I have been honored to serve you, the residents of District 4, for eight years as a County Commissioner. It has been said that “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” By working together with residents, businesses, elected officials in our community as well as with my colleagues on the County Commission, we have achieved several great victories for Broward County families, businesses and visitors. Some of these victories include moving forward with major projects that will enhance our local economy, several commission efforts that assist in creating a better quality of life, and several initiatives that provide an invaluable service to our community. These major accomplishments have shaped our community and have assisted in making Broward County the best place to live, work, play, visit and raise a family.
In the past eight years there have been several major projects that have either been completed or are moving forward to be completed in the near future. A major focus since I was elected to the Broward County Commission in 2010 has been to work with local, state and federal partners to replenish the sand on our beaches. I traveled to Washington, DC and Tallahassee on countless occasions to advocate for Broward’s beaches. After many years of dedicated work by our staff and other advocates, we completed the Segment II Beach Renourishment Project in 2016 and continue to see how our advocacy has led to federal and state partners joining the effort to protect and save Florida’s Beaches. Other major projects that are progressively moving forward, include the Port Everglades deepening and widening project, Fort Lauderdale International Airport’s (FLL) Master Plan through year 2035, and the long-awaited Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Hotel. I have had the great pleasure of being a part of these major projects by traveling to our state and national capitals to advocate for our port and by assisting in making major decisions with the rest of the commission for Fort Lauderdale and the Conventions Center’s future. These projects will contribute immensely to our economy by increasing our economy and creating good jobs in our community.
County Commission Efforts
By working together with my fellow colleagues on the commission, I have been able to get the support on several priorities throughout my eight years as County Commissioner. Immediately, after being elected in 2010, I advocated and gained the support of my colleagues to change the “Dangerous Dog Ordinance,” a bad law that was unnecessarily killing dogs that had a single altercation with another dog. Then in April of 2012, I sponsored the “No Kill” resolution which provided for the development of a financially feasible strategic plan to implement life-saving programs and services at the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center. In 2013, I was pleased to present and pass the V.E.T. Pass, a six-month pilot program to provide veterans in need with a free Broward County Transit Bus Pass. The program now provides veterans who meet income-level eligibility criteria a free 30-day bus pass renewable on a month-to-month basis.
I am also very proud of two initiatives: the “Take 5 to Stay Alive” educational campaign and the Flag Disposal Program. While serving on the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council, I participated and recognized the students from the campaign who helped advocate against texting and driving. Just last year, I was able to introduce the Flag Disposal Program to Broward County. Now hundreds of flags have been collected and disposed of properly, honoring “Old Glory.”
It has been a true honor and pleasure to serve the residents and visitors of District 4. By working together with our community, we have been able to share in many successes. These accomplishments have helped enhance the quality of life of families and businesses in our community.
It has been an honor to serve you.