2017 was a rollercoaster of a year. As it comes to an end, it is important to focus on the powerful work our community did as a team to make life better for each other. From the tragic Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooting to the devastating Hurricane Irma and its aftermath, we were profoundly challenged. Throughout the past year, Broward County residents showed their resilience in overcoming these challenges. Next year will require us to make many decisions that will have a significant impact on our lives, and we need you to stay involved! Here are some of the latest happenings for you to “unwrap” this holiday season!
An Exciting New Role
I am honored to announce that on November 28th, my colleagues on the Broward County Commission elected me to serve, for one year, as Mayor of Broward County. This new role is in addition to my continued service to you as your District 6 County Commissioner representing parts of Hollywood, Hallandale Beach and Pembroke Pines. My goal as Mayor is to work with you to make Broward County a better place for you to live, work, and play.
Our challenge is to prepare for future generations of Broward residents. The best way to accomplish this is through partnerships and teamwork. This year, I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Commission as well as working hand-in-hand with volunteers and community advocates, because when Broward Teams Up, we are at our best.
We will be working on many issues this year, including transportation and surtax discussions, battling for affordable housing, working with consultants to develop a new plan for recycling and waste disposal, making sure we have the best early childhood education through childcare center accreditation, combatting climate change, and promoting access to arts and culture.
My staff and I continue to be available to you for any assistance you feel we can give. Call my office anytime. I can’t wait to work together. Let’s get started!
I was honored to be sworn in by former Attorney General Bob
Butterworth with my family by my side.
Telling Our Broward Story
This is the year we put Broward County on the M.A.P (Modern Analytics Program)! Many Broward residents wonder what exactly their County Government does. What are we doing to make Broward County a better place to live? That’s why our new Modern Analytics Program will provide real time information through a visually appealing graphical interface.
This new website will help tell our story by showing you at-a-glance what the County is doing and what progress we are making toward meeting established goals. The website will feature visuals and statistics that will give you valuable insight on our progress with the economy, environment, housing, and more! Stay tuned, we will be launching it soon.
The Florida Scorecard website provides a blueprint of what
this tool will show you!
One of the most important events in South Florida every year is the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit. This year, the ninth annual meeting was held in Fort Lauderdale, bringing together officials from Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties for robust discussions on how to combat climate change.
The mayors of these four Counties joined together to sign Compact 2.0, which reaffirms a comprehensive regional agreement to address climate change. This will be the Second Regional Climate Change Action Plan. This is a regional commitment to not only reduce greenhouse gases, but also to offer solutions toward sustainability. This year’s theme was the “Business of Resilience”. The discussion has shifted from debating the reality of climate change to dealing with the ramifications of how it impacts issues like future economic development, infrastructure, property values, and insurance. I was excited to deliver the opening remarks to what was the largest Summit in Compact history, with more than 650 attendees. Thank you to all staff who helped organize this event!
Signing the Compact 2.0 on behalf of Broward County!
No matter what holiday you celebrate, I hope you have a joyful and pleasant one! Holidays are a time for us to join with family and appreciate moments with the ones we love. I hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with lights, cookies, and presents. I look forward to seeing you in the New Year and hearing about your resolutions!
The beautiful tree lighting in Pembroke Pines!
On December 5th, the Broward County Commission took action to make sure that no one is discriminated against when they try to buy or rent a home.
The Board unanimously voted in favor of adding veterans or service member status, lawful source of income, victims of dating or domestic violence or stalking" to the Broward County Human Rights Act. Those who serve our nation should never be denied housing based on their veteran status. And we have a responsibility to protect those fleeing from domestic violence by allowing them access to shelter and a new start. This amendment to the Human Rights Act is a critical step in making sure we have full housing equity for all our residents. I was proud to join my colleagues in unanimously approving it.
We are dedicated to providing fair treatment to our
United Negro College Fund
I was honored to speak at the annual United Negro College Fund Governor’s Luncheon in Broward County. For more than seven decades, the United Negro College Fund has not just provided financial assistance for students to attend college, but it has also fostered students’ abilities to thrive, graduate and become leaders. The UNCF is a leading advocate for the importance of minority education and community engagement. During my speech, I reflected on the value of work the UNCF does, and on my own college experience. I was the recipient of scholarships and financial assistance. Without financial aid, I would not have been able to attend college. I look forward to partnering with the UNCF on initiatives that will provide access to high quality education for future leaders in our community.
Speaking at the UNCF Governor’s Lunch.
Broward County has set a goal to recycle 75 percent of our waste.
Arcadis, a solid waste consulting firm, has been contracted by the Broward County Commission to propose solutions that will enable Broward County to reach this recycling rate. On December 4th, Arcadis presented their timeline and objectives to selected representatives from the former Broward County Resource Recovery Board and Broward County staff. The consultants are also being asked to present a comprehensive plan for solid waste disposal for the given needs of the system, now and in the future. The kickoff featured robust discussions on how to bring cities together under a governing plan. The result of this consulting project will be the foundation for a sustainable countywide plan for waste disposal.
The task list that Arcadis will accomplish over the next 180
Many know that Broward County has Friends of Library programs, but very few know that we also have Friends of Parks. That’s why I enjoyed speaking at the Friends of T.Y. Park Inaugural Celebration.
The Friends of T.Y. Park is a new partnership founded in March of this year made up of volunteers dedicated to supporting the park. They help ensure the park continues to thrive as a health and fitness resource, a social gathering place, and a sustaining ecological environment. Thank you to Senator Eleanor Sobel and Barry Faske for your hard work in planning this event. One member of the Friends of T.Y Park I met was
Russell Sepielli, who back in the 1970s came up with a brilliant plan to save the oak trees in the park. In response to a proposal for a new parking lot that would eliminate the oak trees, Russell bid on the project himself at-cost. He wanted to win the bid to save the oak trees from destruction. He was awarded the project, and he designed the area specifically to protect these trees. This story is great news for the community, and an example of residents stepping up to make a difference!
With Russell Sepielli, who saved the oak trees in T.Y. Park!
Candy Cane Parade
Every year, Hollywood hosts the Candy Cane Parade, a classic event, that brings out thousands of local residents for a night of holiday cheer and joy. I love participating in the Parade, and this year was no different. On December 2nd, I rode in the parade and threw out candy canes to a crowd that seems to grow bigger and more energetic every single year. I might have to get Tommy John surgery from throwing out so many candy canes, but it was worth it to see all the smiles on children’s faces! Beloved local events like this are what turns a city into a true community. Thank you to everyone who helped organize, participated, or attended!
Throwing out Candy Canes at the annual parade!
Your South Florida
I was happy to join South Florida PBS 2 for an appearance on Your South Florida with Pam Giganti. I appreciate the opportunity to talk about issues the County will be facing in the coming year! If you are interested in watching the segment, here is a
Thank you Pam Giganti for having me on the show!
You may have noticed that parts of I-95 and I-595 were shut down in the early morning hours of December 10th. Those freeways were closed to accommodate thousands of motorcycles taking toys to kids in need! I was happy to participate in the annual Toys in the Sun Run at Markham Park this year. This massive toy drive brings together community activists with local officials and first responders for some early morning giving. This is one of the largest toy drives in the country, and it was stunning sight to see all those motorcycles riding together for a good cause. Too bad they didn’t let me ride one!
P.S. On December 23rd, I will be distributing toys for an annual event at Washington Park in Hollywood. For 19 years Nadine McCrea and the Community Enhancement Collaboration have been bringing joy to children in the community through this event.
What a cool bike! Too bad they wouldn’t let me ride!
The Winterfest Boat Parade is one of the most fun traditions in South Florida, and there’s nothing quite like seeing the twinkling holiday lights winding their way down Fort Lauderdale waterways to get you in the mood. It was a little chillier than usual, but all the better to make it feel like the holidays! I was proud to present the Key to Broward County to Kenny Rich of the famous band Big & Rich, the Grand Marshall of this year’s boat parade!
Presenting the key to the County to Kenny Rich alongside
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler.
Adoption Fees Waived
There’s no better gift this holiday season than puppies and kittens!
All adoption fees are waived at Broward County Animal Care and Adoption through December 31st!
All you need is a $20 non-refundable deposit, and you can name your own price! All adoptions include spaying/neutering, all necessary vaccinations, a Broward County Rabies Registration License tag and a microchip!
Come adopt one of these cute puppies!
Volunteers Needed for Homeless Point in Time Count
The Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership is seeking 400 Volunteers to assist the Homeless Continuum of Care with the collection of data for the
2018 Homeless Point-in-Time Count Survey Week beginning on Tuesday night, January 23rd, through Wednesday, January 24th. This Count will help us maximize our resources and make sure our homeless residents are receiving the best care. To register please visit the
Broward Point-in-Time website and select "Get Involved." Interested persons can send their inquiries to
firstname.lastname@example.org for additional volunteer information.
Some data from last year’s Point-In-Time Count.
Career Online High School
Congratulations to the 2017 class of the Career Online High School at Broward County Libraries! The Career Online High School is part of a countywide initiative for Lifelong Learning. It allows students to complete their high school studies online in an innovative way through our library system. Broward County is committed to providing new ways to make sure that every person in our County has the opportunity for a lifetime of education. The accomplishment of this graduating class is proof that when we invest in Lifelong Learning, we create better opportunities for members of our community. The Career Online High School’s educational options will serve students well for many years to come!
Congratulations, and good luck to the class of 2017!
Congratulations to the class of 2017 at Career Online High School!
It is with deep sadness that I share with you the passing of Natalie Mayeri. On December 31st, Natalie would have been 98 years old, and she lived an incredible and full life. She resided in Century Village Pembroke Pines. Natalie was a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party and was one of my strongest and loyal members of Team Beam. She was a feisty lady in her political beliefs and was very well informed. Although it became increasingly physically difficult, she continued to attend meetings and get-togethers and was always ready to pitch in or offer suggestions wherever needed. She will be missed.
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
Beam Furr District 6
Broward County Commission | 115 S. Andrews Ave. Room 412
| Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
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