March 16, 2018    

2018 Session – Week 9 Final Legislative ALERT!

On March 11th, the House and Senate passed the budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 and adjourned the 2018 Legislative Session. The budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 is $88.7 billion, a $6.3 billion increase over the 2017-2018 State Budget. The budget is currently waiting for the Governor’s signature. The chart below summarizes the 2018-2019 budget by section.

​Budget Analysis​
by Section​
​(In Billions)​





Section 1: Education (Lottery)​ 1,984.70 2,128.80 144.10 7.26%
Section 2: Education 22,434.90 23,129.70 694.80 3.10%
Section 3: Health and Human Services​ 34,164.90 37,140.80 2,975.90 8.71%
Section 4: Criminal Justice Corrections 4,478.90 4,669.70 190.80 4.26%
Section 5: Natural Resources/Enviornment
14,488.20 14,838.10 349.90 2.42%
Section 6: General Government 4,352.20 6,281.10 1,928.90 44.32%
Section 7: Judicial Branch 514.70 539.30 24.60 4.78%







On March 5th and 7th, the House and Senate passed SB 7026 which addresses firearm reform as a result of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The bill addresses school safety, even though it does not ban the sale or possession of assault weapons, However, it does raise the minimum age of purchase to 21, bans the sale of bump stocks, provides new methods in which law enforcement may remove weapons from individuals suffering from mental illness, and imposes more requirements for background checks. The bill appropriates $400 million to expand the number of school resource officers; increase security at schools; and enhance mental health training, screening, counseling, and services in schools. The bill also creates the first statewide “guardian” program (also known as the Marshal/teacher carry program). This voluntary program would allow school personnel, except for those individuals who exclusively teach, to carry guns if they complete law enforcement training identified in the legislation. The Governor signed SB 7026 into law on March 9th.

TEAMUP Mentor-Protégé Pilot Program Launches

Broward’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development has launched a 12-month TEAMUP Broward Mentor-Protégé Pilot Program to encourage and motivate prime contractors to help Broward certified small businesses enhance their ability to perform successfully on Broward County contracts and subcontracts. This pilot program targets protégés in the construction and professional services industries. Based on outcomes and lessons learned, future programs may include firms in the contract/business services, commodities and concessions industries. More...​

Learn How to Build a Creative Business

Broward’s Cultural Division, ArtServe, Inc. and the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture invite artists and creative professionals of all disciplines to enhance business practices, develop marketing skills and strengthen sales at the Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) on four consecutive Saturdays in June. More...​

Help Zap Zika

We are still in our dry season. But as we head into a rainier spring and summer, preparing for the return of mosquitos becomes more important. The fight against the Zika virus requires a community effort. Business owners, residents, municipalities, healthcare, governmental organizations… everyone can help. The mosquito that carries the Zika virus is a so-called “container mosquito” because it breeds in small amounts of water that collects in containers like bottles, cans, cups, buckets, hoses, planters, drains and in plants such as bromeliads. Residents and businesses can schedule​ a free mosquito spraying, provided by Broward County, online.

Do Good, Feel Good

Are you looking for a way to give back to our community or make a difference to people around you? Or, are you looking to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge? Broward County agencies offer opportunities for residents to volunteer their services to benefit our community and even learn new skills. Whether you are a retiree with extra time on your hands, a student looking to fulfill service hours, or an individual or group interested in being involved, visit our website​ for volunteer opportunities in Broward.

Report from the Municipal Services District

Broward County’s strategy of forming innovative public and private partnerships to deliver affordable homes for Broward residents is making more progress. The coalition, consisting of nonprofit housing developers Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, Broward Alliance for Neighborhood Development, Housing Opportunities, Mortgage Assistance, & Effective Neighborhood Solutions, Inc., Liberia Economic & Social Development Corp., and Sunrise City, CHDO, Inc. will host a groundbreaking ceremony commemorating the start of construction on 20 homes in the Roosevelt Gardens neighborhood on Wednesday, March 21st. The total of energy efficient, affordable housing projects in varying stages of completion throughout the unincorporated areas this summer is 27.

Things to Do at a Park Near You

Hop into spring with Eggcitement, an Easter-themed event from 9AM to 1:30PM on Saturday, March 24th, at Quiet Waters​ Park in Deerfield Beach. Activities include games, a bounce house, face painting, photo ops with Peter Cottontail, splash time in the Splash Adventure water park and an egg hunt. The egg hunt is scheduled at various times by age group. Admission is $6/child, with 12 months and under admitted free of charge. Preregistration is required. Call the park at 954-357-5100.

Chill out to live music at the Jazz & Blues Music Festival at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee)​ Park on Sunday, March 18th. The concert is free but the park's regular weekend gate fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect. Co-sponsored by The Music Club of Hollywood, South Florida musicians performing include Wes Anthony (saxophone), Nevada Hardy (jazz piano), Bonefish Johnny (blues guitar), Mark Bornfield (trumpet), D'Jamin Bartlett (vocals), and Kris Nicholson (honky-tonk piano). For details call at 954-357-8811.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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