Community Update - A monthly Newsletter for Broward County Residents

May 2011

Water Enthusiasts Find Fun at Parks

Summer’s almost here, so it’s time to get out and enjoy the water! Three Broward County parks – C.B. Smith, Central Broward Regional and T.Y. – are offering Learn to Swim programs for ages 2 and up. Each session meets for a series of eight, 30-minute lessons, Monday through Thursday. Rained-out classes will be made up on Fridays, and each session is limited to two make-up lessons only. The cost is $50 per session and preregistration is encouraged.

Also from Parks, new for the summer is the “Find it All” card, a seasonal pass good for unlimited admissions to Broward County’s water parks: Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park, Tropical Splash at Central Broward Regional Park, Castaway Island at T.Y. Park, and Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park. Find It All cards do not replace Individual or Family Parks Passports; regional park weekend and holiday gate entrance fees still apply. Some limitations and exclusions may apply.

For more information, call the park of your choice: C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines at 954-357-5179; Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill at 954-357-7088; Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach at 954-357-5100, or T.Y. Park in Hollywood at 954-357-8811.

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Rabies Clinic is May 14 in Hollywood

Broward County Animal Care will hold a Rabies Clinic on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at David Park Community Center, 108 N. 33rd Court, Hollywood. At the clinic, pet owners will be able to 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 who attend 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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Youth Are Eating Healthier, Thanks to Broward Extension

The success of Broward’s Family Nutrition Program is backed up by the numbers. The program, designed to help people improve their diets, is a three-year partnership between Parks and Recreation’s Extension Education, Libraries’ After School at Your Library, and University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. In 2010, there were 340 program participants. Ninety-seven percent reported that they had increased their fruit and vegetable consumption, and 97 percent went from eating one or two meals per day to the recommended three meals a day. Ninety-six percent reported that they increased their levels of physical activity to 30 minutes at least three times weekly; and 98 percent reported that they washed their hands more often, a simple lifestyle change that promotes general health and cuts down on the spread of illness. For more information, visit www.broward.org/extension or call 954-357-5270.

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Sea Turtle Nesting Season is Here

The sea turtle nesting season – March 1 through July – has begun. Beachgoers and beachfront homeowners can help protect sea turtles who come ashore at night with regularity during nesting season to deposit and care for their eggs. Resist the urge to approach, and turn off or shield lights facing the beach that can disorient the sea turtle hatchlings and cause them to head toward the shore instead of safely away from it into the ocean. If you wish to participate in organized tours to witness the nesting ritual, call the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program at 954-519-1255. If you see hatchling turtles heading in the wrong direction, call the sea turtle emergency response line at 954-328-0580.

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First Inspector General Hired in Broward County

John W. Scott was selected to serve as Inspector General by the Inspector General Selection/Oversight Committee on April 16. In November 2010, Broward voters passed an ethics code that created an Office of Inspector General to detect misconduct involving waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, corruption and violation of laws. The five person, independent Oversight/Selection Committee started with a list of 98 potential candidates for the position and narrowed the list down to eight finalists. Scott emerged as their unanimous choice.

The Inspector General’s Office has authority over all elected and appointed County and city officials, employees and those who do business with Broward County and its 31 cities. Initial funding of $250,000 includes the Inspector General’s salary and provides money for the hiring of two additional staff members. An official budget must be submitted within the next 60 days. Scott begins work on May 2.

Scott previously served as assistant legal counsel for the Miami-Dade County Office of Inspector General. Prior to that, he worked for nearly two decades as a U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor, investigating and prosecuting fraud and public corruption cases. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Georgetown University and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Waterway Cleanup Bags Tons of Trash

The 34th Annual Waterway cleanup on March 5 was a huge success with more than 1,180 volunteers collecting 18.6 tons of trash from Broward’s waterways, rivers and canals. The most unusual items found at this year’s event were a submerged parking meter near Anne Kolb Nature Center and a shopping cart from the defunct department store chain Jefferson Ward found in the City of Oakland Park. Sponsors included Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department and Waste and Recycling Services.

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Historical Commission Salutes Cities, Towns and Villages

The Broward County Historical Commission will host the Broward County Heritage Celebration, “A Salute to Our Cities, Towns and Villages,” in honor of Historic Preservation Month on Thursday, May 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the historic West Side Grade School, 301 Harmon Ave. (S.W. 13th Avenue), Fort Lauderdale. The program will include the presentation of preservation awards: the Judge Clayton Nance Award, the Dr. Cooper Kirk Award, the Stuart McIver Historian’s Award and the Historical Commissioners’ Award; and refreshments. The gallery will feature the exhibit titled “The National Register of Historic Places in Broward County.” For more information, call 954-357- 5513, or visit www.broward.org/history. More...

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Residents Urged to Conserve Water

All residents are encouraged to conserve water in response to severe drought conditions and a Water Shortage Warning issued by the South Florida Water Management District. During February, Broward County received just 0.17 inches of rain, and from October through February Florida’s Lower East Coast received less than half the average rainfall for this five-month period.

Permanent water conservation measures now in place limit landscape irrigation to two days a week. Residences and businesses with an odd-numbered street address may water on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays, only before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. Residences and businesses with an even-numbered street address may water on Thursdays and/or Sundays, again only before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. Additional information on water conservation and enforcement of water restrictions can be found at www.broward.org/NaturalResources and click COUNTYWIDE WATER CONSERVATION.

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Find Help for HIV/AIDS

The Broward County HIV Health Services Planning Council and the South Florida AIDS Network’s Joint Client/Community Relations Committee will host a free public informational meeting for individuals living with HIV/AIDS on Tuesday, May 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Mizell Center, 1409 N.W. Sixth St. (Sistrunk Blvd.), Fort Lauderdale. The goal is to link residents living with HIV/AIDS to treatment and support services available through several Broward County Ryan White funded programs. For more information, call Broward Regional Health Planning Council, 954-561-9681, ext. 250, or the Health Care Services Ryan White Part A Program Office at 954- 357-5390.

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Adopt Two Cats for One Fee

Adopting a furry feline friend from Broward County Animal Care just got twice as nice! A special discount on adoption fees for cats and kittens allows residents to adopt two cats at the single adoption fee of $74.95, now through September 30, 2011. The fee includes a health exam, vaccinations, feline leukemia/AIDS test, spaying or neutering and a Broward County pet license for both cats. To take advantage of the special rate, visit the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center, 1870 S.W. 39th St., Fort Lauderdale. Adoption hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.broward.org/animal or follow us on Twitter@BrowardPetPals.

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 Six Months of Savings at County Campgrounds

Extend your stay at one of Broward County Parks and Recreation Division’s four RV/tent campgrounds, and you’ll get a special monthly rate of $650 per campsite, now through October 31. The Six Months of Savings special is offered at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, 954-357-5170; Easterlin Park in Oakland Park, 954-357-5190; Markham Park in Sunrise, 954-357-8868; and T.Y. Park in Hollywood, 954-357-8811. For the purposes of this promotion, a month is defined as 31 days. Certain other restrictions apply; contact the park of your choice for additional information or visit www.broward.org/parks and click CAMPING.

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 Vacation in Your Own Backyard

Twenty-five percent of Broward County’s visitors are Floridians! Summer is a great time to experience Broward’s sunny pleasures and hidden treasures, from the seagrass to the sawgrass. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau makes it even easier for you to enjoy local hotels, attractions, sports, spas and restaurant values. Visit www.sunny.org/SuperSummer for 2-for-1 summer deals. Invite your family and friends to visit and share the sunshine!

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Salute to Broward's Cities, Towns and Villages 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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