August 17, 2018    

New Reef Created Off Lauderdale Beach

The Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division and Coastal Conservation Association Florida Broward Chapter have collaborated on the construction of artificial reefs off the coast of Fort Lauderdale Beach. These reefs commemorate the life of John Michael Baker, a student at St. Thomas Aquinas High School who lost his life in a boating accident in 2015. The John Michael Baker Fishing Reef is now helping aquatic life approximately 1.6 miles from the coast in about 150 feet of seawater. This artificial reef consists of 600 tons of clean concrete structures such as culverts, junction boxes, and pilings. The memorial reef will create a new fish habitat and ease swimming for divers. More...

They’re Moving!

Next week, the licensing and enforcement services provided by Broward County’s Trauma Management Services is moving from the Medical Examiner’s Office to Environmental and Consumer Protection, Government Center West, 1 University Drive in Plantation. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8AM-4PM. 

The Broward County’s Medical Transport Inspector will continue to provide the following services from the new location: 

  • Inspections of basic life support and advanced life support ambulances for both emergency and non-emergency ambulance transportation in Broward County 
  • Vehicle permitting for non-emergency transportation (wheelchair/stretcher) 
  • Review of staff credentials and vehicle assignments 
  • Annual review of provider’s vehicle maintenance logs and patient/passenger records 
  • Accepting applications and payments for processing 
  • Expediting licensing and certification 

Note that the Trauma System Quality Assurance Program will remain with the Office of the Medical Examiner and Trauma Services. For further information or questions, please contact Joseph O’Geen at 954-765-4400, extension 9387, or

County Tops for Healthy Workplace

Broward County has once again achieved “Gold Level” recognition from the American Heart Association, for the 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index. This is a national program and winners will be included in an upcoming issue of Forbes magazine. What does Broward’s wellness workplace look like? Last year, approximately 5,500 employees attended an on-site wellness event; 3,101 employees completed 20,135 Rally engagement activities; 1,930 employees attended 14 health fairs with 77 percent participating in biometric screening; 1,080 employees attended 10 Heart Health Fairs with 63 percent participating in biometric screening; and 11 worksites hosted fitness classes. For award-winning worksites sized greater than 5,000, Broward County is among a stellar list of companies including AT&T, Bank of America, Chevron, Delta Air Lines, Johnson & Johnson, Macy’s, and Mass Mutual. More...

Penny Surtax on November Ballot

The Board of County Commissioners approved having a penny surtax amendment to fund transportation projects and improvements on the November 6th ballot. Broward County is home to 1.9 million residents and welcomes 12.8 million visitors a year. The County’s economic vitality depends on the ability to move people, goods and services. The County is very close to being built-out which will physically constrain the ability to accommodate an approximately 235,000 new residents expected by the year 2040. The lack of available land also physically and financially constrains the ability to increase road capacity through the construction of additional travel lanes for automobiles. 

Broward’s 30-year penny surtax plan targets the biggest traffic problems with solutions that will give residents a greater quality of life in the first five years of the program including: 

  • Adaptive traffic signalization resulting in less traffic congestion 
  • Intersection improvements including resurfacing, pavement markings, mast arm upgrades, drainage improvements, sidewalk and ADA updates 
  • School zone safety improvements 
  • Fiber optic network improvements on critical roadways that support new signal technologies 
  • Bike lanes, expanded transit system facilities and routes to support new and improved transit service, and possible light rail system

Report from the Broward Municipal Services District

Broward’s Environmental Protection Growth and Management Department continues to host a series of community workshops to educate residents within the Municipal Services District about proper tree maintenance near powerlines. Workshops are scheduled from 11AM to 1PM on August 18th at Sunview Park, and September 22nd at Roosevelt Gardens Park. County Commissioners passed an ordinance that regulates tree maintenance near powerlines to reduce the threat of power outages and increase the number of trees that conform with Florida Power and Light‘s Right Tree, Right Place Guidelines. The County is accepting applications for reimbursement assistance based on eligibility criteria. Application approval is required before tree trimming or removal and funding is subject to availability. For more information, call 954-357-6634 or email

Do Business with the County

Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development is sponsoring Get Your Piece of the Pie! More Opportunities for Your Business, a free information session to learn about opportunities of doing business with Broward County Government. Join us Thursday, September 20th from 3 to 4:30PM at the Urban League, 560 NW 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. The seminar will address how to tap into Broward County Government’s annual local spend, averaging over $600M. All trades are welcome including architecture and engineering, construction, contract services, cultural and event industry services, commodity suppliers and more. For more information, visit​.

Things to Do at a Park Near You

What do you get when you cross good old-fashioned golf with the sort of flying disc most commonly known as a Frisbee? You get disc golf. Gamers attempt to traverse a course from beginning to end using the fewest disc tosses. There are five locations in the County located in Broward parks – at Brian Piccolo Sports Park & Velodrome in Cooper City, Easterlin Park in Oakland Park, Markham Park & Target Range in Sunrise, Plantation Heritage Park in Plantation, and Tradewinds Park & Stables in Coconut Creek. The courses are free to the public, but you have to bring your own gear. Park offices provide course maps and score cards.


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