AHCA Suspends the License of the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills

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 Today, the Agency for Health Care Administration issued an emergency suspension order on the license of the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills. On September 13, the Agency issued a temporary moratorium on admissions for the facility, which stopped new patients from being admitted. On September 13, the Agency also initiated an investigation of the facility and the preliminary results have shown that a permanent emergency suspension of licensure is warranted and necessary. Today’s action will suspend their ability to operate a nursing home, and prohibit the facility from admitting any patients.

Per the AHCA investigation’s initial findings, residents of the facility did not receive timely medical care because the trained medical professionals at the facility overwhelmingly delayed calling 911. Also, these patients were not timely evacuated to the air-conditioned hospital located across the street. These patients ended up at the hospital with body temperatures of, for example, 109.9 degrees Fahrenheit, 108.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 108.3 degrees Fahrenheit, and 107 degrees Fahrenheit - far too late to be saved. The facility also made many late entries into patients’ medical records. The “late entries” were recorded hours after a nurse visited the patients, and therefore, portray an inaccurate depiction of the situation at the facility.

Agency Secretary Justin Senior said, “As more information has come to light on this egregious situation, this facility absolutely cannot continue to have access to patients. This facility failed its residents multiple times throughout this horrifying ordeal. It is unfathomable that a medical professional would not know to call 911 immediately in an emergency situation. The facility also entered late entries into medical records claiming safe temperatures for patients while those same patients were across the street dying in the emergency room with temperatures of over 108 degrees Fahrenheit. No amount of emergency preparedness could have prevented the gross medical and criminal recklessness that occurred at this facility. For that reason we will suspend their license and completely terminate them from the Medicaid program. We will continue to do everything in our power to protect patients in Florida – especially those who are frail and can’t take care of themselves.”

Between 1:30AM and 5:00AM on September 13, several residents suffered respiratory or cardiac distress, and at least eight of those patients ultimately died as a result of not receiving the medical attention they deserved. On September 13, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills added many late entries to patients’ medical records. This includes a facility nurse recording a patient’s temperature at 101.6 degrees, but the patient was actually no longer at the facility, and had a recorded temperature 108.3 by the hospital. In a second, and very egregious case a late entry was added that stated the patient was resting in bed with respirations even and unlabored, however, this resident had already died before this entry was made.

This facility’s license to operate a nursing home in Florida is immediately suspended based upon the facts presented to the Agency. Their Medicaid participation has been terminated. A copy of the facility’s suspension order is attached. AHCA is currently conducting an investigation. The Hollywood Police Department and FDLE are also conducting a criminal investigation.

Lauderhill to Open More Parks as Clean Up Continues After Hurricane Irma

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Lauderhill Staff is working at cleaning up the enormous amount of debris around the City.  
West Wind Park, St. George Park, Maye Jenkins Park, 17th Street Park, Boulevard Woods Park, Waterford Park, and Lauderhill 6-12 are now open. Tonight the sports field at West Ken Lark Park will reopen (not the building). Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 20th the Lauderhill Sports Park will reopen. 
While playing and enjoying the parks please do so with caution. Some park features/amenities have been closed as they were damaged from the storm.  In addition, some Park and Facility hours may be shortened. You can call the Parks Department at 954-730-3080 for Park and Program specific information. 
Garbage and Recycling pickup has resumed on your regularly scheduled days. STORM RELATED DEBRIS is being picked up now- Do not put out regular bulk garbage at this time.  For single family homes, place your debris in your swale. Condos and apartments need to place storm related debris where bulk trash is normally located. Please keep vegetative debris separated from other debris like fences and building materials. Vegetation and foliage must be piled in no larger than 10 foot portions. Please ask your guard gates and security companies to work with the haulers and waste companies who are picking up debris. If you have questions concerning garbage or debris, call 954-730-3000
If you have experienced property damage or loss directly caused by Hurricane Irma, register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance – even if you have insurance, please visit www.disasterassistance.govor call 800-621-3362.

Florida Tolls return Thursday Morning



Tolls on a vast majority of Florida’s Turnpike system, all Florida Department of Transportation roads and bridges, and all regional toll facilities throughout the State will be re-instated this Thursday, September 21st at 12:01 a.m. Tolls were suspended on Tuesday, September 5th to help facilitate Hurricane Irma evacuation and relief activities.

Tolls will remain suspended on the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike south of the interchange with S.R. 874 (Mile Post 0-17) to assist Monroe County residents with recovery efforts.

GROCERY GIVEAWAY AND FOOD DISTRIBUTION ON SATURDAY


In the United States, one in six people struggle to get enough to eat. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel wants to help fight hunger, so he's partnered with the Wayne Barton Study Center's Good News of Christ Ministries to distribute free food, via the Grocery Giveaway Food Distributions.
10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, September 23
Pilgrim Christian Church
1773 N State Road 7, Lauderhill, FL 33313
The goal of the event is to enhance the health, welfare and education of the community through healthy eating. Participants are encouraged to bring bags and carts to fill with meat, produce, bread, dairy and frozen foods. Everyone is welcome to attend this free community event.
The Wayne Barton Study Center was founded by former Boca Raton police officer Wayne Barton, who has created a safe recreation and education venue for youth to study, learn and play. These Grocery Giveaways are taking place throughout South Florida.
For a complete schedule of the Broward County Grocery Giveaways, visit sheriff.org or call the Broward Sheriff's Office Community Services Department at 954-831-8901.



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Lauderhill Administration Announces the Opening of Several Parks as Staff is Cleaning Up After Hurricane Irma

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Lauderhill’s City Hall is returning to normal operations while the Parks/Utilities/Public Works Staff work tirelessly to clean up our streets, medians, swales and public parks.   Restoration has been an enormous effort by the men and women who have worked every day since Hurricane Irma blew through our City. 
All of our roads are passable now. By tomorrowSeptember 19, 2017, we expect the following parks to reopen and some programming to resume at West Wind Park, St. George Park, Maye Jenkins Park, 17th Street Park, Boulevard Woods Park, Waterford Park, and Lauderhill 6-12.  
Proceed at open parks with caution and realize some park features have been closed as they are damaged from the storm.  In addition, some Park and Facility hours may be abbreviated. You can call the Parks Department at 954-730-3080 for Park and Program specific information. 
Garbage Pick-up and Recycling has resumed on your regularly scheduled day. STORM RELATED DEBRIS ONLY is being picked up now.  For single family homes, place your debris in your swale. Condos and apartments need to place storm related debris where bulk trash is normally located. Please keep vegetative debris separated from other debris like fences and building materials. Vegetation and foliage must be piled in no larger than 10 foot portions. Please ask your guard gates and security companies to work with the haulers and waste companies who are picking up debris. If you have questions concerning garbage or debris, call 954-730-3000.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has started the Operation Blue Roof Program in Broward County. They will provide a temporary covering of blue plastic sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. This program is available at no cost to eligible primary homeowners in BrowardCall at 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258) for more information.
If you have experienced property damage or loss directly caused by Hurricane Irma, register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance – even if you have insurance, please visit www.disasterassistance.govor call 800-621-3362.
Log on to the City’s web page at www.lauderhill-fl.gov, our Facebook page at https://facebook.com/cityoflauderhill/, follow us on Twitter at @CityLauderhill or listen to us on 1650 am for City specific information.
Thank you for your continued patience.

Portions of Several Cities in Broward to be Sprayed for Mosquito Larvae


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Portions of Several Cities in Broward to be Sprayed for Mosquito Larvae

- Previously scheduled spraying was canceled due to Hurricane Irma -


 The recent heavy rains in Broward are prompting the need for the Mosquito Control Section to spray some areas of the County to reduce the mosquito larvae population. The mosquito being targeted is the Aedes Aegypti, the mosquito known to carry and transmit the Zika virus.

Residents and business owners are being urged to survey their property to remove any standing water to prevent mosquito breeding, bites and diseases.

The Mosquito Control Section will perform preventive truck larviciding between the hours of 10 PM and 6 AM, weather permitting, between September 20 and September 29, 2017 in some areas of Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Tamarac, and Wilton Manors (see map). More specific spray schedule information can be found here.

The spraying of larvicide using trucks is a proactive measure. There are still no active transmissions of the Zika virus in Broward County. The areas chosen for spraying are based on a number of factors including requests from the Florida Department of Health, population density, and the number of women of childbearing age in the community.

The mosquito larvicide to be used is VectoBac WDG. The active ingredient is Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti, strain AM6552), a naturally occurring, biodegradable bacterial mosquito larvicide which is not harmful to humans, pets, bees, aquatic habitats or environmentally sensitive areas. It is certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and is registered for use by the US Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, VectoBac WDG has been reviewed by the World Health Organization and is listed as a recommended formulation for control of mosquito larvae.

People living in the area who have registered with the State to be alerted prior to spraying will be notified.

In addition to this truck larvicide spraying, the Broward County Mosquito Control Section continues to work closely with the Florida Department of Health and Code Enforcement partners in Broward's 31 municipalities to eliminate mosquitoes and their habitats.

Broward County Mosquito Control Section also treats areas of the County based on requests received from residents. To request service online, complete the Mosquito Spray Request Form. Requests can also be made by calling 954-765-4062.

For more information on what you can do to protect your property and yourself, visit www.Broward.org/ZapZika. You can also follow us on Twitter, using #ZapZikaBroward.

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Hot Meal Distribution at BBT Center Courtesy of Jet Blue




Food trucks stretched around the front entrance of BB&T Center on Wednesday and Thursday, hundreds lining up to grab a hot meal which, for some, was the first one they had enjoyed since Hurricane Irma began approaching South Florida this past weekend.

Hot Meal Distribution at BBT Center Courtesy of Jet Blue

JetBlue will be proving hot meals for a second day to the South Florida community in Sunrise after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.
The airline says 20 food trucks will be on hand to pass out hot meals for anyone in need. The meals will be given out Thursday at the BB&T Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“As the South Florida area begins to recover from Hurricane Irma, we wanted to provide one small piece of comfort to our neighbors in the area,” said a JetBlue spokesperson in an email.
Thursday’s event is the second day in a row the airline paid for meals for South Florida residents, after hundreds turned out to the arena Wednesday.

Please help us spread the word to those in need in the community. On Thursday, September 14, JetBlue will provide hot meals from 20 food trucks at the BB&T Center located at  2555 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise, FL 33323.  dinner 4:00pm – 7:00pm.  All are welcome – neighbors, first responders, etc.

As South Florida begins to recover from Hurricane Irma, Jetblue wanted to provide one small piece of comfort to our neighbors in the area. Additionally, Jetblue is reviewing locations for these food trucks for a second day on Thursday. We will update you once we have additional details.

Hurricane Relief Fundraiser At Lips Oakland Park

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“An Evening With Victor Victoria” at Lips, 1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 305-597-4404. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Dan Linblade, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, and Heiko Dobrikow, executive vice president of the Las Olas Company, will make their stage debut at Lips’ “An Evening With Victor Victoria.” The show and fundraiser supports hurricane relief efforts, in partnership with Neighbors 4 Neighbors. Lindblade and Dobrikow will be made over by the ladies of Lips, who will perform throughout the three-course dinner. VIP tickets cost $150 and include two cocktails with dinner, plus priority seating. General admission includes the three-course dinner. Tax, gratuity and valet parking are included with both tickets.
Tickets can be purchased through Neighbors 4 Neighbors at BlackTie-SouthFlorida.com.

Governor Postpones September Municipal elections

Following requests from the Lee County Supervisor of Elections, Fort Myers Interim City Clerk and Cape Coral City Clerk, Governor Scott is directing municipal elections to be moved from September 26, 2017 to October 3, 2017   Please see the Executive Order HERE .

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Broward County Commissioners have given preliminary approval to the proposed fiscal year 2018

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Broward County Commissioners have given preliminary approval to the proposed fiscal year 2018 budget. The FY 2018 recommended total budget, which includes tax supported and non-tax supported funds, is $4.8 billion.  A second public hearing takes place September 26th

Overall, the total budget increases by $48 million which reflects an increase in the operating budget of $129 million offset by an $81 million decrease in the capital budget. This represents an increase of slightly more than one percent in the total $4.8 billion budget. 

Based on the Broward County Commission's direction, the proposed total millage rate will remain the same as fiscal year 2017. The proposed combined millage rate for FY18 is 5.6690 per thousand dollars of taxable value. Generally, homestead taxpayers will experience a slight increase in County taxes. The increase in assessed value for homestead property owners is capped at 2.1% for FY18. For other properties, the change in the assessed value of each property will determine how much the property taxes will change. 

The budgets for county agencies increases $25 million and addresses critical priorities such as opening the expanded Broward Addiction Recovery Center to help respond to the opioid crisis, providing additional resources for human services programs and paratransit, increasing Zika prevention efforts, additional funding for elderly home care, environmental programs, libraries and expansion of the County's affordable housing program. 

The General Fund budgets for the Broward Sheriff's Office, Property Appraiser and Supervisor of Elections, increased by $26 million with a significant portion funding fire and emergency management personnel.  

It's important to note that Broward County taxes consist of less than one-quarter of the overall tax bill, which also includes city taxes, school district taxes and special taxing districts.  Commissioners voted 7 to 1 to approve the budget. Commissioner Chip LaMarca voted against the proposed budget, favoring a lower property tax rate based on the certified tax roll increase of 8.8% from FY2017 due to increases in property values. Commissioner Tim Ryan was not present. 

County Commissioners are expected to approve a final budget after the second budget hearing on September 26th. The fiscal year 2018 budget takes effect on October 1, 2017.

Reuters/Ipsos poll: Many Americans Are Racists

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A new Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in conjunction with the University of Virginia Center for Politics finds that while there is relatively little national endorsement of neo-Nazis and white supremacists, there are troubling levels of support for certain racially-charged ideas and attitudes frequently expressed by extremist groups. The survey also found backing for keeping Confederate monuments in place, the removal of which has become a hot-button issue in communities across the country.
As is often the case, these survey results can be interpreted in two quite different ways. On the one hand, despite the events in Charlottesville and elsewhere, few people surveyed expressed direct support for hate groups. But on the other hand, it will be disturbing to many that a not insubstantial proportion of those polled demonstrated neutrality and indifference or, worse, expressed support for antiquated views on race.
The large-sample poll (5,360 respondents for most questions) was conducted from Aug. 21 to Sept. 5 in the aftermath of a neo-Nazi rally and counter-protest on the Grounds of the University of Virginia and in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 11-12.
Among the questions, respondents were asked if they agreed or disagreed with statements asking whether white people and/or racial minorities in the United States are “under attack.” Notably, 14% of all respondents both 1) agreed that white people are under attack and 2) disagreed with the statement that nonwhites are under attack.
Nearly one-third of respondents (31%) strongly or somewhat agreed that the country needs to “protect and preserve its White European heritage.” Another third (34%) strongly or somewhat disagreed with the statement, and 29% neither agreed nor disagreed.
Fifty years after the United States Supreme Court struck down bans on mixed-race marriage in Loving v. Virginia, about one-sixth of respondents (16%) agreed with the statement that “marriage should only be allowed between two people of the same race” and an additional 14% neither agreed nor disagreed with the statement, while 4% said they didn’t know. In total, about a third failed to express tolerance of interracial marriage. Among whites, 17% agreed that marriage should be restricted to the same race, with 15% neither agreeing nor disagreeing. This was slightly higher than nonwhites (15% agreed, 12% neither agreed nor disagreed).
In separate questions, each asking whether/to the extent respondent supported various ideologies:
  • 6% of respondents said they strongly or somewhat supported the alt-right.
  • 8% expressed support for white nationalism.
  • 4% expressed support for neo-Nazism.
For both the alt-right and white nationalism questions, the poll found that about one-fifth of respondents said they neither supported nor opposed those groups or movements, perhaps revealing some potential additional support.
“Let’s remember, there are nearly 250 million adults in the United States, so even small percentages likely represent the beliefs of many millions of Americans,” said Center Director Larry J. Sabato.
On Confederate monuments, respondents were given a choice between removing Confederate monuments from all public spaces or keeping all of them in place.
  • Three-fifths (57%) said that Confederate monuments should remain in public spaces, while a quarter (26%) said they should be removed.
  • Among African Americans, 54% said all monuments should be removed versus 25% who were inclined to keep all monuments where they are. Whites strongly differed, with two-thirds (67%) saying they should remain in place and just 19% favoring removal.
  • A plurality of Democrats favored removing all monuments (46%) versus 38% for leaving them in place.
  • Republicans (by 81%-10%) and Independents (by 62%-18%) overwhelmingly preferred keeping the monuments in place.
  • Among those people with a bachelor’s degree or higher, 51% favored keeping the monuments in place versus 34% for removing them.
Some results indicated broad acceptance of racial equality:
  • Seven in 10 respondents (70%) strongly agreed that people of different races should be “free to live wherever they choose” and that “all races are equal” (70%), with only 2% and 4% of respondents strongly disagreeing, respectively.
  • A large percentage (89%) agreed that all races should be treated equally, even as 11% answered otherwise: 3% disagreed, 5% neither agreed nor disagreed, and 3% said they didn’t know.
But other findings presented conflicting opinions about whether and which racial groups may be “under attack” in the United States.
  • 39% of respondents strongly or somewhat agreed with the statement that “white people are currently under attack in this country,” while 38% disagreed. Strong disagreement (28%) ranked higher than strong agreement (19%). Among whites, 29% disagreed with this statement, whereas 54% of nonwhites disagreed. Among partisans, 21% of Democrats agreed with the statement to some extent compared to 63% of Republicans. Conversely, 59% of Democrats disagreed (47% strongly) while just 17% of Republicans disagreed. About the same percentage of Democrats and Republicans neither agreed nor disagreed (17% for the former, 18% for the latter).
  • 55% strongly or somewhat agreed with the statement that “racial minorities are currently under attack in this country,” while 22% strongly or somewhat disagreed. Just 13% of racial minorities disagreed with the statement while 27% of whites disagreed.
Lastly, the poll found mixed views on Black Lives Matter and a relative unfamiliarity with Antifa compared to other movements and organizations that the survey asked about:
  • Roughly one-third of respondents (32%) said they supported Black Lives Matter, and another 24% indicated a middle position of neither supporting nor opposing. Among African Americans, 62% voiced support for the group, while 26% of whites and 33% of Hispanics also did.
  • A plurality of respondents were against BLM, however, with 37% somewhat or strongly opposing the organization. The strongest core of opposition to the group came from whites, with 43% opposing BLM. There was also an obvious partisan difference in support or opposition to the organization: 52% of Democrats supported BLM and 62% of Republicans opposed it.
  • 8% said they strongly or somewhat support Antifa versus 33% strongly opposing Antifa and another 6% somewhat opposing (39% total opposing). There is more uncertainty about Antifa than the alt-right, which could suggest a lack of familiarity with the groups themselves, or with the groups’ ideals: 32% answered “don’t know” when asked about their support or opposition to Antifa, versus 23% who said the same when asked about the alt-right.
A fundamental question that this poll sought to help clarify is whether there is a sizable portion of the American public that could be receptive to the types of messages being disseminated by groups associated with the alt-right and/or white supremacy. When respondents were asked if they supported the alt-right, white nationalists, and neo-Nazis, only a small percentage said they did. But for both the alt-right and white nationalism, about one-fifth of respondents said they neither supported nor opposed those groups or movements.
Within this poll a sizable number of respondents selected the “neither agree nor disagree” option. Given the racially-charged and controversial nature of some of the statements polled, these “middling” answers seemed remarkable, particularly given the fact that a “Don’t know” option was also presented and was available if, for example, one wished to express uncertainty or a lack of knowledge. Ipsos pollster Julia Clark examined the makeup of the “neither agree nor disagree” respondents from this survey. While the profile of these respondents is not uniform, on some of the more notable questions she discovered a general trend showing that these respondents were more likely to have views that leaned more toward intolerance than away from it.
“The ‘Neither agree nor disagree’ respondents, for example, are far less likely to condemn statements against interracial marriage and in favor of preserving white heritage,” said Clark. “In addition, the ‘Neither/Nors’ are notably less likely than other respondents to feel all races should be treated equally or that minorities are under attack. In both cases, and others, this makes their viewpoints more congruous with extremist, anti-equality views than more progressive views.”
The full results and methodology are available here and the crosstabs are available here.


Source UVA Center For Politics