April is Earth Month, and parks and green spaces are at the forefront of our communities. Two cities in Northwest Broward, Coral Springs and Parkland, received NatureScape Emerald Awards! The City of Coral Springs was recognized for removing high maintenance exotic vegetation and replacing it with native species in the median strips. This will serve a dual purpose by providing native habitat for species and enhancing the area. Parkland has done the same in Six Acre Wood Park by eradicating invasive vegetation and replacing them with native plants. This will strengthen the park which is a hardwood hammock with walking trails for residents. In addition, Tamarac has opened the brand-new Waters Edge Park, which provides another opportunity for residents to get close to nature and enjoy it daily. Congratulations to all Northwest Broward cities on a job well done, and what a great way to celebrate Earth Day and Month!
This past month phase one of the Closest Unit Response program was launched successfully in six cities in Broward County. On March 16th the cities of North Lauderdale and Tamarac joined the new system. The state-of-the-art system allows the nearest available fire and rescue unit to respond to a life-threatening emergency no matter who has jurisdiction. This measure will help expedite the response of the first responders and has already saved lives.
In the last few weeks the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted the world. Taking precautions to protect yourself, family and friends are of the utmost importance. Remember, the best defense is to wash or sanitize your hands on a regular basis and follow all recommended precautions from the Florida Department of Health. Please make sure to follow updates from Broward County at Broward.org/Coronavirus, the Florida Department of Health at Broward.floridahealth.gov, and the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov. I will continue to share all pertinent information as it comes available.
Finally, in the month of April families in our community will celebrate Easter, Passover, and Ramadan. Whichever holiday your family observes I hope that you have a meaningful observance that fulfills your spirit and makes memories for years to come.
Staying connected with the residents of District 3 is a top priority for me. Every month, we hold office hours on the third Wednesday. I can be reached at
MUdine@Broward.org or (954) 357-7003. Follow me on social media @CommissionerMichaelUdine on Facebook and @MichaelUdine on Twitter or Instagram to receive important updates and see what is happening in our community.