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Community Update - January 2015
January 2015
Vol. 17, No. 1
Photo Focus: Construction Management Division
Did you ever wonder who’s behind the scenes orchestrating many of the County’s new and large renovation projects? It’s Broward County Construction Management Division. This team of 25 architects, engineers, construction managers and administrators directs the planning, design and “green” construction process for all new and large renovation projects, excluding those at Broward County’s airport and port. Projects range from multi-dollar construction projects such as the new Courthouse building opening in 2015, to large renovation projects such as the Main Library which re-opened in December (pictured here). Among many projects in store for 2015: a Convention Center expansion and on-site headquarter hotel, and a new Animal Care and Adoption facility.
Water Partnership Saves Millions of Gallons
The Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division and Broward Water Partnership have completed their third annual Indoor Water Savings Program, conserving millions of gallons. This year, the program provided over $168,000 in high efficiency toilet rebates and replaced almost 5,500 old toilets, saving over 234 million gallons of water. Three years ago, the County, 18 local governments and water utilities came together to encourage water savings through the Broward Water Partnership and its “Conservation Pays” program. Through new outreach efforts, the program has gained interest from large multi-family and commercial properties. Visit ConservationPays.com. More...

Start the New Year with a Splash!
In recognition of the brave souls who enjoy a South Florida winter swim, the Parks and Recreation Division has opened the Swim Lagoon at Castaway Island in Topeekeegee Yugnee Park (T.Y.), 3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood. The Swim Lagoon is open this month on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11AM-3PM. Admission is $5 (plus tax) for those older than 1 year, and free for children 12 months and under. For more information, call T.Y. at 954-357-8811. The park is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #12 and #16. Visit Broward.org/Parks. More...

Mast Arm Conversion Project Underway in Miramar
Broward County’s Highway and Construction Engineering Division is undertaking a Mast Arm Conversion Project at Miramar Parkway and Douglas Road in Miramar. The goal of the project is to provide better protection from hurricane-force conditions at larger main intersections, so regional traffic flow can be quickly restored after a storm. The work includes upgrading existing intersection traffic signals to more resilient mast arms, reconstructing curbs, gutters and sidewalks, and upgrading to Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The construction should be completed in March 2015, barring unforeseen circumstances or weather delays. More...

Volunteers Needed for Point-in Time Homeless Count
The Broward Point-In-Time Count is a census of individuals experiencing homelessness in our community. Once a year, volunteers across our County join together in an effort to stop the cycle of homelessness and reduce the level of hardship for as many people in our community as possible. And that time has come once again! From January 26th - 28th, volunteers are needed to conduct face to face interviews with individuals in order to collect important data on the number of people experiencing homelessness. This census helps to ensure that statistical data reflects both need and outcomes for those serving the homeless population. Mandatory orientation sessions for volunteers will take place January 13th – 15th from 6-8PM in Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. For questions, email Sander Schrantz at sander@handsonbroward.org or visit Browardpointintime.org. More...

County Named Climate Action Champion by Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy has recognized Broward County and the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact as Climate Action Champions following a nationwide competition. Only sixteen cities, regions, and tribal governments across the country were selected as the first group of Champions. Broward County and partners in the 4-County Compact join Seattle, San Francisco, Portland (OR), Boston, Minneapolis, the DC metro area, and other climate-leader communities. The designation honors the “decisive action to cut carbon pollution and build resilience” already undertaken by the four Compact counties—Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Monroe. More...

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Broward MomentStranahan House

Stranahan House

Pioneer settler Frank Stranahan and his wife, Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, first came to what is now Broward County in 1893. Frank managed the ferry across the New River and Ivy served as the area’s first school teacher. The Stranahan House, built in 1901 as a trading post and converted into a residence in 1906, is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County. The wood-frame vernacular building with wide porches offers a stunning view of the New River, has stood at the center of Fort Lauderdale’s growth since it was built and has played a significant role in the economic and social life of the community. The home is now open to the public as a museum. Visit stranahanhouse.org. 

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Volunteers Needed - Broward Point-In-Time Homeless Count

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