Black History Month
​​​Black History Month started as a week-long celebration in 1926 before evolving into a month-long tradition. It was conceived by historian Carter G. Woodson who proposed marking a time to honor African-Americans and raise awareness of Black history. Carter G. Woodson was a scholar whose dedication to celebrating the historic contributions of Black people led to the establishment of Black History Month, marked every February since 1976. Woodson fervently believed that Black people should be proud of their heritage and all Americans should understand the largely overlooked achievements of Black Americans. Each February, Black History Month takes on a different theme, and 2022 focuses on “Black Health and Wellness" to recognize the contributions Black scholars, doctors, midwives, and more have made in the world of medicine. 
Click play to learn more about Broward County's black history and the steps the County is taking to help dismantle racism.
Broward County's AARLCC Celebrates 20 Years
Browa​rd County's African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) celebrates 20 y​ears with a Rededication Celebration and opening of a new exhibit, Collectors' Duet: The Lifelong Librarianship of Vivian D. Hewitt and Dorothy Porter Wesley on February 11. The exhibit showcases the career triumphs of two pioneering Black librarians through their writings, photographs and art collections highlighting the African diaspora. 

​A year-long commemoration of AARLCC's 20 years of collecting, preserving and sharing local, national and international Black history and culture will also take place. The Library will host a slate of exciting programs and events in 2022 for its Vicennial of Black Excellence, honoring the mission, vision and people who helped AARLCC ​become the nation's third library devoted to African American culture, history, literature and arts. 
Your Input Is Needed -
Discussion Coming Soon on
Elected Partisan Countywide Mayor
Broward County Commissioners will discuss a proposed Broward County Charter Amendment on the November 2022 General Election Ballot to create a Countywide Elected Mayor.

Read the proposed Agenda Item in its entirety, HERE.
1. How should the commission proceed on an Elected Partisan Countywide Mayor?
Let the voters decide in November of this year
Do not place this item on the ballot in November
Undecided
2. Do you support a Partisan Elected Countywide "Weak" Mayor for Broward County?
Yes
No
Undecided
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9AM Tea with Torey:
A Morning Virtual Conversation with
County Commissioner Alston
Join County Commissioner Torey Alston for a Virtual Conversation

Friday, February 25, 2022 at 9:00AM
Via Zoom

Topic: Housing
Featuring: Broward County Human Service Department's Family Success Division
Florida Legislative Session - Week 3 Update
Below is the 2022 Florida Legislative Session Update for Week 3. Please click on "Download Document" below to view the entire report.
Picture of the Week
On Friday, January 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis held a news conference at Port Everglades to announce that $16.6 million will be allocated to Broward County for a storm water drainage system.

Pictured left to right: Port Everglades Director Jonathan Daniels, Deputy County Administrator Monica Cepero, FL State Representative Chip LaMarca, Governor Ron DeSantis, Mayor Michael Udine, and County Commissioner Torey Alston.
Redistricting - New County Commission Districts
Every 10 years following the Census, state law requires the County to redraw political district boundaries to account for population shifts and ensure equal representation. After input from the public, Broward County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously on December 7, 2021, to finalize the redistricting process. District 9 encompasses portions of Ft. Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Oakland Park, Plantation, and Sunrise. See the new map below or click HERE to find your commission district. 
District 9 - Board Appointments
County Commission Torey Alston is seeking residents with an interest in public service to represent the needs of District 9. If you are interested in being considered, click HERE to complete the application and forward a detailed resume to talston@broward.org. For a list of the board vacancies and the description of boards visit, Broward.org/Intergovernmental. Select BOARDS AND COMMITTEES or BOARD VACANCIES.
COVID UPDATE
The Federal Government now has free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests available for order and shipment through the U.S. Postal Service. Each home will receive four tests. Order yours now​

Health experts are still recommending that everyone get vaccinated and boostered to protect themselves and others against the coronavirus. For a list of free vaccination sites, visit Broward.org/Coronavirus​

Broward County's ERAP
The Broward County Commission has received approximately $53 million in funding from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), in an initiative that enables local governments to allocate emergency funding to residents who are suffering financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are behind on your rent or utilities, or unable to pay your current rent, the ERAP can help.

To apply for assistance, verify eligibility, check the status of your application, or file an appeal, visit https://www.broward.org/RentAssistance.
OESBD
Broward County's Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) has created a new dashboard which allows anyone to search the County's Small Business Directory. Businesses can be searched by types of services, zip code, city, and other filters. A brief tutorial is available to demonstrate the new features of the tool.

For more information about the OESBD, click here to visit their website or call 954-357-6400.
Supporting Black Businesses
During Black History Month, let's celebrate and support Black-owned businesses in our community. For a directory of Black-owned businesses, visit Broward County Black Chamber of Commerce's website.
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Broward & Beyond Business Conference
Held annually in Broward County, the goal of the conference is to advance the reach of the County's numerous business operations within and beyond the region via relevant and useful content delivered in multiple educational formats.
Broward County Transit
Broward County Transit (BCT) has a variety of programs specifically designed for individuals who cannot transport or obtain transportation for themselves. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can utilize the following programs:

  • TOPS Program - Door-to-Door Transportation to William “Bill” Kling VA Clinic: Download application

  • TOPS Program – Door-to-Door Transportation – Qualified Disabled Individuals: Individuals unable to ride BCT fixed route services due to a disability may be eligible for our paratransit services. The TOPS! Program provides shared-ride door-to-door transportation throughout Broward County. View eligibility criteria and application

  • Transportation Disadvantaged Program - Free Bus Pass for Qualified Low-Income Individuals: This program provides a 31-day fixed-route bus pass on BCT at no charge to qualifying individuals who, due to income, cannot afford using the fixed-route system. The program requires applicants to qualify under current Federal Poverty Level guidelines, based on the number of family members in the household, at the 225 percent level. View eligibility criteria and application.​

For additional information, call 954-357-8400. For other veteran services in the county, call 954-357-6622. ​​​​
BCT Service Changes
Effective Sunday, January 23, 2022, Broward County Transit implemented new service changes. To see the new service changes, click here.
Contact Us
I am thankful to serve the residents of District 9. If I can be of any assistance, please contact me at 954-357-7009 or TAlston@broward.org.