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Broward County Commissioner Lamar Fisher’s March Newsletter

District 4 Broward County Commissioner Lamar Fisher covers a number of topics in his March 2021 Newsletter. After announcing a new COVID-19 vaccination venue at Pompano Citi Centre, Fisher provides contact info for vaccination sites offered by pharmacies participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.  He also provides homebound seniors with an email address to schedule vaccinations in their homes.  The newsletter updates the planned Broward Beach Renourishment projects and how the voter-approved Broward Transportation Surtax is being implemented.

Fisher recommends we prepare for the impending hurricane season, as the 2021 season will be another very active and dangerous hurricane season.  Fisher concludes with a review of recent County Commission actions affecting all of us.

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Newsletter Message from County Commissioner Lamar Fisher

In his newest newsletter, Commissioner Fisher reviews the county’s latest COVID-19 vaccination efforts.  Approximately 55% of our county’s senior (65 and over) have been vaccinated.  He also outlines a Rental Assistance Program (CARES Act II), and the upcoming Segment II Shore Protection Project (repair of the Galt Mile Beach damages) scheduled between November 1, 2021 thru April 30, 2022 – exact dates to be determined.  The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has a new marketing campaign to attract visitors to our area.  The newsletter concludes with a list of recent actions initiated by Commissioner Fisher as a county commissioner.

Click here to read the newsletter.


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Property Exemption Filing Deadlines are Now

Learn how to apply for your money-saving 2021 Senior Exemption or renew your exemption.  Property owners who are 65 years or older may qualify for an additional exemption on their Homesteaded property.  Residents who received the Low-Income Senior Exemption in 2020 must renew the exemption for the 2021 tax year.

Check out the 2021 Save Our Homes cap set by Tallahassee. The Florida Department of Revenue has set the 2021 Save Our Homes cap at 1.4%. The Save Our Homes cap begins the year after you receive Homestead Exemption and automatically renews each year.

The absolute filing deadline for any 2021 exemption is September 20, 2021. Our thanks to Property Appraiser Marty Kiar and his long-time Galt Mile liaison Bob Wolfe for sharing this information and being friends of the Galt Mile.

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Broward Commissioner Lamar Fisher’s January 2021 Newsletter

Broward County District 4 Commissioner Lamar Fisher’s January 2021 Newsletter features a wealth of relevant information for his Galt Mile constituents – as usual. The content includes –

1) COVID-19 Stats and Vaccination Updates (vaccination appointments by telephone

2) Business Assistance Update (Paycheck Protection Program loans resumed and FPL small business credits)

3) Recent Broward Commission Actions

4) Port Everglades Update

5) Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport Update

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News from Our Property Appraiser Marty Kiar

Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar has issued a newsletter that provides details to all residents regarding the Homestead exemption, time frame for use of portability of the exemption, and the annual senior exemption renewal.  Information about the Homestead exemption registration and all property appraisal matters can be found on their website:  bcpa.netClick here to read the newsletter.

You can also follow Marty Kiar on Facebook.


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Staying Safe During the Holiday

The holiday season is upon us and I want to encourage everyone to please stay safe. Broward County continues to work closely with the Florida Department of Health during this pandemic. The County receives and reviews daily state and regional criteria/indicators that provides administration with the ability to assess how our community is doing. Broward County is trending slightly higher in the number of positive cases in our area the past couple of weeks.

Click here to see Commissioner Fisher’s newsletter.


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Galt Mile Beach Renourishment

As previously reported, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to start construction of a post-Hurricane Irma repair project in Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, and Fort Lauderdale. The project is estimated to place approximately 387,800 cubic yards of upland sand along the shoreline, with 100% cost share by the federal government. Temporary beach construction access point closures will be necessary and public access will be restricted on the beach area directly under construction; however, all efforts will be made to accommodate beach access to residents and guests, while assuring safe construction operations.

Broward County is hosting a public outreach meeting is scheduled for October 30, 2020, from 11AM to 12PM via online webinar. Questions can be emailed to Resilience@Broward.org and you can register to attend this virtual workshop by clicking below or visiting www.Broward.org/BeachRenourishment.

REGISTER TODAY!

 

 


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Galt Mile Reading Center Reopens November 9

I am thrilled to advise the Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center will reopen on Monday, November 9th!  During the closure due to COVID 19, our libraries and facilities teams worked diligently on the previously planned renovation of the Reading Center.  I have seen photos of the finished project and I am hopeful the patrons will be happy with their new Reading Center. At this time computer usage is not available but please be assured Library staff is working to have the computers available in the near future.

Many thanks to our Library and Facilities staff for their hard work on this renovation project. And, to our patrons, thank you for your patience!   Happy Reading!  A list of all library events can be found by clicking here.

Lamar Fisher, Broward County Commissioner, District 4

For more information on location, hours calendar of events and classes, and Friends of the Galt Mile Reading Center, please click here.

A special thanks goes to Theresa Claire, a member of the Galt Mile Community Association Advisory Board, for her volunteer hours and dedicated work toward getting our Galt Mile Reading Center renovation completed.  She used her voice to push our elected representatives to get the project started and completed.  We thank her for shepherding this project from inception until completion, and keeping the GMCA updated and informed every step of the way.


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Federal Beach Project Will Impact the Galt

The Segment II Shore Protection Project is located within central Broward County and contains the municipalities of Pompano Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, and Fort Lauderdale.  The project area has undergone three sand placement events in 1970, 1983, and 2016.

Currently, planning is underway for a Flood Control and Coastal Emergency (FCCE) project in Segment II.  The project is expected to go to construction in Winter 2020, under 100% federal cost participation. These projects will replace losses from Hurricane Irma and rebuild the beaches to their full design template, above and below the water line, where feasible. Construction may begin in February 2021-March 2021. Alternatively, the contractor may decide to begin and complete the project in one phase from November 2021-March 2022. The schedule will be confirmed in January after the contract is awarded by the US Army Corps of Engineers. They are keeping the turtle nesting season in mind.

In a conference call with Broward county, this is the latest on the project:

  1. 100% Federal funding
  2. The sand that they will be putting down will look like the sand that is at the beaches now, but the color may change a little over time.
  3. They got permission at all areas that will be closed for construction.
  4. They will always have crews onsite to direct people
  5. Usually it only takes a few days to place sand along most properties.
  6. They will be putting in a new reef while they do this.
  7. They have made it clear that no building will be impacted by the big/loud machinery.
  8. Entry locations for bringing sand to the beach: NE 30th Street, NE 27th Street, NE 25th Street, NE 18th Street and SR A1A and Sunrise Blvd

 

The last 2016 Segment II Shore Protection Project was constructed between January and December 2016. Due to sea turtle nesting season, no construction activities or sand placement occurred from May 1 to October 31. The project included sand placement along two reaches of shoreline. The northern reach, located along southern Pompano Beach and northern Lauderdale-By-The-Sea was approximately 5,150 feet in length, and the southern reach located along southern Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and northern/central Fort Lauderdale (including the Galt Mile) was approximately 21, 050 feet in length. Overall, 710,300 cubic yards of sand was placed within the project area from an upland sand mine. The most recent project accounted for sea level rise within its design, and this volume was included within the total amount of fill placed. Depending upon location along the shoreline, the restored beach added between 75 to 125 additional feet of beach. Additionally, over 1.5 miles of new dune habitat was created by the project. Overall, total project costs related to sand placement only were approximately $36 million.


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Broward Commissioner Lamar Fisher’s May 2020 Newsletter

In his May 2020 Newsletter, District 4 Broward County Commissioner Lamar Fisher thanks constituents for “staying at home” and adhering to the terms in other COVID-19 Broward emergency orders, recognizes essential workers and volunteers for keeping the community afloat prior to the County’s May 18 kickoff of Phase 1, and suggests that hurricane season preparations include subscribing to notifications from ALERT!BROWARD.

Along with allocations to offset general COVID-19 containment costs, the County coughed up funding assistance for the homeless, for non-profit cultural organizations and $2.3 million for Broward Supervisor of Elections Peter Antonacci to shield voters from the pandemic in the 2020 primary and general elections. He relocated 12 at-risk polling sites, budgeted postage sufficient for sending vote-by-mail ballots to roughly 65% of the electorate for the next two years and acquired new equipment to print and process the ballots.

Fisher laments how the failure of many Broward residents to complete the 2020 Census input will hammer the County’s eligibility for State and Federal funding, threatening a decade of regular shortfalls typically billed to Broward taxpayers. The census data also determines Broward’s share of Federal representation (Congress) during the next decade.

The Stay Local Campaign

Destination DC (DDC) is the official marketing organization for the nation’s capital. Last November, DDC launched a consumer advertising campaign named “Stay Local DC”, which used deep discounts to draw DC residents into local shops and restaurants, and book staycations in Washington, DC hotels. It worked like a charm.

When officials began relieving mass containment restrictions first triggered by the pandemic after January, residents concerned by reopening plans that blew off CDC recovery prerequisites in order to salvage the economy suddenly realized that restaurant profits rated a higher priority than the lives of their families. The Stay Local enticements were used to cajole residents still leery about exposure into the marketplace. Proven effective, the marketing concept spread to jurisdictions across the country – including Broward County.

Fisher closes by endorsing the Stay Local Campaign as a vehicle for reviving the local economy. Marketing muscle ordinarily used by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau to attract visitors world-wide to South Florida destination sites was refocused on local residents who spent months bouncing off the walls of their homes while fending off a claustrophobic stupor. It combines the fear of traveling during a pandemic with a cash flow transfusion to struggling local businesse

Click here to read Commissioner Lamar Fisher’s May 2020 Newsletter.