A Message from Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief
I have received many emails and phone calls regarding Uber in Broward County and I welcome your feedback. Unfortunately Uber is suspending business in Broward County as a stall tactic just like they did last year to attempt to get the Legislature to try to preempt counties from regulating them. The County Commission wants the public to be safe and has made many concessions such as allowing Uber unlimited vehicles and no decal fees for the airport and seaport. National background checks and carrying insurance to cover the passengers they chauffer are important. If an Uber driver has an accident right now the passenger is not insured under a professional policy. It is the personal policy of the driver and if the insurance company finds out they will not cover the claim. Uber did not show up for scheduled negotiations during this year when the new ordinance was being drafted. Uber waited until our last commission meeting before the summer break to pull out.
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.
Florida Association of Counties President
Last month, I was sworn in as the President of the Florida Association of Counties. My family and all of my FAC friends were by my side. I asked for our association to unite this year through a spirit of bi-partisan cooperation. Let's do what is right and reasonable to move Florida forward. We have a huge tasks before us and I believe with the cooperation of all Florida's 67 counties we can get it done. Thanks to everyone who believed in me and thanks to my husband, children, family and friends who sacrificed so much to get me to this point.
With hurricane season upon us, residents are reminded that now is the time to prepare for possible tropical weather. While the weather in Broward County is normally idyllic for most of the year, residents are most vulnerable to the damage and devastation of hurricanes between June 1st and November 30th. With so many things to think about when a storm threatens, it's critical to start getting your plan together now. To assist with hurricane preparation, Broward County has launched a new Hurricane Preparedness Guide designed for viewing on computers, tablets or mobile devices. The new 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. The improved guide provides a wide range of valuable resources such as how to develop a hurricane plan, a hurricane shelter map, how to safeguard your home before the storm and keeping safe after the storm. For more information, please visit www.broward.org/hurricane/.
Summer R.E.A.Ding Program
Broward County Library’s free 2015 Summer R.E.A.D.ing (Reading, Exploration, Art, Discovery) Program kicked off June 6th at 33 Broward County Library branches. The Summer R.E.A.D.ing Program is a fun way to encourage young people to read, explore and discover all summer long. Children ages 18 and under can register for the Program and enter to win prizes and rewards and can participate in either the online enhanced program or at library locations Countywide. Through August 16th, 17 library locations will provide free lunch and afternoon snacks for children ages 18 and under on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit Broward.org/Library.
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’s 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.
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 email@example.com. 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. Firms 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 888-995-HOPE (4673) and for further assistance with home buying or foreclosure call the Housing Foundation of America at 954-923-5001.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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