Community Update - A monthly Newsletter for Broward County Residents

August 2011

County Residents Invited to Participate in Redistricting Efforts

The Broward County Commission has initiated the process for preparing a new County Commission district map based upon recently released 2010 Census data. Five public workshops are scheduled:

September 12, 5 - 7 p.m., African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

September 19, 5 - 7 p.m., North Regional Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek

September 26, 5 - 7 p.m., Tree Tops Park, 3900 S.W. 100 Ave., Davie

September 29, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Government Center West, 1 University Drive, Plantation

October 3, 5 - 7 p.m., West Lake Park - Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood

Residents are encouraged to participate in any of the workshops and submit their own suggestions for redistricting, by submitting paper maps or maps created in a Web-based software, My District Builder.

Current paper maps are available for reference. All submitted maps will be posted at www.broward.org/redistricting. Redistricting is required by the Broward County Charter to balance the populations of the nine single member districts and ensure residents have equal representation on the County Commission.

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Super Summer Savings at Venues in Broward County

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau invites residents and visitors to enjoy Super Summer Savings with 2-for-1 deals at more than 30 attractions through September 30. When combined with summer hotel value rates and low-fare air service from more than 50 destinations in the United States, summer fun in Broward County is very affordable. For a complete list of all deals and offers, including hotel specials, visit www.sunny.org/supersummer. For 55 Ways to Find Summer Fun at a Broward County Park, visit www.broward.org/parks and click THINGS TO DO.

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Shop ’til You Drop on Tax-Free Weekend

Residents and visitors to Broward County are encouraged to head for the outlets, malls and flea markets and pay no sales tax – a savings of 6 percent – during Florida’s tax-free weekend, August 12-14. The special shopping weekend applies to clothing, bags and footwear under $75 per item and school supplies under $15 per item. For more information visit the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at www.sunny.org/taxfree.

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Good Things Come in Big Packages

Now through August 31, big dog lovers can enjoy a special opportunity to adopt a larger canine from Animal Care and Adoption’s Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach adoption centers. Customers who adopt a 40-plus pound dog will receive a $25 gift card from Pet Supermarket. Adopters must complete an adoption application and pay the pet’s adoption fee. For more information visit www.broward.org/animal, follow us on Twitter@BrowardPetPals or “like us” on Facebook.

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Two County Parks Offer All Breed Positive Dog Training Classes

C.B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines, and Vista View Park, 4001 S.W. 142nd Ave., Davie, will offer six-week all breed dog training classes. The classes are for puppies and dogs, ranging in age from 8 weeks to 6 months and older. Preregistration is required at least one week prior to class. For more information, call 954-288-1021. For a complete list of dog training classes, visit www.broward.org/parks and click THINGS TO DO.

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Historical Commission Exhibit Has New Summer Hours

The Broward County Historical Commission has revised its summer viewing hours for A Guide to the National Register of Historic Places in Broward County, an exhibit that provides a detailed narrative and current photographs for each of the 31 sites in Broward County on the National Register of Historic Places. The exhibit can be viewed through August 25 at the Historical Commission building in the historic West Side Grade School, 301 Harmon (S.W. 13th) Ave., Fort Lauderdale, on Monday-Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibit will travel to the County’s Regional Libraries beginning in October. To view the sites listed, visit www.broward.org/history and click NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES.

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“Harry Potter’s World” at the Main Library through August 31

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance, Science, Magic and Medicine exhibition is on display through August 31 on the second floor of the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. The exhibition explores the world of Harry Potter and its roots in Renaissance magic, science and medicine.

Main Library is also showing the following Harry Potter movies, from 2 to 5 p.m., in the first floor auditorium: August 4: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, August 5: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, August 11: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and August 12: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, August 17: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 1. For information, call 954-357-7443.

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Free “Empowerment” Workshops Offered in August and September

“Starting Your Own Nonprofit” and “Grant Writing” are the topics of two free workshops coming in August and September to the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. “Starting Your Own Nonprofit” will be offered Saturday, August 20, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and “Grant Writing” will be offered Saturday, September 3, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 954-625-2810.

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Dynamic Signage Installation Underway at FLL

Travelers looking for open parking spaces will soon find them easier and faster due to electronic signs that are being installed in the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) parking garages to inform travelers where parking spaces are open. Workers are also installing electronic, directional signs throughout FLL’s terminal roadways. The 22 electronic, energy-efficient signs are computer controlled so messages can change. The project is expected to be completed at the end of August. For more information, call 954-359-6978.

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North Perry Airport Passes Inspection with Flying Colors

The Florida Department of Transportation conducted their annual inspection of the North Perry Airport in May and the final report confirmed all runway approaches and all safety areas were clear. The inspection included runway and taxiway lighting, signage requirements and pavement condition. The Airport had zero discrepancies and no recommendations. The State of Florida Aviation Office complemented the Perry Airport staff on how excellent the airport continues to be operated and maintained. For more information, call 954-359-6116.

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County Taking Sting Out of Mosquito Season

The Broward County Mosquito Control Section has been spraying for mosquitoes throughout Broward County, applying both an aerial and ground assault against the invasion. To help reduce the number of the flying pests, the section sprays standing water and drives through residential areas. The County also conducts aerial spraying between the hours of 4 and 6:30 a.m. Residents with breathing difficulties should remain indoors. To request service online, visit www.broward.org and click MOSQUITO SERVICES under Online Services. Requests can also be made by calling 954-765-4062.

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What’s Hot Besides the Weather? Foods for 365 Food Drive

Broward County’s yearlong 365 Food Drive seeks donations of canned meats, vegetables and fruit this month. All non-perishable food items and toiletries are welcome at any time. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of “buy one-get one free” offers from area grocery stores, by donating the second item to the 365 Food Drive. Collection boxes are available at the Governmental Center, Government Center West, main and regional courthouses, all Broward County libraries, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Administration building, and Port Everglades Administration building. For more information, visit www.broward.org/FoodDrive.

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Building Self-Esteem in Young Women Event

The first Building Self-Esteem in Young Women event is scheduled for Saturday August 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. This event is designed to bring teen girls together to discuss issues and teach them how to deal with peer pressure and insecurities through activities and games. The program is for teen girls age 13-18. The space is limited. Call 954-625-2810.

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Rabies Clinic is August 5 in Fort Lauderdale

Broward County Animal Care and Adoption will hold a Rabies Clinic on Friday, August 5, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Broward County Adoption Center, 1870 S.W. 39th St., Fort Lauderdale. Get your pets vaccinated against rabies and receive a Broward County pet license. Cost for the vaccination and license is $15 per pet with cash only payment accepted. Pet owners must prove Broward County residency by producing a valid Florida driver’s license or current utility bill. No appointment is necessary and customers are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. All dogs must be on leashes and all cats must be in carriers. For more information on animal licensing and adoptions, visit www.broward.org/animal or follow us on Twitter@BrowardPetPals.

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