Dear Broward County Residents,
I am honored to serve as a County Commissioner, representing our coastal communities from Deerfield Beach to Fort Lauderdale. Here are some recent highlights from Broward County.
Beach Re-nourishment Project Planned for Broward County Beaches
The next planned beach re-nourishment project will take place along Segment II, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Pompano, and Fort Lauderdale Beaches. The purpose of the Segment II re-nourishment project is to reconstruct areas of eroded beach and increase storm protection to the upland development along portions of the shoreline. The project will place approximately 750,000 cubic yards of sand along 4.9 miles of shoreline between Hillsboro Inlet and Port Everglades. The current project schedule anticipates construction commencing in fall 2015. The County has received permits to construct the project from both the State and Federal resource agencies and is currently negotiating the Project Participation Agreement (PPA) with the Army Corps of Engineers. The PPA is a legally binding agreement between the Federal government and the County, and it describes the project and responsibilities of the Federal Government and County in cost-sharing and execution of the work. The project cannot be awarded to a contractor until execution of this agreement, or the Federal share (approximately $30.5M) would be jeopardized.
Port Everglades Receives Its First LEED Certification
Broward County's Port Everglades
received its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
certification for Cruise Terminal 4, which underwent many energy-efficient improvements when it was expanded and completely renovated over the past year. Port Everglades also has a port-wide energy management program that includes most of the Broward County
-owned buildings and facilities, so many of the Port's other cruise terminals are also 'energy efficient' buildings. Port Everglades recently became the first deep-water port in Florida to join Green Marine
, an environmental certification program for the North American marine industry. This environmental program makes it possible for ports, terminal operators, and shipping companies to voluntarily reduce their environmental footprint through a comprehensive program that addresses key environmental issues and criteria using eleven performance indicators.
County Receives Grant for Informational Sea Turtle Signage
The Sea Turtle Conservancy has awarded Broward County a grant to design, produce, and install permanent informational sea turtle signs at public beach access points throughout the County. Installing educational signs at known nesting sites will help local sea turtle nesting populations by delivering information directly to beach goers informing those who may unknowingly be impacting nests. The signs will also serve as a tool to help reduce human interference with sea turtle nesting sites by promoting safe practices. Municipalities will help identify priority locations based on the amount of pedestrian traffic and nesting activity within the vicinity of the access point. These signs were funded in part by a grant from the Sea Turtle Grants Program. The Sea Turtle Grants Program is funded from proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate. Learn more at www.helpingseaturtles.org
, and for more information on how to help create a more sustainable environment for sea turtles, please contact the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program
Broward County Libraries Offers Free SAT and ACT Preparation Courses for College-bound Students
Broward County Libraries will host a series of free ACT and SAT preparation courses for college-bound students. The sessions, which will be held at seven Broward County Library locations, include practice tests and intensive test-taking strategies. Please pre-register by calling the preferred library location. The workshops are sponsored by the Broward Public Library Foundation
. College-bound students can also receive online test preparation assistance from Broward eTutor
, a free service that can be accessed with your Broward County Library card. Broward eTutor offers 24/7 access to skills assessments and sample tests as well as live help and test prep for the SAT and ACT. Live assistance, in both English and Spanish, is available every day from 2 to 11PM.
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. 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 to serve you.