rualThree young essay writers and three young artists were selected to win this year’s 2014 Black History Month Essay & Art Competition at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), located at  2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 (954-357-2810).

On Saturday, February 8, 2014 a ceremony was held in the auditorium where the confident young people read their essays or described their artwork. Then, following a short but dynamic program by storyteller Tamara Green, they received their exciting, electronic prizes. The contest was sponsored by the Friends of AARLCC with prizes courtesy of Best Buy.

Untitled-133Port Everglades will begin the renovation for its sixth cruise terminal in five years this spring as Terminal 4 is modernized through an expansion and reconfiguration effort that will provide the cruise line industry with a modern dual flow facility just in time for the 2014/2015 cruise season.

In addition, the adjacent Slip 2 will be extended by 250 feet for a total 1,150 feet of berth length to accommodate larger cruise ships calling at Port Everglades. The Slip 2 extension is slated for completion by the end of 2016.

bbtBroward County Commissioners are saying “not so fast” when it comes to renegotiating a contract with the new owners of the Florida Panthers and BB&T Center management.  At a workshop today, Commissioners took no vote, but generally agreed that they would like to keep the professional sports team at the BB&T Center.

Commissioners asked for more detailed information on the terms of the proposed renegotiated deal, analysis to determine the benefits of bringing the BB&T Center insurance under the umbrella of Broward County and assurance that safeguards will be put in place to protect the Arena, which is owned by Broward County.

Another major milestone in the consolidation of the 911 dispatch systems in Broward County was achieved on Monday, February 17, as the E911 Dispatch Center in Pompano Beach was successfully merged into Broward County's Regional E911 Consolidated Dispatch System.

This consolidation milestone brings the County another step closer to the goal of regionalization, in which the majority of Broward County will operate under a unified countywide technology platform utilizing common processes.