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Commissioner's Monthly Message
JUNE 2020

Dear Community Members, 

COVID-19 Update

Broward County has started reopening, slowly and cautiously in order to prevent a ‘2nd wave’ of positive COVID patients in our community. The County is monitoring the number of cases very closely with the assistance of the Department of Health. While there has been a recent spike in cases in the entire state of Florida, there are many aspects that can contribute to this increase. Some of these factors may include, more availability for testing and of course more folks are out and about as we have reopened several areas in our community. 

As we continue on a path to reopen, there are 3 components that are going to be key in helping our community stay safe. These key components include (1) expanding testing (pop up sites, nursing facilities testing, and antibody testing), (2) contact tracing and support response, and (3) your help as we face this ‘new normal’. The County is counting on you to continue to follow the guidelines and help stop the spread! 

The Florida Department of Health Data (FDOH) as of June 17, 2020

Cases Confirmed

It is important for our community to be cautious and aware of the numbers of cases in Broward County. Please feel free to scan this QR code to open FDOH App on your phone for the latest numbers for the State of Florida and Broward County.

I would be remiss if I did not continue to thank you for keeping me informed of everything going on in your neighborhood. Thank you for continuing to follow these directives as we have seen from the last couple days it is vital to still be alert in order to keep our community safe. For more information, please visit www.floridahealthcovid19.gov.  

What's Open, What's Closed in Broward County

Broward County recently lifted several restrictions. Parks and beaches, tattoo, and massage establishments, have opened with restrictions. Summer camps, vacation rentals, casinos and indoor movie theaters have also reopened with restrictions, as well. Several of the services provided by the County are in motion to have a plan in place and be open to the public very soon, these include libraries, animal care, and more. 

Broward County Parks has been carefully reopening with social distancing restrictions and some services still closed to the public. Residents can now access specific parks and nature trails operated by the County for walking, jogging, biking, hiking, horseback riding, and personal boat launching. You can find more information on all things related to COVID in Broward County by visiting www.Broward.org/coronavirus. 

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QR Code for FDOH App

Cases Confirmed

Surtax Dollars at Work

In June, the County Commission approved funding for several projects all around Broward County totaling approximately $122 million. The projects that have been approved are municipal capital projects, County Public Works capital projects and municipal rehabilitation and maintenance projects that have all been deemed eligible by the Independent Transportation Surtax Oversight Board. Below are some of these projects slated for District 4. 
For more information about projects in your area please visit www.broward.org/pennyfortransportation. 

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Broward County’s Dismantling Racism Initiative 

Broward County is a diverse community and as we have seen in the past couple of weeks many have voiced the serious concerns of racial inequalities and police brutality. Broward County’s Office of Equity and Community Investment under the Human Services Department has been working on a “Dismantling Racism Initiative” (DRI) which is a cross-agency, community-wide commitment to interrupt manifestations of institutional racism. This initiative strives to educate members of our community to better understand racism in its institutional and structural forms and help achieve racial equity. 

In June the County Commission approved an agreement with the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) which will bring the County’s DRI program to BSO for an agency-wide awareness regarding the adverse effects that implicit biases and institutional racism can have on rendering equitable services to community members. The County Commission has also directed the County Attorney to analyze the feasibility of creating a citizen’s review board that would examine the results of completed internal affairs investigations at BSO. Additionally, the Board will be holding a workshop to further discuss racial equity in our community.

CVB Support for the Tourism Industry during COVID

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Our tourism industry has suffered tremendously this year due to the pandemic, from our restaurants, hotels, museums and all the employees, it has been a tough couple of months. While we are slowly trying to get back to a ‘new normal’ the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has been at the forefront to provide assistance, updates and avenues for a local campaign in order to inspire hope, plan for and support the recovery of our tourism industry.

The CVB recently hosted “Future in Focus II,” the second edition of its online destination recovery summit. The virtual event provided participants with details on the CVB’s recovery marketing plan designed to revitalize Greater Fort Lauderdale and the local tourism industry. Additionally, the CVB sponsored an economic support for Attractions, Museums, and Visitor Centers called the Tourism Place of Interest Sponsorship Program. 

The CVB in connection with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance is also working on a ‘Eat, Shop, Stay Local’ campaign to continue to encourage our residents and those from surrounding counties to enjoy all the wonderful amenities Broward County already has to offer. I encourage you to check out the CVB’s LauderDeals for specials on hotels and things to do around the county. For more information, please visit www.Sunny.org. 

REMINDERS:

Better Parks Better Broward

Broward County Parks invites you to share your ideas for the future of our wonderful Broward County Parks by visiting the website below. This website is specifically created to solicit input on how to build better parks for a better Broward. Your input will be incorporated into the first systemwide master plan we are creating and implementing. To voice your ideas please visit www.betterparksbetterbroward.com 

Hurricane Season: Be Prepared! 

With already three storms named by the first week of the season, residents are encouraged to visit the County's comprehensive hurricane website with links to the information you and your family needs to make it through the next storm. It is predicted to be a busy season so do not delay in being prepared. For more information please visit www.Broward.org/hurricane.  

Census 2020!

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If you have not already done so, please make sure you respond to the 2020 Census. Your response will assist Broward County in receiving federal and state funding for health and human service programs, emergency response, transportation needs and so much more. Filling out the Census is easy and safe. Complete the Census in just a couple minutes by visiting www.my2020Census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020.

Vote by Mail

Voting this year may be a little different due to COVID19 but we want to make sure that you feel safe while exercising your right to vote this year. 
To request a vote-by-mail ballot or for more information you can visit www.BrowardSOE.org. 

It is an honor to serve each and everyone one of you, especially these last few months. If I can be of any assistance to you, please contact me at 954-357-7004 or LFisher@broward.org. You can also follow me on Twitter and like my Facebook page.

Please enjoy the summer and be mindful of the continued CDC guidelines that are in place to keep us safe and well!

Best regards,

Lamar Fisher Signature

Lamar P. Fisher

Broward County Commissioner
District 4