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This Week in Broward County Government
April 24, 2015
Volume XX, No. 17
Mayor Delivers State of the County Address at Broward Workshop
Mayor Tim Ryan says the economic state of Broward County is "strong" with new records being set at the County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Mayor was a featured speaker at the recent Broward Workshop 7th Annual State of the County breakfast where an estimated 900 people attended.  More…

Applicants Sought for New Charter Review Commission

The application period for nominations to the Broward County Charter Review Commission (CRC) is now open. The Board of County Commissioners encourages interested constituents to submit an application to serve on the CRC by May 15, 2015.  Appointments will be confirmed at the Board's meeting on June 2, 2015. The Broward County Charter serves as the Constitution for Broward County Government. It was originally adopted in 1974, and provides for the appointment of a Charter Review Commission every 10 years. The application form is available online. To learn more about the CRC visit

Single Family Homes to be Built in Franklin Park Estates
The Board of County Commissioners has authorized the Housing Finance Authority of Broward County to enter into a Development Agreement with Access Builders, Inc., for construction of 18 single family homes in Franklin Park Estates, at the SE corner of NW 27th Avenue and W Sunrise Boulevard, in the Broward Municipal Services District. A decorative, landscaped buffer wall will also be built along the W Sunrise Boulevard and NW 27th Avenue rights-of-way. The three bedroom, two bath, two car garage homes will be made available to families of very low to moderate income. More…

County Bridges Among the Safest in the State
Broward County’s bridges received an average Health Index of 92 out of a possible 100, making them among the safest in the State of Florida, according to the recently-released Florida Bridge Information report from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The Health Index measures the overall condition of a bridge and includes 10 to 12 elements that are evaluated by FDOT every two years.  Broward County Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division oversees the design, construction and maintenance of the County's bridges, which consists of 89 fixed and movable structures. The oldest bridge in the County inventory (Ravenswood Road over Dania Cut-Off Canal) was constructed in 1928 and is currently scheduled for replacement in summer 2015. This project is estimated to cost $6.5M and is funded entirely by a federal grant. 

County Cracking Down on Illegal Dumping
Combating illegal dumping has inspired a coalition among residents, the Broward County Sheriff's Office (BSO) and Broward County's Code Enforcement. County Code Enforcement officers and BSO have increased patrol of illegal dump sites and vacant properties, resulting in increased communication and collaboration between field personnel from both agencies. Recent complaints by residents led BSO, with support from Code Enforcement, to detain and process an individual who was purposely targeting a community for illegal dumping. In addition to the court appearance and compliance with BSO regulations, violators are required to pay for the cost to clean up the site.  More…

Broward Cultural Council 2015 Planning Forum

The Broward Cultural Council will host its Annual Planning Forum at ArtServe, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, on Wednesday, April 29th, at 5PM. Artists, local arts supporters, elected officials, arts organization executives and members of the business and arts community are encouraged to attend and participate. Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter, District 3, will highlight the significant economic impact of the arts both nationally and locally, Council Chair Diane Weinbrum will talk about recent Council accomplishments, and Cultural Division Director Earl Bosworth will share updates on the Strategic Plan and Lines of Business; the 2020 Plan; ongoing partnerships with the private sector, and new funding sources. More…

AARLCC Presents Animatronic Exhibit of Founder Sam Morrison

The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) unveils a new permanent exhibit - an animatronic look-a-like - of educational leader and library visionary Samuel F. Morrison, on Monday, May 4th, from Noon to 6PM. Morrison is a retired Broward County Library Director with 26 years of service. Under his leadership, the Libraries Division was named Library of the Year in 1996, by Library Journal. From 1995 through 2002, he was the catalyst for the creation of the AARLCC. Morrison will be present at the unveiling from 3 to 3:30PM. AARLCC is located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. For more information call 954-357-6282.

Skip the Siesta for a Sizzling Good Time at Destination Fridays

Destination Fridays will head south of the border on May 8th, to explore Cinco de Mayo from 6:30 to 9:30PM, at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Mexico with authentic cuisine from Azteca Restaurant, a cooking demonstration from Le Cordon Bleu chefs, dance lessons and stage show from dynamic dance troupe Ameyal, fantasy face painting at El Selfie Salon, giveaways and raffle prizes galore —including two roundtrip airline tickets to Mexico City! View Frida Rediscovered – The Lost Images, an exclusive exhibit of little-known photographs of Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo. Enjoy art talk by experts from NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale and m+v ART. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or paid in cash or by credit card at the door.  For more information call 954-357-6210.

Things to do at a Park Near You
Registration is now open for the free Summer Program at Broward County Parks and Recreation Division's six neighborhood parks located in the Broward Municipal Services District. The program runs on weekdays from Monday, June 15th through Friday, August 14th. Regular hours are 9AM to 5PM, with early drop-off between 8 and 9AM, and late pick up from 5 to 6PM. There will be no program on Friday, July 3rd. This year's theme is "Fun 'n' Fit." The program includes a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, including sports and fitness, arts and crafts, game-room activities, nutrition and safety programs, social and relationship skills development, and special events such as the Broward Star Time Talent Show, David Deal Playday, and an End-of-Summer Barbecue. Free SWIM Central water-safety instruction will be available for ages 6 to 10. More…

News from "Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community"

Broward Moments

Christened "The Great One" by Orson Welles, Jackie Gleason, showman, comedian, actor and musician was one of Lauderhill’s most famous residents. Gleason was known for his brash visual and verbal comedy style, and was a pioneer of television comedy. He was the host of television's "Cavalcade of Stars," where he introduced Ralph Kramden, before landing his own showcase with "The Jackie Gleason Show" in 1955. Among his notable film roles were Minnesota Fats in the 1961 drama The Hustler (starring Paul Newman) and Buford T. Justice in the Smokey and the Bandit series. In 1971, Gleason, an avid golfer, made his home near the courses at the Inverrary Country Club. In 1972 he kicked off the first Inverrary Classic bearing his name. Those were the glory days of golf legends Tom Weiskopf, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller; they each played the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic. Today we know the golf tournament as the Honda Classic, now played at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens. Gleason died at his Inverrary home in 1987. Broward Moments are significant events in the County’s 100-year history that have contributed to the rich culture, creative vitality and economic growth of our community. To learn more about the County’s history and the Broward 100 centennial celebration visit the Broward 100 website. Get instant updates by following us on Twitter, official hashtag #Broward100, and liking us on Facebook.

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