June 23, 2017   Volume 30, No. 22

Small Businesses Impacted by June Flooding May be Eligible for Financial Assistance

The Broward Emergency Management Division is coordinating with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to determine financial assistance eligibility for small businesses in Broward that suffered economic loss due to heavy rainfall and flooding earlier this month. Small businesses, particularly those at Sawgrass Mills Mall, that lost business between June 3-10, 2017, may be eligible for the Small Business Association's Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. More...

Special Needs Residents Encouraged to Pre-Register for Emergency Sheltering

A predicted busy hurricane season is here and residents with special needs who are dependent on electricity for medical needs, or have a medical condition that cannot be supported at a General Population shelter, are encouraged to pre-register for the Broward County Special Needs Sheltering and Transportation Program. The medical information your physician provides on the application will be reviewed by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, and you will receive notification of your assigned shelter location. If you need transportation to your assigned location, you are encouraged to make arrangements in advance as part of the Special Needs shelter application process. Transportation is coordinated by Broward County Paratransit or the Office of the Medical Examiner and Trauma Services, depending on your level of need.

Deadline to Apply for the 2017 Broward County Academy Approaching

The County is now accepting applications for Class VI of the Broward County Academy, a community education outreach series that provides residents with a unique, behind the scenes opportunity to learn about County government and the services it provides every day. The 2017, 10-session program will be held from 6-9PM, beginning September 12th, and concluding with graduation ceremonies on November 16th. The goal of the free program is to increase resident involvement in local government. Applicants must be Broward residents and at least 18 years of age.

International Cricket Events Coming Back to Broward

Broward Commissioners have entered into an agreement with Worldwide Sports Management to exclusively manage and promote international cricket events at the Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill. The Stadium is the only International Cricket Council certified cricket stadium in the United States. The agreement confirms that the Stadium will host multiple international events on an annual basis. More...

Ravenswood Road Construction Detour

The project to reconstruct Ravenswood Road from Stirling Road to Griffin Road in Dania Beach continues and is expected to be completed in December 2017. At this point in the project it is necessary to implement a long duration detour that will allow a single lane of northbound traffic between Stirling Road and Griffin Road. Southbound traffic will be diverted west to Park Road at SW 53rd Court. Flagging personnel will be at the intersections of Ravenswood Road and SW 53rd Court and Park Rd and SW 53rd Court for the first few days to help residents navigate the detour. The project includes:

  • Pavement Reconstruction
  • Drainage Improvements
  • Sidewalks and bicycle lanes
  • Milling and resurfacing existing pavement
  • Landscaped medians and irrigation

For project inquiries please call 954-577-4555.

Bring Home Your New Best Friend This Summer

Summer is here and it’s a great time to make a new best friend. Now through August 31st stop by Animal Care and Adoption, select a dog or puppy and name your own adoption fee. Adoption fees for cats and kittens are waived (including our adoptable cats at Pet Supermarket stores located in Broward County). All adoptions include spaying/neutering, all necessary vaccinations, a Broward County Rabies Registration License tag and a microchip.

Things to Do at a Park Near You

With thousands of swimming pools, beaches, canals, lakes and other waterways in Broward including many at Broward County parks, it’s time to be water smart for the summer. Enroll in a free swim safety course with SWIM Central, Broward’s agency for water-safety instruction and awareness. Learn about the risks that water may pose for your child and steps you can take to ensure your family’s safety. This is an investment that will benefit you and your family for a lifetime.

Experience the beauty and tranquility of our sun-kissed destination on a sunrise paddle on Saturday, July 1st from 6 - 8AM on West Lake in West Lake Park in Hollywood. Preregistration and $35 prepayment are required. Boat rental is included. Ages 13-17 require parent/guardian signature and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in another boat. For more information, contact the park at 954-357-5161. The park's regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect.

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