A Message from State Rep Christine Hunschofsky:
No matter how much time passes, February 14, the day of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, will always be a day that profoundly impacts our community. Although most people in other parts of the country have moved on, we continue working to move forward all while respectfully acknowledging the incredible loss, pain, and trauma that affected so many in our community.
We will never forget the 17 whose lives were taken that day – Alyssa Alhadeff, Scott Biegel, Martin Duque, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jaime Guttenberg, Chris Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, and Peter Wang. Each one of these people left behind grieving family members and friends. For those who have lost loved ones, every day is difficult, especially February 14.
In addition to those that were taken, we also acknowledge and remember the 17 people who were physically injured on February 14 and the hundreds more who were traumatized. Everyone who lived in our community that day was somehow affected, and many of the emotions from that day may resurface as we near the third-year mark. Support continues to be available at Eagles’ Haven Wellness Center located at 5655 Coral Ridge Drive in Coral Springs. You can contact them at 954-618-0350 or through their website at www.eagleshaven.org.
As vaccine distribution continues in Broward County, more sites are opening up. Florida has launched a statewide preregistration system to help frontline health workers and seniors schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments. The system allows people to pre-register to receive the vaccine and be notified when appointments are available at state-supported vaccination sites. The website to preregister is myvaccine.fl.gov. Appointments for Department of Health-Broward COVID-19 vaccination sites can be scheduled using the new State appointment system starting immediately. Seniors ages 65 and older, and frontline healthcare workers, can call (866) 201-6313 to request an appointment. The TTY number is (833) 476-1526. Additionally, several hospitals continue to offer the vaccine as they receive additional shipments. You can visit the hospital websites at mhs.net, baptisthealth.net.coronavirus/vaccine, and browardhealth.org/vaccine. Also, you can view vaccine updates at floridahealthcovid19.gov.
Our committee weeks this month are February 1-5, 8-12, and 15-19. You can follow all the bills that have been filed by visiting myfloridahouse.gov. As always, please feel free to reach out to our office at 954-956-5600 with any questions you may have. I will also be providing updates on Facebook at @RepHunschofsky and on Twitter at @chunschofsky. If you wish to receive email updates, please contact Lisa Librizzi at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list. We look forward to hearing from you!
District 96 includes Coconut Creek, Parkland, a majority of Margate, and the north and east area of Coral Springs.
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