April 28, 2017   Volume 30, No. 14

Broward’s Land Use Plan Looks to the Future

This week, County Commissioners approved updates to the Broward County Land Use Plan which was first adopted in 1977 and last updated in 1989. Through the years, planners have been working from a foundation of principles that made sense back then. But today our community faces new and demanding challenges that need innovative strategies and collaborative solutions. This updated plan addresses major issues such as climate change, multi-modal transportation, affordable housing, redevelopment, protecting our natural resources and pre- and post-disaster planning. The update process relied on extensive input from the community. The next step is updating the remainder of the Broward County Comprehensive Plan Elements and a comprehensive review and update of the Broward County Land Development Code. For more information visit Broward.org/BrowardNext​.

2017 Session – Week 8 Legislative ALERT!

As reported by Broward County Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards, who is monitoring events during the Florida Legislative Session:

On Thursday, April 27th House and Senate leaders reached an agreement on budget allocations so that both chambers can start budget negotiations for Fiscal Year 2018. Budget allocations are a critical first step to determine how much money will go to each broad area of the budget.

The House of Representatives passed HJR 7105 on Wednesday, April 26th by a vote of 81-35. The measure proposes a constitutional amendment that exempts the assessed value of a homestead between $50,000 and $100,000; thus increasing the current second homestead exemption from $25,000 to $50,000. This second exemption does not apply to school property tax levies.

Meanwhile, the same measure passed the Senate Rules Committee on the morning of Friday, April 28th by a vote of 9-2, and will be considered by the full Senate in the afternoon, an unprecedented move by the Senate’s leadership. It has been reported that the proposal is a part of the budget deal negotiated between the House and Senate.

The Rules Committee amended the proposed joint resolution to exempt valuation of a homestead between $100,000 and $125,000. As amended, the joint resolution, if approved by the Legislature and 60 percent of voters in the 2018 General Election, will reduce the tax roll in Broward County by $5.72 Billion, resulting in a loss of revenue for countywide services and programs in the amount of $32.4 Million. The Rules Committee also considered and passed HB 7107, which implements the joint resolution should it pass. This bill holds harmless the state’s 29 fiscally constrained counties, shifting additional tax burdens to Broward County residents.

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County Receives Bonus Grant to Assist Homeless

In support of the goals and objectives of Broward County's "A Way Home" Plan to End Homelessness, the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership has been awarded a Bonus Project award of nearly $900,000 which includes $365,675 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, $467,094 from Broward County and $76,987 from Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc. through the 2016 HUD Homeless Continuum of Care Program Competition. The funds will provide a minimum of 46 permanent supportive housing beds for chronically homeless individuals and families. More...​

Free Bus Service for Military

To show appreciation for their service to our country, all military personnel will be extended free bus service on Broward County Transit when they board in uniform or show their military identification during Fleet Week Port Everglades May 1st -7th. This year marks the 27th consecutive year that Broward County and Port Everglades have hosted the Fleet Week celebration honoring the men and women of seagoing services. Transit has provided naval organizers with route schedules, maps and travel information to Broward attractions, shopping centers and cultural sites.

Celebrate Prince’s Cinematic Legacy

The African American Film Critics Association will celebrate the cinematic legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson (1958-2016) with a special event at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, April 29th from 4 to 8PM. The event will include a viewing of the film Purple Rain, appetizers, wine and the legendary music of Prince. The event is free and open to anyone 21 and over. Pre-registration on Eventbrite is encouraged but not required. More...​

FEMA Offers Until Help Arrives Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency in collaboration with other federal partners announced the “Until Help Arrives” program, developed to educate and empower the public to take action and provide lifesaving care before local responders arrive. After every major natural disaster or terrorist event, stories circulate of regular people helping those with life-threatening injuries before help arrives, often saving their lives. Municipalities can use the videos, web-based and in-person training, and other resources to encourage people to take action and be the help until help arrives.

Stay Local This Summer

Summer is a time for fun, exploration and yes, relaxation. And there is no place like Broward County to take advantage of a staycation that’s filled with attractions, award-winning beaches, mouth-watering restaurants and relaxing world-renowned spas. And best of all, you can take advantage of 2-for-1 summer offers May 1st through October 15th and save. Get to know Broward County this summer and make it a staycation to remember! Visit sunny.org for details.

Broward’s Purchasing Team Awarded for Excellence

The Purchasing Division of Broward County has earned the Award of Excellence in Public Procurement for 2017. The County is one of only 12 agencies to receive the Award of Excellence in the State of Florida. Additionally, the Purchasing Division has been awarded a Best Practice Award for Innovation in the Procurement Process for “Innovation in Technology: Procurement Tracking System (ProcureTrack)”. ​

Things to Do At A Park Near You

Looking for plants to spruce up your home landscape? Broward County Plant Affair – co-sponsored by the Plantation Historical Society – takes place the weekend of May 6th and 7th at Plantation Heritage Park. The event includes a plant show and sale with plenty of specialty vendors. Among the offerings: native plants, bonsai, orchids, cyclamens, bougainvillea, and bromeliads, as well as gardening supplies and porch and patio items. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 9 AM to 4 PM on Sunday. The park’s regular weekend gate fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect. For more information call 954-357-5135, ext. 0. ​

Whether you have an eye for nature photography or you want to develop one, Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek wants to help. The park’s monthly Team/Family Shutterbug Photo Hunt invites photographers of all levels to an introductory class, followed by a photo hunt in the nature center. This month’s program will be on Sunday, May 21st from 2:30 to 4:30 PM with preregistration required by May 14th. The fee is $10 per team or family. For more information call 954-357-5198. ​​

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