Happy New Year!
I look forward to working with you to make our County better than ever as we move through the new year. Here’s a “countdown” of some items for you:
Letter of Request to the Army Corps of Engineers
Big challenges require big responses. To address current and future coastal flood risks in southeast Florida, Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties wrote to the Southeast Florida Congressional Delegation to request language in the FY ’18 federal budget bill providing for authorization and 100 percent federal funding of an emergency preparedness study by the Army Corps of Engineers. The purpose of this study is to identify and prioritize infrastructure improvements necessary for flood damage reduction, provide greater resilience from recurrent flooding and storms, and bolster the economic competitiveness and resilience of our region. I was proud to team with my fellow mayors to request needed assistance for this project.
Part of the letter to request emergency preparedness study by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Library for Life
This year, Broward County is making it easier than ever for residents to have access to the treasures of our libraries.
Broward County Library is launching a unique new program called Library for Life. This program grants every person born in Broward County a lifelong library card as a birthright.
This exciting new program gives residents access to all the digital resources of their hometown library, no matter where they are in the world. This initiative makes it clear that Broward County values an informed and knowledgeable citizenry.
Here’s how the program works: Any resident born in Broward County can apply for an online library card, no matter where they now reside. Families may sign up their children the moment they are born. The card is renewable every ten years.
The e-card can be used for instant access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies and television shows, research databases, educational materials and more and can be used anywhere in the world. For instance, if someone moves to Japan, they can still use their card to check out a book or access a database through Broward County. This gives an unprecedented level of access to all the tools available at Broward County Libraries including databases and academic journals. While Google only gives you the articles it can for free, Broward Libraries offer far more extensive databases at no charge to patrons. Library for Life is available now, so I look forward to seeing you sign up!
We are very excited to bring the Library to Life program to our residents.
Broward County is once again participating in the
Big Read, one of my favorite events of the year! The Big Read is a national event designed to stimulate interest in reading and conversation around the themes of a great book.
This year’s selection is In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez.
In addition to reading this lovely book, there will be community events designed to get people involved and discuss the themes of the book. I hope you participate! The Big Read kicked off this month at the stunning Chalk-Lit Festival at the Main Library in Fort Lauderdale, and I hope you take part in the exciting events to come. This is a great way to use that library card!
Just finished. Excellent read. I see why the NEA choose this for the Big Read!
Scientists from around the country have discussed the disease that is destroying our coral reef ecosystem. We need to dedicate resources to keep studying this decay and find solutions. This month, a Florida House bill designed to protect our South Florida reefs will be voted on.
HB 53, sponsored by Representative Kristin Jacobs of Broward County, creates the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area. As of now, the bill has passed its final committee and is ready to be voted on the floor. This creates a designated study area stretching from Martin County to Miami-Dade County, where scientists can research the coral disease and try to combat it.
A companion bill, SB 232, sponsored by Senators Lauren Book and Gary Farmer of Broward, has also passed its final committee. We need these bills to pass to make sure our reefs are designated for protection and we can find out exactly why they are suffering so much loss. Get involved by reaching out to your representative and senator and urge them to support this bill.
We need legislative action to protect our beautiful coral reefs.
Did you ever want an easier way to plan a trip in Broward County right from your phone? With Broward County’s My Ride app, now you can! This app shows you the distance of a walk, travel time from location to location, and bus stop to bus stop in Broward County. It also allows you to easily search when the next three buses will be arriving at your local stop! You can also view other routes from your bus stop to seek an alternative way while you are there. It is a convenient tool to help you plan your trip from how far you have to walk, to when you can catch the next bus. You can download the app on the Google Play Store by search Broward County MyRide.
A look at what the MyRide app offers, with maps and schedules.
Do you like beautiful yards and plants natural to our beloved local environment? Broward County has just the program for you! NatureScape Broward is a program that certifies your home, and even gives awards, if you manage and maintain your own backyard using an environmentally friendly process, native plants, and innovative irrigation. The
NatureScape website gives detailed instructions to create your NatureScape and maintain it including managing irrigation, planning for wildlife, and disposing of run-off. This is a fun way to get involved and make Broward more beautiful. Check out the website, and if you take part, submit photos of your yard to our office. Maybe you’ll see it in our newsletter!
A map of all the NatureScape selections in District 6
Portable Spay/Neuter Clinic
Make sure you take care of your pets. The Broward County Portable Spay and Neuter Clinic provides fast sterilization to owned pets or neighborhood cats and dogs at a low cost. This clinic helps prevent overpopulation of animals and is about to become more convenient than ever! The clinic will soon open at
John Williams Park, 6101 Sheridan Street in Hollywood.
Appointments are now being accepted.
I will be attending a ribbon cutting on February 26th at 10AM to officially open the clinic. I hope to see you there.
Coming soon to Hollywood!
Looking for something awesome to do in Broward County? Check out the Broward County Arts Calendar, which lists a plethora of exciting events in your neighborhood. You can search the
site by location to find the best events near you. If you want to find out what is going on in Pembroke Pines, type in “Pembroke Pines” and find great things to do in your community! You can also search by specific venues, like the
Pembroke Pines City Center! This works wherever you live.
Check out the attractions at City Center Pembroke Pines! Type in
South Broward Assembly
It was my honor to speak to a group of ambitious, bright young students at my old alma mater, South Broward High School. I spoke to 9th and 10th grade students in the PASL program, which stands for Personalization and Social Emotion Learning, a custom program designed to use empirical methods to yield the best results for our students. I wanted to let them know that they are so fortunate to be where they are and Broward County is always here to support them. Thank you to my old colleague Matthew Shepard for planning the event, and all those who participated. Go Bulldogs!
Had a great time being back on my old stomping grounds. They got a nice new curtain,
but a lot hasn’t changed!
Be Mine Dog Show
Awwwwwwww! The annual Be Mine Dog Show is Saturday, February 10th in Hollywood. For only $5, you can enter your furry friend in the contest to be crowned the coolest dog in town! The event features raffles, food, and fun will be held
at Stan Goldman Dog Park, 800 Knights Road in Hollywood from 9 AM to 1 PM. All money raised goes to the Peter Brewer Educational Scholarship fund for Hollywood students who are graduating high school! Woof woof!
Making friends at the Be Mine Dog Show!
Art In Office
Our Hollywood office is looking beautiful! Students from South Broward High School contributed their gorgeous artwork, which now hangs on our walls. The art is part of a series called The Woods of Hollywood, which celebrates the city’s natural beauty. Thank you to South Broward’s art teacher Susan Ostheim, as well as the awesome students Naomi Castro, Fiona Kelly, Jonathan Concha, Paloma Buzzi, Izabela Almaleh, and Mishel Almaleh for contributing!
Ron Rodriguez and Kelly Meister from Broward County Facilities Management
doing a great job as art curators!!
Hollywood Healing Haiti
On Sunday, January 28th, Hollywood Healing Haiti will be held at the ArtsPark in Young Circle from 1-5 PM. The event is intended to raise relief funds for a country still recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake. Thank you to Hollywood CARES, Rabbi Allan Tuffs, and Reverend Kenny McGowan for their work in setting up this event. The event will feature food, music, and fun, so check it out! We are extremely proud of our local Haitian community, and we will always stand with immigrants who now call South Florida home. I hope you make it to this event!
Record Setting Year for Sea Turtles
Good news: Broward County broke a record for sea turtle nests in 2017, with 3,587 documented by the
Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program. Despite the wraths of Hurricane Irma and high King Tides, more turtles still made our beaches their home. This is a great sign for the health of adult and infant turtle populations. You can help protect nests by not intruding on marked grounds, and turning off bright lights if you live on the beach so turtles will not be drawn away from shore and into harm’s way. Hopefully we break this record again in 2018!
This little guy was part of a record setting year!
The Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach is the richest horse race in the world, with $16 million on the line. It is one of the most prominent races in the world and a huge boon to our community and local economy. On January 23rd, I presented a proclamation declaring Pegasus World Cup Day in Broward County. The race will be held on Saturday, January 27th, and tickets are available at
https://www.pegasusworldcup.com/. Thank you to the great staff at Gulfstream for setting it up.
Thank you to Rozeta Mahboubi for accepting this proclamation on behalf of Gulfstream Park!
Learn to Discern
In today’s world, there is a huge risk of false and misinformation being shared online and through social media. It is important that you Learn to Discern false information from real news. One great way to do this is through our Broward County Library Databases. Our libraries have a bounty of information from journals to periodicals that you can take advantage of. Go to broward.org/library and click on the tab titled “Online Resources.” Using your library card, you can locate tons of information through these databases to help you find out the facts.
Use Broward Library’s Online Resources to discover the facts for yourself.
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
BFurr@Broward.org | Website -
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