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Community Update - December 2015
December 2015
Vol. 17, No. 12

Photo Focus: Broward Addiction Recovery Center
The holidays are a special time, but can be challenging to someone who is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction. Holiday stress can spark a setback for those dealing with substance abuse. For more than 43 years, Broward Addiction Recovery Center (BARC), the County’s residential and outpatient rehabilitation center has been serving the needs of residents. If you or your loved one is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, call BARC today at 954-357-4880 and get the help you need. Visit Broward.org/AddictionRecovery.

Broward Selects New Mayor and Vice Mayor
Broward County Commissioners have chosen Vice Mayor/ District 1, Commissioner Marty Kiar to serve as Mayor, and District 8 Commissioner Barbara Sharief to serve as Vice Mayor in 2016. The Broward County Charter requires that Commissioners, elected from single member districts, vote annually in November for the position of Mayor and Vice Mayor. Mayor Kiar declared this year as the “Year of Good News in Broward County” and encouraged Commissioners to highlight those who are doing good things in Broward and showcase the County’s good services. At the November 17th reorganization meeting, outgoing Mayor Tim Ryan delivered his State of the County Address. More...

Libraries Website Offers New Look and Functionality
Broward County Libraries Division website, Broward.org/Library, has been redesigned to look and function better than ever! The revised site offers more features and a new responsive design that makes it fully operational on desktop computers, tablets or smart phones. Other features include the ability to search the catalog from any page, easy access to the WOW mobile app, a colorful carousel on the homepage to showcase events, and a streamlined and enhanced News section. The “My Account” segment features frequently used options – logging in, paying fines, applying for a library card, and asking questions. More...

New Program for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
Just because you are an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to figure everything out on your own. Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development now offers a 10-module FastTrac NewVenture Course to help make your business idea a reality. The free workshop, offered in partnership with the Innovation Hub @ Broward College, FastTrac® NewVenture,™ will help you refine your business concept, identify the components of a strong business plan, and access the appropriate resources to complete your launch. Visit Broward.org/Econdev. More...

Ordinance Allows Civil Citation for Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession
Broward County Commissioners have passed a new ordinance that gives law enforcement officers the option of issuing a civil citation to anyone caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana, instead of making an arrest. The civil citation carries a $100 fine for the first offense, $250 for a second offense and $500 for a third. Those given citations would have a choice of paying the fine, performing community service, or voluntarily participating in a drug treatment or educational program. Civil citation would not be available for a fourth or subsequent offense. More...

New Solar Installation will Generate Clean Power
The future for solar energy is getting brighter in Broward as construction begins on a new solar installation at the Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library. The project is an innovative partnership between Broward County and Florida Power & Light Company. The 100-kilowatt parking canopy will provide enough clean energy to power 100 classrooms annually. An interactive display inside the museum will link to the solar canopy to educate visitors on the benefits of renewable energy. This is the first solar installation to be built through the FPL SolarNow™ Program, a voluntary, community-based pilot partnership program designed to bring more solar applications into local communities. More...

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Broward County @ Your Service

Are you making plans for your next big celebration, but don’t know where to have it? Try something different and have your event outdoors at a Broward County Park. Just visit Broward.org/Parks where you’ll find a RESERVE ONLINE link that conveniently allows you to reserve a venue from more than 110 picnic shelters and corporate pavilions. It’s no longer necessary to call or visit each park to determine availability. And your options don’t end there! You can also enroll in activities and classes, explore nature programs, purchase park passes and more. Convenient. Easy. Find yourself at a Broward County park.

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

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