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Hurricane, had winds of over 185 miles per hour and caused massive storm surges that flooded much of the region. The hurricane caused over 400 deaths and left many communities in ruins.

In the decades that followed, South Florida continued to be hit by hurricanes, although the severity of these storms varied. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall just south of Miami, causing over $27 billion in damage and leaving over 250,000 residents without power. The storm was a wake-up call for many in the region, who realized that they needed to be better prepared for future storms. Building Codes were changed after the hurricane to ensure future structures would fare better.

In recent years, South Florida has been hit by several major hurricanes, including Hurricane Irma in 2017. The storm caused widespread flooding and left many residents without power for weeks. Although Broward County was largely spared from the worst of the storm, we still felt its effects. In the aftermath of the storm, many residents were left to deal with the damage to their homes and businesses.

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Despite the many hurricanes that South Florida has experienced over the years, residents and officials have learned to be better prepared for these storms. Broward County has invested in infrastructure improvements, including flood control measures and stronger buildings, to help minimize the damage caused by hurricanes. The county also has a robust emergency management system in place, which helps to ensure that residents are informed and prepared for potential storms.

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SPONSORED BY M&L INSURANCE 30 PUBLISHER’S PAGE 10 Welcome to the Age of Artificial Intelligence CALENDAR 12, 14 May 2023 COMMUNITY NEWS 16 James Taylor Headlined the Broward Performing Arts Foundation 2023 Annual Celebration 18 Local Girl Scout “Helping Heal Through Stories” 20 Hollywood Historical Society Keeper of the Tales of All Old Hollywood 22 Saving Wildlife in Our Urban Jungle 26 Feeling Stressed? Lonely? Anxious? It’s OK to not be OK! Dial 9-8-8 INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL 24 Local Author Ken Kaye Spins Tabloid-Worthy Mysteries 2023 HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS GUIDE 30 South Florida is Not Always Bright Skies & Beautiful Beaches 32 Weather the Storm with a Hurricane Kit 34 Preparing Your Small Business for the Unexpected TEE TO GREEN 28 How Good Is Your Alignment? MAYOR’S MESSAGE 36 Hollywood Update PET OF THE MONTH 37 Meet “Xandari” PUZZLE PAGE 38 Crossword & Sudoku 31 Answers SEEN ON SCENE 41 Hollywood Spring Marshmallow Drop Was a Ton of Fun 22

Welcome to the Age of Artificial Intelligence

In the mid-15th century, German inventor Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. Over the next two centuries, his invention replaced the church’s near-monopoly on the written word. It led to an ever-increasing spread of knowledge, information, and understanding of history.

Similarly, the development of the steam engine kick-started the Industrial Revolution, changing how people lived forever. Economic growth accelerated, people migrated to cities, and goods became less expensive and standardized.

These breakthroughs were followed by the invention of the telephone in the late 19th century and air travel in the early 20th century. More recently, the development of the micro-computer, the Internet, and modern mobile phones have impacted every aspect of human life.

Each of these breakthroughs profoundly impacted the world and led to a democratization of sorts. The printing press allowed for the spread of information to the masses; The Industrial Revolution allowed people to choose vocations rather than inheriting them; And the telephone and air travel enabled people to communicate and meet with people anywhere in the world.

Artificial Intelligence is a similar watershed technology development that will reshape the world. Large language models like ChatGPT and Google’s Bard will soon be omnipresent. How they impact our world is exciting and daunting.

AI is already everywhere in our society. Students use it to “help” write term papers; forecasters use AI to predict hurricane tracks; software engineers use it to create websites; AI is used in healthcare to diagnose illnesses; and finance is used to detect fraud. Soon, any ask that utilizes a computer will likely be completed, at least in part, by communicating with an AI.

Each of the advancements in technology came with accompanying challenges. For example, there were sweatshops across London during the Industrial Revolution, airplanes were quickly turned into weapons of war, and the Internet was used to target people for nefarious purposes. However, each of these innovations has led to incredible growth in human prosperity, creativity, living conditions, and knowledge. We are confident that AI will do the same.

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Hollywood Historic Walking Tour

Join locals on a guided walking tour of historic downtown Hollywood. The walk ing tour sets out on the first Sunday of each month at 11:00 am from the north east corner of Hollywood Boulevard and 21st Ave. It is a wonderful way to learn about Hollywood’s past and how the city has grown into the dynamic community it is today. For more info visit www.Hol lywoodHistoricalSociety.org

MAY 13


Full Moon Drum Circle

Bring a drum or percussion instrument to the ArtsPark and participate in a guided drum circle. All skill levels welcome. Meet at the Palm Court (West). 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood.


Dream Car Classic Show

Check out dozens of classic cars in downtown Hollywood or show off your own. Connoisseurs will be shining up their trucks, hot rods, European convertibles and muscle cars. 11:00- 3:00 in downtown Hollywood. For more info call 954-8251027 or email jbevsr@msn.com.


ArtsPark Experience Concert:

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy this show at the beautiful Hollywood ArtsPark in downtown Hollywood! In 2023, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe celebrate their 25th anniversary as a band, a quarter-century at the heart of a Who's Who in rock, funk, soul, and good times. KDTU has electrified audiences worldwide, joining stages with artists including the Dave Matthews Band and The Godfather of Soul, James Brown. This FREE show is produced by the Rhythm Foundation for the City of Hollywood. Concert starts at 7:00 pm. For info, scan the QR code.

Hollywood Beach Sweep

Help keep Hollywood’s beaches beautiful on the second Saturday of every month. Volunteers meet at 7:00 am at Charnow Park, located at Garfield Street and A1A, to collect litter and cigarette butts from Hollywood Beach. Minimum age to volunteer is 8 years old. It is recommended that volunteers wear a hat and sunscreen and bring their own water. It is also a good idea to bring a snack. Please wear closed-toe shoes only. Follow the QR code to register for more info.

MAY 14

Mothers’ Day

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.”

Everyone at Our City Magazines wishes mothers and grandmothers everywhere a wonderful day of relaxation & appreciation!

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MAY 16

Hollywood Beachtown Hop

Enjoy samples from your favorite bars and restaurants on the Hollywood Broadwalk and downtown! This event, sponosred by the Hollywood chamber of Commerce, will be a fantastic opportunity to discover some of the wonderful tastes that Hollywood has to offer. All proceeds go to Grow Garden, Hollywood's first community garden. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Don't worry if you have an extra coctail, bussses will be provided to help you get from location to location! Scan the QR code for info or tickets.

MAY 25

25th Annual Cuisine for Art

The Art and Cultural Center/Hollywood’s Annual Cuisine for Art fundraiser, presented by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, will celebrate its 25th year. This fundraiser features elected officials and community leaders serving as Celebrity Waiters during an exciting and entertaining evening. Guests enjoy complimentary wine, beer, vodka cocktails, a three-course dinner, live entertainment, and an awards presentation Call for additional information 954-921-3274. Scan the QR code for tickets.

MAY 28


The CHILL rhythm & vibe festival is the most unique and exciting event of the year that promises to leave you feeling rejuvenated. Indulge in Free premium drinks and let your worries melt away while you dance to the music by our live DJs. With early bird tickets starting at just $55, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss. Join us for an unforgettable experience and discover the true meaning of CHILL all happening on Sunday May 28th, 2023 (Memorial Day Weekend) in the beautiful ArtsPark at Young Circle. For info visit www.ilovechill.com.

Downtown Hollywood Art Walk

The Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk is back! This monthly event is open to all. Explore all that downtown Hollywood has to offer:! Visit galleries and shops while enjoying art, cultural entertainment, live music, murals, and more! Artisan Market, 6pm-11pm; Mural Tour, 6pm-7pm; Gallery Tour, 7pm8pm; Impulse Art - fusion of music and foot painting, 8pm-9pm. For more info visit floridashollywood.org/ArtWalk/

MAY 25

Western High School Spring Concert

The Western High School music department will put on an incredible performance featuring Pride of the Wildcats Marching Band, The Western Concert Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Color Guard, and various student solos. Refreshments and merchandise will be available for purchase. The show begins at 7:00 pm at Western High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. For more info, contact David G. Smith at president@ prideofthewildcats.com or Band Director Johnnie Tracey at johnnie.tracey@ browardschools.com.

MAY 29

Memorial Day Ceremony

The City of Hollywood salutes the solemn sacrifice so many have made for our country. With the incredible challenges we face today, it is important to remember those who gave their lives for our way of life.

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Saturday, May 13th 6 pm to 10 pm Don’t worry... We’ll bus you around! Scan Here For Your Ticket! Advance Price: $25 | Door Price: $30 Enjoy samples from your favorite bars and restaurants Downtown and on the Broadwalk! All proceeds to Grow Garden, Hollywood’s first community garden.

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Broward Center audiences enjoyed a rare intimate performance by James Taylor and his All-Star Band at the Broward Performing Arts Foundation’s Annual Celebration, presented by Dr. Lee and Brigitte Mandel, South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center. The incomparable Taylor, typically seen in arena performances, took the stage in the Au-Rene Theater and thrilled the cheering, sold-out crowd as part of an evening that netted more than $450,000 to support the Broward Center’s education and enrichment programs.

Celebration guests in their finest “campfire chic” attire enjoyed a cocktail reception at the Huizenga Pavilion and the Wendt Terraces before moving into the theater for a performance by the six-time GRAMMY Award-winning legend and his All-Star Band, which included his wife and son. Following the performance, guests had their turn onstage where they enjoyed dinner and danced in the glow of a stylish campfire.

Broward Performing Arts Foundation Chair George Le Mieux addressed guests, highlighting the significant impact of the Broward Center, especially in the area of education. “The Broward Center has the largest, free arts-in-education programs in the country. Over the years, it has reached more than 3.5 million students and has been recognized as a model for education programs around the nation,” he said.

Last year alone, the Broward Center’s education programs served more than 100,000 K-12 students from 175 public schools and delivered programs to more than 500 Head Start preschoolers. More than 50 unique education programs were offered. During that time, the Broward Center also presented more than 700 events, welcomed more than 500,000 visitors, showcased more than 4,700 professional artists and collaborated with more than 100 local cultural and community organizations, all while contributing in excess of $100 million in local economic impact.

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President Lisa Kitei thanked supporters as well as the Foundation board and members of the Performing Arts Center Authority. “We began hosting our Annual Celebration with a Boardwalk Bash in 2009; it attracted 123 guests and netted under $10,000. Over the years, the event has gotten bigger and better and in its 24-year history has raised

more than $2.6 million for the Center’s education programs thanks to your generous support,” she said.

Presenting sponsors Dr. Lee and Brigitte Mandel expressed their gratitude: “The arts have always held a special place in our hearts, and the ability to give the gift of education through support of the Broward Center's outreach programs is something we cherish. Thank you to all at the Broward Center for an amazing celebration, and a special thanks to James Taylor, whose warmth and love shown through to everyone who was fortunate enough to attend."

In addition to the Mandels and South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center, Gold “Fire and Rain” Sponsors were AutoNation, Burdette Beckmann Inc., Ann M. Burris, Linda Haller, Michelle Howland and S. Donald Sussman, The Salah Foundation, Richard and Christine Welch and Deborah and Gary Wendt. Silver “Sweet Baby James” Sponsors included BBX Capital, Jeannette and Marty Engelmann, Leo Goodwin Foundation, Gunster, Hudson Family Foundation, The Ingham Family, Northern Trust, Charlie and Laura Palmer, Lois and John Schmatz, Stiles, Douglas and Linda Von Allmen, Weston Volvo Cars and Weston Nissan and Mark and Linda Wilford. Spirits Sponsor was Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Program Sponsor was Starmark and Invitation Sponsor was Associated Printing Productions Inc.

For more than 30 years, the Broward Performing Arts Foundation has been instrumental in providing support for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The Foundation was established in 1985 to deliver the required private funding to build the Center and create an endowment to sustain its operations. Over the years, the Foundation has successfully raised funds to support the Broward Center’s innovative and diverse programming, arts-in-education initiatives, community engagement activities and capital projects. The Foundation completed a $30 million capital campaign to renovate and restore the iconic Parker Playhouse. Prior to this, it raised $60 million to complete the Encore! capital campaign to renovate, renew and revitalize the Broward Center.

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Sydney, a proud member of Troop 10707 in Plantation, was inspired to organize and execute this project because she knows firsthand how comforting it is to have someone read to you when you're feeling scared or stressed. Her goal was to bring this same comfort and joy to children in hospitals. She spent over 140 hours gathering donations from friends and family members, purchasing books, and assembling and decorating the metal locking cart.

The storybook cart includes books in three different languages and corresponding audio CDs. Sydney herself recorded the audio, editing and burning the CDs to ensure that each child can have a personal and interactive experience with the books. Some of the books included are Goodnight Moon in English and Spanish, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Charlotte's Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in English and Spanish, Anwo Ak Anba in Creole and Lotsa Matzah.

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At 1520 Polk Street sits one of Hollywood’s historic treasures: the Hammerstein House and Research Center, home of the Hollywood Historical Society.

Originally the residence of Clarence P. “Hamm” and Vera Hammerstein, the house was left to the city of Hollywood for the use of the HHS, which maintains it and keeps it much as it was when Hamm and Vera lived there. Hammerstein House welcomes visitors for tours, events and exhibitions throughout the year, but it’s the extensive Archive in the Research Center which is the heart of the organization, and the go-to resource for all information on Hollywood’s past.

There, Dr. Joan Mickelson, PhD, historian and professional archivist, Lesley Lee Yuen, Mary Beth Busutil, Marion Fording and Jean Morford all give tirelessly of their time and expertise to put everything into the Research Center systems and retrieve the information when needed. When asked for info on a Hollywood person, place, building or event, they get to work, digging through the society’s


extensive resources to find the answers.

The HHS has been fortunate to recently receive funding for several specific activities including work on the archives and Research Center. Most notable is a grant from the Windhover Foundation/Quadracci Family, for a cleanup and makeover of both the Hammerstein House and the Research Center. Other gifts specific to the Archives/Research Center came from Kay and Ken Ellington and the Stacy Adams Memorial.

Meanwhile, the HHS continues its roster of interesting and fun events for all lovers of Hollywood history.

▸ To learn more about the Hollywood Historical Society, or to become a member or volunteer, contact HollywoodFLHistory@att.net, or visit www.hollywoodhistoricalsociety.org. The HHS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3)* cultural organization founded and operated by volunteers. Please call 954-923-5590 for hours, or see their pages on Facebook and soon, on Instagram.

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Saving Wildlife in Our Urban Jungle

From time to time, everyone needs someone to look out for them. Even wild animals. The South Florida's Wildlife Center - a non-profit organization that's dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of native wildlife species looks out for our community’s native wildlife on a daily basis. Since 1969, the center has become a cornerstone of the community and an inspiration to animals in distress in Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties. They're able to provide their services thanks to the generous donations, grants, and partnerships they receive.

The center's mission is to deliver compassionate care to injured, orphaned, or displaced animals and aim to return them to their natural habitats. With the help of a team of dedicated wildlife professionals and volunteers, the center tirelessly works to provide medical treatment, food, shelter, and a secure environment for the animals. In a year, they treat more than 13,000 animals and have an impressive release rate of 50% for animals brought to the center.

Apart from rehabilitating animals, South Florida's Wildlife Center also plays a crucial

role in education and community outreach. They offer informative programs and tours to schools, community groups, and individuals, with the goal of increasing awareness and appreciation of native wildlife. Their programs cover a range of topics, including conservation, wildlife rehabilitation, and coexistence with wildlife. Plus, they also offer volunteer opportunities for those who wish to make a difference in the lives of animals.

It's worth noting that the center faces some obstacles. The unique environment of South Florida poses several threats to native wildlife, such as habitat loss, pollution, and collisions with cars and buildings. Additionally, they rely solely on donations to operate and provide the best possible care to the animals, which can be challenging at times. Despite these challenges, the team's unwavering dedication and passion for wildlife enable them to overcome the obstacles and continue to make a difference in the lives of animals and the community.

In conclusion, the South Florida's Wildlife Center is an incredible organization that's doing fantastic work in helping to preserve native wildlife species. Their efforts to rescue, rehabilitate, and release animals, as well as their educational programs and community outreach, are truly commendable. Kudos to the center and their team for the amazing work they do!

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reporters as their main characters that will intrigue and entertain readers.

As a young man in Cleveland, Ohio, Ken wanted nothing more than to become an airline pilot. He was working toward that goal, building hours as a flight instructor, when a spark of inspiration took him in a new direction. His first book idea helped him determine he was better suited for a creative life and pursued a career in journalism. He started writing for Sun Newspapers in Cleveland before moving to South Florida in 1978 to write for Sun Sentinel.

‘true’ stories about crazy scenarios that happen in South Florida and mingle with an eclectic mix of characters, including romantic encounters with powerful women like exotic police helicopter pilots and alien biker chicks. There’s almost always an attractive and intelligent Latina involved, since he’s married to one.

What do a bloody massacre on Hollywood Beach where Marylin Monroe is the prime suspect, an airline crash involving the Broward County Mayor on a fan boat in the Everglades, and a scandal around the U.S. Vice President against the backdrop of a Chinese nuclear missile crisis all have in common? They’re just a few of the scenarios found in local independent author, Ken Kaye’s, mystery-suspense novels. A retired Sun Sentinel reporter living in Weston, Ken has published ten books featuring Broward County tabloid

Ken’s flying experience led him to numerous articles and columns featuring aviation. He was the lead Sun Sentinel reporter on the ValuJet Airlines DC-9 crash in the Everglades in 1996 that killed 110 people, earning multiple awards for his reporting on the story. He also covered weather and hurricanes for 18 years and was the team-lead during the 2004-2005 hurricane seasons. Both years, Sun Sentinel was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Ken retired in 2015 after 41 years in journalism, 37 at Sun Sentinel.

Ken’s passion for aviation and his fascination with the Everglades often find their way into his stories. He casts his main characters as tabloid reporters because they are usually paid to fabricate stories. In his books, they stumble upon fantastical

Ken purchased his home in Weston in 1990. He and his wife, Maria, who is from the Dominican Republic, love living here because it feels like Disney. After decades of writing on deadline, Ken enjoys the freedom to write at his own pace. He spends about four hours a day writing and revising, and publishes his books independently through Middle River Press, owned and operated by Oakland Park residents Judy and Bruce Borich. He’s working on two books now and has ideas for many more. When asked what motivates him, Ken says, “I’m just an old guy who likes to write books.”

▸ You can find all of Ken’s books on Amazon and follow him on Instagram @KenKayeBooks.

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We all have one thing in common now- we’re all living in this new “normal”. Whether you are experiencing stress, loneliness, or anxiety, remember that we’re all in this together. It’s OK to not be OK. It’s essential to CARE for one another with respect; COMMUNICATE and listen without judgment and CONNECT those who need help with support services in our community. If you or someone you know needs help, dial 9 -8-8 today.

Mental health and well-being is different for everybody. When a person is experiencing challenges to their mental health, it is important that they have the help and support necessary to guide them through it. Mental health challenges can affect a person’s moods, behaviors, and even their cognitive functioning. The norm in some cultures may be to avoid talking about problems, feelings, or mental health concerns. While some individuals can have healthy coping mechanisms, many people often struggle to find proactive methods of dealing with emotional turmoil or unresolved trauma. For any stressful situation, this initiative encourages talking about the feelings you have, providing an open dialogue, and promoting the fact that it is ok to talk about feelings of stress, isolation, and anxiety.

United Way of Broward County partnered with the Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, and Department of Children and Families to prioritize mental health struggles in its county wide initiative that promotes “It’s OK to not be OK” and the newly created 9-8-8 hotline. The goal is to provide an outlet of support to the community facing challenges with mental health, or any feelings of stress, isolation, and anxiety. Thus, creating a space for dialogue and offering the very much-needed resources during difficult times by providing someone to talk to.

You might notice the “It’s OK to Not be OK” message around the community which directs people to call the 9-8-8 hotline for support. Please help us to share the message. Trained counselors provide callers with guidance and free resources that will help in most situations. United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention’s website, drugfreebroward.org, also provides a prevention resource center with tool kits that provide support for mental and behavioral health issues.

Are you feeling stressed, lonely, anxious or depressed? Or do you know someone who is feeling this way? It’s OK to not be OK. Support and Help are available. And, now more than ever, it is essential to come together and CARE for one another with respect; COMMUNICATE and listen without judgment and CONNECT those who need help with support services in our community. If you or someone you know needs help, please dial 988 today. #ItsOKtoNotbeOK

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How Good Is Your Alignment?

The single most important – and frequently overlooked – full swing fundamental in golf is the setup position. So, here are some stepby-step tips for how to take your stance and achieve that per fect setup.

Alignment in the Golf Stance

At address your body (feet, knees, hips, forearms, shoulders and eyes) should be positioned parallel to the target line. When viewed from behind, a right-handed golfer will appear aimed slightly left of the target. This optical illusion is created because the ball is on the target line and the body is not.

Foot Position

Your feet should start out shoulder-width apart but adjust depending on whether you’re playing woods/long irons, middle irons or short irons.

The feet should be shoulder-width (outside of the shoulders to the inside of the heels) for the middle irons. The short iron stance will be two inches narrower and the stance for long irons and woods should be two inches wider. The target-side foot should be flared toward the target from 20 to 40 degrees to allow the body to rotate toward the target on the downswing. The back foot should be square (90 degrees to the target line) to slightly open to create the proper hip turn on the back swing. Your flexibility and body rotation speed determine the proper foot placement.

Ball Position in the Golf Stance

The position of the golf ball in one’s stance varies depending on the club used. The ball placement in your setup position varies with the club you select. Your middle irons should be played in the middle of your stance.

The correct ball position for the long irons and fairway woods plus your driver is to be played off the inside left heel.

Keep Your Weight on the Balls of Your Feet

Your weight should be balanced on the balls of the feet, not on the heels or toes. With short irons, your weight should be 60% on the target-side foot. For middle iron shots the weight should be 50/50 or equal on each foot. For your longest clubs, place 60% of your weight on the backside foot. This will help you swing the club on the correct angle on the back swing.

The Final Setup Positions

Always practice proper alignment out on the driving range by placing two clubs down on the ground parallel to each other after you feel you are properly aligned to your intended target and see how well you are lined up. Better yet, while on the golf course ask your playing partner to stand behind you and see if you are properly aligned. The best way is to take a lesson from your local PGA Professional just on alignment. They are the experts in the game

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South Florida is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and warm weather year-round. However, our home is also no stranger to the devastating effects of hurricanes. Over the years, the region has been hit by numerous storms that have left a lasting impact.

The history of hurricanes in South Florida dates back centuries. Native American tribes who lived here long before European settlers arrived experienced the effects of hurricanes just as we do today. Unfortunately, there is limited information about these storms.

According to Edward N. Rappaport; Jose Fernandez-Partagas & Jack Beven of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the first recorded tropical cyclone to affect the area that is now the state of Florida occurred in 1523, when two ships and their crews were lost along the western coastline. A total 159 hurricanes are known to have affected the state prior to 1900, destroying more than 100 boats and costing thousands of lives.

In 1935, a major hurricane hit South Florida, this time with catastrophic consequences. The storm, known as the Labor Day

Hurricane, had winds of over 185 miles per hour and caused massive storm surges that flooded much of the region. The hurricane caused over 400 deaths and left many communities in ruins.

In the decades that followed, South Florida continued to be hit by hurricanes, although the severity of these storms varied. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall just south of Miami, causing over $27 billion in damage and leaving over 250,000 residents without power. The storm was a wake-up call for many in the region, who realized that they needed to be better prepared for future storms. Building Codes were changed after the hurricane to ensure future structures would fare better.

In recent years, South Florida has been hit by several major hurricanes, including Hurricane Irma in 2017. The storm caused widespread flooding and left many residents without power for weeks. Although Broward County was largely spared from the worst of the storm, we still felt its effects. In the aftermath of the storm, many residents were left to deal with the damage to their homes and businesses.

Despite the many hurricanes that South Florida has experienced over the years, residents and officials have learned to be better prepared for these storms. Broward County has invested in infrastructure improvements, including flood control measures and stronger buildings, to help minimize the damage caused by hurricanes. The county also has a robust emergency management system in place, which helps to ensure that residents are informed and prepared for potential storms.

In a recent statement, Broward County Mayor Steve Geller emphasized the importance of being prepared for hurricanes. "We know that hurricanes are a part of life here in South Florida," he said. "That's why we need to make sure that we're doing everything we can to prepare for these storms and protect our residents."

South Florida has a long and storied history of hurricanes, with Broward County being no exception. We are now better prepared than ever to manage the impacts these storms can have. It is still incumbent on all of us to be prepared.

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Weather the Storm WITH A ‘HURRICANE KIT’

Living in South Florida offers numerous advantages, from unparalleled weather to world-renowned beaches and a vibrant culture. However, along with the good comes the possibility of experiencing hurricanes.

Given the potential for storms, it's important to be prepared and think ahead. After a hurricane, you may need to survive on your own for several days, which means having your own food, water, and other supplies. This is where a disaster supplies kit comes in handy.

To create your kit, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends assembling a collection of basic items that your household may need in case of an emergency. You should store these items in one or two easy-to-carry containers, such as plastic bins or large duffel bags, and make sure they are stored inside air-tight plastic bags.


• Water (3 gallons per family member)

• Non-perishable food (3 days worth)

• Battery-powered cell phone charger

• NOAA Weather Radio with extra batteries

• Flashlight with extra batteries

• First Aid Kit

• Whistle

• Package of Surgical Masks (to filter out contaminated air)

• Plastic Sheeting and Duct Tape

• Moist Towelettes

• Garbage Bags

You may also want to consider adding these additional items to your kit:

• Prescription medications and glasses

• Infant formula, food, and diapers

• Pet food and extra water for your pets

• Copies of insurance documents, bank records, etc.

• Cash

• Sleeping bags or blankets

• A complete change of clothes for each family member

• Fire extinguisher

• Matches or a lighter

• Personal hygiene items

• Books, games, puzzles

By being prepared with a disaster supplies kit, you can ensure that you and your family are ready to weather any storm that may come your way.

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Preparing Your Small Business FOR THE UNEXPECTED

As a business owner in South Florida, preparing for a hurricane is crucial to safeguard your employees, customers, and assets. With the frequency of hurricanes in the region, it's essential to have a comprehensive hurricane plan in place.

responsibilities to employees, and ensure that everyone understands the plan.




steps that business owners can take to prepare for a hurricane:

1. SECURE YOUR BUILDING: Before a hurricane strikes, make sure that your building is secure. Cover windows and doors with shutters or plywood, and clear gutters and drains to prevent flooding. If necessary, consider reinforcing your building's roof and walls.

2. DEVELOP A HURRICANE PLAN: Develop a plan that outlines how your business will operate before, during, and after a hurricane. Identify critical business functions and the resources needed to continue operations. Assign tasks and

3. COMMUNICATE WITH EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS: Keep employees and customers informed about your hurricane plan. Share information about the storm's progress, business closures, and reopening plans. Make sure that employees know whom to contact and how to stay in touch during and after the storm.

4. BACKUP CRITICAL DATA: Ensure that all critical data, including financial records, customer data, and business contracts, are backed up and stored in a secure off-site location.

5. HAVE AN EMERGENCY KIT: Keep an emergency kit on hand with essential supplies, such as water, non-perishable food, first aid supplies, and batteries.

6. REVIEW INSURANCE COVERAGE: Review your insurance coverage to ensure that your business is adequately covered for hurricane-related damages.

If a hurricane hits, follow your hurricane plan, and prioritize the safety of your employees and customers. After the storm, assess the damage to your building and assets, and document all losses. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to file a claim.

Several resources are available to help businesses prepare for hurricanes. The Small Business Administration offers guidance on disaster preparedness and recovery, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency provides a Business Emergency Operations Center to support businesses during emergencies.

By taking the necessary steps to secure your building, develop a hurricane plan, communicate with employees and customers, backup critical data, have an emergency kit, and review your insurance coverage, you can help protect your business from the devastation of hurricanes.

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Greetings, to all the readers of Our Cit y Hollywood.

With the recent rainfall event that poured about one-third of our annual rainfall in one day, resulting in unprecedented flooding in many parts of our city, let’s discuss stormwater management.

South Florida's annual rainy season has historically been between the months of June and October. During this time, South Florida is accustomed to intermittent flood conditions, especially after a large amount of rain falls over a short period of time or during a tropical system event. That was how it's always been, but these days, with more frequent “history-making” rainfall events coupled with higher water tables caused in part by sea level rise, South Florida cities evermore recognize that we need to shore up our stormwater defenses.

All cities have storm water management systems that work to contain and control rain water in order to minimize flooding and enable the community to live through rain events with as little interruption to our daily lives as possible. In Hollywood, the stormwater system includes miles of pipes, channels, ditches, swales, natural waterways and drainage easements. It also includes thousands of manholes and inlets, various pumping stations, and retention and detention basins.

Stormwater systems always need maintenance and frequently need updating, especially when they no longer deliver an adequate level of service for a community experiencing changing climate conditions. The good news for us on this front in the City of Hollywood is that we’re in the final period of a 2-year project that our City Commission embarked upon - to create a comprehensive Stormwater Master Plan for the city. The plan provides us with a list of projects, street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood, enabling us to better address stormwater management

throughout the city with consideration to Flood Control, Water Quality Protection, Aquifer Recharge, Supply Conservation and Reuse Conservation, Operation and Maintenance Stormwater Utility Sufficiency, Long Term Financing, Community Acceptance, Adaptability, Resiliency, Fairness in execution and Sustainability.

To reach a better level of service for our city, the 20-year Stormwater Master Plan itemizes and recommends selection of $980 million to $1.9 billion dollars of infrastructure improvement projects, including the upgrading and addition of our Exfiltration Systems, Gravity Pipe Collection Systems and Inlets, Stormwater Pump Stations, Outfalls, Stormwater Gravity and Injection Wells, Storage and Detention Storage, Swales, Backflow Prevention Devices, Raise Seawalls / Shoreline Armoring, and Road Raising in conjunction with new collection systems.

Once the Stormwater Master Plan is formally adopted, our next steps will be to determine the near-term budget and select initial projects within the budget. We’ll also need to determine the city’s long-term financing plan and continue to pursue regional, state and federal grants in parallel. The same need exists for the hopes of converting and connecting our many septic-tank neighborhoods to our city sewer system for proper wastewater treatment.

Lots of necessary projects, with a magnitude of dollars beyond the capability of our city government to self-fund, but we are up to the task of chipping away at the list of recommended projects year-after-year to achieve the level of service goals that we desire.


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Pet of the Month

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Hollywood Spring Marshmallow Drop Was a Ton of Fun!

The Spring Marshmallow Drop event was held on March 25th at the Boulevard Heights Community Center in Hollywood, with a focus on providing fun for families with children up to 10 years old. The celebration featured exciting activities such as an egg hunt, a bounce house, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The most anticipated event of the day was the spectacular marshmallow drop, which saw over 30,000 marshmallows raining down from a helicopter.

Reports suggest that a large bunny was seen hopping around, hiding eggs filled with treats, adding to the excitement of the day. Children of all ages enjoyed the festivities, with many taking selfies with the Easter Bunny and getting involved in the egg hunt. A first-time attendee, a mother named Sofia, expressed her satisfaction with the event's inclusiveness, ensuring that there was something for everyone.

The event reached its pinnacle when the helicopter flew over the baseball outfield and showered thousands of marshmallows for children to gather. The day was deemed a success, with numerous families enjoying the fun-filled activities.

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