Barbara Sharief

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    October 16, 2014

    The Bimini SuperFast Starts Day Cruises to Bimini From Port Everglades

    It's 5:33 p.m. Bimini is at our backs now as dozens shuffle aboard the boat which brought us the roughly 50 miles that separates Florida's coast from the tiny island. We're about to make our way back to Port Everglades. Before we're allowed back on the ship, we have to put on shirts and have our f ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Report: Ebola Patient's Plane Went On to Stop in Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta

    Update, 7:08 p.m.: Airport spokesperson Greg Meyer said "Frontier is reaching out to their passengers. Nothing to add from our side at this time. " He also provided a copy of airport protocols should a plane land with a passenger potentially infected with Ebola. It is copied at the end of this blog ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    Broward Primary Election Results: Live-Blog

    Hi. Hello. How are you? It's Primary Election night, and lots and lots of races are being decided by the very little of you who actually showed up to vote. But, no worries. We got you covered on the winners as the results come in. See which judges will be cleaning up our streets. See which guy wi ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    Broward Primary: Races You Should Know About Before Voting

    As you may very well know, Tuesday is the big Primary Elections Day. And while it's not superfancy like November elections, it's pretty damned important. Mainly because Tuesday will decide who faces whom come November, when things start to get real. Primary days usually have low turnout, but it's s ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Seven Spots Where David Beckham Could Build His Stadium in Broward County

    Miami-Dade has given David Beckham a hard time in finding a place for his new soccer stadium. So now the rumblings have begun: He and his investors are considering Broward County. Some say it's an empty threat made only to pressure Miami. But before anyone scoffs at the idea of Beckham's putting h ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    All Aboard Florida Unveiling West Palm Beach Station Plans on Monday

    Just 10 days ago, All Aboard Florida held a news conference announcing design plans for a sleek $30 million Fort Lauderdale station. The passenger rail service originally had plans on running trains from Miami to Orlando, but for now, plans include stops at Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beac ... More >>

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    July 8, 2014

    All Aboard Florida Unveils Design Plans for Fort Lauderdale Station

    Earlier today, Broward and Fort Lauderdale officials, All Aboard Florida reps and architects spoke about the upcoming passenger rail service. The original All Aboard plan called for service from Miami to Orlando, but the trains will stop only in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach beginning i ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Barbara Sharief Called Out by Haitian Group for Trade Mission to Dominican Republic

    On February 23, Enterprise Florida led a group of local politicians and leaders, including Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief, as well as local business leaders to the Dominican Republic for a trade mission. Governor Rick Scott, who had been scheduled to be a part of it, canceled his trip. But ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief Settles in Medicaid Overbilling Case; Faces Second Case

    On Friday at 4:55 p.m., Broward County sent out a press release lauding vice mayor Barbara Sharief for her role in saving county taxpayers $11.5 million. The state and county had been fighting about which of them would pay disputed costs for Medicaid. The state sent Broward a bill for $15.5 million. ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    Pit Bull Ban Nixed: County Commissioner Sharief Now Wants Control of "Backyard" Dog Breeding

    Months after stinging public rebuke and the condemnation of hundreds of dog owners, Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief has canceled requests for a pit bull ban and instead called for a "culture" that makes it mandatory to neuter and spay canines and more regulation on "backyard" dog breedin ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Broward County Pit Bulls Won't Be Banned, Sharief Now Says

    Following a tense weekend that one local city commissioner described as "mass hysteria," Broward County's vice mayor amended her proposal Monday afternoon, thereby allowing all resident pit bull owners to keep their dogs. Late last week, Barbara Sharief, vice mayor of the Broward County Commission, ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    The Proposed Broward County Pit Bull Ban Withdrawn

    A proposal to ban pit bulls in Broward County, which has roiled the community for days, was withdrawn today at the county's commission meeting. Two other proposals, one of which carries a $500-fine for training pit bulls to fight, and another that imposes a $300-fine for failing to vaccinate a pit ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Hollywood Asks State for Permission to Ban Pit Bulls

    As Broward County reels following yesterday's announcement that it may soon follow Miami-Dade's lead and ban the ownership of pit bulls, the City of Hollywood has asked the state for permission to take similar legislative action against the animal. Just in case the Hollywood City Commission decides ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Pit Bulls Much Less Aggressive Than Other Breeds, Study Says

    Amid growing alarm among Broward County's bureaucracies concerning the ownership of pit bulls -- and whether they should be banned -- scientific research offers a very different perspective on the animal. According to a 2008 study, "Breed Differences in Canine Aggression," pit bulls are markedly le ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    Broward County May Ban Owning Pit Bulls

    Nearly 25 years after Miami-Dade banned the ownership of pit bulls, Broward County may be next.Barbara Sharief, Vice Mayor of the Broward County Commission, will introduce a motion today to make it illegal to "own and keep" American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire b ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Broward Commissioners Debate Tax Hike That Would Save Stray Animals

    You could be deciding whether cats and dogs live or die come November 2014. On Tuesday, Broward County commissioners debated an initiative that would let voters decide if taxes should be raised to prevent thousands of feral animals and unwanted pets from being put to sleep. So far, three of the ni ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011

    John Rodstrom Becomes New Broward Mayor; Kristin Jacobs Gets the Upgrade to Vice Mayor

    Broward Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs (left) and Mayor John Rodstrom.​The Broward Commission voted unanimously to pick Vice Mayor John Rodstrom as the new Broward Mayor, replacing Sue Gunzburger to begin his one-year term.Kristin Jacobs' path to becoming the new vice mayor wasn't exactly a shoe-in. Sh ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Broward Commission Rejects One Proposal Requiring Permits for "Expressive Activities"

    ​The Broward Commission unanimously voted down a draft ordinance proposed by County Administrator Bertha Henry to require people to apply for and obtain permits to engage in "expressive activities" at county facilities -- a mandate that many members of the public see as a stab at the First Ame ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Garbage Business Is a Family Affair in North Lauderdale

    The garbage contract is up in North Lauderdale -- and suddenly there's a lot of family involvement in the business. Mayor Brady, center, with Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief, right, and Miramar Mayor Lori Moseley.​Long-time Mayor Jack Brady announced at the January 11 commission m ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Broward Politics: Turning Red Into Blue (And A Weather Babe Exclusive)

    You want to hear some political B.S.? Just listen to Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter when she opens her mouth to talk. Here's what she said yesterday during a discussion about the new courthouse: Ritter​RITTER: "Every time someone on this dais says the voters voted down the cour ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Sheila Alu: I'm Running for Broward County Commission If...

    After a report on JAABlog appeared stating definitively that Sunrise Commissioner Sheila Alu is running for County Commission in 2012, I spoke with the potential candidate. Alu tells me she is going to run for the seat currently held by the embattled Ilene Lieberm ... More >>

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    January 8, 2011

    Ari Porth Caves In To Radical Idiot

    State Rep. Ari Porth agreed to speak this weekend at a convention of the Islamic Society of North America in Fort Lauderdale. Porth with Crist​But Porth bailed out yesterday, canceling his speech. Why? Because of pressure from a local extremist named Joe Kaufm ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    A Mayor Named Sue

    They just voted Sue Gunzburger the new Broward mayor to replace Ken Keechl. Hey, it was her turn. Commissioner Kristin Jacobs made a very lame motion for Gunzburger, saying that "when each jewel is allowed to shine, the whole crown shines." Yuck. Out with the old, in with the ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    [UPDATED] Election Was a Campaign Consultants' Battle Royal; So Who Are Winners and Losers?

    Flickr: eschipul​In the months before yesterday's election, Broward candidates lined up behind campaign rainmakers who possessed extraordinary powers for rounding up votes. Of course, they would share these powers only if the price was right. Since incumbents could outraise their challengers, incu ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    Lack of Voters Means a Short Wait for Election Returns; Stay Tuned for Updates

    Photo: Greene4FloridaGreene working the senior crowd during a recent stop at Shelby's in Deerfield Beach.​We've had server problems today, but I'm told that they've been mostly resolved, minus the comments field.The most interesting race to watch this evening is in the Republican primary for gover ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    Salesman Can't Quite Outsmart the TV News

    Your favorite, gun-toting, suspended Miramar commish, Fitzroy Salesman, woke early this morning to cast his vote without the television cameras. That plan didn't quite work.Much to the chagrin of those reporters, Salesman did not whip out a gun and tell them to "back the fuck off." Last week, a mist ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    Liveblogging the Muni Election

    The brains of the operation 8:31 Welcome to the Juice muni elections liveblog. I will be doing the play-by-play. At my left is the color commentator, a highly flatulent greyhound who somehow managed to cast a ballot (for Al Capellini, natch) and has been flaunting her "My Vote Counted" sticker to al ... More >>