District 8 Newsletter

A Message from Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief

Commissioner Sharief at a meetingA common complaint I hear is poor movement of traffic throughout southwest Broward County. Increased vehicles on the road and insufficient transportation options contribute to the congestion on our roads. Broward County has worked on improving traffic signalization. However, it is also necessary to increase transit routes in southwest Broward and expand the 95 Express bus services to Miami-Dade County. Our current facilities are near capacity which calls for an additional site. Appropriate placement of the site is vital for efficiency. This will not only alleviate congestion but will provide for effective movement of traffic on our east/west roadways.

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.


Expanded Living Wage Ordinance

Broward County Commissioners favor expansion of the County's current living wage ordinance to include all contracted service employees working at Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Currently an estimated 1,200 workers employed by airline contractors are exempt from the existing living wage ordinance. Many are either earning minimum wage or less for employees who receive tips from the general public. The airlines retain outside contractors for services such as skycaps, porter services, wheelchair attendants, aircraft cleaners, and other airline related jobs. Commissioners will consider a new expanded living wage ordinance drafted by the County Attorney at a future date with the accompanying study to be completed within the next two months.

Ordinance Regulating Transportation Network Companies

Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) can now legally operate in Broward County under defined rules and regulations as specified in an ordinance approved by the Broward County Commission. The new ordinance requires TNCs to obtain a company license to operate in Broward County, along with chauffeur registrations for every driver employed by a TNC. Under the new rules, TNC's must also carry insurance consistent with Florida law which requires coverage twenty-four hours a day every day. Commissioners also approved national and state background checks requiring fingerprinting for transportation network companies, taxicabs and all for hire vehicle drivers. In addition, annual or semiannual inspections must be conducted on all for hire vehicles by a licensed mechanic. The ordinance also states that TNC companies can set their own fares or rates for transportation based on distance travelled or time elapsed during service, a flat prearranged fare, or a suggested donation. However, Broward Commissioners can regulate the fares that TNCs may charge passengers for pickups at Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the terms of which will be discussed and voted on at a later date.

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

Commissioner ShariefThe AMAC Conference will take place at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort 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 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 (CVB) with support from the Office of Economic and Small Business Development.

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, or visit Broward.org/EconDev or visit amac-org.com to register online.

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.

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 applies. Future dates of this program include:

  • June 3rd and 7th

For more information call 954-357-8776.

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

foreclosure signIf 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, 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, 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.