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January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019    

Appointing Authority Chooses Oversight Board for Transportation Surtax

An independent Oversight Board of volunteer professionals was appointed on Thursday, January 10th to oversee the administration of funds collected from the recently approved penny surtax for transportation. The Board will be responsible for reviewing projects for eligibility, monitoring revenues and expenditures, and offering transparency and accountability to the public. The Board was appointed by an Appointing Authority, Chaired by local businessman Randall Vitale. More...​

NEW DATE: Census 2020 Kick-off

Broward’s Census 2020 Complete Count Committee Kick-off Meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, January 30th from 10AM-12PM in Oakridge Hall at Tree Tops Park in Davie. Residents are invited to learn more about the various subcommittees and sign up to support a complete count. The six subcommittees are: City-County Coordination, Cultural and Ethnic, Hard to Enumerate, Promotions, Recruitment and Training, and Faith-Based Institutions. Visit and/or RSVP to for more information.​

Safety Improvements at FLL

Work is underway on a million-dollar Pedestrian Crosswalk Signalization Project at Broward’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to improve safety and traffic flow on the lower-level roadway outside of Terminals 2, 3 and 4. Crosswalk improvements include an audible pedestrian-activated signal system, enhanced overhead lighting, new traffic signals, new warning signs and pavement markings for motorists, ADA-accessible ramps on both sides of the curb, and impact bollards for pedestrian and terminal safety. Targeted completion is summer 2019. More...​

January Rabies Clinic

Broward’s Animal Care and Adoption Division is hosting a low-cost Rabies Clinic on Saturday, January 26th from 9AM to 2PM at Hagen Park, 2020 Wilton Drive, in Wilton Manors. Cost for a one-year rabies vaccination and Broward County Pet Registration Tag is $25 if your pet is spayed or neutered and $35 if they are not. Microchips will be available for free. No appointment is necessary, customers are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and must be a Broward resident. All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in carriers. No cash or checks please; only debit and credit cards will be accepted. For a complete schedule of the 2019 clinics, visit our website.​

Save the Date

The annual Broward & Beyond Business Conference will take place Friday, May 3rd at the Signature Grand in Davie. The conference provides attendees with an opportunity to learn from industry experts and successful peers and includes morning breakout sessions, a keynote luncheon, and a topical afternoon plenary session. The event will peak with a new open forum format of networking activities. Visit Broward’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development website for updates.​

Destination Fridays, Sizzling 60s

Celebrate the 1960s and The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at #Destination Fridays - Sizzling 60s on Friday, January 18th from 6:30-9:30PM at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The first #Destination Fridays event of 2019 features entertainment by The Ladies of Soul with their Motown sound as well as a spoken word performance. Dress in your favorite retro 1960s attire, show off your best dance moves, cool off with the night’s signature cocktail and sample down-home Southern comfort food. Tickets for this ages-21-and-up event are $10, which includes food, two drinks and free gated parking. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at Eventbrite. Call 954-357-6282 for details or visit​

Report from the Broward Municipal Services District

Broward County’s Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department is accepting applications from owners of private residential property within the Broward Municipal Services District for remedial pruning or removal of trees near power lines. On May 8, 2018, the Broward County Commission approved an ordinance to regulate tree maintenance near power lines according to Florida Power & Light’s Right Tree, Right Place guidelines. The ordinance includes provisions for funding assistance to help residential property owners with qualifying trees hire properly licensed tree service contractors to prune, trim, or remove trees that could cause power outages during stormy weather. Funding is limited and not guaranteed. Approval is on a first come – first qualified basis. The deadline to submit applications is May 8, 2019. More...​​

Things to Do at a Park Near You

Find out who makes the best chili while listening to popular country music at the 34th Annual 99.9 KISS Country Chili Cookoff on Saturday, January 26th at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. Concert gates open at 8:30AM and musical acts, which include Brooks & Dunn, Luke Combs, Rodney Atkins, Locash, Tyler Rich, and Runaway June, begin at 10AM. There will be food and drink vendors, a Line Dancing Tent, and a chili cookoff contest. Visit​ for details and ticket information.​

Learn about some of the interesting inhabitants at the nature center aquarium at Aquarium: Behind the Scenes at Anne Kolb Nature Center​ in Hollywood on Saturday, January 19th and Sunday, January 20th at 2PM. Observe them feeding and learn about these interesting creatures. While you're in the exhibit hall, check out the other displays to learn about plants and animals of the mangroves, and then go outside to follow a boardwalk trail in search of wildlife. Call 954-357-5161 for details.​​

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