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This Week in Broward County Government
September 26, 2014
Volume XIX, No. 39
Consolidation of E911 Dispatch System is Complete on October 1st – New Non-Emergency Number Also Takes Effect
The year-long project to consolidate the county’s E911 Regional Dispatch System will be complete on October 1st. In 2002, Broward County voters approved a charter amendment calling for a countywide emergency dispatch system that would coordinate response for life-threatening emergencies, regardless of where in Broward County the call originates. After extensive research, analysis and an inclusive community input process, including a board comprised of city managers and administrators, fire, police and law enforcement representatives; municipal leadership representing 87 percent of Broward County residents agreed that the County should operate a countywide dispatch system to improve public safety response and address the challenges of a decentralized system. Effective October 1, 2014, all municipalities in Broward County are part of the regional consolidated system, except Plantation and Coral Springs, who elected to continue to operate their own systems. The E911 Regional Consolidated Dispatch System is managed by Broward County Commission’s Office of Communications Technology and operated by the Broward Sheriff's Office. Under the new system, also beginning October 1st, all residents, except those living in Plantation and Coral Springs, will call a new 954-764-HELP number for Non-Emergency Police or Fire Services. Residents should continue to call 911 when they need immediate assistance to save a life, report a fire and/or stop a crime.

Business Loan Seminar Series Continues this Saturday
The Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) will host part two of its Business Loan Seminar series on Saturday, September 27th, 10:30AM to Noon, at the Hollywood Branch Library, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard. Featured speakers are Cheryl Cook of South Florida Regional Planning Council and Michael Carn of Metro Broward. The seminars are designed to increase awareness about the State of Florida’s loan programs to benefit small businesses. For more information and a schedule of upcoming seminars visit the OESBD website.

Performing and Visual Arts College Fair for High School Students
Broward Cultural Division invites all college-bound high school students interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies in the areas of music, dance, theater, visual arts, graphic design and other related disciplines to attend the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) Performing and Visual Arts College Fair.  More than 40 colleges and universities from around the country will be in attendance on Tuesday, Sept. 30th, at the Dillard Center for the Arts, 2501 Northwest 11th St., Fort Lauderdale, from 6-9PM. The Fair is FREE and open to the public. For more information, including a schedule of schools represented and pre-fair informational sessions, visit More…

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center invites you to Experience Ghana
Experience a warm “Akwaaba" (welcome) to the friendly spirit of Ghana at the Destination Friday-Ghana event on October 3rd, 6:30-9:30PM, at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Learn about the culture and history of Ghana, experience African fashions, enjoy culinary delights and move to the rhythm of the African drums. Throughout the evening, there will be prizes and surprises, including a giveaway of an eight-day Ghana land package from Ebony Heritage Travel.  Admission is $10, and tickets may be purchased through Eventbrite or paid with cash or credit card at the door. For more information contact the AARLCC at 954-357-6210.

Nighttime Construction on Coconut Creek Parkway Begins October 5th
The Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division (HBMD) will be performing nighttime construction on Coconut Creek Parkway, between Lyons Road and the Florida Turnpike overpass, from October 5th to the 31st, barring unforeseen conditions or weather delays. The project will involve milling, resurfacing and re-striping and addition of bicycle lanes on both sides of Coconut Creek Parkway. To minimize traffic impacts to nearby schools and businesses, construction will occur between 6PM and 6AM. During nighttime construction, one lane of traffic, in each direction, will remain open to motorists. During normal business hours all lanes of traffic will be available. Sidewalks will be accessible to pedestrians at all times during the project. This project is part of the County’s Complete Streets initiative to provide safer streets for everyone. For more information call 954-357-5942 or 954-357-6040.

County’s Dim Lights Initiative Aids in Fewer Sea Turtle Nests Being Relocated
The Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division reports that the County has been very successful in its efforts to reduce the number of sea turtle nests relocated because of lighting concerns. So far this season (March thru October) only 1.5 percent of nests were relocated. Historically, Broward County’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program would relocate threatened nests from illuminated beach areas to safer, darker portions of the beach or to hatcheries. Prior to the 2005 season, the program relocated almost 70 percent of nests deposited along Broward’s shores. The County’s conservation strategy has been to move away from this potentially invasive method, as handling of developing eggs can decrease the hatch success. This change in approach is expected to increase the number of emerging hatchlings. More…

New Restaurants Join Dine Out Discount Program
Greater Fort Lauderdale's celebration of the destination's growing foodie scene will have an international flavor this year with new restaurants joining Dine Out Lauderdale from October 1st to November 6th. During this time, $35 three-course prix fixe menus will be offered at 37 of the area’s top restaurants, including newcomers bringing flavors from around the world. This year's notable additions include: Beauty & the Feast at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa; Sky Thai Sushi, offering Thai and Japanese cuisine with an extensive Sake list; Tsukuro, a chic zen-like dining experience; Eduardo de San Angel, serving traditional Mexican favorites; Piccolo Ristorante for an intimate Italian dining experience; and Chart House, serving seafood along the Intracoastal Waterway. Diners can also expect long-standing favorites along the waterfront, throughout chic hotels and in the heart of areas like Las Olas. For more information on these restaurants and other off-season deals visit

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

Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community invites you to share and enjoy a Broward Moment about Lazy Lake

Lazy Lake (zip code 33305) is a village contained entirely within the borders of the city of Wilton Manors. As of the 2010 Census, the village had a total population of just 24. Incorporated in 1953, Lazy Lake is the smallest municipality in Broward County, comprised of just 13 acres. Together with architect Clinton Gamble and financier Charles H. Lindfors, Hal Ratliff began building the community in 1946. Ratliff’s goal was to build a community that allowed neighbors to keep to themselves and keep the world at bay. Construction rock was quarried there, which created a large hole that was filled to create the lake. Until recently, Lazy Lake had no traffic light, gas station, website or town hall, and only one road to call its own. It was so named because the developer’s friend commented that it looked “so lazy and peaceful.” To date there are only 15 single family homes located there. Broward Moments are significant events in the County’s 100-year history that have contributed to the rich culture, creative vitality and economic growth of the community. For more Broward Moments and to learn about the Centennial Celebration visit Broward, or email  Get instant updates by following on, official hashtag #Broward100, and like us on

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