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This Week in Broward County Government
November 21, 2014
Volume XIX, No. 47
New Mayor, Vice Mayor and Commissioner Sworn Into Office
November 18th, marked a change in Broward County Government as Commissioners chose a new Mayor and Vice Mayor. District 7 Commissioner Tim Ryan will now serve as Mayor and District 1 Commissioner Martin David Kiar is the new Vice Mayor. A lifelong resident of the County, Mayor Ryan was elected to the Commission in November 2012. Prior to that he served for eight years in the Florida House of Representatives before leaving office due to term limits. Commissioner Kiar was born in Pembroke Pines and is a lifelong resident of the County. In 2006, he was elected to serve in the Florida House of Representatives, and was re-elected in 2008 and 2010. Kiar was elected to the Broward County Commission in 2012. Beam Furr was sworn in as the new Commissioner to represent District 6.  More…

County Appoints Chief Financial Officer
Robert (Bob) Miracle has been named the County’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Director of the Finance and Administrative Services Department. Hired as the Deputy CFO/Deputy Director for the department in November 2013, Miracle was appointed Acting CFO/Director in April 2014. A native of Ohio, Miracle has more than 20 years of experience in various governmental organizations. He began his professional career at The Ohio State University as the business manager of the University Conference and Hotel Center. Miracle came to Broward County from the City of Charleston, South Carolina, where he served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer. More…

County Welcomes Release of Federal Climate Preparedness Report
County officials and a task force of state and local leaders, have presented recommendations on ways the federal government can better aid communities dealing with the impacts of climate change. The guidance was given to Vice President Joe Biden and senior White House officials, this week. Broward’s Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division (EPCRD) Director Dr. Jennifer Jurado said, “This report will help align federal, state, and local resources in a much more effective way in the future, ensuring that resilience, public safety, and environmental protection are core considerations for public investments. The report is very timely for Broward and South Florida as we collectively undertake significant efforts to improve community resilience.” More…

FLL Prepares for Busy Thanksgiving Holiday
More than 500,000 travelers are expected to fly in and out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) during the Thanksgiving holiday. The Aviation Department anticipates an average of 72,000 passengers a day during the holiday period of Tuesday, November 25th, to Monday, December 1st, with the busiest days being Wednesday, November 26th, and Sunday, November 30th.  Departing passengers are encouraged to arrive two hours early for domestic flights and three hours early for international flights. Flyers can now monitor flight status and parking information from their mobile devices on the new Fll.netMore…

New Transit Website Offers More Mobile-Friendly Experience
Broward County Transit (BCT) has unveiled a new design for its website Broward.org/BCT. The site features an updated look and feel, with streamlined content and enhanced functionality for any mobile device. The improved site provides direct links to trip planning, bus passes and fare information. In meeting the growing expectation for real-time information, the sites also gives prominence to advisories and special announcements warning travelers of delays, route changes and detours.  More…

Mast Arm Conversion Project Underway at Miramar Parkway and Douglas Road
The Highway Construction and Engineering Division is undertaking a Mast Arm Conversion Project on Miramar Parkway and Douglas Road, in Miramar. The goal of the project is to provide better protection at larger, main intersections against hurricane-force conditions, so regional traffic flow can be quickly restored after a storm. The work includes upgrading existing traffic signals at the intersection to mast arms, reconstructing curb and gutter, sidewalks, and Americans with Disability Act (ADA upgrades. The construction should be completed in March 2015, barring unforeseen conditions or weather delays. More…

County Offices Closing for Thanksgiving Holiday
In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, County governmental offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27th and 28th. There are a few clarifications and exceptions. More…

Help Those in Need this Holiday Season
As the holiday season nears, Broward County reminds the community to keep the less fortunate in mind, especially those dependent on local community food banks. Residents are asked to help meet the need for nonperishable foods by donating to the County’s ongoing “365 Food Drive.” Since 2010, County employees and residents have collected more than 14 tons of food for local food banks. Nonperishable items can be dropped off at any of the County’s 46 collection locations. More…

Join in Holiday Fun from Around the World with Broward County Libraries
This holiday season visit Broward County Libraries and enjoy holiday events for all ages. Explore the varied cultures of the many international neighbors who make Broward County home. Discover traditions, customs and celebrations from around the world. All events are free and open to the public. The events get underway December 3rd with Sharkey’s Storytime: Winter Tales, 10:30 to 11:30AM, Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Visit the library’s website for a complete listing of events.

Test the Waters this Winter at T.Y. Park's Swim Lagoon
In recognition of the brave souls who enjoy a winter swim the Parks and Recreation Division is opening the Swim Lagoon at Castaway Island at Topeekeegee Yugnee (T.Y.) Park 3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 11AM-3PM, starting December 3rd. Admission is $5 (plus tax) for those older than 1 year, and free for children 12 months and under. For more information, call T.Y. at 954-357-8811. The park is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #12 and #16.

Pioneer Day Celebration to Honor 32 Men and Women
Broward County will honor a group of pioneers at the 42nd Annual Pioneer Day Celebration on Saturday, December 6th. The Board of County Commissioners and the Libraries Division will join the City of Hallandale Beach in co-sponsoring this event. The celebration is one of the sanctioned events for Broward 100, the County’s yearlong centennial festivities, and will be held at the Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center, 410 SE 3rd Street, Hallandale Beach. Refreshments will be served beginning at 1PM, followed by the recognition program at 2PM.  The public is welcome at this free event. Pioneer Day is an opportunity for individuals to be recognized for contributions they have made to their communities.  This celebration will recognize 32 men and women, who will join a distinguished group of more than 2,000 that have been honored since the beginning of the program in 1972. More…

Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community -  Broward Moments

In December 1969, developers Stephen Calder and Norman Johnson began construction of the Hollywood Sportatorium on land directly adjacent to the Miami-Hollywood Motorsports Park in Pembroke Pines. Built as an indoor entertainment facility, the primary goal of the owners was to attract a professional sports franchise. The true success came as a concert venue of choice in South Florida for virtually all of the top rock bands touring in the 1970s and 80s. “Hollywood Sportatorium was Broward County's "premier" rock mecca for 20 years. It leaked, it rattled, it was a dump...and I am shocked it did not sink in the muck....but the parking lot hosted some of the greatest parties of the 70s and 80s,” says "Sporto" Suzzy, Head of Security for the Sportatorium; and the first female ever to run a large venue of this type in South Florida. The demise of the Sportatorium came in 1988 with the opening of the Miami Arena. The Sportatorium was demolished in 1993 to make way for residential and commercial development. Today the County’s premier sports and entertainment destination is the BB&T Center in Sunrise. Broward Moments is about significant events and people in the County’s 100-year history that have contributed to our rich culture, creative vitality and economic growth. To learn more about Broward’s history and the centennial celebration visit Broward 100 website or email Broward100.  Get instant updates by following on Twitter, official hashtag #Broward100, and like us on Facebook.


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