Vice Mayor Heather Moraitis discusses several city issues in her March newsletter. She talks about the 75th anniversary of the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and several special recognitions that recently took place. The newsletter details the selection of the new Police Chief, Patrick Lynn, and highlights many activities taking place around the city.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
In her most recent newsletter, Vice Mayor Heather Moraitis addresses the city’s efforts to deal with homelessness in our city, citing the many resources that have been committed to this problem. She also highlights the Youth Impact Center, and progress on the commission’s strategic plan for 2024.