April 21, 2017   Volume 30, No. 13

Watch After the Earth’s Resource

Throughout the year, conservation of Broward’s water resources is paramount as we never know what Mother Nature will bring in terms of rainfall. Conditions are now especially dry in South Florida and our regional water manager, the South Florida Water Management District, has issued a Water Shortage Warning as of April 13th. Broward has a number of programs that address water conservation, both indoors and outdoors. To learn more about these programs and how your family can conserve water, visit Broward Water Conservation.
View the latest seasonal rainfall amounts​ on the South Florida Water Management District website and learn 50 ways to be water smart.

Runways at FLL to Temporarily Close for Routine Maintenance

Beginning Monday, April 24th, routine maintenance at Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will require the alternating closure of the North Runway and South Runway during the following periods:

  • The North Runway will close for two days from 12:01AM to 5:30AM on Monday, April 24th and Tuesday, April 25th.
  • The South Runway will close for one day on Tuesday, April 25th at 10:30PM and reopen on Wednesday, April 26th at 6:00AM.
No delays in service are expected due to this closure. More…

2017 Session – Week 7 Legislative ALERT!

As reported by Broward County Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards, who is monitoring events during the Florida Legislative Session:

On Wednesday, April 19th, the House passed (77-40) HB 599 – Relating to Public Works Projects. The bill states that when a county, city, or other local government competitively contracts for a public works project (e.g., a building, water project, or sewer projects, etc.), that is projected to cost more than a specified threshold (e.g., $300,000), the county, city, or local government may not prohibit a contractor, subcontractor, material supplier or carrier from submitting a bid on the project, if such individual or business is otherwise qualified to perform the services needed for the project. This provision does not apply to vendors that have been convicted of a crime or have committed discrimination.

In addition, when the state appropriates 50 percent or more of the funding for the public works project, the bill prohibits the state, county, city, and other local government, except when required by state or federal law, from requiring a contractor, subcontractor, material supplier or carrier engaged in the public works project to:

  • Pay employees a predetermined amount of wages or prescribe any wage rate
  • Provide employees a specified type, amount, or rate of employee benefits
  • Control, limit, or expand staffing
  • Recruit, train, or hire employees from a single source
Meanwhile, the Senate companion SB 534 passed its last committee, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, April, 20th, and has been placed on the Senate’s Second Reading Calendar for consideration by the full Senate.
We encourage you to follow @BrowardSLI​ for daily updates and tweets.

Save the Date! The Business of Resilience is Coming to Broward County

Broward County will play host to the 9th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, “The Business of Resilience,” on December 14th and 15th at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. The two-day Summit is expected to attract more than 500 attendees with broad participation by local and state elected officials, city managers, agency partners, academia, private industry, nonprofit representatives, and community leaders. There are plenty of opportunities for sponsorship either as a municipal co-host, corporate sponsor, or exhibitor. Contact Jason Liechty at 954-519-0310 if your city is interested.

Learn How to be an Effective Arts Writer

With blogging and social media, it seems anyone can be a writer. But what does it take to get paid for your writing? Receive practical tips and inspiring advice from leading South Florida arts writers and editors at the How to be an Arts Writer Workshop this Saturday, April 22nd at the Creation Station in Broward’s Main Library located at 100 S. Andrews Ave in Fort Lauderdale. Professional journalists will provide insight on becoming an arts writer by sharing industry tips on how to pitch and who to target as well as different styles of art writing at this full-day workshop. Call 954-357-7463 for details. RSVP online.

Celebrate Tourism in Broward County

Join the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau at their annual luncheon to celebrate the importance of tourism in Broward County and to recognize Broward’s finest frontline hospitality workers who deliver SUNsational Service to our visitors. The luncheon is May 10th from Noon – 2PM at the Sports of Kings Theatre at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Cost is $40 per person. RSVP by May 5th. For questions, call 954-767-2483.

Save Broward’s Bees

The new Tradewinds Micro-Apiary at Tradewinds Park & Stables invites you to an opening ceremony on Saturday, April 29th at 10AM followed by a tour, light refreshments and family fun day. The new micro-apiary, part of the trend toward urban beekeeping as a way to counter the decline of the honeybee, is the first such facility in a Broward County park, and only the second in Florida. The micro-apiary is a brightly colored structure that provides protective housing for multiple beehives while allowing open access from above for the bees to come and go. To RSVP, call 954-357-8153 or email ParksMarketing@Broward.org.

BCT Makes Quarterly Service Improvements

Travel time adjustments and service improvements to address traffic congestion are among the latest changes for Broward County Transit. Effective Sunday, April 23rd, there will be changes to Routes 2, 5, 6, 11, 18, 19, 30, 102, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, and 114. Customers are encouraged to view new schedules before planning their trips since some may depart earlier or later than usual. Please refer to timetables dated April 23, 2017 for details of these changes. Customers can call the Customer Service Center at 954-357-8400 (TTY: 954-357-8302) for assistance, pick up a schedule on the bus or view them online. More…​

Things to Do At A Park Near You

The Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) will be hosting “UNITING BROWARD” Community Showcase, a family-friendly outdoor festival to celebrate diversity, safety and security on Saturday, April 29th from 10AM – 2PM. The celebration will take place at Central Broward Regional Park located at 3700 NW 11th Place in Lauderhill. There will be ethnic food trucks, cultural performances, children’s entertainment zone, and demonstrations from BSO Aviation Unit, K-9 SWAT Team, Fire Rescue, Bomb Squad and Police Athletic League Boxing Program. Call 954-321-5010 or email Melissa_metcalde@sheriff.org for details.

Take advantage of camping specials at three Broward parks this summer. T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood offers its Find Your Getaway Special. Easterlin and Quiet Waters Parks have two offers, Escape Special and a Family Fun Package. Rates and dates vary and each park offers additional discounts for park activities. Contact each park directly for details.

Celebrate Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd at a Broward County Park​. From a waterway cleanup to a native plant install to a naturalist-led hike, Broward parks offer a variety of activities for families.

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