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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Getting Ready for 2024 Homestead Exemption

In his latest newsletter, Property Appraiser Marty Kiar discusses the steps and timeline to apply for your 2024 Homestead Exemption if you do not currently have an exemption or you are a new property owner.  If you acquired the property as your permanent residence in 2023 and have not applied for Homestead Exemption, you can apply for 2024 exemptions at any time – there is no need to wait until 2024 to file your exemption application. You can easily apply online at

The timely deadline to file for all 2024 exemptions is March 1, 2024. The late filing deadline for all 2024 exemptions is September 18, 2024.

Your Homestead Exemption automatically renews each year provided there is no change in the ownership or use of the property.  If you have any questions about Homestead Exemption or any other exemptions, please call 954.357.6830 or email me at [email protected].

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Report from our City Commissioner

Commissioner John Herbst shared a wealth of information about Fort Lauderdale in his latest newsletter for residents in District 1 (that’s us).  He shares with us his concerns about the impact of SB-4D on all condo/coop residents. This legislation mandates that associations conduct structural integrity reserve studies every ten years. Undoubtedly, this requirement comes at a significant cost to condo owners.

In light of this, I took it upon myself to introduce a resolution aimed at addressing the severe impact of this bill on our seniors. The City Commission and I will work on resolution language that urges the Florida Legislature to establish a grant or low-interest loan program specifically for full-time residents facing these substantial repair bills. It is my firm belief that the state, which created the legislation driving this issue, should step in to assist our community members. The state possesses the resources and abilities that localities like ours do not. In addition, I was able to include this as an item on our legislative agenda for our lobbyists to work on in the upcoming session. I encourage you to reach out to state House Representative Chip LaMarca and state Senator Jason Pizzo. Together, we can make our voices heard and work toward a solution that supports our community in this challenging time.

City of Fort Lauderdale residents can apply online for our Resident Parking Rate Program. This program is designed to provide a special rate for neighbors while parking in City parking lots, garages, and on-street spaces using PayByPhone.

I look forward to seeing everyone on November 30 at Light Up The Galt.

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Mayor Lamar Fisher Updates us on County Issues

In his October newsletter, the mayor updates on all the activities happening in Broward County.  Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) took a major step this month as they hosted the groundbreaking event to mark the start of construction for the Terminal 5 Project.

The Broward County Commission held a Commuter Rail Workshop to discuss the findings of a study that was commissioned by both the County and the City of Fort Lauderdale to determine the most cost-efficient way to get over the New River. We are working to bring Commuter Rail from Miami all the way up to the county line in Deerfield Beach.

 The Broward County Commission and community stakeholders welcomed the new state-of-the-art Nancy J. Cotterman Center (NJCC) on October 23. NJCC is Broward County’s only Certified Sexual Assault Program, Accredited Children’s Advocacy Center, and Child Protection Team. It has been serving the community since 1977. The new facility, located at 2995 W. Dixie Highway in Oakland Park, will open to the public in November.

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