Last week: “Safe Cities, Safe Florida” is an initiative of the Florida League of Cities president, Susan Haynie that provides governments with training and educational resources to better serve their residents in time of crisis. It shares best practices for building strong partnerships with agencies and organizations in the areas of incident management, health and safety, […]
Looking ahead: In light of recent incidents, it is important that we recognize the commitment and dedication of our first responders. These highly trained law enforcement officers, firefighters, medical professionals and emergency management professionals are responsible for responding to crisis situations that are often horrific and emotionally and physically challenging. They are on the front lines […]
Last week: Government and media share common goals. Both educate the public by distributing important and timely information, and both have to be responsive to the needs of their constituents: the people. Government plays an important role by communicating information through elected officials about issues that often require community input and impact the community. Similarly, media […]
Looking ahead: Florida’s recently appointed Constitution Revision Commission will host a series of public hearings, focusing on issues that our growing state will face over the next 20 years. Local hearings will be held Thursday, April 6 in Miami Dade at FIU and on Friday, April 7 at FAU in Boca Raton. We face many challenges […]
Looking ahead: The Broward League of Cities opposes SB-596 and HB-687 which threaten to overrule local government’s authority to control where telecom companies are allowed to locate their equipment. Each of our cities has clear ideas about how they want their communities to look. They currently have jurisdiction over the placement of communication facilities in public […]
Looking ahead: As a partner with Broward College in the Village Square project, we seek to encourage civil conversation on important community issues. On March 21, Take Out Tuesday, a component of Village Square, will host a conversation titled “Do we need public hospitals?” I think we can all agree on the need for our safety […]
Looking ahead: On Tuesday, Coconut Creek, Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Lighthouse Point, Miramar, and Weston will hold elections. Municipal governments, the closest to the people, play an important role in the quality of life for all residents. The League of Cities urges you to get involved and know your municipal officials. We are there to help […]
Looking ahead: The Broward League of Cities strongly opposes HB 17/SB 1158. The proposed legislation would prohibit cities from passing regulations related to their own businesses, professions and occupations without receiving approval from the state legislature. Local government would not be able to address health, safety, welfare and property rights concerns of its residents and businesses. […]
Looking ahead: In Broward County, transportation issues are increasing with the demand for driving expected to continue to rise. Broward County’s population is growing, causing more strain on our aging infrastructure. In 2003, Miami passed a one-half cent sales tax which has not been successful in alleviating traffic congestion. In fact Miami was recently ranked as […]
Last week: February is recognized as Black History Month or National African American History Month, and is one of the nation’s oldest organized history celebrations. Many of our cities commemorate the achievements of local black Americans and recognize the central role of African Americans with community, cultural and celebratory events honoring community members for their significant […]
Looking ahead: Many Broward County cities are making grade level reading a priority within their communities by supporting the Broward Reads campaign. Only 55 percent of Broward third graders are reading at the proficient level, which will ultimately impact their ability to graduate high school and move onto a successful career. Our cities are collaborating with […]
Looking ahead: Next week, several Broward local elected officials will be in Washington, DC with the Florida League of Cities, meeting with Florida’s congressional delegation and the administration to discuss key federal issues affecting municipalities. Priorities include protection of the tax exempt status of municipal bonds (funding source for local infrastructure needs, i.e. schools, waterworks, roads), […]
Looking ahead: Every year, the Broward League of Cities offers four $1000 scholarships for Broward County high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in public administration, political science or another government-related field. The League provides this opportunity to support our local youth to develop our future community leaders and policy makers. In today’s […]
Last week: National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970, and this is a good time for all of us to donate blood. Having a healthy and reliable blood supply available if you, a family member or a neighbor needs it is so important. Winter is one of the most difficult times of […]
Looking ahead: It has been almost 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. King demonstrated the type of visionary leadership that we all should try to emulate today. He had the ability to galvanize people of all races and unite them in a peaceful way through his heart-moving speeches, which ultimately ended […]
Looking ahead: In 2017, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission will convene and spend approximately one year studying state issues and meeting with citizens before proposing a list of possible changes to the state’s constitution. It is important that a municipal elected official be appointed to the Constitution Revision Commission so that the interests of our […]
As elected officials, we are especially thankful during the holidays for the opportunity to join with our residents at holiday events, tree lightings, and parades to celebrate the season. In addition to spending time with our families, the holidays are the time we all need to remember and help those who may not have many […]
Access to public records is a fundamental right, and helps keep citizens informed and government transparent. In recent years, there has been an increase in questionable public records requests specifically designed to cause cities to incur extraordinary or unreasonable costs. These requests are costing cities millions of dollars to comply. The Broward League of Cities […]
A recently released statement from the Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development focusing on the Fair Housing Act is an important tool for cities that are dealing with sober homes in residential neighborhoods. The benefits that sober homes provide in the recovery process is not the issue. It is the proliferation of unregulated […]
More than 3,000 appointed and elected officials from across the country met in Pittsburgh for the National League of Cities’ 92nd annual conference. During the four-day summit, sessions covering topics from economic development and sustainability to transportation alternatives and the impact of climate change on cities were combined with in depth discussions about best practices, […]
Broward County is fortunate to have an effective and successful mental health court. The court, under the leadership of Judge Cindy Lerner Wren, helps people with mental illness and co-occurring disorders gain access to community-based treatment and services rather than serve jail time. Focusing on nonviolent, misdemeanor defendants who are incapable of facing charges, the […]
Thanksgiving is the time we pause and share the joys of the season with our families and friends. It’s also the time to remember those less fortunate and do something to change their lives. Please donate your time, services or money to a food bank, a veteran’s organization, a homeless organization or any other effort […]
It was very disappointing that the transportation/infrastructure penny surtax did not pass. Without the additional revenue generated by this surtax, funding will not exist for many needed transportation and infrastructure improvements to happen in an appropriate time frame to meet the demands of our residents, businesses and visitors. We will continue to work with our […]
Veterans Day is here. If it were not for the men and women who serve, we would not enjoy the freedom we have today. On November 11, take time to thank veterans and their families and recognize them for what they have done for our great country. Their sacrifices and dedication are unmatched and they […]
Have you seen large, educational signs that describe how transportation and infrastructure surtax dollars will be used to improve your city? It’s just one way residents are learning about how the surtaxes will benefit them directly. Another way to learn about specific improvements is to visit www.APennyAtWork.com where countywide projects including traffic signal synchronization, new […]
Revenues generated by the proposed two one-half penny surtax items for Transportation and Infrastructure projects on the November 8th ballot will be reviewed by an independent nine-member oversight board to assure that all proposed expenditures comply with applicable law. Individuals on the board, all independent from government, will provide accountability and transparency to the process. […]
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, part of an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. The most effective ways to help those affected by breast cancer are through early detection, education and support services. You can help fundraise by participating in a local breast cancer walk in your city, and remember to share […]
Last week, the Broward Workshop voted to support two half-cent surtaxes, one for transportation and one for infrastructure. Both will appear on the November 8th ballot. The Workshop is comprised of leaders from Broward’s largest businesses with a mission to make Broward a better place. Its endorsement of the combined surtaxes is significant in that […]
Last week, municipal elected officials from Broward County joined the Florida League of Cities in Washington, D.C. We met with Senators Nelson and Rubio to advocate for passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). This legislation provides for Everglades Restoration funding as well as for the essential dredging to deepen Port Everglades. The bill […]
JetBlue is exploring the potential of offering a direct flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Tallahassee International Airport, making it easier to get to our state capital. Demand for service has been expressed by the community. Businesses, professionals, residents, friends and family members of local universities and tourists will be evaluated in the decision-making […]
Within the next week, many of our cities and Broward County will kick off an educational campaign – A Penny At Work. This November 8th ballot item will include two questions that both relate to a proposed one percent sales surtax. One funds countywide transportation needs such as synchronized traffic signals, additional buses and light […]
American Dream Miami will present an opportunity for elected officials in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties to work together to manage the impact of traffic and the quality of life for residents nearby resulting from more than 40 million annual visitors. The mall is planned to be built in northwest Miami-Dade County just south of Miramar […]
The diversity of candidates at the Broward League of Cities’ State Legislative Candidate Forum last week was distinguished by a variety of experience, age, and race. One consistent element was the candidates’ passion and their commitment to public service. The league was honored to host this important session, providing elected officials and others the opportunity […]
On August 18-20, approximately 1,000 elected officials from cities across Florida will attend the Florida League of Cities Annual Conference at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood. “Florida Cities: United & Strong” will provide opportunities for attendees to share ideas about government, attend educational workshops and sessions, determine League policies, and discuss strategies for […]
Hats off to our city commissioners for the great work they do every day, but most recently for their collaboration on a plan for an infrastructure surtax that includes construction and improvement of municipal projects to be presented to voters in November. Each of our 31 cities played a role in moving the plan ahead, […]
Honor Flight is an organization dedicated to providing veterans closure, with honor. Honor Flight is scheduling flights from South Florida in September and October. By nominating a veteran – especially survivors of World War II and the Korean War, he or she will have the experience of flying to Washington, D.C. for a day of […]
MISSION UNITED was launched by United Way of Broward County four years ago to help veterans and their families re-acclimate to civilian life. The program has helped hundreds of veterans with employment, legal aid and access to mental-health and substance-abuse treatment. It has been recognized as a national model. In June, United Way of Miami-Dade […]
Law enforcement is one of the most vital resources provided by our cities. We are fortunate that these individuals, who themselves are parents, spouses, children and siblings, stand ready to serve, put their lives on the line every day, and if necessary, make the ultimate sacrifice. The dangerous circumstances our police encounter, when balancing the […]
On the 4th of July, you may be one of thousands of residents who will enjoy the festivities, family-friendly activities and spectacular firework displays in your city. Behind the parades and barbecues, the concerts and car shows, cities have created plans and assembled teams to assure that your experience will be an enjoyable one. Fireworks […]
Last week: As elected officials, we know that a tragedy can happen unexpectedly within our city at any time and without warning. As we offer our profound condolences to the victims and their families after the horrific massacre in Orlando, we recognize that Mayor Buddy Dyer and the city’s team of first responders, police officers, […]
School is out for summer; chances are your children are going to hit the beach or a swimming pool. To keep your children safe around the water, check out swimming lessons provided by your city. Many cities offer private and group swim lessons for children starting at 6 months taught by American Red Cross certified […]
As we enter this hurricane season, check your city’s website to learn important local contact information and where to tune your radio for storm updates. While we each prepare our personal emergency plans, assess and secure the vulnerable areas of our homes, assemble emergency kits (including medication) for our family and pets, our cities are […]
It is an honor to be the new president of the Broward League of Cities. As elected officials, Broward League members all follow the “3 Cs” – Collaboration, Cooperation and Communication. This coming year, we will add a 4th C – “Connecting.” Connecting ONE Broward. My focus will be to link our cities with each other, with the county and with […]
The Florida League of Cities recently recognized the following Broward municipal elected officials with 2016 Home Rule Hero Awards – Cooper City Mayor Greg Ross; Coral Springs Commissioner Dan Daley; Davie Vice Mayor Susan Starkey; Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler; Hollywood Commissioner Patty Asseff; Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis; Weston Councilmember Jim Norton and Wilton […]
April is National Autism Awareness Month and the perfect time for each of us to learn about this disorder which can impact the normal development of the brain in several areas. One in 68 children in the U.S. lives with autism; Boys are diagnosed four times more often than girls. Awareness is important, but equally […]
At Six Pillars 2016 Annual Report to the Community this week, Dale Brill, founder of Thinkspot, applauded Broward County business, civic and government leaders for setting a high bar for all other Florida counties. Broward has been extremely successful at addressing growth strategies for areas such as education, innovation, infrastructure, business climate and governance that […]
21 municipalities out of 31 in Broward County have been designated Platinum Cities by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, which means that their building departments have adopted a streamlined permitting ordinance to ensure that businesses have an excellent experience when going through the review/permitting process. Platinum Cities have an online permit tracking system and an […]
One thing we can be sure of is our tourists. Our 23 miles of pristine beaches and more than 300 miles of inland waterways last year attracted a record 15.3 million visitors who spent $14.1 billion here. Hotel occupancy is at 81.1 percent, far ahead of the Florida average of 74.9. Much of our success […]
It is important for all of us to learn CPR. Recently, a Parkland equestrian trainer saved a student’s life because she knew CPR. Meg Green, one of fifty-seven percent of U.S. adults with CPR training, called 911 and started CPR. Recognizing the importance of CPR, Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise and Miramar are using PulsePoint, an app […]
Legislation is currently being considered that would allow high school students to count computer coding as a foreign language course. This is another interesting example of how technological advances are impacting the academic curriculum of our youth. Whether you agree with it or not, the on-going explosion of new technologies warrants these types of discussions. […]
Congratulation to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance for being recognized as one of America’s leading economic development corporations by Global Trade Magazine. The Alliance’s creative and effective strategy for attracting business helped create or retain more than 22,000 direct high-value jobs from 2007 to 2015, a volume that impacted Broward County’s economy by $9.8 billion […]
Each of us needs to heighten our awareness of how to avoid contracting the Zika virus. The mosquitos that spread the Zika virus bite during the day (rather than at dawn and dusk), so be sure to use an EPA-registered insect repellent after you have applied sunscreen when you are outdoors. Children should wear clothes […]
The Broward County Charter, initially approved in 1974, serves as the Constitution for Broward County government. Every ten years, a County Charter Review Commission is appointed to study our County government and make recommendations for possible changes to its operations. Between now and November, 2018, 19 members appointed by Broward County Commissioners, will study regional, […]
In addition to day-to-day operations of local government, 2016 will challenge elected officials to address critical issues including water resources; homelessness; additional affordable housing; transportation and how to plan for new roads and infrastructure; public safety and the consolidation of the E-911 communications system; solid waste collection policy and services; a more efficient permitting process […]
It is important that each of us be prepared to vote at every election.
The need for more affordable housing in Broward County is rapidly increasing as more than 25 percent of our residents spend half or more of their income on housing.
Disturbing issues raised by the recent Miami Herald expose of corruption at Lowell Correctional Institution reflect serious issues at the Florida Department of Corrections.
Sand starts flowing this month onto 5-miles of our coastal cities’ beaches.
There are a growing number of disingenuous efforts that are generating large numbers of technical violations of the public records law, often resulting in frivolous lawsuits against cities that cost millions of taxpayer dollars to defend.
At a recent joint meeting between the Broward League of Cities and the School Board of Broward County, we discussed several legislative priorities for the 2016 Session.
High school juniors from Youth Leadership Broward’s Class XXIX representing dozens of local schools met with Broward League of Cities’ elected officials on “Government & Communications Day.”
November 11th we honor our military veterans.
If local governments must bear the cost of relocation of utilities, as proposed through legislation supported by many Florida’s telecommunications companies, cities and their taxpayers would have to pay the cost.
The influence of local elected officials is often far reaching including national policy issues.
Whether it’s a natural disaster, a cyber-attack, or a lone terrorist, cities and municipalities must have a plan for how to deal with disasters.
From October 18-24, Broward County cities and municipalities will join other cities across Florida in celebrating Florida City Government Week.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and an opportune time to use education and conversation to help remove the stigma and shame related to suicide.
Drones are one more example of new technology bringing about new challenges.
Congratulations to the Broward County Public Schools on their 100 years of educational excellence.
Members of the new Charter Review Commission convened their organizational meeting this week in anticipation of three years of hard work.
As Hurricane Danny develops remember that hurricane season is here. Be prepared – know if you live in a flood zone and your community evacuation routes.
1,000 elected officials from across Florida attended the Florida League of Cities annual conference in Orlando this weekend to share ideas, attend educational workshops and sessions, and discuss strategies for Florida’s future.
Before we know it, summer will be over and drivers will be sharing the roads with children walking, biking, taking the bus or driving to school.
With today’s wave of changes, driven by emerging technologies, local governments are working to identify trends that will impact our communities and municipal operations.
The Broward League’s initiative “Building ONE Broward,” which focuses on making the process of building in our cities more effective and user friendly, is moving forward.
United Way of Broward County’s Mayors’ Gala will raise funds to assist Broward Veterans through programs such as MISSION UNITED. Hats off to United Way as they work toward their goal to “invest in change that lasts.”
The Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization is keeping us focused on public transportation systems and its need for funding.
Cooper City Mayor Greg Ross to Represent Broward League of Cities on Florida League of Cities Board of Directors
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Greg Ross, Mayor of Cooper City, will represent the Broward League of Cities as its newest board member of the Florida League of Cities. Ross is Second Vice President of the Broward League of Cities. He joins the following Broward League of Cities members on the 13th District of the Florida […]
The fiscal year 2016 budget process is underway for cities and municipalities in Broward County. Now is the time for residents to become involved
This is a good time to remember, appreciate and celebrate Broward County cities. Local city government is responsible for performing services to every resident,
19 Broward County cities have been awarded the designation of “Platinum City” by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. Each city has adopted a streamlined…
School is out this week, with summer increasing risks for our children. More children under the age of five drown in Florida than any other state in the nation. The best prevention is to always have someone actively watching young children when they are swimming.
“Building ONE Broward” – focuses on making it easier to build in our cities. Identifying ways to streamline the current permitting process is a first step. While each municipality has its own unique process, we hope that reviewing them collectively will highlight best practices that Cities can use to improve the approval process.
Sun Sentinel 100 May 3, 2015 – Legislation creating regulations requiring the Florida Department of Children and Families to create a voluntary certification program for “recovery residences” is going to the Governor for his signature. Municipal elected officials long trying to balance the need for “sober homes” with the concerns of residents living near them […]
The financial challenges of the past few years have resulted in lessons learned in the way cities are managing their budgets. The Broward League of Cities recently held a workshop for elected officials to refresh and review some of those changes.
If we think that funding transportation infrastructure will reduce traffic congestion on our roads, we need to think again. Until we get out of our cars and start using alternative means of transportation,
We encourage every city to become a Partner for Healthy Community Zones to demonstrate its commitment to foster health, economic development and education in our communities.
Four outstanding Broward County high school students competed to win scholarships for $1,000 through the Broward League of Cities’ Government Studies program.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. More than a quarter of a million people are sexually assaulted each year in the U.S.
Broward League of Cities members met with legislators in Tallassee in support of its priorities during this third week of the Florida Legislature 2015 Session
If the nation’s biggest shopping mall is approved to be built in northwestern Miami-Dade County, the entire region will feel its impact and potential economic boost.
On Tuesday, March 10th, eight Broward County cities will hold municipal elections: Coconut Creek, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hillsboro Beach, Lighthouse Point, Miramar and Plantation.
Broward Days – If there is an issue in your city or in Broward County you feel is vital for our state legislators to understand and support, Broward Days will give you an opportunity to communicate with them one-on-one in Tallahassee March 25-26.
We’ve been watching the construction of the new Broward County courthouse since it broke ground in 2012. Now, one year after the topping off, we’re counting the days until its doors open.
There is good news for Florida taxpayers who are fearful of Identity Theft.
The Florida Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Funding Agency offers an innovative financing program to cities for their property owners.
Of 200 child deaths reported in Broward County over the last five years, nearly half were a result of drowning. For infants less than one year, the most frequent cause of death was accidental suffocation from an unsafe sleep environment. Read news article.
In October, 2014, consolidation of the County’s Regional Dispatch System was completed providing enhanced public safety for our residents, visitors and businesses. Read news article.
In 2015, we join Broward Days in revitalizing its efforts to create stronger working partnerships with local business leaders, municipal and county elected officials and our public officials in Tallahassee. Read news article.
Sun Sentinel 100 December 14, 2014 – President Patty Asseff talks about the Broward League appearing before the Inspector General Selection and Oversight Committee to share thoughts and concerns regarding the role of the Office of the Inspector General. Read news article.