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Click It or Ticket Florida in full force


From May 24 through June 6, 2010, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Regional Traffic Enforcement Unit along with BSO district deputies will be participating in Click It or Ticket Florida – a two week awareness and enforcement effort to increase seat belt compliance, and make a fist-full of cash.

May 24th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Crime,Fire/police,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Oil spill enters the loop current, Broward coastal cities meet to develop emergency plan

horizon oil spill

Yesterday morning we learned that the oil has entered the loop current which will eventually move into the Gulfstream predicted to pass within 20 miles off our shoreline.

May 24th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,National politics | 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 »

Florida unemployment rate goes down slightly

From the Agency for Workforce Innovation Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2010 is 12.0 percent.  This represents 1,113,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9,282,000.  The unemployment rate is down 0.3 percentage point from the March revised rate of 12.3 percent.  This was the first monthly decline in the state’s unemployment rate [...]

May 21st, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Employment,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Crist declares state of emergency in Broward

GULF OF MEXICO - Aerial view of oil being burned from the Deepwater Horizon/BP incident, May 19, 2010. Favorable weather conditions allowed burns to total more than nine hours. The burns are part of an effort to reduce the amount of oil in the water and are part of the joint federal, state and BP effort to aid in preventing the spread of oil following the April 20 explosion on the mobile offshore drilling unit, Deepwater Horizon. U.S Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer John Kepsimelis.

A state of emergency has officially been declared in South Florida. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist declared Broward County, along with Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties in a state of emergency from the BP oil spill on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. “I found that this event threatens the state of Florida,” said Crist in [...]

May 20th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Hallandale,Hollywood,Hurricane season,Lauderdale by the Sea,Local news,Pompano Beach,Tallahassee,Volunteers,Water management | Read More »

Pembroke Pines man killed in Operation Enduring Freedom


A local Broward resident has been killed while fighting in the Marines during Operation Enduring Freedom. Lance Cpl. Patrick Xavier Jr., 24, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., died May 18 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

May 20th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Families,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Military,Pembroke Pines | Read More »

100 Outstanding Women of Broward honored at gala

Linda Gomez, Sandra Ramon, Syndia Nazario (an honoree) and Richard Nazario attended the gala fundraiser.

Last week, 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County were honored in a festive gala at the Signature Grand in Davie. The dinner was intended to “bring the Community together to celebrate how far women have come in leadership roles in the business, community and philanthropic fields.” In all, over 1,000 people a The honorees at [...]

May 20th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Davie,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Non-profit organizations | Read More »

Great deals at local Broward restaurants


Are you going out to eat this weekend? Before you do, you may want to stop by our partner site PremierDiningFlorida.com. The site, owned by Kevin Short, has gift certificates on offer to over 70 different restaurants, with prices as low as $4 a gift certificate. And the real deal with the program is that [...]

May 19th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Taste Broward | Read More »

Lauderdale man arrested for child porn; victims 3 months old

Mug shot of Frank Hottenrott by BSO.

Frank Hottenrot, a 56-year-old Fort Lauderdale man was arrested today after police found him with over 1,500 pieces of child pornography on his computer, some victims are as young as three months.

May 19th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Crime,Families,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

NOAA – Light oil sheen has entered loop current

noaa regular logo

NOAA’s latest observations indicate that a small portion of the oil slick has reached the Loop Current in the form of light to very light sheens. In the time it would take for oil to travel to the vicinity of the Florida Straits, any oil would be highly weathered and both the natural process of evaporation and the application [...]

May 19th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Federal Government,Local news | Read More »

Coast Guard says tarballs found on keys not from BP oil spill

From the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. The Coast Guard Marine Safety Laboratory in New London, Conn. analyzed a sampling of tar balls discovered on Florida Keys shoreline Tuesday and determined that none of the collected samples are from the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill. A sampling of tar balls discovered on beaches at

May 19th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Tallahassee | Read More »

Governor Crist Offers Guidelines for Reporting Oil Spill Impacts in Florida


Florida Governor Charlie Crist today encouraged residents and visitor to report evidence of oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident along the state’s shores by calling the State Warning Point at 1-877-2-SAVE-FL (1-877-272-8335), or by dialing #DEP from a cell phone. Impacts reported to the State Warning Point will be investigated by reconnaissance teams of trained [...]

May 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Fort Lauderdale,Port Everglades,Recreation,Tallahassee | Read More »

Port Everglades plan includes recommendation to deepen channels

The entrance to Port Everglades. Photo Courtesy of Port Everglades.

Broward County’s Port Everglades reached another milestone toward expanding its cargo-handling capabilities as the Board of County Commissioners recently reaffirmed the need to increase berth space at the Port’s Southport Turning Notch as well as to continue toward the completion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) Deepening and Widening Study. The preliminary National [...]

May 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Port Everglades | Read More »

Broward employees get furlough day Memorial Weekend

Broward County governmental offices will be closed on Friday, May 28, and Monday, May 31. The Friday closing is due to an unpaid employee furlough day as part of budget-related reductions to avoid an increase in the County property tax rate. The Monday closing is in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The Constitutional Offices of the [...]

May 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

BP gives Florida $25 million grant to promote tourism

To help offset a backlash against tourism to the beaches of Florida, BP has given $25 million to Florida to help market the state and promote that the beaches (for now) are still ok. BP also gave Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana $15 million to help with their Gulf tourism efforts. “The Gulf Coast is our [...]

May 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Tallahassee | Read More »

Commercial Blvd. closing at Tri-rail tracks for three weeks starting May 21

Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale will be closed to all traffic at the CSX/Tri-Rail railroad tracks just west of I-95 for two weeks beginning Friday, May 21, Florida Department of Transportation officials report. Commercial will be closed at 7 a.m. Friday and remain closed to motorists and pedestrians 24 hours a day until 6 a.m. [...]

May 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Events,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Oakland Park,Transportation | Read More »

School board member Dinnen comments on budget cuts

By Maureen Dinnen, School Board Member, District 3 Budget concerns and shortages of income are the focus of the Broward School District as they are today for many businesses, governmental agencies, and families. Every week the School Board holds 4-6 hour budget workshops in addition to our regular meetings and duties. Last year, the district [...]

May 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Families,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Schools | 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 »

Davie dedicates open space to protect burrowing owls

Davie Vice Mayor Susan Starkey looks on as the children inspect the completed artificial burrow.

Recently, the Davie Town Council dedicated the open space at SW 26 Street and Flamingo Road for the purpose of preserving and protecting burrowing owls. This decision was based upon the efforts of Davie Vice Mayor Susan Starkey who worked tirelessly and passionately on behalf of our feathery friends. The park is one of the [...]

May 17th, 2010 | Posted in Animals,Broward County,Davie,Families,Local news,Recreation | Read More »

Prescribed burn beginning today at Tradewinds Park

The Florida Division of Forestry is scheduled to burn a parcel of land in Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, weather permitting, between Monday, May 17 and Friday, May 21. The burn may be attempted on any day during this time period in which the required weather conditions are met, such as winds from the east [...]

May 17th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Coconut Creek,Fire/police,Local news | Read More »

McCollum files amended lawsuit against health care bill

Last week, the Florida Attorney General, Bill McCollum filed an amended complaint in the lawsuit challenging the federal  health care reform act. The amended complaint now features 20 state  plaintiffs; additionally, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) joined the lawsuit as a co-plaintiff on behalf of its members  nationwide. The original lawsuit was filed [...]

May 17th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Families,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Health,Local news,National politics | Read More »

One step forward, two back: The American Power Act

One step backward: Six in 10 Americans support more offshore drilling, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. A majority believe that the potential economic benefits of offshore drilling outweigh its potential harm to the environment. Fact: The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20 and began spewing oil into the Gulf two [...]

May 17th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Everglades,FPL,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Where the Boys Are–Great American Beach Party in Ft. Lauderdale


Saturday, May 29, 2010 11:30am to 9:30 pm A1A and Las Olas This FREE event features: Live Bands • Classic Car Show • Family Beach Activities • Dance Contests • Sand Castle Contest • Memorabilia Plus, a 50th Anniversary screening of Where The Boys Are, presented by the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.  Featuring Connie [...]

May 17th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Culture,Events,Fort Lauderdale,Holiday,Local news,Music | Read More »

Utilities to present storm readiness to PSC Monday; watch online

Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a workshop on May 17 to review the status of hurricane preparedness for the state’s electric utilities and major telephone companies. The annual workshop reviews actions that have been taken to protect the electric transmission and distribution facilities in the state from the impact of severe weather. You [...]

May 16th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,FPL,Fort Lauderdale,Hurricane season,Local news,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 »

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