Friday, December 7, 2018    

Flying High

October total traffic at Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was 2,573,461, up 7.4 percent; domestic traffic was 2,010,988, up 6.4 percent; and international traffic was 562,473, up 11.3 percent. Year-to-date total passengers was 29,684,765, up 11.0 percent. Total traffic has increased 54 out of the last 55 months, and there were 18 more scheduled daily domestic departures and 14 more scheduled daily international departures vs. October 2017. FLL is the 19th busiest airport in the country, just ahead of Philadelphia and LaGuardia.

BB&T Center Master Plan in Progress

The Coral Gables office of CallisonRTKL has been chosen to design the phased mixed-use Master Plan for the redevelopment of Broward County’s 140-acre BB&T Center property in Sunrise. The redevelopment project will add office, residential, hotel, entertainment and limited retail venues to the existing BB&T Center Arena which is home to the Florida Panthers and large-scale concert and entertainment events. More…

Port Everglades Sign MOU

Broward County’s Port Everglades has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Honduras National Port Authority (Empresa Nacional Portuaria de Honduras) as part of its Sister Seaport Program. Honduras is the Port’s largest trading partner by volume, number one in total TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). Port Everglades ranked as the number one port in the United States for trade with Honduras, among the 450-plus U.S. ports and airports, with over $2.12 billion worth of goods moving through the port. More…

County Seeking CSC Nominations 

County Commissioners are accepting applications from County residents to serve on the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC). To be considered, interested individuals must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • Be a resident of Broward County for the previous 24-month period 
  • Be a registered voter 
  • Have no affiliation with any agency funded by the Children’s Services Council 

Applications are available online at Broward.org, Broward.org/Intergovernmental or from the Intergovernmental Affairs/Boards Section and must be submitted no later than 5PM on December 14, 2018. More…​

New Pet Surrender Hours

Broward’s Animal Care and Adoption Center, located at 2400 SW 42nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, has changed its hours for owner surrender pet appointments and the intake of stray dogs and cats. The Center’s admissions lobby closes at 5PM, instead of 6PM, to better serve the animals and to give staff extra time to safely move the pets into the shelter, examine them, provide wellness vaccinations, and conduct a quick behavior assessment. More ...​

Get the Facts – Online Library Resources You Can Trust

Keep it real with vetted, reliable online resources. Obtain a free NSU E-Card and then log in with your BCL card to access these online sites:

  • Credo Reference: Full text for over 500 reference books covering art, biography, business, dictionaries, encyclopedias, food, geography, history, language, law, literature, medicine, music, philosophy, psychology, quotations, religion, science, social sciences and technology.
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  • World Book Online: Information seekers of all ages find the content they need at the correct reading level. Contains thousands of informational articles with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps, research help and activities.

Mooring Buoy Program Enhanced with Grant

Broward’s Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division has expanded its Mooring Buoy Program with the installation of ten mooring buoys offshore of Deerfield Beach and Hillsboro Beach funded by a grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Florida Boating Improvement Program. The installation of these buoys will help protect Broward's prized reefs by providing a way for boaters to secure their vessels at a fixed location over the natural coral reef and allow fishers and divers to enjoy our reefs without harmful effects from potential anchor damage. More…​

Report From the Broward Municipal Services District

The Commission approved Economic Development Plan for the Broward Municipal Services District provides for enhancements to businesses located on the corridors of the District for the purpose of private investment and employment opportunities. In November 2018, Broward’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development reported that two of the first three approved projects are in various stages of design and one is in the early stages of construction. Also, design work is expected to begin for three projects in the 900 block of NW 27th Avenue. In addition to these six projects, 21 applications are in various stages of completion. For more information about the Broward Municipal Services District Economic Development Program and the projects mentioned, contact the Office of Economic and Small Business Development at 954-357-6400.

Things to Do at a Park Near You

All Broward County regional parks (except Deerfield Island Park and the Target Range at Markham Park), nature centers, neighborhood parks, and natural areas will be open their regular hours on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th, New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31st, and New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1st. The regular holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect. All parks, nature centers, and natural areas will be closed on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25th.

This year’s Toys in the Sun Run will be on Sunday, December 9th, when bikers travel 26 miles from Festival Marketplace in Pompano Beach to Markham Park & Target Range. For those who want to greet the cyclists at the park, the park opens at 8AM. Admission is $20/person, if you bring one new, unwrapped toy (no stuffed animals, please). Without a toy, the cost is $30/person. The park’s regular weekend gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will also be in effect for those not participating in the parade. For more information, email ToysintheSunRun@aol.com or visit ToysInTheSunRun.com. For park information, call Markham Park at 954-357-8868. ​​



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