Update on Regional Communications
Texting to 911 was officially rolled out to Broward County residents on April 2nd, and since the launch, has operated smoothly and issue-free. Since April, the Regional System has received over 600 texts to 911. More importantly, callers appear to be using the service as it was intended, with very little reporting of non-emergency situations, or texting when calling was an option. Text to 911 is effectively providing emergency services and saving lives, including a recent victim of domestic violence, and a suicidal caller. The launching of Text to 911 was preceded by months of rigorous testing by Broward's team of communications technology experts, and is part of an approximately $500 million investment Broward County has made since consolidation in the Regional System. Review Current and Completed Projects.
Solar energy systems will soon be installed at eight Broward County Government buildings to offset energy costs and encourage the use of alternative energy sources conducive to a healthy environment. Broward Commissioners approved rooftop solar energy systems at Broward Animal Care and Adoption in Hollywood, the Copans Bus Maintenance Facility in Pompano Beach, the 64th Street Warehouse Facility in Fort Lauderdale, the Stirling Road Library in Hollywood, the West Regional Courthouse in Plantation, and the Ravenswood Bus Maintenance Facility in Fort Lauderdale. Solar parking canopies will be installed at the Broward Addiction and Recovery Center and Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale. More…
County Testing Battery-Powered Electric Buses
Broward County Transit (BCT) has added a battery-powered electric bus to their fixed-route schedule that will service 10 different routes over the next month. Customers can ride free of charge and the bus will be prominently marked "100% Battery Powered." Over the next several months, BCT will test numerous battery-powered electric buses, made by different manufacturers, to obtain the best and latest technology. Buses powered by renewable energy, rather than fossil fuels, are:
This is in preparation for the purchase of new buses that will be funded by the transportation surtax passed in November 2018. More Transportation News.
Update on Andrews Avenue Bridge
One lane in each direction of the Andrews Avenue Drawbridge in downtown Fort Lauderdale will remain closed through March 1, 2020 as rehabilitation of the bridge continues. From July 8th through August 6th the bridge will be completely closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Posted detour signs will re-route vehicular traffic to the SW 7th Avenue Drawbridge. Boaters will notice minimal impact to navigation. Once the project is completed, the drawbridge will be storm resistant, more reliable and quieter. See a map of the work area and 30-day detour.
Business Resiliency Workshop
Attend a free workshop for local business owners on June 26th from 9 – 11AM at the Broward County Emergency Operations Center. Learn how to prepare your business for the unexpected by learning the first step to surviving a natural or man-made disaster. Speakers from Broward's Office of Economic and Small Business Development, the Broward County Emergency Operations Center and other representatives will be on hand to talk about lessons learned from Hurricane Irma, general practices of business continuity planning, Broward County's disaster response system and more. More…
Free College Prep
Broward County Library offers SAT/ACT prep courses (resuming this Fall) and college admissions readiness workshops (currently in session). The SAT/ACT classes are free and comparable to expensive test-prep courses. The focus is on four components per test subject: fundamentals, technique, recognition/reaction and timing manipulation. The readiness workshops will teach college bound students how to navigate the college admission process. More….
Rabies Clinics Expanded
Broward's Animal Care and Adoption has added seven more Rabies Clinic events for this year. The additional events will take place from 9AM to Noon at the former Animal Care Pompano shelter located at 3100 NW 19th Terrace. The additional dates are:
Complete Schedule of Clinics.
Report from the Broward Municipal Services District
Broward County's Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division will host a "Take Control of Your Energy Bill Before Summer Hits" information session on Wednesday, June 19th from 5:30 – 7PM at the Urban League of Broward County. Residents can learn about innovative home improvement financing, energy efficiency tips and solar co-op discounts they can use to save money and make their homes storm-safe. Residents can also bring in up to 10 used incandescent bulbs and trade them for free high-efficiency LED bulbs. Outdoor motion-sensor LED bulbs that are night-sky friendly (according to the new light code) will also be available for free, and kids can enjoy a solar origami art project. RSVP at SolarUnitedNeighbors.org/Broward.
Things to Do at a Park Near You
With summer here, safely enjoy some of the amazing parks that are right in your backyard. Broward County parks are home to an abundance of wildlife. To protect the animals, and park patrons, the following safety tips are recommended:
Fun Fact: According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, mating season for alligators occurs in May and June. Females start building nests of soil, vegetation, and other debris to deposit an average 32 to 46 eggs in late June or early July. The nests typically stand two to three feet high and seven to 10 feet in circumference. Incubation requires approximately 63 to 68 days, and hatching occurs from mid-August through early September.