February was a very eventful month in District 4. From Pompano’s Unity in the Community, Lighthouse Point’s Keeper Days, Deerfield Beach’s Founders Weekend, to the many celebrations for Black History Month, it was a great month to be out and about in our community. While it was great to see so much civic involvement, an issue that continues to be the forefront of my agenda has been the renourishment of our beautiful beaches. Our economy relies heavily on the strength of our beaches and critical time passes each day that we do not have the necessary federal permits in hand. The good news is that we have all of our necessary permits and approvals from the State of Florida. Last year we received nearly TEN BILLION DOLLARS in our local economy from the 13 million visitors who came to Broward for our beautiful beaches. As it currently stands, we are awaiting the biological opinion from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries (NOAA Fisheries). I traveled to Washington, D.C. earlier this month to advocate for our beaches and returned with renewed hope that they understand the critical nature of our project and are motivated to issue our permit. Persistence is key to our success and I will not stop until I see the trucks hauling sand to our beach. We now need your help by contacting all of our federal elected officials in Washington, DC. Please contact each of their offices and respectfully urge our representatives to do the following: “Please urge the Secretary of Commerce to ensure that the biological opinion of the Segment II Beach Project is completed as soon as possible.”
You can find your federal representative by visiting house.gov and clicking on Find Your Representative
Coming This Month
March is Election month for many of Broward’s municipalities. It is often said that the government closest to the people governs most effectively. For most Broward residents, your local government is comprised of your city and county elected officials that provide the majority of your essential services. This Tuesday is Election Day in many of Broward's municipalities. As a former city commissioner, I know all too well that voter turnout is the key to a successful election. Make your voice heard this Tuesday. Get out and vote for the best candidate to represent you and your family. Do you want to be heard? Will you vote?
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As always, it is my honor to serve you.