2018 Session – Week 7 Legislative ALERT!
On February 21st, more than 100 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School traveled to Tallahassee to meet with legislators and participate in a large mid-day rally on the steps of the Old Florida Capitol. Students advocated for stronger gun control measures including a full ban of assault weapons and extensive background checks for gun buyers. The students met with Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Senate President Joe Negron and Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran, among others.
As a result of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Governor and Legislature are expected to unveil a public safety bill to address gun access and violence. The bill is expected to include language that keeps at-risk individuals from accessing firearms, raising the age from 18 to 21 for purchasing and possessing a gun, and a ban on bump stocks.
With two weeks before the 2018 Regular Session ends, the House and Senate have not been able to agree on monetary allocations to start negotiations for the 2018-2019 budget. Senate President Joe Negron said that the main problem is the Speaker’s desire to tie the budget to the passage of the House’s education reform package (HB 7055). It is likely that the Legislature will have to extend session or call a special session at a later date to reach an agreement on the budget.
Celebrate Water Matters Day
Enjoy presentations, exhibits, demonstrations, and more at the 16th Annual Broward Water Matters Day on Saturday, March 10th from 9AM to 3PM at Tree Tops Park in Davie. Water Matters Day is Broward's signature water conservation event where residents learn about our local and regional water resources, how water is managed, and how Broward County is planning to meet our future water needs. More...
Is Your Web Browser Current?
Effective February 28th, all customers opening secure web browser connections to Broward County payment websites will need to use the current versions of their browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome & Safari) which include the latest security protocols. If you receive an error while making a credit card payment to Broward County, it may be because the web browser is outdated. More...
Date Change for Comprehensive Plan Workshop
Broward’s public workshop for the BrowardNEXT2.0 Comprehensive Plan Update has been changed to:
When: Thursday, March 15th, 10AM to Noon
Where: Anne Kolb Nature Center, Mangrove Hall, 751 Sheridan Street, Hollywood
Why: To learn about the vision for Broward County and regional strategies to address a wide range of issues, including: Housing, Transportation, Climate Change, Historic Preservation, Environmental Protection, Land Use, Education, Recreation and Open Space, Water Management, Natural Disasters, Intergovernmental Coordination and Solid Waste.
Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance
Broward County Libraries
will host free, in-person tax preparation services at various library locations. Participants are asked to bring the following: More...
Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and dependents
Copy of last year's income tax returns
W-2 forms from each employer; unemployment compensation statements; SSA-1099 form if you were paid Social Security benefits
All 1099 forms showing interest or if you received pension or annuity and all forms indicating federal income tax paid
Child care provider information
Receipts or canceled checks if itemizing deductions
Improvements for Military Trail
Broward’s Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division will be performing drainage improvements along southbound Military Trail in Deerfield Beach starting February 26th and ending on May 24th barring any unforeseen conditions or weather delays. More...
Mosquito Inspectors Keep Broward Healthy
Although the rainy season is still months away, Broward’s Mosquito Control Inspectors are hard at work checking for potential breeding sites around Broward homes and businesses, staying ahead of the mosquitoes. Inspectors are checking and treating areas where immature mosquitoes, known as larvae, are harboring. More...
Report From the Broward Municipal Services District
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is performing milling and resurfacing of NW 31 st Avenue from Broward Boulevard to Commercial Boulevard. The project scope includes restriping the through lanes to create a bicycle lane. FDOT has estimated 90 days to complete this work. The overall cost of this project is $2.5 million. Single lane closures can be expected Monday through Friday between 9AM-4PM, and Sunday through Thursday between 9PM and 5AM. Construction activities will be suspended during the school zone hours. This project continues the beautification and infrastructure enhancements that are being performed in the Broward Municipal Services District.
Things to Do at a Park Near You
March is Florida Bicycle Month. What will you do to celebrate? Broward County Parks
is a longtime sponsor of Florida Bicycle Month and offers a number of fitness and education-centered events for riders
of all ages to enjoy from new rider orientation at the Velodrome at Brian Piccolo Park to a night bike ride to a bike scavenger hunt. Additional bicycling opportunities
are available year-round through Broward County Parks.
Do you know horse trail do’s and don’ts?
Here are a few that apply to trails at Broward Parks: DO show courtesy and respect for other riders, provide current proof of your horse’s negative Coggins Test upon request, and use designated areas only. DON’T bring dogs onto horse trails, leave your horse unattended, or permit your horse to engage in aggressive behavior.