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This Week in Broward County Government
July 24, 2015
Volume XX, No. 30
Residents Urged to Conserve Water
Broward is experiencing a drier than normal rainy season this year. Eastern parts of the County are under Stage 3 drought conditions, which is considered an extreme drought.  The rest of the County is under Stage 2, considered a severe drought. Residents are urged to practice good water management.  Landscape irrigation is only allowed two days per week, depending on address, and no watering is allowed between 10AM and 4PM. Odd-numbered addresses may water Wednesdays and/or Saturdays. Even-numbered addresses may water on Thursdays and/or Sundays. Residences and businesses that use reclaimed water may water any day of the week.  More…

Drought Assistance for Small Businesses
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan program for areas of South Florida impacted by current extreme drought conditions. The disaster declaration includes the primary counties of Broward and Miami-Dade, and the contiguous counties of Collier, Hendry, Monroe and Palm Beach.  "After receiving much below normal rain this wet season, South Florida is the driest it has been in years," said Miguel Ascarrunz, Director of the Broward Emergency Management Division. "Under this declaration, the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and small businesses engaged in aquaculture.” More…

Broward Has a New Historic Preservation Board
During a special inaugural meeting on July 16th, Broward County officially welcomed members of the new Historic Preservation Board. This Board was created as a result of the adoption of a new County Historic Preservation Ordinance that replaced Broward's former long-serving Historical Commission.  This Board launches a new era for archaeological and historical resources as it reaches out to serve more than half of Broward's municipalities as well as the Broward Municipal Services District. More…

Water and Wastewater Services Annual Water Quality Report Now Online
Broward County's Water and Wastewater Services 2014 Water Quality Report is now available online. The report provides important information about the source and quality of the drinking water delivered to the community during the past year. Once again, the County met or exceeded all standards of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, and continued a 53-year-old tradition of providing high quality drinking water to customers at a reasonable price. More…

FLL Announces New Service to Caracas
Dynamic Airways is now offering Boeing 767 service to Caracas, Venezuela from Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  The flight, which is just under three hours, departs from Ft. Lauderdale at 12:30PM. Dynamic’s flight is the first regularly scheduled nonstop flight to Venezuela from Ft. Lauderdale since 2005. More than 500,000 travelers from Venezuela passed through FLL last year via non-direct flights on other airlines. For updates on airport programs and services, follow us on Twitter @FLLFlyer or visit fll.net.

Municipal Services District Strives to Keep Communities Clean and Safe
To promote safety and pride of ownership within the Broward Municipal Services District neighborhoods of Boulevard Gardens, Broadview Park, Franklin Park, Roosevelt Gardens, Washington Park, Hillsboro Pines and Hillsboro Ranches, Broward County has increased code enforcement efforts.  Community code enforcement staff is working with home and business owners, landlords and renters to highlight common code violations and how they can be corrected. More…

Residents Invited to Participate in Broward Academy
The County is now accepting applications for Class IV of the Broward County Academy, a community education outreach program that provides a unique opportunity to learn about County government and the services it provides to enhance and promote quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors. The 2015 sessions will be held on eight consecutive Thursdays from 6-9PM, beginning September 24th, and concludes with graduation ceremonies on November 12th. The goal of the program is to increase resident’s involvement in local government, improve communication with the community, inform the community on the role, structure and complexity of County government, encourage community participation in volunteer opportunities, and build potential community leaders. More…

Libraries Division Recognized by the Urban Library Council
Five Broward County Libraries Division programs and events were named as 2015 "Innovations Initiatives" by the Urban Library Council (ULC).  ULC's annual Innovations Initiative is a powerful showcase to share and inspire new ways of thinking and working that high-performing libraries implement to benefit their communities. The 2015 Broward Libraries' Innovation Initiatives are: Civic and Community Engagement: Destination Fridays at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, and "Show Us Your Bookface" Contest & Exhibition for Teens; Customer Experience: Broward County Library Creation Station; Economic and Workforce Development: Broward County Libraries Mean Business! Campaign; Positioning the Library: African-American Research Library and Cultural Center Animatronic exhibit featuring founder Samuel Morrison. More…

Things to Do at a Park Near You
If you think you know about football because you're familiar with the American version, think again. Australian football (also known as Australian rules football, footy and Aussie rules) is a totally different game. You can learn about this rough-and-tumble sport when Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, hosts the United States Australian Football League 49th Parallel Cup Matches, on Friday, July 31st and Saturday, August 1st. Australian football is believed to have been first played according to standardized rules in 1859 in Melbourne and has grown to encompass more than 2,500 clubs in more than 50 countries worldwide. While it is the most popular spectator sport Down Under, it is still establishing a foothold in the U.S., which currently has about three dozen clubs. This series of matches is between American and Canadian teams. At 6PM on Friday, the Men's Development Match will pit USA against Canada, followed by an 8PM Women's Development Match between USA Liberty and the Midnight Suns of Canada. On Saturday, the 4PM match is between the Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids and an opponent to be announced; at 6PM, the Women's Match pits USA Freedom against the Canada Northern Lights; and the 8PM Men's Match is between USA Revolution and Canada Northwind. The park's regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect on Saturday. For more information, call the park at 954-357-5400. To learn about other Parks events visit us online.

"Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community"
Get Your Tickets for “WE"…The Passion & Rhythm of the People
"WE" the most highly anticipated “Show of the Century” is part of Broward County’s centennial grand finale celebration Duende, and will take place at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 3rd, at 8PM. Created by Broadway Director and Cirque Dreams Founder, Neil Goldberg, “WE” is a Broadway-style show illuminating the County’s culture, talent and diversity. The talented cast of “WE” is made up of renowned celebrity artists and many of our own friends and neighbors. Ticket prices for this spectacular event starts at $25, and are now available online at BrowardCenter.org, in person at Broward Center's AutoNation Box Office or by calling 954-462-0222. To learn more about the centennial celebration visit the Broward 100 website. Get instant updates by following on Twitter, official hashtag #Broward100, and liking us on Facebook.

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