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January 2016

Photo Focus: Animal Care and Adoption Future Facility
A new $16 million, 40,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center is under construction in Fort Lauderdale and scheduled to open summer 2016. The facility almost doubles the size of the current shelter, to care for approximately 400 dogs and cats. All kennel areas will be air conditioned. Cats will enjoy more free-roaming areas and dogs will have larger play areas. The shelter’s cheerful atmosphere is designed to reduce stress on the animals, increase adoptions and attract volunteers. A new multi-purpose room will offer opportunities for classes and educational outreach programs. Visit and check out our construction webcam!

Year of Good News
When Mayor Marty Kiar was selected by fellow Commissioners to serve as Mayor of Broward County, he declared his mayoral year the “Year of Good News.” At each Commission meeting, good news will be shared by highlighting successes of the County, local businesses and residents. Residents who have good news are encouraged to share the news on social media with #BrowardGoodNews or email the County at so that we may share your good news on the Commission’s Twitter or Facebook page. The Commission generally meets on Tuesdays at 10AM in Room 422 of the Broward County Governmental Center. Residents can choose from several meeting viewing options that include live, rebroadcast (Friday at 5:30PM on participating cable channels) and On Demand. Visit and select MEETING VIEWING OPTIONS under “Commission Meetings.”

Commissioners Authorize New BB&T Center Operating Agreement
Commissioners have voted in favor of a proposal to revise a long-term agreement with Sunrise Sports and Entertainment that provides funding for upgrades and operating costs for Broward County’s Arena, the BB&T Center. The $86 million agreement provides $39 million for maintenance, repair and upgrades to the 17-year-old facility. Additionally $45.5 million is earmarked to assist with operating expenses such as utility costs and insurance. An additional $1.5 million will be used to attract a high impact entertainment event. Funding will come from tourist development taxes, which are paid primarily by visitors to Broward County. More...

Accredited High School Diploma and Career Certificates Offered Online
Looking for a more convenient way to earn a high school diploma? Broward County Library‘s Career Online High School offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and a career certificate online. The library’s program also provides a limited number of scholarships to qualified students who are looking to prepare for workforce entry, advance their careers, or continue their education. Applicants who successfully complete the online self–assessment, the prerequisite course and an in-person interview will be considered for this limited enrollment opportunity. Visit and select WEEKLY WoW – DECEMBER 8. More...

Beach Renourishment Project Gets Underway
Some 750,000 cubic yards of sand (1 million tons) will soon be distributed along beaches in Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and Fort Lauderdale. The Segment II Broward County Shore Protection project is scheduled to get underway the first week of January 2016. The $55-million project will result in pristine beaches about 75 feet wide and will add sand to areas that haven’t been renourished since 1983. The purpose of the Segment II project is to reconstruct areas of eroded beach, restore wildlife habitat, and increase storm protection and habitat along the shoreline. Visit More...

Transit Employee Hero
Each year, Broward County Transit (BCT) recognizes a Transit Hero who has gone above and beyond in their duties and performs as a hero on behalf of BCT employees and customers. This year’s winner is Aaron Lewis, a G4S Security Guard who watches over BCT customers every day at the Northeast Transit Center in Pompano Beach. Lewis played a heroic role in a potentially dangerous situation. He called Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) for back up so that he and a BSO Deputy could remove a man who appeared dangerous. While removing him, the man pulled a knife from the Deputy’s pocket. Lewis, an Iraq war veteran, acted quickly keeping the knife away from the deputy and himself, while keeping the man safe from further danger. Without the quick thinking of Mr. Lewis, this story could have had an entirely different ending. Congratulations and thank you Aaron Lewis, BCT’s 2015 Transit Hero.

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