District 3 Newsletter
June 2013
New Parkland Car Wash Hires Those with Autism

Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland has a powerful mission. It will employ people with autism with the hope of changing our perception of what people with disabilities are capable of. So far, the business has hired 35 employees, making it one of the largest employers of people with autism in the country. Rising Tide is helping to change the lives of these people by making them feel proud and self-sufficient. The owners hope to someday expand the business to locations around the country. Rising Tide Car Wash is located at 7201 N. State Road 7 in Parkland, near the BJ’s Wholesale Club.

Fly FLL to Scandinavia

By December, you’ll be able to fly direct from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Copenhagen, Denmark, Oslo Norway and Stockholm, Sweden. The flights will leave four times a week through Norwegian Air Shuttle.

New ADA Bus Stops in Tamarac

Broward County is in the process of constructing eight ADA accessible bus stops in the city of Tamarac. The Broward County Commission unanimously approved the proposal which will cost approximately $58,000 and make it much easier for people with disabilities to have access to Broward County Transit (BCT) buses. Each stop will include bus stop pads, adjacent sidewalks, special curbs and gutters. Over the past six years, BCT has upgraded 1,850 bus stops to meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities) requirements.

New Cruise Ship at Port Everglades

Port Everglades will soon be home to yet another new passenger ship. Princess Cruises’ new Royal Princess will arrive this fall after debuting in Europe and will be berthed at Cruise Terminal 2. That terminal was just completely renovated with a bright interior, expanded check-in and baggage claim areas and covered walkways.

The Royal Princess will carry up to 3,600 passengers and include some fantastic new features like a glass bottom walkway on the top deck, water and light show, live television studio and balconies on all outside staterooms.

Parks for People

The Land Stewardship Program “Parks for People” grant funding is in its fifth and final program. In this round, over $1.7 million is being used to support and develop 24 local parks and open spaces around Broward County. 14 of those park sites are new!   

In District 3, Parkland applied for and will receive $75,000 for improvements to Parkside Trailhead including recycled boardwalk, recycled benches, new landscaping and trail; and $8,650 for Margate Blount Archaeological Park for solar lighting, recycled bench, trail and landscaping.


Commissioners Ritter and LaMarca present a proclamation to Dr. George Hanbury
Commissioners Ritter and LaMarca present a proclamation to president and CEO of Nova Southeastern University Dr. George Hanbury II, recipient of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Downtowner of the Year Award. (L-R: Keith Costello, President of Broward Bank of Commerce; Stacy; Dr. Hanbury, Chip; and Jordana Jarjura, partner with the law firm of Conrad & Scherer.)

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Stacy and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau President Nicki Grossman
Stacy and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau President Nicki Grossman stand by a “check” to Broward County for $9.8 BILLION dollars, the estimated amount of money brought into our economy by tourists in 2012.
Port Everglades Pilots Association members Andy Edelstein and Jim Ryan give Stacy a tour of Port Everglades from the waterside.
Port Everglades Pilots Association members Andy Edelstein and Jim Ryan give Stacy a tour of Port Everglades from the waterside.
Stacy presents a proclamation as The Seafarers’ House honors Roberto Giorgi
Stacy presents a proclamation as The Seafarers’ House honors Roberto Giorgi, president of V. Ship and recipient of the 2013 International Golden Compass Award.
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