The LaMarca Letter

 June 2015

Commissioner LaMarca on the Beach
Coastal Dune Restoration Grants Now Available

Grant opportunities are now available to local municipalities, coastal property owners, civic associations and non-profit groups to conduct dune restoration and enhancement projects in the county. Sand dunes act as a natural barrier against storms and waves protecting property and the environment. Beaches with established dunes have less erosion and damage from storms than beaches without them. Grants are available for a maximum of $5,000 each and information about the grant program and applications are available online and should be submitted by email to Come to the 2015 Hurricane Open House on July 11th forum 10AM - 12:30PM at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Free giveaways and exhibits. Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on July 10, 2015. Applicants will be notified about funding decisions in August 2015. Completed applications may also be mailed to: Coastal Dune Restoration Program, Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division, Room 329-H, 115 S. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301.

Prepare Now - Hurricane Season runs from
June 1st to November 30th

With hurricane season underway, residents are reminded now is the time to prepare for possible tropical weather. While the weather in South Florida is normally idyllic for most of the year, residents are most vulnerable to the damage and devastation of hurricanes between June 1st and November 30th. Broward County offers residents and businesses a variety of ways to stay connected to receive important information before, during and after an emergency.

  • Visit the comprehensive Hurricane website for preparedness information to help with emergency plans, replenishing emergency kit supplies and ensuring everyone is prepared this hurricane season.
  • Check out Broward County's A-Z Planner with links to hurricane preparedness and safety information on more than 60 topics, from airports and animals to water and windows.
  • Encourage family and friends to subscribe to Broward County Emergency Updates, important public safety information delivered via email before, during and after an emergency.
  • Follow us on Twitter at @ReadyBroward and like us on Facebook at BrowardEMD to be among the first to hear emergency updates.
  • Call the Broward County Call Center at 311, or 954-831-4000, for updates and general hurricane preparedness information.
  • Report Home Damage on your smartphone or other mobile device so you can report damage to your home and help first responders assess damage in the immediate aftermath of a storm.

Dog on Beach
Shelter appeals to residents to open their homes to a pet in need

It's raining cats and dogs at Broward County Animal Care. It is the time of year when the shelter sees an increase in the number of dogs, and especially cats, entering the shelter and community support is needed to find them a forever home. June is "Adopt a Cat" month and to celebrate, Broward County Animal Care will waive adoption fees on kittens and cats through the month of June.  The promotion also includes all felines adopted at Pet Supermarket stores located in Broward County.

If you can't adopt a cat, but wish to help, there are several other ways to make a difference.
The volunteer program offers opportunities for residents to help in unique and special ways either at the shelter or special events.

Residents can lend a helping hand by fostering very young kittens. The youngsters-- sometimes only days old--must be bottle fed in order to survive. Foster Parents must be able to commit the time and care to ensure the health and survival of the foster pet. Fostering is also a perfect opportunity for students who need community service hours for school, since hours are awarded for each fostered litter. For more information about the Foster Program e-mail at

Consumer Alert: Avoid Extra Charges for Auto Tag and Registration Services

Renewing vehicle and vessel license tags and registrations has never been easier, thanks to the services found online at the County's County's Records, Taxes and Treasury Division. Owners can quickly and effortlessly renew their tags without paying extra fees, ever leaving home, or waiting in line. The use of some online private renewal websites rather than the County's official website, or the State of Florida's GoRenew site, may cause users to incur more than $20 in unnecessary additional fees. For more information, call 954-831-4000, or visit

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As always, it is an honor to serve you.

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County Commissioner Chip LaMarca is a lifelong resident of Broward’s Coastal District who has earned a reputation for being a citizens’ advocate and a respected voice for the taxpayers he is honored to represent.

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


Chip LaMarca


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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: 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 The County Commission meetings are rebroadcast at 5:30 p.m. each Friday following a Tuesday Commission meeting.

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