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Community Update - April 2015
April 2015
Volume 17, No. 4
Photo Focus: Broward County Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Hotel
The Broward County Commission is forging ahead with its vision to establish a public/private partnership to expand the current Convention Center and develop a Headquarters Hotel on site. An iconic waterfront development on the grounds of the existing facility will occupy 40 acres of prime waterfront property fronting the Intracoastal Waterway. It will include an additional 200,000 square feet of convention center space and a 750-room Headquarters Hotel with high end dining, shopping and entertainment, all accessible via multi-modal transportation. The project will add an additional 1 million room nights in South Florida and attract more convention business as well as larger conventions and conferences. The site is in close proximity to Broward County’s Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, key gateways to South America and international trade. Visit Conventionvision.Broward.org for more details.
New Substance Abuse Facility in the Works
Broward County is moving forward with its long planned effort to build a new headquarters for the Broward Addiction Recovery Center (BARC) at the corner of SW 27th Street and 4th Avenue. BARC offers a comprehensive range of services for residents affected by substance abuse. The current facility is in a former church with limited space, 34 beds and aging equipment. The new 50-bed facility will feature state-of-the-art equipment and allow for scheduled treatment along with walk-in admittance. Construction is expected to begin in early 2016. Meanwhile, the current facility recently received an exterior makeover with the help of more than 40 Florida Power and Light (FPL) company volunteers who along with BARC staff overhauled an overgrown area with decorative landscaping, mulch and a new butterfly garden. More...

County Receives Grant to Assist Homeless Population
In support of its goals in the "A Way Home" Plan to End Homelessness, the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP) has been awarded a grant of more than $8 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This award will fund 16 renewal and three new projects providing a variety of services, and 67 new permanent supportive housing beds for chronically homeless persons in partnership with Broward County Housing Authority and Broward Housing Solutions. Visit the HIP website. More...

Campaign Takes Aim at Broward’s HIV Epidemic
Did you know that Fort Lauderdale ranks second highest in new HIV infections in the nation, outpacing New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston? According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 88 Broward County residents are living with HIV/AIDS. Racial and ethnic minorities are bearing the brunt of its impact. To help encourage residents to be tested and treated, Broward County’s Ryan White Part A Program launched a public education campaign entitled “Get Care Broward. Treat HIV. Beat HIV.” The campaign encourages viewers with HIV to get into care. If you know someone dealing with a diagnosis of HIV, encourage them to get into treatment and contact 954-357-9797 for help. More...

Save Money Parking at the Courthouse Garage
If you’re heading to the Broward County Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale, you can take advantage of the new reduced flat rate parking in the Judicial East Garage at the southeast corner of 6th and 3rd Streets. Under a plan approved by County Commissioners, parking fees were reduced from $8 per hour to a flat fee of $10 between the hours of 7 and 11AM, and a flat fee of $5 between the hours of 11AM and 7PM. Attorneys, court employees, jurors and the public are welcome to use the garage.

Volunteers Needed for Broadview Park Community Cleanup
Residents are needed to help beautify Broadview Park in the Broward Municipal Services District by participating in a Community Cleanup on Saturday, April 11th, from 8AM-12PM. Meet at Sunview Park, 1500 SW 42nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Everyone’s welcome to lend a helping hand. Bags and gloves will be provided for picking up litter and trash. Free refreshments will be available for volunteer workers. Residents of Broadview Park can place bulk waste items on their swale area between 7-11AM. You may also bring items to the event dumpster located at SW 18th Street and 43rd Way. For more information contact Juan Formoso at 954-260-8105.

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Broward Moment

Broward’s oldest municipality, Dania Beach, was founded by people of Danish decent and was incorporated in 1904. The historic roots of Broward’s first city dates back to the 1880s, when much of what is now the Florida East Coast Railway line was laid through the area. In recognition of this transportation advantage, pioneer and developer W. C. Valentine planned a settlement called Modello and 12 Danish families moved from Chicago to settle there in 1898. Three years later, 30 Danes were recruited from Oconto, Wisconsin to colonize the settlement. When the Town was incorporated in November 1904, its 35 residents changed the name to Dania. Today, Dania Beach is known for its antique shops and sandy beaches.

Dania
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Marta DuPree

Broward Moments are significant moments and people in the County’s 100-year history that have contributed to the rich culture, creative vitality and economic growth of our community.

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