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This Week in Broward County Government
July 25, 2014
Volume XIX, No. 30
County Receives HUD Grant Funding of $1.2 Million to Assist Homeless
The Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership/Continuum of Care Lead Agency has been awarded an additional $1.25 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), through the 2013 HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. This brings a total award to date of more than $10.2 million, the largest award of its kind in Broward County. The CoC program provides funding for supportive services, transitional housing, rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing. The grant funding is part of more than $140 million in additional grants that HUD recently allocated nationwide to help local communities address homelessness. More...

Libraries Celebrate 40 Years of Education, Recreation
and Entertainment
The Broward County Libraries Division is celebrating its 40th anniversary and all members of the community are invited to join in the free festivities to mark this important occasion. The Library was established in 1974, as part of Broward County government. From four small branches and a collection of 270,000 books, the Library has grown into 39 branches that cover more than one million square feet; has more than one million library card holders; hosts over 10 million visitors and circulates nine million items annually. Today, the Library continues to evolve and places a strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access, with the goal to meet the needs of Broward County's diverse community. To learn more about library services and for a listing of the planned events visit More...

"11 Steps to Exporting" Series Aims to Help Businesses
with Export Preparations
The Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD), presents the second seminar of the roadshow series titled “11 Steps to Exporting – A Roadmap to Your Exporting Success!” The seminar will be held on Thursday, July 31st, 1to 5PM, at Keiser University, Pembroke Pines Campus, 1640 SW 145th Avenue, Pembroke Pines. This seminar is designed to provide Broward businesses with a comprehensive step-by-step approach to demystifying the process of exporting and introducing businesses to Broward County’s valuable local, state and federal resources for international trade. For additional information on the seminars call OESBD at 954-357-6400 or visit More...

Vista View Park Hosts Zombie Rush 5K
Vista View Park in Davie will host the Zombie Rush 5K, from 7AM to 1 PM on Saturday, August 2nd. This latest variation on the old-fashioned 5K run is described as a “zombie immersion chase,” where participants will navigate a post-apocalyptic landscape dotted with zombie-infested quarantine zones. Runners will hit the course in waves starting at 8:30, 9 and 9:30AM, with junior runners (ages 12 and under) starting at 8:45AM. There will be an apocalypse after-party featuring music, themed activities and food and drink for purchase. Fees will vary based on level of participation, and advance registration is recommended. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to Kendra’s Kisses, a charity that grants money to families dealing with childhood cancers. To register or for additional information, visit or call Vista View Park at 954-357-8898. The park’s regular weekend and gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect. More...

Drainage Upgrades Scheduled for South Andrews Avenue
in Fort Lauderdale
The Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division will be upgrading the drainage system and repairing existing sidewalks and curb ramps along the southbound lanes of S Andrews Avenue, between SE 27th Street and SE 30th Street, in Fort Lauderdale. Construction is expected to begin Monday, August 4th, and will conclude on or before September 12th, barring any unforeseen conditions or weather delays. Upgrades include replacement of aged drainage pipes with newer and larger ones and repair of existing sidewalks and curb ramps on the west side of S Andrews Avenue. More...

Broward County Library's Pembroke Pines/Walter C. Young Resource Center to Close August 7th-10th for Repairs
The Pembroke Pines/ Walter C. Young Resource Center, 955 NW 129th Avenue, Pembroke Pines, will close to the public on Thursday, August 7th, for repairs. The library is expected to re-open at 8AM, on Monday, August 11th. Customers may visit the nearby Miramar Library and Education Center, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, the Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines or visit online at for additional locations.

Home Damage Assessment Program Available for Residents
Broward County’s Office of Emergency Management is encouraging all residents to go online and familiarize themselves with the Home Damage Assessment Program, now enhanced for use on mobile devices. This program is a tool to help first responders know where the hardest hit areas of the County are and who needs the most help in the immediate aftermath of an emergency, such as a hurricane. If disaster strikes, residents are urged to wait until it’s safe to go outside, then perform an assessment of their home and report damaged property to the County using this improved tool. More...

Transit Partners with West Park to Offer Free Community Bus Service
Broward County Transit (BCT) and the City of West Park have partnered to bring residents and commuters free community bus service. This service is available 10AM to 3:12PM, Tuesdays through Saturdays. It will not operate on Sundays and Mondays. Service frequency will be every 62 minutes at assigned stops that will connect with BCT fixed-bus routes 5, 15, 18, 28; 441 Breeze; Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) Route 99; the Hallandale Beach Community Bus Service Route 3, and the Miramar Yellow Community Bus. More...

“News from “Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community”
As the County enters its 100th year, the Broward 100 team invites you to join our ongoing communication efforts. Each time you share and like our posts, you help us spread the word on this yearlong centennial celebration. By following us on – Facebook and Twitter – we will keep you informed on what’s to come and also entertain you with interesting historic facts on our community. Countywide, you’ll discover that culturally rich and diverse grounds thrive from our sports venues, boulevards and public art to our green parks. Be in the know. Help grow “Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community” one click, share, and follow at a time. Please invite your friends in on the conversation by commenting and suggesting our social media pages to them. For further information or questions on how-to get your organization featured, email us at Like us on, follow on, the official hashtag is #Broward100 or visit us at

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