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November 2017
Photo Focus: Veterans Services
November 11th is Veterans Day. There are approximately 127,000 veterans and dependents in Broward County and last year, our Veterans Services Officers helped advocate for 1,400 of them, resulting in $11 million in approved claims. Broward County’s Veterans Services Officers, themselves veterans, help those who have served our country, and their dependents, navigate the Veterans Administration System. They assist with acquiring disability compensation, pension benefits, home care services, and other aid, including for dependent survivors. If you are a veteran or know a veteran who could benefit from these services, visit and select ELDERLY & VETERANS, or call 954-357-6622.
Holiday Food Drive Benefits Broward Residents
In the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy to forget those who are facing the holidays with nearly empty cupboards. Hunger can affect people from all walks of life, including children and seniors. Did you know that in Broward, more than 269,000 residents are affected by food insecurity (low supply of food and an individual’s access to it), and many Americans are one job loss or medical crisis away from it? You can make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate by donating items to the County’s annual Holiday Food Drive. Your generosity will help keep community food pantries full and help those in need enjoy a holiday meal. Drop off any of the recommended food items at collection boxes located at the Governmental Center, Government Center West, Main Courthouse and all three Regional Courthouses, Water and Wastewater Services, Port Everglades, Aviation Department, Broward County Transit and any Broward County Library. For details and collection box locations, visit

FLL Introduces High-Tech Solution to Enhance Safety and Efficiency
Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is among the first airports in the country to implement Virtual Ramp Control, a high-tech solution to enhance safety and efficiently direct aircraft to and from their gates and around the airfield. Specially trained operators coordinate and monitor the movement of aircraft arriving and departing FLL with a virtual camera-based system. The camera system is integrated with specially developed software to manage more than 700 flights each day at FLL. Total passenger traffic at the Airport was 2.8 million in August – the 41st consecutive month of growth – and is expected to approach 33 million for 2017. FLL is now the fastest growing large hub airport in the country.

Kids Love Main Library’s Active Learning Center
The Active Learning Center, located on the second floor of the Main Library at 100 S. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale is a huge hit with kids and moms. The Center provides developmentally appropriate play activities to promote school readiness in children from birth to five-years-old. It’s attracting a whole new group of library users from the downtown Fort Lauderdale area as well as other cities in Broward County. Since opening, attendance for Preschool Story Time (each Thursday at 11AM) is up 85 percent. Recently, more than 95 preschoolers and parents/caregivers participated in the Broward Reads for the Record Program. The Active Learning Center is open six days a week and closes one hour before the Main Library closes: Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10AM- 5PM and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12-7PM. Services are free. Visit More...

Port Everglades Waives Tariff Charges for Relief Supplies
Broward County’s Port Everglades is waiving tariff charges for ocean shipping lines transporting humanitarian relief supplies to Caribbean countries impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria. “Our Caribbean neighbors are suffering losses not only to their personal property, but also to their livelihoods which are dependent upon the cruise industry and tourism,” said Port Everglades Chief Executive Steven Cernak. “The tariff waiver is a direct incentive to ocean carriers and companies supplying construction supplies, food and medicine to help the people of the Caribbean rebuild.” More...

​Broward’s Best Kept Secret is one of Broward’s best kept secrets and a valuable resource for residents and businesses. GIS stands for Geographic Information System, and is a computer system that integrates hardware, software and data to capture, manage, analyze and display information that can be referenced by location. Instead of spending hours reading charts, spreadsheets and maps, or plotting locations using push pins on a wall map, gives you localized information immediately with a click. GIS can help you interpret data in many forms, to tell a visual story that reveals relationships, patterns and trends. Examples of information you can access include aerial photography, census data by city, FEMA flood maps, green initiatives and more. You can also research information by street, address or Commission district, and print many categories of maps. Visit

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Broward County Parks
Immediately following Hurricane Irma, Broward County Park staff was busy clearing debris, identifying downed powerlines and any other safety issues that needed remedying prior to parks reopening. With three sites opening doors as Points of Distribution for water, ice, and meals ready-to-eat, other park staff were busy getting parks safe to reopen to the public. Less than a week later, the vast majority of regional parks, nature centers and natural areas resumed full or partial operations during normal operating hours. In fact, county parks waived gate entrance fees the weekend after the hurricane, so residents and visitors could destress and find a peaceful getaway. An estimated 19,000 cubic yards of debris have been hauled out of the parks with more to go. Plantation Heritage Park and Deerfield Island Park sustained the most damage from the hurricane and remain closed until it is safe to resume operations.

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