On an exciting note, I am so proud to report to you that the State of the County is excellent. Our economic indicators are strong and (in many cases) leading the State. We are experiencing above-average economic growth, and our unemployment rate has dropped to 3.3 percent - the lowest it’s been in more than a decade. Broward’s Port Everglades, airport and tourism industries are also thriving and setting records. And, we successfully passed a balanced budget for FY2018 with no increase in property taxes.
We look forward to an exciting year ahead working hard to hold true to our promise of “our best and nothing less.”
It is a privilege to work every day to make a difference in the lives of our residents. I wish all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018.
Black History Month
Although we elected an African American president to office, many young people are not aware of the sacrifices and struggles that those before him made to accomplish this goal. We can’t take this accomplishment as an end point; in fact, we should use this opportunity to reach even greater heights. As the world continues to diversify with groups of many different origins, cultures and faiths, it is as important as ever to celebrate the histories that make up the collective account of our nation. We can reflect and celebrate these monumental contributions and use them as a platform for future growth.
January brings the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and February is African-American/Black History Month. I encourage you to participate in the many events around the County and to take a moment to explore into the rich history of America.
Elementary Honor Society
It was my honor to watch 54 students in 4th and 5th grade at Orange Brook Elementary School be inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society. It was amazing to witness some of the children who set an example for their peers and excel in their studies. Congratulations to these future leaders!