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FPL agrees to freeze electricity rates through 2012


The Attorney General’s Office and Florida Public Counsel  J.R. Kelly today announced that a settlement has been reached with Florida  Power and Light (FP&L) on behalf of Florida consumers which will freeze  base rates for FP&L customers through 2012. The company will have to  petition the Public Service Commission (PSC) for any base rate increases  [...]

August 20th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,FPL,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Tallahassee | Read More »

Broward commission moves inspector general job to charter; sends to voters


Voters will get to decide whether Broward County will have an office of inspector general (IG) who will be charged with investigating misconduct and mismanagement by county and city elected officials, their employees and any service providers who work with them.

August 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Elections,Ethics in Broward,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

463 teachers on layoff status rehired

broward schools logo

The District had been preparing to begin the 2010-11 school year with 536 teachers on layoff from the 2009-10 school year and 19 from the 2008-09 school year, for a total of 555 teachers on layoff status.  However, since July 1st, the District has rehired 463.  Of the 92 instructional staff members remaining on layoff, [...]

August 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Employment,Local news,Schools | Read More »

Broward Meals on Wheels gets $750k grant for senior health

Broward Meals on Wheels, has been awarded a three-year grant from the United Way of Broward County, a first for the agency.  The approved funding is up to $750,000 over a three to three and a half year period. The grant is a collaboration between BMOW’s Nutrition Education program, Broward County Elderly and Veteran’s Services [...]

August 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Fort Lauderdale,Health,Local news | Read More »

Early voting dates, time and locations for August 24 primary

Early Voting dates, times and locations for the August 24, 2010 Primary Election Dates: August 9 to August 14, 2010 and August 16 to August 21, 2010 Times: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

July 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Elections,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Tallahassee | Read More »

Tropical storm warning extended north to Deerfield; Bonnie wobbling

Tropical storm Bonnie

We’ll have to see what South Florida wakes up to Friday morning, but the tropical storm warning has been extended to Deerfield Beach. Bonnie hasn’t strengthened much this evening, and the convection isn’t deep in the storm. Forecasters predict minimal strenghtneing of Bonnie before she comes ashore sometime on Frday. The National Hurricane Center said [...]

July 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Fort Lauderdale,Hurricane season,Weather | Read More »

NOAA watching tropical wave near Dominican

Computer models July 20, 8 p.m. of potential Tropical Storm Bonnie

Alerts are being issued for a potential tropical storm that could potentially go anywhere from as far south as the tip of Cuba to the center of Florida. Currently the wave, described as “vigorous” by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), is producing a large number of storms and conditions are such that there is [...]

July 20th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Fort Lauderdale,Hurricane season,Local news,Miami,Palm Beach,Weather | Read More »

South Floridians ask legislators for vote on offshore drilling

Ray Del Papa drove from Miami to participate in the rally.

Environmentalists around the state are hoping that a special session starting tomorrow, July 20, in Tallahassee will let voters in Florida decide on the offshore drilling issue. In one of many gatherings around Florida, a small group gathered Monday on the steps of Oakland Park City Hall, also home to Florida Senate President Jeff Atwater’s [...]

July 19th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Local news,Oakland Park,Oil,Tallahassee | Read More »

Broward schools out: Tips, reminders on traffic safety


As the school year comes to a close in Broward County, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the  Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) of Broward County remind motorists and students to take extra traffic safety precautions during summer break.  During the summer children are at increased risk of transportation related injuries from pedestrian, bicycle, [...]

June 9th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Families,Local news,Schools | Read More »

Two Broward Men Sentenced for Sex Trafficking of Minor

Robert Cox, 41, of Ft. Lauderdale, and Timothy Myers, 41, of Margate, were sentenced on Friday, May 28, 2010, on violations of sex trafficking of children, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1591. On March 16, 2010, a jury in Fort Lauderdale found Cox guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit [...]

June 2nd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Crime,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,margate | Read More »

Broward has 12% drop in property values; cities also decline


Despite small signs that the real estate market, and the recession in general are starting to turn around, Broward County is still looking at an average 12 percent decline in property value, with municipal cities and other taxing entities (close to 61 government agencies in Broward collect taxes) seeing similar drops in revenue.

June 1st, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Real Estate,Schools | Read More »

Hurricane Season Starts Today! 2010 Seasonal Outlook

Hurricane Ike

So it begins… An “active to extremely active” hurricane season is expected for the Atlantic Basin this year according to the seasonal outlook issued today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center – a division of the National Weather Service. As with every hurricane season, this outlook underscores the importance of having a hurricane preparedness plan in [...]

June 1st, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Hurricane season,Local news,Weather | 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 »

Natural Forces art exhibit in Downtown Fort Lauderdale


Everyone is invited to the exhibition, Natural Forces: Broward County Public Art & Design, which will run from May 10 – June 30, 2010, at the Broward County Governmental Center, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. This traveling exhibition has visited the length and breadth of Broward County—at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood in the [...]

May 16th, 2010 | Posted in Art,Broward County,Coral Springs,Events,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Broward Climate Change Action Plan passed unanimously by Broward County Commission


The Broward Climate Change Action Plan passed unanimously earlier today Tuesday, May 4, 2010 during the Broward County Commission meeting, Agenda Item # 32, A & B.

May 4th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Broward mayor’s monthly update: no to drilling

From the office of Broward Mayor Ken Keechl As I stated in last month’s newsletter, one of the more interesting responsibilities of Broward County’s Mayor is to travel to Washington D.C. and Tallahassee each year to lobby both the federal and state legislatures on issues of importance to Broward County.  Last month’s newsletter discussed my [...]

May 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Tallahassee | Read More »


Tamarac, Florida – The City of Tamarac received official notice this morning from the Woodmont Country Club that they have withdrawn their application for a Land Use Plan Amendment seeking to change the land use of a portion of the Woodmont golf course into residential and commercial development. As a result of the applicants’ withdrawal, [...]

April 28th, 2010 | Posted in Local news,Tamarac | Read More »

County to look at climate change plan recommendations


By Valerie J. Amor The Broward County Climate Change Task Force will submit the Broward Climate Action Plan for consideration of approval at an upcoming Broward County commission meeting. The Broward County Climate Change Task Force completed work on and approved the “Broward Climate Change Action Plan –Addressing our Changing Climate” at their

April 27th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Everglades,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Water management | Read More »



Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum today issued the following statement commending Alaska Governor Sean Parnell and Alaska  Attorney General Daniel Sullivan for joining the lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the health care reform law:

April 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Federal Government,Health,Local news,National politics | Read More »

Broward school district describes “devastating” finances during town hall

James Notter, Broward superintendent

In a united front, the Broward School Board and top officials with the district presented what they described as a “devastating financial picture” for the school system and have asked for the community’s help in finding ways to maintain a high standard of education in Broward County. After three years of using reserves and one-time [...]

April 20th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Families,Local news,Schools | Read More »

Carnival Corporation and Port Everglades Reach Landmark Agreement

Carnival Corporation & plc signed one of its largest passenger terminal use agreements April 6 with the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, committing that 25.5 million cruise guests will sail to and from Broward County’s Port Everglades over the next 15 years.

April 15th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Port Everglades,Transportation | Read More »

Budget town hall for Broward schools Monday night; watch online

James Notter, Broward superintendent

To see the story from this meeting, visit: https://browardnetonline.com/2010/04/broward-school-district-describes-devastating-finances-during-town-hall/ If you’ve been hearing about the education funding debates in Broward County, and want to speak out about it, here’s your chance. On Monday April 19 from 6-8 p.m., Broward County Public Schools is hosting a town hall meeting with the School Board of Broward County [...]

April 14th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Local news,Schools | Read More »

Deutch wins congressional seat

Ted Deutch

Mazel Tov was the resounding statement from many of Ted Deutch’s supporters this morning as word of his election to U.S. Congress made the rounds. On Tuesday, voters headed to the polls to elect a replacement for Robert Wexler, who resigned as District 19 representative in Washington D.C. effective January 4, 2010, to run the [...]

April 14th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Coral Springs,Federal Government,Local news,National politics,Palm Beach,margate | Read More »

Learn how to get contracts with local Broward governments


On Saturday, April 17, 2010, meet with local government officials and learn how to contract with local government. Representatives from multiple agencies will be at the Small Business and Minority Business Opportunities Expo in Lauderhill. Presented by Broward County Commissioner Albert Jones, the expo takes place

April 13th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Fort Lauderdale,Lauderdale Lakes,Lauderhill,Local news,Oakland Park | Read More »

Creative Summer Art Academy Merit Scholarship Competition.


Fort Lauderdale, Fla. –– The Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University, is encouraging budding artists to attend its 2010 Creative Summer Art Academy (CSAA) by holding a Merit Scholarship Competition. The competition, open to students entering grades 1-12 and interested in the Creative Summer Art Academy, will take place on Saturday, April [...]

April 12th, 2010 | Posted in Art,Broward County,Culture,Events,Families,Local news,Schools | Read More »

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