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October, November, December 2021

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dr. Barbara Sharief. District 8 Broward County Commissioner. Commissioner on a mission.

A Message from your Broward County Commissioner Dr. Barbara Sharief

Broward County Commissioner Dr. Barbara Sharief

We are in the final quarter of 2021 and what a year this has been. We started 2021 with the continuation of the pandemic which had infected the world and life as we knew it, was completely changed. As we enter this last quarter of 2021 embracing our new normal, let's continue moving forward and end the year with a bang! Fall is here and we will begin to feel the weather change, leaves will begin falling and changing colors on the trees, and we begin to celebrate all the fall holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas too. This is a special time of year that allows us to celebrate with our family and friends, making memorable moments and new traditions that will last a lifetime. I know the holiday season can be hectic but staying organized and planning early can help eliminate the stresses that the holiday season can bring.

As your District 8 Commissioner, I am thankful to have the opportunity to continue serving you and all our residents in Broward County. Together we have made our neighborhoods, business communities, and local tourist attractions some of the best our County has to offer. Broward is a great place to live, work, and play, and as we end 2021 and begin 2022, I look forward to our continued success and wish you a safe, joyful, and prosperous holiday season!

~ Barbara

I welcome your comments and want to hear which issues are important to you. Send an email to me at​ ​​​ or call my office at 954-357-7008. Also, check out the Barbara Sharief Facebook page a​t, ​or follow me at, on Instagram @barbarasharief.

Holiday Safety Tips​​

Families at the holidays

These tips can help keep you safe, prepared, and aware during the holiday season.

  • Shop during the day, but if you must shop at night, don’t go alone, park in well-lit and crowded areas.
  • Dress casually and comfortably and avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Don’t carry a purse or wallet. Consider a security travel pouch instead.
  • Recognize when you are being rushed or distracted. Be aware to what is going on around you and of strangers approaching you for any reason.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash. If you must, place in your front pocket.
  • If you discover a credit card is missing, call the credit card company immediately. Don't assume you misplaced it and will find it later.
  • Keep a record of all your credit card numbers in a safe place at home. Be extra careful if you carry a wallet or purse as they are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.
  • Have your car keys out, your cell phone put away, and hands basically free so you can pay attention and be aware of your surroundings and get I your car safely.
  • Never leave valuables in your car and don’t put anything in your trunk after you park.​

Funds are Still Available – Apply for Rental Assistance​

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program If you are behind on rent and utility payments due to a COVID-19 financial hardship you're encouraged to apply for assistance. Applicants must be able to show that their financial hardship is due to COVID-19, such as job loss, medical bills related to the pandemic, etc. To check eligibility requirements, stay updated, a​nd apply online visit​.

Did You Know? There’s a Special Primary​ Election Scheduled in November for Broward County.​​

Due to the untimely passing of former Congressman Alcee Hastings, there will be a special elec​tion on Tuesday, November 2 to fill his congressional seat. If you are a constituent of District 20, please make sure you are registered to vote for this upcoming special election.

The special Primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
The general election is scheduled for January 11, 2022.

​​Since Florida is a closed primary state, a voter may only vote for the candidate of the party in which he or she is registered in the primary election.

Please Note: The voter registration deadline for the upcoming special primary election is Monday, October 4, 2021. So, if you aren’t registered to vote, sign-up now at ​​RegisterToVoteFlor​​​

Early voting begins on Saturday, October 23, 2021, and ends on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

​​Registered Voters may cast their ballot at any of these Early Voting locations:

  • ​Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025
  • Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33331​
​​Absentee Ballots may be dropped off at any U.S. Post Office or the Broward County Governmental East Building located at 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301​

Florida's 20th Congressional District

No-Bake Thanksgiving Dessert to Be Thankful For​

Slice of pie

There's no baking needed for this impressive treat! Since it requires time in the fridge, you can make it the night before Thanksgiving dinner and leave the oven free for the turkey and side dishes on the big day.


  • 2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1¼ cup caramel sauce (like Mrs. Richardson's), divided
  • 1 (6-oz) graham cracker pie crust
  • 1½ cups toasted pecan halves


  1. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add 1 cup caramel sauce; beat until smooth. Spread mixture in pie crust, smoothing top. Refrig​erate for at least 2 hours.​
  2. In a medium bowl, combine toasted pecan halves with ¼ cup caramel sauce; toss to coat. Arrange pecans on top of chilled pie. Drizzle with any remaining caramel in the bowl. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until ready to serve. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon, if desired.

© 2016 AMG/Parade

Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Approved​

Financial Report

The Broward County Commission has approved the Fiscal Year 2022 budget with additional funding earmarked for priority programs such as affordable housing, homelessness, human rights, and the continuation of county services that serve the public every day. The final millage (property tax) rate, exclusive of debt service, is 5.6690, with no increase from last year. The FY22 budget totals $6.7 billion.​

Get Vaccinated – Take the Shot​

Take the shotAs the number of COVID-19 cases increases in Broward, hospital occupancy rates also continue to rise. Health officials confirm the rise in numbers is due to the highly contagious Delta variant, as well as the number of residents in Broward County who are eligible to get vaccinated but have chosen not to. Broward County has re-opened testing sites, vaccination sites and monoclonal therapy sites throughout Broward County. Any resident 12+ or older is eligible to get vaccinated. Visit for a list of vaccination and popup sites. Appointments are not required, and you don't need insurance to get vaccinated. Remember, vaccines don’t work on your death bed!

Veteran’s Day
Veteran's Day. Thank you for your service.

On Thursday, November 11, we will observe Veteran’s Day. Formerly known as Armistice Day, it was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American Veterans of all Wars.

Proclamation Presented to Cleveland’s Old Fashion Ice Cream​

Commissioner Dr. Barbara Sharief presented Cleveland Smith, owner of Cleveland's Old Fashion Ice Cream Shop in Miramar with a ProclamationOn February 11, Commissioner Dr. Barbara Sharief presented Cleveland Smith, owner of Cleveland's Old Fashion Ice Cream Shop in Miramar with a Proclamation on behalf of Broward County in honor of Black History Month and Cleveland Smith Day. Cleveland crafts over 63 flavors with special homemade flavors daily. It was a pleasure to sample a few of his delicious homemade flavors and everyone is encouraged to go and support Cleveland and his family business.

​Remembering Mrs. Norma Martin​​

On July 9, we celebrated the wonderful life of Mrs. Norma D. Martin at her Homegoing Service. Ms. Norma, as she was known, was a dedicated, compassionate and ​loving friend during her 39 years as a Miramar Resident. Ms. Norma made an imprint on every life she touched. We will always remember the legacy she has left, and her memories will forever be in our hearts. Do not worry, there will be a huge Christmas Tree all lit up in her honor at Fairway Park too! Ms. Norma, we love you and will forever miss you!

Mrs. Norma D. Martin

​Serving on County Boards​

We are seeking residents with an interest in public service to represent the needs of District 8. If you are interested in being considered, please forward a detailed resume to Be sure to include your permanent address, phone number and email address. Please also include your voter status, if you are a registered lobbyist; if you serve on any other board, authority, or agency (dual office holding), whether you are related to any Commissioner and if you have any potential conflicting business relationships with Broward County. For a description of boards visit, Select BOARDS AND COMMITTEES.

Helpful Resources

Many people may have financial difficulties throughout the year. Here are a few numbers and contacts that may be of assistance: 2-1-1 Broward is a live, 24-hour helpline, that assists the caller with crisis, health and human services support and will also connect them to our many resources in Broward County. 2-1-1 Broward is your first call for help​.​

Access to Healthcare or Relief from Homeless​ness

Elderly and Veterans Assistance

Foreclosure Prevention and Advocacy​

Feeding South Florida

End Homelessness
954-563-HELP (4357)

Financial Assistance with lights, water, rent

Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc.

Small Business Assistance
Office of Economic & Small Business
Development (OESBD)

Visit your cities webpage for additional resources and list of upcoming events​:
City of Hallandale Beach -
City of Miramar -
Town of Pembroke Park -
City of Pembroke Pines -
City of West Park -​​

To receive communications (such as this newsletter) from my office via email, or to arrange to have me or my staff attend your upcoming neighborhood or homeowner association (HOA) meeting, please contact Suzanne Bailey at 954-357-7008