August, 2017

Greetings,

The Commission is winding down its summer recess, and getting back into the swing of things. I am looking forward to working with my fellow Commissioners this fall as we prepare for exciting new changes and solutions for Broward County.

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A Message On The Charlottesville Protests

Broward County's greatest strength is embedded in the founding ideals of this country and expressed on the Statue of Liberty: no matter your color or creed, you can live out the American Dream and thrive. I am proud to be the Vice Mayor of one of the most diverse counties in the entire country. Every day I see people of different backgrounds, races, religions, sexual orientations, and class come together to help make lives better for their communities and families. Let me make it clear: there is no place for bigotry, hate, or discrimination here. Not in Broward County, not in the United States, and not in the world. We are all created equal, and we all deserve equal treatment - both from the law and from our fellow citizens. I condemn the actions of white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. The kind of hatred and violence on display there goes against our every ideal. At Broward County, we are committed to celebrating diversity and standing up against hate. We are proud to join hands as a community and show that our diversity and love is our greatest strength, and stand in solidarity with the victims of those terrible attacks.

Carl Shechter Celebrates 90th Birthday With Community Center Renaming

The City of Pembroke Pines paid tribute to Carl Shechter's years of service and devotion to his constituents by renaming the Southwest Focal Point Community Center in his name. Angelo Castillo made the motion, and the entire Pembroke Pines Commission voted to bestow the honor to the 90-year-old Commissioner. Carl was visibly moved by the tributes accorded him by his colleagues. He thanked everyone in his quiet, humble way, and celebrated the honor (and his birthday!) with his family. The citizens of Pembroke Pine are very lucky to have such a good man as their representative. On behalf of the Broward County Commission, we congratulate Commissioner Shechter and the Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center.

Happy Birthday Carl

Happy Birthday, Carl! Thank you so much for your service!

Coral Reef Conference

On August 7th to 12th, the 38th annual meeting of the US Coral Reef Task Force was held in Fort Lauderdale. As Vice Mayor, protecting the natural beauty of Broward County and our home in District 6 is one of the most important things I can do. Working with experts to make sure our coral reefs are preserved for future generations is a key step in making sure our beautiful oceans and shores are still there for our children and our children's children. This annual meeting brought together the foremost experts and advocates for protecting coral reefs with local community leaders to help create forward-thinking solutions for Broward County's oceanic preservation.

Vice Mayor speaking at the Coral Reef Task Force meeting

Speaking with the world's top coral scientists at the 38th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force

Our coral reefs generate over one billion dollars annually to our South Florida economy, and serve as an invaluable barrier against rising sea levels. It was a privilege to speak with some of the best scientists in the world in order to gain a greater understanding of the issue, and use this knowledge to create a positive framework for change. Experts included Dr. Esther Peters, a professor of Marine Biology at Nova Southeastern University. While many professors do "deep dives" for their research, Dr. Peters takes it to another level by doing literal deep dives to collect tissue samples and data that give us invaluable information about our coral reefs!

Meeting with Dr. Peters

Meeting with Dr. Peters and learning more about her incredible research.

The conference was capped by a screening at the Broward County Main Library, of the wonderful documentary Chasing Coral. This film does a beautiful job highlighting the pressing need to take bold action on this issue and how you can help by getting involved. The documentary is available on Netflix, and features many local voices that are working to make a difference! I highly encourage you to check it out.

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The fascinating view of a Coral Nursery from the bottom of the sea!

National Night Out Against Crime

August 1st was the 2017 National Night Out Against Crime. This annual event brings together members of the community with law enforcement officers to raise awareness of community policing efforts through block parties and barbeques. Despite some rain, I was encouraged by the excellent turnout at these exciting events. The large crowds and joyous atmosphere sent the intended message loud and clear: our neighborhoods should be the safe places for families to get together and have fun. In addition to speaking with many valuable members of our local and law enforcement communities, I had the chance to enjoy some delicious homemade food, watch children in awe of the K-9 demonstration, and meet McGruff the Friendly Police Dog. Hi, McGruff! National Night Out is held the first Tuesday of every August, so if you missed out this year, I strongly encourage you to attend in 2018.

Budget Public Hearings

The County Commission is currently working on our FY18 budget, and we want to hear from you! The Commission will be hosting Budget Public Hearings on September 14th and September 26th at 5:00 PM. The hearings will be held at the Broward Government Center at 115 S Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301 on the 4th floor in the Commission Meeting Room, #422. As chair of Children's Services Council, I will be looking for ways to best allocate critical funds to help children across our county. The Children's Services Council will also be holding budget hearings on Wednesday, September 6th at 5:00 PM and Monday, September 18th at 5:00 PM at 6600 W Commercial Boulevard in Lauderhill, Florida 33319. These hearings are a great opportunity to let us know any concerns or questions you may have about the upcoming budget. We value your insight into how to make our community run better!

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This is where our money goes.

Topping Off Ceremony at Broward Addiction and Recovery Central

Special thanks to everyone involved in the construction and planning of our new Broward Addiction and Recovery Center Central located at 325 Southwest 28th Street in Fort Lauderdale. I was very proud to attend the topping-off ceremony on July 27th, where I had the chance to meet with leaders who have been an integral part at every step of this incredibly important process. The new BARC Central will serve as a centerpiece in Broward County's ongoing efforts to combat the ravages of addiction and help those in need on the path towards recovery. Helping our residents struggling with addiction is a key priority for me as Vice Mayor, and I continue to be involved in efforts to provide the best possible care so that these residents can recover and come out the other side better than before. The opening of the new BARC Central is a major step in making sure that we are maximizing our capabilities in this fight. As part of this ongoing effort, I will be taking part in the Opioid Epidemic Summit with Mayor Barbara Sharief, municipal leaders, and top medical and law enforcement officials. With over 200 deaths from opioids this year in Broward County, this summit will be a critical step in finding solutions to solve this crisis. The meeting will be held Thursday, August 24th at 10 AM at the new Pembroke Pines City Center, 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. For more information on addiction recovery services available in Broward County, click here.

Hard-woring citizens helping to build the new BARC Central

Celebrating the hard-working citizens helping to build the new BARC Central at the topping off ceremony.

Library Resources Available

School is back! Over the last three years, we have been working on ways to make the public library's online resources available to every student in Broward County. Next week, we will be voting on making these resources available by simply using the student's ID card. This makes sense, since both the County and the School Board pay for access based on the number of users. As a former school librarian, this is a tremendous addition to the resources available to every student at no extra cost. This is what smart government looks like. I am excited to continue making great resources available to our students.

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Free WiFi Hotspots are Available for Veterans, Active Duty Members of the Military and their Families at South Regional Library in Pembroke Pines

WoW library WiFi hotspots

You've served your country, now let Broward County Library serve you! We've got free WiFi devices that you can take anywhere and get the Internet at no cost to you. Just visit one of the nine participating libraries listed here, show your military ID and Broward County Library card, then take home of these WiFi "hotspots." The hotspot gives you unlimited access to T-Mobile's 4G LTE network. You can keep them for up to four months at a time.

Combating Mosquitos

The City/Town Managers of Pembroke Pines, Southwest Ranches and Weston have requested that the County take action to address the Salt Marsh Mosquitoes, which are normally found in the Everglades, but not in the urban core. You can register with the state for prior notification of pesticide spraying here.

Broward County Mosquito Control Section sprays areas of the County by truck and plane, based on requests received from residents. To request service online, complete the Mosquito Spray Request Form or call 954-765-4062.

Residents are the first line of defense when it comes to combating any mosquito. You'll find detailed information here or you can visit the website.

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Join Hallandale Beach Law Enforcement for "Coffee With a Cop"

Hallandale Beach residents, get ready for an exciting chance to meet important members of your community! The city will be hosting the annual "Coffee With A Cop" event on August 23rd at Sonny's at 888 Foster Road in Hallandale Beach. This is an excellent opportunity to improve community relations by allowing residents to get hands-on with their local law enforcement. We hope to see you there!

Coffee with a Cop

Sunday Funday September 10th at Stirling Road Library

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Help "Clear the Shelters" of Homeless Pets

Come help us "Clear the Shelters" and save on adoption fees as Animal Care and Adoption teams up with NBC 6 and Telemundo 51 for the third annual Clear the Shelters nationwide pet adoption drive. The event will take place on Saturday, August 19th, from 9AM to 5PM, at the Broward County Animal Care Adoption Center, 2400 SW 42nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, 33312.

As part of the promotion, all adoption fees for dogs and cats will be waived. In addition, the $20 non-refundable deposit to hold a lost/stray pet also will be waived during the one-day event. Photos of Animal Care's newly adopted pets and all of the day's shelter excitement will be posted on Broward County Animal Care's official Facebook page.

A real-time "Adoption Tracker" will record the total number of pets that are adopted across all participating markets. Adopters can use #ClearTheShelters or #LoveMyPet to post photos of pets on social media networks. Residents can also follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For the adoption tracker and more information about the national pet adoption drive, visit ClearTheShelters.com.<\p>

Vice Mayor with pooches

Impact Broward and Hands On Broward

Impact Broward and Hands On Broward logos

I truly believe in the old adage that "change begins with you." That's why I am such a strong proponent of volunteering and mentoring in our community. Both Impact Broward and HandsOn Broward inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action to positively affect change in Broward County. These organizations connect individuals and groups to meaningful hands-on service opportunities at over 600 nonprofit organizations in Broward County. <\p>

If you're interested in getting involved to make our District Six community a better place, then this is a terrific opportunity! Give Impact Broward a call at (954) 484-7117 or send an e-mail to info@impactbroward.org for information on how to get involved. Call Hands On Broward at (954) 233-1300 or send an email to contactus@handsonbroward.org and their staff will be happy to refer you to one of their New Volunteer Orientations. There is no limit to the variety of volunteer openings available. They keep an updated volunteer opportunity calendar here.

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Contact Us

Contact Us

Our district office is conveniently located in the lobby of the Hollywood Branch of the Broward County Public Library at 2600 Hollywood Blvd, next to Hollywood City Hall. This office is open for your convenience Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. If you would like to schedule an appointment, or you have a great idea, suggestion or an issue that needs my attention, feel free to call me at 954-357-7006/7790 or send me an email at bfurr@broward.org.

County Commissioner Beam Furr District 6
Broward County Commission | 115 S. Andrews Ave. Room 412 | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Email - BFurr@Broward.org | Website - Broward.org | Phone: 954-357-7006