Our City Pembroke Pines: July 2024

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Terry Jaillet, Jon Duka, Dr. John Goodner, D.P.M. Mayor Angelo Castillo, Patty Archer, Rose Sklar, Valentina Valderama

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OThe Florida Land Boom 100 Years Later

ne hundred years ago, in July 1924, a former citrus farmer set out to make a fortune in a new industry. 38-year-old George Merrick envisioned creating a “City Beautiful” in South Florida, combining architectural harmony, lush landscaping, and modern amenities. The community was meticulously planned with wide, tree-lined avenues, parks, and a strict architectural code that emphasized Mediterranean Revival-style buildings.

Merrick’s vision became Coral Gables, which served as a model for South Florida community development for decades to come. The development of Coral Gables also accelerated the Florida land boom, a time of explosive growth driven by a booming real estate market. This boom ultimately led to the region we know today and contributed, in part, to the Great Depression.

The Florida land boom of the 1920s was a whirlwind of real estate speculation and development with soaring land prices and extensive urbanization. Real estate speculation ran wild. Land prices skyrocketed as investors traded properties, often sight unseen. Planned communities, luxury hotels, and infrastructure projects, such as roads and bridges, sprouted up to cater to the burgeoning population and influx of tourists.

Many people invested their life savings in Florida real estate, often buying land on credit. This influx of capital fueled further development and speculation. The market became saturated with properties. The rapid pace of development outstripped demand, leading to a glut of unsold real estate. A series of devastating hurricanes in 1926 and 1928 caused significant property damage and undermined confidence in Florida’s real estate market.

By the late 1920s, the real estate bubble burst, leaving a trail of shattered dreams. Property values plummeted, leaving investors with staggering losses and unsellable land. The collapse of the Florida land boom reverberated across the national economy. The loss of wealth and the subsequent bank failures cast a shadow over economic activity. Despite the bust, the infrastructure and developments from the boom period laid the groundwork for Florida’s future growth and development.

The Florida land boom of the 1920s serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of speculative bubbles and the importance of sustainable economic development. Its collapse played a significant role in the chain of events that led to the Great Depression, demonstrating the interconnectedness of local and national economies.

Christy & Terry Jaillet


Yul Lopez, APRN
Hector Fabregas, MD
Jose Luna, APRN
Yuliett Collazo, APRN

July 2024 Calendar


4th of July Celebration

Join us for our Independence Day Celebration at the Pines Recreation Center. Activities kick off at 6:00 pm with fireworks at 9:00 pm. Hosted at Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Boulevard. For more info, call 954-392-2116.


Play Ball!

Join Mayor Angelo Castil for the Mayor’s PlayBall event for an exciting day of Baseball and Softball action. Boys and girls of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to join us for a morning of skills and fun. Youth are encouraged to take part in our Hit, Pitch, Run event, as well as our games and entertainment. Lunch is provided and lots of surprises. The event will take place at Flamingo Park, located at 1900 NW 122nd Terrace. For more info, call (954) 392-2116.


Broadway Through the Years

"Broadway Through the Years Two," a musical cabaret directed by Del Marrero, will feature actors and actresses who may or may not have starred in past PPTOPA productions, and will include selections from a variety of popular musicals. Presented by Pembroke Pines Theater for the Performing Arts at Pembroke Pines Theater for the Performing Arts, 17195 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines. Show starts at 8:00 pm. Scan the QR code for tickets or more info.

JULY 13-14

Dinosaurs Weekend at Flamingo Gardens

Travel back to the time before the continents as we know them existed, when lush landscapes covered Africa and Antarctica was green! Grab your prehistoric passport and discover how land bridges, volcanic activity, and plate tectonics allowed dinosaurs such as T. rex, Spinosaurus, Hadrosaur, and more to disperse all over the globe, giving each of today’s continents its own unique selection of these giant reptiles. Dinosaur Weekend will include the opportunity to “excavate” fossils and see a movie short in the Gallery, about the evolution of “Dinosaurs Among Us,” or birds, and how they are truly modern-day dinosaurs. Scan the QR code to learn more or book tickets


Summer Symphony Series

The City of Pembroke Pines presents the Summer Symphony Series with members of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra for fun concerts for all ages, with a mix of lively pops, Broadway hits and contemporary melodies! View below the schedule for our Summer Symphony Series. Admission is free! Hosted at The Charles F. Dodge City Center. For more info, call 954-392-2122.

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JULY 18-20

2024 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Team Trials

The Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar will host the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for track and field. This event will showcase the best Paralympic athletes in the country, culminating in the announcement of the athletes who will represent Team USA at the Paralympic Games in Paris. Scan the QR code for more info or to purchase tickets.


Hand Building Vase Workshop

Artist and educator Jose Pita teaches Hand building, a pottery-making technique that involves creating forms using your hands, without a pottery wheel. Learn various hand-building techniques as you are guided through making your own vase. Hosted at Studio 18 Art Complex, 1101 Poinciana Drive. 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. For more info, scan the QR code.



Calling all Swifties for the most epic Taylor-themed event. The all-ages Taylor Swift Laser Party is coming to Broward. Immerse yourself in Tay Tay's music provided by DJ Swiftie while surrounded by synchronized lasers and lights. You'll sing and dance to all your favorite Taylor Swift songs for an unforgettable night. For more info and tickets scan the QR code.


Zach Bryan in Concert

The singer-songwriter is known for his heartfelt, raw, and emotional music. Bryan's music career gained significant momentum through his self-released albums, which he recorded in a DIY fashion, often using simple recording setups. His debut album, "DeAnn," released in 2019, was named in honor of his late mother and received critical acclaim for its authenticity and lyrical depth. Concert will be held at Amerant Bank Arena. Fore more info or tickets, scan the QR code.


Blake Shelton at the Hard Rock

As one of Country Music’s chief ambassadors, Blake Shelton has been delivering country music to a diverse audience for more than 20 years. The former judge from the hit show “The Voice” will be taking his talents to South Florida at The Hard Rock Casino. The show starts at 8:00 pm. Scan the QR code for more info or tickets.


Studio 18 Professional Development Gathering

Come together with your fellow artists for a collaborative and supportive peer-led portfolio critique at Studio 18! Present your portfolio and receive valuable and constructive feedback on your artwork. 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Pre-registration is required! Scan the QR code to register or learn more.

The Democrats Choice!

Former Mayor of Broward County, 14 years in elected office. Business owner and Nurse for 33 years.

Dr. Barbara Sharief is a distinguished healthcare and public service leader who is celebrated for her commitment to community improvement in healthcare, housing, education, and employment.

Personal History

Barbara was born and raised in South Florida as one of eight siblings. Her early life was shaped by the tragic loss of her father to gun violence, an experience that instilled a strong work ethic and a drive to help others. Barbara pursued higher education rigorously, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Florida International University, a Master’s degree in Nursing, and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) license from the same institution. In 2017, she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Wilkes University.

Work History

Barbara’s career began in healthcare, advancing from registered nurse to ARNP. In 2001, she founded South Florida Pediatric Homecare, Inc., a healthcare company specializing in care for medically complex children, which grew significantly under her leadership.

Political Career

For 13 years, Barbara has served Broward County as a County Commissioner, former County Vice Mayor, and two-time County Mayor. She was the

first African American woman to serve as Mayor and the first African American female President of the Florida Association of Counties. Her tenure included initiatives for insurance relief, affordable housing, healthcare, school funding, teacher pay, and union protection. Barbara also advocated for veterans, reproductive rights, clean drinking water, and veterans’ benefits.

Leadership & Advocacy

As County Mayor, Barbara coordinated responses to Hurricane Irma, the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting, and the Port Everglades oil spill. She advocated for all 67 counties in Florida on issues such as quality healthcare, social justice, voting rights, women’s issues, human rights, education, water resources, environmental protection, and good-paying jobs. Barbara also lobbied in Washington on healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid, clean water, and rural and agricultural issues.

Notable Accomplishments

Barbara saved taxpayers $33 million in unfunded mandates and secured funding for projects like the Miramar Amphitheater and youth employment programs. She led infrastructure improvements and promoted minority-owned and Certified LGBT+ Business Enterprises.



Barbara sponsored programs such as the Foster Park Reading Library Program and Veterans Appreciation Day.

Her dedication to supporting minority-owned businesses is evident through her initiatives to foster an inclusive business environment.

Legacy & Ongoing Efforts

Barbara’s legacy in Broward County is profound. As a candidate for the State Senate in District 35, she is committed to quality healthcare, social justice, voting rights, women’s issues, human rights, education, water resources, environmental protection, and good-paying jobs. Her experience and values make her exceptionally well-suited to be a Senator, ready to champion her constituents’ needs and rights.

As a successful businesswoman, Barbara founded a home health company that provides jobs to over 500 professionals. With 30 years in healthcare, she understands community challenges and is prepared to fight for her constituents. Barbara is also a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) and The Links, Inc.

Dr. Barbara Sharief exemplifies dedication and leadership, bridging her expertise in healthcare with her passion for public service. Her achievements and ongoing efforts underscore her commitment to improving the quality of life for all residents of Broward County and her readiness to serve as a State Senator for District 35.

Dr. Rosalind Osgood STATE SENATOR







Robert Mckenzie COMMISSIONER


Barbara P. Ortis




Alanna Mersinger COMMISSIONER

President Barack Obama. Dr. Sharief stands with Pembroke Pines Democratic Club activists Scott Evans, Lourdes Diaz, Edward Mena, and Jill Robinson Aronofsky at a campaign kick-off.

Spotlight Shines on Girls and Teens with Disabilities at 11th Annual Miss Arc Broward Pageant

Fifteen young girls and teens with disabilities lit up the stage at the 11th Annual Miss Arc Broward Pageant, sending a powerful message of inclusion and acceptance to the South Florida community. Throughout the pageant season, which began in February, contestants participated in various activities and special events designed to build friendships, self-esteem, and confidence, with 20 teen ambassadors from high schools across Broward County serving as mentors.

This year’s contestants included: Hailey Acevedo, 15, Coral Springs; Halia Allen, 13, Hollywood; Zoe Burgess, 15, Coral Springs; Alyssa Custodio, 16, Coral Springs; Grace Ann Garland, 17, Hollywood; Madison Gerstein, 9, Hollywood; Mikayla Golka, 11, Parkland; Kayla Mills, 16, Hollywood; Nevaeh Myers, 15, Jupiter; Elizabeth Rivera, 12, Weston; Luciana Avella Rodriguez, 9, Pembroke Pines; Nola Schader, 15, Miramar; Alessandra Soto, 16, Hollywood; Kiely Vassar, 6, Fort Lauderdale; and Leila Yates, 13, Pembroke Pines.

Contestants showcased their talents and personalities on stage while the audience cheered, applauded, and waved supportive signs. Mikayla Golka, impressed everyone with her deep knowledge of the Florida Panthers, showing her loyalty as a longtime fan of the NHL hockey team. Kayla Mills sang a song and spoke passionately about advocating for those with "invisible" disabilities. Other contestants displayed their talents in various ways, such as singing, dancing, martial arts, and storytelling.

While everyone was a winner, the spotlight

shone especially bright on 11-year-old Mikayla Golka from Parkland and 16-year-old Kayla Mills from Hollywood, who were crowned Little Miss Arc and Miss Arc Broward respectively. It was an emotional moment for their friends and family in the audience at The Parker.

Since being crowned Little Miss Arc, and with the Florida Panthers competing in the Stanley Cup finals, Golka has been using her platform and super fan status to spread a message of inclusion and acceptance to a national audience with an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” prior to the Panthers’ first game of the finals.

“The Miss Arc Pageant is a unique event that empowers young girls and teens with disabilities to pursue their dreams. It celebrates their amazing abilities and shows that individuals with disabilities deserve opportunities to shine,” said Julie Price, Arc Broward CEO. “We are grateful to our sponsors and volunteers who make this pageant possible and promote greater awareness and acceptance of those with disabilities.”

The Miss Arc Broward Pageant was led by co-chairs Natalie Glusman and Candace Kelly. It was presented by Pediatric Associates and supported by numerous sponsors, including iHeart, The Palmer Family, UKG, Princess Cruises, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, and more.

Arc Broward offers transformative opportunities for children and adults with disabilities and other life challenges. For more information about Arc Broward’s programs and services, visit arcbroward.com.

Little Miss Arc Mikayla Golka, 11, from Parkland and Miss Arc Kayla Mills, 16, from Hollywood
Contestants in the 2024 Miss Arc Broward Pageant shine on stage
Candace Kelly and Natalie Glusman, co-chairs, Miss Arc Broward Pageant
2024 Miss Arc Broward pageant winners with judges
Photos courtesy of Arc Broward

Top Cadets Honored at Broward Schools JROTC Ceremony; Scholarships Awarded

The 2024 Fort Lauderdale Air Show, held on May 11 and 12, brought excitement and awe to the shores of the Atlantic. This year's event featured an impressive lineup of aerial performers and aircraft that left spectators breathless. Thunder Thunderbirds and More

Cadet Colonel Addison App of West Broward High School’s JROTC unit was named Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) 2023/24 JROTC Cadet of the Year. He received the Superintendent’s Award of Excellence during a special celebration and Pass in Review ceremony on May 24, 2024, at Pompano Beach High School. App, a member of the Class of 2024, is attending the United States Military Academy after graduation.

In all, seven top cadets were honored and received scholarships worth a combined total of $10,000.

The cadets were evaluated on their academic performance,

demonstrated leadership, community service, school involvement, and JROTC participation. Rounding out this year’s top winners were:


Cadet Rashad Coleman (11th grade), Coconut Creek High School Distinguished Cadets

• Stefanie Morancy (11th grade), Boyd Anderson High School - Entrepreneur Leadership and Military Academy

• Ashley Melo (12th grade), Coral Glades High School

• Marco Reyes (12th grade), Miramar High School

• Gabriel Fonarov (12th grade), Nova High School

• Anthony Clase (12th grade), South Broward High School

In addition to the top winners, one Outstanding Cadet from each BCPS high school was also recognized during the ceremony. BCPS offers the largest JROTC program in the world, with opportunities in every high school and several middle schools. The 2023/24 school year marked the 50th anniversary of the JROTC partnership between BCPS and the United States Department of Defense, which impacted more than 200,000 JROTC cadets from all four branches of the military.


Lt. J.G. Brandon Frantz’s a Rising Star in Naval Aviation

Brandon Frantz, from Pembroke Pines, Florida, is living his dream of serving in the U.S. Navy. Assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 21 where naval aviators learn the skills they need to fly missions around the world. Frantz joined the Navy three years ago and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2021.

“I always wanted to join the Navy even as a child because I was infatuated with naval aviation,” said Frantz. “I always knew I wanted to fly but wasn’t sure how I would be able to. Growing up in Fort Lauderdale on the beach, I just knew in one way, shape, or form, that I eventually would because I always wanted to be an aviator. I set up an appointment with the Navy and started on my journey.”

Reflecting on his upbringing, Brandon credits his parents for instilling in him values of respect and perseverance. “My parents instilled in me that your name and reputation leave a lasting impression on everyone that you meet,” said Frantz. “You need to treat people the way that you want to be treated.”

Now stationed at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, Brandon is a student pilot with Training Squadron (VT) 21. He thrives in the company of driven personalities, all striving for excellence in their training. “I enjoy being surrounded by a lot of ‘Type A’ personalities who are never complacent and try to be better than they were yesterday,” Brandon shared.

The aviation squadron’s primary mission is to train future naval aviators to fly as well as instill leadership and officer values, Navy officials explained. Students must complete many phases of flight training to graduate, including aviation preflight indoctrination, primary flight training and advanced flight training. After successfully completing the rigorous program, naval aviators earn their coveted “Wings of Gold.”

After graduation, Frantz will continue his training to learn how to fly a specific aircraft, such as the Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter attack jet, the F-35 Lightning strike fighter jet or the SH-60 Seahawk helicopter. These aircraft take off from and land on Navy aircraft carriers at sea.

Frantz is eager to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in his Navy career. “Serving in the Navy gives me a sense of purpose,” he said. “It allows me to be a role model for others, especially kids who are still figuring out what they want to do in life.” He recognizes that there will be hurdles, but he faces them with determination, knowing that his contributions make a difference. Frantz is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible. “I would like to thank my dad, my wife, and my kids for giving me the drive to strive in the aviation industry,” added Frantz.

TOP KITCHEN RENOVATION TRENDS OF 2024 Style Meets Sustainability

The most popular kitchen trends for 2024 combine style, functionality, and sustainability. If you plan to renovate your kitchen, here are some top trends to consider.

1. Sustainable Materials

Eco-friendly choices are becoming a staple in modern kitchens. In 2024, many homeowners opt for recycled and sustainably sourced materials like bamboo, reclaimed wood, and recycled metal. These materials not only look great but also help reduce your carbon footprint. Additionally, energy-efficient appliances, such as induction cooktops and smart refrigerators, are in high demand. These appliances save energy and can significantly lower your utility bills.

2. Bold Color Palettes

Say goodbye to bland kitchens! This year, bold color palettes are making a splash. Darker hues like navy blue, emerald green, and charcoal are popular for cabinets and accent walls. These rich colors add depth and sophistication to your kitchen. For those who love a pop of color, vibrant, bright yellow or red accents can be added through backsplashes or small appliances, creating a lively and cheerful space.

3. Smart Kitchens

Technology is transforming kitchens into intelligent spaces. Integrated technology, including smart appliances that can be controlled via smartphone apps, is a growing trend. Imagine preheating your oven from your phone or checking the contents of your fridge while grocery shopping. Voice-activated assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant are also being integrated, allowing hands-free control of kitchen devices.

4. Mixed Materials

Combining different materials is a trend that adds texture and interest to your kitchen. Mixing wood, metal, and stone creates a layered, dynamic look. Contrasting finishes, such as matte and glossy surfaces, add visual appeal and make your kitchen unique.

5. Open Shelving

Open shelving is replacing upper cabinets in many kitchens. This minimalist approach creates a more open and airy feel. Open shelves are not just for storage; they also provide a perfect display space for beautiful dishware, plants, and decorative items, adding a personal touch to your kitchen.

6. Multi-Functional Islands

Kitchen islands are becoming more versatile. In 2024, multi-functional islands designed for cooking, dining, and storage are trending. Some islands even feature built-in seating, making them ideal for casual dining or socializing while cooking.

7. Nature-Inspired Designs

Bringing nature indoors is a popular trend. Natural elements like live plants, natural light, and organic shapes create a calming environment. Earthy tones such as terracotta, sage green, and warm browns can create a cozy, nature-inspired atmosphere.

8. Minimalist Design

Minimalism continues to be a strong trend. Clean lines and uncluttered spaces define this style. Hidden storage solutions, where cabinets and drawers conceal appliances and utensils, help maintain a tidy and sleek appearance.

9. High-Tech Backsplashes

Backsplashes are getting a tech upgrade. Integrated LED lighting provides both functional and aesthetic benefits. Interactive surfaces displaying recipes, videos, and other useful information are becoming more common, making cooking more convenient.

10. Touchless Features

Hygiene and convenience are priorities in 2024 kitchens. Hands-free faucets with motion sensors reduce the spread of germs and make kitchen tasks more manageable. Touchless trash cans that open with a wave of the hand are also popular. These trends reflect a growing emphasis on technology, sustainability, and personalized style, making kitchens more efficient, eco-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing. If you're planning a kitchen renovation, these trends can help you create a beautiful, functional space that suits your needs.

Curb Appeal on a Budget


Improving the look of your home doesn't have to cost much money. You can make your house look fabulous without spending too much with a few simple changes. Here are some easy tips to boost your home's curb appeal on a budget.

1. Fresh Paint

A new coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to refresh your home. You don't have to paint the whole house. Painting the front door a bright, welcoming color can make a big difference. Choose a color that stands out but also matches the rest of your house.

2. Clean & Tidy

A clean yard can make your home look much better. Start by mowing the lawn and trimming overgrown bushes. Remove any weeds and sweep the driveway and walkway. Cleaning your windows can also make a big difference. Sparkling windows make your home look more inviting.

3. Plant Flowers & Shrubs

Adding some colorful flowers and shrubs is an inexpensive way to improve your yard. Choose plants that do well in South Florida's warm climate. You can find many affordable options at local garden centers. Plant flowers in your garden beds and add potted plants on your porch or steps.

4. Add Mulch

Mulch is a simple and cheap way to make your garden look neat and tidy. Spread mulch around your plants and flower beds. It helps to keep weeds away and makes your plants stand out. You can choose from different mulch colors to match your home's exterior.

5. Update House Numbers

Changing your house numbers can give your home a fresh look. Choose stylish and modern numbers that are easy to read from the street. This small change can make a big impact on your home's appearance.

6. Outdoor Lighting

Good lighting can make your home look welcoming and safe. You don't need to spend a lot on fancy lights. Solar-powered lights are a great option because they are easy to install and don't add to your electric bill. Place them along your walkway and around your garden.

7. Decorate the Porch

Your front porch is one of the first things people see. Make it cozy and inviting with some simple decorations. Add a comfortable chair or a bench, colorful cushions, and potted plants. A nice doormat can also add a welcoming touch.

8. Fix and Paint the Fence

If you have a fence, make sure it's in good shape. Fix any broken parts and give it a fresh coat of paint if needed. A well-maintained fence can make your whole yard look better. This is also true with metal fences. An aluminum fence will fade and discolor under the South Florida sun. a nice coat of high quality spray paint can add years to a wll constructed fence.

9. DIY Projects

Many do-it-yourself projects can improve your home's exterior. For example, you can build a simple garden trellis or create a birdhouse. These small projects add charm and personality to your home. Improving your home's curb appeal can be simple and easy. With these simple and affordable tips, you can make your house the best-looking one on the block. Happy home improving!

Home Renovations in South Florida


When it comes to selling your home in South Florida, strategic renovations can significantly enhance its value and attract potential buyers. With the region's unique architectural styles, climate considerations, and buyer preferences, knowing which renovations to prioritize is crucial. Let's explore a few home renovations that can help maximize your selling price in South Florida.

Kitchen Remodeling:

The kitchen is often considered the heart of a home, and a well-designed and updated kitchen can make a significant impact on potential buyers. In South Florida, where outdoor living and entertaining are popular, consider an open-concept design that seamlessly integrates the kitchen with the dining and living areas. Updating countertops, cabinets, and appliances with sleek and modern options can enhance both

the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the space, making it more attractive to buyers.

Outdoor Living Spaces:

South Florida's pleasant climate makes outdoor living spaces highly desirable for homeowners. Invest in creating inviting outdoor areas such as a patio, deck, or screened-in porch that seamlessly blend with the indoor living spaces. Consider adding features like an outdoor kitchen, a pool, or a landscaped garden to enhance the appeal. These additions not only create a relaxing oasis but also add value to your home and increase its overall marketability.

Energy-Efficient Upgrades:

With South Florida's hot and humid climate, energy efficiency is a key consideration for homeowners. Upgrading your home with these features can be an attractive selling point. Install energy-efficient windows and doors to improve insulation and reduce cooling costs. Consider replacing old appliances with energy-star-rated models, which not only save energy but also appeal to environmentally conscious buyers. Adding solar panels to the roof can also significantly increase your home's value, as it demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and offers potential savings on electricity bills.

Bathroom Updates:

Bathrooms are another crucial area of focus for home renovations that can maximize your selling price. Consider updating fixtures, faucets, and lighting to give the space a fresh and modern feel. Opt for neutral colors and timeless designs that appeal to a wide range of buyers. Upgrading the bathroom's functionality, such as adding dual sinks, a spa-like shower, or a luxurious bathtub, can also increase its appeal and overall value.

When it comes to selling your home in South Florida, strategic renovations can be a game-changer. Best strategy: Keep the focus on the kitchen, outdoor living spaces, energy-efficient upgrades, and bathroom updates that can make your home more appealing to potential buyers. Remember to choose renovations that align with the region's climate, architectural style, and buyer preferences to maximize your selling price and attract a broader pool of interested buyers.


Dear Friends and Neighbors, I am excited to share significant updates on two critical issues impacting our community that I have been working on directly: protecting seniors from financial exploitation and the ongoing fight for reproductive rights in Florida.

Protections for Seniors

Our seniors are cherished members of our families and our community. As your Senator, I have fought to protect the health, safety, and dignity of our seniors, including the passage of a new Florida law I was proud to co-introduce. Starting in January, financial institutions will be able to delay transactions from seniors if there is a reasonable belief of exploitation. This new law, SB 556, focuses

on combating the increasing scams targeting our elderly through phone calls, texts, and emails designed to deceive them into handing over money or personal information. This law specifically protects those 65 and older, as well as vulnerable adults over 18, addressing the rising threats and substantial financial losses faced by our seniors. Florida ranked second-highest in senior fraud last year, with nearly $294 million in losses reported — and I am proud of this policy victory that protects the most vulnerable in our community.

Reproductive Rights & Healthcare

On May 1st, Florida banned abortion care past six weeks — before most women even know they are pregnant — putting women’s health, safety, and freedom at risk. However, the Florida Supreme Court has placed Amendment 4 on the November ballot, giving voters

the power to enshrine abortion access in the Florida Constitution. This is about defending our fundamental rights to privacy, and we must ensure that over 60% of voters support Amendment 4 this November to restore the rights taken away.

It is my greatest honor to serve as your Senator. Whether it's protecting our seniors or fighting for our rights, I am committed to standing up for you. If you have any questions, need assistance, or have ideas for legislation, please reach out to me at book.lauren.web@flsenate. gov or 850-487-5035.

Thank you for placing your trust in me. Always at your service,



Florida Senate Democratic Leader District 35, West Broward County

Greetings From Your Chamber President!

As the summer sun shines brightly over South Florida, it’s the perfect time for residents to explore their own backyard and support the local businesses that make the cities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, and our surrounding areas vibrant and unique. This summer, we encourage everyone to consider a “staycation” – enjoying all that our area has to offer while boosting the local economy.

Discover Local Gems: Instead of traveling far, take the opportunity to discover local attractions, shops, and restaurants. South Florida is home to an array of hidden gems, from boutique stores to family-owned eateries. Spend a day visiting local museums, art galleries, or historical sites that you might not have explored before. Not only will you have a great time, but you’ll also help sustain the businesses that define our community’s character.

Support Seasonal Markets and Events: Summer is a prime time for local farmers’ markets, craft fairs, and community events. These gatherings offer a chance to purchase fresh, locally-grown produce, unique handmade goods, and enjoy live entertainment. Attending these events supports small businesses and fosters a sense of community spirit.

Plan a Local Adventure: Take advantage of the natural beauty and recreational activities available in our area. Whether it’s a day at the beach, a hike in a nearby park, or a kayaking trip, there are countless ways to enjoy the outdoors while staying close to home.

Dine Local: Summer is a great time to explore the culinary scene right here in our city. Many restaurants feature seasonal menus highlighting fresh, local ingredients. Try out a new eatery, or revisit a favorite spot, and consider ordering takeout or delivery if you prefer to dine at home.

By focusing on local experiences and supporting our local businesses, we can enjoy a fulfilling summer while contributing to the economic well-being of our community. Let’s make this summer a time of discovery, relaxation, and community support!

Now and in the future, the Chamber is dedicated to being a Convener of Leaders, a Catalyst for positive change, and a Champion for a strong business community. For more information and our event calendar, visit www.miramarpembrokepines.org.

Yours in Service,

Meet Cherry, a charming 2-year-old guinea pig with a passion for snacking and napping. This little lady spends her days munching on orchard grass hay and indulging in her favorite veggies: lettuce, carrots, bell peppers, and apples. Cherry shares a spacious cage with her sister, where they have ample room to zoom around and “popcorn” joyfully! Under her mom’s care, Cherry enjoys a cozy bed for her frequent naps between meals.

Pembroke Pines UPDATE

The 2024 hurricane season is now upon us. This season is expected to be very active due to the combination of a predicted La Niña and warmer ocean temperatures. The National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts 17-25 named storms, with 8-13 becoming hurricanes in the Atlantic and at least 7 that could become major hurricanes. New updates will continue to evolve but the predictions remain the same – it’s going to be an extremely busy hurricane season.

In light of this, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) will be launching a new hurricane cone beginning on or around August 15. This new experimental cone will run together with the traditional cone we’ve come to know and will include tropical storm and hurricane watches and warnings for the counties in the hurricane’s path, so they are in a single graphic. This will allow us to understand the hazards and potential wind impact of a hurricane that can spread dozens of miles in all directions. With new technology, we are learning that we need to pay more attention to the entire cone, not just the center line, to understand the full scope of storm hazards and how they will impact us.

Please don’t wait for a storm to develop before undertaking preparations to protect your home, your family and yourself. Create an emergency plan now and assemble a hurricane supply kit, so you’re ready if a storm is expected to impact our area. Remember to have a three- to five-day supply of food and water, with at least one gallon of water per person per day. Also have non-perishable food that is ready to eat, a battery-powered flashlight, a battery-powered radio, a first-aid kit, and a reserve of prescription medicine.

The City of Pembroke Pines has additional helpful hurricane preparation information, videos, and resources translated into Spanish and other languages on the city’s website under Pembroke Pines Prepared. You can easily access it at www.ppines.com/hurricane. The website itself can translate into different languages by clicking the Select Language button on the bottom left of the website. We want everyone to be informed and prepared. We, as a city, are prepared and want you to be also. Please remember that being prepared can save lives and property when disas ter strikes.

I would like to thank everyone who attended my 10 townhall meetings that were recently held throughout the city. We collected many great ideas from residents, and they will be carefully considered as we create a responsive strategic plan. Our future starts with you. In case you were unable to attend, watch on YouTube at https://t.ly/ rmp8j and view the May 8, 2024, Townhall meeting. I will be holding follow-up meetings in the future. Stay Tuned.

Let me also add my congratulations to the newly appointed Commissioner Michael Hernandez, who will be representing District 4. I am confident that he will do a great job!

Very Sincerely Yours,

Angelo Castillo

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 954-450-1020, or email me at acastillo@ppines.com.

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