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Community Update - December 2016
Photo Focus: New Animal Care and Adoption Center Now Open
Great news for animal lovers! Broward County has opened a new Animal Care Adoption Center at 2400 SW 42nd Street in Fort Lauderdale. The 40,000-square-foot facility is twice the size of the former shelter and has capacity for approximately 500 dogs and cats. Features include air-conditioned kennels, an outdoor pet interaction area, and rooms designated to allow adoptees to get to know their future family members. Visit
Broward Selects New Mayor and Vice Mayor
The Broward County Commission has chosen Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief, District 8, to serve as the mayor of Broward County, and Commissioner Beam Furr, District 6, to serve as vice mayor through November 2017. Three newly elected Broward County Commissioners and two incumbent commissioners were officially sworn in to office last month. The three new commissioners include Commissioner Nan H. Rich, District 1; Commissioner Michael Udine, District 3; and Commissioner Steve Geller, District 5. Visit More...

Deadly Drug Hitting Streets of Broward County
County officials are issuing a warning on a new drug that has killed dozens of Broward County residents in the past few months. The drug, so powerful that it’s used to sedate elephants, has made it to the streets of South Florida. New laboratory testing strongly suggests that a suspected 53 recent deaths handled by the Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services are due to Carfentanil, nearly 50 times more lethal than heroin. The drug is so dangerous that first responders, Medical Examiner and medical personnel, and even drug-sniffing dogs who breathe its fumes are at risk and must be immediately treated with Narcan (Nalaxone) - a medication used to block the effects of opioids - or risk death. More...

State of the County is Strong and Stable
Former Mayor Marty Kiar delivered the 2016 State of the County Address last month confirming that the County’s economic outlook is strong, stable and filled with “optimism” as we head into 2017. In the past year, Commissioners dropped the property tax rate, opened new County buildings to better serve the public and completed a number of projects and programs aimed at strengthening the economy and protecting the environment. At the end of the 2016 fiscal year, the Broward Commission cut the property tax ad valorem rate by one percent to give homeowners with a homestead exemption a tax break. The Commission also approved an additional $25,000 homestead exemption in order to help low income senior citizens. More...

Port Everglades Launches Mobile Passport App
Broward County’s Port Everglades now offers the new U.S. Customs and Border Protection approved Mobile Passport Control (MPC) program for cruise ship travel, making it the first U.S. seaport to use the new smartphone technology, which expedites a traveler’s entry process into the United States. MPC is currently in use at a number of airports across the country, including Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and has been highly anticipated for use at cruise ports. More...

New County Library to Open in Lauderhill
The Lauderhill Mall Library closed in October to make way for this month’s opening of the new Lauderhill Central Park Library at 3810 NW 11 Place in Lauderhill, on the northeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and State Road 7. During the transition period, residents are encouraged to use either the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center or the Lauderhill Towne Centre Library. Visit More...

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Broward County @ Your Service

If you are a parent of a college-bound teen, don’t overlook this important learning opportunity for your son or daughter. Broward County Libraries will be offering free SAT or ACT prepatory workshops. The program is intensive and comparable to those of expensive test-prep courses. Class sessions, which include practice tests and test-taking strategies, focus on four components per test subject: fundamentals, technique, recognition/reaction, and timing manipulation. Starting in 2017, classes will be conveniently scheduled throughout the County at seven library locations. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited, so call your preferred location today. No online registration is available. Visit

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

Landlords Hold the Key to Ending Homelessness in Broward County

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