District 8 Newsletter
January/February 2014
A Message from Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief

Happy New Year!  I welcome you to join me in bringing in 2014 and making it a great year for Broward County residents. I am excited to bring attention to local small businesses. At each Commission meeting this year, I plan to highlight a local business that has been doing business in Broward County. I hope this brings inspiration to future entrepreneurs and gets residents to support our small businesses which bring a boost to the local economy. 

My first two months as Mayor of Broward County serving as your District 8 Commissioner has been very busy, fast paced but exciting! I have enjoyed attending many wonderful events in the District and throughout Broward County. I had the pleasure of attending the 1st Annual “Broward’s Got Talent” youth talents showcase at the Southwest Regional Library in Pembroke Pines. I was blown away by the rich talent right here in South Florida and I cannot wait for next year’s program. The Parkway Academy youth choir and orchestra did a fantastic job at the tree topping ceremony for Rose Miniaci Arts and Education Center for youth in Broward County. Through a partnership with Pembroke Pines and Broward County I was proud to attend the grand opening of The River Grass Arts Park & Susan B Katz Theater in Pembroke Pines. The art work on the outside of the building is just as spectacular as the talent show cased inside. The ceramic tile public art project “All the Worlds a Stage” by artist Suzi K. Edwards. I encourage you to see this artwork in person, it is amazing!  Last month, the BB&T Center in Sunrise announced record breaking ticket sales for Billy Joel – over 40,000 tickets were sold for the two night engagement – as a representative of Broward County I presented the Key to Broward County to Mr. Billy Joel. The venue improvements draw top rated artist to Broward County and boost ticket sales at future events which bring more culture (and fun) to South Florida.

Broward County was recently awarded its third triple-A rating when Standard & Poor's raised the County's general obligation bonds to AAA from AA+ based on the County's strong economy and "very strong" budget profile. S&P cited the County's strong economy and "very strong" budgetary flexibility with fiscal 2012 audited reserves at 25.6 percent of expenditures and adequate budgetary performance due to a proactive management team that has cut expenditures in response to declines in revenue.

January brings the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and February is African-American/Black History Month. I encourage you to participate in the many events around the county and take a moment to delve into the rich history of America. 

I welcome your comments. You can call my office at 954-357-7008, or send an e-mail to me at bsharief@broward.org. Check out the Barbara Sharief Facebook page at  or on Twitter @bestmom.

I hope all of you have a happy and healthy 2014! 

Barbara

Small Business Resources

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) supports Broward County businesses and their success by providing a comprehensive roster of client-focused services. Technical assistance is available to local businesses in a range of topics from information on current public procurement opportunities to financing. Firms interested in OESBD technical assistance services, should call 954-357-6400 or visit http://www.broward.org/econdev/Pages/Default.aspx.

In addition, the Miramar based AvanzeCorp, Inc., has launched 150 in 1 year to assist entrepreneurs with resources during start-up and mentoring for their first five years in business. The 150 seats will be on a first come, first served basis, call AvanzeCorp, Inc. at 888-848-7771 or email at info@avanzecorp.com to register.

Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Announces Expanded 2014 Rabies Clinic Schedule

Family with their dogPet owners in Broward County can attend any one of a series of events to have their pets registered, vaccinated and micro-chipped, ensuring compliance with the law, protecting pets and supporting a new County initiative that directs a portion of registration tag proceeds to fund spay/neuter sterilization programs.  The Board of County Commissioners encourages responsible pet owners to become part of the solution to help lower birth rates and reduce the number of unwanted animals.  Veterinarians agree that spaying or neutering contributes to overall better health for a pet and helps to reduce many behavior problems such as aggressiveness and biting.  To attend a rabies vaccination event, pet owners must prove Broward County residency in the form of a valid Florida driver's license or a current utility bill in their name.  No appointment is necessary and customers are taken on a first come, first served basis.  All dogs must be on leashes and all cats must be in carriers.

The following locations are in or near Commission District 8 and will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • May 3 - Hollywood, David Park, 510 N. 33 Court
  • June 7 - Plantation, Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane
  • September 13 - Miramar, Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place
  • October 4 - Hollywood, T.Y. Park, 3300 N. Park Road
  • November 1- West Park, Mary Saunders Park, 4750 S.W. 21 St.

For additional information on their services, please visit the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption

Serving on County Boards
We are seeking residents with an interest in public service to represent the needs of the district. If you are interested in being considered, please forward a detailed resume to bsharief@broward.org.  Be sure to include: your permanent address; phone number and email address; whether you are a registered voter; whether you are a registered lobbyist; whether you serve on any other board, authority or agency (dual office holding); whether you are related to any Commissioner; and whether you have any potential conflicting business relationship. View a description of Boards.
Affordable Healthcare Act
doctor and patientOpen Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace began October 1st and will close on March 31st, 2014. To enroll, visit https://www.healthcare.gov/ or call 1-800-318-2596 (24 hours a day/7 days a week). Health Navigators, who are specially trained to assist residents with navigating the new system, will be available at several locations in Broward County. For a list of locations, call 954-467-4700. I am available by request to give a seminar regarding the Affordable Healthcare Act in your community; please contact Launa at 954-357-7008 or lcarbonell@broward.org.
Foreclosures and Housing Assistance
home with house keysIf you received a foreclosure or eviction notice from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, you should also receive a resource guide listing the agencies that may be able to help you in the foreclosure process or obtain alternate housing. For information regarding the National Mortgage Settlement you can contact the National Mortgage Settlement Administrator at 1-866-430-8358. For information regarding the Making Home Affordable Program – a mortgage modification program - call 888-995-HOPE (4673) and for further assistance with home buying or foreclosure call the Housing Foundation of America at 954-923-5001. If you need further assistance, my office will refer you to the resources that meet your needs.
Helpful Resources

Broward County Family Success Administration Division assists individuals and families with accessing the services they need to build a stronger, healthier and self-sufficient family unit. The centers provide assessment and case management, and, if eligible, rent/mortgage and utility assistance. If you have recently had a loss of income, received an eviction notice/mortgage default letter, or a water/electricity shut off notice, visit Broward.org/HumanServices/FamilySuccess/Pages/FamilySuccessPrograms.aspx or call 954-357-5650 or 954-357-5001 to find out how they can help you. The South Family Success Center is located in Commission District 8 at 4733 SW 18th Street, West Park, 33023 (Broward County Transit Route 5). If you are over 60, or are a veteran, contact the Elderly and Veteran's Services Division at 954-357-6622.

2-1-1 Broward is available 24 hours a day to help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. For a complete list of services, dial 2-1-1 or (954) 537-0211, TTY (954) 390-0492 211, or go to 211-broward.com/.

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