Former Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief Commemorates Her Year in Office and Offers Thanks to Her Successor

(Broward County, Florida) November 30, 2017

Former Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief is pleased to commemorate her year in office and welcome her successor Beam Furr. In her Facebook post Mayor Sharief thanked a variety of people in both her professional and personal lives. Mayor Sharieff has been one of the most successful and popular Mayors in Broward County History who was praised for her graceful oversight of the investigation in the aftermath of the shootings at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport and shepherding County Citizens through the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma.

The Facebook Post reads:

Today culminated a year of my serving as Mayor of Broward County. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve through the airport tragedy as well as Hurricane Irma. Our community proves time and time again that it is strong and resilient and I couldnt have asked for a better team of people to work with throughout. Thanks to my children Amanda Murias, Alyssa Sharief, Hailey, Meia Chambers, and Zachary Chambers for always supporting me. Thanks to our Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for the kind congessional recognition and for taking the time to come and present it at the meeting it was truly a surprise and very humbling. Thanks to Mayor Beam Furr for the plaque and @bestmom t-shirts everything was so thoughtful. I want to congratulate our new Mayor Beam Furr and our new Vice Mayor Mark Bogen on their new roles, I know they will do well. Commissioner Barbara Sharief.

Mayor Sharief has not disclosed publicly what the next step in her political career might be but speculation is running rampant for those in the South Florida political scene. The former Broward County Mayor has been celebrated for her scandal-free tenure and her stewardship of Broward County’s economic and cultural identity through tumultuous times in the nation. Broward County is one of the nation’s most prosperous, diverse and largest counties. With its continued growth in proximity to Miami and West Palm Beach, it aims to be one of the more influential economic centers in the state.

To learn more about Barbara Sharief visit her official website at barbarasharief.com or her official Facebook page.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief Participates in Florida Teal 5K Run/Walk for Women’s Health Awareness

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(Davie, FL) September 24, 2017

When it comes to women’s health awareness it doesn’t matter whether you walk or you run. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief recently participated in the Florida Teal 5K Run/ Fun Walk. The event is a fundraiser for ovarian and gynecological cancer awareness in Davie, Florida.

“The purpose of this event is to celebrate the National Ovarian & Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, honor cancer survivors, remember those we lost, to spread awareness to the general public, and raise much-needed funds to support the life-changing Kindah Foundation programs and the mission to ensure that no female faces cancer alone. ”

Mayor Barbara Sharief is among the most active and engaged political figures in the state of Florida. Her involvements in and support for such charitable causes represents a significant part of her mission in public service:

“It was a pleasure and an honor to support this fabulous event. I had a great time supporting the 5k Walk/Run to raise awareness and funds to fight against Ovarian and Gynecological Cancer. This is a worthy cause and a terrific start to my morning with Bridgett Parris, Mayor Judy Paul, and many fabulous supporters and survivors!”

It is standard operating procedure for politicians to take photos and make appearances at various charity fundraisers. What separates figures like Barbara Sharief from standard practitioners in public service however is her emotional and engaging commitment to causes. Mayor Sharief is well-known within her community for getting involved in powerful ways and giving much of her free time in a genuine way.

For more information on Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief visit her official website at barbarasharief.com and her official Facebook page.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief Holds Town Hall Meeting on Opioids Crisis

(Pembroke Pines, FL) August 29, 2017

 

In response to the growing number of people suffering and dying from the opioid abuse epidemic in Broward County, FL, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief held a town hall meeting Thursday morning where government leaders and healthcare professionals alike gathered to talk about finding a sustainable solution.“We are pooling our resources, not just on a county level, but with our 31 municipalities to combat this problem,” Sharief said. With over 300 people in attendance, Barbara Sharief and fellow officials conveyed the worrying statistics brought forth by local police. According to their coroners and medical examiners, an increase in heroin on the streets has resulted in the deaths of dozens of individuals via overdose every week. In the previous year alone, the lives of 582 people were claimed by their opioid addiction, with the numbers this year on track to break that record.

Heroin is one form of opiate that is commonly used on the streets. Medically, opiates are used to treat pain, but they have the notorious side effect of being highly addictive. Often times, people who have become addicted to prescription opiates will turn to heroin when their supply is cut off. Law enforcement, elected officials, and other experts attending Thursday’s meeting were briefed on specific details of heroin as well as how to tell if someone is high, and if they’re addicted. “It knows no socioeconomic boundaries, and so I believe that that’s why it’s become such a national epidemic,” said Sharief. “A person is addicted, and they’re having a crisis. They’re having a failure from [an] overdose of an opioid. We pay for that in the form of healthcare, emergency services and even at times, for mortuary services,” she said.

Thursday’s meeting not only discussed the particulars of heroin addiction but how to provide the resources and the tools that recovery specialists and programs need to be able to help break the cycle of addiction.

 

For more information on the opioid epidemic and what we can do to stop it, check out the official Barbara Sharief website.

 

Mayor Barbara Sharief Presents “Broward Means Business” Proclamations to Outstanding Local Businesses

(Broward County, FL) August 16, 2017

As part of the “Broward Means Business” initiative, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief has recently handed out a select number of proclamations to exemplary businesses in the Broward County area that have fostered the community’s economic growth and entrepreneurial spirit. These businesses include Hollywood Eyes for their 19 years of quality eye care in the Broward County, Flash Back diner for their continued support of the Broward County community and Broward Means Business programs, as well as several other notable names like The National Boys & Girls Club and the Women’s History Board.

These “Broward Means Business” proclamations are a way to recognize businesses and business persons who significantly contribute to the County’s positive business climate and is a part of the larger 2016-2020 county commissioning plan to stimulate the local economy by encouraging successful entrepreneurship as well as enabling and growing business in the area. It also includes county-sponsored and hosted events like job fairs, different business-related seminars, and free workshops designed to inform the public on tactics and policies that can be used to enhance their business as well as the local economy.

For more information check out the official Broward Means Business Facebook page,  visit their website at Broward.org/EconDev, or call 954.357.6400.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief Publishes New Pinterest Page to Promote South Florida Lifestyle

(Broward County, FL) August 9, 2017

Since day one, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief has been dedicated to helping her community to flourish by enacting programs to strengthen the local economy using new technology. Programs like Digital Divide and Broward Means Business have gone a long way to providing the community with resources such as tablet computers, job fairs, entrepreneurial workshops, and more.

Now taking it a step further, Barbara Sharief is looking to establish Broward County’s reputation across the nation as the trending technology hub and subtropical paradise that it is through social media. Originally on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, Sharief has opened a new Pinterest account in order to promote local restaurants, businesses, and attractions on a global platform.

Intended to be an interactive mood board, Pinterest offers a resource rarely seen on other social media platforms; the ability to easily save properly sourced information. In effect, it becomes a way for people to organize their experiences on the internet and save the things they like for later use. With Pinterest’s feature to grab a related photo and add a quick snippet of context, Pinterest becomes an invaluable way to display everything Broward County has to offer in one place.

Follow the links for a more detailed look at her Pinterest page, and for more information on current programs look to her official youtube channel.