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May 2014 Newsletter
 

Update from Your County Commissioner
By Chip LaMarca, Broward County Commissioner

I was honored to host the mayors and city managers from district 4 for our second Mayors Summit in April to discuss the key issues in our community.  Our focus was on beach re-nourishment, economic development, tourism, human services, transportation and the proposed convention center expansion and hotel.  These are quality of life issues and it’s of utmost importance that we have an open dialogue about how we can work together to better serve our residents, businesses and visitors.

I am pleased to report that the Broward County Supervisor of Elections will be adding the Coral Ridge Mall as an additional early vote location for the upcoming elections this year.  This site will provide better access to early voting for those residents living and working near the beach.

More good news!  Broward County received a check from the Army Corp of Engineers for $10.1 million, which is the reimbursement for the beach re-nourishment project completed in 2006 in Segment III (Hollywood, Dania Beach and Hallandale Beach).  This project added $1.4 billion to county property values along the beach, which is vital to attracting 13.4 million visitors per year who spend $10.6 billion annually in Broward County.

Broward County has a number of key transportation projects underway.  The 595 Express lanes opened in April and I-595 is Broward County's major east-west thoroughfare used by residents and visitors to get to work, shops, entertainment venues, the airport, the Port, the beaches.  It is also vital to the shipment of freight and goods around South Florida.  Improving mobility along the I-595 corridor isn't just a necessity for residents and visitors; it will have a significant impact in South Florida's economy.

In addition, the Florida Department of Transportation will be reconstructing A1A from Sunrise Boulevard to NE 18th Street on Fort Lauderdale beach with one lane in each direction, a dedicated north-bound turning lane and a wide beachfront promenade on the east side with a paver sidewalk and decorative, turtle-friendly lighting and landscaping.  They will be adding wide bicycle lanes in both directions and constructing two pedestrian crosswalks.  Construction is expected to begin by August 2014 and be completed by March 2016 at a cost of $10.1 million.

Lastly, Broward Navy Days hosted the 24th Annual Fleet Week as Port Everglades welcomed the USS New York, USCGD Dependable and USCGC Bernard C Webber to Broward County.  The USS New York is an amphibious transport dock ship that was forged with recycled steel from the wreckage of the twin towers at the World Trade Center.  Hundreds of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen participated in a week of activities, demonstrations and community service projects.  I hope you had the opportunity to meet and talk with some of our great military personnel.

If there is anything that we can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 954.357.7004 or by email at clamarca@broward.org.  You can also stay up to date by viewing our website www.broward.org/commission/district4, where you can sign up to receive email updates from our office.  I look forward to continuing to make Broward a better place to live, work and play.

 As always, it is an honor to serve you.