Here are some of the things Broward County commissioners did today:
* Agreed to contribute $40,000 toward a feasibility study for a public-private partnership that would yield a new federal courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The county, city and Downtown Development Authority will pay for the study.
* Gave $5,000 to Broward Days, even though the two-day lobbying fest in Tallahassee isn't taking place this year.
* Expressed concern, disgust, and frustration with the Broward Commission on the Status of Women appointees, for criticizing county commissioners. (Click here for memory refresher.)
* Changed the land-use designation on Woodmont Country Club Inc.'s 44-acre golf course south of Southgate Boulevard, between University Drive and Pine Island Road in Tamarac, to allow 152 single-family homes and some commercial development, plus a nine-hole golf course.
* Increased the residential density allowed on a 183-acre parcel formerly in Palm Beach County, now in Parkland, between Loxahatchee Road and County Line Road, to allow a 538-home complex for people 55 and older, with the developer contributing $1,150 to the county for each home, to assist in affordable housing efforts.
* Accepted a county audit that found overtime spending spiked last year, primarily because of its use to deal with vacancies and absences at Broward County Transit.
* Changed the land-use designation on a vacant 8.4 acres on the northwest corner of Northwest 33rd Street and North Andrews Avenue Extension in Pompano Beach, to allow development of a 108-unit residential project.
* Agreed to pay up to $10,000 to a law firm, Cohen & Grigsby, in Pittsburgh, Penn., to represent the county in a bankruptcy case in which the property owner owed Broward County $92,477 in property taxes.
* Accepted the county attorney’s hiring of law firm Squire Sanders to help the county draft new agreements with the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center in Sunrise. It is expected that the Panthers organization will pay the county’s consultant bill, expected to be about $250,000, including financial advisors.
* Approved $1.4 million in funding for six months, for non-profit groups that serve the homeless.
* Gave a $1.2 million contract to Allied Contractors Inc. to make structural repairs to the Palm Garage at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
* Signed off on a $50,000 intersection upgrade for the intersection of Southwest 145 Avenue and Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines. The city and state will share the cost, which is for design of the improvements. A third northbound left turn lane on Southwest 145th Avenue will be added, among other things.
* Agreed to pay an extra $9 million to Tutor Perini Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Venture, one of the companies building the new runway at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. The sloped runway required more fill than expected, and the embankment wall is larger than expected. The price, which brings the total contract to $219.2 million, has not been agreed to by Tutor Perini and will remain in dispute until later.