The calendar is correct – it is already December and almost year’s end. Another year is rapidly coming to a close in Broward County.
However, let me start with a footnote for November. I hope all of you had an enjoyable and celebratory Thanksgiving. Just prior to that special holiday a new County Commission was to be sworn-in with two senior Commission members retiring from office due to term limits. Commissioner Ilene Lieberman, after sixteen years of service, was joined by out-going Mayor/Commissioner John E. Rodstrom, Jr., after twenty years of service, in leaving the Commission dais. We were also to welcome two new County Commissioners, Martin David Kiar and Tim Ryan, and to expect three incumbents to be sworn-in to new terms.
I do not know about you, but this year raced by for me especially with the primaries, national, state, and local elections. With everything from the White House to the school house now settled, it is time for all of us in public office to work together and accomplish the people’s agenda.
As the end of the year approaches, Broward County continues to weather the Great Recession. There are some solid signs the recovery is taking firmer hold of our local economy. I am sure many of you have noticed the on-going construction of the new South Runway at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. During 2013, that project will represent nearly 11,000 construction jobs with a total economic impact of $1.42 billion for our County. Throughout 2013, that also pumps one million dollars a day into Broward’s economy with a project completion date at the end of 2014.
Likewise, cargo tonnage and cruise passenger traffic is up at Port Everglades. Our tourism and hospitality industries are reporting bed and sales tax collections not attained since 2008, which was before the housing and local economic bubbles burst. It looks like 2012 will end with far better market and economic conditions than was the case last January.
In that vein, there is certainly much to celebrate in the month of December. Hanukkah begins December 8, Christmas Day on December 25, Kwanzaa commences December 26, and New Year’s Eve is Monday, December 31.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS and a HAPPY HEALTHY NEW YEAR to all. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call my office at 954-357-7006, or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next year...