Broward County

Hollywood 911
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

City of Hollywood commissioners met again Wednesday to talk about where to put a new 911 radio tower.

   

Commissioners worked out key terms they want included in an agreement with Broward County in order to choose a location for the tower, after nine months of back-and-forth. 

It's an incremental step forward: Hollywood staff can now draft an actual agreement, which commissioners will vote on next week. Broward's county commission will also have to vote on the agreement.

Gerard Albert / WLRN

Broward County wants residents to be ready for the next big storm.

The county's emergency site, broward.org/emergency, has public safety information that can help during an emergency.

Tracy Jackson is the director of regional emergency services and communications for Broward County. He says his team learned from Hurricane Irma in 2017 and being prepared is the first step for staying safe during a storm.

Sam Turken / WLRN

After meeting on Thursday, Broward County and Hollywood commissioners still disagree over where to put a new 911 communications tower. 

The meeting between both sets of lawmakers was the latest highlight of a nine-month battle between the county and city over the location of the 911 tower. The Broward commission has wanted the tower placed in the county-owned West Lake Park but has needed the city’s approval to build the tower there.

Broward County Sheriff Office

Broward County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer lowered bond for former Broward Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson Thursday, and won’t make him wear an ankle monitor after his release. 

Peterson was arrested Tuesday for his inaction during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. Charges include seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission
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This post was updated at 5:25 p.m.

Police chiefs in Broward are pushing for the sheriff's office (BSO) to take over management of the regional 911 communications system from the county.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The state public safety commission that’s been investigating the 2018 Parkland school shooting is meeting in Sunrise Tuesday, the first of two days of meetings this month. On the agenda: mental health services in schools, how schools handle reported threats, and changing discipline programs.   

Lockhart Stadium
Rendering by EDSA / WLRN

With soccer coming to Fort Lauderdale again, residents have been giving their input for what they believe the Community Park at Lockhart Stadium should look like. 

About 30 people gathered at a community meeting Monday night were the first to see the drawings of the plans for the public park that will go next door to David Beckham's Fort Lauderdale MLS facility. (His team, Inter Miami CF, is  set to play its first two seasons there, starting March 2020.) 

Paul Campbell / History Fort Lauderdale

Through paintings, photos and historical clippings from artist and researchers,  History Fort Lauderdale museum's newest exhibition “Island Imprint: A History of the Caribbean Community in Broward County”  is celebrating South Florida's Caribbean culture and community. 

Aaron Sánchez-Guerra / WLRN News

The 435-foot tall glass building shaped like a guitar is hard to miss while driving on the Florida Turnpike in Broward County. 

As a monument to the Gibson Les Paul guitar and the growing development in Hollywood, the $1.5 billion dollar expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is the first of its kind in terms of opportunities - and challenges.  

 

affordable housing
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The number of people spending more money than they should on housing in Broward County, keeps going up. 

 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Weather officials have been able to reduce forecasting errors for a hurricane's track, including its "cone of uncertainty," in the last 20 years. But more research is needed to better predict how intense a storm will be.

That's according to National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham, who spoke on a panel Thursday at the Broward County Emergency Operations Center in Plantation. 

Hallandale Beach
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Hallandale Beach Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana hopes a new resource guide can help make the city a more inclusive and supportive place for immigrants, regardless of whether they are documented. It will list federal, state, county and city resources for new arrivals. 

The effort comes a little over a week after reports surfaced about the federal government sending migrants from the Southern U.S. border to South Florida.  

C.M. Guerrero / Miami Herald

COMMENTARY

Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen was right to get worked up last week. He blasted the Trump Administration when it seemed poised to release thousands of migrants detained at the U.S.’s southern border into Broward and Palm Beach Counties each year. (The administration, which never confirmed the reports, has since backed off.)

But in his outrage, Bogen made a rather bogus assertion: “We are not a border state.”

Eric Gay / AP

Before the end of the month, the federal government plans to send hundreds of migrants from the U.S.-Mexico border plans to Broward and Palm Beach counties, according to South Florida leaders.

Officials in both counties say they are concerned the Trump administration’s plan puts a burden on their already strapped resources. Broward and Palm Beach  are preparing to receive up to 135 migrants twice a week in each county, beginning in two weeks.

DeSantis Says Migrant Flux Is 'Something We Don't Want'

May 17, 2019
Scott Keeler / Associated Press

A day after local officials said the federal government plans to send about 1,000 migrants a month to two South Florida counties, Gov. Ron DeSantis bemoaned the move, arguing that under his leadership the state has been “very cooperative” with federal immigration authorities.

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