Broward takes first steps toward ‘Downtown West’

This week, Broward County embraced a development vision for the land, a potential playbook created by the Urban Land Institute. The nonprofit real estate consultancy visited the site, studied it and issued the report this month. To carry it out, the County Commission agreed Tuesday to hire two real estate employees, including a director of real estate.


Tour Broward’s natural areas for free each week

Looking for outdoor activities for the last two weeks of summer vacation?

Weekly Naturalist-led Tours of northern Broward County’s natural areas.

The free tours last about one hour each and are organized by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Participants should bring bottled water and wear closed-toe shoes and sunscreen.

The following locations offer tours at least once each month:


Authorities find 2 they contend stole engine parts, rigging from 3 Dania businesses

Authorities are acid for a twin of thieves who strike 3 Dania Beach businesses in a row, holding thousands of dollars value of generators, engine collection and other tools.

According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office, a span initial struck a Jersey Dawg food lorry during about 11 a.m. Mar 20. The food truck, that serves prohibited dogs, burgers and fries, was parked in a 1900 retard of Tigertail Boulevard.

They reportedly arrived in a newer-model white Ford F-150 lorry and swiped a generator with a red frame, valued during $2,200, a group said. The generator had been cumulative to a food lorry with padlocks that were cut, according to an occurrence report.

After that theft, a dual group changed on to Sirocco Marine, also in a 1900 retard of Tigertail Boulevard, where they pried open a front doorway and ransacked a storage area before using off with dual Honda engine collection that were still in a box, a news said.

Law coercion agencies take to streets to inspire pedestrian, bicycle safety

When his phone rings in a center of a night, Broward Sheriff’s Office Detective Michael Kelliher knows something terrible has happened.

Kelliher, a member of a Traffic Homicide Investigations unit, usually gets called out when someone is severely harmed or passed on a road. Increasingly, he ends adult operative deadly accidents involving a walking or bicyclist who did not follow trade laws.

“There is an emanate with a pedestrians and a bicyclists,” he said. “Currently, a pedestrians [are a bigger problem than motorists]. Sometimes they are channel vital roadways where they have to go opposite 10 to 12 lanes of travel.”

Law coercion agencies via Broward County are rallying to assistance revoke trade crashes and fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists by a “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” debate in partnership with a Florida Department of Transportation and a University of South Florida Center for Urban and Transportation Research.

Time runs out for lady indicted of hidden pricey watches from group in 3 S. Florida cities

A lady behind bars for allegedly hidden oppulance watches in Hollywood has also been related to cases in Hallandale Beach and Miami.

Kelsey Hough, 23, faces mixed grand burglary charges and is being hold on $106,000 bond. She surrendered to authorities Thursday during a Hollywood Police Department.

According to Hallandale Beach Police Maj. Pedro Abut, Hough met a male during a Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Dec. 13 and returned to his home in a 2000 retard of Atlantic Shores Boulevard.

While during a man’s chateau during about 5 a.m., Hough asked for a potion of vodka and swayed a male to splash from a glass. The male told military he felt unperceiving and did not remember anything after celebration a vodka.

‘It was a spectacle on a levee:’ Couple who landed jet in Everglades beholden to be alive

Flight instructor Gary Solkovits was scheming to land a late troops jet during Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport when he listened an surprising noise. And then, silence.

“And we became a glider,” pronounced Solkovits, who somehow with his wife, Lois, in a chair beside him, landed a fixed-wing, single-engine jet but energy on a remote wharf in a Everglades Wildlife Management Area.

It was only before nightfall Mar 16, and a sawgrass was on glow in a distance.

Solkovits, who has also flown gliders, pronounced he had “seconds, reduction than a minute” between a engine’s disaster and a craft’s landing.

“It was smooth!” she said. “He did a many ideal landing. If we could see how tiny that small wharf was that took a outrageous jet fighter.”

The Federal Aviation Administration is still questioning a incident, a mouthpiece pronounced Thursday.

Gary Solkovits is a moody instructor and former corporate jet commander whose 15-year-old Fort Lauderdale company, Jet Fighters International, trains jet pilots and performs during atmosphere shows.

The wharf that hosted a jet — with a 30-foot wingspan, 40-foot prolonged fuselage and16-foot-high tail — forsaken off steeply in places, he said.

“If we’d landed in muck, it would have been like quicksand, and there was a 17-foot low waterway subsequent to that and afterwards sawgrass,” Solkovits said.

Before a puncture landing, a jet was on a downwind leg, headed toward a airfield. But Solkovits pronounced they were pushed distant out west to wait their turn, since there were so many planes in a alighting pattern.

Luckily they were not drifting over a residential area when difficulty began.

“It was not ideal,” Solkovits pronounced about their unpretentious runway. “It beats a alternative, put it that way. If we had pile-up landed or attempted a alighting to a south or north of a levee, nothing of them is a flattering picture.”

After 9 days resting in a Everglades, a jet was met during morning Thursday by crews from Gold Coast Heavy Hauling.

The crews left Sawgrass Recreation Park in Weston and gathering 6.5 miles in retreat along a levee, north of Interstate 75 between U.S. 27 and a Sawgrass Expressway, west of Pompano Beach. In a procession were a 30-ton lorry derrick and a 48-foot prolonged Landoll trailer.

South Florida Water Management non-stop adult gates to concede a organisation to pass, pronounced Randy Seay, owners of a Opa-locka association that specializes in hauling scarcely far-reaching loads.

Mechanics distant a wings, tail and other tools of a jet; a derrick carried them onto a trailer.

“This was a initial jet we did that didn’t crash,” Seay said. “Usually we’re picking adult a pieces and it’s a unhappy job. But this was not.”

The jet, a tools resting in red frames on a trailer, was hauled to Opa-locka and was to transport Friday to a Lakeland correct trickery to be assessed and reassembled.

It’s an costly project: Hauling might cost adult to $10,000, Seay said. The check for a new engine wasn’t nonetheless known, Solkovits said.

He didn’t put a cost on their lives.

“Everybody who came out, a FAA and everybody, pronounced we were unequivocally utterly fortunate,” Solkovits said. “I demeanour during it that my training kicked in and we was blessed. Otherwise we wouldn’t be articulate to you.”, 954-356-4233 or Twitter @LindaTrischitta

Cities vicious of county’s new spending devise for due sales taxation hike

Broward County hopes to spend most of a due sales taxation boost on a train system. But fewer than 2 percent of Broward residents float a train now.

The county on Wednesday expelled a new spending devise for a due boost in a sales taxation from 6 cents to 7 cents, even as critics from a cities complained a taxation bid is half-baked and ceaselessly changing. The devise expected will change during slightest one some-more time.

If a bid comes together by mid-April, electorate will see it on a Nov ballot.

Labeled a “Transit 30 Year Vision Plan,” a county’s new request includes usually train and light rail projects — a spending roadmap for 75 percent of a sales taxation income. It leaves to a cities decisions about spending a remaining 25 percent of a estimated $12 billion that would be generated over 30 years.

Sales taxation boost expected not on 2015 ballot

Sales taxation boost expected not on 2015 ballot

A offer to lift a sales taxation in Broward County by a penny competence not jelly in time to make it to a 2015 ballot.

Broward commissioners sojourn during contingency over either to ask electorate for a half penny or a penny boost to urge mass movement and revoke gridlock, and they pronounced buy-in from a cities…

A offer to lift a sales taxation in Broward County by a penny competence not jelly in time to make it to a 2015 ballot.

Broward commissioners sojourn during contingency over either to ask electorate for a half penny or a penny boost to urge mass movement and revoke gridlock, and they pronounced buy-in from a cities…

(Brittany Wallman)

Broward Commissioner Tim Ryan pronounced a county’s train complement would be some-more appealing if a swift could be increasing by 50 percent, for some-more visit and timely buses. Riders protest a buses are untimely and dirty, among other things.

“You’re not going to get 10 percent on a buses, though if 5 percent of a vehicles are no longer on a road, that relieves trade overload immensely,” he said, adding that but a tax, Broward could “become another Miami-Dade with traffic.”

The county has finished small open preparation about a proposal. A website with information about it was finished late Tuesday; it is during on a “Commission” page.

Sales taxation in Broward competence go adult to palliate trade woes

Sales taxation in Broward competence go adult to palliate trade woes

In a compress county hemmed in by sea and Everglades, and filled in with 1.8 million residents and 15 million tourists, removing around is increasingly difficult. City and county leaders Tuesday pronounced they have a approach to repair that: an boost in a sales tax.

The probability of a aloft sales tax…

In a compress county hemmed in by sea and Everglades, and filled in with 1.8 million residents and 15 million tourists, removing around is increasingly difficult. City and county leaders Tuesday pronounced they have a approach to repair that: an boost in a sales tax.

The probability of a aloft sales tax…

(Brittany Wallman)

No costs are compared with any devise listed in a “Vision Plan.” Some projects are underway with existent funds; light rail extensions are listed but reason of where they would be built.

The new spending devise includes $461 million to enhance countywide train services. The offer calls for 1.4 million new hours of service, 424 some-more buses, a deputy of some routes and a origination of others. Security would be hired for train and light rail facilities.

The designed downtown Fort Lauderdale “Wave” light rail streetcar would be stretched to strech a airport, pier and points west for a sum 23 miles of service, according to a proposal. Hundreds of new or deputy train shelters would be installed.

If it passed, a taxation would be a initial full-penny sales taxation for travel authorized in Florida, according to Greg Stuart, executive executive of a Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization. Miami-Dade and Duval counties have half-pennies for transportation.

Palm Beach County will ask electorate in Nov to approve a penny for infrastructure, including schools.

At a Sun Sentinel Editorial Board on Wednesday, formulation classification member Stuart, Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper and Hollywood Commissioner Dick Blattner criticized a county’s progressing proposal, and had not seen a new one.

They complained that city roads aren’t included, and that a listed projects haven’t been vetted to safeguard they’d assistance cut gridlock.

Cooper and Blattner pronounced a cities wish to be certain they’ll get adequate of a money. The formulation classification voted to support a taxation if 35 percent went to a cities. The classification also threatened to repel support if a county didn’t determine to a financial relapse by Apr 5.

Ryan told a Sun Sentinel on Wednesday that he’d be peaceful to cruise a compromise, with a cities removing 30 percent.

“This emanate is so critical that concede is essential in sequence to get it done,” Ryan said.

He bloody a cities for melancholy to support a opposite tax, one that can be spent on infrastructure such as glow stations, if they don’t get what they want.

“We’re using out of time and if a MPO wants to fire itself in a feet to damp a few MPO members, afterwards that’s a approach it’s going to go,” Ryan pronounced aloud in a write interview. “It’s all about parochialism. Everybody asks, ‘What is gonna be finished in my city?’ So we’ll uncover we what’s gonna be finished in your city, and hopefully it’s enough.”

Broward County commissioners expected will make their preference Apr 12, Ryan said, and a cities will import in around a formulation classification Apr 14, according to house member Cooper.

Ryan and partner to a county director Gretchen Harkin pronounced that usually a domestic involvement would save a tax.

“I consider during this indicate we’ve kind of tired a goodwill toward one another,” Harkin pronounced of a county and eccentric formulation organization. “It’s unequivocally during this indicate during an elected-official-to-an-elected-official level.”

Ryan, Beam Furr and Barbara Sharief contend they’d support putting it on a ballot. Chip LaMarca, Dale Holness and Lois Wexler are maybes. Leaning no or creation disastrous comments are Mayor Marty Kiar, Stacy Ritter and Mark Bogen. or 954-356-4541. On Twitter @BrowardPolitics or @BrittanyWallman..

Sheriff unveils cameras ragged by deputies, says they’re a ‘right thing to do’

Come this summer, scores of Broward Sheriff’s deputies might be wearing physique cameras while on duty, a series that will eventually strech 1500, a group announced Tuesday.

While job a record “controversial,” Sheriff Scott Israel pronounced a cameras — already ragged by 50 deputies and that will eventually be used for highway patrol, K-9, motorcycles and special operations — are “the right thing to do.

“We are a pure agency,” Israel said. “We are not fearful of what goes on out in a street.”

Outfitting officers with cameras is a response by departments opposite a nation after citizens’ cellphone recordings of military bungle and during times, brutality, have left viral.