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May 2017
Photo Focus: Creation Station Business
If you’re an entrepreneur or small business in search of a place to co-work and build your business, welcome to Creation Station Business, Broward County Library’s free co-working hub and small business incubator. Located at the Main Library​ in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the facility offers free work, conference and meeting spaces, high-tech equipment, business resources and expert assistance for creating and growing businesses. Small Business Week runs through May 6th, a perfect time to stop by and start exploring all the possibilities. Visit Broward.org/Library/CSB.​​​​​
​​​Help Take the Bite out of Mosquito Season​​
​​Mosquito season is expected to be very busy again this year. Before the summer rains begin, be sure to remove all standing water and containers that can hold water whenever possible. Eliminating mosquito breeding habitats can go a long way to reduce the mosquito population. If that’s not possible, Broward’s Mosquito Control Section recommends using Natural DT tablets which can be found exclusively on Amazon.com. It’s also a good idea to wear long pants and long-sleeved clothing when outdoors. Remember, the mosquito that carries the Zika virus bites all day long, not just dawn to dusk. Visit Broward.org/ZapZika for more information on what you can do to help #ZapZikaBroward – and follow us on Twitter @ReadyBroward for information throughout the season.

​​National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 7th – 13th
​​Hurricane Preparedness Week is a reminder to all Broward residents to prepare now for the upcoming hurricane season, June 1st – November 30th. Broward County has a Hurricane Preparedness Guide with tons of great information to help you get ready for the season. Don’t forget to create an emergency family plan and stock a hurricane supply kit. Subscribe to receive important information through Emergency Updates, and bookmark the Home Damage Assessment application on your smart phone or tablet. Stay informed. Visit Broward.org/Hurricane for all your hurricane preparation needs.

​​Flag Disposal Boxes Now Available at Broward Government Centers
​​When a flag is worn, tattered, ripped or soiled beyond repair, it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol for our country and should be retired and disposed of properly. Through a partnership between the National Association of Counties, the National Flag Foundation and the National Sheriff’s Association, the Broward Commission is providing flag retirement boxes at several facilities. Flags should be folded appropriately before being placed in the collection box. For more information visit the website.

​​County Commission Brings Web Access to Municipal Services District
​​In a unique community partnership, the Broward County Libraries and Enterprise Technology Services divisions, CareerSource Broward, the School Board and T-Mobile joined forces to launch an innovative two- year “Digital Divide” pilot program to provide tablets to eligible residents who live in the Broward Municipal Services District. Visit Broward.org/MunicipalServicesDistrict​. More...

​​New GIS Map Pinpoints Drug Overdoses
​​An alarming number of people are dying from opioid drug overdoses in Broward County. After compiling an extensive amount of data, the Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services and the County’s Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Department created a detailed interactive GIS map that displays the general location, age, gender, and type of drug used in each overdose. The Broward Sheriff’s Office and other fire, medical, and police personnel are using the map to determine where to best allocate resources and develop better policies and procedures to help stop this growing epidemic.​ More...​

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​Make a Splash at a County Water Park
Spring is here and the county’s four water parks have expanded their schedule by a day this month, opening on Fridays as well as Saturdays and Sundays. Castaway Island at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood; Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines; Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach; and Tropical Splash at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium in Lauderhill are open from 10AM to 5:20PM. Water parks offer affordable fun for the entire family and are a great way to unwind during the weekend. Next month, the water parks will open daily. Visit Broward.org/Parks/Things to Do and select WATER PARKS. More...

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