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Community Update - August 2016

Photo Focus: Home Sweet Home – Franklin Park Estates
“Investing in Our Future. Improving Our Community.” is more than a slogan for residents of the Municipal Services District, an 11-square-mile area formerly known as Unincorporated Broward County. Eighteen new homes have just been completed in Franklin Park Estates. Residents are also enjoying beautification along West Sunrise Boulevard, an improved drainage system in Washington Park, a new shelter and sidewalks at Delevoe Park, and a new playground at Lafayette Hart Park with construction underway for a new community center. Municipal Services District residents receive services from Broward County and their governing body is the Broward County Commission. For more information, visit or read the District’s Semi-Annual Report.

Proposed Sales Tax Increase Slated for November Ballot
County voters will see two interlocked questions on the November 8th ballot, each asking for a half-penny sales tax increase. One proposal asks for a half-cent increase to finance countywide transportation projects. The second is a half-cent surtax to fund municipal infrastructure projects, and came at the request of Broward cities. A full one-cent sales tax would raise an estimated $310 million in the first full year and $12.4 billion over thirty years. Both proposals ask voters to increase the sales tax for 30 years and include the creation of an oversight board to monitor appropriate use of the money. Should voters approve only one of the requests, both will fail. More...

New BARC Facility Breaks Ground
The Broward Addiction Recovery Center (BARC) will soon have a new home with space to accommodate more people in a state-of-the-art facility designed to provide the best care available for people in need of alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Broward Commissioners, BARC staff and community leaders officially broke ground in June at the new BARC Central property located at 325 SW 28th Street in Fort Lauderdale. The planned fifty-bed facility is designed to provide enhanced patient privacy in a spacious modern medical setting conducive to rehabilitation and recovery. It is anticipated that the new facility will serve more than 4,500 clients each year and is scheduled for completion in 2018. View the groundbreaking video on More...

Help Fight the Bite This Summer
Mosquitoes are annoying and can carry serious diseases. If there are places around your home where water collects, you may be breeding mosquitoes. Help Fight the Bite! The best protection from mosquito-transmitted diseases is to avoid exposure.

  • Keep doors and windows closed.
  • Stay indoors at dusk and dawn.
  • Dress in long-sleeved and light-colored clothing in a known mosquito-infested area.
  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET sparingly to clothing and skin.
  • Inspect your yards and drains. Store or dispose cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other debris that can collect and hold standing water which promotes breeding.
  • Flush plants weekly.
  • Repair leaky pipes.
  • Maintain and clean roof gutters.

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Property Tax Website Now Mobile-Friendly
The County’s Records, Taxes and Treasury Division has launched a mobile-friendly version of its property tax search and payment website Users can easily access all of the functions on the updated website with a laptop, tablet or mobile device. This effort furthers the County’s goal of providing residents with more efficient and easily accessible services. All of the same features and functions at remain in place. More...

County Receives National Awards for Innovation and Public Communications
Broward County has received 11 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The annual awards are given in 21 different categories and recognize innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents in such areas as children and youth services, criminal justice, county administration, environmental protection, information technology, health and civic engagement. Broward once again also tops the nation when it comes to its public service campaigns. The County has won 34 Awards of Excellence in the 2016 National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) competition, more than any other locality in the country.

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Broward County @ Your Service

Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) has made the parking experience easier for travelers. Along major driving lanes, overhead signs show the number of open parking spaces per aisle. Green lights show open spaces while red lights indicate filled. The new camera-based guidance system in the garage is estimated to reduce your search time by almost five percent, an equivalent of 1 million miles driven, saving drivers stress and gas. For ultra-convenience, FLL also offers curbside valet. You can drop off and pick up your car at the curb, outside of the terminals on the upper level. And if you can’t recall where you parked, no problem. Kiosks in the terminals’ baggage claim level and inside the garages will tell you the exact location. More...

Broward County@Your Service highlights the programs and services of the County Commission that may be of interest to residents.

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