District 8 Newsletter

A Message from County Commissioner Sharief

Perhaps the most important “mission” that a Commissioner has is to oversee an annual balanced budget that allows for quality public services without placing a burden on the taxpayer. The Broward County Commission is preparing the FY2012 budget and we need to know what services are most important to you. The good news is the vast majority of taxpayers will experience either flat or reduced county taxes. Those subject to the Homestead “recapture” property tax rule, will see an estimated increase of $12 next year. All libraries will be open on Sundays in the coming year, there will be no reduction in public transit services, and money will also be used to support new jobs and economic development initiatives! All of these services have been priorities for District 8 residents.

Public hearings are planned on September 13 and September 27 at 5:01 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. This is your chance to publicly express your ideas on how public dollars should be spent. I encourage you to attend or watch the meetings which are webcast and broadcast on local cable television stations. For more information, please visit www.broward.org.

Be Prepared for A Hurricane...

With an active hurricane season predicted, it's also a good time to review your personal preparedness plans. Every family should be prepared to be self-sufficient for the first three-to-five days after a major storm so recovery efforts can focus on those who can't help themselves. For a comprehensive review on how to get ready for the hurricane season, visit the County’s Hurricane Preparedness Website.

Preparations should include:

  • Have a hurricane plan. Know whether or not you live in an evacuation zone. If so, determine where you will go if an evacuation order is given. If you must evacuate, your first and best option is to stay with family or friends outside of the evacuation area. If you require special assistance, such as transportation in the event of an evacuation or if you need to stay at a Special Medical Needs shelter, call Broward County Human Services Department at 954-357-6385. If a member of your family is elderly, frail or disabled and may become vulnerable in the aftermath of a storm, register them with Broward County's Vulnerable Population Registry. For more information call 3-1-1 or 954-831-4000.
  • Stock a hurricane kit with food, water and supplies for your family. Consider special needs of children, elderly and any pets or large animals. Review the online Shopping Guide that helps spread the cost of your kit over eight weeks.
  • Assess your home for vulnerabilities. Trim trees and other landscaping early, and dispose of debris properly, well in advance of a potential storm.
  • Participate in the County's Home Damage Assessment Program. You can help officials quickly identify areas of devastation before damage assessment teams are able to canvass the County. Before the storm, print the Home Damage Assessment photos and include them in your hurricane kit. Immediately after the storm, when it is safe to go outside, call 3-1-1 to report the level of damage to your home using the Home Damage Assessment photos as your frame of reference. You can also bookmark the Home Damage Assessment application on your cell phone or other mobile device and file a report directly from your smart phone. For more information, visit the Home Damage Assessment Website.
  • Stay Connected. For the latest information, follow us on Twitter, subscribe to the Hurricane Update eMail System, or call the Broward County Call Center at 954-831-4000 or 311.

Sharief Appointed to Florida Association of Counties Health and Human Services Policy Committee

Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief has been chosen as vice chair of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Health and Human Services Policy Committee. She was appointed by the new 2011 FAC president, Commissioner Doug Smith from Martin County.

FAC policy committees work with commissioners from around the state to build the Association's legislative platform for the coming year and set FAC legislative priorities. If you have any suggestions or ideas, feel free to contact my office.

County Taking Sting Out of Mosquito Season

Broward County Mosquito Control Section has been spraying for mosquitoes throughout Broward County, applying both an aerial and ground assault against the invasion. To help reduce the number of the flying pests, the section sprays standing water and drives through residential areas. The County also conducts aerial spraying between the hours of 4 and 6:30 a.m. Residents with breathing difficulties should remain indoors. Mosquito spraying service can be requested online or call 954-765-4062.

You’re Invited to Participate in Redistricting Efforts

The Broward County Commission has initiated the process for preparing a new County Commission district map based upon recently released 2010 Census data. Redistricting is required by the Broward County Charter to balance the populations of the nine single member districts and ensure residents have equal representation on the County Commission. Six public workshops are scheduled throughout the County starting September 6. Members of the public are encouraged to participate and submit maps for consideration by the County Commission. Visit the Redistricting website for more details.

Bus Shelters Coming to Hallandale

Medium-size bus shelters are under construction in the City of Hallandale. The estimated completion date is December 2011. Locations include: Hallandale Beach Blvd. and Three Islands Blvd., Hallandale Beach Blvd. and N.E. Fourteenth Ave., Hallandale Beach Blvd. and S.W. Third St., Hallandale Beach Blvd. and U.S. 1 and Hallandale Beach Blvd. and S.W. Eighth Ave.

Mark Your Calendar...

Broward County Business Forum - "How to Get on the Road to Recovery", September 13, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center, 410 S.E. 3rd St., Hallandale Beach.