February 15, 2019    

Small Business Orientation

Get acquainted with the programs and services provided by Broward’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development on Wednesday, March 20th from 3 - 4:30PM at the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 302 in Fort Lauderdale. This session is designed to provide basic information and share tips and best practices when doing business with the government. Register online.

FLL Has Banner Year

2018 total traffic at Broward’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was 35,963,370, up 10.6 percent over 2017. Domestic traffic was 27,355,007, up 8 percent and international traffic was 8,608,363, up 19.8 percent. FLL has experienced double digit international growth for the last 5 years, positive growth in total traffic every year since 2010, with 13 more scheduled daily domestic departures and 12 more scheduled daily international departures than in 2017. According to Airports Council International Rankings for November YTD, FLL was the fastest growing large hub with traffic up 11 percent, ranked 18th in total traffic, and ranked 10th in total international traffic.

New Service scheduled for 2019:

  • January: Silver Airways to Daytona Beach
  • February: JetBlue to Phoenix, St. Maarten and Guayaquil; Spirit Airlines to Jacksonville and Austin; and Silver Airways to Pensacola and The Bight (Bahamas)
  • March: WestJet to St. Johns Newfoundland and Frontier Airlines to Denver
  • May: Spirit Airlines to Raleigh Durham
  • June: Spirit Airlines to Charlotte

MERGE Virtual Reality Headsets Now Available

MERGE Virtual Reality Headsets Now Available Broward County Library and MERGE, the leader in augmented and virtual reality learning products, now lets library customers check out and take home MERGE AR/VR (Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality) Headsets for use in conjunction with the MERGE Cube. The MERGE Cubes and MERGE Headsets bring 3D content to life and users can access over 300 kid-safe VR and 360 video experiences from sources such as NASA, National Geographic, Disney Google and even your Android or iOS smartphones. The MERGE Headsets are available at nine Broward County Library locations as part of a unique pilot program. More...

Low-Cost Rabies Clinic in Cooper City

Broward’s Animal Care and Adoption hosts a low-cost Rabies Clinic event on Saturday, March 2nd from 9AM to 2PM at Brian Piccolo Park, 9501 Sheridan Street in Cooper City. All Broward residents with pets are invited to attend. Cost for a one-year rabies vaccination and Broward County Pet Registration Tag is $25 if your pet is spayed or neutered, $35 if your pet is not. Microchips, with free registration, will be available for FREE. No appointment is necessary. No cash or checks please, only debit and credit cards will be accepted. More...

County Offices Closed in Honor of President’s Day

County governmental offices will be closed on Monday, February 18th in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday. Many online services such as ePay are still available at Broward.org. Additional exceptions apply. More...

Report from the Broward Municipal Services District

Broward’s Planning and Development Management Division announces the release of the Broward Municipal Profiles dashboard series. This interactive tool is available in desktop and mobile version on the County’s demographics webpage. Users can access quick-reference statistics from the US Census Bureau for Broward Municipal Services District neighborhoods and Broward municipalities. Included are commonly requested data figures pertaining to demographics, economics, families, housing, and social topics that are useful for grant applications, presentations, and community engagements. For more information about this and more innovative tools to stay connected with Municipal Services District happenings, email AskBMSD@broward.org.

Things to Do at a Park Near You

Nature Based Learning Fun at Broward Parks:

Ten plant communities have been identified within Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek. Explore some of them at the Saturday Stroll & Learn program, which takes place monthly on the third Saturday through March. Participants in this series of naturalist-led walks will observe and discuss the habitats they encounter and the plants that inhabit them. The free walks start at 10AM, but preregistration is required. More...

Savvy home landscapers often look to Broward County Parks for guidance on what to put into the ground and what to do once it’s planted. We emphasize the importance of plants native to South Florida for use in home landscape design and regularly welcome nurseries and other vendors into our parks to sell native plants. The next Native Plant Sale is Saturday, February 16th from 9AM to Noon at Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood. More...



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