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March 2015
March 2015
Volume 17, No. 3
Photo Focus: Pollution Prevention Division
Broward County’s Pollution Prevention Division safeguards the quality of the air that we breathe and water that we drink, by protecting against hazardous material releases and air pollution. For over thirty years, this agency has licensed and inspected gasoline service stations, fuel storage facilities, contaminated sites, energy plants, and thousands of other private and public sector businesses to protect Broward County’s environment. A typical day includes overseeing the cleanup of 950 sites, conducting over 20 inspections, monitoring the air at eight monitoring stations, monitoring Broward County's wellfields, responding to customer concerns received on the Broward County environmental complaint line and serving 150 walk-in customers at Broward County’s Government Center West. New in 2015 is an electronic permitting process called ePermits, and a solar online permitting solution, Go Solar Florida, which may be expanded statewide. Report environmental complaints to 954-519-1499. To learn more, visit Broward.org/PollutionPrevention.
Expansion Project Approved for Delevoe Park
Reverend Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park will soon get a little bigger and greener. County Commissioners recently approved an expansion project for the 36-acre park located in the Broward Municipal Services District (formerly known as Unincorporated Broward County) along historic Sistrunk Boulevard just east of Northwest 27th Avenue. The project will include new green spaces, more than 70 additional parking spaces, a new 36-foot-by-36-foot picnic shelter and a community garden. More...

Transit Offers New Vehicles for Commuters and Paratransit Customers
Broward County Transit (BCT) is working to improve comfort, safety and the environment with new state-of-the-art vehicles for commuters and paratransit customers. Transit introduced its cleaner propane-fueled paratransit vehicles in January with seating for 10 passengers and room for up to three wheelchairs, digital security system with cameras, and adjustable temperature controls. New 45-foot Motor Coach Industries buses are slated for operation in the spring and will feature high-back seats with extra hip-to-knee space, Wi-Fi and LED reading lights, A/C vents, electrical outlets and USB ports at each seat. These buses will be used for the 95 Express Service routes from Southwest Broward to destinations in Miami-Dade County. For more information visit Broward.org/BCT.

FLL Records Highest Passenger Traffic
2014 was a record year for Broward’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) with 24.6 million passengers using the airport, an increase of more than one million compared with 2013. FLL’s spike in passenger travel was attributed to new services and additional flights by its largest domestic carriers JetBlue, Spirit, Delta and Silver. International traffic also increased 26 percent year over year, with more than 4.6 million passengers using FLL. This increase is due in part to new service by Azul, Copa, Norwegian, TAME and Volaris Airlines. The new runway, which opened in September, helped to eliminate delays that previously discouraged the launch of new flights. More...

Water Matters Day Matters March 14th
“Celebrating Our Centennial” is the theme of the 13th Annual Broward Water Matters Day on Saturday, March 14th from 9AM to 3PM at Tree Tops Park in Davie. This year’s free event is part of the County’s Centennial celebration, Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community. At Water Matters Day, residents can learn about local and regional water resources, how water is managed and protected, and how Broward is planning for future water needs. Over 45 educational exhibits and booths will be on display to help residents understand the role each of us play in protecting and conserving our water supplies. Participants will also be able to take home a free native plant or tree by visiting at least 12 of the event’s exhibits and obtaining stamps from each on their event program. Other activities include face painting, crafts and activities, rain barrel workshops, a variety of food trucks, and many giveaways
and raffles. More...

County Targets New Businesses with Incentive Funding
The County is offering incentive funds for Qualified Targeted Industries looking to expand operations and create more jobs in Broward. Potential businesses will receive varying amounts of funds from the County depending on the level of expansion, and may qualify for additional funds from the city in which they plan to expand, and from the State. The County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development has approved two new projects under the Qualified Targeted Incentive Tax Refund Program. More...

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James Neville McArthur (1893-1972)
James Neville McArthur, philanthropist and businessman revolutionized the dairy industry in the Sunshine State. In 1929, he opened McArthur Jersey Dairy Farms in Hollywood with 20 Jersey cows, and was bottling and selling the milk himself. By World War II, his Broward County dairy farm was one of the largest privately held and operated dairy farms in the world. He pioneered new practices, including artificial insemination and the use of milking machines which helped Florida become the largest milk-producing state in the Southeast at that time. His legacy, McArthur Farms, now 76 years old, remains one of Florida’s largest and most successful dairies. He is also remembered for his generosity investing in many causes and projects including the construction of the Florida Turnpike and McArthur High School in Hollywood.

James Neville McArthur
Photo courtesy of Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame.

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

13th Annual Broward Water Matters Day - Sat. March 14, 2015, 9AM-3PM, Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100 Ave., Davie

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