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Community Update - October 2014
October 2014
Commissioners Approve FY2015 Budget
Broward Commissioners approved the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget on September 23rd, following a series of workshops and public hearings. The FY 2015 total budget, which includes tax supported and non-tax supported funds, is $4.1 billion. The approved budget continues Broward County’s long standing tradition of financial stability, multi-year planning and responsible stewardship. Overall, the total budget increases by $24 million due to an increase in the operating and debt service components and a decrease in the capital budget. The $24 million represents an increase of less than one percent of the total budget. The FY 2015 approved total millage rate is $5.723 per thousand dollars of taxable value, the same rate as Fiscal Year 2014. Visit More...

Port Everglades Gears up for Busy Winter Cruise Season
Port Everglades will kick off its 2014-2015 winter cruise season by hosting a traditional naming ceremony for Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess. Princess Cruises’ Ocean Princess and Carnival’s Carnival Conquest will also make first-time calls at Port Everglades this winter. Five ships will embark on world and grand cruises from Port Everglades this season, with a total of 3.9 million cruise passengers expected to travel aboard 42 cruise ships. In December, Terminal 4 will reopen with a revamped transportation area, 172 surface parking spaces, improved lighting and acoustics, high efficiency air conditioning, 50 check-in counters and two new passenger loading bridges, all designed to expedite the boarding and disembarking process. Make cruising part of your winter plan. Visit More...

Broward Centennial Begins October 16th with a Block Party
Broward County’s centennial celebration will begin on Thursday, October 16th, at the Broward 100 @ The Block Party, 5-8PM, along Las Olas Boulevard, between Andrews and Second Avenues. The event is free and open to the public. Presented in collaboration with Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University (NSU), and NSU’s Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, The Block Party will feature art exhibitions, live music and performances, live graffiti painting, family activities and food trucks at seven event areas. Broward native Catherine Hickland, best known for ABC’s One Life to Live & Broadway’s Les Misérables fame, will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Broward College will reveal its “Inside Out” Broward installation, a large-scale black-and-white collage of student headshots. This event is free and open to all. Visit, or email

County Library Cards Go Virtual!
The hassle of losing your Broward County Library Card is now a thing of the past. Broward County’s BCL WoW mobile app can now be used as a virtual library card. Thousands of library customers already use the app to quickly and easily search for materials, place holds, and conveniently locate the closest Broward County Library and explore free library events and classes. Now, customers can simply use the app to show their virtual library card at the circulation desk to check out items. To download the BCL WoW app, please visit The app is available in download formats that include Android, Apple and other smartphones. More...

Broward County Has a New Police and Fire Non-Emergency Number
As part of the County’s regional consolidation of E911 dispatch in Broward, which is completed as of October 1, 2014, all Broward County residents, with the exception of residents of Plantation and Coral Springs, have a new number to call for police and fire non-emergencies. Beginning October 1st, the new number for residents to request non-emergency fire and police assistance is 954-764-HELP. Residents should only call 911 to save a life, report a fire or stop a crime. The new number is part of changes resulting from the regional consolidation of 911, which is resulting in many public safety benefits including a more efficient 911 infrastructure and dispatch operation, with performance that meets or exceeds current standards. Ten emergency public safety answering points have been consolidated into three, located in Coconut Creek, Sunrise and Pembroke Pines. More...

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Broward Moment

The Gateway Theater

The Gateway TheaterThe Gateway Theater opened in Fort Lauderdale in March 1951. Former site of a Lion-breeding pit, the lights on this Fort Lauderdale landmark have been dimmed only a few times in its history, and the still-lit marquee today, is the original one from the theater’s beginnings.

At the time planners thought the strip mall on the site prior to the theater’s construction was too far away from downtown to be successful. Instead it thrived as a theater and continues to prosper today. The theater hosted the star-studded World Premier opening of the 1960s beach party bikini movie Where the Boys Are, a movie which has been credited with opening the doorway to the famous Fort Lauderdale ‘Spring Break’ as well as the historic locale beach bar, The Elbo Room.

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.

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