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Commissioner Lamar Fisher Updates Us on County Issues

It’s September and as students are back in school, one thing we learned this Summer is that COVID-19 is still a great part of our lives, even a year and a half since the first case in our community. As information changes daily please make sure to visit Broward.org/Coronavirus if you have any concerns or questions. The website is regularly updated to include testing and vaccination site updates, latest hospital reports, financial assistance information and more. Please stay safe!

Commissioner Fisher also shares information on the condominium structures issues committee, King Tides, County Commission Budget, and a host of other issues.

Click here to read Commissioner Fisher’s newsletter.


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State Representative Chip LaMarca Reports on Legislative Actions

Our state representative Chip LaMarca provides an overview summary of all the legislation passed in 2021 by the Florida Legislature.  He is now beginning to prepare for legislative committee weeks throughout the remainder of the year and prepare for the 2022 legislative session in January. The highlights from the 2021 legislative session include a monumental $101.5 billion budget, which includes a significant amount of Federal COVID-19 Relief funding. The budget leaves a historic $6 billion in reserves to ensure that Florida is always prepared for a better tomorrow.

Please see the details and a review of legislation by clicking here.


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Deployed Military Exemption Available from Property Appraiser

In a newsletter from our Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar, he shares important information for US military personnel.  Those deployed overseas on specified military operations may be entitled to an additional tax-saving exemption.  These qualifying military operations are updated by the Florida Legislature annually, so the ones listed below may not be all encompassing as some operations may be added or removed in future years.  The Property Appraiser’s office does accept pre-filing for upcoming tax year(s) depending on the dates included on the applicant’s military orders and the application permits a spouse, personal representative or designee under Chapter 709, Florida Statutes, to apply on behalf of the qualifying applicant.

 

Click here to read more from Marty Kiar.


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Commissioner Fisher’s August Newsletter Contains Wealth of Important Information

Our Broward County Commissioner Lamar Fisher’s newsletter contains a wealth of information important to all residents of the Galt.  The newsletter provides updated information on COVID hospitalizations and a dashboard link to check the daily status.  He also talks about the redrawing of county commissioner district lines based on census data and the new proposed commuter rail project.  The newsletter references the Condominium Structural Committee proceedings and Lauderdale By The Sea mitigation reefs.  And there’s even more information.

Click here to read the August Newsletter.


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Vice Mayor Moraitis’ Newsletter Shares Her Activities in Our Community

Vice Mayor Moraitis toured the Full Sail University Orlando Health Fortress–home to the largest collegiate esports arena in the country, to learn more about the university and its tremendous impact within the esports landscape. There is no doubt esports is a rapidly growing industry, with numerous recreational opportunities for all ages. Providing recreation and a place of belonging is integral to a thriving community and I believe building a 15,000 square foot esports arena, holding about 500 people, on the second floor of the proposed community center at Lockhart Park, is the right fit for our city.

Read her entire newsletter here.


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TRIM Notices and Deadline to Appeal Homestead Exemption

The office of Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar recently mailed over 776,000 TRIM (proposed tax) Notices to Broward County property owners.  Florida law requires the property appraiser to assess every parcel of real and tangible personal property in Broward County as of January 1, 2021. The 2021 just values are based on the 2020 market data.  The TRIM Notice you received shows your 2021 just value, exemptions you are receiving, and the proposed tax amounts as set by the various taxing authorities listed on the notice.  It is important to remember the Property Appraiser’s Office does not set or collect taxes.

 

If you believe you are entitled to a Homestead Exemption or any other exemptions not shown on your TRIM Notice, you may still late file for any 2021 exemption until September 20, 2021. For a list of all the available tax-saving exemptions and to apply for exemptions online, please visit our website at https://web.bcpa.net/bcpaclient/#/Homestead or call us at 954-357-6830.

 

Click here to read the latest Newsletter from Marty Kiar.


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Where do I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Eligibility guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations

  • As of March 29th, all individuals age 40 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • As of April 5th, all individuals age 18 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • As of May 13th, all individuals age 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

For Coronavirus information from the Florida Department of Health, call COVID-19, Call Center (available 24/7) at 1 (866) 779-6121, Email at [email protected] or Click here for What you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida.

For Coronavirus information from Broward County, call 954-357-9500, Email at [email protected] or Click here for Broward County Coronavirus (Covid-19) website.

FDOH Broward: Broward County has partnered with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) to provide vaccination appointments. For more information or to view the current vaccination sites, Click Here. FDOH also has a COVID-19 Call Center that can be contacted 24/7 at 866-779-6121 or by email at [email protected]. The FDOH Broward website is http://broward.floridahealth.gov/.

State of Florida:  The State also created a website entitled MyVaccine Florida to manage online scheduling.  To pre-register online for an appointment in Broward County, Click Here.

Broward Health: The site is open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM and expects to vaccinate up to 500 eligible pre-registered patients a day. To register, Click Here.

Broward College North Campus in Coconut Creek: Vaccines will be available each day on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, Click Here.

Holy Cross Health: You can also register at the site to be notified when vaccines are available. Priority will be given to Holy Cross Medical Group patientsFor more information, Click Here

Ocean Chemist Pharmacy:  You can register to get your vaccination right on the Galt Mile at Ocean Chemist located at 3535 Galt Ocean Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 – call (954) 329-2690.  Appointments are necessary.  Click here.

Walmart and Sam’s Club Pharmacies: To register for an appointment at Walmart, Click Here. To register for an appointment at Sam’s Club (membership not required), Click HereFor a comprehensive list of participating Florida Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies, Click Here.

Publix Supermarket: For more information or to make an appointment, Click HereFor a list of participating Broward & Miami-Dade Publix pharmacies, Click Here.

Winn-Dixie Supermarket: For more information or to make an appointment, Click Here.

CVS Pharmacy: For more information or to schedule an appointment, Click Here or call 800 746-7287.

Walgreens: To schedule an appointment when venues become available in Broward, Click Here or call 1-800-WALGREENS. For more information, Click Here.

Homebound Residents: For Homebound Residents who wish to schedule a vaccination appointment in their homes, please email [email protected] or Click Here to complete an online Survey (for assistance completing the survey, call 866-779-6121).

To obtain more information about these sites and read a comprehensive overview of Broward County’s response to this epidemic, please click here to read a report prepared by Eric Berkowitz, Vice President, Galt Mile Community Association.  This document is updated frequently – so be sure to check it often.

For an expanded list of Broward vaccination venues, Click Here.

Click here to view an updated list of the executive orders and mandates from the governor, county and Fort Lauderdale.

 


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Update from County Commissioner Lamar Fisher

In his newsletter. he highpoints the fact we are reaching higher levels of our community members getting vaccinated. “This is wonderful news! I am excited and look forward to returning to in person meetings, events, and face to face interactions with my constituents.” As of April 26, 2021 approximately 1.3 million doses have been administered in Broward County.

On April 19, 2021, Broward County issued Emergency Order 21-01 which amends the Comprehensive Emergency Order to lift most capacity restrictions and sanitation requirements for outdoor activities.

Broward County continues to aid those in need through several Emergency Rent Assistance Programs.

Click here to read the April Newsletter.


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News from Our Property Appraiser – Marty Kiar

Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar’s latest newsletter contains important information for all Broward County residents about the 2021 Property Exemptions, letting us know it is not too late to apply.  He also discusses the portability savings and the fact it has been extended to three tax years. Finally, he reminds of about the special disabled veterans and military exemptions available to property owners.

Click here to read the May Newsletter.


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City Commissioner Given New Title

Our city commissioner, Heather Moraitis, has been selected by her colleagues to serve as Vice Mayor of Fort Lauderdale.  The Galt Mile Community Association congratulates her on her new title and we look forward to working with her on many issues of mutual concern to our city and neighborhood.

In her latest newsletter, Vice Mayor Moraitis states her excitement with the return of futbol – Inter Miami CF, which begins its season on April 18.  They will be playing before a live crowd – so this is your chance to attend MLS right here in our city.

Our neighborhood welcomed Patrizia’s (3300 NE 32nd Ave) which is now open in Fort Lauderdale District 1. This is their first location outside of New York and we are so proud that they chose to be a part of the Galt Ocean Mile North Beach Restaurants and Shoppes family!

The Fort Lauderdale Air Show will take place over our beaches on May 8-9, 2021.

Click here to read the full newsletter.