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March 2020 Vol. 22, No. 3

Closest Unit Response Coming Soon
As a result of millions of dollars invested since regional consolidation of the 911 system in 2014, along with years of planning, the purchase and installation of new equipment and systems, improved infrastructure and special training for Closest Unit Response is under way. Broward County has announced that phase one implementation involving the cities of Sunrise, Lauderhill, Oakland Park, North Lauderdale, Tamarac and Fort Lauderdale has begun. Closest Unit Response is a primary component to the plan to improve public safety response. This important improvement follows the addition of a new Computer Aided Dispatch System in March 2017, Text to 911 in April 2019, the ongoing initiative to add new radio communication towers and improvements to existing towers, and the implementation of new emergency Fire and Police protocols. Visit

It’s Almost Time to Get Counted
The US Constitution requires a Census survey every 10 years. You should receive a postcard in the mail between March 12-20, 2020 with information on how to complete the Census for your household. The data collected is for statistical purposes only and it determines your representation in Congress, and the amount of federal and state dollars that go towards local human service programs that help families and individuals in need, including seniors, non-citizens and young people. Even if you are not a US citizen you must be counted. View a sample Census questionnaire and invitation card on

Penny Project Progress
Progress continues on projects funded by the Penny for Transportation surtax. Nine construction projects are underway to install fiber in unserved areas, implement school zone safety improvements and install resilient mast arms at vulnerable intersections throughout the county. There are also $5.5 million in capital roadway projects in the pipeline and $500,000 in capital purchases have been approved.

Broward County Transit (BCT) has invested $4 million in service level increases. A priority was to restore bus service that was eliminated during the last recession. The County is expanding the availability of Wifi on our buses and it's on schedule to be on all routes by the end of 2020. BCT ordered 147 new fixed route buses (65 of them funded with the surtax); 146 new paratransit buses (128 funded with surtax); and 5 electric buses.

Road Repairs Scheduled in Fort Lauderdale: Bridge Enhancements Set for Lauderhill
Broward County Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division and the City of Fort Lauderdale have partnered in a joint effort to repair damaged segments of roadway along SE 3rd Avenue between SE 17th Street and SE 6th Street. The City of Fort Lauderdale has already removed trees causing roadway damages and will be planting trees in nearby City parks to replace the lost canopy. Broward County’s portion of the project entails removing tree root systems, repairing sidewalk, curb, drainage, and pavement infrastructure. This project is funded by the gas tax. Restoration work is underway and will conclude on or before April 30, 2020, barring any unforeseen conditions or weather delays.

In Lauderhill, bridge improvements will be performed on NW 19th Street from NW 47th Avenue to NW 46th Avenue. The project entails repairing existing bridge, guardrail and sidewalk and placing new asphalt. Work is underway and will conclude on or before June 10, 2020, barring any unforeseen conditions or weather delays. This project is also funded by the gas tax. More...

Find a Service Nearest to You
A new feature on lets you find the nearest human services provider in the County. Looking for help for someone you know who is battling addiction? Know someone experiencing homelessness? From HIV, elderly and veteran’s services, to financial assistance, this new resource finds the closest service provider to your location on your cell phone or computer. The site will also give you directions and is searchable by category, city, and age group. Visit and select “Find A Service.”

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