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October 2015 - Community Update
October 2015
Volume 17, Number 10
Photo Focus: Biogas to Energy Fuel Plant Project
Broward County Water and Wastewater Services recently won the American Society of Civil Engineers Project of the Year for their “Biogas to Energy Cogeneration Project” which is now operational at the North Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Pompano Beach. The project is the result of a partnership between the County and Opterra (formerly Chevron EnergySolutions). Cogeneration, or combined power and heat, is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source, “biogas,” which is produced during the wastewater treatment process. A renewable fuel engine-generator produces power from the biogas so that it can be used by the plant to offset power purchased from Florida Power & Light. The cogeneration system will significantly reduce the treatment plant’s annual energy consumption and carbon emission and will generate guaranteed savings of nearly $27 million over the next 20 years.
Commission Approves Living Wage for FLL Workers
Broward County Commissioners have approved an expansion of the County’s current living wage ordinance to include all contracted service workers at Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The revised ordinance will be presented for a final vote following a public hearing set for October 13th. The County conducted a study on expanding the living wage to cover an estimated 1,200 airport workers currently exempt from the ordinance. The study found that expanding the living wage would reduce economic hardships and reliance on government assistance, increase spending in Broward County, reduce absenteeism, lower turnover and training costs and result in higher productivity and skill levels of workers, among other positive effects. More...

$4 Million Grant to Help Emotionally Disturbed Youth
Broward County has received a four year, $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to implement a comprehensive plan to enhance the system of care for adolescents and young adults with serious emotional problems and other conditions such as substance abuse and trauma. The grant will be administered by the Broward County Human Services Department’s Community Partnerships Division in collaboration with the Broward Behavioral Health Coalition. More...

Port Everglades’ First LEED Certified Building
Broward County’s Port Everglades received its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for Cruise Terminal 4, which underwent many energy-efficient improvements when it was expanded and completely renovated over the past year. LEED, a U.S. Green Building Council program, is a certification that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve certification. For Terminal 4, credit was given for several green building practices, including low-water usage toilets and fixtures, energy-efficient lighting inside and outside as well as the use of natural lighting within the terminal, and energy-efficient air conditioning and windows. “LEED certification supports Broward County’s sustainability efforts to make buildings more energy efficient and invest in renewable and alternative energy technologies,” said Steven Cernak, Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director.

Five Developers Qualify for Convention Center Expansion in County
Five nationally renowned and highly accomplished developers have met the qualifications necessary to build a new upscale flagship convention center headquarters hotel and expand the Broward County Convention Center. Broward Commissioners qualified these developers who will compete for the $550 million dollar project to expand the convention center by 300,000 square feet and build a AAA 4-Diamond rated hotel ranging in size from 750 to 1,250 rooms. More...

Recreation for Developmentally Disabled Adults
The Broward County Parks and Recreation Division’s Special Populations Section will host a free Fall Frolic Dance, from 7 to 10PM on Friday, October 16th, in the main hall at Tree Tops Park in Davie, 3900 SW 100th Avenue. Activities will include deejay music, dancing, refreshments, and socializing. The event is free, although space is limited and reservations are required at least a week in advance. Note: Direct supervision of participants is not provided.

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Broward Moment

“Lady Justice” stands proud in Tamarac, the second in a series of murals that are changing the landscape of Broward County. As a cornerstone of Broward’s yearlong Centennial celebration, Broward 100, a select group of South Florida artists are creating 10 public artworks with community input from around the County as part of the VisualEYES mural project. Residents recently gathered at Tamarac City Hall for the unveiling of this very special work created by celebrated artist Ruben Ubiera.

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“Lady Justice” on display at Tamarac’s City Hall

Broward Moments are significant milestones 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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