Community Update - A monthly Newsletter for Broward County Residents

October 2011

New Educational Campaign Designed to Save Babies’ Lives

The Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services has partnered with Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, Inc., and launched an educational outreach campaign to prevent babies from dying due to unsafe sleep environments. Over the next six months, residents will see advertising on Broward County Transit buses which calls for care providers to put babies to sleep on their backs in a crib with no toys, pillows or loose blankets. Last year, 17 babies died in the County due to unsafe sleep environments. For more information, call Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County at 954-765-0550 or email


Final Redistricting Workshop is October 3; Commission Workshop and Public Hearings to Follow

The final public workshop addressing the redistricting of the Broward County Commission will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, October 3, in Mangrove Hall at West Lake Park-Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St. in Hollywood. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in the process.

There will be a County Commission Workshop on redistricting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, October 18; followed by two public hearings at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, and Tuesday, December 13, all in Room 430 of the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. The Workshop will be webcast. The Public Hearings will be televised and webcast. Redistricting is based upon 2010 Census data and required by the Broward County Charter to balance the populations of the nine single member districts and ensure residents have equal representation on the County Commission. For more information, visit


Broward B-Cycle Bike Sharing Program Hits the Road This Fall

Broward County has launched a bike sharing program with B-cycle, LLC. Riders from Hallandale to Pompano Beach can access public bicycles for short trips around town for leisure or for first or last extensions of their public commute. To access bikes, residents and tourists can either register on the B-cycle website or use the self-service kiosks called B-stations. B-stations are located at the Governmental Center Parking Garage at 151 S.W. Second Street; the Main Library; the Downtown Broward Bus Terminal; the 540 Building near the Broward County Courthouse; Hollywood North Beach Park and T.Y. Park in Hollywood.


Public Meeting on Everglades Holiday Park Set for October 5

Broward County Parks and Recreation will host a public meeting so residents can offer suggestions, voice concerns and ask questions about recreational needs at Everglades Holiday Park, located at 21940 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale. A briefing on the update to the 2008 Conceptual Master Plan for the park will be presented. The meeting will be held in Oak Hammock Hall at Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center, 3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 5. For more information, call 954-357-8100.


Parks and Libraries Now Open Daily

Broward County parks and libraries are expanding their hours of operation back to seven days a week, after experiencing a temporary reduction in hours in 2010 due to budget constraints. The County’s 33 regional and neighborhood parks, nature centers and natural areas are now open seven days a week, except for the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Deerfield Island Park continues to be open Saturdays and Sundays only.

Beginning October 2, six regional libraries will reopen on Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., restoring access to select library locations seven days a week at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, and North Regional/Broward College, South Regional/Broward College, Northwest Regional, Southwest Regional and West Regional libraries. The Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University remains open Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. For a complete list of parks and libraries and hours, visit and


County’s Economic Engines Remain Strong Despite Troubled Economy

Broward County’s three economic engines are reporting positive growth, despite the challenges of a struggling economy. Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau reported the highest hotel occupancy since 2006 in July 2011, up 7.8 percent from 2010. The County hosts nearly 11 million visitors from around the world each year. Port Everglades reported a 2.4 percent growth in cruise passengers in the third quarter over the same time period last year, with more than 3.4 million cruise passengers passing through the Port compared to nearly 3.1 million passengers last year. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport marked its 23rd consecutive month of passenger growth, reporting July 2011 as the busiest July on record. Total airport traffic, January through July 2011, was 14.3 million, up 7 percent from the same period in 2010.


“Dine Out Lauderdale” Event is Back for Fifth Straight Year

It's that delicious time of year again as Greater "Fork" Lauderdale celebrates its fifth consecutive year of “Dine Out Lauderdale,” a six-week culinary event promoting the area's gourmet restaurants and renowned chefs. From October 1 through November 10, three-course meals are available at $35 each at more than 35 restaurants. For more information, visit


October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

During national Adopt a Shelter Dog Month in October, Broward County invites residents to drop by the Animal Care and Adoption Center to visit with all the wonderful animals looking for a new home. While you’re there, you can pick up pet supplies, including food bowls, toys and other merchandise, at the brand new Pawtique Retail Shop. Those interested are encouraged to sign up to become a foster care parent. Animal Care is always looking for responsible individuals, over age 18, to be temporary caretakers for some of the many orphaned puppies and abandoned kittens received each month at the shelter.

The monthly series of rabies clinics continues on Friday, October 7, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Fort Lauderdale Adoption Center, 1870 S.W. 39 St. Get your pets vaccinated against rabies and receive a Broward County pet license for just $15 per pet; cash only payment accepted. Pet owners must prove Broward County residency by producing a valid Florida driver’s license or current utility bill. No appointment is necessary and customers are taken on a first come, first served basis. All dogs must be on leashes and all cats must be in carriers.


Residents Can Learn to Save Money and Water with "Know the Flow" Presentation

The Natural Resources Planning and Management Division offers a free, fun and informative, 20-minute “Know the Flow” presentation to homeowner associations that teaches residents how to save money, save water and “go green.” All attendees receive prizes. To schedule a presentation for your group, contact Asif Ali at 954-519-1222 or email The Broward County Speakers Bureau features more than 150 County staff professionals who can speak to homeowner association and community groups on more than 70 topics.


BCT Awarded $197,400 in Transit Security Grant Program Funds

Broward County Transit (BCT) will receive $197,400 in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency which will be used to update transit security plans. For more information, contact Broward County Transit at 954-357-6786 or visit More…


New River Bridges Will Close Briefly October 9 for Breast Walk

Three bridges over the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale will temporarily close to boat and vehicular traffic on Sunday, October 9, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., for the annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.” Affected are the Andrews Avenue, Southeast Third Avenue and Seventh Avenue bridges, for the cancer walk that begins at Huizenga Plaza. Motorists are asked to plan ahead and take alternate routes.


Superior Building Code Program May Benefit Residents with Insurance Discounts

Broward County Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division’s new ranking with the Insurance Service Office’s (ISO) Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule can earn residents of Unincorporated Broward County, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Hillsboro Beach and Lazy Lake up to a 10 percent discount on homeowners insurance policies. The ISO rating reflects Broward County’s ongoing commitment to a well administered building code program that ultimately benefits homeowners with discounted rates on homeowners insurance. Discounts will vary by insurance provider. More…


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