Community Update - July 2014
July 2014
Vol. 16, No. 7
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Attention, all commuters! Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! Broward County Transit (BCT) provides convenient and comfortable 95 and 595 weekday Express Bus service along the heavily traveled I-95 and I-595 corridors. Each weekday, more than 1,000 car owners are off the roadways, having discovered a stress-free commuting alternative that even offers Wi-Fi for work or personal use. The Express Bus Service extends from southwest Broward (Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Hollywood) and from Sunrise/Weston (BB&T Center, Westgate Square) to downtown Fort Lauderdale, downtown Miami, Miami/Brickell and Miami Civic Center. Free commuter parking is available at all 95 Express Bus park-and-ride locations. For details on service hours and destinations, visit Broward.org/BCT and select MAPS AND SCHEDULES.
Hurricane Season is Here. Don’t be Complacent!
Hurricane Wilma was the last major hurricane to hit Florida in October 2005. Now is the not the time, however, to become complacent over hurricane preparedness for your home or business. By planning ahead and being prepared, you will substantially lower your risk of personal injury and property damage. Log on to Broward.org/Hurricane for more information on Hurricane Preparedness. Review the County’s Hurricane Preparedness Guide, signup for Ready Broward Twitter Alerts on Twitter.com/ReadyBroward, and consider the recommendations outlined in our Shopping Guide, a convenient way to spread the cost of your hurricane kit supplies over eight weeks. Don’t be complacent this hurricane season! Be “Ready. Set. Safe.” More...

News from “Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community”
City of Miramar residents "showed their faces" at the County’s first installation of a dramatic international visual arts project and have put Broward County on the "Inside Out World Map!" Inside Out is part of Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community, and will be one of the largest installations in the history of this global grassroots project, created by Parisian street artist JR. Since 2007, Inside Out has become an international phenomenon with nearly 200,000 people from more than 112 countries and territories participating. Larger-than-life black and white portraits of local residents are exhibited in public forums, such as on buildings and sidewalks. Miramar’s project, the first of many Broward installations, is on display at the entrances of the Miramar Multi-Sports Complex, a hub of activity and resources for residents of all ages. To participate in an Inside Out installation, visit Broward100.org and select INSIDE OUT.

“Let’s Talk Transit” Invites Residents to Give Feedback
In an effort to gain community feedback on the benefits of transit and the community’s vision for future transit services, Broward County Transit (BCT) will host "Let’s Talk Transit," a series of community outreach meetings. This month, meetings will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 7, at the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center (Seminar Room No. 1), 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; Tuesday, July 15, at North Regional Library (Auditorium – Room 154), 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek; and Wednesday, July 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. Meetings are free and open to the public. Visit Broward.org/BCT. More...

SWIM Central Joins Water SMART Broward to Maximize Water-Safety Education
Every year an average of eight children drown in Broward County. What makes that number so tragic is that these deaths are preventable. Now SWIM Central is part of Water SMART Broward, a new initiative to get all organizations in the County that emphasize water-safety working together toward a common goal of preventing child drowning. That goal entails providing educational resources for parents and guardians. While SWIM Central has been extremely successful providing over a million lessons since 1999, Water SMART Broward will take it to a larger scale – to reach even more people and save more lives. Already dozens of partners have joined the cause. For more information, call SWIM Central at 954-357-SWIM (7946), or visit WaterSMARTBroward.org. More...

Parks Launch eNaturalist Program
Attention all nature lovers! Now you can take a self-guided eNature tour at Tall Cypress Natural Area in Coral Springs. The eNaturalist-led program utilizes QR (quick response) codes along the trail to enhance your visit with videos about nature beyond the boardwalk. Videos can be accessed via cellphone or tablet with cellular connection. If it’s a rainy day or too hot outside, you can also visit the eNaturalist Tour Videos Web page to watch the eco-videos. It’s Broward County Parks’ way of bringing nature to you when you want it! Plans are underway for more natural areas and park sites to join the program. Visit Broward.org/Parks.

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