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This Week in Broward County Government
November 20, 2015
Volume 20, No. 47
County Names New Mayor and Vice Mayor
On Tuesday, November 17th, Broward Commissioners chose Vice Mayor and District 1 Commissioner Marty Kiar to serve as Mayor, and District 8 Commissioner Barbara Sharief to serve as Vice Mayor. “I am declaring this the 'Year of Good News' in Broward County," said Mayor Kiar during his acceptance speech. "During this year I hope that each Commissioner will choose to highlight those who are doing good things in Broward. We will also showcase the good services of Broward County." Mayor Kiar is a lifelong resident of the County and served several years in the Florida House of Representatives. Vice Mayor Sharief served as Broward Mayor in 2014 and was the first African American female to serve as Mayor. She also served as Vice Mayor in 2013. More…

Drive-through Service Available November 30 for Property Tax Payments
On Monday, November 30th, property owners can save time and avoid long lines when making property tax payments, by using the drive-through kiosk, in the parking lot of the Governmental Center Annex, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. The kiosk will be open for one day only from 10AM to 4PM. Customers should enter the parking lot from the Brickell Avenue (west) side of the Governmental Center and follow the signs. 2015 taxes must be paid by March 31st, to avoid delinquency. Property owners will receive a four percent discount if the full amount is paid by November 30th. More…

Help Your Neighbors in Need This Holiday
A growing number of families count on local food pantries year-round to feed their households. Fifteen percent of residents do not have access to enough food to remain healthy. Broward County reminds our community to keep those less fortunate in mind, especially during the holidays, by donating nonperishable foods during the Holiday Food Drive. A number of drop off locations have been set up throughout the County. More…

Food Safety Tips for your Pet
So much of Thanksgiving centers around food and eating that people are often tempted to feed a traditional holiday meal, complete with turkey and stuffing, to their pets. Broward Animal Care and Adoption wants you to know that these foods can make your dog or cat very sick, and can even be deadly. Keep your pets safe this holiday by keeping them on a regular feeding schedule; feeding them regular food, and securing garbage bins-table scraps, food wrappings, bones and other items can be very tempting. More…

Broward County Libraries Celebrate World Unity
Broward County Libraries encourage our community to “Think Globally, Act Locally,” especially during Global Community Month in December. Learn about other cultures through dance performances, book discussions, meditation classes, and much more. Visit Broward libraries to see the schedule of events and to access online resources that can broaden your world.

Applications Open for NatureScape Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 NatureScape Emerald Awards. This annual Broward program recognizes homeowners, governments, schools and other groups that have demonstrated extraordinary efforts to promote or implement environmentally-friendly programs and principles. NatureScape yards are designed to improve the environment by conserving water through reducing lawn areas and using native and Florida-friendly landscaping; providing food, water and shelter for wildlife; using the least toxic pest control practices; reducing storm-water runoff contaminated by pesticides and fertilizers and recycling yard waste into mulch and compost. Applications are due by December 31st. More…

Things to Do at a Park Near You
The Holiday Fantasy of Lights returns to Tradewinds Park and Stables, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek, on Friday, November 20th, through Saturday, January 2nd, from 6 to 10PM, nightly. The three-mile route includes dozens of static and animated light displays and illuminated trees, including old favorites as well as brand-new displays. You can enhance your experience with 3-D glasses available for sale at the entrance. Admission is $15 per vehicle, $40 for buses (15+ capacity). For more information, visit or call the park at 954-357-8870. Support the 28th annual Toys in the Sun Run on Sunday, December 6th. Join fellow bikers at the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach, 831 N. Federal Hwy. at 6:30AM, and ride to Markham Park 16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise. There will be live entertainment in the park, starting at 11AM, as well as vendors selling a variety of merchandise, an international food court, and a classic bike show. (no pets, coolers, or outside food and drinks permitted.) The park opens at 8AM, and you’re encouraged to arrive early as the cyclists' route will be closed to traffic once their excursion is under way. Admission is $10 per person, plus an unwrapped toy (no stuffed animals). If you show up without a toy, the fee is $20 per person. The park's regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect. Call the park at 954-357-8868 or visit To learn about other Parks events visit us online.

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