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This Week in Broward County Government
December 12, 2014
Volume XIX, No. 49
County Named Climate Action Champion by Department of Energy
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized Broward County and the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact as “Climate Action Champions.” Sixteen cities, regions and tribal governments across the county were selected as the first group of “Climate Action Champions.” The designation honors the decisive action already undertaken by the four Compact counties - Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Monroe - to cut carbon pollution and build resilience. Since its establishment in 2009, the Compact has produced a series of technical documents providing a common framework for planning, including a unified sea level rise projection; published a five-year Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) and undertaken significant efforts to implement its 110 recommendations. More…

Port Everglades sees Increase in International Trade
Broward County’s Port Everglades experienced a surge in international trade with an 11 percent increase in TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the industry’s standard measurement for container volumes), and a 6.85 percent increase in the dollar value of all waterborne commerce, during the first nine months of calendar year 2014.  Current data shows Port Everglades’ trade with the world totaled $20.17 billion through the first nine months of 2014, which includes containerized cargo, petroleum products and bulk cargoes. Imports rose 16.21 percent, and exports decreased 1.27 percent. Broward County’s Port is Florida’s top seaport, for import/export trade. More…

County to Support Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo
The County will co-sponsor the 2015 Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE) to be held Wednesday, October 14, to Friday, October 16, 2015, at the Broward County Convention Center. FITCE is expected to draw thousands, including dignitaries and politicians, to the County and has already garnered support from municipalities, consulate offices and private sector organizations. The three-day event will include workshops, cultural events, an exhibition hall, luncheons and more. FITCE will also partner with County organizations Zambrano Foundation, Inc., the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce, Orbis Strategy Group, Americas Community Center, Global Trade Chamber and the PR/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to produce a memorable event. More…

Water and Wastewater Services Wins Outstanding Distribution System Award
The Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA) has named the Water and Wastewater Services Operations Division first place winner of the 2014 Division 6 Outstanding Distribution System Award. FSAWWA reviews submissions annually from across the state to determine the water distribution systems deserving special recognition for outstanding performance. Committee members judged the county’s system based on water quality, operations record, maintenance, professionalism of employees, safety and emergency preparedness, and cross connection/control program. The committee also reviewed other areas including customer service, public outreach efforts and training. More…

Return Overdue Library Materials with no Fines during Amnesty Days December 13th-19th
The Libraries Division is offering “Amnesty Days” from December 13th to 19th. During this time, customers may return late materials to any Library and the fines will be pardoned. Materials can be returned to the Circulation Desk or book drop. This offer is for all customers and applies to books, DVDs or CDs even if they’re a day or one year late or more. “Sometimes fines can stop a person from visiting and using their library, and we want to encourage them by welcoming both our books and our people back,” said Libraries Division Director Skye Patrick. “This is the first Amnesty period in several years and a fantastic opportunity to kick off the grand reopening celebration for the Main Library.” More…

Construction Begins on New Pedestrian Bridge in Oakland Park
The Highway Construction and Engineering Division has started work on the NW 21st Avenue Pedestrian Bridge over the C-13 Canal in Oakland Park. The project involves construction of a new bridge along the west side of NW 21st Avenue, that will connect to the sidewalks, Veterans Park and the Greenway multipurpose pathways. Construction hours are 7AM-5PM and traffic impact should be minimal. Expected completion date is May 2015, barring unforeseen conditions or weather delays. For information call 954-577-4555.

 Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community
Broward Moments
Frank Stranahan, credited as Fort Lauderdale’s founding father, came here in 1893 to manage the ferry across the New River. His wife Ivy Cromartie Stranahan came to serve as the area’s first school teacher. The Stranahans helped to shape the development of the area, and were involved in many aspects of the community from politics and business to social welfare, environmentalism, and women and Native American’s rights. The Stranahan house, built in 1901 as a trading post and converted into a residence in 1906, is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County. This historic home and trading post, with a stunning view of the New River, is now open to the public as a museum. Broward Moments is about significant events and people in the County’s 100-year history that have contributed to our rich culture, creative vitality and economic growth. To learn more about Broward’s history and the centennial celebration visit the Broward 100 website or email Broward100.  Get instant updates by following on Twitter, official hashtag #Broward100, and like us on Facebook

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