County residents for their patience and understanding of the importance of this project for our community.
$8 Million in Grants to Assist Homeless Population
Broward County has been continuously working towards ending homelessness. Recently the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnerships was awarded a grant of more than $8 million by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the 2016 HUD Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition. Several projects will be funded that help fulfill Broward County’s goal and objectives in the “A Way Home” Plan to End Homelessness. This award will serve homeless adult and youth clients, including; individuals, families, veterans, those with mental, emotional and physical disabilities, those with substance abuse disorders, mothers and children including pregnant women, those who are “chronically” homeless and those who have co-occurring disorders.
The HUD CoC Program award will fund 18 renewal projects and 1 new CoC Planning project providing Supportive Services, Homeless Management Information System Support, CoC Planning, Transitional Housing, Rapid Rehousing, and Permanent Supportive Housing. The projects provide 690 permanent, 112 rapid rehousing, and 25 transitional beds (827 beds total) with related supportive services to Broward's homeless population. Most importantly, these new funds will create 15 new permanent supportive housing beds for chronically homeless persons in partnership with Broward County Housing Authority and Broward Housing Solutions.
Record Setting Sea Turtle Season
Turtle nesting season came to an end on October 31st, 2016 and this year was officially marked as a record-breaking sea turtle nesting season in Broward County. Since 1981 the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program which is funded by Broward County and carried out by Nova Southeastern University has been counting nests and this year a total of 3,567 laid nests were counted. Loggerheads laid 3,400 nests, green turtles laid 137 nests, leatherbacks laid 27 nests and 3 additional nests were laid, but the species were unconfirmed.
Although this year was a record breaking year for sea turtle nesting it is still imperative that Broward County residents continue to take the initiative to make our beaches an ideal habitat for sea turtles. There are many things that coastal residents of Broward County can do to help; specifically they can reduce the amount of artificial lighting directly on the beach. Reducing artificial lighting on the beach will make our beaches more helpful to nesting females and ensure that the hatchlings crawl towards the water upon emerging from their nests. Let’s continue to practice turtle-friendly lighting by turning off unnecessary lights, using red or amber LED bulbs, closing curtains or moving light sources away from windows and only lighting what is needed. Making these small changes can help to continue to preserve sea turtles habitat today and in future generations to come.
Save Water, Save Money and Save the Environment
Broward County recently approved 15 new 5-year agreements for partners in the Broward Water Partnership (BWP). The agreements are a collaboration between Broward County, utilities and local government that promotes water conservation. Since 2012, Broward residents, nonprofits and businesses have saved more than 1.3 billion gallons of water with rebates and devices through the Conservation Pays program. The BWP has also hosted several contests which have encouraged water conservation and provided prizes which include cash, fitness devices, irrigation system controllers, and a complete home retrofit with water and energy saving devices.
Be sure to check your eligibility for toilet rebates. Visit ConservationPays.com
or call 800-270-9794 for complete details.
Library’s New “Fast Lane” Customer Experience Improvements
The Fast Lane at Broward County Libraries is a quick, easy way to check out items from the library. Fast Lane is part of Broward County Library's new service model, launched earlier this year that provides the community with longer service hours and more open days at library locations without any increase to the library's budget. Fast Lane also allows library staff to provide more one-on-one assistance in addition to making more materials and resources readily available to customers. You can also make Fast Lane even easier by downloading the Broward County Library WoW app on your phone and table, which will allow you to use it as a virtual library card. To download the BCL WoW app please visit our Mobile Apps web page and download it now.
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As always, it is my honor and privilege to serve you.