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Commissioner Fisher County Update

Broward Commissioner Lamar Fisher updates us on county issues in his latest newsletter.

Broward County Transit held the ribbon cutting ceremony for its inaugural electric express coach bus, providing sustainable and efficient transportation options for the region.  County Commissioners approved additional transportation choices for BCT’s Late-Shift Connect Program.

 Broward County Parks and Recreation Division adjusted its gate entry fees for regional parks. The new fee for weekends and holidays is $3 per vehicle for up to eight people. They recently completed its first systemwide Master Plan, designed to help direct staff as we continue to improve our parks, amenities, and services for Broward County’s growing and diverse population.

There are additional updates and upcoming events in his newsletter.  Click here to read the full newsletter.

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Commissioner Herbst Addresses Key Issues

Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner John Herbst discusses three key issues in his latest newsletter.  The three topics present challenges and opportunities to District 1 and to the city as a whole. from parks to trains,

The recent closure of the Dottie Mancini Park has been a major concern for many that utilize the space for health and wellbeing. I understand the particular importance of the park to the Imperial Point community.

As the debate for a bridge or a tunnel continues, my stance remains that a light rail crossing is necessary for the City’s growth in the next hundred years. He discusses options available to resolve this issue.

He will be holding a series of public participation workshops to discuss the park idea at the Beach Community Center in the North Beach Shoppes.

To read the full newsletter, click here.

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Automatic Renewal for the Limited-Income Senior Exemption

In his recent newsletter, Property Appraiser Marty Kiar discusses a change in the Limited-Income Senior Exemption renewal process that no longer requires seniors to sign and return a renewal card.  After the initial application approval, the Senior Exemption automatically renews each year unless the senior notifies our office that they exceed the income requirement for this exemption. People who received the Senior Exemption in 2023 and are still living at the same address do not need to send in a signed renewal card to continue receiving this exemption.

Click here to read the full newsletter.

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Commissioner Fisher End of Year Newsletter

Commissioner Lamar Fisher provides a year-end review of happenings in Broward County.  The first item is the New River Crossing update. The Broward County Commission and the City of Fort Lauderdale held a joint workshop meeting to discuss the New River Crossing for the Broward Commuter Rail Project on December 5, 2023. After much discussion, many of the Commissioners agreed that while we all prefer a tunnel under the New River, we must make a choice now of the most fiscally responsible option while keeping in mind timelines, environmental impacts and much more. His newsletter contains a cost comparison chart of the options.

Broward County Commission also held a workshop to discuss the County’s Affordable Housing 10-Year Plan.  Since its inception in 2018, the funds placed in the trust helped increase the affordable housing units by 2,668 units with about $123.1M in gap financing and 4,870 total units with other funding sources.

Click here to read the full newsletter and read about other projects and activities taking place in Broward County.

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Rep LaMarca Update on Legislative Session

Rep Chip LaMarca’s newsletter provides an update on the recent legislative session in Tallahassee.
The special session was focused on a handful of specific issues extremely important to me and our fellow Floridians. I am also very pleased to see the My Safe Florida Home was a part of the special session because I was proud to sponsor this piece of legislation earlier this year and it is good to see so many people taking advantage of this program that assists Floridians in hardening their homes for storm protection.

I was also proud to the Co-Sponsor of HR-11 Support for Israel and condemning Hamas with my fellow Representatives.

To read the full newsletter, click here. 






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Have Homestead Questions?

In his latest newsletter, Broward Property Appraiser Marty Kiar answers key questions about the homestead exemption.

Does it automatically renew?  What if there is a change of ownership?  Do I have to reverify my homestead exemption?  What if there are no changes?  What happens in case of death of one owner?  What happened to my portability savings?

If after reading the newsletter, you still have questions, contact Marty’s office for assistance.

Click here to read the full newsletter.

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Light Up The Galt – Huge Success on a Beautiful Night

The 2023 Light Up The Galt event was attended by hundreds of neighbors and guests who enjoyed fantastic weather, holiday activities, and the restaurants and bars on the Galt Mile.  The evening began with the reopening of Fire Station 54, followed by the lighting of the holiday tree and holiday festivities.  Pictures in front of the beautiful tree are (l-r) Commissioner John Herbst, Commissioner Steve Glassman, Mayor Trantalis, Commissioner Pamela Beasley-Pittman, State Representative Chip LaMarca, Fred Nesbitt – President of the Galt Mile Community Association, and County Commissioner Lamar Fisher.

We also welcomed our new Chief of Police, Bill Schultz, and Fire Chief Stephen Gollan.  They were joined by several police officers and the firefighter. We also want to thank the tremendous efforts of the Fort Lauderdale Parks and Rec Department – who staged the entire event and we welcome the new Director, Carl Williams.  Oh by the way, Santa Claus was there too.

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Commissioner Fisher Completes Term as Mayor

Commissioner Lamar Fisher has completed his one-year term as Mayor of Broward County.  We thank him for his great service to Broward County and say how proud we are of him for the excellent job he did as mayor.  He now returns to his regular Commission 4 duties.  As mayor his focus was on his 3 C’s Plan: Communication, Collaboration and Community. He was able to visit all 31 municipalities to ensure that each community is aware that the County is here to help as we work together on many regional issues.

Other items covered in his newsletter include the Disney Cruise Lines at Port Everglades,

Broward County’s new government center update, and record sea turtle season this year.

Click here to read the full newsletter.