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Community Update - March 2016

Photo Focus: Watch for Baby Sea Turtles!
Sea Turtle nesting season is here, March 1 through October 31, and Broward County’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program team is monitoring activity to maximize the hatchling survival rate. The County oversees nesting activity for approximately 22 miles of shoreline, protecting sea turtle nests that are at risk due to predators, lighting and erosion, and assisting injured, stranded or distressed turtles. A dark habitat is critical, and the presence of artificial light along a developed beach can deter the already endangered animals from building a nest, and draw disoriented hatchlings away from the safety of the ocean. For more information, visit Resources/BeachAndMarine and select SEA TURTLES.

Commission Takes Major Step in Improving Public Safety Radio System
County Commissioners recently took a major step toward improving Broward County’s Public Safety Radio System. The Board voted unanimously to move forward with the process to pre-qualify vendors interested in submitting proposals on a project to replace the current public safety radio system. The vote to begin the procurement process follows the County Commission’s approval of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force 700 MHz Overlay System. The enhanced system will strengthen back-up capability in the event that the primary system becomes impaired or overloaded, and will strengthen interoperable communications capabilities with other existing 700MHz interoperable systems. This upgrade will also strengthen intelligence and information sharing and coordination between public safety providers. More...

Yellow Dot Can Save Your Life
Broward County, in partnership with Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue, has launched the lifesaving Yellow Dot safety program. Motorists may now pick up a free sticker and pamphlet at all 31 city halls, certain fire stations, and regional libraries throughout the County. Place the sticker on the back window of your automobile and put the pamphlet containing the driver’s medical information in your glove compartment. The sticker gives first responders the authority to retrieve the driver’s health information should medical assistance be required. More...

Mosquito Spraying Continues in County
Broward County continues to monitor the Zika virus after four cases related to international travel have been diagnosed in our community. Mosquito Control Section is working in partnership with the Florida Department of Health to monitor suspected cases of the virus. In order to reduce the spread of the virus and other diseases, the County is continuing its aggressive efforts to limit the mosquito population around Broward by spraying areas with reported concentrations of mosquitoes, checking known mosquito breeding sites, treating standing water from recent rain events, and spraying in areas requested by residents. The community is encouraged to take precautions to limit breeding grounds on their property and personal exposure to mosquitos. More...

New Courthouse Nearing Completion
Broward County’s new courthouse is getting closer to its debut in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The 20-story $220 million building is built to LEED Silver standards and will replace the existing courthouse on SE 6th Street which was in need of extensive structural and environmental repairs. View video of the new judicial building at

Notice to Broward County Suppliers and Customers
Broward County is launching a new purchasing and financial management system on April 4th that will enhance your experience doing business with us! Beginning March 25, 2016, all vendors that supply the County with goods and services must mail their invoices to Broward County Commission, P.O. Box 14740, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-4741, Attn: Accounts Payable, or email them to Vendors for any County construction project must also send a copy of their invoices, with any supporting documents, to the agency responsible for the project. The new system streamlines the accounts payable process and will result in faster, more efficient payments to suppliers. Customers of Broward County will also benefit from standardized invoices and a convenient new way to view and pay bills online. Watch for details, coming soon! In the meantime, suppliers are encouraged to get all March invoices in as quickly as possible, to avoid possible payment delays during the week of the launch.

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ESL LearningBroward County Libraries can help you learn a new language – for free and with a range of options to match your learning style! You can go online to or visit your local library for classes in English and Spanish. You can also check out eBooks, eAudiobooks and instruction videos for all ages and a variety of languages. If you are looking to learn a new language, further your ESL learning as non-native English speakers, or brush up on a language for business or vacation travel, Rosetta Stone includes 30 languages with lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and activities to refine grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Rosetta Stone is accessible from anywhere and the mobile apps help learners to reinforce language learning on the go. You must have a Broward County Library card to access. More...

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