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.
Beautiful Broward Beaches Thank You Photo Shoot
With the recent completion of the Segment II Beach Renourishment and Shore Protection Project in January, many visitors and residents are appreciative of the investment and commitment from local, state and federal legislative partners. In early March, we brought together thankful residents from Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and Pompano Beach including visitors, business owners, hospitality industry representatives and community leaders, for an aerial photo using drone photography. The photo was sent to show our appreciation and encourage continued dedicated funding to preserve and restore our beaches, save the shoreline and protect our environment.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to reimburse approximately $30 million, more than half the cost of the overall project. The State of Florida has paid $11.4 million and Broward County and the three cities in the Segment II project will split the remaining 25 percent of the cost (67 percent county & 33 percent cities.) It's estimated that more than 60 percent of Broward County's visitors come to the beach during their stay, spending an estimated $13 billion dollars annually. Broward's award winning beaches enhance the quality of life for residents and are vital to our robust tourism industry. Watch this video to learn more about Broward County’s beach renourishment efforts.
Port Everglades Update
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently held two public meetings to update and revise the analysis conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the Port Everglades Navigation Improvement Projects. Broward County's Port Everglades supports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ ongoing efforts to both continue additional surveys as part of the environmental process and to keep the public informed. The studies will not impede the process or delay the project and are consistent with the County's commitment to environmental stewardship. The additional studies will be conducted during the preconstruction, engineering and design phase and will continue into 2018. This project is critical to the community and the region.
In other Port related news, Broward County's Port Everglades was the port of entry for the first shipment of perishable cargo participating in a new program, which was developed in partnership with Crowley Maritime Corp's Miami-based subsidiary Customized Brokers and Miami International Airport. The program allows Central American produce to reach European markets faster by expediting turn times, and expanding customers' distribution.
Additionally, Port Everglades will welcome Silversea Cruises' newest cruise ship Silver Muse October 12-13, 2017, and Port Everglades will continue to serve as the ultra-luxury line's winter homeport for the next two years according to a new agreement between Silversea and the Broward County Commission. The 596-passenger Silver Muse is scheduled for five sailings next year in addition to voyages on Silver Spirit, Silver Whisper and Silver Wind also sailing from Port Everglades.
For more news and information, please visit PortEverglades.net.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Update
On May 15, 2017, Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) will add 3,100 parking spaces for public parking on the top three floors of the Cypress Garage, adjacent to Terminal 1. In order to support Terminal 1’s new Concourse A, that is scheduled to open in June of this year, parking will open to the public on the seventh, eighth and ninth floors of the Cypress Garage. Features such as a parking guidance system will be installed in the future. Daily garage parking is $15. If you pay by the hour, the cost is $3 with the first 20 minutes free. In 2016, FLL served more than 29 million travelers, a 28 percent increase in traffic. This passenger growth is expected to continue for several years due to the many expansion projects underway.
FLL is one of the fastest-growing airports in the U.S. Based on 2015 passenger traffic, FLL ranked 21st in the U.S. This year is also off to a great start as passenger traffic continues to grow. In January, total traffic was up 9.4 percent over last January. Domestic traffic was up 7.9 percent. International was up by 14.9 percent. Despite an estimated 500 canceled flights on January 6th and 7th, January was the 34th consecutive month of growth in total traffic. It was FLL’s 6th consecutive month of double digit international growth.
Many new services are expected at FLL in 2017. Jet Blue is expected to add flights to Atlanta and Long Beach in May. Allegiant added flights to Cleveland in February and is expected to add Louisville and Belleview, Illinois in May. Southwest began flights to Newark in March and will add Orlando and Washington Dulles in June. The much anticipated launch of their new international service to Cancun, Montego Bay, Belize, and Grand Cayman, will also be added in June. Spirit is expected to add flights to Hartford and Pittsburgh in June. Additionally, British Airways will add flights to London Gatwick in July and Norwegian Air Shuttle is expected to add flights to Barcelona in August.
For more news and information, please visit Broward.Org/Airport.
Broward County Earns Award
The County's Keep Broward Beautiful program received the President's Circle Award for 2016 from Keep America Beautiful. The award recognizes exemplary performance by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit for creating clean, green and beautiful communities. In qualifying for a President's Circle Award, Keep Broward Beautiful has met Keep America Beautiful's standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate's cost/benefit ratio, and administering activities in the areas of litter abatement, improving recycling rates, and beautifying Broward County's communities. With the assistance and commitment of volunteers, we continue to keep Broward beautiful.
Broward County’s Animal Care and Adoption Division expanded the online WebPortal to now include a spay/neuter voucher program for unowned feral and community cats. The WebPortal allows colony caregivers or residents who care for unowned cats the ability to go online and create a profile to add information about each cat and then apply for a voucher to have the cat(s) sterilized. The addition of this more convenient and easy way to receive spay and neuter services for community cats helps residents and the cats they care for.
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 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 email@example.com.
As always, it is my honor and privilege to serve you.