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This Week in Broward County Government
December 19, 2014
Volume XIX, No. 50
Grant Awarded to Build Climate Resiliency In Dania Beach
The US Environmental Protection Agency has selected Broward County and the City of Dania Beach for a 2014 Regional Sustainable Environmental Science (RESES) Grant Award. The project titled “Community Resilience Planning and Decision Making Framework for Coastal Communities” will advance efforts to build community climate resiliency through redevelopment and strategic investments in infrastructure. The effort will focus on eastern portions of the City of Dania Beach, which are vulnerable to sea level rise and flooding. Under this grant, the EPA will provide technical assistance, along with university and consulting partners, to further develop and evaluate initial resilient redesign concepts to engage stakeholders and incorporate cost-benefit scenarios. These tools are expected to guide next steps in the prioritization and advancement of community resiliency planning, while providing a model for other local governments in southeast Florida. More…

Bike Sharing Gains Popularity
Broward B-Cycle continues to gain popularity, with the number of riders increasing by 19 percent in October 2014, compared to 2013. The Board of County Commissioners approved the Bike Sharing program in 2011, and since its launch in December of that year, 95,560 bike rides have been taken and 1,418 people have joined the program as annual members. There are 15 stations in Fort Lauderdale, three in Hollywood and one each in Lauderdale by the Sea, Pompano Beach, Dania Beach and Hallandale Beach.  Visit the website for details.

Volunteers Sought for 2015 Homeless Count
The Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership, in collaboration with the Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Broward Sheriff’s Office, 2-1-1, Nova Southeastern University and Hands on Broward, is seeking 200 volunteers to assist the Homeless Continuum of Care with the collection of data for the 2015 Homeless Point-In-Time (PIT) Count Survey and Zero 2016 Registry. The activities begin on Monday, January 26, and run through Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Zero 2016 aims to create a registry of homeless people in the County and line up a supply of housing and service resources to assist them. All volunteers are required to attend a mandatory orientation session. More…

Broward Boulevard Resurfacing Project Underway
The Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division is currently repaving a section of East Broward Blvd., between Federal Highway and North Victoria Park Road. During construction, 6PM to 6AM, one lane of traffic in each direction will remain open to motorists along East Broward Blvd., from Federal Highway to NE 15th Avenue. Work in the segment east of NE 15th Avenue, will be done with one lane of traffic open. Sidewalks will be accessible to pedestrians at all times. The project will be completed by January 4th, barring unforeseen conditions or weather delays. For more information call 954-357-6040.

County Offices Closed December 25th-26th and January 1st
County governmental offices will close on Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25th and on Friday, December 26th. Offices will also be closed New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015. There are some exceptions. More…

Visit Broward County Parks for the Holidays
Opportunities for fun, affordable leisure activities are always available at County parks. On Saturday, December 20th, enjoy a Safari with Santa Bob Claus, 8:30-10AM, at Everglades Holiday Park, 21940 Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale, and celebrate Solstice Family Night 6-8PM, at Tree Tops Park, 3900 S.W. 100th Ave., Davie. On Friday, December 26th, at 7PM, join in a Kwanzaa celebration at Franklin Park, 2501 Franklin Drive, Fort Lauderdale. The Holiday Fantasy of Lights, a three-mile drive-through wonderland with animated light displays, is open from 6-10PM, nightly through January, 3rd, at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek. Also being offered at Tradewinds Park is a Winter Break Horse Camp for tweens and teens, 9 to 16, on December 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th, 8:30AM to 3:30PM. For a complete listing of events at a park near you visit the Parks and Recreation Division website.

Innovative Workshop for Arts Writers and Journalists

Broward Cultural Division presents the second workshop in its innovative Broward Arts Journalism Alliance Program, at 9AM, on Saturday, January 31st, at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. The program, Expanding the Framework for Arts Coverage, will look into specific areas of arts journalism, and includes discussion with local and national experts. In addition to the keynote talks, attendees have the option to attend workshops with notable faculty members from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Cost is $25 and attendees can RSVP Online. Members of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Florida Pro Chapter and SPJ students, associated with the affinity group chapter, can also register online and receive a discount. More…

News from "Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community"
VisualEYES Mural Project

Wall Art by Luis Valle VisualEYES, a dynamic Broward 100 cornerstone, is gearing up to launch its much anticipated mural project. A select group of renowned South Florida artists were commissioned to create 10 murals across the County. Each artist was matched to a County commission district in which they will work closely with residents through a series of community engagement workshops. This public art program allows the artists to truly dig deep and understand the social issues and flavor of the surrounding neighborhoods. This innovative and interactive research will allow the artists to design murals that really speak to the community with authenticity, while paying tribute to the County's 100th year milestone. The artist lineup with their matched locations are: Alex Vahan of Cushy Gigs Creative Corporation, Sunrise; Carla Rowe and Addonis Parker, Pompano Beach; Ruben Ubiera, Tamarac; Elio "Evoca1" Mercado, Oakland Park; Luis Valle, Plantation; Eduardo Mendieta, Hallandale; Andrew Reid, Davie; Gary Moore, Miramar; Nathan "Nate Dee" Delinois, Unincorporated Broward; and William Savarese, Port Everglades. Artists and location matches were selected by Broward County’s Cultural Council through its Art of Community Programming Committee. This Broward 100 project is slated to roll out in early 2015, and will take place throughout the centennial year. For more information visit Follow Broward 100 on and

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