The Ritter Report

The Ritter Report - January 2011

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As we get deeper into the 21st century, we are finding more and more ways of getting information that we need through non-traditional ways. Just 10 years ago, we were getting our news and information from radio, television and newspapers. But with the growth of the internet and new technology, fewer of us are turning on the nightly news and finding out what we need. Every major company, media outlet and government entity has a place on the Web. We even have our personal Web space. It’s no different here in Broward County. Just a few years ago, I had a radio show. Now, I have several places on the Web. You’ll soon see my updated Broward County Web Site at broward.org/stacyritter. The County’s Web Site, www.broward.org is full of useful information about all of our County services from parks to transportation, libraries to human services. It’s updated every day so the content is topical.

I’ve also jumped into video. Unlike a television station, you don’t have to wait to see the program. Just go to my YouTube page at youtube.com/stacyritter3 to watch the latest. In fact, I hope you will join me on my new project called, “Coffee with Stacy.” Every few weeks, I am visiting a local business and interviewing local business leaders, community leaders and County officials. Some topics I have already covered include the county’s difficult budget process and new bus routes. In the near future, look for discussions about the County’s extensive human services programs, the synchronization of traffic lights to speed you along your East-West drive in Broward and the latest on expansion at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. You can also search for me and follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

We are at the Tamarac Café Diner, in the Tamarac Marketplace, the third Monday of every month. Join me at 11 a.m. as we talk with local leaders about issues that affect you. The Tamarac Diner is at the corner of Nob Hill and West McNab Roads. Other locations and dates will be announced throughout District 3, including Westside Bagels, Coral Ridge Drive in Coral Springs. Look for our video schedule at Broward.org/stacyritter

Coral Springs has decided to let citizens get involved in the official policing of the community for code violations. Now residents will be able to directly affect the aesthetics of their neighborhoods. The city is forming a partnership between the Code Division and citizen volunteers. It’s called the Code Rangers. Four volunteers would be assigned to a code officer and receive 16 hours of training on the basics of code and ordinance enforcement. Then, the Code Rangers will take to the streets to look for violations in both commercial and residential areas. When they find a violation, they will leave a warning on a door hanger and pass the details onto the code officer. As a resident, since it’s a warning, it will give you time to correct the infraction and help maintain the aesthetics of Coral Springs. A code officer will follow up on the violation and could pass along a fine.

The Code Rangers will be looking for such violations as dirty roofs, overgrown yards, trash and graffiti. All of this will help address safety and health issues, detect foreclosed properties and help maintain property values. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Code Ranger, contact Pat Uber, Senior Code Officer in Coral Springs, at 954-344-5955.

Broward County is looking for 200 volunteers to help in the 2011 Homeless Count and Survey. The County must count every homeless person in Broward and get them to complete a short survey. This way, the county, state and federal governments will be able to assign resources to help the homeless population.

The count will take place from noon on Monday, January 24 until noon on Tuesday, January 25. The only requirement to volunteer is your concern and compassion for homeless people and a desire to help them. You can get a Volunteer Registration Form by visiting www.broward.org/communitypartnerships. Click on the HOMELESS INITIATIVE PARTNERSHIP, or call 954-357-8647 for more information.

Things are looking up for South Florida’s tourism industry as Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is showing passenger traffic continuing to grow. In fact, for September 2010, the increase was double digit, hitting 10.3 percent. That’s significant growth and figures also show that growth has been steady for 13 months straight. Although domestic passengers grew by a nice 7 percent, international passengers grew by a whopping 31 percent. People around the world love what Broward County has to offer. Right now, the top airline in terms of numbers of passengers at FLL is Spirit. Tied for second is Southwest and Delta, but JetBlue is a close third.

Meanwhile, construction plans for an extended south runway continue to move forward. Once that runway is completed, there will be even more reasons to fly into and out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, with even fewer delays and more flight capacity.

Find information about Broward’s airport by going to www.broward.org/airport.

Feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends in District 3.  If you would like to be added to our email list, contact Commissioner Ritter’s office at kpauli@broward.org or 954-357-7003.

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Broward County District 3 serves parts of the following cities:
• Parkland • Coral Springs • Tamarac • Sunrise

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Commissioner Ritter andr Chris Walton, Transportation Director.

Commissioner Ritter was joined by Broward County Transportation Director Chris Walton for her monthly “Coffee with Stacy” videocast at the Tamarac Café Diner.

Commissioner Ritter presents proclamation at Broward Homebound Event.

Commissioner Ritter offers a proclamation on Disability Awareness Day. Pictured with Sharon Ross, the Executive Director of Broward’s Homebound Program, activist Ryan Gebauer and Alice Zendel Simon, Broward Homebound Program Director of Business  Development.

Commissioner Ritter participates at the Magical Holiday Parade.

Commissioner Ritter participates in the city’s “Magical Holiday Parade” along with local police, firefighters, school bands, local businesses and Grand Marshall, Mama Bear of Berenstain Bears. Fifteen thounsand turned out to watch the parade, which was also  broadcast several times on Advanced Cable’s Town Talk TV.

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