Broward Selects New Mayor and Vice Mayor
On November 15, 2011, the Board of County Commissioners chose District 7 Commissioner John E. Rodstrom, Jr. to serve as the mayor of Broward County and District 2 Commissioner Kristin Jacobs to serve as vice mayor for Fiscal Year 2012.
Mayor Rodstrom was elected to the Commission in 1992 and served as vice mayor in 2010. He has also served as chair and co-chair. Vice Mayor Jacobs was elected to the Commission in 1998, and served as Broward County mayor in 2005 and as vice mayor in 2004.
Outgoing Mayor and District 6 Commissioner Sue Gunzburger delivered the 2011 State of the County address. Highlights included:
- The Fiscal Year 2012 budget kept property taxes flat with the majority of residents receiving property tax reductions.
- Six regional libraries were reopened on Sundays, and regional parks were reopened on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. There were no reductions in mass transit or human services.
- The Commission passed a landmark County/City Code of Ethics ordinance and created the Office of Inspector General.
- A Pain Management Clinic ordinance was passed placing stringent restrictions on
"pill mills" operating in Broward County. Commissioners also amended an ordinance that prohibits selling tobacco smoking products to minors.
- An ordinance was enacted requiring contractors seeking county contracts to provide health insurance benefits to domestic partners on the same basis as benefits for employees' spouses.
Committee to Make Recommendations on 9-1-1 System
The Broward County Commission and the Broward County League of Cities established a Broward County Consolidated Communications Committee and set March 1, 2012 as the deadline to recommend a solution to the decades-long struggle to consolidate emergency 9-1-1 call taking and dispatch.
Three task forces were established: the Governance Task Force will examine the legal structure, management and governing board membership of a consolidated operation; the Operations Task Force will develop performance metrics, operational policies and procedures and address technical issues; and the Funding Task Force will review alternative funding mechanisms including cost sharing and budget development. Recommendations are due January 16, 2012.
Airport Celebrates Season With Performances by Broward County School Children
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will host its 23rd Annual Winter Festival of Music December 12-16, 2011. Approximately 1,200 children in 28 groups from Broward County elementary, middle, and high schools will perform throughout the airport terminals. Passengers will be entertained through song and dance.
This annual event helps make travel more enjoyable for passengers during the busy holiday season. Passengers often dance and sing along with the performers.
Consult the schedule for specific dates, times, performers and performance locations.
Broward County Library --- WoW
The Libraries Division introduces
"BCL WoW" (Broward County Library Without Walls.) Did you know you can download
free e-books (over 15,000 titles) and great music that never expires? The virtual library also offers homework assistance, a mobile application where you can learn 80 different languages and even live expert job coaching and resume writing assistance. It is truly amazing where technology is taking us. Some services require a free Broward County Library card.
Free Downloadable Books Now Available at Airport
Broward County Library
and the Fort
have partnered to offer
Airport visitors the
opportunity to download
free books from Broward
County Library. Visitors
to the Airport can now
access over 15,000 free
book titles in the
Library's collection by
scanning the quick
response (QR) codes
displayed on LCD screens
in the Airport's baggage claim area with their smart phone or e-Book reader. It is not necessary to have a County Library card to access the free downloadable books and the book titles never expire. For updates about new airport passenger programs and services, follow Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on
2011 Property Tax Bills Have Been Mailed
Broward County Records, Taxes and Treasury Division
has mailed more than 422,000 property tax bills for
2011. Property taxes must be paid no later than
April 2, 2012, to pay without penalty and avoid
delinquency. A three percent discount applies to
taxes paid in December, followed by a two percent
discount in January and one percent in February.
Property owners without mortgages, or those who do
not make use of an escrow arrangement, may pay their
taxes in a variety of ways.
Final Redistricting Public Hearing is December 13
The Broward County Board of County Commissioners
will hold the final public hearing on County
redistricting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13,
in Room 422 of the Broward County Governmental
Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. The
Public Hearing will be
The County Commission is preparing a new Commission
District map based upon 2010 census data. For more
information and to view map alternatives, visit
Coastal Cleanup Removes 2 Tons of Trash from County
During the recent 26th Annual International
Coastal Cleanup, more than 2,300 volunteers removed
more than 4,500 pounds of trash from Broward County
beaches. Broward County staff worked with local
municipalities to collect the trash that ranged from
food wrappers to an inflatable boat. More than
72,000 individual pieces of trash were collected
with the largest category being cigarette butts and
smoking related items, with 35,000 removed from the
beaches and coastal areas.
Light Up Your Life at Tradewinds Park
For the fourth year in a row, Holiday Fantasy of
Lights returns to
Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample
Road, Coconut Creek. The drive-through light show
runs through Sunday, January 1, and is open nightly
from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 per vehicle
Mondays through Wednesdays, $13 per vehicle
Thursdays through Sundays (cost is for 20 or fewer
passengers), and $35 per bus (15-plus capacity). For
more information, visit
New Clean Diesel Equipment at Port Provides $17
A $1.32 million investment, stemming from a diesel
emissions reduction grant awarded to Broward
County's Port Everglades from the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection (FDEP), has resulted in
the replacement of heavy equipment and service
vehicles, and pilot boats being repowered with clean
diesel technology that is translating into a $17
million environmental and health benefit for the
Pompano Beach and Broward County Lead Florida in
National Wildlife Habitats
Five boutique lodgings in Pompano Beach are among
the National Wildlife Federation's newest Certified
Wildlife Habitats. Broward County and the City of
Pompano Beach lead the state for creating places where people, plants
and animals can all flourish. Newly certified
properties include: Pineapple Place, Pelican Place,
Cottages by the Ocean, Sunny Place and Bahama Beach
Club. To be certified, properties must provide
native wildlife with the right combination of food,
shelter, water and places to raise young. There are
now 363 businesses, schools, parks and homes that
are Certified Wildlife Habitats in Pompano Beach, a
number that surpasses any other city in the state.
Manatee Season Boaters Urged to Use
The manatee season in South Florida began November
15, marking the time when manatees move south toward
warm water refuges and seasonal speed limits go into
effect. Broward County's Natural Resources Planning
and Management Division cautions boaters to look for
greater numbers of manatees moving into the County's
waterways and to note changes to boating speed zones.
To report an injured or dead manatee, call the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission's Wildlife
Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. For more information
about manatees, visit
Residents Encouraged to Properly Dispose of FROG
The holidays have many
families preparing special foods to serve throughout
the season. Residents are reminded to think "No
FROG. No Clog." and are encouraged to properly
FROG -Fats, Rags, Oil and Grease. Large amounts of
fats, oils and grease, such as those used in
deep-frying a turkey, can be disposed of at one of
the County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection
sites each Friday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4
p.m.: Pompano Beach - 2780 N. Powerline Road and
West Park - 5601 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Broward Water Partnership Awarded Water Conservation
The Broward Water Partnership, a partnership between
Broward County's Natural Resources Planning and
Management Division and 16 utility and municipal
partners, was awarded $50,000 from the South Florida
Water Management District's Water Savings Incentive
Program. The funds will be used to provide $100
rebates to up to 500 Broward residents who replace
an older toilet with a high efficiency toilet. The
Water Savings Incentive Program funds are being
matched by an additional 1,500 toilet rebates funded
by the Partnership. Further information about the
program or rebate eligibility is available.