Looking Forward & Planning Ahead

By Michael Udine, Broward County Commissioner

Hard to believe that August is already here! For some of us it means getting the kids back to school and, for others, it means reconnecting with their community and getting back into the swing of the fall season. Many community events are coming in the fall, and I look forward to seeing everyone.

The Florida sales tax holiday for school supplies will take place from August 2nd to the 6th. Parents and teachers can take advantage purchasing supplies, clothing, shoes, and more tax-free. Check out http://floridarevenue.com/backtoschool for the full list of items that are eligible for purchase tax free. In addition, throughout the community, fall sports such as football, cross country running, and swimming are starting up again. Make sure to check with your school and local resources for information about leagues and activities available.

Recently, we have seen many environmental challenges in Northwest Broward. This summer we experienced smoke from brush fires in the Everglades that impacted our area. During summer months we also see a rise in mosquito populations due to heavy rains. Broward County takes these issues very seriously and strives to provide the most up-to-date information and services. Residents have the option to track daily air quality and request mosquito spraying in your local area. Please visit www.broward.org for more information on both programs.

Broward County is in the process of implementing new technology to facilitate closest unit response for emergency services. The closest unit response system was demanded by Broward County voters. Broward County cities border each other closely, and often you don’t know you have crossed the municipal line. Closest unit response means that if there is an emergency in Coral Springs, but a Tamarac response unit is closer, the Tamarac unit will arrive first to assist. In an emergency when every second counts, saving time will save lives.

This summer roadways across Broward County are being upgraded. Broward’s Highway Division will be servicing numerous miles throughout Broward County. In Coral Springs, Riverside Drive will experience partial closures until August 13th. These projects are being completed during summer months so as not to interfere with schools coming back to session. Please plan on taking alternative routes, and check for traffic updates before traveling.

Lastly, I would like to wish everyone a great family filled Labor Day weekend! As the summer concludes and we transition into fall, I wish all our teachers and students a successful start to the school year. I look forward to seeing all of you around the community.

Staying connected with the residents of broward County’s District 3 is a top priority for me. Every month, we hold office hours on the third Wednesday. I can be reached at MUdine@Broward.org or (954) 357-7003. Follow me on social media @ Commissioner MichaelUdine on Facebook and @MichaelUdine on Twitter or Instagram to receive important updates and see what is happening in our community.

Office Hour Locations:

• 10:00-11:00 AM at the Northwest Regional Library,
• 2:00-3:00 PM at the Tamarac Community Library, and
• 4:00 to 5:00 PM in North Lauderdale at the Saraniero Branch Library

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