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June 2017 - Community Update
Photo Focus: Hurricane Season is Here!
It’s time to begin preparing for the 2017 hurricane season. The County’s Emergency Checklist is a great place to start and the County’s Hurricane Preparedness Guide provides in-depth information on how to prepare before, during, and after a storm. Stay connected and receive the latest information on Twitter @ReadyBroward and be sure to watch for ALERTBroward, a new emergency service that you can register for and receive up-to-date emergency notifications via text messages, email or telephone. Visit and get Ready. Set. Safe.
Broward’s Homeless Children Need Your Help

It’s time for Christmas In July, an annual event to benefit Broward’s homeless children. One of the most devastating consequences of homelessness is the impact it can have on a child’s education. Frequent school transfers and the stigma associated with living in a shelter add to great hardship for these children. Many begin the school year with no backpacks and few, if any, school supplies or new clothes. Each year, your donation of clothing and school supplies has brought big smiles to the faces of homeless children and this year we hope to do the same. Collection boxes are located at all Libraries, Governmental Center, and other locations now through Friday, June 30th. More...

New Courthouse Dedicated; Escalators Provide Easy Access to Many Services
Dignitaries, judges, courthouse stakeholders and the legal community filled the lobby and witnessed the much anticipated ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at the Broward County Judicial Complex West Building on May 11, 2017. The enthusiastic crowd of over 100 stakeholders heard inspirational remarks from Mayor Barbara Sharief and other officials. The courthouse is fully open with all Court services being offered to the public. Need to pay a traffic or parking ticket? Making a first court appearance? Looking to become a Legal Guardian? These services and many more are available on the first four floors of the new building, easily accessible by the escalator right off the main lobby after you clear security. Patrons doing business on Floors 1-4 are encouraged to use the escalator system. More...

Land Use Plan Looks to the Future

County Commissioners recently approved updates to the Broward County Land Use Plan which was first adopted in 1977 and last updated in 1989. Through the years, planners have been working from a foundation of principles that made sense back then. But today our community faces new and demanding challenges that need innovative strategies and collaborative solutions. This updated plan addresses major issues such as climate change, multi-modal transportation, affordable housing, redevelopment, protecting our natural resources and pre- and post-disaster planning. The process relied on extensive input from the community and now, the next step is updating the remainder of the Broward County Comprehensive Plan Elements and a comprehensive review and update of the Broward County Land Development Code. More...

County Receives a Record Sixteen NACo Awards for Innovation
Broward County has won 16 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), more than any previous year. The annual awards recognize innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents in a variety of areas. Broward County was recognized specifically for initiatives to promote environmental preservation and conservation; services to help customers connect with their County quicker, easier and more efficiently; promote programs to help pets and persons experiencing homelessness; and internal activities related to purchasing, risk management and employee communications. More...

Stay Local This Summer
Summer is a time for fun, exploration and yes, relaxation. And there is no better place than Broward County to take advantage of a “staycation” that’s filled with attractions, award-winning beaches, savory restaurants and relaxing world-renowned spas. And best of all, you can take advantage of amazing 2-for-1 summer offers going on now through October 15th to save and explore Broward. Get to know Broward County this summer and make it a staycation to remember! Visit

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​Vulnerable Population Registry
Are you a Broward resident who is at risk due to disability, frailty or health issues, regardless of age, who would stay at home in the event of a hurricane or other emergency? If you, or someone you know fits this description, be sure to sign-up for the Vulnerable Population Registry. The Registry is a partnership between Broward County and municipalities to help emergency responders better plan for recoveries from hurricanes and other emergencies. While it is not a guarantee of assistance, it will help responders better anticipate resident needs in a recovery. Register online or by calling 311 in Broward or 954-831-4000 (TTY 954-831-3940) or contact your city’s emergency management agency. Visit

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Broward's Homeless Children Need Clothing and School Supplies
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