Broward County

Mike Stocker / Sun Sentinel

With little room left to widen roads to reduce congestion, Broward County is turning to artificial intelligence to shorten commuter drive times.

The county is building a network of cameras and sensors on its roads that will quickly adjust signals to reduce delays as changing traffic patterns are detected.

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

South Florida headcounts during the 2020 U.S. Census will determine how much federal funding out of $675 billion will be invested in local communities over the next decade. It’s also critical in deciding Congressional seats and political power. 

To encourage more participation so South Florida sees its fair share of distributed federal tax dollars, the City of Miami announced its awareness campaign - Make Miami Count (#MakeMiamiCount.) 

Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

There's a packed agenda for Tuesday evening's regular Fort Lauderdale city commission meeting. It starts 6 p.m. at Fort Lauderdale City Hall, 100 N. Andrews Ave.


Key issues that are expected to come before the dais include: 

Broward Sheriff's Office / Courtesy

Florida has taken guns away from 2,000 residents in the year and a half since the state passed its Red Flag law, but while advocates tout the measure’s success and seek to have it expanded nationwide, statistics also show that much of the state has been slow to get on board.

The law empowers police to take weapons out of the hands of those who are likely to use them to harm themselves or others.

School Board Members Face Over $3,500 In Salary Cuts

Sep 18, 2019
Carline Jean / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The job of School Board member has now become less lucrative in some South Florida counties.

Broward School Board members will have their salaries reduced by $3,500; in Palm Beach County it’ll be $3,700, due to a change in state law, which says School Board members can’t be paid more than first-year teachers.

That means School Board members are now being paid $41,233 in Broward and $41,000 in Palm Beach, down from $44,749 in both counties. Miami-Dade salaries for this year are $44,892, which are lower than beginning teacher salaries of $46,125, a spokeswoman said.

inflatable art
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward County's cultural division is holding a sort-of scavenger hunt — for giant inflatable art installations. 

Broward County Emergency Operations
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

After Hurricane Irma, Broward County has spent about $600,000 of a total of $750,000 allocated to upgrade its emergency operations center in Plantation. For Hurricane Dorian, the county used a lot of different ways to let people know what was going on: video news conferences, email blasts and social media. 

WLRN spoke with Broward’s Audio-Visual Program Manager, Mike Jorgensen, about how hurricane updates from the county get to your screens during a storm. 


Sam Turken / WLRN

Broward County’s hopes of building a new emergency communications tower in the county-owned West Lake Park in Hollywood suffered another setback Wednesday night when Tamarac commissioners deferred a vote on a deal necessary to begin construction of the tower.

Broward County 911
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A dispute between the city of Hollywood and Broward County over where to put a 911 radio tower was supposed to be settled once and for all last month. That's when a consultant's report was released, choosing the county's preferred location of West Lake Park over the city of Hollywood's favored option,  the rooftop of a hotel called The Circ.

sea turtles
Abby Nease, Assistant Manager Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program / WLRN


A Coral Springs teenager jailed on charges of stealing a gun hanged himself at the Broward Main Jail over the weekend, and his parents are not expecting him to survive.

Sonny David Rugani, 17, a junior at Coral Springs High School, is brain dead and on life support, said his father, David Rugani. “He was a good kid," he said. “He had some issues, but he was a good kid.”

His family is planning to donate his organs.

National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Dorian’s forecast track edged farther east Monday morning, keeping Broward County and western Palm Beach County out of range of possible targets for the storm’s center, according to the 5 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm’s top wind speed diminished to 165 miles per hour, but Dorian remained a Category 5 hurricane, producing 200 mph gusts and capable of causing catastrophic damage. The storm has come to a virtual standstill over the the island of Grand Bahama, its forward speed falling to 1 mile per hour.

FPREN / Courtesy

Here's what Broward residents need to know in advance of the storm.

Three people turned themselves in to police Monday to face criminal charges in connection with the deaths of a dozen patients at a South Florida rehabilitation facility days after Hurricane Irma in 2017.

A fourth person was arrested by authorities in Miami-Dade County.

Those charged all worked at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills when the storm knocked out a transformer that supplied power to the facility's air conditioning system.

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If more problems plague David Beckham’s bid to plant a professional soccer team in Miami, is it far-fetched to conclude that his club might eventually kick the ball permanently to Fort Lauderdale?

Beckham and his partners have been cultivating an international brand for the team, aiming to base the club in Miami — a city packed with international allure and diversity. But if Fort Lauderdale and its promoters were to play their cards right, observers say, it could convert a slim chance of becoming the team’s permanent home into reality.