jason2Five municipal officials from Durban, South Africa, visited Port Everglades on Tuesday, March 11, to learn about the operations of the South Florida port. Major expansions are planned for the Port of Durban, South Africa’s busiest port and the second-busiest port in Africa.

The Durban delegation was particularly interested in learning about the efforts at Port Everglades to promote sustainability and mitigate environmental impacts of port development. The group’s tour of Port Everglades, part of a weeklong visit hosted by Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale, focused on a variety of environmental issues.

Small business owners are encouraged to attend

Broward County Emergency Management Division is sponsoring a Business Disaster Assistance Programs workshop conducted by the South Florida Disaster Resiliency Coalition (SFDRC) on Thursday, March 27, at the Broward Emergency Operation Center (EOC) located at 201 N.W. 84 Ave. in Plantation from 9 to 11 a.m. The event is free to all Broward County small business owners.

Annual observance encourages open conversation about the issues

Broward County joins the rest of the nation in observing Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month during April. The County's Nancy J. Cotterman Center (NJCC) is promoting the prevention of sexual violence and child abuse through special events and public education during the observance.

Last year, NJCC served approximately 2,700 victims of sexual assault and child abuse. This year's theme, "NO MORE. No more silence, no more violence. Together we can end sexual violence and child physical abuse," underscores the importance of educating everyone to speak out against sexual assault.

Broward County's Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division will be painting the Southeast Third Avenue Bridge, Fort Lauderdale, beginning Monday, March 31, and concluding on or before July 3, barring any unforeseen conditions or weather delays. Crews will power wash and remove existing coatings and rust and apply new paint.

Residents and vehicular traffic can expect temporary lane closures; however, vehicular traffic over the bridge will be maintained in each direction at all times. The bridge will remain operational during the project and can be raised to accommodate marine traffic.