U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board Moves Deepening and Widening Project Forward
Broward County Commissioners are applauding recent action by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board that moves forward major plans to deepen and widen Port Everglades' channels and turning basin. Port Everglades has been working with the Corps for more than 18 years on this project, designed to enable safe passage of deep draft post-Panamax cargo ships, those too large to fit through today's Panama Canal. The project is anticipated to create an estimated 4,700 total construction jobs and nearly 1,500 permanent direct jobs locally. The estimated cost is $374 million which will be paid with Port Everglades revenue generated through port user fees, federal appropriations and state grants. No local tax dollars will be used for this project because Port Everglades is a self-funded enterprise fund.
FLL Records Highest Passenger Traffic
2014 was a record year for Broward’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) with 24.6 million passengers using the airport, an increase of more than one million compared with 2013. FLL’s spike in passenger travel was attributed to new services and additional flights by its largest domestic carriers JetBlue, Spirit, Delta and Silver. International traffic also increased 26 percent year over year, with more than 4.6 million passengers using FLL. This increase is due in part to new service by Azul, Copa, Norwegian, TAME and Volaris Airlines. The new runway, which opened in September, helped to eliminate delays that previously discouraged the launch of new flights.
Transit Offers New Vehicles for Commuters and Paratransit Customers
Broward County Transit (BCT) is working to improve comfort, safety and the environment with new state-of-the-art vehicles for commuters and paratransit customers. Transit introduced its cleaner propane-fueled paratransit vehicles in January with seating for 10 passengers and room for up to three wheelchairs, digital security system with cameras, and adjustable temperature controls. New 45-foot Motor Coach Industries buses are slated for operation in the spring and will feature high-back seats with extra hip-to-knee space, Wi-Fi and LED reading lights, A/C vents, electrical outlets and USB ports at each seat. These buses will be used for the 95 Express Service routes from Southwest Broward to destinations in Miami-Dade County.
County Targets New Businesses with Incentive Funding
The County is offering incentive funds for Qualified Targeted Industries looking to expand operations and create more jobs in Broward. Potential businesses will receive varying amounts of funds from the County depending on the level of expansion, and may qualify for additional funds from the city in which they plan to expand, and from the State. The County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development has approved two new projects under the Qualified Targeted Incentive Tax Refund Program
Broward County Signs Agreement for First FPL Community-based Solar Installation
Broward is the first location in Florida to sign an agreement with Florida Power & Light (FPL) for installation of a solar photovoltaic system funded by FPL's new Voluntary Community-based Solar Pilot Partnership Program. The installation has the potential to generate over 140,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. In so doing, it will contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by over 100 metric tons of carbon dioxide supporting the County's commitment to a 20 percent renewable energy usage goal and supporting the regional goal to achieve, by 2050, an 82 percent reduction in regional greenhouse gas emissions.
Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Welcomes and Encourages Donations
Your generosity will help support our numerous programs and services such as adoptions, behavioral training, and enhancements to medical equipment in our clinics and improvement and expansion to our shelters. More importantly, your support will to save the lives of many homeless dogs and cats. Visit broward.org/animal to find information and photos of animals that are currently available for adoption. There is also information on providing temporary foster care for animals that are too young to adopt or have special needs. If you find that adoption or foster care isn't for you, please consider volunteering, where you will have the unique opportunity to help the shelter dog and cats.
Water Matters Day Matters March 14th
“Celebrating Our Centennial” is the theme of the 13th Annual Broward Water Matters Day on Saturday, March 14th from 9AM to 3PM at Tree Tops Park in Davie. This year’s free event is part of the County’s Centennial celebration, Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community. At Water Matters Day, residents can learn about local and regional water resources, how water is managed and protected, and how Broward is planning for future water needs. Over 45 educational exhibits and booths will be on display to help residents understand the role each of us play in protecting and conserving our water supplies. Participants will also be able to take home a free native plant or tree by visiting at least 12 of the event’s exhibits and obtaining stamps from each on their event program.
March is Women’s History Month
The Broward County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will observe National Women’s History Month, March 1st-31st, by hosting A Community Conversation – Women 4 Women – forum to understand the major issues affecting women and their families throughout the county. The free forum is open to the public and takes place Friday, March 27th, 3-5PM, at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. Stay connected with by visiting Broward.org/District4 and sign up 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 email@example.com.
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