The LaMarca Letter

 July 2017

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:

FLL Update

Broward County FLL Terminal 1
Broward County and Southwest Airlines partnered to bring a new world-class experience for passengers who use Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s Terminal 1 is now open. The new Concourse A facility is now open, bringing additional gates and the additional capacity of the world’s most modern international processing facility for air travelers. The preliminary construction began in June 2015 and ended at the end of June 2017. The final phase of Terminal 1 construction will be in the summer of 2017 and will be completed by the end of this year.

The overall major goal of the project is to improve the customer experience by offering a more modern terminal that offers more international and domestic destinations through additional gates. Some of the key features include a new Customs Inspection Facility with five gates that can handle both international and domestic flights. The new facility also provides connectors for all three concourses, A, B, and C - post security, which increases concession space both post security and pre security. This project also creates one centralized security checkpoint for all three concourses on the ticketing level, which enhances the existing restrooms and adds new restrooms near the new centralized security checkpoint. The new facilities will also provide improved and expanded seating areas near the gates in the new Concourse A.

This $200 million, 307,000-square-foot concourse features moving walkways, new stores and restaurants, as well as public art installations including an interactive sculptural play area. The modernization and expansion plan will eventually connect all three concourses in Terminal 1 for a seamless and improved passenger experience. 

Broward County Job Growth

Job Growth Broward County continues to lead job growth in South Florida with 31,100 jobs created in a year and a ten-year-low 3.8 percent unemployment rate. May 2017 was the 82nd consecutive month with positive over-the-year job growth in Florida, indicating the great strength of our local and state economy.  Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for May 2017 was 4.3 percent, which is 435,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,147,000. Florida’s unemployment rate is down 0.2 percentage point from 4.8 percent in April 2017, and down 0.6 percentage from a year ago. Additionally, the state gained 228,000 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.7 percent. Florida’s over-the-year job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since May 2012.

An unknown fact is that there are over 350,000 unfilled jobs throughout the State of Florida and there is an effort by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and the business community to retrain and equip those in need of a job with the skills needed to fill these high-paying jobs. As a longtime member of the Alliance Board of Directors, this is a major effort that I have been involved with and will continue to stay involved until every willing member of our community is in a great job.

In Broward County, we see year over year job growth and continued improvement in the local economy. The major industry sectors that added jobs over the year in the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield metro area were professional and business services, education and health services, leisure and hospitality, construction, trade, transportation, and utilities and manufacturing. Broward County, with the assistance of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, continues to help companies create, expand and retain high-wage jobs, which in return help to develop more vibrant communities and improve the quality of life for our residents.

Hurricane Preparedness

We are officially in hurricane season and now is the time to prepare. The Broward County Emergency Management Division is closely monitoring weather activities in the tropics and it is especially important that residents have their emergency plans in place. Individuals with special needs are also encouraged to make arrangements in advance, for sheltering and evacuation transportation, if needed. Following these 5 simple steps will help you in becoming prepared for this hurricane season.

Consider your shelter options and include information in your plan

  1. Pre-register for important services (Vulnerable Population Registry​)
  2. Make arrangement for your pets (pet registration and shelter options)
  3. Prepare important documents 
  4. Prepare equipment and collect supplies

For more information and tips on becoming prepared this hurricane season please visit Broward.org/Hurricane.

You can also check out this video for even more information on what to do before, during and after a hurricane strikes South Florida

Zika: Mosquito Control

The rainy season has officially begun and that means more mosquitos. While there are no areas of ongoing active transmission of Zika by mosquitos in Florida, it is still important to remain vigilant about mosquito bite protection by draining all sources of standing water to keep mosquitoes from breeding and by always wearing bug repellent. The Broward County Mosquito Control Section of the Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division encourages community member to assist in keeping mosquitos from spreading the Zika virus. Besides draining, dumping standing water and covering any areas that may retain water, residents are encouraged to apply larvicide to keep mosquito larvae from developing into flying mosquitos that can bite.

If you need assistance identifying breeding habitats around your property, please contact the Broward County Mosquito Control Division at 954-765-4062, or visit Broward.org/ZapZika for more information.

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. Please sign up at www.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 and privilege to serve you.

Best regards,

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June LaMarca Letter Technical Errors
I would like to take a moment to apologize for several technical errors that were published in the June LaMarca Letter. As you may have noticed, there were some inadvertent punctuation marks inserted when the file was sent out, but this did not take away from the message that I intended to convey regarding the fiscal year 2018 budget. I look forward to continuing to provide valuable information to the residents of District 4. I hope you’re having a great summer.

Contact Us:
Main Office
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Ave.,
Room 410
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone:
954-357-7004
Fax:
954-357-7798

Commissioner:
Chip LaMarca

Commission
Assistant:

Mabel Hurtado

Administrative Coordinator:
Mary Pryde


Broward County Commission Meetings
The Broward County Commission meets generally on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Room 422 of the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. (Commission Meeting Schedule and Agenda are listed here: broward.org/Commission/Pages/Meetings.aspx) Residents can view live coverage of the Commission meetings on Comcast Cable channels 12 and 77; Advanced Communications channels 64 and 25; AT&T U-verse channel 99, and through the County's website at broward.org/video/ The County Commission meetings are rebroadcast at 5:30 p.m. each Friday following a Tuesday Commission meeting.


Phone: 954-357-7004 • Fax: 954-357-7798 • clamarca@broward.org
115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 410, Fort Lauderdale FL 33301
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