September 30, 2016   Volume 27, No. 24

Commissioners Approve Budget Reducing Tax Rate

Following the last public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget, Broward County Commissioners gave final approval, reducing the property tax rate by one-percent from the year before. The reduction in the property tax rate sets the FY17 millage rate at 5.669. Homeowners with a homestead exemption should see no increase in the county portion of their property tax bill. More...

County Considers Transportation Projects Ahead of November
Surtax Ballot

The November 8 ballot in Broward County will include two questions that contribute to a proposed one percent sales surtax. One of these is for funding countywide transportation projects while the other is for city infrastructure improvement projects. Among the potential projects that will be enabled if both ballots pass are a light rail system that will connect Broward’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with Port Everglades and the Convention Center to relieve congestion on area roads. The Surtax revenue would also be used to fund a study to evaluate a light rail project and establish a corridor that could serve as a commuter rail service connecting the western portion of Broward County with eastern sections. More...

County Approves Economic Development Program for Municipal
Services District

The Broward County Commission recently approved an Economic Development Program for the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD) as part of the Commission's ongoing revitalization efforts for that part of the County. The program is funded in part with a combination of matching grants and a revolving loan fund. The program enhances the long-term viability of existing businesses located along the BMSD Commercial corridor and creates opportunities for new private investment in the area. More...

"Like, Link, Share" Helps Artists Shine on Social Media

Broward Cultural Division invites Cooperative Marketing participants to their first workshop of the season, Digital Marketing Demystified, on Wednesday, October 5th, 8 AM at ArtServe, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. The workshop may either be attended as a half day or full day session. Facilitated by nationally-known speakers Nik Honeysett and Sarah Lutman, the exercise will guide attendees through simplifying access to social media and embracing digital technology. Their report Like, Link, Share: How Cultural Institutions are Embracing Digital Technology, commissioned by the Wyncote Foundation, highlights the five most important lessons for embracing digital innovation. More...

Creation Station Business to Celebrate Grand Opening

Creation Station Business, Broward County Library's new co-working space with expert assistance for creating and growing your business, will host a grand opening event from 6 to 7:45PM on Wednesday, October 19th. The new initiative is located on the 7th floor of the Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale. With floor-length windows overlooking downtown Fort Lauderdale, Creation Station Business offers free work and conference areas that can be reserved by the public as well as common areas where business-related workshops, seminars and other events can be held. It will be open Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10AM to 6PM and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12 to 8PM. More...

Roosevelt Gardens Park Introduces Job-Search Tuesdays

Did you know that Tuesdays are the best days to look for a job? Experts encourage potential job candidates to spend the weekend polishing up their resumes and lining up references in order to be prepared when new postings go up at the beginning of the week, and now there is help from Broward County. Roosevelt Gardens Park is launching a new program called “Job-Search Tuesdays.” Beginning in October, on Tuesdays from 11AM – Noon, free assistance will be offered to job seeking residents, 18 and up, through the park's computer lab. Park staff will help job hunters refine their job searches and complete and file applications. More...

Things to Do at a Park Near You

It’s a good day for a stroll through a Broward County park. Ten plant communities have been identified near the Fern Forest Nature Center, a 247-acre nature preserve in Coconut Creek. Explore some of them when the park launches its new “Saturday Stroll and Learn” program, which takes place each third Saturday of the month, from October through March. Participants in this series of naturalist-led walks will observe and discuss the habitats they encounter and the plants that inhabit them. The walks are free and start at 10 AM.

It's that time again - time for two of our water parks to hold their annual dogs-only days. The popular K9 Water Festivals return to Castaway Island at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood on two weekends, October 1st and 2nd and October 15th and 16th, from 9AM to 5PM each day. Admission is $5 per dog per 50-minute session (plus sales tax), with sessions beginning on the hour, and dogs are limited to two sessions per day. All sessions will include a designated area for dogs weighing 25 pounds or less.

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