The Board of Directors of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce unanimously approved a series of strategic initiatives to improve community safety in the wake of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The effort was spearheaded by a taskforce comprised of representatives from Leadership Fort Lauderdale, the Women’s Council, the Small Business Committee and the Education & Workforce Committee.
The taskforce presented a series of recommendations to the Executive Committee, then to the Board of Directors for final approval. The Chamber’s official policy recommendations are as follows:
- Expand awareness and education regarding mental health issues by identifying new and existing resources.
- Improve inter-agency communication and coordination as it relates to public safety and security
- Support stricter regulation regarding the sale, transfer, possession, modification and use of firearms by civilians including:
- Prohibiting the sale and distribution of certain semiautomatic firearms with large capacity ammunition that are designed and configured for rapid fire and combat use, large capacity magazines and accessories to convert semi-automatic guns to mimic fully-automatic fire
- Expanded background checks for all gun purchases
- Enacting a waiting period on all gun sales
“Chamber leadership thoroughly vetted and debated policy recommendations after gathering input from the membership. Now the real work begins,” said Dan Lindblade, Chamber President and CEO. “I will personally take these initiatives to lawmakers in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. We will also begin work on a series of educational forums focusing on community safety.”
The taskforce was created to serve as a model for engaging the business community in reasonable and successful initiatives that will address public safety while improving the quality of life for all while ensuring sustained economic prosperity. To that end, it strives to ensure the Greater Fort Lauderdale area is the best place to work, live, travel and pursue the American dream.