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This Week in Broward County Government
March 20, 2015
Volume XX, No. 12

County Receives Smart Growth Excellence Award 

For the second year in a row Broward County has earned the Smart Growth Excellence Award for its leadership in advancing a multimodal transportation system as well as environmentally sustainable programs. Notable accomplishments recognized by the Smart Growth Partnership organization include the county's Climate Change Action Plan adopted in 2010, and incorporated into the County's Comprehensive Plan in 2013; the adoption of the Complete Streets program that includes transportation policies and public safety goals, and a multi-agency implementation strategy that is leading to the successful expansion of electric vehicle charging stations. More…

Property Tax Payment Deadline is March 31

March 31st, is the deadline for property owners to pay their 2014 taxes. Customers can save time and avoid long lines that day by using the drive-through kiosk, located in the parking lot of the Governmental Center Annex, 115 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. The kiosk will be open from 10AM to 4PM on Tuesday, March 31st. The Records, Taxes and Treasury Division will continue to accept payments at their office inside the Governmental Center Annex, Suite A100, through March 31st. Payments can also be made online and at any branch of Wells Fargo through the 31st. Taxes paid after the 31st will be subject to a penalty. For more information visit Records, Taxes and Treasury Division or call 954-831-4000. 

County Opposes Concealed Weapons on College Campuses

County Commissioners are urging Florida state legislators to reject all bills that would allow guns and other weapons on college campuses.  The resolution adopted on March 17th, opposes Florida Senate Bill 176 and House Bill 4005, which would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to bring concealed weapons on to college campuses. Commissioner’s vote on the resolution noted that the Board of Governors of Florida's State University System and all police chiefs of 12 state universities have issued joint statements opposing the bills. More…

Sea Turtle Nesting Season is Underway

Broward's Sea Turtle Conservation Program encourages residents to join the effort to increase the number of sea turtles saved during the 2015 nesting season, which runs through the end of July. Turtles need dark, clean beaches and there are several actions residents can take to conserve suitable nesting habitats. These include, limiting the use of plastic, turning off or shielding outdoor lights, and closing blinds to shade interior lights.  Nesting has increased significantly over the life of the Program, and it is hoped that this will continue as participation from municipalities, conservationists, residents and beach goers help to make Broward beaches a more suitable habitat.  For more information on ways to create a more sustainable environment for sea turtles, contact the Sea Turtle Conservation Program at 954-519-1255. If you see turtles in distress contact the sea turtle emergency line at 954-328-0580.

Join the Effort to Make Broward More Resilient

The Broward County Climate Change Task Force is leading the effort to update the County’s Climate Change Action Plan for 2015. Technical experts, faculty, students and community members, with an interest in the areas of Economic, Health and Social Issues; Greenhouse Gas Reduction; Intergovernmental Affairs and Communication; Natural Systems Adaption; Renewable and Alternative Energy; Science and Technical, and Built Environment, are needed to assist with this effort through July 15th. This is your opportunity to provide expertise and guidance toward mitigating climate change and making Broward a more resilient community. Meeting dates are listed online. If you are interested in serving on a particular committee and want to receive updates and reminders about the meetings, email

AARLCC Art Exhibition Features Work of Chilean Artist

Color and Carnival, an art exhibition featuring works of the multi-talented Alicia Teramo is now on show in the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center Gallery. Teramo’s oil and canvas paintings explode with color and her handmade carnival masquerade masks are of the Italian and French tradition with colorful hand-picked fabrics, ribbons and trims. Teramo has traveled extensively throughout Europe and South America observing traditional artwork. This experience, along with lessons from Argentinean landscape artist Cachorro Agote, led to her interest in colors and textures, merged with harmony, intimacy and luminosity to create unique works of art. The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center is located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The show runs through the end of April.

News from: "Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community"

Calendar 100

Looking for something fun to do with the kids during Spring Break? Check out Calendar 100. With a listing of more than 600 events in the performing and visual arts, family festivals, lectures and more, you’re sure to find something for all ages. Calendar 100 is presented by the Broward Cultural Affairs Division as part of the County’s centennial celebration. To learn more, visit Broward 100 website or email Broward100.  Get instant updates by following on Twitter, official hashtag #Broward100, and liking us on Facebook.

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