Message From Broward County
Mayor Barbara Sharief
June 1st marked the first day of hurricane season. Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. While you can't stop a tropical storm or hurricane, you can take steps NOW to protect yourself and your family:
- Hold a family meeting.
- Develop an evacuation plan.
- Ensure your assets are protected.
- Assemble disaster supplies.
- Secure and strengthen your home.
- Determine whether anyone in your home has special needs.
- Make a plan for your pet.
- Gather your supplies.
- Complete your written hurricane plan.
- Notify others of your plan.
These preparedness steps are key to safely weathering a storm or any other disaster. For more information or to download the FREE guides, visit Broward.org/Hurricane.
I welcome your comments and want to hear which issues are important to you. Send an email to me 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.
It's time to Build a Better World with Broward County Libraries' Summer Learning Program! Learners of all ages can join in the fun and reach summer reading and learning goals. The program, which runs through August 20th, offers free events, workshops, classes, interactive games, prize drawings and more while encouraging participants to read and learn all summer long. The 2017 Summer Learning Program includes a Summer BreakSpot lunch program, offered in partnership with Broward Meals on Wheels and funded by the Florida Department of Agriculture. Through this program, kids ages 18 and under can enjoy a free lunch and/or an afternoon snack. Served on a first come, first serve basis, the free meals/snacks will be served at 28 locations. See the Summer Program Guide
for locations or ask your branch librarian about times and dates at your branch. Register for the Broward County Library Summer Learning Program online at Broward.org/Library/Summer
or in person at any Broward County Library location
Autism in Flight Program
The 5th Annual Autism in Flight program was a success! For autistic children and their families a trip to the airport can be downright frightening. When I was contacted by a family in my district with an autistic child and learned of the potential challenges they faced when using airports, I embarked on an effort to change that for all kids. Approximately 5,000 children with autism spectrum disorder are enrolled in Broward County Public Schools (BCPS). Autistic children experience the world quite differently than the rest of us. Airport travel can be daunting, so this is a learning experience for the children, their families and airport employees. In the past five years this program has grown and we are able to help more children and families enjoy traveling on an airplane. I’m so thankful for the partnership between Broward County, BCPS, Transportation Security Administration, Jet Blue and so many others! Autism in Flight is part of JetBlue's ongoing Blue Horizons for Autism platform.
Mosquito season is expected to be very busy again this year. Now that the summer rains have begun, the mosquito population has increased drastically, particularly in the western portions of Broward County. Mosquito inspectors are working diligently to bring much needed relief. Please be sure to remove ALL standing water and containers that can hold water whenever possible. Eliminating mosquito breeding habitats will go a long way in reducing the mosquito population. It’s also a good idea to wear long pants and long sleeved clothing when outdoors. It’s important to remember, the mosquito that carries the Zika virus (Aedes Aegypti and Aedes albopictus) bites all day long, not just dawn to dusk. For more information on what you can do to help, please visit Broward.org/ZapZika
or for spraying please call 954-765-4062.
Small Business Resources
The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development
presents programs designed for business owners and entrepreneurs interested in growing the reach of their businesses beyond Broward County. The workshops are FREE and open to the public. These programs are also a Part of Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief, District 8 Commissioner, “Broward Means Business” Initiative
. Registration is strongly encouraged. For more information, call 954-357-6400 or visit Broward.org/EconDev
.Doing Business with the Transportation Department
Thursday, July 20th • 3 to 5PM
North Regional / Broward College Library
1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek 33066
Opportunities for Nonprofits: The ABC’s of Accessing Broward County
Human Services Dollars*
Saturday, August 12th • 10:30AM to 12:30PM
West Regional Library, 8601 West Broward Blvd., Plantation 33324
Marketing Tips: How to Make Your Small Business Look BIG
Thursday, September 14th • 2 to 4PM
Broward County Main Library, 6th Floor
100 S Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 33301
FY18 Capital Projects and Contracting Opportunities*
Thursday, October 12th • 2 to 4PM
Broward County Governmental Center, Commission Chamber
115 S Andrews Avenue, Room 422, Fort Lauderdale 33301
Make a Splash at a County Water Park
It's summer and the County’s four water parks are open. Water parks offer affordable fun for the entire family and are a great way to unwind on the weekend.
COOL AND COOLER - coolers are now permitted in the water parks. Season Passes are available for all water parks and are available for purchase at the park offices.
2017 Water Park Schedule
Aug. 1-20 +
Aug. 26 & 27
Sat. & Sun.,
Sat. & Sun.
7 & 8
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Broward County Commission – District 8 – Broward.org/District8
Phone: 954-357-7008 • Fax: 954-357-5704 • Bsharief@Broward.org
115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 410, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 roward 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 SW 18 Street, West Park, 33023 (Broward County Transit Route 5). If you are over 60, or are a veteran, contact the Elderly and Veterans 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 email@example.com.
For Access to Healthcare or Relief from Homelessness
Emergency Financial Assistance
Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc.
If you or any one you know is experiencing homelessness, call the Homeless Helpline at 954-563-HELP (4357). A friendly voice can help you get the information, service or assistance you need to get back on your feet. The helpline is operated Monday – Friday, 8AM to 6PM and Saturday – Sunday, 8AM to Noon. Visit Broward.org/Homeless for more information.