The LaMarca Letter

 November 2016

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 Broward County.

Animal Care and Adoption Center Grand Opening

Animal Care and Adoption Center Grand Opening

The new Broward County Animal Care Adoption Center opens to the public on Tuesday, November 15th at 11AM. The new facilities provides shelter and care for up to 500 stray, surrendered and/or impounded dogs and cats. Last year more than 6,000 animals were adopted and the unprecedented growth in the sales of licenses has resulted in additional revenue of nearly $1 million that will be used for future sterilization programs. The many new features in the new facility will allow for the Animal Care staff to build upon that success and continue the efforts of reducing pet overpopulation through innovative programs and services.

The new shelter is located on six acres at 2400 SW 42nd Street in Fort Lauderdale. It features the latest in modern sheltering with an expanded clinic to service and care for shelter pets, centralized cleaning and disinfection system, specialized isolation rooms for advanced disease management and a stand-by generator in the event of unforeseen power outages. Customers and pets will now be able to enjoy a special outdoor interaction area and meet and greet rooms for adoption considerations. Best of all, the entire building, including all kennel areas, is air conditioned. Providing the best space for our four legged friends to feel safe from rain and heat while also having the opportunity to use the outdoor interaction area for playtime. More...

Port Everglades Update

Broward County’s Port Everglades continues to expand services to residents and travelers from around the world by welcoming two newly built cruise ships this month. Royal Caribbean’s newest and largest Oasis Class ship, Harmony of the Seas will be welcomed this month to Port Everglades, offering seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings for up to 5,497-passenger guests. This is the largest cruise ship in the world and she will share Terminal 18 with the Allure of the Seas. Holland America Line's new 2,650-passenger MS Koningsdam cruise ship is one of the new additions to Port Everglades cruise lineup. The cruise ship will sail to the Caribbean on itineraries ranging from four to 11 days from Fort Lauderdale starting in November 2016 and running through March 2017. Another new cruise ship will be added to the summer 2017 roster with Carnival Cruise’s Carnival Splendor, and luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises will begin sailing from Port Everglades in October 2017. More...

Fort Lauderdale International Airport Update

Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) recently announced the launch of Emirates Airlines, with a new daily service between FLL and Dubai International Airport, starting December 15, 2016. Fort Lauderdale will now be the 11th city in the United States to have service provided from Emirates for South Floridians as well as travelers from around the world. Emirates Airlines will operate a GE-powered US-built Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a three-class configuration on the route, offering eight First Class suites, 42 Business Class lie-flat beds and 216 Economy Class seats for travelers. Most recently, British Airways added a nonstop flight from Fort Lauderdale to London, launching July 6, 2017. The route will be operated by a 777-200 aircraft three days a week (four per week during peak summer). The aircraft features 275 seats across three cabins: 48 in Club World (business), 24 in World Traveler Plus (premium economy); and 203 in World Traveler (economy).

FLL continues to improve to meet the demands of travelers through a series of expansions and renovations. Since opening the new South Runway in September 2014, FLL is focused on expanding its international gates at Terminal 4 from 10 to 14 and adding gates in Concourse A in Terminal 1 for both international and domestic flights. Terminal modernization continues in Terminals 1, 2 and 3. The addition of the South Runway alone has grown passenger traffic an average of 9% since the runway opened, commercial operations have increased an average of 7% per month and August 2016 vs August 2014 had 80 more daily aircraft operations. More...

Broward County Public Schools and Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Partner

In order to promote the technology industry, education and careers in South Florida the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (GFLA) has partnered with the Broward County Public Schools (BCPS). This partnership assists in creating a bright future for the technology industry in our community and local students in the tri-county area. The TechGateway initiative showcases technology companies in South Florida and, through the partnership with BCPS, students are becoming aware of the needs in the technology industry.

In addition, BCPS middle and high school students are encouraged to take part in a TechGateway App Challenge. The TechGateway App Challenge allows students to use their computer science skills by designing, storyboarding and creating an app that incorporates the TechGateway map to increase awareness about technology companies doing business in South Florida. The student creations will be showcased on December 6, 2016, at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center, as part of National Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11, 2016.

Broward County Parks Offer Specials for Veterans

November 11th is Veterans Day, a day we honor and give thanks to our Veterans, both past and present, as well as to their families for the sacrifices they’ve made for our country. Broward County Parks are showing their appreciation this month to our Veterans and their families by offering camping specials for Veterans in several Broward County Parks. The specials apply for all active-duty and honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve Units. Different types of specials are available in C.B. Smith Park, Easterlin Park, Markham Park and Target Range, Quiet Waters Park, and T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park.

For more information on the specific specials in each park please call the park of your choice.

Manatee Season

Manatee season is upon us, beginning November 15th, 2016 and lasting to March 31st, 2017. As the temperature cools, manatees begin to move south towards warm waters. Boaters are encouraged to be on the lookout for greater numbers of manatees moving into Broward County’s waterways. Manatees can be difficult to see as they often swim and rest just below the water's surface. To avoid striking manatees, vessel operators should obey all posted speed limits, wear polarized sunglasses to help them spot the creatures in the water, and watch for the large, tell-tale circular slicks on the surface of the water (manatee "footprints") that indicate the presence of manatees. If you see a sick, injured, or dead manatee, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Wildlife Alert Number at (888) 404-FWCC (3922), *FWC or # FWC on a cell phone or with a text to

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As always, it is my honor to serve you.

Best regards,

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


Chip LaMarca


Mabel Hurtado

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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