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Community Update - February 2015
February 2015
Vol. 17, No. 2
Photo Focus: Family Success
Broward County’s Family Success Centers are dedicated to helping families and individuals achieve economic and social stability. Located throughout Broward, Family Success Centers help residents set goals, learn skills, and access the services they need to become self-sufficient. Information and referrals are provided in many areas that include budget counseling, job training and employment, health and children’s services, elderly and veterans’ services and more. Residents who qualify for emergency financial assistance can receive help with rent/mortgage payments, water and electric bills, and tuition and educational expenses. Last year, the Family Success Administration served over 19,000 families with more than $5.5 million of County general funds including federal and local grant funding. To learn more, visit Broward.org/HumanServices/FamilySuccess.
Board Welcomes District 2 Commissioner
Broward County Commissioner Mark D. Bogen was officially sworn into office last month to represent District 2 residents. Broward County’s District 2 Commissioner represents Coconut Creek, Margate and portions of Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach and Coral Springs. To learn more about Commissioner Bogen, visit Broward.org/Commission/District2. More...

Paratransit Service Gets an Upgrade
Broward County Transit (BCT) TOPS! Paratransit service is improving its service this year. TOPS! introduced a fleet of new vehicles with state-of-the-art equipment, a new primary service provider that aims to provide improved operations, new partnerships with social service agencies and discounts to military veterans who are traveling to Veterans Administration facilities. The new vehicles will be able to carry up to ten customers, including three forward-facing wheelchairs, with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approved doors, steps and handrails. The vehicles also include state-of-the-art security systems. The new primary service provider is First Transit, Inc., a nationally-experienced paratransit operations firm. Visit Broward.org/BCT. More...

Broward 100’s VisualEYES is Coming
A group of renowned South Florida artists is set to create 10 public artworks as part of the Broward 100 Centennial celebration. The VisualEYES cornerstone will match each to a County commission district, in which they will work closely with residents to understand the social issues and flavor of their neighborhoods. This innovative and interactive research will allow the artists to design murals that speak to the communities with authenticity, while paying tribute to the County’s 100th year milestone. The artists and locations are:
  • Davie: Andrew Reid
  • Hallandale: Eduardo Mendieta
  • Miramar: Gary Moore
  • Broward Municipal Services District: Nathan “Nate Dee” Delinois
  • Oakland Park: Elio “Evoca1” Mercado
  • Plantation: Luis Valle
  • Pompano Beach: Carla Rowe and Addonis Parker
  • Port Everglades: William Savarese
  • Sunrise: Alex Vahan
  • Tamarac: Ruben Ubiera
Artists and locations were selected by Broward County’s Cultural Council through its Art of Community Programming Committee. For more information on VisualEYES visit Broward.org/Broward100. “Like” Broward 100 on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, official hashtag #Broward100.

Libraries Celebrate Black History Month
Throughout February, Broward County Libraries will celebrate Black History Month with events for all ages held at library locations countywide. South Florida, with its international melting pot of cultures and people, forms the perfect backdrop for Broward County Library’s Black History Month events, which honor and commemorate the achievements, history and culture of African-Americans. The celebration includes movies, crafts, book discussions, poetry, historical photos and more. Visit Broward.org/Library. You can also view a Black History Month exhibit in the Governmental Center lobby, 115 S. Andrews, Fort Lauderdale. More...

Port Opens Remodeled Cruise Terminal
Broward County’s Port Everglades recently celebrated the grand re-opening of Cruise Terminal 4. The $24 million terminal now boasts a new transportation area, more than 170 additional parking spaces, improved lighting, a high efficiency air conditioning system, 50 check-in counters and two new passenger loading bridges. This is the sixth cruise terminal the Port has renovated in the last six years. In May, the Port will begin a 250-foot extension of the terminal’s adjacent Slip 2 to accommodate larger ships. That $18 million project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. Visit Porteverglades.net. More...

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Broward Moment

The Kapok Tree Inn was a popular restaurant in Davie that opened in 1974 on the former site of the Pioneer City tourist attraction. The name of the restaurant was derived from the large kapok tree located on the site. The facility was extravagant in an ornate sort of way, featuring columns, statues and abundant glitz. It was exceedingly successful drawing both tourists and locals, and remained open until 1988. In 1989, the County acquired the 157 acre site at Southwest 130th Avenue and 36th Court as part of a $75 million bond issue passed by Broward County voters to buy environmentally sensitive land. The site is now Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center, one of the largest of the natural areas currently managed by the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division. The Nature Center includes an Exhibit Hall dedicated to the history of the Kapok Tree Restaurant.
Visit Broward.org/Parks/LongKeyNaturalArea.

The Kapok Tree Inn
Photo courtesy of the Broward Main Library Historical Archives

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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