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This Week in Broward County Government
March 6, 2015
Volume XX, No. 10

Port Everglades Harbor Expansion Efforts Move Forward

Broward County's Port Everglades efforts to deepen and widen its navigational channels received a major boost as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board recently approved the final environmental and economic feasibility studies for the project. There is now a 30-day comment period for oversight agencies, followed by time for the Corps to address any questions. The final step in the Corps' project approval process is a Chief of Engineers Report recommending the project to Congress for construction authorization, which is anticipated by the end of May 2015.  Port Everglades has been working with the Corps for more than 18 years on this project that will increase capacity and allow for larger cargo ships to safely enter the Port. It is anticipated that an estimated 4,700 construction jobs and nearly 1,500 permanent direct jobs will be created. More… 


Keep Broward Beautiful Program Receives Award

"Keep Broward Beautiful," a Solid Waste and Recycling Services program, is the recipient of a President's Circle Award from the national organization, Keep America Beautiful. This award recognizes exemplary performance in building and sustaining vibrant communities. "Keep Broward Beautiful" is best known for its popular Adopt-A-Street program, beach sweeps and community cleanups that involves the help of thousands of volunteers. More…  


County Receives Grant to Assist Homeless Population

In support of its goals in the "A Way Home" Plan to End Homelessness, the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership has been awarded a grant of more than $8 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This award will fund 16 renewal and three new projects providing a variety of services, and 67 new permanent supportive housing beds for chronically homeless persons in partnership with Broward County Housing Authority and Broward Housing Solutions. More…


Notice to Taxpayers on the 2014 Installment Payment Plan

The Broward County Tax Collector is advising residents that its recent mailing for the fourth installment of the 2014 property tax bill included a green return envelope with the New Jersey address of its former processing center. Residents are asked to send their payment in this green envelope and be assured that it will be processed as usual. All payments post-marked by Tuesday, March 31st, will meet the 2014 payment deadline. This affects only taxpayers who have chosen to pay their 2014 taxes through the installment payment plan. Other taxpayers wishing to send payments directly to the Broward County Tax Collector’s Office may do so at Broward County Tax Collector, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room A100, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Payments can also be made online using e-check, credit, or debit card. Please call 954-831-4000 for more information or with any questions.


Call to Artists for Installation at Dillard Green Space

Broward Cultural Division's Public Art & Design Program, in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Division is seeking one artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-specific artwork at Dillard Green Space in Fort Lauderdale. This “Call to Artists” is open to professionals, 21 or older; residing in the U. S., who have completed a minimum of five public art projects with a budget of $25,000 or more and have experience completing and coordinating exterior art installations. Dillard Green Space is located at the northeast corner of Sunrise Blvd. and N.W. 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale (Municipal Services District). This project is part of an overall upgrade to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the area. The application deadline is March 20th. More...


Broward Sheriff's Office Community Showcase 

Join the men and women of the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) for a free community showcase this Saturday, March 7th, from 10AM to 4PM, at Markham Park 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise. It will be lots of fun and education for the entire family with an exciting kids’ zone, thrilling demos, equipment and vehicles display, and an array of food trucks. For additional details contact the BSO Community Affairs Office at 954-831-8902.


Low Cost Rabies Clinic for Dogs and Cats

Broward Animal Care and Adoption will host a Rabies Clinic on Saturday, March 7th, from 9AM to 2PM, at Easterlin Park, 1000 NW 38th Street, Oakland Park. Pet owners can have their dogs or cats vaccinated and receive a Rabies registration tag. Cost for a one-year rabies vaccination and registration is $25 for dogs or cats that are spayed/neutered, and $35 for those that are not.  Microchips will be available for $15. Cash, checks and debit/credit cards will be accepted. This event is for Broward residents only. More…


Spring Forward to a Park Near You this Sunday

This Sunday, March 8th, it’s time to set your clock forward and get out early to enjoy the beauty and fun that abounds at Broward County Parks. Enjoy a jog or stroll; hit the trail on your mountain bike; bring your pooch for a romp, or gather your friends for a game of volleyball, tennis, basketball or a round of Disc Golf. And as the day progresses experience the magic of the dark ages and see the transformation to modern times at the Florida Renaissance Festival, 10AM to Sunset, at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. See  sword fighters, minstrels, magicians, and battling knights on horseback; enjoy hearty foods; try your hand at a game of chance, and visit the crafts village. For details visit the Florida Renaissance Festival online. To learn more about all the fun and educational events at Broward Parks and to find a park near you visit Broward County Parks and Recreation.


NatureScape Winners to be Recognized at Broward Water Matters Day

Broward’s Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department will recognize its  NatureScape Emerald Award winners at a ceremony at "Water Matters Day" on Saturday, March 14th, 9AM, at Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100 Avenue, Davie. NatureScape environments are sustainable landscapes designed to conserve natural resources and provide valuable habitat for native and migratory wildlife. Receiving the homeowner’s award will be Gail Blount and Patrick Grodeska of Pompano Beach, and Serge Barthelemy of Hollywood. The Government/School/Municipality award goes to Driftwood Middle School, Hollywood, and the Sample-McDougald House/Centennial Park, Pompano Beach; and the Special Achievement award goes to Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and the Youth Environmental Alliance (YEA). "Water Matters Day" is Broward's signature water conservation event where residents can learn about water resources and the importance of protecting them. More…


Homeowners Can Win Big for Water Conservation Efforts

The Broward Water Partnership is looking to award one lucky homeowner with new water and energy saving refrigerator, washer, dryer and dishwasher; a new irrigation system, and water-conserving plumbing fixtures for their kitchen and bath. To win big in the “Broward Mega Money-Saving, Record-Breaking, Wild Water Switcheroo Contest” participants must wow the judges with creative ways that show why water conservation is important, and why they should be selected as the winner. Submissions can be in the form of a jingle, poem, poster, illustration or photograph; include the use of social media or creation of a website. The contest runs through March 30th.Complete rules, competition evaluation criteria, and application form can be found online at BWPSwitcheroo.com. This program is part of the County’s ConservationPays.com initiative to educate, engage and support Broward residents and businesses in water conservation efforts.


News From: “Broward 100 Celebrating the Art of Community”

Entertainment Visionary Neil Goldberg to Direct Theatrical Production for Centennial Celebration

In the spirit of creativity and world-class entertainment Broward resident Neil Goldberg is donating his talent and theatrical expertise to Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community. Goldberg, founder of the internationally-renowned Cirque Dreams entertainment, has agreed to direct and produce the theatrical aspect of Duende, the culminating event of the County's year-long centennial celebration.  In partnership with other Broward 100 performances and events this Broadway-style extravaganza will be presented on October 2nd and 3rd, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, in Fort Lauderdale. Over the next several months, Goldberg will spearhead the search and development of local and international talents in the performing and visual arts to combine with celebrity artists in a one-of-a-kind production. Auditions will be held Monday, March 9th through Wednesday, March 18th, by appointment, at Dream Studios, 1985 NW 18th Street, Pompano Beach. Auditions are open to performers, artists and dreamers of all ages.  Artists will be compensated, along with the opportunity to receive a $10,000 enrichment gift sponsored by the Neil Goldberg Dream Foundation. To set an audition appointment, contact: broward100@cirqueproductions.com. For additional information visit Broward 100 Audition Notice. To learn more about Broward 100 centennial celebration visit Broward 100 website or email Broward100.  Get instant updates by following us on Twitter, official hashtag #Broward100, and liking us on Facebook.


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