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This Week in Broward County Government
October 31, 2014
Volume XIX, No. 44
Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) to Discuss Agenda for 2015 Conference
More than 60 attendees - comprised of Council leaders, staff and volunteers from the community and across the globe - are expected to gather at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, November 2nd- 4th, to discuss the agenda for the upcoming Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) 2015 Airport Business Diversity Conference. Scheduled for June 12th-16th, 2015, the conference, themed "Business Beyond the Beach: Elevating Global Opportunity," will emphasize AMAC's focus on developing international markets and highlight Broward County's unique, strategic geographic position as a "Gateway to the Americas" and a hub of South Florida. The conference will also showcase local small businesses that are part of the concessions and expansion program projects at the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL). For details call 954-357-8076 or visit the Office of Economic and Small Business Development. More…

Records, Taxes and Treasury Division Honored for Best Practices
The National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC) recently recognized the Records, Taxes and Treasury Division (RTT) with a 2014 Best Practices Award for its unique achievements with the “Electronic Recording of Notice of Commencement Documents” project. Broward County was one of three counties nationwide to receive official NACRC Best Practices recognition. “We are thrilled that our partnership with the County’s Enterprise Technology Services, and Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division, to develop an efficient way for applicants to submit building permit applications electronically was recognized nationally,” said Tom Kennedy, Director of RTT. “This project improves the customer experience, saving users time and money, and furthers the County’s ‘Go Green’ initiative.”  More…

AARLCC Art Exhibit Features Works by Broward’s Homeless 
November is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month in Broward and the  County’s Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP) is bringing community awareness with a free cooperative art event from November 7th-23rd, at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. A collection of nearly 60 pieces of artwork, consisting of drawings, paintings, miniature pottery and mixed media will be on display. The collection includes work submitted by local adults and children who have been or who are homeless, along with works from NSU’s Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale’s “Research and Development: Concerning Belonging” exhibit. "The exhibit is just one of many ways that we are educating the public about ending homelessness in Broward County by 2016," said Michael Wright, Broward County Homelessness Initiative Partnership Administrator. "While the total number of people experiencing homelessness has decreased in Broward County, reaching a 7-year low in 2014, our chronically homeless population is nearly two times higher than the average in the United States." More…

Inside Out Art Project Documentary to Screen at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
South Florida film-goers will have the opportunity to see the 2013 international documentary, Inside Out: The People's Art Project, on Wednesday, November 12th and Thursday, November 13th, at the 29th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF.) This 70-minute feature length documentary follows French artist JR around the world as he encourages communities to stand up and deliver powerful messages through his Inside Out Project. Started in 2007, Inside Out has become the largest global participatory public art platform with the power to push limits, showing art in unexpected public places. In celebration of its centennial, Broward County has joined this public art project as part of Broward 100 with pictures currently on display throughout the county and with more projects planned throughout the year.  The People's Art Project will screen at 6PM Wednesday, November 12th, Cinema Paradiso, Fort Lauderdale and 5:30PM Thursday, November 13th, Cinema Paradiso, Hollywood. A reception will follow the film. For more information visit the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival.

Library's StoryBook Festival Celebrates "Home Sweet Home Florida"
The Broward County Libraries will host its annual StoryBook Festival on Saturday, November 15th, 10AM to 4:30PM, at the Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines. This year’s theme is “Home Sweet Home Florida,” in recognition of the 100th-year anniversary of Broward County. The best storytellers from throughout the state will share traditional tales and entertainers and theatrical groups will share the history and experience of growing up in Florida through music and drama. The beauty of South Florida - the Everglades, the beaches and the many beautiful waterways - will also be emphasized throughout the day. Children are encouraged to wear costumes and join in the Storybook Parade at 1:15PM.  The City of Pembroke Pines will sponsor an arts and crafts tent where kids can get creative. The first 1,000 children at the festival will receive a free book. Food trucks will be on site selling tasty treats all day and children can get their faces painted for free. More…

There’s Much to do at a Park Near You
Quiet Waters Park will host the second annual “Everyday Green Expo,” on Saturday, November 15th, from 10AM to 2PM, at the park’s corporate shelter. Activities include raffles and giveaways, educational demonstrations, a recycling dropoff, and a Florida-Friendly landscaping tent with planting demos. Food trucks will be on site. Admission is free, but the park’s regular weekend entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and under free), will be in effect. For more information call the park at 954-357-5100. Quiet Waters is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #14. Relive the magic of the past at Camelot Days Medieval Festival, 10AM to 5:30PM, on November 15th and 16th and November 22nd and 23rd, at T.Y. Park. These back-in-time weekends feature live music, hearty food and drink, entertainment by jesters and jousters, challenging games, exciting rides, and more. Cheer on your favorite side in the Living Chess Game, and shop for handcrafted treasures in the Artists’ Market. For more information, call the park at 954-357-8811 or visit Admission is $15 for ages 13 and up, $3 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and under. The park’s regular weekend and holiday entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will also be in effect. T.Y. is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #12 and #16.

Child Care Licensing and Enforcement is Relocating to the Governmental Center
Child Care Licensing and Enforcement is closing its office at 2995 N. Dixie Highway, Fort Lauderdale on November 14th, and will relocate to the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 119, starting November 19th. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM. For more information contact Deborah Meidinger Hosey, Human Services Manager.

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

Broward Moments -WADE-INS Social Movement

 Fort Lauderdale Beach "Wade-Ins" Historical Marker Erected July 4, 2011 Photographer: Robert Cole  Fort Lauderdale Beaches "Wade-Ins" Historical Marker Erected July 4, 2011 Photographer: Robert Cole

In the 1900s Fort Lauderdale had segregated 'white only,' beaches. In 1954, Broward County created an "African American Beach,” a mile-long stretch of property, known today as John U. Lloyd Beach State Recreation Area. There was no road to this beach, although one had been promised. In protest some members of the community staged a series of nationally publicized “Wade-Ins.” The “Wade-Ins” began on July 4, 1961, and were led by prominent African American citizens Dr. Von Mizell and Eula Johnson, NAACP president at the time. As many as 200 African American residents took part in subsequent "Wade-Ins” that were prompted by the failure to build the road to the newly mandated beach property. The civil rights activists challenged the legal and de facto segregation using non-violent strategies. Suits were filed by the City of Fort Lauderdale, to stop the “Wade-Ins,” and nearly a year later in July, 1962, Judge Ted Cabot denied the City's request. The decision, effectively desegregated the County's beaches and marked a turning point in the struggle to desegregate all public facilities in Broward County. On July 4, 2011, the City of Fort Lauderdale celebrated its centennial and, in honor of this event, erected a Florida Historical Marker from the State Bureau of Historic Preservation, at the intersection of A1A and Las Olas Blvd. Broward Moments highlight significant events and people in the County’s 100-year history that have contributed to the rich culture, creative vitality and economic growth of our community. For details on the Centennial celebration visit Broward 100 or email  Get instant updates by following on Twitter, official hashtag #Broward100, and like us on Facebook.

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