Springtime in Paradise!
By Chip LaMarca, Broward County Commissioner
I hope that you had a wonderful Passover or Easter! This is a time filled with the many blessings of renewal and rebirth. I am deeply grateful for all the goodness in my life and for the privilege of serving the people of our County.
As I write this, I am traveling on your behalf as residents of Broward County between Washington, D.C., and Tallahassee. I have spent my time in Washington D.C. meeting with our Congressional delegation regarding funding and permitting for our projects at Port Everglades and beach renourishment. I am happy to report that these meetings were productive and I look forward to continuing this dialogue.
Additionally, I have been in Tallahassee for “Broward Days” at the Capitol, meeting with our Legislative leaders on topics of funding and permitting for Port Everglades projects and beach renourishment. I also spent a good deal of time advocating for our economic development issues. As I reported to you last year, I testified before the House Community and Military Affairs Subcommittee. The presentation, "Local Government Economic Development Tools: Creating Jobs and Growing Our Economy," focused on the County’s collaboration with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. The committee was taking up this issue again, focused on eliminating valuable tools for economic development which we use to create new targeted industry jobs, attract new companies to the County and serve local companies with retention and expansion efforts. We were successful in getting the committee to agree to not repeal this tool last year, but it is back on the table again this year. I am committed to working with the Committee Chairman, Representative Workman, from Brevard County to make sure we are successful again this year.
As part of my meetings in Tallahassee, I have learned that there is a very good possibility we will receive a portion of Hurricane Sandy dollars to help address our beach renourishment. These funds will be in addition to the money the County already has committed to the project. As you know, we are moving forward with the project as a federally reimbursable project, yet Broward County would be required to front that portion of the cost-this equates to 50 percent of the total cost of the $40 million project. The additional funds would go a long way to sustain and replenish funding for future County renourishment projects.
I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the Fort Lauderdale Citizen of the Year – Betty Shelley. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor, and to say that it is long overdue, Betty serves as president of the Imperial Point Homeowners Association, and works tirelessly for the residents of northeast Fort Lauderdale. Betty, on behalf of Broward County, I would like to congratulate you for this tremendous honor!
I never lose sight of what is important. That is you, the residents of our beautiful district. If there is anything that we can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 954.357.7004 or by email at email@example.com. You can also stay updated by viewing our website broward.org/commission/district4, as well as signup to receive email updates from us.
Happy Spring to all and as always, it is an honor to serve you.