PARKLAND, FL- The start of 2019 gives us the opportunity to reflect on what we have accomplished and what we hope to accomplish in the year ahead.  December was a busy month in the district.  I enjoyed attending holiday events and parades in Coral Springs, North Lauderdale, Parkland, and Tamarac. It was great to catch up with so many of you; and a big shout out to the city and county staff that make all these great events possible.

District 3 will be honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January.  It is a privilege to join others in celebrating the life of this extraordinary American.  Dr. King is a great example to all about how we must work together for the common good of our community.  Being in public service, I try to embody this meaningful quote of his: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”  My staff and I strive every day to serve District 3 to the best of our ability, and if there are any ways we can better assist you, please do not hesitate to let us know. 

Along the lines of accomplishments and projects, I was proud to introduce an item that will provide funding to help the cities of Tamarac and North Lauderdale create long lasting improvements to parks in the area.  These funds are part of the County’s Park Preservation Fund.  In North Lauderdale the County will be assisting with the purchase of outdoor fitness equipment at Hampton Pines Park and Tamarac will receive funds to assist with the completion of a new picnic shelter at Waterview Park. These additions will add value to the cities and will be enjoyed by many for years to come. 

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In January, Broward County will begin providing Text to 911 service.  This is a priority that I have worked diligently on to ensure all individuals are able to reach 911 in the event of an emergency. Text to 911 gives another option for our community to get help as fast as possible. So, remember call or text when you need help.

Starting this month, we will be holding office hours at the following locations on the third Wednesday of every month. Office hours are from 10-11:30 AM at the Northwest Regional Library (3151 North University Drive), 2:30-4:00 PM at the Tamarac Community Library (8701 West Commercial Blvd)and 4:30 to 5:30 PM in North Lauderdale at the Saraniero Branch Library (6901 Kimberly Blvd). Please call 954-357-7003 to schedule an appointment with a member of my staff. We encourage you to reach out to us!

I am always available to discuss any questions or concerns. I can be reached at MUdine@Broward.org or (954) 357-7003. I encourage everyone to follow me on social media as well, @MichaelUdine on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, to receive important updates and see what we are up to in the community. 

Happy New Year!