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Community Update - June 2016
Photo Focus: Summer Learning
Broward County Libraries offer so much more than just the joy of reading. The theme of this year’s Summer Learning Program for preschoolers, children, teens and adults is “The Big Win,” which coincides with the Summer Olympics and emphasizes achievements in mind, body and spirit. The Big Win offers traditional literacy-based events that exercise the mind, along with fitness events and classes, science experiments, cooking demonstrations, computer classes, and more to exercise the body and spirit. Participants earn prizes for reaching various goals. “Go for the Gold” and register online at or in person at your local Broward County Library.
Homeless Population Declines in Broward County
Great strides are being made in reducing the number of families and individuals in Broward County without a permanent place to call home. This year’s Point-in-Time Count, conducted over a three-day period in January, shows the total number of sheltered and unsheltered persons experiencing homelessness in Broward County has decreased by 12 percent, from 2,615 to 2,302, and the number of unsheltered persons has decreased by 5 percent from 815 to 782. More...

Convention Center Hotel and Expansion Plans Move Forward
The Broward County Board of County Commissioners is moving forward with a project to expand the Broward County Convention Center and build a headquarters hotel on the property adjacent to the 17th Street Causeway. Developer Matthews Southwest Holdings presented plans for a 24-story, 800-room hotel built for a AAA 4-diamond rating that would include retail space, restaurants, an intermodal transportation area and plenty of open space to take advantage of the adjacent Intracoastal Waterway. Visit More...

County Names New Tourism Director
Former County Commissioner Stacy Ritter has been appointed as the next President of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB). In her new role, Ritter will promote the County’s large and diverse tourism industry, advocate for Broward County in the local, national and international markets, and provide the administrative leadership necessary for the GFLCVB and Convention Center to respond to future challenges. More...

SWIM Central Teaches Our Kids to Swim and Survive
Learning to swim can be challenging at any age, but with all the waterways and swimming pools in South Florida, it is important for Broward’s youngest to learn early. Since SWIM Central started in 1999, parents and guardians have enrolled more than 275,000 children in their programs and more than a million lessons have been provided. Just last year SWIM Central provided more than 176,000 in-water and more than 14,600 dry land water safety lessons to area youth. Visit and select SWIM CENTRAL. More...

North Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Wins First Place Award
Broward County’s North Regional Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant is the First Place Winner of the Florida Water Environment Association 2016 Earle B. Phelps Award for Outstanding Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Performance. The annual award recognizes wastewater treatment facilities that have achieved and maintained the highest removal of pollutants. More...

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This summer, from June 13th through August 20th, Broward County Libraries, in partnership with Broward Meals on Wheels and the Florida Department of Agriculture, will present “Free Food and Fun at Your Library.” Kids ages 18 and under can enjoy a free lunch and/or an afternoon snack. Served on a first come, first served basis the free meals/snacks will be served at 28 Broward County Library locations. Ask your branch librarian about time and days at your branch.

Broward County@Your Service highlights the programs and services of the County Commission that may be of interest to residents.

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