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.
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.
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
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
- 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
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.
Family Central's Parent Training Leadership
PLTI Facilitator Christopher Jarrett,
PLTI 2017 Graduate Alexandra Lozado, PLTI
Facilitator Michelle Johnson,
and Vice Mayor
Beam Furr at the 2017 PLTI Graduation in
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
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.
TutorMate End of Year 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.
Charter Review - Give Your Input
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
- Term Limits
- County Commission Committees (Committees of the
- 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
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 County's Administrator is the 2017 Recipient
of the Mark E. Keane ICMA Career Excellence 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
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.
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
2017 Vollman Award Winner - 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
Well deserved Patricia.
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.
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.
Be Ready. Set. Safe During Hurricane Season
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.
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
and like us on Facebook at
to be among the first to hear emergency updates.
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
Are you Hurricane Ready? Test your knowledge with this
Hollywood Boulevard Complete Streets Project
Groundbreaking is Tuesday June 27th
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.
Party With a Purpose at Scott Evans Birthday on July
29th at Hollybrook Golf and Country Club
July 4th Events Coming Up
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