Happy New Year! It is an honor and privilege to be your voice and to represent you, the citizens of our coastal and inland communities from Deerfield Beach to Fort Lauderdale. As your County Commissioner, I look forward to continuing to improve our resident’s quality of life by focusing on several key issues in our community. Here are some recent headlines from around the County.
Beaches Management Program Update
Broward County is continuing coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers in order to allow for construction for two post-storm projects; the Segment II and III Post-Hurricane Irma Flood Control and Coastal Emergency (FCCE) projects. County staff coordinated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a detailed survey and assessment of sand losses across Broward beaches, this collaboration aided in approval for FCCE appropriations at 100% Federal cost-share funding to restore Segment II and III Shore Protection Projects.
The Segment II FCCE Project proposes to place approximately 387,000 cubic yards along the beaches of Pompano, Lauderdale-By-The Sea, and Fort Lauderdale at an estimated cost of $25-30M. All sand for the project will be sourced from upland sand mines, as with the County’s 2016 project. This project and the Segment III FCCE project are both on an aggressive schedule due to permitting constraints. But County staff will aid the Corps as needed in order to keep projects on track for Winter 2021 construction.
Broward County’s Veteran Services provide free service to many veterans and veteran families to help them get all the benefits they are entitled to. The Federal Veterans Affairs (VA) can be hard to navigate and our Veteran’s team is trained to help those in need. The Broward County Veterans Services team, all veterans themselves, help others through the process. In fact, in 2019, they helped nearly 12,000 Broward Veterans and their families, successfully submitting more than 2,000 veteran claims resulting in $12 million in veteran benefits.
If you or someone you know may be eligible for veterans’ benefits, please call 954-357-6622, email
Veterans@Broward.org, or visit
Broward.org/ElderlyandVeterans for more information.
Broward County’s Small Businesses Program Update
Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) recently announced that in Fiscal Year 2019, the County committed $177, 800,000 to certified small businesses on County projects! There are some real opportunities for all small businesses to take advantage of the services provided by OESBD. Small businesses can get certified to participate in the County’s procurement process. Last year alone, there were approximately 109 projects under $250,000 reserved for certified small businesses!
Additionally, with the approval of the Transportation Surtax, the County Commission fully committed to reserving 30% of eligible contracts for small businesses, which is an estimated $56 million or more annually for small businesses. OESBD provides the small business community with the support and many services to assist small business owners in getting a piece of the pie!
If you have a small business and would like to join in these great opportunities please visit
www.Broward.org/EconDev for more information.
2020 Point-In-Time Homeless Count
It is that time of year again and our community needs your help. The Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership is seeking volunteers to assist the Homeless Continuum of Care with the collection of data for the 2020 Homeless Point-in-Time Count Survey taking place on Wednesday, January 29th and Thursday January 30th.
The Count will help maximize resources and make sure our homeless residents are receiving the best care. In 2019 the PIT count totaled 2,803 homeless individuals compared to 2,318 totals in 2018. The number of unsheltered individuals has drastically increased by about 480 individuals.
If you are interested in volunteering, please register by visiting the
http://www.browardpointintime.org and select "Get Involved."
District 4 Cities: 2019 Year-in-Review
I’ve really enjoyed my first year as your County Commissioner. Below are only a few of the agenda items and initiatives that I have supported and/or worked on throughout 2019.
- Sponsored agenda item for support for SB76 and HB45: Texting while driving
- Sponsored agenda item for support for funding a statewide Opioid Task Force
- Sponsored agenda item for State funding support for Edward L. Myrick State Farmers Market
- ePermits Pilot Program initiated in city of Pompano Beach
- Co-sponsored agenda item for additional Homestead Exception for elderly
- Co-sponsored agenda item pertaining to the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW)
- Assisted with Pompano Animal Shelter
- Co-sponsored resolution in support of the Florida Competitive Workforce Act
MLK Parade in Deerfield Beach
Santa at Lighthouse Point
Ribbon Cutting in Fort Lauderdale
Neighborhood Coalition at Oakland Park
Mayor Deb Tarrant of Hillsboro Beach
9/11 dedication in Pompano Beach
4th of July at Lauderdale By The Sea
Sea Ranch Lakes Commission Meeting
Once again, I’d like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you as your County Commissioner. Please sign up at
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Lamar P. Fisher