NatureScape Property
March 2014
Vol. 16, No. 3

Community Update Photo Focus:
Broward County has over 3,400 NatureScape yards, the most concentrated number of yards in the nation. NatureScape is about creating Florida-friendly landscapes that conserve water, protect water quality, and create wildlife habitat. Over the last decade, NatureScape Broward and other county-wide conservation initiatives, have reduced total water consumption by 23 percent, or 30 million gallons/day. NatureScape has trained over 300 Habitat Steward volunteers who assist and mentor residents and students with wildlife habitats in their community. These stewards and County staff have provided environmental programs to more than 30,000 Broward students and installed 43 native plant parks on Broward School campuses. To find out more, visit Broward.org/NatureScape.

Regional Dispatch Continues to Move Forward Across the County
Another major milestone in the consolidation of the 911 dispatch systems in Broward County was recently achieved, as the E911 Dispatch Center in Pompano Beach was successfully merged into Broward County's Regional E911 Consolidated Dispatch System. This consolidation milestone brings the County another step closer to the goal of regionalization, in which the majority of Broward County will operate under a unified countywide technology platform utilizing common processes, improving response time to emergencies. Visit the Regional 911 website. More...

Celebrate Water Matters Day on March 8 at Tree Tops Park
The 12th Annual Broward Water Matters Day event will celebrate the theme “Water – Our Greatest Resource” on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Tree Tops Park, 3900 S.W. 100th Ave., in Davie. Water Matters Day is Broward County's signature water conservation event, where residents learn about our local and regional water resources, how water is managed and how we are planning for future water needs. Local “Emerald Award” winners will be recognized at 9 a.m. for their NatureScape achievements. More…

New State-of-the Art Technology Coming to Enhance County Transit Operations
The Broward County Commission recently approved the implementation of a Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) system for Broward County Transit (BCT). The new CAD/AVL system will allow operations dispatchers to better manage fixed-route and community buses as well as the planned "Wave" modern streetcar system. It will also provide "real-time" bus arrival and departure information to riders using passenger advisory signs, websites, text messaging and mobile phone applications. BCT will start on the first of seven phases, in preparation of a full-system rollout, tentatively scheduled for spring-summer 2015. More...

”Best U.S. Homeport” Announces Plans to Expand and Remodel Cruise Terminal 4
Port Everglades will begin the renovation for its sixth cruise terminal in five years this spring as Terminal 4 is modernized with an expansion and reconfiguration effort that will provide the cruise line industry with a more modern facility just in time for the 2014/2015 cruise season. The terminal renovations will begin in mid-March with completion expected by November, just in time for the start of the next cruise season. In other news, Port Everglades has once again been selected "Best U.S. Homeport" by nationally-recognized cruise travel magazine Porthole. The honor is presented to companies in the cruise and travel industry that have gone above and beyond in terms of service, quality and excellence. Visit PortEverglades.net. More...

“Broward Means Business” Moment Spotlights Homeless Initiative Partnership
Mayor Barbara Sharief highlighted contributions of the County’s Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP) at a recent County Commission meeting. HIP, a collaboration of more than 18 public-private and faith-based partners is committed to ending homeless in our community by 2015. In the last fiscal year, HIP served up to 3,100 homeless per day and placed 655 homeless in homes. During this cold weather season, the cold weather shelters served 1,800 individuals. For years, the Commission has provided funding for childcare assistance for homeless families, freeing parents to secure employment, seek job training or further their education.

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