October 13, 2017    

County Appoints New Deputy County Administrator

County Administrator Bertha Henry announced the promotion of Monica Cepero to Deputy County Administrator. Since 2008, Cepero has served in the County Administrator's Office, first as an Assistant to the County Administrator, then as Assistant County Administrator. As Deputy, she will now serve as the Acting County Administrator in Henry's absence. More...​

Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery Center Opens

A Disaster Recovery Center is open in Sunrise in the Atrium West building located at 7771 W. Oakland Park Blvd. It will be open from 8 AM to 8 PM seven days a week until further notice. Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the state are available to provide assistance to anyone who needs help filling out applications or updating their status. Volunteer organizations are also available and offer a variety of services to help residents recover. More...​

Flying High at FLL

Total traffic at Broward’s Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport for August was 2,799,165, up 19.9 percent. Domestic traffic increased 20.3 percent and international traffic was up 18.8 percent. August was the 41st consecutive month of growth in total traffic. It was also the 13th consecutive month of double digit growth in international passenger traffic. Total passenger traffic expected to approach 33 million in 2017.

Lien Amnesty Program Offers Fee Reduction

Broward launched the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD) Lien Amnesty Program on October 1st. The incentive Program offers up to 100 percent reduction of administrative fees and accrued interest on Code Enforcement liens relating to County Zoning Code and Florida Building Code violations on properties located in the BMSD. BMSD residential and commercial property owners who bring their properties into full compliance with all County codes are eligible to participate. The deadline to submit applications is March 30, 2018. More..​.

Cultural Offers Grant Application Workshop

Broward’s Cultural Division announces a Cultural Investment Program Grant Application Workshop for the Fiscal Year 2019 funding cycle. The free workshop will cover grant details, eligibility requirements and online submissions. Application deadline is February 1, 2018. More...

When: Friday, October 20th, 2PM
Where:​​​ ​Broward County Main Library
Bienes Ceremonial Room,
6th floor 100 S Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale

Residents Invited to Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Roundtable

On Wednesday, October 18th, Broward’s Commission on the Status of Women is hosting a Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation to understand both the reality and the impact that human trafficking currently generates in our County. The event will identify key findings to serve as the foundation for recommendations to increase public awareness and collaboration among essential partners. More...

Access Free Tools to Help You Succeed

Broward County Library has free, easy-to-use tools for library card holders that can help you succeed in school or land your next job. The tools are available daily from 2 – 11:55PM through brainfuse. 

Take advantage of live tutoring and skills-building for K-12, college and adult learners. Live help and test prep aligned to Florida standardized tests, SAT/ACT/GED, English/Language Arts, Foreign Language Lab, Writing Lab, Math (Algebra to Calculus), Science, and Social Studies is also available in Spanish. 

Job Coaching
Live, expert coaching for every stage of your job search is available plus résumé assistance, interview coaching and career resources.

Things to Do at a Park Near You

One of the most popular annual events at Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek is Ghosts and Goblins Family Fun Night. Scheduled for Friday, October 27th from 6 to 8PM, activities are geared for ages 2 to 11 and include a costume parade, games with prizes, arts and crafts, and story time. Admission is free, but there are nominal fees for some activities. Call 954-357-5198 for details. 

Enjoy low cost fun at Broward’s network of 20 regional parks and nature centers, six neighborhood parks, and 21 natural areas. Activities include: 

Hoop It Up – Free use of the basketball courts is available at these parks: Brian Piccolo in Cooper City, C.B. Smith in Pembroke Pines, Central Broward Regional in Lauderhill, Easterlin in Oakland Park, Quiet Waters in Deerfield Beach, and T.Y. and West Lake in Hollywood. 

Take a Deep Breath of Fresh Air – There’s no cost to use the paths designated for jogging or walking at the following parks: Brian Piccolo in Cooper City, C.B. Smith in Pembroke Pines, Central Broward Regional in Lauderhill, Hollywood North Beach in Hollywood, Markham in Sunrise, Plantation Heritage in Plantation, Quiet Waters in Deerfield Beach, Roosevelt Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, and T.Y. and West Lake in Hollywood. 

Tennis, Anyone? – You can play tennis for free on the courts at these five parks: Central Broward Regional​ in Lauderhill, Lafayette Hart in Fort Lauderdale, Markham in Sunrise, and T.Y. and West Lake​ in Hollywood. 

Let's Have a Picnic! – There’s never a charge to use any of the freestanding picnic tables located throughout our regional and neighborhood parks, available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Picnic tables located within shelters require fees, deposits, and reservations.) 

**Be sure to call the park in advance to make sure they have resumed normal operations post Hurricane Irma.

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