The Broward County Board of County Commissioners is the governing body of the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD), and provides municipal services for the area, including business and housing development, library and park facilities, roadway maintenance, street enhancements, and zoning and code enforcement. Innovative opportunities to increase household incomes, develop economic stability and improve quality of life for residents within the Broward Municipal Services District are priorities for the Board of County Commissioners. The County continues to implement programs and services that will help to strengthen neighborhoods in the community, for today and for the future.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards Five Communities the 2019 RWJF Culture of Health Prize
November 12, 2019
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today announced the five communities chosen to receive the 2019 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The Prize honors and elevates communities at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all. The 2019 Prize winners are: Broward County, Fla.; Gonzales, Calif.; Greenville County, S.C.; Lake County, Colo.; and Sitka, Alaska.
Broward County, Florida: Known as “Collaboration County,” Broward County, Florida—comprised of 31 municipalities—weaves diverse partnerships into their journey toward better health. The commitment to racial equity trainings by health and social service agencies creates a common language around institutional and systemic racism, while school-based equity liaisons ensure students have an opportunity to succeed. Recent voter-approved initiatives expand affordable housing and guarantee $350 million annually for 30 years to improve transportation. Historically excluded populations participate in decision-making thorough initiatives such as the Race Equity in Child Welfare Taskforce and Healthy Community Zones. Through large scale health and economic programs such as Test and Treat for HIV, School Based Dental Sealant, Step Up, and Broward UP, Broward County is addressing the social determinants of health to enable residents to live their healthiest lives.
New Wayfinding Signs Coming to the Broward Municipal Services District
As part of the NW 27th Avenue Safe Streets Project, wayfinding signs will soon be installed in the Central County Broward Municipal Services District. The new signage will make it easier for residents and visitors to find key destinations in Central County. All wayfinding signs will be installed on decorative poles consistent with design elements of the NW 27th Avenue Safe Streets Project. Approximately $62,000 has been allocated for this initiative.
Arrived: Sunview Park Little Libraries
The Little Library Project
It’s called the Little Library. It’s the hottest thing in libraries that is catching on like wildfire all across the country. It is a community based, engagement project with a goal of sparking greater interest in reading and bringing neighbors closer to neighbors. Broward County Academy alumni came together in 2019 to survey Broadview Park residents to better understand the “flavor” of the neighborhood in order to create a Little Library that truly represented their community. They also engaged with the Neighborhood Civic Association and nearby Meadowbrook Elementary School, to better understand the history and uniqueness of Broadview Park. Some themes developed: diversity, community, and yes, butterflies which frequent the park.
Through the design process, artist Batia Lowenberg steered the students through a creative process that would bring the project to life. To bring a sense for the generational commitment to encourage all age groups to learn to read, the group decided that the project will have a Little Library for adults and another for children. A book drive brought in hundreds of books to be stored at the libraries and replenished with new books on a regular basis by Sunview Park staff.
Little Libraries play an important role in producing adults that view reading as part of lifelong education. Academically, children growing up in homes without books are on average three years behind children in homes with lots of books. One of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to books, especially at home. Did you know that here in Broward 61% of low-income families do not have any age-appropriate books for their kids at home? Little Free Libraries play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce.
Coming Soon: Broadview Park Little Libraries
Broward County Parks, Libraries, and Cultural Divisions, the Broadview Park Civic Association, and other neighborhood partners are bringing Little Libraries to Broadview Park. Little Libraries are family and community gathering spots to read and share free children’s and family-oriented books. The 2018 graduates of the Broward Academy are managing the installation of Little Libraries in Washburn and Sunview Parks. Free books in English and Spanish will be available for students and parents to enjoy in the park and take home for literary adventures.
New Wall Mural Beautifies Boulevard Gardens
A mural installation is underway at the Harold Reitman Boys and Girls Club located in Boulevard Gardens within the Broward Municipal Services District. The $23,000 investment in public art adds to the continuous beautification and revitalization of Municipal Services District neighborhoods. Also underway are continued activity to improve safety. The County Commission approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) on access to the Public Safety Security Camera system in the Broadview Park and Central County areas of the Municipal Services District. This is an added tool to assist BSO in monitoring activity in those areas. The County has finalized procurement of the system and is in the implementation phase.
Stay Ready. Set. Safe
Hurricane Season is from June 1 through November 30th every year. Plan to survive a hurricane and other disasters. Check out the Quick Links to Sign-up for Emergency Notifications, Hurricane Preparedness and Know My Flood Risk. Remember the Vulnerable Population Registry is a tool that municipalities can use to help evaluate resident needs in their communities and assist in planning a response in an emergency. Find out who should register by selecting the Vulnerable Population Registry under Resources.