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Commissioner Moraitis’ August Newsletter

Commissioner Heather Moraitis’ latest newsletter focuses on the commissioning of the USS Fort Lauderdale, which arrived in Port Everglades and was commissioned on Saturday, July 30th! The commissioning of USS Fort Lauderdale is the result of many years of coordination and I would like to thank everyone who supported this mission, especially the commissioning committee, led by Chair Patricia Du Mont and Fundraising Chair Jack Seiler, and the ship’s crew.

As an amphibious transport dock ship, USS Fort Lauderdale, whose motto is “Together We Fight” is a warship designed to embark, transport and land elements of a landing force for a variety of expeditionary warfare missions. The 684-foot ship, costing $1.8 billion weighs more than 7000 tons and can transport 800 Marines and landing craft.

Click here to read Heather Moraitis’ latest newsletter.

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Special Dedication to Pio Ieraci

August 5, 2022 was a special day, because we finally realized the dream of recognizing our friend-late community leader Pio Ieraci by designating a section of A1A in his name. Pio was active in the Galt Mile for many years, serving as its president for the past 20 years. It is fitting this section is called the “Pio Iearci Memorial Drive.”

Thank you to State Representative Chip LaMarca, who introduced and heralded the bill through the state legislature creating this designation, Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Heather Thompson Moraitis, Broward County Vice-Mayor Lamar P. Fisher and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis for your help with the City of Fort Lauderdale resolution and to the Florida Department of Transportation for all of their assistance with the process of implementing the legislation into this designation.

Also thanks Fred Nesbitt for stepping into the impossible shoes of Pio and being the leader of the Galt Mile Community Association. Thanks to Chip’ legislative aide Sammy Verner for working with FDOT from the legislative process to the installation.

Also in attendance at the unveiling ceremony were Pio’s family:  Lisa Ieraci, Alessia Ieraci and Daniel Ieraci, as well as many members of the Galt Mile community.

In so many ways, Pio was the Galt Mile – and the Galt Mile was Pio.


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Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher’s July Newsletter Shares Much Information

Vice Mayor Fisher discusses several issues in his July Newsletter.  The first issue is making sure we are doing everything we can to assist the homelessness crisis in our community. I know many residents have contacted me expressing their concerns and it is one of the top issues that is discussed when I attend community meetings. Broward County’s Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) manages $31 million County, State and Federal funding that is provided to 21 CoC partners that deliver 64 programs with services to approximately 9,178 people experiencing homelessness annually.

He also discusses new initiatives being undertaken by the county.  The county is working toward providing individuals with SafeLink phones with access to the BigBurgh App (currently applied in the City of Pittsburgh) that provides real time services available with GIS overlay on how to access services. Other initiatives include, engaging every school in Broward County in the Homeless Management Information System, having a dedicated street outreach and medical/clinical team at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport, and increasing the dedicated direct service team within the Homeless Initiative Partnership to address critical situations on major corridors and expedite housing placement.

To read the full July newsletter, click here.


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Questions About Your 2022 Property Assessment or Exemptions?

Property Appraiser Marty Kiar’s office mailed over 776,000 TRIM (proposed tax) Notices to Broward County property owners in August. The 2022 Just/Market Values are based on the market data from 2021 as Florida Statutes require our office use January 1 as the date of assessment each year. The TRIM Notice you received shows your 2022 market value, any tax-saving 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 exemption not shown on your TRIM Notice, you may still late file for any 2022 exemption until September 19, 2022. For a list of all the available tax-saving exemptions and to apply for these exemptions online, please visit our website at or call us at 954-357-6830.

Click here to read Marty Kiar’s full newsletter.