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This Week in Broward County Government
October 17, 2014
Volume XIX, No. 42
Resorts World Bimini Launches Shuttle Service from Port Everglades
Broward County welcomes Resorts World Bimini SuperFast Shuttle to Port Everglades. The daily cruise ship is now sailing year-round from Port Everglades to Bimini every Tuesday and Wednesday. “This is big business for Broward County as the cruise industry is critical to the quality of life we enjoy and our economic stability. At Port Everglades, the cruise industry generates nearly $1.7 billion in economic activity and $51 million in state and local taxes,” said Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief. “Not only do cruise ships, both daily and multi-day, bring jobs and revenue to our Port, but they also bring guests who visit our hotels and resorts, and support the small businesses and attractions that are the lifeblood of our economy.” The 1,500-passenger Bimini SuperFast cruise ship departs at 9AM, from Cruise Terminal 21 and returns at 9PM. The ship features 180 cabins, six restaurants and bars, casino and onboard activities during its 2-3 hour journey. More…

Everglades Holiday Park Celebrates Unique Ecosystem 
“There are no other Everglades in the world,” declared the great writer and environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas in her 1947 book, The Everglades: River of Grass. Celebrate this one-of-a-kind ecosystem on Everglades Day, Saturday, October 18th, from 10AM to 4PM, at Everglades Holiday Park in western Broward. Learn about the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, the flora and fauna of the Glades and management challenges such as invasive species. Organizations involved in various aspects of the Everglades system will be onsite to share educational materials. Activities for children and youth include a scavenger hunt and craft projects. Other activities include a levee bicycle ride and guided nature hikes. For more information, call the park at 954-357-8101.

Broward Cultural Division Presents Arts Journalism Seminar
Broward Cultural Division announces the first workshop in its innovative Broward Arts Journalism Alliance program (BAJA), on Saturday, October 18th 9AM to 5PM, at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Presented in partnership with the Goldring Arts Journalism Program, the Janklow Arts Leadership Program and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, this series is designed to explore innovative methods in local arts coverage for both the citizen writer and the media professional. The aim is to achieve a greater volume of artistic expression, with richer more informed dialogue about the arts community. Writers and journalists from the entire South Florida region are welcome to attend. The cost per person is $25; RSVP Online. Members of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Florida Pro Chapter and students associated with the SPJ affinity group chapter, register online for a discount. More…

Join the Conversation on Planning Broward’s Future
As Broward County celebrates its Centennial, we are looking forward to the future and ensuring it will thrive in the next 100 years. With 1.85 million residents and 12 million visitors annually, there is a lot to plan for. The goal of #BrowardNext is to work with residents, businesses and Broward's 31 municipalities, to review the County’s Land Use and Comprehensive Plans to make sure they reflect current and anticipated growth and priorities. These priorities include areas such as transit, affordable housing, climate change and economic development. The public is invited to share their ideas at #BrowardNext focus group meetings at Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Wednesday, October 22nd, 1:30PM, and Wednesday, October 29th, 1:30PM. Both meetings are open to the public. For the latest news visit; follow @BrowardPlanning on Twitter and join the conversation using the hashtag#BrowardNEXT.

Broward County Transit Announces Fare Increase
Broward County Transit (BCT) fares and passes will increase over two fiscal years: November 16, 2014 and October 1, 2015.  Effective November 16th, the cost of multi-day bus passes will increase as follows: 7-Day and 10-Ride Bus passes from $16 to $18, 31-Day Adult pass from $58 to $65 and the 31-Day Reduced pass from $29 to $35. The 31-Day Reduced College Student pass will increase from $40 to $50. “This is BCT’s first fare increase in four years. It will help provide the funding needed to allow us to put more buses in service and to implement improvements to better serve our customers,” said Tim Garling, Director of Broward County Transit. For more information and to view the new fare chart, visit Broward County Transit or call the BCT Customer Service Center at 954-357-8400. More…

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

Celebration Begins with “Broward 100 @ The Block Party”

Broward County officially launched its Centennial Celebration on Thursday, October 16th, with the Broward 100 @ the Block Party, a collaboration of the Broward Cultural Division, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and three schools that are part of the downtown landscape: Broward College, Florida Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University Museum of Art. The block party featured art exhibitions, live music and performances, live graffiti painting, family activities and the unveiling of works from Inside Out Broward. The block party was just a taste of what’s to come over the next year as Broward Cultural Division and its community partners work together to showcase the best of Broward County. For details on the Centennial celebration visit, or email  Get instant updates by following on, official hashtag #Broward100, and like us on

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