New housing protection for veterans and domestic violence victims

Broward County landlords can no longer refuse to rent to someone simply because that person is a military veteran or domestic violence victim.

Broward commissioners unanimously voted to expand the county’s housing anti-discrimination regulations Tuesday to ensure military personnel and returning veterans have access to housing and that victims of domestic assault aren’t victimized again.

Read more… http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-sb-broward-fair-housing-veterans-20171205-story.html

Broward’s Oldest Resident Donates Her Time To The County’s Newest

Mazie Ford is Broward County’s only verified supercentenarian. That’s someone who’s over 110 years old, and Ford is almost 111.5.

She was born on June 28, 1906. That makes her the oldest verified living person in Broward County, and the second oldest in all of Florida.

Read more: http://wlrn.org/post/browards-oldest-resident-donates-her-time-countys-newest

 

It’s official: Broward school year to start earlier, and on Wednesday

Sorry, kids. If you attend Broward County public schools, summer vacation will end early.

The School Board on Tuesday approved its calendar for the 2018-19 school year, which will start Wednesday, Aug. 15 — six days earlier than last year. It’s also the first midweek start in recent years.

The start of the school year has been a contentious issue over the years. District officials say an earlier start is better for academic purposes. But a number of parents say later starts help avoid conflicts with out-of-state camps, family trips and academic summer programs.

The new calendar:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-broward-school-board-calendar-20171205-story.html

 

Lobster With Pepsi Logo ‘Tattoo’ Embodies Fears About Ocean Waste

It’s safe to say that lobsters aren’t a budding new demographic for soda companies.

So why did a lobster recently caught in the waters off Grand Manan, New Brunswick, have part of a Pepsi logo tattooed on its claw?

That’s a question that baffled Karissa Lindstrand, the fisherman who spotted the uncanny image during a lobster haul, according to the Guardian. Lindstrand happens to drink up to a dozen Pepsi sodas a day, but she was struck by the image’s unusual dimensions.

Read more: https://www.ecowatch.com/animals-plastic-waste-2514046242.html

 

 

Broward County issues Cold Weather Emergency warning for this weekend

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – With temperatures expected to drop this weekend, Broward County has declared a Cold Weather Emergency for Saturday and Sunday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures to hit the mid-40’s in Broward metro areas when including wind chill.

For more information: https://www.local10.com/news/florida/broward/broward-county-issues-cold-weather-emergency-warning-for-this-weekend

Deadly opioid epidemic grips Broward, crisis meeting told

Hard on the heels of the successful war against the designer drug flakka, an opioid epidemic is gripping Broward County.

Last year, opioids killed 582 people, almost two a day, in Broward. Craig Mallack, the county’s chief medical examiner, says that figure will likely exceed 1,000 in 2017.

Read more… http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-sb-opioid-crisis-town-hall-20170513-story.html

Broward’s old main courthouse almost empty as moves near end

Time is running out for the mold-plagued building that served as Broward County’s main courthouse for the past 55 years.

The former main entrance to the county’s judicial complex closed at the beginning of May. The remaining judges and courts still holding session in the 10-story structure will relocate to the new courthouse building at Southeast Sixth Street and First Avenue on May 15.

Read more… http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-sb-broward-courthouse-update-20170503-story.html

Broward Schools hold opportunity event for small business vendors

Broward Schools hold opportunity event for small business vendors

Small, minority and women-owned businesses offered help in securing contracts

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The Broward County Public School’s (BCPS) Procurement Warehousing Services Department Supplier Diversity Outreach Program (SDOP) will host a Business Outreach Event on May 8, 2017, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Urban League of Broward County, 560 N.W. 27th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The event will provide an overview of the new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program Policy 3330 and a 2017 Procurement Opportunities Forecast. It is designed for all businesses in the tri-county area interested in doing business with BCPS and is free to attend. Refreshments will be provided for attendees.

For more info: http://thewestsidegazette.com/broward-schools-hold-opportunity-event-for-small-business-vendors/

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.

Read more .. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/broward-politics-blog/fl-sb-broward-arena-redevelopment-20170206-story.html