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Community Update January 2014 Vol.1
January 2014
Vol 16, No. 1
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West Creek Pineland Natural Area, which opened in March 2013, is a 7.4-acre tract connecting the City of Coconut Creek’s urban greenway trail system. The site, adjacent to the County’s Helene Klein Pineland Preserve and Saw Palmetto Natural Area, showcases the scenic C-5 canal. This trio of natural areas, critical for migratory birds as well as a habitat for nonmigratory bird species, is among the nearly 50 regional and neighborhood parks, nature centers and natural areas comprising almost 6,500 acres managed by Broward County Parks and Recreation. For more information, visit Broward.org/Parks.
Library and Smithsonian to Present “Save Our African-American Treasures”
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture and the Broward County African-American Research Library and Cultural Center will co-host a two-day program to help South Florida residents identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance tucked away in their attics, closets and garages. The events will feature presentations, hands-on activities and preservation tips. The program will take place Saturday, January 11, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 12, from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the library, located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Free and open to the public, the event is called “Save Our African-American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation.” It is the 14th in a series held across the country since 2008 and the first in Florida. All are welcome. Visit Broward.org/Library. More...

Courthouse Construction On Schedule
Construction on the new Broward County Courthouse is on schedule with a completion date set for mid-2015. The 20-story structure is expected to be “topped off” in February as the Fort Lauderdale skyline continues to be transformed by the project. There is much more to this project than just a new courthouse building, including improved access to the jail and parking facilities and an option to expand in the future if the need arises. Several pedestrian bridges will connect the new building with the east and north wings of the current courthouse. Extensive underground utility work is required beneath the bridges that will allow for connectivity between the two buildings. The installation of the concrete piles has been completed for both, the connector bridges and the east wing’s new elevator core, marking the completion of the concrete piles. Visit Broward.org/NewCourthouse and follow us on Twitter.com/CourtNewsFlash.

Broward Means Business: Business Development Workshop Series Announced
The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development will begin the New Year by launching a 2014 Business Development Workshop Series, an update to the annual 12-part “How to Do Business with Broward County” series. For 2014, the free workshops will focus on developing, creating capacity and providing resources to small businesses. The goal is to position small businesses to take advantage of opportunities provided by the County to grow their business’ reach beyond Broward County. The opening session, January 18, will focus on “New County and City Contracting Opportunities,” and will be held from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. Visit Broward.org/EconDev. More...

Animal Care and Adoption Announces Expanded 2014 Rabies Clinic Schedule
Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Division is rolling out its 2014 Rabies Vaccination and Pet Registration Events calendar. Rabies vaccinations and pet registration tags are required by law, but many residents avoid the responsibility. Now pet owners can conveniently attend any one of a series of events scheduled throughout the County to have their pets registered, vaccinated and micro-chipped, ensuring compliance with the law, protecting pets and supporting a new County initiative that directs a portion of registration tag proceeds to fund spay/neuter sterilization programs, which are key to a community’s success at reducing the number of homeless animals and saving more pet lives. There is a $600 fine for pet owners who do not have their dog or cat vaccinated and registered with the County. Visit Broward.org/Animal. More...

Help with Homeless Count
The Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership, in collaboration with numerous partners, is seeking volunteers to assist with the collection of data for the 2014 Homeless Point-In-Time Count and 100,000 Homes Registry Week January 21 through January 23, 2014. Broward County is charged with counting every homeless person in the County and asking them to complete a short survey. The count is used to substantiate need for all federal and state grants. An accurate count helps Broward County get necessary resources to help persons experiencing homelessness. Orientation attendance is mandatory for all volunteers. To view the orientation dates and times, visit handsonbroward.org and type in “homeless count” or call 954-233-1300.

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