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This Week in Broward County Government
July 2, 2015
Volume XX, No. 27
Broward Commissioners Oppose Fracking in Florida 
The Board of County Commissioners has unanimously approved a resolution opposing the use of hydraulic and acid fracturing, also known as "fracking," for oil and gas extraction in Florida, and called on the Florida Legislature to ban the practice statewide.  Hydraulic fracturing techniques involve the pumping of a complex mix of chemicals and fluids, including large volumes of water, under very high pressure into underground geological formations in order to recover oil or gas deposits. When acid is used to physically dissolve some of the underground rocks, the technique is called acid fracturing. Since much of Florida's water supply comes from underground aquifers, through which water moves easily, fracking activities can pose risks even for communities far from fracking sites. More…

County Offices Closing on July 3rd
Broward County governmental offices will close on Friday, July 3rd, in observance of Independence Day. Many online services, such as ePay, will be available at Regional and neighborhood parks, nature centers and natural areas will be open. Other exceptions apply. More…

Enjoy Fourth of July Fireworks at Vista View Park

Broward County’s Vista View Park, 4001 S.W. 142nd Ave., Davie is the place to be on July 4th. The community is invited to bring their lawn chairs or blankets and come early for a good spot to see  fireworks display - dependent on weather conditions- in Davie, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Sunrise, and possibly Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. Most shows are scheduled to begin at 9PM, and visitors can bring their own refreshments (no hard liquor and no glass containers). Admission before 7:30PM is $1.50/person, and $2/person after 7:30PM (children 5 and under free).  Call the park at 954-357-8898 for more information. To learn about other July 4th events at Broward County Parks visit us online.

Pet Safety Tips for Fourth of July
The Fourth of July holiday is full of activities and foods that can be fun for your family, but stressful or even dangerous for your pet.  Broward County Animal Care and Adoption wants you to keep your pet safe and stress free. Keep your pets inside and away from fireworks and loud noises. Do not give your pet "people food" or alcohol. Keep your pet away from hot grills, charcoal and lighter fluid. Sunscreen, insect repellant, citronella candles and oil are also harmful to your pet. More…

Transit Service Improvements Begin July 5th
Broward County Transit (BCT) is improving service on Route 36 and several community bus routes effective Sunday, July 5th.  Improvements include increased frequency of service on Route 36 and a brand new route for the City of Hallandale Beach, operating seven days a week.  BCT analyzes customer feedback and usage on routes three to four times each year in an effort to improve on-time performance, reduce customer wait times and help relieve overcrowding on some of the busiest routes. More…

Celebrate Movies Filmed in Broward
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and Broward 100 celebrate the vibrant and compelling art of filmmaking in Broward County, in a week-long celebration, July 9 – 16, at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale. Audiences are invited to reminisce through the big screen with such thrillers as Cape Fear and Presumed Innocent; evoke nostalgia with Where the Boys Are and Body Heat; laugh out loud with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the Birdcage and Caddy Shack, and wonder through the Mafia world with Donnie Brasco. Some of the modern musicals and comedies - Rock of Ages and Finding Joy are also sure to delight. Admission is free to all screenings.  More…

Urban League of Broward Workplace Excellence Series
Are you seeking a new job or looking to advance in your career?  The Urban League of Broward County free Workplace Excellence Workshops offer the tools to help you succeed. Learn how to improve your resume, dress for success or become a better team player. Visit the Urban League's website for more details and to register.

Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community

Broward 100 Reveals the Cast of "WE...The Passion & Rhythm of the People"

We know them as neighbors. We know them as friends. We know them as people we work with. Now we know them as the cast of “WE…The Passion & Rhythm of the People.” This highly anticipated “Show of the Century” will be the pinnacle of Broward’s yearlong centennial celebration, Broward 100 – Celebrating the Art of Community. Created by Broadway Director and Cirque Dreams Founder, Neil Goldberg, “WE” is a Broadway-style show illuminating Broward County’s culture, talent and diversity. The talented cast of “WE” was recently revealed at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and is made up of renowned celebrity artists and many of our own friends and neighbors ranging in age from 9 to 70 plus years.  They include musicians, poets, dancers, singers and actors.  "WE" is part of the centennial’s grand finale Duende and will take place at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on October 3rd. Ticket prices range from $25 - $85, and are available through Ticketmaster, online at, 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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