Still Hard at Work
By Chip LaMarca, Broward County Commissioner
Although the Board of County Commissioners has adjourned for the summer, I am in full-time work mode because there is so much that must be done in our community. While we may be taking a recess from board meetings and workshops; we will continue to receive phone calls, emails, requests for information, and monitor the major projects taking place in the heart of the district as well as at Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
We have reached major milestones in many of the County goals including the release of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Feasibility Report with Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Port Everglades Harbor to deepen the ports channel from 42 feet to 48 feet (with an additional two feet of allowable over depth). No local tax dollars will be used for the $313 million project, and 7,000 new jobs will be created in combination with the Port’s other two cargo projects. If you would like to attend the next public meeting, it is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013, at the Broward County Convention Center from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Attendees are reminded to bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, for entrance into the Port where the Convention Center is located.
On a personal note, I am truly honored to represent Broward County on a state and national level. I was recently awarded the Florida Association of Counties’ (FAC) Presidential Advocacy Award for exceptional leadership in advancing the counties’ legislative agenda (both in Tallahassee and Washington, DC.) It is my honor to serve and represent the people of Broward County. When the issues that are important to our community are on the table, you can count on me to always advocate for what is best for our residents and visitors. I also earned the Advanced County Commissioner designation. This designation is awarded to Commissioners who have completed a comprehensive study program developed by FAC.
This past week I was privileged to be accepted to the 32nd Class of Leadership Florida. Good governance begins with good leadership. As an elected official who is honored to have the public’s trust, I am always working to learn more, to do more in order to best serve the people I represent.
This month I will also have the chance to represent the people of Broward County on a national level when I attend the National Association of Counties (NACo) where I serve on the Steering Committees for both the Community and Economic Development and Large Urban County Caucus Committees. Broward County is once again the recipient of Americans for the Arts’ Public Leadership in the Arts award. The National Public Leadership in the Arts Awards are given in recognition of an elected official or artist who plays an important role in the advancement of the arts and arts education. Broward County won this award in 2004, and will be the only County to win this prestigious award twice. I will have the honor of receiving this award on behalf of Broward County.
Lastly, many of you know how proud I am of the men and women of Broward County who work on the front lines every day to service the residents of Broward. On Saturday, August 3rd, we will be holding a Broward County Community Resource Fair at Westside Park in Deerfield Beach from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will be highlighting family services and other agencies around the County to promote economic and social stability.
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 can also stay up to date by viewing our website www.broward.org/commission/district4, where you can sign up to receive email updates from our office.
As always, it is an honor to serve you.