District 9 saw much progress in 2012. My commitment to bring new business, create affordable housing, maintain safe neighborhoods, cleanup neighborhood projects, support the creation of a Central Broward County Advisory Board and host international events that brought revenue into our community all came to fruition!
Digicel 2012 Cricket
I spearheaded this effort with four other members of the community, Leslie Johnson, Jeff Miller, Lance Gibson and Al Tucker. As a result of this effort, several hundred members of our community were able to earn a paycheck. We also were able to make financial contributions to support youth football and cheerleading programs from the event.
We had in excess of 11,000 in attendance each day at Central Broward Regional Park. The Stadium Grandstand only seats 5,000 people, so you know that a lot of people stood. Three hotels in the area sold an estimated 1,100 room nights. The games were seen in 1.2 billion homes via ESPN. They estimate there was at least a $3.1 million impact on Broward County’s economy.
The County has funded the construction of 16 new single family homes for new affordable home owners in the Washington Park and Roosevelt Gardens neighborhoods. Seven homes are currently under construction in Washington Park and nine homes in Roosevelt Gardens. They range in size from three to six bedrooms with two baths. Average cost: $190,000 with purchase assistance available for those who earn less than 80 percent of the median income.
After much debate and persuasion, Broward Commissioners approved law enforcement, emergency services and fire protection to the City of Lauderdale Lakes. The City is meeting its obligation to pay back the money as the City reorganizes its financial structure to avoid future shortfalls.
Anti-Bullying Public Service Announcement
I supported this creative effort to engage our young community to produce a series of announcements that would prevent bullying. The public service announcements can be seen on the YouTube channel by searching for “Anti-bullying PSA-Trigger-Proof.”
During 2012, I was proud to sponsor, support and pass several new ordinances to provide safety and protection for residents:
- An ordinance that strengthens consumer protection for non-consensual towing of vehicles
- An ordinance to tighten regulations regarding the theft and sale of copper and other metals
- An ordinance prohibiting the sale of smoking devices to minors
- An ordinance banning the sale of “bath salts” and synthetic products that mimic illegal drugs and often result in violence and death
- An ordinance to ensure sheltered market opportunities for small businesses
- Wage Recovery ordinance that puts in place a process for employees to get paid money owed from employers for work they performed, but were never paid
New Projects Progress 2012
- $14.8 million in funding was approved by the Broward County Commission to build a performing arts center in the center of District 9
- A new technical and educational training center was opened in North Lauderdale
- Minority participation in airport concession contracts was expanded
- Lauderhill Mall renovation is underway
- The Central County Community Advisory Board representing unincorporated Broward was approved
- Walmart Supercenter on Broward Boulevard & Northwest 27 Avenue - Proposed