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This Week in Broward County Government
October 24, 2014
Volume XIX, No. 43
Applicants Sought for Historic Preservation Board
The Board of County Commissioners is accepting resumes from Broward residents interested in appointment to the Historic Preservation Board.  To be considered, individuals must be a practicing or retired professional in one of the following areas - general or building contractor, conservation or curation, professional engineering, historic architecture, architectural history or an allied or related profession, archaeology, anthropology or cultural anthropology, historic preservation, history or folklore, planning and land use related to historic preservation, licensed architect with demonstrable historic preservation experience. Resumes may be submitted electronically to or to Maribel Feliciano. More…

County Launches New Website on Sustainability
Do you want to live in one of the most beautiful, progressive, economically competitive and environmentally sustainable communities in the nation?  Well, if you live in Broward County, you already do! Broward County has been awarded a 4-STAR rating for national excellence in economic, environmental and community sustainability by the STAR Community Rating System. STAR or Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating communities, is a national certification program to recognize sustainable communities. The rating system includes seven goal areas and 44 sustainability objectives, with a total of 526 measurable indicators. Communities are awarded a rating based upon a total cumulative score of points achieved and in accord with the STAR Community Rating System Verification Policy. The County’s Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division led the initiative, along with other county departments and a number of community partners, to achieve the rating by collecting data to fulfill the reporting requirements. Visit the new STAR website with comprehensive information on the rating and ways that municipalities, businesses, organizations and individuals can take advantage of the resources, or contact Jill Horwitz, Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division.
To see the full list of STAR points earned by Broward County, visit the Broward STAR Community page.

Cruise with Ease on the New Port App
Port Everglades is making it more convenient for cruise guests to plan their next ocean-bound vacation with an online version of the Cruise Guide and a new, user-friendly cruise app for mobile devices. The 2015 guide features 120 pages of detailed descriptions and photographs for each of the 41 ships sailing from the port. Along with the sailing schedule, the guide provides valuable tips on embarkation and disembarkation procedures, security regulations, maps and directions, and pre-and post-cruise vacation ideas for Greater Fort Lauderdale. More…

ArtsED Forever Awards Excellence in Dance, Theater, Music and Visual Arts
Broward Cultural Division and Business for the Arts of Broward are proud to name 12 nominees for “2014 Broward County ArtsED Forever,” the new umbrella for the annual Arts Teacher of the Year Program. The celebration for excellence in arts education will be held on Wednesday, November 5th, 5:30PM, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. The event is free and open to the public. There will be one winner in each of the four categories (dance, theater, music and visual arts), along with recognition awards for other unsung arts education heroes. This year’s portfolio has been expanded to celebrate the entire arts education community and attendees will be treated to performances by some of the finest arts students and teachers. RSVP is suggested. More…

Libraries Celebrate National Novel Writing Month
Dust off your old manuscript or pull up that long forgotten computer file and head out to the library for a celebration of National Novel Writing Month. The creators of National Novel Writing Month encourage a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing and challenge budding writers, young and old, to complete a novel in 30 days. The library is offering a number of sessions to get the creative process flowing. Visit Broward County Libraries to see a list of the events and National Novel Writing Month for more ways to be inspired. More…

Got S’mores?  Enjoy them Over a Campfire
The Parks and Recreation division continues its popular Family Hayride and Campfire Series. The events are held on Fridays, from 7-9:30PM, at Easterlin, Quiet Waters and Tradewinds parks, and from 6-9PM at T.Y. Park. Tickets are $3.50 per person (ages 3 and up), which includes one hayride and one bag of fixings to make s’mores around the campfire. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required, except at T.Y. Visit Broward County Parks for details.

Property Tax Bills to be Mailed November 1st
The Records, Taxes and Treasury Division will mail more than 430,000, 2014 property tax bills on November 1st. To avoid penalty or fees, property taxes must be paid no later than March 31, 2015. Payments can be filed as early as November 1st, to take advantage of County discounts. A four percent discount applies if taxes are paid in November, three percent in December, two percent in January and one percent in February. More…

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Sun Sentinel to Provide Coverage for Broward’s Centennial

During the year leading up to Broward County’s centennial in October 2015, the Sun Sentinel will offer tidbits and fun factoids on all-things historical in Broward. Discover something new about your hometown on page 2A in the print edition or online daily.  Readers might be surprised about the various milestones our young County has accomplished. As the paper wrote earlier this month, “The Sun Sentinel, which itself turned 100 in 2011, will take you back over the century through historical anecdotes, photos and items of interest that document Broward's journey. From a swampy backwater with a population fewer than 5,000, the county has grown into a worldwide tourist destination whose residents now number 1.8 million, a fraction of the 13.4 million visitors who arrive here each year.” 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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