District 8 Newsletter

A Message from Broward County Vice-Mayor Barbara Sharief:

As I begin my third year as your County Commissioner, I want you to know it has been an honor to serve you. I have listened to residents and have brought forth issues that changed the way the County addresses challenges such as homelessness, aggressive and roaming animals, and increasing the animal spay/neuter program. We have implemented a regional E911 dispatch system to decrease response time and improve efficiency. I have held forums bringing awareness to assistance available to those facing foreclosure or needing refinancing and providing education on the Affordable Healthcare Act. In Tallahassee and in Washington, D.C., I have fought for our residents on issues such as Medicaid Reform and Expansion, and Ryan White Funding. Together, we have accomplished a lot and I look forward to continuing to serve you.

As I continue to visit the communities in District 8 to help residents understand the Affordable Care Act (and how to sign up for health insurance), I want to hear from you and I welcome your comments. You can call my office at 954-357-7008, or send an e-mail to me at bsharief@broward.org.


Serving on County Boards

People at meetingWe 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 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 www.broward.org/Intergovernmental and click BoardsAndCommittees.

I can speak to your homeowner association about the Affordable Care Act or address other issues in your community. If you would like for me or my staff to attend an upcoming homeowner association meeting, please contact Launa at 954-357-7008 or lcarbonell@broward.org.

Affordable Healthcare Act

nurse with older ladyOpen Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace will provide information to families and small businesses that currently don’t have insurance, or need an alternative to what they currently have. Open enrollment in the Marketplace began October 1st and will close on March 31st, 2014. To enroll, visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 (24 hours a day/7 days a week).

Health Navigators who are specially trained to assist residents with "navigating" the new system will be available at several locations in Broward County. For a list of locations, call 954-467-4700.

In addition, Broward County Libraries will have free information sessions through November 16th. For a list of dates and locations, visit Broward.org.

The following branches in or near District 8 will have information sessions: Miramar: 954-357-8070, Carver Ranches: 954-357-6245, Southwest Regional: 954-357-6580, Hallandale Beach: 954-357-6380.

Small Business Resources

small businessThe 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 options. Firms interested in OESBD technical assistance services, should call at 954-357-6400 or visit www.Broward.org/EconDev/.

Upcoming Workshops “How to do Business with Broward County”:

  • November 16, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Tamarac Branch Library, 8701 W Commercial Boulevard, Tamarac, 33321. Featured Topic: How to Get Connected to a Prime Contractor
  • December 17, 2013, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, 33024. Featured topic: Doing Business Overseas – Export and Import Opportunities.

In addition, the Miramar based Avanze-Corp, Inc., has launched 150 in 1 year to assist entrepreneurs with resources during start-up and mentor then during their first five years in business. The 150 seats will be on a first-come, first-served basis, call Avanze Corp, Inc. at 888-848-7771 or email info@avanzecorp.com to register.

Foreclosure and Housing Assistance

If you received a foreclosure or eviction notice from the Broward County 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. If you need further assistance, my office can get you in touch with the resources you need.

If you are struggling with mortgage payments, Hope Now may be able to help you work out a solution with your lender. Contact them at 1-888-995 HOPE (4673) or visit www.995hope.org.

Upcoming Events

Holiday of LightsOur Parks and Recreation Division continues its popular Family Hayride and Campfire series this month. The events are held on Fridays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $3.50 per person (ages 3 and up), which includes one hayride and one bag of fixings to make s'mores around the campfire. Preregistration and prepayment are required. These events will run at the following parks through March 7th; visit www.broward.org/parks or call to find dates and to register for the event. Quiet Waters Park (954-357-5100), T.Y. Park (954-357-8811), Plantation Heritage Park (954-357-5135), Easterlin Park (954-357-5190), Tradewinds Park (954-357-8870).

For the sixth year in a row, Holiday Fantasy of Lights returns to Tradewinds Park & Stables in Coconut Creek. The drive-through light extravaganza runs from Friday, November 22 through Saturday, January 4 and is open nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 per vehicle Mondays and Tuesdays (through December 18), $13 per vehicle Wednesdays through Sundays, and $35 per bus (15+ capacity). For more information, visit holidaylightsdrivethru.com, or email info@brandano.com.

Helpful Resources

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 211, or go to http://211-broward.com.

Broward County Family Success Administration Division assists individuals and families in setting goals, learning skills, and 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 Family Success 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 18th 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.

Other Resources

Healthcare or Homelessness:

Emergency Financial Assistance:

Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc.