June, 2017


The County Commission is on recess through the end of July. So while this means we will not be meeting to vote on Agenda Items, we are still at your service to assist with any issues you might have. I'm looking forward to taking some time to develop a few policy ideas, and to follow up on the progress of our previous work. That is one of the good things about working in Broward County, when we're faced with a problem, there are many partners willing to help us find a workable solution.

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Legislative Wrap-Up

Vice Mayor Furr moderating a Panel Discussion at Plantation High School with Broward County Public Schools,
Broward Teachers Union and the Council of Parent Teacher Student Associations on HB7069,
which was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott this year.

This year's legislative session was something of a mixed bag. While I'm disappointed in the Governor's decision to sign bills like HB7069, which will negatively impact our public schools, I was pleased to see that the State voted to fund several projects which will be a big help to the residents of Broward County. The C-51 Reservoir project, the Sand Bypass at Port Everglades, Segment III Beach Renourishment, and Water Quality Testing for Coastal Oceans, which we have discussed in previous editions, all received funding this year.

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Expanding the Definition of Redevelopment

At the June 6, 2017 Broward County Commission meeting, the Board voted to add Affordable Housing and Quality Child Care as eligible categories within the Broward Redevelopment Program for Fiscal Year 2018. I fully support this idea because it opens up a large pool of grant dollars to cities and Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) to expand the definition of redevelopment.

Historically, cities and CRAs have focused redevelopment efforts in areas of “slum and blight” on projects designed to improve the community's hard infrastructure. By hard infrastructure, I mean roadways, utilities, building exteriors, etc. These kinds of projects can be tremendously important for the future success of an area.

However, when we look at the broader needs of communities throughout this County, we consistently see four basic elements underlying our future economic potential: Housing, Employment, Transportation and Child Care. The stronger these four elements exist in an area, the better we can expect the future economy to be. This is why I am happy to see Affordable Housing and Quality Child Care both added to this program.

2010 Chart Credit - Kristen Anderson & Ellen Dektar, Local Investment in Child Care (LINCC) 2010

High Quality Child Care is not the same as simply providing access to daycare facilities. High Quality Child Care for children ages 0-5 is Early Childhood Education. The best programs in this County hold their accreditation from renowned Nationwide or Statewide organizations such as The National Association for the Education of Young Children.

It is hard to overstate the impact that High Quality Early Childhood Education can have on a child or a community. The Business Alliance for Early Learning, which is the issue advocacy arm created by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, identifies the following benefits for Early Childhood Education:

  • Eighty-five percent of brain growth occurs by the time a child is three.
  •  Participants in early childhood learning programs are 80 percent more likely to attend college.
  • High quality early childhood education programs increase employability by 23 percent.
  • Adults who attended early childhood programs earn 33 percent higher average salaries.
  • Children educated in their first years are:

- 50 percent less likely to need special education
- 70 percent less likely to be arrested for a violent crime
- 50 percent less likely to become teen parents

Furthermore, it is estimated that every dollar a community invests in providing High Quality Early Childhood Education produces seven dollars in returns. This is why I want to see cities and CRAs work with the child care centers within their boundaries to help them work toward achieving their accreditation. This would mean that existing daycare centers could receive funds to build a comprehensive program that is age appropriate and furthers brain development at each critical stage.

In the long term, I would hope to see Broward County become known to businesses and young families as a place with universal access to affordable, top quality childcare. If we could achieve this standard in the coming years, it would pay tremendous dividends to our economic development, our education system, and our quality of life.

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Family Central's Parent Training Leadership Institute

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PLTI Facilitator Christopher Jarrett, PLTI 2017 Graduate Alexandra Lozado, PLTI Facilitator Michelle Johnson,
and Vice Mayor Beam Furr at the 2017 PLTI Graduation in Sunrise

Family Central and the City of Sunrise partnered to form a leadership program for local parents who want to develop the skills to become strong advocates and activists in their community. The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) consists of a 20-week session, in which PLTI participants develop the leadership skills, civic knowledge, and self-confidence necessary to make a lasting impact on the lives of children.

I had the pleasure to present a Broward County Proclamation recognizing the graduates of this year's program for their hard work and dedication. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality and the ambition of the projects that the 15 fellows completed in order to graduate from this program. I know that we can expect great things from them in the years to come.

Special thanks to the City of Sunrise for their Community for Quality Early Learning and Literacy (C-QuELL) initiative, and the Children's Services Council of Broward County for their support of this program. If you would like to find out more information on how to apply for this program next year, please visit the Family Central website.

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TutorMate End of Year Wrap Up

TutorMate Wrap UP

Thank you to all of the businesses throughout Broward County that participated in TutorMate this school year. Our class wrapped up this year with a party for the students and tutors. Two dozen Broward County employees volunteered to read once per week with first grade students at Broward Estates Elementary School. The TutorMate program allows tutors to sign in online, so they can do their weekly session from any place where they have access to a phone and a computer. My student, Jada, made some impressive progress, and I encourage anyone who knows that they have 30 minutes per week to devote to one-on-one reading, to sign up. This is a great way to give back.

Read more about the TutorMate program from Innovations for Learning.

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Charter Review - Give Your Input

Charter Review
Vice Mayor Furr speaking before the Broward County Charter Review Commission

The Broward County Charter Review Commission's Governance Subcommittee met on June 22, 2017 in the County Commission Chambers to hear public input on the structure of County Government. It is not too late to voice your opinion on issues related to the County's governmental structure.

The Governance Subcommittee has engaged in discussions on the following topics:

  • Elected Mayor
  • County Commission Makeup
  • Redistricting
  • Term Limits
  • County Commission Committees (Committees of the Commission)
  • County Administration
  • County Auditor
  • Constitutional Officers

If you would like to give your input on these, or any issues to be taken up by the Charter Review Commission, contact:

Executive Director Carlos A. Verney, Jr.
Phone: (954) 357-7378
Email: cverney@crc.broward.org
Emails to the Executive Director can be distributed to all Commission Members of all Subcommittee Members upon request.

For more information on the County's Charter Review Commission, please visit broward.org/charter/Pages/Default.aspx.

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Broward County's Administrator is the 2017 Recipient of the Mark E. Keane ICMA Career Excellence Award

Bertha Henry Award

I want to extend my congratulations to Broward County Administrator, Bertha Henry, who will be honored as an outstanding chief local government administrator at the annual meeting of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) on October 25th.

She is the 2017 Recipient of the Mark E. Keane ICMA Career Excellence Award, which is given to the nation's top local government Administrators. This annual award recognizes the work of chief administrators and how they have enhanced the effectiveness of government officials and the creative successes they have achieved for their communities.

According to ICMA, only a handful of women have ever been awarded this coveted recognition, and Broward County Administrator, Bertha Henry, is the first African American woman to be given this award in the history of ICMA.

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Audrey Millsaps Day

Audrey Millsaps Day

It's official! On June 16, 2017 we celebrated Audrey Millsaps Day in Broward County. I presented a proclamation in her honor for more than 30 years of dedication and service to Broward's children. On behalf of the Board of Broward County Commissioners and the Children's Services Board, we thank her for her service and wish her well on her retirement.

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2017 Vollman Award Winner - Patricia Antrican

Patricia Antrican

Congratulations to my good friend, Patricia Antrican, this year's Charles F. Vollman Award winner. The Charles F. Vollman Award was created by the Hollywood Council of Civic Associations to recognize outstanding works of civic activism in Hollywood, Florida. The Hollywood Council of Civic Associations presented the Vollman award to Patricia Antrican at the Hollywood City Commission Meeting on June 21, 2017.

Well deserved Patricia.

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The last few weeks have seen a significant increase in rain throughout the County, and mosquitoes breed in pools of standing fresh water. Though we have not seen any cases of the Zika virus spreading into Broward County this year, we prefer the “ounce of prevention to a pound of cure”. That is why the County is continuing our program to conduct area-wide sprayings of the mosquito larvicide, VectoBac WDG. This larvicide is an organic product, which is not harmful to humans, pets, bees, aquatic areas, or environmentally sensitive areas. Read more about the VectoBac WDG larvicide.

Visit our website to find the County's larvicide spray schedule.

If you have a mosquito problem that requires more immediate attention, you can request a limited spray on or near your property. To make a request, you can contact Broward County's Mosquito Control Division by telephone at 954-765-4062 or by fax at 954-985-1959. You can also fill out the online form.

Spraying is usually completed within three business days, but can take longer depending on the volume of requests and weather conditions. Please note that these limited, single-location sprays use a more powerful chemical designed to kill adult mosquitos, not just larvae.

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Be Ready. Set. Safe During Hurricane Season

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To assist with hurricane preparation, Broward County has a Hurricane Preparedness Guide designed for viewing on computers, tablets or mobile devices. The printer-friendly publication allows readers to have the feeling of reading a magazine formatted issue, with page turning capabilities. Additional features include zoom capabilities to improve online reading. The guide provides a wide range of valuable resources such as how to develop a hurricane plan, how to safeguard your home before the storm and keeping safe after the storm. There are even activities for kids to involve them in your family planning.

Stay Connected During a Hurricane

Broward County offers residents and businesses a variety of ways to stay connected to receive important information before, during and after an emergency.

  • Visit our comprehensive Hurricane website for preparedness information to help with emergency plans, replenishing emergency kit supplies and ensuring everyone is Ready.Set.Safe for this hurricane season.
  • View the Emergency Checklists that combines information on the 10-Step Family Plan, Shelter Kit Checklist, Special Needs Shelter Kit, Pet Survival Kit Checklist and Emergency Kit Checklist.
  • Check out Broward County's A-Z Planner with links to hurricane preparedness and safety information on more than 60 topics, from airports and animals to water and windows.
  • Encourage family and friends to subscribe to Broward County Emergency Updates, important public safety information delivered via email before, during and after an emergency.
  • Follow us on Twitter at ReadyBroward and like us on Facebook at BrowardEMD to be among the first to hear emergency updates.
  • Bookmark Report Home Damage on your smartphone or other mobile device so you can report damage to your home and help first responders assess damage in the immediate aftermath of a storm.
  • Call the Broward County Call Center at 311, or 954-831-4000, for updates and general hurricane preparedness information.

Are you Hurricane Ready? Test your knowledge with this free survey.

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Hollywood Boulevard Complete Streets Project Groundbreaking is Tuesday June 27th

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The Florida Department of Transportation has awarded a $7,667,258.35 contract for improvements along Hollywood Boulevard from east of City Hall Circle to Dixie Highway. Construction will begin July 10th and will be completed in Summer 2019. Please join us at the Groundbreaking Ceremony this Tuesday in front of Hollywood City Hall.

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Party With a Purpose at Scott Evans Birthday on July 29th at Hollybrook Golf and Country Club

Fantasy Illusion July 29 event

July 4th Events Coming Up

July 4th Events

 Pembroke Pines Celebration

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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