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An Official Publication of the City of Pompano Beach

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  • FeaturesNEW City CommissioNA Special City Commission Meeting was held to induct Charlotte Burrie, Barry Dockswell, Rex Hardin, Barry Moss and Ed Phillips into office.

    ProgrEss iN PomPaNoSo many exciting things are happening in Pompano Beach. See some of the upcoming projects and progress coming our way.

    Lost PEt sEarChiNg goEshigh-tEChThere are new high tech tools including facial recognition phone apps to add to your arsenal for recovering a lost pet.

    ProvidiNg a trEEs WorthYou may be surprised how the economic benefits of trees can actually add up to millions of dollars in value to our community.

    BEComiNg BroWardAs this year marks the 100th anniversary of Broward Countys creation, a lot has taken place to transform this city and the county from a lightly-populated farming region into one of Americas major metropolitan centers.

    WRiTER/EDiToR: SAnDRA King, PuBliC CoMMuniCATionS DiRECToR | gRAPHiC DESignER & PHoTogRAPHER: JACquElinE BARRETTTradewinds of Pompano Beach is published twice a year by the Public Communications Office of the City of Pompano Beach for the benefit of residents. This publication is made possible by the Pompano Beach City Commission. if you have questions or comments concerning this publication, please call 954.786.5552, write us at P.o. Box 1300, Pompano Beach, Fl 33060 or e-mail Jacqueline.Barrett@copbfl.com. All advertisements are paid for by the advertisers and are in no way an endorsement of the advertiser or their products by the City of Pompano Beach or its employees.

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    A B o u T T H E C o v E RDancers from Jaya Devi Arts, inc., celebrate the indo-Caribbean American heritage in Pompano Beach at the unity in the Community event.

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    A Special City Commission Meeting was held in November to induct into office the newly elected

    city commissioners for all five district seats. Resi-dents of Pompano Beach voted on november 4th to elect five city commissioners to serve for a two year term.

    These commissioners constitute the legislative body of the City.

    in the past the City of Pompano Beach held its general elec-tions in March. However, due to the substantial cost asso-ciated with holding a standalone election in March, the City Commission changed the election to be held in november at the same time county and national elections are held. it is also more convenient for residents and brings more voters out to the polls when municipal elections are held at the same time as county and national elections. Broward County has one of the largest voter populations in the State of Florida with 1.7 million residents and well over 1 million registered voters.

    voters re-elected Charlotte Burrie (District 2), Barry Dockswell (District 1) and Rex Hardin (District 3)

    to continue representing their districts. A newcomer to the City Commission, Barry Moss, was elected to

    serve District 5. Ed Phillips, who previously served as City Commissioner from 2001 2002 was elected by District 4 voters.

    The selection of a vice mayor was also made at the induction Ceremony. vice Mayor Charlotte Burrie was elected from among the six member city commission. The vice mayor is elected to serve a one year term. The term of office for the Mayor-At-Large

    seat will expire in november of 2016. At that time, an election will be held to elect a candidate to serve a four year term.

    Needless to say, with all five City Commissioners being sworn

    in, the induction Ceremony was a proud and inspiring event for all City Commissioners, their families, supporters, and City Staff.

    Asceleta Hamm

    ond, City Clerk

    By Sandra King, Public Communications Director

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    The Pompano Beach City Commission has appointed Asceleta Hammond, to the position of City Clerk.

    Asceleta Hammonds career has spanned thirty years in both the private and public sector. in 1998, she began her career with the City of Pompano Beach as office assistant in the city managers office. Ms. Hammond was later promoted to budget assistant and in 2001, she was promoted to deputy city clerk.

    The City Clerks position has been held for the last 23 years by Mary Chambers who recently retired.

    Asceleta is a certified municipal clerk and is currently working on acquiring her masters municipal clerk designa-tion through the international institute of Municipal Clerks Association. She has served as vice President, Secretary and Board Member on the Broward County Municipal Clerks Association as well as secretary on the Florida government Finance officers and City Clerks Association.

    The City of Pompano Beach is seeking in-

    put on the Citys budget by utilizing the internet. Residents

    can participate in the budget pro-cess by submitting a Budget input

    Form located on the Citys website: pompanobeachfl.gov.

    The goal of the Budget input Form is to provide a forum for residents to offer budget priorities for consideration prior to the preparation of the Citys Proposed operating and Capital Budget. The feed-back from residents will provide valuable input and direction to City Commission-ers and City Administration as to what is important to them.

    The City of Pompano Beach is utilizing the internet for the budget input initiative as a convenient means for residents to participate in the budget process.

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    Pompano Beach Fishing PierThe Pompano Beach Fishing Pier is currently under

    design to be replaced with a new wider pier with enhanced features including new turtle friendly lighting, a fish clean-ing station, marine life education signage, shade canopies, benches and a possible observation tower. Construction will start in about a year.

    new Streetscape improvementsThe Community Redevelopment Agency is planning

    streetscape improvements to nE 1st Street between nE 26th and nE 28th Avenues off of East Atlantic Boulevard and Har-bor Drive. The streetscape improvement modifications will result in a more suitable traffic circulation pattern, 99 new parking spaces (compared to 80 existing), lush landscape material, new pedestrian lighting and more. The project will add more shade trees and a wider sidewalk area along the south side and make the area pedestrian friendly and attrac-tive in support of local residents, merchants and upcoming redevelopment. local residents and merchants will be given an opportunity to share ideas and concerns about the pro-posed improvements. The plan is to begin construction late in the fall.

    Briny Avenue Streetscape and undergrounding Project

    Similar to the streetscape improvements and underground-ing of overhead utilities recently completed along Pom-pano Beach Boulevard north of Atlantic Boulevard which have made significant positive impacts to the area, the City is gearing up to construct improvements to Briny Avenue which is located south of Atlantic Boulevard adjacent to the beach.

    This project involves the conversion of existing overhead electric, telecommunications, and cable television facilities to underground for the purpose of hurricane hardening and

    streetscape beautification. The City recently completed the replacement of water mains bringing the system current for the next 50-years while improving distribution system integrity, water quality, pressure, flow and fire safety.

    The streetscape improvements will include enhanced light-ing, upgraded drainage, new landscape, showers, trash receptacles, benches, bike racks, milling and resurfacing of the side streets connecting to Briny Avenue from A1A as well as brick pavers along Briny Avenue.

    The design is a shared street concept intended to be shared by pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles, which will work well in this exclusive beach area preserving the pedestrian culture.

    Construction for the Briny Avenue Streetscape and under-grounding Project is anticipated to be completed by early 2016.

    Beach Branch library opensThe new Beach library, located at the SE

    corner of nE 2nd Street and Riverside Drive, is soon to open! The 5,400 square foot library, within steps from the beach, features a 1,000 square foot meeting room and a veranda with outdoor seating overlooking the intracoastal Waterway. interior work, landscaping and installation of pavers have all been completed.

    The old beach library building, which used to be located in the Pier Parking lot at Pom-pano Beach Boulevard just north of nE 2nd

    Street, has to be demolished ahead of the proposed pier development.

    The City has been working hand-in-hand with Broward County library staff to make the transition to the new library site possible.

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    All over the state, intergovernmental conflicts between cities and coun-

    ties, over revenues, are popping up. in the quest to provide the

    best servic