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Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher Reports on County Activites

In his March newsletter, Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher recognizes the activities in our county.   We celebrate women with Women’s History Month, recognize safe bike measures with Bicycle Month and join together for water preservation with the 20th Annual Broward Water Matters Month. Additionally, our community has begun to see an influx of spring breakers on our beaches and don’t forget to wear your green on Thursday, March 17th for St. Patrick’s Day!

His newsletter also discusses the efforts to provide affordable housing for residents of our county and additional funding to advance flood mitigation and other waste management improvements.   Addressing traffic issues, the county, through the Penny for Transportation, has made significant advances on transit operations and capital improvements in county highways.  He also reminds those on the beach that turtle nesting season started March 1 – and the importance of protecting turtles during this time.

Click here to read the full newsletter from Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher.

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Vice Mayor Heather Moraitis Reports on Homelessness

Vice Mayor Heather Moraitis recently spent time in Los Angeles to look at the city’s response to homelessness.  This is a priority issue for the Fort Lauderdale City Commission.  She is committed to finding solutions to this issue in our city.  The bottom line is homelessness is a housing problem.  Tight housing markets accentuate vulnerabilities of people living in poverty.  In Broward County, with housing cost rising, 50% of households are struggling to find and afford housing.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department has a homeless outreach unit consisting of two officers whose primary mission is to assist homeless individuals in shelter placement and other services.  Any questions or concerns should be addressed to:

Officer Brian Blount:  [email protected] – 954-828-5279

Officer Scott Hagemann:  [email protected] – 954-828-4274

Click here to read Vice Mayor Heather Moraitis’ full newsletter.




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2022 Property Exemptions – It Is Not Too Late to Apply

Our Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar reminds us that it is not too early to apply for homestead exemptions for 2022.  In his latest newsletter, Marty reminds us that you can apply as late as September 19, 2022.

His newsletter also contains information about those deployed in the military overseas in support of military operations in 2021 are eligible for an additional exemption in 2022.

For more information, click here to read the full newsletter.

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Vice Mayor Moraitis Reports on City Priorities in Newsletter

Vice Mayor Moraitis reports on the city commission’s yearly goal setting for the city.  The commission’s goals include preserving public places and building new parks; public safety; infrastructure; transportation, traffic, resiliency, homelessness, historic preservations, and building a diverse economy.  She also reports on the priorities set by the Florida League of Cities during their action days in Tallahassee.  She ends the newsletter with pictures and stories about her activities out in our community.

Click here to read the full newsletter.

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Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher Reports on County Issues

Broward County Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher, in his February newsletter, reports on several issues important to us on the Galt Mile.  A major project for the advancement of our community and an extremely difficult question to answer has been whether the new commuter line that crosses the New River will do so by tunnel under the river or bridge over the river.  There is also an update on the proposed joint government center with Fort Lauderdale and Broward County.  The county administrator, Bertha Henry, is retiring after 22 years with Broward County.

Click here to read the full newsletter.

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Marty Kiar Provides Homestead Information Important to All

In his latest newsletter, Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar provides important information on homestead exemptions.  If you are a new homeowner or moved and you missed the timely deadline to apply for or renew any 2022 homestead exemption, you still have time. Applicants can late file for 2022 Homestead Exemption, Low-Income Senior Exemption, or any other exemption until September 19, 2022. Once the September statutory “late-filing” deadline has closed, the property appraiser’s office cannot accept any more 2022 exemption applications regardless of any good cause reason for missing the late filing deadline. The Florida Department of Revenue has set the 2022 Save Our Homes cap at 3%.  This Save Our Homes assessment cap limits increases to the Assessed/Save Our Homes Value for properties receiving Homestead Exemption to no more than 3% per year or the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) regardless of increases to the just value of the property.

To read Marty’s full newsletter, click here.

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Broward County Vice Mayor Fisher Reports on Many Issues

Our commissioner, Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher, in his January 2022 newsletter, reports on several issues important to the Galt Mile community.  He starts by stating, “The start of a new year is a great opportunity for all to reflect on the challenges of the past year, make goals for the new year and a plan to attain those goals. As we enter 2022, I hope everyone is pursuing their news year’s resolution by making healthy choices and staying safe as we continue to navigate through this pandemic.”

In his newsletter, VM Fisher discusses an update on COVID-19, redistricting (changing the boundaries of the commission district – we are still in District 4 with the same commissioner), commuter rail meetings, opportunities for small businesses, and the upcoming count of homeless individuals in Broward County.

To read the full newsletter, click here

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Automatic Senior Homestead Exemption Renewals for 2022

Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar reminds us about the renewal of senior homestead exemptions for 2022.  Beginning this year (2022), after the initial application approval, the Senior Exemption automatically renews each year unless the senior notifies our office that they no longer meet the income requirement for this exemption. People who received the Senior Exemption in 2021 and are still living at the same address do not need to send in a signed renewal card to continue receiving this exemption.  The Property Appraiser’s office will mail the Senior Exemption renewal information later this month with the annual income limitation set by the state of Florida.

To read more about senior exemptions, go to to read Marty’s newsletter.