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This Week in Broward County Government
October 9, 2015
Volume 20, No. 41
Commissioners Consider Civil Citation for Marijuana Possession
County Commissioners have given preliminary approval to a new law that gives law enforcement officers the option of issuing a civil citation to anyone caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana, instead of making an arrest. Under the proposal, civil citations would not be allowed if marijuana is found in conjunction with other crimes such as driving under the influence, any felony, violent crime, domestic violence or outstanding citations. The new law would be enforceable throughout the County unless a city formally elects to opt out of the county ordinance. A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10th, 2PM, at the Broward Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 422, Ft. Lauderdale. More…

Go SOLAR Fest Continues this Saturday
The Third Annual Go SOLAR & Renewable Energy Fest continues this Saturday, 10AM to 4PM, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center. This FREE event, including free parking, aims to educate businesses and residents about solar and renewable energy, including thermal, geothermal, wind and biomass; and offers exciting new products and services that are beneficial to users and the environment. Attendees should pre-register.

FITCE Welcomes International Community at Inaugural Expo
The Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE) will welcome local and national delegations to its inaugural expo on October 12th to 16th, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center.   FITCE will offer a technology and social media lounge, international business matchmaking, keynote luncheons, VIP receptions, panel discussions, informational workshops, networking sessions, food and cultural experiences. More

Animal Care Has Record Saving Year
Broward’s Animal Care ended the 2015 fiscal year with many major accomplishments including an increased live release rate, decreased animal intake, and increased license sales. Implementation of new programs and continued engagement within the community led to an increase in the live release rate of six percent, while shelter intake decreased. More…

NatureScape Broward Hosts Taiwan Delegation
A delegation of educators, school administrators, and Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration officials recently attended a NatureScape Broward workshop and toured three schools as part of the US-Taiwan Eco-Campus Partnership Program.  The program is coordinated through the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) with its Eco-Schools USA program and has motivated 60 schools in the U.S. and 60 sister schools in Taiwan to implement sustainability measures within their school practices and curriculum this year, while sharing experiences with one another.  More…

JetBlue Adds Flight from FLL to Latin America
Thursday, October 1st, marked the start of new non-stop JetBlue service from Broward's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to Mexico City. Mexico City is JetBlue's 91st flight at FLL, with plans to grow to 100 arrivals and departures by 2016. More than 28 percent of visitors to FLL are from Latin America. JetBlue is FLL’s largest carrier with more than 70 departures on peak days to U.S. cities, the Caribbean and Latin America. For updates on airport programs and services, follow FLL on Twitter@FLLFlyer, or visit

County Receives Grant for Informational Sea Turtle Signage
Efforts to save Sea Turtles received a boost with a recent grant to design, produce, and install permanent informational signage at public beach access points throughout the County. Installing these signs will alert beach goers to nesting sites and help reduce human interference by promoting safe practices. Municipalities will help to identify locations based on the amount of pedestrian traffic and nesting activity near access points. More…

Things to Do at a Park Near You
The Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan Street, Hollywood, and the Music Club of Hollywood continue their fourth season of free "Music at the Mangrove" concerts starting Sunday, October 25th, 2 to 4PM, with Taiwanese piano virtuoso Yi-Chih Lu. Future concerts include "Favorite Opera Arias" on November 15th, and a holiday jazz concert on December 20th. For more information, call the park at 954-357-5161. Visit Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W Sample Road, Coconut Creek, 10AM to 4PM, Saturday, October 31st, to celebrate Halloween and the Fourth Annual Fall Festival. Activities include games and crafts, hayrides, food trucks, model steam train rides, farm tours and more. Proceeds benefit the Retirement Pasture, which provides a home within the park for retired horses. Tickets range from $1 per individual ticket to 25 tickets for $20. Other regular park activities are fee-based. The park's regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will also be in effect. A car or van with nine or fewer occupants pays $8, and a bus is charged $20 for admission. For more information, call the park at 954-357-8870. To learn about other Parks events visit us online.

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