PARKLAND, FL-  Whether you ride a bike, you have an interest in the arts, or the environment, March brings something for everyone. Here are some of the highlights, Broward County’s Annual “Water Matters Day”, the Coral Springs Festival of Arts, and the Bicycle Safety Rodeo in Tamarac. Make sure you check out your cities events calendar and see what else is going on!

Over the past few years the Coral Springs Museum of Art has created thoughtful art-therapy programs that have had a lasting impact on our community. I was honored to present a proclamation in recognition of the cities of Coral Springs and Parkland, along with the Coral Springs Museum who were recipients of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Grant. The Public Art Grant, an award of $1 million, will go towards creating public works of art that further encourage healing. I am very inspired and proud of the positive impacts that art has brought to our community.

As your County Commissioner, I will be serving as a member of the Canvassing Board for the local elections coming up on March 12th and the special election on June 18th. The Canvassing Board oversees the management and operations for all elections. Duties include examination of provisional ballots, supervision of a recount, and making sure that the process runs correctly. I believe it is vital that all elections run fairly, transparently, and efficiently. The residents of Broward County deserve nothing less.

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Broward County is launching into the 21st century. In February, the County Commission held a workshop in conjunction with Nova Southeastern University and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. The focus was the creation of a joint technology center and start-up incubator. This would not only be accessible to students, but to local small businesses as well. The goal is to create a steady stream of local talent so that companies will choose to locate their businesses here, as well as allowing homegrown start-ups to thrive in Broward County. This in turn will provide the opportunities needed for talent and innovators to stay here rather than moving to tech hubs like Austin, Boston, or New York. The creation of an accessible Innovation Center will bring great opportunities for our community, and I look forward to supporting this initiative as it progresses.

In continuing to serve District 3, we hold office hours at the following locations on the third Wednesday of every month. From 10:00-11:00 AM at the Northwest Regional Library (3151 North University Drive), 2:00-3:00 PM at the Tamarac Community Library (8701 West Commercial Blvd) and 4:00 to 5:00 PM in North Lauderdale at the Saraniero Branch Library (6901 Kimberly Blvd). Please call 954-357-7003 to schedule an appointment. We encourage you to reach out to us.

I am always available to discuss any questions or concerns and can be reached at MUdine@Broward.org or (954) 357-7003. Please follow me on social media, @MichaelUdine on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, to receive important updates and see what is happening in our community.