September 23, 2016   Volume 27, No. 23

A Penny at Work: “Adaptive Signalization” Would Bring Intersection Improvements

The November 8 ballot in Broward County will include two questions that both relate to a proposed one percent sales surtax. One of these is for funding countywide transportation projects while the other is for city infrastructure improvement projects. One of Broward’s top transportation priorities is projects to improve intersections with adaptive signalization. Adaptive signalization is technology that enables traffic signals to automatically adapt timing patterns in real-time to improve traffic flow after an accident or during extreme traffic congestion, prioritize emergency vehicle traffic and keep buses and motorists on schedule. Other projects identified for the first five years include school zone safety improvements, bike lanes, new and improved transit routes and light rail. If you want to see the list of County transportation and city infrastructure improvement projects proposed for your community, visit Remember to vote on November 8.

Portions of Three Cities in Broward to be Sprayed Wednesday for Mosquito Larvae

The Mosquito Control Section continues its proactive approach to kill mosquitoes and mosquito larvae, and work with the public to eliminate breeding grounds. The division will perform a preventive aerial spray for mosquito larvae on Wednesday, September 28, in sections of Miramar, West Park and Pembroke Park, weather permitting. The helicopter will be spraying between the hours of 12:30AM and 6AM. These areas were chosen based on a number of factors, including requests from the Florida Department of Health, population density, and the number of women of childbearing age in the community. As a precautionary measure, residents with breathing difficulties should remain indoors. Persons living in the area who have registered with the State to be alerted prior to spraying have been notified. Exact locations of the spraying can be found here. More...

Convention and Visitors Bureau Wins Statewide Award

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) won four Flagler Awards at the 49th annual Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism, which was held at the Hilton Orlando this week. The CVB was honored with three Gold “Henrys” for Mobile Marketing for an innovative Digital Vacation Playbook translated into eight languages); Mixed Media Campaign for the Hello Sunny Millennial Campaign which consisted of several targeted and themed :15 second vignettes; and Out-of-Home for the Hello Sunny Live Bus Shelter Activation which broadcast live from Greater Fort Lauderdale’s warm beaches into bus shelters in Boston in Chicago interacting with winter weary commuters and in blizzard conditions. The GFLCVB also was presented with a Silver Award in the Special Event category (Duende/Broward 100). Since 2008, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has received a total of 36 Henrys for excellence in marketing and communications.

Hollywood Wins 2016 Broward Water Partnership Community Engagement Challenge

Hurray for Hollywood! In April and May, residents in participating Broward Water Partnership communities worked hard to save water and tell others how they did it, and the City of Hollywood came out on top. The Neighborhood Water Challenge got the community focused on water conservation including reuse, retrofitting and replacement of old, inefficient appliances. The Challenge had two categories. One where participants could save the most water and the other where they would create an outreach program and document the results. Another aspect of the challenge was to see which of the Broward Water Partners could get the most residents in their community involved. When all entries were tallied, the City of Hollywood inched ahead of the City of Fort Lauderdale by two entries with the most participants. More...

Second Annual Healthy Community Zone Celebration Announced

The Broward Municipal Services District is partnering with Broward Regional Health Planning Council and TOUCH (Transforming Our Community's Health) for the 2nd annual Healthy Community Zone Celebration, October 15th, from 11AM - 2PM at the Urban League of Broward County, 560 NW 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Residents are invited to learn healthier practices and celebrate Broward's Healthy Community Zone (HCZ) successes to date. This Your Health and Wellness Matters event educates the community on how to include good health and wellness practices into daily routines. Everything is free: games, health screenings, exciting raffle prizes and more. Along with giveaways, attendees receive resource guides on healthy lifestyle programs and many other wellness services offered throughout Broward County.

Monthly Low Cost Rabies Clinic Returns for Cats and Dogs

The Animal Care and Adoption Division will host a neighborhood Rabies Clinic on Saturday, October 1st, from 9AM to 2PM at T.Y. Park, 3300 North Park Road, Hollywood. Pet owners will be able to have their dog or cat vaccinated against rabies and receive a Broward County rabies registration license tag. You must pay via credit or debit cards as no cash is accepted. Cost for a one-year rabies vaccination and tag is $25 for dogs and cats that are spayed/neutered (sterilized) and $35 for pets that are not spayed/neutered (not sterilized). Find out more about the services offered by Animal Care and get a sneak peek at their new facility opening soon. More...

Airport Wins Project of the Year Award for Water Improvements

The American Society of Civil Engineers Broward Branch announced that Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is the honoree for the Project of the Year Award. The airport’s west side water main improvements won first place for effective use of engineering. The award recognizes projects that demonstrate design and construction excellence. Workers installed more than 5,000 feet of underground pipes to bring additional water to the airport's west side. One goal of the project was to provide adequate potable water to current private aircraft companies. Another goal was to increase the amount of water available for firefighting at these companies. Extinguishing aircraft on fire requires a high volume of water. Engineers also designed these improvements to meet the water needs of future development. The construction took place with minimal disruption to traffic and airport operations.

It’s a Dog’s Life at Two County Water Parks

The dog days of summer are over but that doesn’t mean your pooch is out of fun things to do. The popular K9 Water Festivals return to Castaway Island at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood on two weekends, October 1st and 2nd and October 15th and 16th, from 9AM to 5PM. Admission is $5 per dog per 50-minute session with sessions beginning on the hour. Dogs are limited to two sessions per day. Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach will host Barktoberfest, from 9AM to 3PM the weekend of October 8th and 9th. Activities include doggie splash time, adoptions, kiddie bounce houses, face painting, and an adorable costume contest. Rescue and nonprofit groups will be on site, and there will be a Doggie Market Place. Some activities entail nominal fees and there is a $5-per-dog charge per 50-minute session in the water. Only dogs weighing 25 pounds or less will be permitted for the first session at 8AM. More...

Things to Do at a Park Near You

It’s time to dive into Nature at the Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood. It’s all the buzz for the latest three-month installment of the Family Fun Nature Series returns to feature the benefit of bees. The lectures will be from 2 to 3:30PM on Sundays, October 9th, November 6th, and December 4th, in the park's Mangrove Hall. A $2 donation is requested per lecture, to benefit the nature center's Friends of Anne Kolb volunteer group, and preregistration is required a week in advance of each program by calling 954-357-5161.

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