PARKLAND, FL- Congratulations to the Broward County Library Division for being recognized by the Florida Library Association as the Library of the Year, and by the American Library Association as the 2020 Library of the Future, among several other achievements. Over the last few years, they have launched innovative initiatives to enhance library services and programs. In response to the pandemic, Libraries developed a curbside pick-up service for patrons to check out books and materials, and expanded their online offerings with even more eBooks, music, movies, and classes. Hats off and thank you for all you do for the residents of Broward County!

I was proud to see so many residents and District 3 cities getting in the 4th of July spirit. Although we were not able to gather for traditional parades and parties, our community reimagined Independence Day celebrations. The City of Tamarac organized a yard decorating contest, with participants sharing their patriotic decorations on social media. In North Lauderdale, the Parks and Recreation Department hosted a Drive-In Fireworks Show, where residents enjoyed a beautiful firework display while staying safe and socially distant. As our holiday traditions continue to adapt from years past, it is great to know the spirit and celebration remain the same. 

As Floridians, we know that August is when hurricane season really kicks into gear. Staying prepared and vigilant is key. Make sure you and your family (including pets) have all the necessary food, supplies, and medications needed if a storm comes our way. If you are a resident at-risk, now is the time to make sure you are registered for Broward County’s Vulnerable Population Registry or special needs shelters. All residents should sign up for Broward’s emergency notification system, AlertBroward, in addition to your city’s community alert system. Visit Broward.org/Hurricane to register and find all the info you need to be Storm Ready.

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Soon we will be transitioning out of summer and into fall. I applaud all teachers, students, parents, and staff for their resilience and innovation. I would like to wish everyone a successful start to the school year. The Florida “Back-to-School” Sales Tax holiday will take place this year from August 7th to 9th. Take advantage of savings on school supplies, clothing, backpacks, personal computers, and more so you can be prepared before classes begin. I have no doubt that this will be a year full of learning, growing, and making memories for our students.

Staying connected with the residents of District 3 is a top priority for me. I can be reached at:

  • Via Email: MUdine@Broward.org

  • Via Phone: (954) 357-7003

  • On Facebook: @CommissionerMichaelUdine

  • On Twitter and Instagram: @MichaelUdine