The Broward County School board teamed up with a group of community partners Tuesday to sign a collaborative agreement on school discipline. The agreement, first of its kind, establishes new guidelines for handling non-violent misdemeanor offenses on school campuses, outlining when law enforcement is necessary and when problems can be handled through school resources.
Broward County and Palm Beach’s unemployment rates are dropping faster than it is in any other major metropolitan area, according to a new federal report.
For August, the most recent month with updated federal data, the Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area saw unemployment plunge to 5.8 percent from 7.7 percent a year before. according to data released Monday. Palm Beach also saw a drop of nearly two percentage points (from 9.7 percent to 8.4 percent), ending Seattle’s six-month run atop the list produced each month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Cultural happenings are cropping up in full force this season in Broward County. The forthcoming arts calendar is brimming with so much to do and see you'd wish you were in two places at one time.
We've compiled this series of events-- small and large, prestigious and homegrown--so you can plan ahead and not miss out on what intrigues you. From thought-provoking lectures with renowned artists to massive puppets on parade in downtown Fort Lauderdale, an array of cultural offerings exist in Broward County.
American businessman Chip Starnes finally left his factory in China on Thursday after he and a union negotiator worked out severance payments for Chinese employees.
Starnes had been stuck inside his medical supply parts factory since last Friday. That's when workers, fearing they were all going to be laid off and that the company wasn't going to compensate them fairly, blocked all of the exits out of the plant. Starnes couldn't get out.
How valuable are state-managed conservation lands? It's a question the South Florida Water Management District has put to the public in a multi-month assessment of fee-owned lands throughout the state.
The All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition opening reception recently at the Boca Museum of Art drew in a packed, frenzied crowd to its 62nd-annual showcase featuring 149 multimedia works. But it was the overheard exclamations of “That’s disgusting!” and “I can’t even watch this!” that stood out during the evening’s discourse.
Roberta Walker tells us her heart warming story if growing up with Miami and visiting her over the years.
It’s almost snowbird season. The sight of snowbirds escaping the bitter northern cold is common in South Florida. Not so common is a Canadian woman who makes her way to Carlan Mobile Home Park in Davie several times a year to visit her childhood nanny who is now 95 years old.
As time goes forward, the histories of the place names that we know become obscured. After some amount of time they take a life of their own as names become places, and we scarcely think of the individual.
Bill Andrews from Hollywood says the landmark that best represents Broward is the Broadwalk in Hollywood: "there are plenty of other cities--very nice tourist locations--in Broward besides Ft. Lauderdale."
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Andrew Leone from Fort Lauderdale says the county is defined by its beaches.
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Elizabeth Wentworth from Fort Lauderdale thinks that the new name "Lauderdale County" would increase community pride and the place that best represents the County: Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale.
Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca wants to transform Broward County by changing its name. LaMarca says many outside Florida don't recognize "Broward" and associate Fort Lauderdale with fun in the sun. He plans to propose the name Lauderdale County, an idea that will be debated next week in a function hosted by the Tower Forum, a Broward (soon to be Lauderdale?) non-profit business organization. Miami-Dade changed its name in 1997.
The mystery of the giant eyeball is closer to being solved. The softball-sized blue eyeball was found in the sand in Pompano Beach and most likely came from a swordfish. That's the conclusion by the state wildlife research laboratory. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the size and color do match up to that of a swordfish. They will continue genetic testing to see if they can determine what type of swordfish.