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Community Update - July 2017
​​Photo Focus: New International Concourse A-Coming Soon to FLL’s Terminal 1
The spectacular new Concourse A in Terminal 1 at the Broward County Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport opens in July. The $200 million, 307,000-square-foot concourse will feature moving walkways, new stores and restaurants, and public art installations including an interactive sculptural play area. The modernization and expansion plan will eventually connect all three concourses in Terminal 1 for a seamless and improved passenger experience. FLL is investing more than $2 billion in new and improved facilities. Visit Broward.org/Airport. Photo courtesy of Suresh Atapattu.
Board Approves Funding for Emergency Radio Upgrade
The County Commission unanimously voted to invest nearly $60 million to replace an aging public safety radio system. The current 25 year old system will be replaced in 2018 with a Motorola P25 system, one of the most advanced systems in the industry. This new system will improve communication between responding units during an emergency as well as with federal, state, and regional agencies. This move follows the implementation of a new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system that better assists first responders with critical information and cuts down on responding time in an emergency. Since consolidation of the new Regional 911 system in October 2014, Broward County has initiated many projects and system upgrades to improve the infrastructure and enhance the performance of public safety response in Broward County. Visit Broward.org/CommunicationsTechnology. More...

Broward Takes Bold Step in Planning for Climate Change
Broward County took a bold step to address the impacts of climate change by adopting stronger planning requirements for new building projects and major redevelopments, approving the creation of a future conditions map series in the Broward County Code of Ordinances to anticipate changes in topography, infrastructure and environmental conditions brought on by sea level rise caused by climate change. The first map of the series has been adopted, a future conditions wet-season average groundwater elevation map. The map strengthens the requirements for drainage and surface water management systems to ensure they will function even with the additional sea level rise expected by 2060. Visit Broward.org/NaturalResources. More...

Port Everglades to Begin Largest Expansion Project
Broward County’s Port Everglades is set to begin a $437.5 million expansion project to add five new berths for larger cargo ships. The project will also include the installation of crane rail infrastructure for new Super Post-Panamax cranes for larger ships to utilize the Port. Currently, Port Everglades is berth constrained and additional dock space for cargo ships is needed, especially as the Port has become Florida’s leader for containerized cargo volumes. In addition, the Southport Turning Notch Expansion project will lengthen the existing deep water turn-around area for cargo ships from approximately 900 feet to 2,400 feet. Visit PortEverglades.net. More...

You’re Invited to the Hurricane Preparedness Expo
Hurricane season is well underway and now is the time to get Ready. Set. Safe. Bring the whole family to the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, July 15th, from 11AM-2PM for a Hurricane Expo. Learn how you can prepare your family, pets and home for a hurricane as well as all hazards. Emergency management experts will share what you need to know before, during and after an emergency. Kids will enjoy exploring fire trucks, police vehicles and the Emergency Management mobile command unit. Enjoy free snacks, giveaways and raffle drawings! Visit Broward.org/Hurricane. More...

County Receives Grant to Repair Homes
Broward’s Housing Finance and Community Redevelopment Division has been awarded $194,000 from the Florida Division of Emergency Management as part of the Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program to strengthen homes in the Broward Municipal Services District. The program provides assistance for repairs to stormproof windows, doors, and roofs of homes that may be vulnerable to damage from severe weather including hurricanes. While funds are available, assistance is prioritized for those clients on the current waiting list of income eligible homeowners. Visit Broward.org/Housing. More...

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Veterans Connect Hotspot Program
Broward County Libraries, in conjunction with T-Mobile, has launched Veterans Connect Hotspot Program, an innovative initiative that provides 450 free WiFi hotspot devices to local veterans, active military members and their dependents. The devices provide unlimited access to T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network and increased access to information and technology for their users. The goal is to assist veterans in transitioning to civilian life by encouraging education, self-development and career advancement through technology. It also encourages the use of Broward County Libraries’ vast resources and services. Visit Broward.org/Library/Veterans.

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3rd Annual Open House - Hurricane Preparedness
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