District 8 Newsletter

A Message from Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief ​​

Commissioner Sharief and Husband

I am happy to announce that my office will be able to provide assistance in our District Office, located at Pembroke Pines City Hall, 10100 Pines Boulevard – Bldg. B, 3rd Floor – Pembroke Pines, FL 33026. Meetings will be held on Wednesdays, by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please telephone us at 954-357-7008 or email me at bsharief@broward.org

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 County’s 100th Birthday Celebration

Commissioner Sharief

I had the pleasure of attending Broward County’s 100th Birthday Celebration in downtown Fort Lauderdale. 

On the first night, there was a Grand Opening Take-over featuring street performers, live music by bands and DJs, a drum battle, light shows, street art, dance "pop ups" and The Duende Dance! The party continued all day the next day with the Party of the Century starring a bevy of talented local artists and performers staged throughout downtown Fort Lauderdale. This celebration had home-grown talent and never-before-blended performances and cross-cultural pairings in unique Broward County style. There was Samba serenading Hip Hop, country notes carried along with percussion steel drums, opera and Japanese Taiko drumming rising in motion towards Duende-that moment in time when things rise in synergy. I had such a great time and hope you were able to attend! Thank you to everyone who made the evening so wonderful and entertaining. 

​Our Commission is Supporting Living Wage For Airport Employees  

Commissioner Sharief with three other individuals

Broward County Commissioners have approved expansion of the County's current living wage ordinance to include all contracted service workers at Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.  The revised ordinance will be presented for a final vote after a public hearing set for October 13th.  

Broward County hired the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy at Florida International University to conduct a study on expanding the living wage to cover an estimated 1,200 airport workers currently exempt from the county's ordinance.  The study found that expanding the living wage would reduce economic hardships and reliance on government assistance, increase spending in Broward County, reduce absenteeism, lower turnover and training costs and result in higher productivity and skill levels of workers. 

Living wage under the Broward County ordinance is $11.68 per hour if health benefits are included or $13.20 per hour without health benefits. Broward County's previous ordinance generally applies to companies with county contracts, but did not apply to airline service contractors who hire employees for services such as porter services, wheelchair attendants, aircraft cleaners, and other airline related jobs.  

This is the seventh time in five years that this item has come to us for a vote and each time I have voted yes. I've supported this from the very beginning. 

​Save Water and Shower Better

​October is Energy Action Month and Shower Better Month. ShowerBetter this October by replacing a showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model. The average family can reduce its annual energy and water costs by more than $70 and save 2,900 gallons of water per year. That is the amount of water it takes to wash more than 70 loads of laundry. For more information, contact Samantha Baker in Environmental Planning and Community Resilience at 954-519-1222.

​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 

Commissioner Sharief with two women

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.