Broward County vice mayor and Commissioner Michael Udine
Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine.

By: Vice Mayor Michael Udine

Labor Day means firing up the grill and the beginning of the college football season (Go Gators!)! Local cities have many different festivities planned for you, including those in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. In addition, for all who celebrate, I would like to wish you a Happy Rosh Hashanah and a meaningful Yom Kippur. 

Broward County Parks became the first parks system in Florida to partner with a wayfinding app for the visually impaired. The Aira app is free for park patrons. You can download the application at any county park and connect instantly with a guide who can assist. From finding shelters, kayaks, restrooms, or any other features, our parks make accessibility a top priority. For more information, visit Broward.org/Parks today!

I will be visiting Port Everglades to learn about the key role that port pilots play in the daily operations that are vital to our community. Port pilots guide ships in and out of our critical waterways whenever they are accessing the port. From longshoremen to truck drivers, ship captains, and many in between, it takes a team of many skilled people for our port to run efficiently. I look forward to gaining insight into this critical job and seeing how Broward County can best continue to support them in the future.

Broward County hosts many events at our libraries, both in person and virtually. One great program is the brand new “Director’s Book Club” series with Broward County Library Director Allison Grubbs. This month’s book is the New York Times Bestseller, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Check out the book today from your local library and get more information on the book club by visiting Broward.org/Library.    

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Mental health conditions can affect anyone, and too often, those who are struggling do not receive the support they need. If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to Broward County’s suicide prevention helpline by dialing 211. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, and getting assistance is always confidential. #Let’sTalk and continue to break down the stigma surrounding mental health all year long. Know that you are supported by our community, and we are here for you no matter what. 

2021 is the 20th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001. I still remember that day clearly, as I am sure we all do, and where I was when I heard the news. The memories of those who lost their lives and the heroes of that day will remain with us forever.   

The top priority for my staff and I is staying connected with the residents of District 3. We are available by phone, email, and social media. Reach me at MUdine@Broward.org or at my office at (954) 357-7003. Follow on social media @CommissionerMichaelUdine on Facebook and @MichaelUdine on Twitter or Instagram to receive important updates and see what is happening in our community.  Let’s connect!

Michael Udine

Broward County Vice Mayor Michael Udine represents Seat Three, covering Coral Springs, Parkland, Tamarac, and North Lauderdale.

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