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This Week in Broward County Government
June 26, 2015
Volume XX, No. 26
FLL Wins 2015 Commercial Project of the Year Award
Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) won the Commercial Airport Project of the Year Award at the Annual 2015 Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). The South Runway Airfield Project at FLL was chosen from among nine other projects in this category as the most significant accomplishment in the region during the past year. The 8,000-foot-long elevated runway opened on September 18, 2014. The challenging project was finished on time and on budget of $791 million. More…

New Ordinance Prohibits Solicitation at Busy Intersections
Asking for money or attempting to sell items is now illegal at 20 of Broward County's busiest intersections. Broward Commissioners passed an ordinance Tuesday prohibiting vendors and solicitors from high traffic intersections in areas wholly or partially located within unincorporated Broward County.  Those covered under the ordinance include children, adolescents and adults collecting money for school and community activities; vendors selling flowers, newspapers and other items; and individuals seeking charitable donations or contributions at the identified high traffic volume intersections.  The goal is to save lives by reducing the number of vehicle accidents involving pedestrians. More...

County's Water and Sewer Bond Ratings Upgraded
Broward County’s Water and Sewer bonds have been upgraded by Standard & Poor's (S&P) and Moody's to AA+ and Aa1, respectively. These are the latest in a series of upgrades recognizing the financial stability and fiscal strength of the County.   In its analysis of the Water and Sewer Utility, Moody's felt the upgrade was a reflection of "the system's good, stable coverage levels, healthy liquidity, diverse customer base, strong financial management, and manageable debt burden. S&P stated, "the upgrade reflects the utility's trend of strong, and likely sustainable, financial performance," and that the outlook "reflects our expectation that county management will continue to manage the system's financial position to produce strong coverage and liquidity. More...

County Offices Closing for Independence Day Holiday
Broward County governmental offices will close on Friday, July 3rd, in observance of Independence Day. Many online services, such as ePay, will be available at Broward.org. Regional and neighborhood parks, nature centers and natural areas will be open. Other exceptions apply. More…

Celebrate American Heritage Month with Broward County Libraries
Broward County Library invites you to celebrate American Heritage Month with fun, free events. Learn about American history and culture through movies, lectures, book discussions, art exhibitions and more. On July 1st, 11AM to 2PM, celebrate Independence Day with $1 Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and a Superhero Movie at the Miramar Branch Library & Education Center, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. More…

Things to do at a Park Near You
Kids are invited to attend the Superhero Splash Bashes, on June 26th, July 10th and 24th, and August 7th, at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. Bashes are from 6 to 10PM and feature games, movies, bounce house, prizes and splash time in the water playground. Fee is $6 per person (ages 12 months and under free). Call 954-357-5100 to pre-register. Enjoy the Fourth of July Fireworks at Broward County’s Vista View Park, 4001 S.W. 142nd Ave., Davie. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and come early for a good spot to see fireworks display - dependent on weather conditions- in Davie, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Sunrise, and possibly Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. Most of the shows are scheduled to begin at 9PM, and visitors can bring their own refreshments (no hard liquor and no glass containers). Admission before 7:30PM is $1.50/person, and $2/person after 7:30PM (children 5 and under free). Call the park at 954-357-8898 for more information. To learn more about these and the many other events offered by Broward County Parks visit us online.

Growing Successful Businesses in Broward
Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) encourages local small businesses to apply for certification in our small business programs - CBE or SBE. OESBD is recruiting firms for certification in business categories that the County historically utilizes in order to meet the requirements of the programs. Firms that provide goods and services such as dining, fire alarm systems, lawn fertilizing and pest control, pressure cleaning, tire replacement, and more, are of special interest. There are numerous County procurement opportunities that your business may be eligible to take advantage of. Visit OESBD online to learn more.

 

 


 

 


"Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community"

Celebrate Broward 100 all summer long at your Broward County Library
Check out the free cultural events in honor of the County’s centennial at Broward County Library branches this summer. Enjoy the “Broward Moments” lecture series, create art from recycled materials and view two new exhibitions at the Main Library. Programs and Special Events: July 8th - Broward Moments Lecture Series: Banishing Jim Crow: The Civil Rights Movement in Broward County and Florida, 6 to 7:30PM, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. July 13th - The Art of Recycled/Repurposed/Upcycled! Create a work of art with artist Rosa Naday Garmendia using repurposed trash, pre-registration required, 4 to 5:30PM, Southwest Regional Library. July 14th - Heroic Women at the Banquet, dramatic presentation by Sandra Walker, 10:30AM to Noon, Tyrone Bryant Library. July 15 - Starving Artist 2015 Opening Reception, 5 to 7:30PM, Main Library, August 4 - Reception for Hispanic Artists from the Collection of NAEMI, 5 to 7PM, Main Library. August 11 - Broward Moments Lecture Series: Broward’s Early Residents: Native Americans How they Lived in the Glades, 6 to 7:30PM, Stirling Road Library. August 29 - Throwback Saturday: Stories, Toys, Games and Treats from the 1990s, for school-age children to adults, 2:30 to 3:30PM, Stirling Road Library. Exhibitions/Displays: Starving Artist 2015, Woman's Equality Day Display and Hispanic Artists from the Collection of NAEMI, Main Library. The Baskets of Paul Catano: A Display of Handmade Baskets of Every Size and Shape, North Regional/Broward College Library; Titanic: The Legacy Remains, Northwest Regional Library. To learn more about the County's centennial events visit the Broward 100 website. Get instant updates by following on Twitter, official hashtag #Broward100, and liking us on Facebook.

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