Look­ing ahead to this week

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Kath­leen Can­non, pres­i­dent, United Way of Broward County

Black Fri­day and Cy­ber Mon­day are all about get­ting great deals. But the best deal is al­ways giv­ing back! Giv­ing Tues­day is Nov. 27, and peo­ple across the globe will come to­gether to sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tions that im­prove lives and com­mu­ni­ties year­round. Please be gen­er­ous as it means the world to some­one in need and to the non­prof­its that help them. There are many char­i­ties and causes in South Flor­ida that wel­come your in­volve­ment. #Giv­ingTues­day

Bar­bara Sharief, mem­ber, Broward County Com­mis­sion

Broward res­i­dents should be aware of on­line scam­mers dur­ing the hol­i­days. The risks of cy­ber­at­tacks in­crease each year. Crim­i­nals use fake emails and web­sites to steal money and gain ac­cess to con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion. Fol­low these tips to stay safe on­line: do not shop us­ing pub­lic com­put­ers or un­se­cured pub­lic WiFi net­works; cre­ate stronger pass­words us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of eight or more char­ac­ters, up­per and lower case let­ters, num­bers, and sym­bols; look for the pad­lock in the ad­dress bar or a URL that starts with “https”; avoid us­ing debit cards on­line and pay with credit cards for greater pro­tec­tion. Visit https://www.dhs.gov/be-cy­ber-smart.

Eleanor So­bel, for­mer mem­ber, State Se­nate

A new broom sweeps clean. Hal­lan­dale Beach is on a new mis­sion to clean up its im­age with two new mem­bers -- Mayor Joy Adams and City Com­mis­sioner Sab­rina Javel­lana -- the youngest com­mis­sioner in the his­tory of Hal­lan­dale Beach. As wit­nessed lead­ing her first com­mis­sion meet­ing, Mayor Adams will lead as a no non­sense mayor and will not tol­er­ate per­sonal at­tacks, threat­en­ing to shut down her first meet­ing. Com­mis­sioner Javel­lana, who is now vice­mayor at the age of 21 and a full-time stu­dent at FIU, is an in­de­pen­dent thinker vot­ing her con­science with­out sid­ing con­sis­tently with any par­tic­u­lar com­mis­sion fac­tion.

Tim Lon­er­gan, pres­i­dent, Broward League of Cities; Oak­land Park mayor

The last elec­tion cy­cle em­pha­sized the need for a cred­i­ble elec­toral process that runs on time and with­out er­rors. The process must re­flect the will of the vot­ers and pro­vide an en­vi­ron­ment that al­lows cit­i­zens to par­tic­i­pate with con­fi­dence, can­di­dates to safely ex­press their views and vot­ers to be able to trust that when they cast a bal­lot, it will be counted. The new Broward County Su­per­vi­sor of Elec­tions, who will be elected in 2020, must pro­vide man­age­ment that is pro­fes­sional, im­par­tial, trans­par­ent and ef­fec­tive in its prepa­ra­tion and ad­min­is­tra­tion to en­sure that the in­tegrity of the elec­tion process works.

Marty Kiar, prop­erty ap­praiser, Broward County

Broward County 2018 prop­erty tax bills must be paid by Nov. 30 to re­ceive the 4 per­cent early pay­ment dis­count. On Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., res­i­dents can save time by us­ing Broward County’s tax ex­press pay­ment dropoff ser­vice lo­cated at the Broward County Gov­ern­men­tal Cen­ter An­nex. In or­der for tax pay­ments to be ac­cepted,they must be: (1) cur­rent taxes (2018); (2) paid in full; (3) on a prop­erly filled out check; and (4) ac­com­pa­nied by the orig­i­nal tax bill stub. Please re­mem­ber no cash or credit cards will be ac­cepted at this lo­ca­tion.

Lori Ber­man, Flor­ida state sen­a­tor

The state leg­is­la­ture con­vened last week for or­ga­ni­za­tional ses­sion to in­stall the new Se­nate Pres­i­dent and Speaker of the House and to adopt the rules of our re­spec­tive bod­ies. In both ad­dresses made by the in­com­ing Speaker Jose Oliva and in­com­ing Pres­i­dent Bill Gal­vano they em­pha­sized the need for ci­vil­ity and re­spect in our democ­racy. I am hope­ful that the con­tentious na­ture of our na­tional rhetoric will not be seen in your state leg­is­la­ture as we work to­gether to ad­dress the needs of all Florid­i­ans. I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with both my Demo­cratic and Re­pub­li­can col­leagues this leg­isla­tive ses­sion.

John “Jack” P. Seiler, at­tor­ney, for­mer mayor, Fort Laud­erdale

Now that the fed­eral and state elec­tions are over, it is time that we all fo­cus on fix­ing the Lake Okee­chobee en­vi­ron­men­tal cri­sis that be­came a po­lit­i­cal “hot potato.” In­stead of blam­ing one elected of­fi­cial or an­other for the waves of toxic al­gae blooms spread­ing out from Lake Okee­chobee to both coasts, we all need to pre­serve and pro­tect our wa­ter­ways and beaches, our pub­lic health, our pri­vate prop­erty, and our tourist econ­omy. We need a de­tailed plan for wa­ter qual­ity, wa­ter stor­age, agri­cul­tural dis­charge stan­dards, and sep­tic tank pol­lu­tion re­stric­tions. We also need sub­stan­tial funds ded­i­cated to both short term and long term so­lu­tions. Fi­nally, we need a se­ri­ous long-term com­mit­ment for mov­ing for­ward from the lo­cal, state, and fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

Ghenete “G” Wright Muir, at­tor­ney, LGBTQ ad­vo­cate

A few weeks ago I no­ticed a bright green elec­tric scooter placed oddly at the en­trance of a friend’s build­ing in down­town Fort Laud­erdale. Then the next day I saw some­one rid­ing a scooter, then an­other per­son, and ta da -- scoot­ers ev­ery­where! Fort Laud­erdale was sud­denly feel­ing more vi­brant with peo­ple out­side of their cars. Turns out, the City of Fort Laud­erdale agreed for hun­dreds of dock­less scoot­ers to be placed through­out the city. Some peo­ple are ex­cited while oth­ers ques­tion their safety. I hope this is a new mode of trans­porta­tion and not a pass­ing fad.

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