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FHA to discu$$ EXPRE$$ LANE expansion on ALL Roads. WARNING!

Dear Neighbor, Everyone knows that we have a steadily increasing number of cars traveling on South Florida’s roadways.  If you’ve spent much time driving on I-95, you’ve undoubtedly become familiar with 95 Express, a new toll system also known as ‘managed lanes.’ These new toll lanes replaced carpool lanes, removing the multi-passenger requirement during rush [...]

February 1st, 2011 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Local news,Money,Transportation | Read More »

Miramar needs IRS volunteers for 2011 tax season

The City of Miramar and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are now  looking for special volunteers to assist taxpayers in the area of preparing simple tax returns and filing tax returns electronically. Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program volunteers assist low-income individuals who cannot afford the services of a paid professional tax preparer [...]

December 13th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Latest news,Local news,Miramar,Money | Read More »


TALLAHASSEE, FL—Attorney General Bill McCollum today issued a consumer advisory following the arrest of David Lewalski for his alleged involvement in Botfly, a $30 million investment fraud scheme.  Lewalski was detained by the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) last Thursday. “I am pleased that David Lewalski has been arrested for his alleged role in the [...]

November 10th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Crime,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money,Tallahassee | Read More »

Attorney General McCollum Announces Multistate Effort to Reign in Mortgage Servicers for Deceptive and Unfair Practices

Attorney General Bill McCollum announced last week an  on-going effort to reign in mortgage servicers and protect Floridians from  purported deceptive and unfair practices. Attorney General McCollum, along  with 48 other Attorneys General, are part of a multistate effort to stop  mortgage loan servicers from allegedly submitting affidavits or signing  notices that appear to have [...]

October 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Crime,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money,Real Estate,Tallahassee | Read More »

Davie gets AA rating from Fitch

The Town of Davie is pleased to announce that it has received the impressive rating of AA from Fitch. “Just five years ago the Town of Davie was in the midst of obvious financial mismanagement exemplified by the lateness of our annual financial reports. With dedicated attention to correcting these issues by a loyal and [...]

October 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Davie,Latest news,Local news,Money | Read More »

Diana Ross Returns to Hard Rock Live in November


Legendary Motown artist and multiple award-winning songstress Diana Ross returns to Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on November 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 17 at noon. In a remarkable career spanning over 40 years, Diana Ross has proven herself the consummate music artist as [...]

September 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Events,Hollywood,Money,Seminole Casinos | Read More »

Tamarac saves residents money with Flood Plain Rating


Once again, the City of Tamarac has maintained a Class 7 rating under the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System. The Class 7 rating provides a 15% discount on the City’s residents’ and business’ flood insurance premiums. This rating results in over $675,000 in savings per year to residents’ flood insurance policies in [...]

August 29th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Latest news,Local news,Money,Tamarac | Read More »

FTC: New consumer protections reguarding debt relief


Consistent with changes recommended to the FTC by AG McCollum, The FTC recently announced the adoption of a new rule to protect consumers in credit card debt.  Beginning October 27, 2010, for-profit companies that sell debt relief service by phone will be prohibited from collecting any fees before successfully settling or reducing a consumer’s outstanding [...]

August 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Federal Government,Local news,Money | Read More »

Free foreclosure workshop in Sunrise July 17

On Saturday, July 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the City will present a Foreclosure Intervention & Homeowners’ Assistance Clinic at the Sunrise Senior Center (10650 West Oakland Park Boulevard, 33351). This free workshop for residents, brought to you by the Sunrise City Commission and the Affordable Housing Advisory Board, will include educational sessions [...]

July 9th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money,Real Estate,Sunrise | Read More »

86 South Florida Residents Charged with Mortgage Fraud

A special investigation has netted 86 indictments in South Florida related to mortgage fraud. From March 1, 2010 to the present date, Operation Stolen Dreams resulted in the indictments of 86 individuals in South Florida for their participation in a series of mortgage fraud schemes that resulted in more than $76 million in fraudulent loans. [...]

June 19th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Crime,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money,Real Estate | Read More »

Crist Signs 2010-11 Florida budget

Governor Charlie Crist today signed the $70-billion 2010-11 budget, prioritizing Florida’s economy and job creation, keeping communities safe and educating the young people of the Sunshine State. “With positive indicators beginning to appear, we must continue to keep our economy moving,” Governor Crist said.  “The budget I signed today focuses our resources on helping families [...]

May 28th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money,Tallahassee | Read More »

Reduce Unnecessary Spending Act of 2010


Today, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter R. Orszag and Acting Deputy Director Jeffrey B. Liebman will discuss the Reduce Unnecessary Spending Act of 2010, which will establish a new tool to reduce unnecessary or wasteful spending.

May 24th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Federal Government,Local news,Money,National politics | Read More »

Crist signs unemployment benefits legislation

Florida Governor Charlie Crist

Governor Charlie Crist today signed Senate Bill (SB) 1736, extending eligibility dates for the Extended Benefits (EB) program.  The EB program provides unemployment compensation to job seekers who have exhausted all other available benefits and meet all requirements.  Governor Crist announced that the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation will begin accepting EB applications at its [...]

May 17th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Employment,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money,Tallahassee | Read More »

Two Plead Guilty in Broward Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Monique Mitchell, 29, of Pembroke Pines, and Sheldon Martin, 34, of Plantation, pled guilty this morning in West Palm Beach federal court to one count of making false statements on a HUD-1 Real Estate Settlement Form in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 21, 2010 before U.S. District Judge [...]

May 16th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Crime,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money,Pembroke Pines,Plantation | Read More »

Extended unemployment compensation heads to Crist for approval

Update on this story here:  https://browardnetonline.com/2010/05/crist-signs-unemployment-benefits-legislation/ The Florida House passed a measure that provides for an extension of temporary unemployment compensation (UC) for Floridians by providing 14 additional weeks of unemployment compensation benefits. This extension helps more than 100,000 unemployed Floridians and brings in more than $128 million to Florida coffers. Senate Bill (SB) 1736 [...]

April 28th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Employment,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money,Tallahassee | Read More »

Former Miramar commissioner convicted of bribery, extortion

Former Miramar commissioner Fitzroy Salesman was convicted late yesterday afternoon of two counts of bribery and two counts of extortion under color of official right. The jury acquitted him of two counts of honest services mail and wire fraud. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 8, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. before U.S. District Court Judge [...]

April 8th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Ethics in Broward,FPL,Local news,Money,margate | Read More »

Coral Springs still has funds to assist low to moderate income persons purchase and rehab a foreclosure

The City of Coral Springs is still providing assistance to low and moderate-income persons with the purchase and rehabilitation of foreclosed homes in Coral Springs through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Previously, the program offered funds toward the purchase of foreclosed homes in the 33065 ZIP code. Recently, HUD approved the City’s request to expand the

March 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Coral Springs,Families,Federal Government,Local news,Money,Real Estate | Read More »

Tower Forum Presents: The Great Recession: Why This Recovery is Different

Tom Cunningham

WHO: TOWER FORUM WHAT: “The Great Recession: Why This Recovery is Different” The economic recession that took hold of the United States in the fall of 2008 might be slowly starting to loosen its grip, but don’t tell that to people on Main Street who are struggling to run small businesses, make mortgage payments and [...]

March 12th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money | Read More »

Governor Crist Signs Legislation to Reduce Unemployment Compensation Tax

gov crist

Governor Charlie Crist, as part of his continued focus on strengthening Florida’s economy, is hosting bill signing ceremonies in Tallahassee, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers and Miami to promote legislation that provides tax relief to nearly 474,000 Florida businesses.

March 11th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money | Read More »

Broward Property Tax Exemption Filing Dates Announced For March 2010, help meetings scheduled


The Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office hosts a series of community outreach events each month throughout Broward County. Deputy Appraisers will be available to assist with Homestead, Senior and other property tax exemption applications, as well as answer questions on property taxes. We are also accepting applications for Portability. The outreach program is designed to [...]

March 9th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Coconut Creek,Coral Springs,Dania,Davie,Fort Lauderdale,Hallandale,Hollywood,Lauderdale Lakes,Lauderdale by the Sea,Lauderhill,Local news,Miramar,Money,North Lauderdale,Oakland Park,Parkland,Pembroke Park,Pembroke Pines,Plantation,Pompano Beach,Real Estate,Sunrise,Tamarac,Weston,cooper city,margate,wilton manors | Read More »

Broward officials outline Recover Act grants, local stimulus spending

Percentage of local stimulus funding received.

Stay up to date on Broward stimulus spending at: http://broward.org/Recovery/Pages/RecoveryActAccomplishments.aspx On February 16, 2010, President Barack Obama marked the first Anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Recovery Act is a combination of tax relief, financial assistance and infrastructure projects designed to cushion the impact of the economic downturn and lay a foundation for [...]

March 9th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Employment,Families,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money,National politics,Schools,Tallahassee | Read More »

Coral Springs’ annual financial report receives top marks from external auditors

At the March 2 Commission Meeting, Brett Friedman, CPA of McGladrey & Pullen, the City’s external auditors, reported on the firm’s audit of the city Coral Springs’ Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ended September 30, 2009.

March 5th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Coral Springs,Local news,Money | Read More »

Klein supports job bill in Congress

Congressman Ron Klein (FL-22) today joined a majority of his House colleagues to pass a job creation bill that provides a tax cut for business owners in order to put people back to work in South Florida. “What’s in this bill are the tax breaks and other solutions small business owners in our community have [...]

March 5th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Employment,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money | Read More »

New credit card law officially in effect

Aa tough new law cracking down on the abusive practices of some credit-card companies has officially gone into effect. The CARD Act, passed by the House as H.R. 627, contains several strict protections for consumers, including banning unfair interest rate increases and outlawing abusive fees and penalties by credit card companies.

February 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money | Read More »

Klein glad Obama included a billion in budget to upgrade hurricane forecast technology

Congressman Ron Klein (FL-22), a longtime advocate for next generation hurricane tracking technology, today celebrated the inclusion of $1 billion to upgrade hurricane forecasting technology, including satellite and radar systems, in the President’s budget as submitted to Congress. “We are thrilled to see that the Administration has heard our call, and the call of Floridians, [...]

February 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money,Technology,Weather | Read More »

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