Mayor Gomez Shares August Updates on School, Voting, and Staying Safe in the Pandemic

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Mayor Michelle J. Gomez

From: Mayor Michelle J. Gomez

While we can all breathe a sigh of relief now that Hurricane Isaias has passed us, we must remain vigilant and prepared until hurricane season is over. Please register with Tamarac’s Code Red emergency notification system at public.coderedweb.com,  and be sure to have a stock of emergency supplies and an evacuation plan in place. For more tips, visit www.ready.gov.

The school season kicks off this month with Broward students returning virtually on August 19th for the first half of the 2020-2021 school year. In preparation, families can take advantage of Florida’s Tax-Free Weekend, which begins on Friday, August 7th and runs until Sunday, August 9th. During the holiday, shoppers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, and accessories tax-free. For more information, call (850) 488-6800 or download the Tax Information Publication here: revenuelaw.floridarevenue.com.

To further assist families in need, the City of Tamarac will host a drive-thru backpack and school supplies distribution. It will take place on August 11th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Tamarac Community Center, located at 8601 W. Commercial Blvd. The event is open to Tamarac residents only. Those interested must call (954) 597-3626 by August 7th to pre-register. This month, the City of Tamarac will also launch its Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP), offering eligible candidates the opportunity to upgrade nearby landscaping, signage, lighting, and more. The program will run from 8:00 a.m., August 17th to 4:00 p.m., August 28th. To view details or apply, call (954) 597-3549 or visit www.tamarac.org.

Food distribution will continue Saturdays at the Korean United Methodist Church located at 6501 W. Commercial Blvd. from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., or while supplies last. They will also take place at the Christian Life Center located at 2699 West Commercial Blvd. from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5th and 12th, and the Community Christian Church, located at 10001 W. Commercial Blvd from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., on Monday, August 17th. Those that cannot attend a food drive can call Feeding South Florida at (954) 518-1818. You can also visit the Together4Broward website to find a local food distribution site near you: together4broward.org.

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Remember to vote! Primary elections are August 18th with early voting August 8th through August 16th in Broward County, for locations and times call (954) 357-7050 or visit: www.browardsoe.org/Voting-Methods/Early-Voting-Dates-Hours-and-Sites.  Be sure to do your due diligence and get informed about the candidates. If you are interested in becoming an election day worker, please call (954) 459-9911 or visit the Broward County Supervisor of Election website: browardsoe.org/Poll-Worker-Information/Become-a-Poll-Worker.

Thank you for doing your part to stay safe as we get through this pandemic together and for continuing to follow the local emergency orders by practicing social distancing and wearing a facial covering inside all local businesses. Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 can save lives by donating plasma. For more information, call (877) 752-7629 or go to fda.gov/…/coronavirus-di…/donate-covid-19-plasma.

If you need assistance with past-due electric bills, please reach out to FPL and ask about payment extensions or managing past-due balances. Although they are not suspending services due to nonpayment at this time, FPL encourages customers to contact their customer service line at (800) 226-3545 for further assistance.

Warm regards,

Michelle

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