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July 2015
July 2015
Volume 17, No. 7
Photo Focus: Beach Renourishment
Did you know that prior to 1970, much of Broward County’s 24-mile coast was a seawall with minimal or no beach? Since then, County beach renourishment projects have added approximately 10 million cubic yards of sand, and today, 94 percent of our beaches are over 75 feet wide. Not only do our beaches support tourism and the local economy, they also help protect upland property and provide a habitat for sea turtles, shore birds and other marine wildlife. Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division is charged with the long-term management of the County’s shoreline, including beach renourishment, dune enhancement and regional sediment management. The next renourishment project begins this fall along beaches in Pompano, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and Fort Lauderdale, and will restore and widen 4.9 miles of shoreline. Visit Broward.org/BeachRenourishment.
Hurricane Season is Here – Are You Ready?
Hurricane season is here and Broward County Emergency Management Division has preparedness steps that families, business owners and individuals can take before the next storm approaches. While the weather in South Florida is idyllic for most of the year, residents are vulnerable to the damage and devastation of hurricanes and tropical storms between June 1st and November 30th. Residents are reminded that now is the time to prepare for possible tropical weather. To assist, the County has launched a new Hurricane Preparedness Guide designed for viewing on computers, tablets or mobile devices. Visit Broward.org/Hurricane. More...

Commissioners Appoint New Charter Review Members
Broward County Commissioners have selected the 19 members who will serve on the 2015 Charter Review Commission (CRC). The CRC is authorized and empowered to conduct a comprehensive study of any and all phases of County government, including significant regional, long-term and complex issues facing Broward County in the coming decade. Each Commissioner chose two members from their district and one person was approved by the Board to serve at-large. More...

Centennial Citizens Honored
In celebration of Broward’s 100th birthday, County Commissioners recently honored 28 residents, all 100 years or older, at a special reception and ceremony at the Broward Governmental Center. The “Centennial Citizens” received a proclamation from Mayor Tim Ryan recognizing Tuesday, June 9th, as “Centennial Citizen Appreciation Day” in Broward County.  The residents come from various parts of the County and have diverse backgrounds and professions.  Many served in the armed forces, raised families, and had careers as varied as firefighter, stockbroker, teacher, actress, insurance broker, legal secretary, salesman, nurse – and one even worked with magician Harry Houdini. More...

Your Guide to Affordable Housing in Broward County
The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s “Out of Reach” 2015 report reveals that the tightening rental market is making it increasingly difficult for low income renters to find decent, affordable apartments anywhere across the country. The 2015 National Housing Wage is $19.35, meaning that someone working full-time, 40 hours a week, would need to earn $19.35 per hour in order to afford a modest two-bedroom rental unit while spending no more than 30 percent of household income on housing costs. The 2015 summer edition of the Broward Housing Council (BHC) quarterly newsletter is packed with valuable information about local and national affordable housing news and resources. The Council also offers information for First Time Homebuyers about local and state funding sources. Read BHC news online and subscribe to receive future editions right to your inbox.

Fines Set for Transportation Network Companies Violating County Laws
Broward County Commissioners have established fines and civil penalties for Transportation Network Companies and all “for-hire” vehicle operators who violate county laws. The fines range from $250 for first time offenses to $1,000 for four or more violations. The action follows months of debate and public feedback over what constitutes an appropriate level of regulation that is responsive to competition in transportation and provides consumer protections to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to the County. More...

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Broward Moment

Las Olas Boulevard
Las Olas Boulevard is a popular thoroughfare in Fort Lauderdale that runs from Andrews Avenue in the Central Business District to A1A and Fort Lauderdale Beach. The boulevard was constructed in 1917, when Las Olas was just a dirt road that crossed the swampy wetlands to the barrier island at Fort Lauderdale Beach. The Las Olas Isles were dredged in the 1920s to create land for the area’s most picturesque waterfront residential district. The modern commercial segment of Las Olas Boulevard was constructed during the Post World War II era, while the westernmost downtown segment was reconstructed in the 1970s. The Boulevard begins at the famous Elbo Room bar where the beach meets the Boulevard and ends in the west at the NSU Art Museum of Fort Lauderdale. Visit LasOlasBoulevard.com and explore the Las Olas Boulevard of today.

Las Olas Boulevard - 1917
Las Olas Boulevard in 1917. Courtesy of Fortlauderdalehistorycenter.org

Broward Moments are significant milestones in the County’s 100-year history that have contributed to the rich culture, creative vitality and economic growth of our community.

Open House Hurricane Preparedness

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