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December 2014 Community Update
December 2014
Vol. 16 No. 12
Photo Focus: Animal Care and Adoption
When you think about the holidays, there is nothing quite like family, good friends and having a place to call home. Our animal friends share that same need for belonging. Broward County has a new “pet project” on the horizon with the construction of a 40,000 square-foot contemporary state-of-the art animal shelter and adoption center. The new fully air-conditioned facility will be located in Broward County at 2400 SW 42nd Street, across from the airport’s economy parking lot. It will offer a warm, safe, clean and loving environment for 400 dogs and cats. It will also provide an expanded clinic, retail store, special pet interaction rooms for customers as well as special programs and outreach services. Completion of the new shelter is anticipated in March 2016. Visit Broward.org/Animal and learn how you can make a difference in the life of a four-legged, furry friend.
Main Library Celebrates Grand Reopening
Broward County Libraries Division invites you to the grand reopening and re-launch of the Broward County Main Library on Saturday, December 13th from 9:30AM to 6PM. The free celebration will include entertainment and activities for all ages, and children can meet their favorite storybook characters. The Creation Station team will highlight some of the many technologies that are available at the library including demonstrations of small personal robots and the opportunity to try them out. Every public floor will have staff showcasing what their library section offers. The library has undergone a series of structural and interior renovations. In addition, several areas of the eight-story facility, including the computer labs, were remodeled to accommodate new technology and meet the changing needs of residents. Visit Broward.org/Library. More...

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Ends on a Positive Note
Broward’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program is celebrating the end of a successful sea turtle nesting season. This was the second most active nesting season on record with 3,047 nests. The 2012 season had 3,539 nests. High nesting numbers are also being seen statewide as the number of loggerhead turtle nests remains high and leatherback sea turtle nesting has increased to a new record according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Conservation program officials remind residents and beachgoers there are many actions they can take to help create and conserve sea turtle nesting habitats, including limiting the use of plastic items (bags, straws and cup lids), and turning off or minimizing outdoor lights. More...

New Websites Launched for Airport and BCT
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Broward County Transit (BCT) unveiled new and improved mobile-friendly designs for their official websites. Now at FLL.net you can check your flight status, see the arrivals and departures board, and get info on parking, transportation services, restaurants and so much more. At Broward.org/BCT, you can get fare and schedule information, be advised of service changes and detours, purchase a bus pass, and even plan a trip. Both new sites are built in “responsive design,” automatically adjusting to different devices, including smaller mobile and tablet devices without losing functionality.

You’re Invited to the 42nd Annual Pioneer Day
Honor Broward County pioneers at the 42nd Annual Pioneer Day event on Saturday, December 6th at the Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center, 410 SE Third St., Hallandale Beach. The Pioneer Day Program event starts at 1PM. It will celebrate the men and women pioneers who have made Broward County what it is today. They will join more than 2,000 other Pioneers that have been honored since the program began. You're invited to this free event. To RSVP, please call 954-357-5553 or email mamunoz@Broward.org. More...

County Launches New Website on Sustainability
Broward County is the first County in the country to be awarded a 4-STAR rating for national excellence in economic, environmental and community sustainability by the STAR Community Rating System. STAR, or Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating communities, is a national certification program to recognize sustainable communities. The rating system includes seven goal areas and 44 sustainability objectives, with a total of 526 measurable indicators. Visit the new STAR website with comprehensive information on the rating and ways that municipalities, businesses, organizations and individuals can take advantage of the resources, or contact Jill Horwitz, Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division. To see the full list of STAR points earned by Broward County, visit the Broward STAR Community page.

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Broward MomentSportatorium

The Hollywood Sportatorium

In December 1969, developers Stephen Calder and Norman Johnson began construction of the Hollywood Sportatorium on land directly adjacent to the Miami-Hollywood Motorsports Park in Pembroke Pines. Built as an indoor entertainment facility, the primary goal of the owners was to attract a professional sports franchise. The true success came as a concert venue of choice in South Florida for virtually all of the top rock bands touring in the 1970s and 80s. The demise of the Sportatorium came in 1988 with the opening of the larger Miami Arena. The Sportatorium was demolished in 1993 to make way for residential and commercial development and today the Broward County premier sports and entertainment destination is the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

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.

Grand Reopening: Main Library Saturday December 13, 2014 - 9:30AM to 6PM

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