The LaMarca Letter

 October 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.

Beach Renourishment Project Set to Resume

On January 4th, 2016, after nearly twenty years in the making, the Segment II Shore Protection Project commenced. The project was 80% complete by the end of April when it was temporarily halted for the peak of sea turtle nesting season. Nearly four miles of beach were built and renourished with approximately 800,000 tons of sand and miles of protective dune habitat were restored. New dunes were also constructed along the new beach, complete with sea grape and sea oat plantings. 1.4 miles in Pompano Beach and northern Lauderdale-By-The-Sea was completed in full from Southeast 4th Street in Pompano Beach to Sunset Lane in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, north of Anglin’s Pier. The southern Lauderdale-By-The-Sea/Fort Lauderdale beach was completed from Datura Avenue, south of Anglin’s Pier to NE 14th Court in Fort Lauderdale, which is the northern limits of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.

Work stopped in front of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and will resume on November 1, 2016, following the end of sea turtle nesting season. At that time, sand delivery operations will recommence using the NE 18th Street and Sunrise Boulevard access points in Fort Lauderdale. Approximately one mile of beach remains to be completed, from Hugh Taylor Birch State Park at the north to Terramar Street to the south. The remaining portion of the project is scheduled to be completed by mid-January 2017.

With the devastating conditions that we could have experienced from Hurricane Matthew recently, it is essential that we continue the efforts of saving and renourishing our beaches in Broward County. South Florida beaches are an economic engine that attract more than 9.3 million visitors per year, while contributing $548 million to Broward County’s economy and creating 17,700 full time equivalent jobs.

For more information please visit You can also learn about the importance of beach renourishment by watching Video: Beach Renourishment Explained.

Fort Lauderdale

Pre-construction conditions Fort Lauderdale near NE 16th Street (March 2016)

Post-construction conditions Fort Lauderdale near NE 16th Street (June 2016)

Galt Ocean Mile

Mid-construction conditions along Galt Ocean Mile (February 2016)

Post-construction conditions along Galt ocean Mile (March 2016)

Pelican Grand

Pre-construction conditions near Pelican Grand (March 2016)

Post-construction conditions near Pelican Grand (April 2016)

Pompano Beach

Pre-construction conditions Pompano Beach south of SE 12th Street (January 2016)

Post-construction conditions Pompano Beach south of SE 12th Street (March 2016)

Fort Lauderdale International Airport Update

Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) “FLL West Side Water Main Improvements Project” was recently awarded first place for the Project of the Year Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Broward Branch which recognizes projects that demonstrate design and construction excellence. In order to meet the water needs of today and the future development engineers designed, and installed more than 5,000 feet of underground pipes, with minimal disturbance to traffic and airport operation during construction.

In other FLL related news, our very own airport director, Mark Gale was recently appointed by the Broward County Aviation Departments as a Member of the Board Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). The COMTO’s mission is to ensure a level playing field and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, businesses and communities of color through advocacy, information sharing, training, education, and professional development. Mr. Gale has been a long time active member and was chosen because of his leadership, efforts and accomplishments.

Animal Care and Adoption Initiatives

Broward County Animal Care and Adoption is dedicated to helping animals in every way possible. Live Release Rate is an important way Animal Care measures success and it is a measure of how many dog and cats are rescued, adopted, returned to their owner or released in a given timeframe. The estimates revealed that several changes implemented this year could produce a live-release rate of 70% or greater for FY2016. In FY2015 the total live-release rate was 59%. As of this summer, the live-release rate is approximately 76%. Some of these initiatives included the Portable Sterilization Unit, new Spay and Neuter Programs and the creation of a Community Cat Management Program. We are very proud of our progress and are working hard to become a “No Kill County.”

Additionally, Broward County Animal Care recently participated in the Perfect Exposure Project in early October in order to enhance the staff’s photography and marketing skills. The Perfect Exposure Project is designed to develop the creative and marketing skills of shelter staff and volunteers. The goal is to save more lives through effective photographing and promotion of adoptable pets. Along with hands-on training the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption staff also received photographic supplies at no cost to the county.

For more information on these programs and other animal care information please visit

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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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