District 8 Newsletter

A Message from Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief​​

two women with the CommissionerI would like to clarify the information on Uber. On May 4, 2015, Broward County Commissioners approved a regulation that allows transportation network companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft, to legally operate in Broward County. It consists of three basic rules: provide safe drivers, safe vehicles and the same insurance that state law already requires. The new regulation is less stringent than those Uber operates under now in New York City and Houston and it meets all TNC demands for non-interference in fares and the number of vehicles allowed. The action followed months of research, discussion and debate, with public comment from TNC officials, their employees and riders, and other drivers for hire. In conjunction with the regulation, as an added convenience, Broward County expedited the TNC/driver permitting process, providing for online regulation and printable temporary chauffeur licenses. Broward County has remained open to continued conversations about appropriate regulations that help TNCs flourish, but also protect public safety.

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​.


​Broward Health Offers Free Immunizations for Uninsured Children

​Broward Health Cora E. Braynon Family Health Center and Broward Health Margate Health Center will host a series of summer immunization fairs to provide uninsured children access to free immunizations and low cost school physicals for this upcoming school year. These summer immunization fairs feature our courteous and professional staff that accommodates Spanish and Creole speaking families living in close proximity to the two centers. Both health centers are conveniently located in the community. Cora E. Braynon Family Health Center is located at 200 NW 7th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale while Margate Health Center is located at 5109 Coconut Creek Parkway in Margate, Florida. 

The dates and locations for the remaining summer immunization fairs consist of the following dates and times: 
  • ​Cora E. Braynon Family Health Center, 200 NW Seventh Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, (954) 759-6600:
    August 5, 2015, 3:00-6:00 PM
    August 21, 2015, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Margate Health Center, 5109 Coconut Creek Parkway, Margate, FL 33063,
    (954) 759-7477:
    August 12, 2015, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
    August 19, 2015, 3:00 - 6:00 pm

​Doing Business in Broward

​Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development is presenting a Certified Agency Buyers (CAB) Reverse Trade Show on Saturday, August 15th, from 10:30 AM to Noon, at the Broward County South Regional Library 7300 Pines Blvd. Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to showcase their products and services directly to buyers from County agencies, such as Parks and Recreation, Port Everglades, Purchasing and Transit. This free event is part of the County’s Business Development Workshop Series designed to help local owners and entrepreneurs grow their businesses. For more information call 954-357-6400. 

​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 Tuesday 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, on-line at Broward.org’s Video Central​. The meetings are rebroadcast each Friday starting at 5:30PM.

​​Apply for Participation in 2015 Broward County Academy

​The County is now accepting applications for Class IV of the Broward County Academy, a community education outreach series that provides participants with a unique opportunity to learn about County government and the quality services it provides for residents, businesses and visitors. The 2015 Academy sessions will be held on eight consecutive Thursdays from 6-9PM beginning September 24 and concluding with graduation ceremonies on November 12. The goal of the program is to increase resident involvement in local government, improve communication with the community, inform the community on the role, structure and complexity of County government, encourage community participation in volunteer opportunities, and build potential community leaders. Classroom lectures will be combined with behind-the-scenes tours and interactive experiences. Call the Broward County Office of Public Communications at 954-357-6990. August 14, 2015 is the deadline and there is no cost to participate. 

​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 Broward.org/EconDev. Free seminars 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.

​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 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.​

​​​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 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, visitBroward.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.