District 8 Newsletter

A Message from Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) owes $15,417,244 in refunds to Broward County for years of overpayments made to them for juvenile detention costs. DJJ has not paid Broward County because they claim they do not have the money and the legislature has not appropriated such funds. This is an injustice and disgraceful display of government at its worst. DJJ is violating both state statute and court rulings. I believe it’s important for the legislature and Governor Scott to step up and give the counties what they are owed. This session, I hope they are able to come together and do what is fair for Broward County tax payers.

I welcome your comments and want to hear which issues are important to you. Send me an e-mail at Bsharief@broward.org. or call my office at 954-357-7008. Also, check out the Barbara Sharief Facebook page at Facebook.com/barbara.sharief or follow Barbara Sharief at Twitter.com/bestmom39.


Happy Birthday West Park and Pembroke Pines!

birthday hat and streamersBroward County continues to celebrate its centennial through a wide variety of historical and arts and cultural events and performances. For a complete listing, or to have your own event sanctioned, visit Broward100.org and click on Calendar 100. As part of our celebrations, we would like to wish West Park and Pembroke Pines a very happy birthday!

Broward County Observes Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Prevention Month

woman afraidBroward County joins the rest of the nation in observing April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month. The County's Nancy J. Cotterman Center (NJCC) is promoting the prevention of sexual violence and child abuse through special events and public education during the observance. Last year, NJCC served over 3,600 victims of sexual assault and child abuse. This year's theme, "Making Meaningful Connections: Creating Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships and Environments for all Children & Safer Campuses. Together we can end sexual violence and child physical abuse," underscores the importance of educating everyone to speak out against sexual assault and child abuse. Child abuse or neglect often takes place in the home at the hands of a person the child knows well - a parent, relative, babysitter, or friend of the family. Child sexual abuse prevention must be a community-wide priority to confront the reality that one in six boys and one in four girls will be sexually assaulted before the age 18.

Registration is open for the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) 2015 Airport Business Diversity Conference

airportThe AMAC Conference will take place at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa to be held from June 12-16, 2015. Sanctioned as one of the County's Broward100 centennial celebration events, the conference is themed "Business Beyond the Beach: ELEVATING Global Opportunity" and will emphasize AMAC's focus on developing international markets while highlighting Broward County's unique, strategic geographic position as a "Gateway to the Americas" and a hub of South Florida. The Conference provides a platform for airports, corporations, entrepreneurs and the Federal Government an opportunity to participate in engaging and relevant educational and networking events. The 2015 Airport Business Diversity Conference is sponsored by the Broward County Aviation Department and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau with support by the Office of Economic and Small Business Development.

Discounted Early Bird registration rates apply to conference attendees who register on or before April 17th. Regular conference registration fees for non-AMAC members are $200 for students; $700 for minority, women and disadvantaged business owners; and $900 for representatives of corporations, airports, government agencies and associations. For more information on the upcoming conference, contact Jasmine Jones, AMAC Local Planning Committee Chairperson and Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development Community Relations and Outreach Manager, by phone at 954-357-8076, by email or visit Broward.org/EconDev or visit amac-org.com to register online.

Nothing Compares to a Sunset Nature Walk

sunsetSouth Florida is well known for its sunsets. Now you can enjoy the end-of-the-day magic at Miramar Pineland (3600 S. University Drive, Miramar), which will offer twice-monthly Sunset Nature Walks on Wednesdays and Sundays, from 5:30 to 7PM. The fee is $3 per person per walk, plus, on Sundays, the park's regular weekend gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person. Future dates of this program include:

  • April 8th and 12th
  • May 6th and 10th
  • June 3rd and 7th

For more information call 954-357-8776.

BCC Meetings On-Demand

As part of Broward County’s ongoing commitment to transparency, video recordings of Commission meetings are now archived online and available for on-demand viewing by noon the day after the meeting on our Commission Meetings and Agenda webpage. You can now enjoy the convenience of viewing Commission meetings 24/7. County Commission meetings are televised live on Tuesdays beginning at 10AM. You can watch those meetings on Comcast channels 12 and 77, Advance Communications channels 25 and 42, and AT&T U-verse channel 99. They are also live and on-line at Broward.org’s Video Central. The meetings are rebroadcast each Friday following a meeting starting at 5:30PM.

Serving on County Boards

We are seeking residents with an interest in public service to represent the needs of our district. If you are interested in being considered, please forward a detailed resumé 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. For a description of Boards, visit Broward.org/Intergovernmental and select BOARDS AND COMMITTEES.

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. Businesses interested in OESBD technical assistance services should call 954-357-6400 or visit Broward.org/EconDev. Free seminars are designed to provide the South Florida business community with a working knowledge of Florida’s participation in the States Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). The U.S. Department of Treasury allocated more than $97.6 million to implement the SSBCI which supports Florida’s two major programs benefitting small businesses in need of financing.

Foreclosures and Housing Assistance

If 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 to 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 1-888-995-HOPE (4673) and for further assistance with home buying or foreclosure call the Housing Foundation of America at 954-923-5001.

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 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 S.W. 18 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/. To receive communications (such as this newsletter) from my office via email, or to arrange for myself or my Community Outreach Liaison Launa Carbonell to attend your neighborhood or homeowner association meeting, please contact Launa at 954-357-7008 or lcarbonell@broward.org.

Other Resources

For Access to Healthcare or Relief from Homelessness:

Emergency Financial Assistance:

Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc.