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 the beautiful cities, towns and villages in between. Here are some recent highlights from around Broward County:
Commitment to Service Award
It was a tremendous honor for me to receive the 2018 President’s “Commitment to Service” Award from the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), which was presented at the FAC Annual Conference and Educational Expo Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 27th. Representing Broward County as a FAC member over the past eight years has been an extremely rewarding experience. The Florida Association of Counties works on behalf of Florida’s 67 counties to advocate for home rule and legislation that is vital to the quality of life for all of our residents.
I have had the great pleasure of being appointed to Chair the FAC Finance and Tax Policy Committee for a number of years. I have also served on the FAC Board of Directors, Legislative Executive Committee, Finance & Audit Committee, Urban Caucus, as well as various committees with the National Association of Counties. I am most proud of completing the Certified County Commissioner training program as well as the Advanced County Commissioner program. I was also thrilled to join six of my colleagues as we were recognized as Presidential Advocates by FAC for our work during the 2018 Legislative Session.
Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) recently received an extraordinary achievement for “zero discrepancies” by the Federal Aviation Administration. FLL is in the midst of a major expansion program with several ongoing construction projects, therefore achieving this accomplishment is a tremendous tribute and speaks to FLL’s dedicated team. The Federal Aviation Regulations Part 139 certification is an annual inspection that reviews the Airport’s compliance with the FAA’s airfield safety requirements. It includes the inspection of 102,000 linear feet of airfield markings, 500+ airfield signs, 3,000+ runway/taxiway lights, safety areas, staff training and knowledge, wildlife control, Foreign Object Debris, emergency response, and Airport Rescue and Fire Fighter response and training. I am extremely happy to report that the FAA inspectors were highly complimentary of the hard work that they witnessed from the Broward County Aviation Department team.
In other airport news, a public artwork display at FLL has been honored by the Americans for the Arts as a 2017 outstanding public art project through the Public Art Network Year in Review Program. Newly built in Concourse A at Terminal 1, the display entitled “Wavelength” is a massive metal structure that appears to float weightlessly with gradient colors and shapes that change as you move. Broward’s FLL is such an important gateway and I am excited that Broward County continues to provide opportunities for great pieces of public art that help improve our residents' and visitors' experience. For more information please visit Broward.org/Arts/PublicArt.
Port Everglades Update
I was proud to join Broward County’s Port Everglades and the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) to announce a new system that offers public access to real-time tides, currents, water levels and other meteorological information thanks to an advanced sensor device developed and installed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The newly installed Port Everglades Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®) is a decision support tool that measures and disseminates observations and predictions of water levels, currents and meteorological parameters that mariners need to navigate safely. Boaters and commercial mariners will be able to make safer choices based on the data from this equipment. Additionally, this equipment is collecting data about our natural resources that we can apply to preparations for storms, climate changes and sea level rise.
PORTS® is available on the Port’s website at porteverglades.net (top of the homepage under "Tides & Currents") or via phone at 866-213-5269.
Broward County Programs Recognized Nationally
Broward County has been recognized by the National Association of Counties with 14 Achievement Awards for innovative and effective County government programs that enhance services for residents in many different areas. The County was recognized for four environmental preservation and conservation programs which include: the Future Conditions Map Series: Groundwater Elevation Map, the Manatee Mobile App, Upland Mangrove Enhancement, and the Marine Environmental Education Center. The County received recognition for two Employment Assistance programs: the Transitional Employment Pilot Program, and the Community Recovery Aides Program. Also recognized within the “Helping Residents Connect with County Government” category was the Veterans Connect Program, the Active Learning Center at Broward County Libraries, and the Free Music Partnership Program. Additionally, the County was recognized for the Wide-Area Spray Truck Larvicide Technology, and the Special Needs Registry App. Internal training programs where also recognized: the Recording 6-week training program, the Recording Negotiable Instruments/Know Your Money initiative and the Climate Change Toolbox training program which was created by County employees for County employees. Broward County continues to be innovative with a multitude of programs and services being offered.
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As always, it is my honor and privilege to serve you.