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March 2017 - Community Update
March is Bicycle Month
These junior cyclists have discovered the magic of track cycling at the Velodrome at Brian Piccolo Sports Park in Cooper City. This is just one of many activities that Broward County Parks and partnering cities and agencies are offering in celebration of March’s Bicycle Month. Special events for riders of all ages include Bicycle Scavenger Hunt, Family Fun Bike and Paddle, or a Community Bike Ride with a Cop. Check out the Bicycle Month calendar for a complete listing of programs. Visit Broward.org/Parks.
Libraries Announces New Director
Kelvin Watson is the new Broward County Libraries Director. He comes to Broward County from the Queens Library in New York City where he most recently served as Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President. The Queens Library serves 2.3 million people and houses one of the highest numbers of books and other library materials in the country. Watson is credited with innovative community outreach to establishments who have not traditionally been active patrons of the library system such as community centers, hospitals and jails. His background in addressing the digital divide has helped patrons understand how to use technology and realize how impactful these tools can be in their lives. Visit Broward.org/Library. More...

Public Safety Radio Replacement Moves Forward
The County Commission approved Motorola Solutions as the vendor to replace the County’s aging public safety radio system. The new equipment will be a 700MHz Association of Public Safety Communications Officials Project 25 compliant system. The $45 million radio replacement project will take 18 to 24 months to complete after Board approval of the contract. This much anticipated project will further improve the County’s Regional Consolidated E911 Dispatch System by providing a new state-of-the-art radio system which will allow for denser coverage, higher levels of redundancy, and improved interoperability with other agencies. Broward.org/CommunicationsTechnology. More...

Governor’s Proposed Budget Funds South Florida Reservoir
The Governor’s Office included $20 million in funding in his proposed 2017-2018 state budget for the C-51 Reservoir project. The 4.5-billion-gallon capacity first phase of the reservoir, located in western Palm Beach County, will help protect Broward County’s drinking water supply by sending up to 35 million gallons of water a day through existing canals to recharge the Biscayne Aquifer. The reservoir will also help relieve flooding in Palm Beach County, combat saltwater intrusion, and reduce freshwater releases which can cause ecological damage to the Lake Worth Lagoon. More...

Animal Care Expands Community Cats Sterilization Program
The Animal Care and Adoption Division has expanded its online savings to include a spay/neuter voucher program for unowned feral and community cats. The website currently used by pet owners to apply for a SNIP sterilization and vaccination program voucher, will now allow colony caregivers or residents who care for unowned cats to create a profile and apply for a voucher to have the cat(s) sterilized. The voucher can also be used at a partner veterinary clinic or at the Portable Spay/Neuter unit currently located at Sunview Park, 1500 SW 42nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Visit Broward.org/Animal. More...

Solar Co-ops Make Going Solar Easier
Broward neighbors have formed two solar co-ops, one for residents who live east of US 441/SR7 and the other for residents who live west of US 441/SR7. The goals are to save money and make going solar easier by building a network of solar supporters. Broward County, Go Solar Florida and FL SUN are all co-op sponsors of this initiative. Find out more about solar energy at Go Solar Day on Thursday, March 30th, from 1-8PM at Plantation Volunteer Park, 12050 West Sunrise Boulevard. Visit Broward.org/GOGREEN and select GoSOLAR. More...

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Convenient Way to Pay Property Taxes
Broward County 2016 property tax bills must be paid no later than March 31, 2017. Residents can save time and avoid long lines by using the County’s one-day express tax payment drop-off service event on Friday, March 31st, located at the Governmental Center west-side Annex entrance, 115 S. Andrews Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Tax payments can be submitted from 10AM to 4PM. Please bring only your current 2016 tax payment(s) accompanied by your original tax bill. Include full payment by check only (personal or certified) issued by a U.S. bank account. Payments are processed on the day they are received. Visit Broward.County-taxes.com to verify that your payment has posted.

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