2020: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, According to Broward Commissioner Michael Udine

Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine.

Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine.

By: County Commissioner Michael Udine

2020! The good, the bad, and the ugly. Reflecting on this turbulent year, our community has shown grace and resiliency while navigating many challenges.

From a pandemic to an economic crisis to an election, this has been a year like no other. I want to thank everyone in our community for helping us move forward. You are truly what makes Broward County strong and why I am proud to call Northwest Broward home.

Congratulations to all who have been elected or ran for public office in November.  No matter if you won or lost your election, you are an integral part of our democracy, and it is commendable that you sought to serve your community. I look forward to working with all our newly elected municipal, state, and federal officials as we continue working towards a bright future for Broward County.

Broward County has announced opportunities for local businesses and non-profits to receive CARES Act grants through the Office of Economic and Small Business Development. This program invests in the bedrock of our local economy by providing grants through an application process.  In addition, local businesses should take the initiative to get certified as it provides opportunities to work with Broward County directly on the many projects at entities like the airport, seaport, and other agencies.  Check out all the great opportunities at broward.org/EconDev, and let Broward County invest in your future today!

Recently, the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program wrapped up another successful nesting season. Over 2,800 nests were found on Broward County’s beaches from March to October! The conservation program has teams that work around the clock monitoring and documenting the sea turtle nests, including a “Lighting Crew” that makes sure coastal properties are using turtle-friendly lighting. Additionally, throughout the pandemic, the crews hosted free virtual hatchling releases so the public could witness the magic as well. Thank you to the dedicated crews, community partners, and volunteers that help with this important work!

This holiday season, there are many special events happening in Broward and District 3 cities.   Families can also check out the annual holiday light display at Tradewinds Park! There are countless service opportunities available throughout our community, as well.  You can donate toys, time, food, or funds to charities like Family Central, Feeding South Florida, and Toys for Tots that distribute to families in need. Together, we can make sure that the light shines bright for all this holiday season.

Finally, the Udine family and I wish you and yours a happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

My staff and I have made staying connected with the residents of District 3 a top priority. We have been available by phone, answering questions by email, and also getting out the most up to date and accurate information available. As always, I can be reached at MUdine@Broward.org or my office at 954-357-7003. Follow me on social media @CommissionerMichaelUdine on Facebook and @MichaelUdine on Twitter or Instagram to receive important updates and see what is happening in our community. 

I look forward to connecting with you.

Michael Udine

Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine represents Seat Three, which covers Coral Springs, Parkland, Tamarac, and North Lauderdale.

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