The Sheriff was invited to give an update on the changes his department has implemented, since losing its accreditation in the wake of the mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced Broward County's jobless rate was 3.3% last month (August 2019). This rate is 0.4% lower than our region's year ago rate.
Due to our Chamber's upcoming Washington Summit, this month's Board of Directors meeting was held a week earlier than usual and it did not lack in substance. The head of Broward County Public Schools provided an update on changes being seen across the district and the Board voted against the City of Fort Lauderdale's Downtown Master Plan.
In 2016, the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Board and the City of Fort Lauderdale FTZ 241 granted the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) approval to establish a 16-site marine industry subzone. This created the first ever recreational marine FTZ in the United States!
Now through September 30th, select restaurants are serving up specially-created three course gourmet dinner menus starting at $35 during Greater Fort Lauderdale's Restaurant Months.
A major takeaway from this month's numbers is that our region continues to create jobs at a solid pace. Non-agricultural employment in the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach Metro Division was 861,900 last month, an increase of 17,700 jobs (+1.1%) over the year.
In September, more than 70 South Florida delegates will make their voices heard by calling for support of the Senate's bipartisan JOBS Act. And while we look to promote this critical piece of legislation, which will spur job growth, the South Florida Business Council is on board as well.
By eliminating the ubiquitous use of plastic straws, we’ve started a conversation – an awareness – of the importance of the marine environment in South Florida. Where do we go from here? How do we take that one significant win and continue our work to save the ocean’s critical marine life?
The free press faces many challenges in this era of political rhetoric where facts are denounced as fake news and journalists are branded the enemy of the people. Assaults against reporters are increasing. Financially, newspapers struggle while advertising revenue dwindles.
Those issues and others were recently examined by a five-member panel during the Free Speech Forum, a discussion presented in conjunction with the art exhibition Ripped from the Headlines, which showcased an array of social issues. About 80 people attended the event in Fort Lauderdale’s FAT Village.