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This Week in Broward County Government
September 19, 2014
Volume XIX, No. 38
FLL Officially Opens New South Runway
County, state and local officials joined community partners and residents on Thursday morning for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s (FLL) new South Runway. JetBlue’s Flight 1028, aptly named in accordance with the compass heading of the new runway, was the first to land. The flight took off from the north runway, headed east and then west over the Everglades, before making an eastbound landing on the new runway. After Flight 1028, the first regularly scheduled flight to use the new runway was also a JetBlue flight departing to Newark, New Jersey. The new runway is 8000 feet long and runs parallel to the existing 9000 foot runway. This addition will allow FLL to operate simultaneous landings and departures, expanding capacity at the airport to up to 425,000 flights annually, up from 260,000 at present. This will also ease crowds and make travel easier for the 23.5 million passengers who visit the airport annually. The new runway is part of a $2.3 billion capital improvement project that includes the renovation of three terminals and complete reconstruction of Terminal 4. Construction in all of the terminals is scheduled to be completed by 2017.

Commissioners Approve New Regulation that Calls for More Exercise, Less Television and Better Nutrition at Daycare Centers
Broward County Commissioners have approved new daycare regulations designed to encourage physical fitness, provide better nutrition and promote more hygienic environments.The regulation, spearheaded by Commissioner Martin David Kiar, will affect an estimated 90,000 children in Broward County daycare centers and children attending school programs operated by private companies. The revised ordinance mandates more hours of exercise, low or no fat milk products for children under two years, shaded areas on playgrounds, and prohibits sharing of homemade snacks unless for cultural celebrations. Time spent in front of a computer would also be restricted with the exception of computer use for homework. More…

Public Hearing on Proposed Bus Service Adjustments and Increase to Fares and Passes Scheduled for September 23rd
The County Commission will hold a public meeting at 2PM, on Tuesday, September 23rd, at the Governmental Center, 115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 422, to receive public comments on Broward County Transit (BCT) proposed bus service adjustments and fares and pass increases. If approved, the proposed increases would become effective over two, fiscal year periods: October 1, 2014 and October 1, 2015. The proposed bus service adjustments will become effective October 13, 2014, for the 595 Express Bus Service and in January 2015 for the US 1 Breeze Limited-Stop service. More…

Test Drive an Electric Car at the National Drive Electric Event this Saturday
The County’s Environmental Protection and Growth Management Division invites the community to the National Drive Electric event on Saturday, September 20th, 5-8PM, at the Peter Feldman Park, 310 NE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale. Held in collaboration with the Flagler Fusion Street Festival, this event will feature a free ride-and-drive opportunity of the latest plug-in electric vehicle models and a venue for local plug-in electric vehicle owners to gather with their vehicles and share their thoughts and experiences with the public. The festival will also offer art, live music, green market produce and a food truck rally. Visit the National Drive Electric Week Events for details. More…

Export Readiness Seminars Begin September 22nd
The Office of Economic and Small Business Development, in conjunction with Broward College, will host a series of free Export Readiness Seminars starting Monday, September 22nd, 9AM-Noon, at Broward College, 111 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The seminars are designed to educate local companies on how to begin exporting and will cover areas such as free trade agreements, country policies, export financing and logistics and support. For additional information on the Export Readiness Seminar and other services, visit the Office of Economic and Small Business Development or call 954-357-6400. More…

Last Call to Photographers for Broward 100 “Inside Out” Project
The Broward Cultural Division seeks professional photographers for the Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community “Inside Out” project.  Inspired by Parisian street artist JR, and his large-format street pastings, “Inside Out” is a global art project with participants in more than 108 countries. The goal of Broward 100 is to collectively install one of the largest of these projects that will showcase members of our community through black and white photographs displayed on large posters, mounted in public spaces and archived online. Photographers must be 18 or older, a Broward County resident for a minimum of 12 months, and have proof of residency. Applications should be submitted online by September 30th, 11:59 PM. More…

Enjoy Nighttime Adventures at Broward County Parks
The Parks and Recreation Division invites you to spend “An Evening Under the Stars” at the Fern Forest Nature Center 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek, starting weekly on Friday, September 19th, and at the Fox Observatory at Markham Park, Sunrise every Saturday from dusk to midnight. Visitors can learn about telescopes, general astronomy and enjoy free stargazing. If that’s not enough you can spend the night at the park with special camping packages being offered in October. The “Family Fun Package” and the “Escape Special” are being offered at Easterlin Park, 1000 NW 38th Street, Oakland Park. For details visit Parks and Recreation.

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Centennial Celebration Begins October 16th with “Broward 100 @ The Block Party”

Broward County’s yearlong 100th birthday celebration will begin on Thursday, October 16th, with the Broward 100 @ The Block Party, 5-8PM, along Las Olas Boulevard, between Andrews and Second Avenues. Presented in collaboration with Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University (NSU), and NSU’s Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, the Block Party will feature art exhibitions, live music and performances, live graffiti painting, family activities and food trucks at seven event areas. Broward native Catherine Hickland, best known for ABC's One Life to Live & Broadway's Les Misérables fame, will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Broward College will reveal its “Inside Out” Broward installation, a large-scale black-and-white collage of student headshots. Broward 100 @ The Block Party is free and open to all. For additional details visit Broward, or email  Get instant updates by following on, official hashtag #Broward100, and like us on

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