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This Week in Broward County Government
July 18, 2014
Volume XIX, No. 29
Port Everglades Hosts Opening of New Florida East Coast Rail Facility
The Florida East Coast Railway, LLC (FEC) unveiled its state-of-the-art Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) at Port Everglades with a grand opening ceremony on Monday, July 14. The 43-acre facility increases FEC’s available intermodal capacity from 100,000 to 450,000 lifts a year and the unique intermodal facility at Port Everglades will improve the transfer of both domestic and international containers between ships and rail. Currently, these containers must be hauled off-port to rail terminals such as the 12-acre Andrews Avenue rail yard in Fort Lauderdale or to the Hialeah rail yard in Miami-Dade County. More...

Local Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Invited to Attend Small Biz EXPO and Job Fair this Weekend
The Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) will host the Entrepreneur and Small Biz EXPO and Job Fair on Saturday, July 19, from 10 AM to Noon, at the West Regional Library, 8601 West Broward Boulevard, Plantation. The free EXPO will feature 25 exhibitors representing various service providers showcasing their small business assistance services and programs. No pre-registration is required. For additional information contact OESBD at 954-357-6400 or visit More...

Copa Airlines Offers New Nonstop Service between
Fort Lauderdale and Panama
Copa Airlines now offers nonstop service four times a week from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to its Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama. "The Copa Airlines flight between Fort Lauderdale and Panama City, will offer a great new option for travelers flying between Latin America and South Florida," said Kent G. George, Director of Aviation, Broward County Aviation Department. "Copa's route structure matches perfectly with the diverse international population in Broward County. Broward's large number of Colombian, Brazilian, Peruvian and Venezuelan residents and visitors will now have the opportunity to travel and visit friends and family on this world-class airline." More...

Florida Center for the Book at Broward County Library Receives
a Big Read Grant
Florida Center for the Book at Broward County Library has received a grant of $20,000 to host The Big Read in Broward County. This year’s program will feature To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment. Florida Center for the Book is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2014 and June 2015. More...

Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division to Perform Nighttime Construction on Flamingo Road Bridge in Miramar
The Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division will be performing nighttime construction on the Flamingo Road Bridge, south of Silver Falls Boulevard, Miramar, from July 21, through August 4, 2014, barring unforeseen conditions or weather delays. The project involves milling, resurfacing and restriping of a deck, as well as installing curb and gutter, slope protection and guardrail to the bridge over the Snake Creek (C-9) Canal. More...

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center Presents “Same Boat: Different Stops!” an Exhibition Featuring Works of Nine South Florida Artists
During July, the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) is hosting an exciting multi-media exhibition featuring works by nine of South Florida’s contemporary artists in an exhibition titled, “Same Boat: Different Stops!” The exhibit is curated by artist Jackson Shuri of New York. There will be an opportunity to meet the artists at a free celebration reception on Wednesday, July 23, from 3 to 7:30 PM. AARLCC is located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. For more information call 954-357-6210.

Food Network Star Sunny Anderson to Appear at the South Florida Book Festival Friday, July 25
Sunny Anderson, host of the Food Network's “Cooking for Real” and “The Kitchen” TV shows, will join the lineup of stars scheduled to attend the South Florida Book Festival's "An Evening with the Stars" on Friday, July 25, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets for the event are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include one autographed book from Sunny Anderson or other featured authors. Tickets are available at More...

Artist-in-Residence Dawn Roe Exhibits at Lee Wagener Art Gallery at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
The public is invited to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to view Artist-in-Residence Dawn Roe's exhibition at the Lee Wagener Art Gallery, Terminal 2, departures level. The exhibition titled, Airfield Studies (2013-14), will run through October 13, and is comprised of a grouping of photographic transparencies created as part of Roe’s project highlighting the development and construction of the South Runway. More...

Broward County's Little Green Library and Environmental Center
to Close July 31
The Little Green Library and Environmental Learning Center, located at 1033 N.W. 6th St., Suite 102, Fort Lauderdale, will close permanently on July 31, 2014. Residents who use this location can get information on nearby branches at or by calling the Main Library at 954-357-7444.

“News from “Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community”
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