Community Update - A monthly Newsletter for Broward County Residents

July 2011

Broward County Budget 2012 Information is Available Online

Residents can access information for the County’s fiscal year 2012 budget online at The Web Site includes most frequently asked questions and answers, a review of the budget process and presentation materials from the budget workshops held to date. Public hearings that offer the public the opportunity to comment on the budget will be held on September 13 and September 27 at 5:01 p.m. in Room 422 of the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Hearings will also be televised on participating cable channels and Webcast live on


Schedule Emergency Preparedness Speakers for Your Organization

Throughout the year, Broward County Emergency Management Division, in coordination with its municipal partners, conducts education and outreach sessions on emergency preparedness for the Broward County community, including, schools, senior citizen organizations, health care agencies, non-profit and civic organizations, home-owner associations and businesses. To schedule a speaker and to be prepared for this hurricane season, call Penni Long, Emergency Management Division, at 954-831-3903 or email


Rabies Clinic is July 9 in Margate

Broward County Animal Care and Adoption will hold a Rabies Clinic on Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Margate Catharine Young Library, 5810 Park Drive, Margate. Pet owners can get their 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 or follow us on Twitter@BrowardPetPals.


Know the Flow” Presentation Available for Associations

The Natural Resources Planning and Management Division offers a free, fun and informative, 20-minute “Know the Flow” presentation to homeowner associations that teaches residents how to save money, save water and “go green.” All attendees receive prizes. To schedule a presentation for your group, contact Asif Ali at 954-519-1222 or email


Hurricane Safety Tips For Owners of Small and Large Animals

Hurricane season is here and Broward County Animal Care and Adoption reminds all residents to prepare to safeguard their pets and large animals before, during and after a hurricane. For more information regarding pet and large animal preparedness, call 954-359-1010 or visit


Libraries Uses QR Code Posters and Expands Electronic Reader Project

Residents can now access free downloadable books on smart phone or electronic reading devices from Quick Response (QR) code posters on display at 20 Broward County Library locations, and customers may also now reserve an e-reader at seven library locations. The QR posters allow customers to access up to 15,000 free book titles, including fiction, nonfiction and children’s stories, by scanning a QR code with their smart phone or eBook Reader. The book titles will not expire and do not count against your Broward County Library limit. E-readers are checked out for periods of two weeks, and each comes preloaded with a selection of books that includes bestsellers, classic literature, favorite non-fiction and a variety of fiction genres. For more information, visit


Home and Garden Series Continues at Secret Woods

If you’re an average homeowner who would like to add to the beauty of your home through landscaping, then Secret Woods Nature Center in Dania Beach has just the ticket for you: the Summer Home Landscape Series, which consists of 10 free lectures. The program runs from 3 to 5 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays, now through September 1. Participants will learn ways to save money on their cooling and water bills, attract wildlife, and preserve native vegetation; as well as how to improve the appearance of their yards and neighborhoods to increase property values. For more information, call Secret Woods Nature Center, 954-357-8884.


Health Risks for Men Increase with Age

It’s well documented that health risks for men increase with age. To help address this issue, the Broward County Community Partnerships Division’s Health Care Services Section is sponsoring an educational display on Men’s Health during the week of July 11-15, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Governmental Center lobby, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954-357-5385.


Community Action Agency Board Meetings Announced

The Broward County Community Action Agency (CAA) provides assistance to low income residents in Broward County through two federally funded programs – the Self-sufficiency Case Management Program and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP assists qualified residents with yearly electrical assistance from $150 to $900 depending on their income and eligibility. The Self-Sufficiency Case Management Program assists residents with training, education and employment skills.

Residents are encouraged to attend the CAA Advisory Board and Executive Board meetings, which are held on the third floor of the Edgar P. Mills Multi-Purpose Center, 900 N.W. 31st Ave., Fort Lauderdale. For the complete meeting schedule visit and click COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY BOARD MEETINGS. For more information, call 954-357-5801.


Photo Exhibit Shows Civil Rights Era in Broward County

“Visible,” a collection of photos depicting Fort Lauderdale’s black community during the Civil Rights era of the 1950s and 1960s, is now on display through July at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

The collection is from Fort Lauderdale’s Historical Society’s Gene Hyde Collection and is part of “Our History is American History: Blacks in Broward 1900 to 2000.” In August, the exhibit travels to Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive, Coral Springs; in September, West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation; and at Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, in October and November. For more information contact Tanya Simons-Oparah, 954-357-7514,


County’s Waste and Recycling Services Launches Facebook Site

Broward County Waste and Recycling (WRS) has joined other Broward County agencies in using social media to reach residents by launching a Facebook page. This enables the agency to reach an expanded audience and provide timely updates about educational events and programs, and to participate in events such as Adopt-A-Street cleanups, beach cleanups, free drop-offs for household hazardous waste and electronics, free yard waste disposal and more. To become a WRS Facebook fan, visit and select LIKE on the Waste and Recycling wall. For information about Broward County Waste and Recycling Services, visit or call 954-765-4999.


Two New Programs to Help County Businesses Grow

Are you a Broward County business owner? Then you’ll be interested to know that the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development has launched a new initiative, GrowBROWARD, to attract, retain and expand local business and create jobs, and has teamed with the South Florida Manufacturing Association (SFMA) to provide services directly to manufacturers. GrowBROWARD provides one-on-one assistance with an OESBD specialist so that local business owners are counseled on how to develop new opportunities, including identifying new markets, growing the supply chain, monitoring growth and planning for a disaster. In a second initiative, OESBD will identify second-stage and developing manufacturers that have expanded or relocated to Broward County since October 2010 and, in concert with SFMA, advance each firm through every phase of economic development. For additional information on these initiatives or other services offered by OESBD, call 954-357-6400 or visit


Enjoy 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


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