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Community Update - February 2016

Photo Focus: Volunteer Opportunities with Broward County
Each year, thousands of passionate community volunteers donate their time and talent to help the County serve you better. In 2015, Libraries, Parks, Solid Waste and Recycling and Animal Care alone benefitted by more than 17,000 volunteers who contributed hours of service valued in excess of $3.8 million. If you have a passion for teaching someone how to read, beautifying the environment and parks, welcoming tourists to Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, assisting pets in our animal adoption center, advocating for children or the elderly, volunteer today and make a difference in our community. Visit Pictured above: Libraries Division volunteers at the 2015 Storybook Festival.

Taste Fort Lauderdale Kicks-Off February 24th
For the first time, the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (SOBEWFF®) will expand north to host the inaugural Taste Fort Lauderdale event series during the 15th annual Festival, February 24th-28th. The five-day Taste Fort Lauderdale series begins Wednesday, February 24th at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens with Seaside Eats hosted by Robert Irvine, author and star of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible and CHOPPED: Impossible. For more details and ticket information, visit For information on Greater Fort Lauderdale’s restaurants, visit

Beach Renourishment Begins
Sand is now being delivered and strategically distributed on beaches in three Broward County cities. The Segment II Broward Shoreline Protection project began on January 4th in Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and Fort Lauderdale. The $55-million partially federally-funded project will create more pristine beaches that are at least 75 feet wide and will add sand to areas that have eroded and haven’t been renourished since 1983. Visit More...

Commissioners Pass Ordinance Enforcing Florida Human Trafficking Law
Broward County Commissioners passed a new law last month that enforces recent state legislation to prevent human trafficking and increase public awareness in reporting the crime. The ordinance requires that signs with specific information on human trafficking be posted in adult entertainment venues such as strip clubs and at businesses offering massages or other bodywork services that are not owned by a health care profession as defined by Florida law. The sign provides information defining human trafficking and includes the National Human Trafficking Resource Center 24-hour hotline and texting information. Businesses not in compliance with the law could face a fine up to $500. More...

Strengthen Your Business Savvy
The Office of Economic and Small Business Development will host a Capacity Building Conference on Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th at the Broward County Convention Center. Themed Strategic Pathways to Growth, the purpose of the conference is to assist businesses with charting a course for success by strengthening their core capacities in general business operations through insightful dialogue and key connections. The free two-day event will feature break-out and plenary sessions on Friday and a pair of featured activities - the Business Financing Clinic and the Broward is Buying EXPO - on Saturday. Visit More...

Memorial Fitness Zone Opens at Piccolo Park
A recent ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the Memorial Fitness Zone located in Brian Piccolo Sports Park and Velodrome in Cooper City. Memorial Healthcare System donated funds for fitness equipment to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Memorial Hospital Pembroke, which will be supplemented by additional funding from the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division. The fitness zone consists of a dozen pieces of sturdy exercise equipment on a concrete pad, including wheelchair-accessible units. The equipment, which was installed directly across from the Park office, is designed for ages 14 and up. More...

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Rabies ClinicDid you know that each month the Animal Care and Adoption Division is out in the community offering a Low Cost Rabies Clinic? This is a convenient opportunity for you to have your dog or cat vaccinated against rabies and receive a Broward County Rabies Registration License tag. The cost for a one-year rabies vaccination and Rabies Registration tag is $25 if your pet is spayed/neutered and $35 for pets that are not spayed/neutered. And if you’re concerned about identifying your pet should they ever get lost, microchips with free registration are available for $15. Check out the 2016 Rabies Clinic Dates and Locations Calendar for a clinic near you. The next clinic is on Saturday, February 20th from 9AM-2PM at Delevoe Park, 2520 NW Sixth Street in Fort Lauderdale. Visit

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