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This Week in Broward County Government
May 15, 2015
Volume XX, No. 20
County Announces Major Initiative to Combat Synthetic Drugs
At a community press conference at the Urban League of Broward County on May 13th, Broward County, along with partners from law enforcement, the medical community, public schools, faith-based community, and the United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse, announced a collaborative initiative to take aim at the growing dangers of Flakka, a synthetic, highly addictive drug that is spreading throughout Broward County. In response to the growing challenge of Flakka usage, the partners have launched a public education and prevention campaign to inform and protect the public from the growing threat. More…

Broward County Named Florida's Library of the Year
Broward County Library (BCL) has received three prestigious awards from the Florida Library Association (FLA) including Florida's 2015 Library of the Year. BCL also won the Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award for Teen Programming for its "Show Us Your Bookface" contest/exhibition and FLA's Libraries Mean Business Award for its "Broward County Libraries Mean Business!" campaign. More…

Port Everglades Container Volume on the Rise
Broward County's Port Everglades experienced an 8 percent growth in containerized cargo during the first six months of fiscal year 2015, signaling a continued upward trend that pushed Florida's largest container port past its record high in FY2014. More…

Ground-digging Ceremony a Great Success
Ground was broken today on a new $15.2 million contemporary animal shelter and adoption center at 2400 SW 42nd Street, Fort Lauderdale. The 40,000-square-foot modern shelter will be located on six acres in the Broward Municipal Services District, directly across from Broward's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport long-term economy parking lot. The new building will replace the current Adoption Center located on SW 39th Street. Special canine “dig”nitaries were on hand to dig the first mounds of dirt. More…

Workshop Will Focus on South US 1 Transit Improvement Study
Broward County Transit (BCT) invites you to attend a Public Workshop for the South US 1 Transit Improvement Study on Monday, May 18th at 6PM at the Foster Park Community Center located at 609 NW 6th Avenue, Hallandale Beach. This study identifies and evaluates potential transit improvements on South US 1 (South Federal Highway) between the Broward Boulevard/Broward Central Terminal in Downtown Fort Lauderdale and the Aventura Mall in Miami-Dade County.

Summer Program Kicks Off June 6th
Broward County Library's free 2015 Summer (Reading, Exploration, Art, Discovery) Program kicks off June 6th at 33 Broward County Library branches. The Summer Program is a fun way to encourage young people to read, explore and discover all summer long. Children ages 18 and under can register for the Program and enter to win prizes and rewards and can participate in either the online enhanced program or at library locations Countywide. More…

Children's Multicultural Book Fair at AARLCC
On Saturday, May 23rd there will be a Children’s Multicultural Book Fair at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center and the organization Readingpaysmore. The Children’s Multi-cultural Book Fair is celebrating Foster Children’s month in May and International Children’s Day on June 1st. Books will feature stories and information from all over the world. Children will also get a chance to taste treats and enjoy art and performances by children all over the world.


New River Inn

National Registry in Broward County
In 1972, the New River Inn became the first National Register listing from Broward County.  The most recent addition, as of May 2011, is the Dr. Kennedy Homes Historic District. In total, there are 31 listings in Broward County, including two historic districts. There are a variety of types of historic resources represented in the National Register in Broward County including public and private buildings, two structures, the Hillsborough Inlet Lighthouse and the North New River Canal Lock No. 1, and one underwater shipwreck, the Copenhagen. National Register resources are located in several Broward towns and cities including Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Lighthouse Point, Oakland Park and Pompano Beach.  More...

Congratulations to Hallandale Beach and Wilton Manors who celebrated birthdays this week!

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