Broward County will try to cut its electricity use and turn to renewable energy sources, as it continues to plan for global warming.
County commissioners voted 8-1 Tuesday to set energy goals, saying the White House has made it clear that planning for climate change is a priority.
"Federal dollars are soon going to be tied to demonstrating how well you're moving these goals forward,'' Commissioner Kristin Jacobs said. "If you aren't demonstrating a commitment to renewable enrgy and trying to change your ways, then guess what? Federal funding is not going to come to you in the way of dollars for transportation, for housing, for energy. The spectrum is quite broad.''
Only Chip LaMarca, the sole Republican, voted against the resolution, saying he still hasn't seen estimates of the cost so he can "show people what their money is going to go to.''
The goals are to reduce electricity use in county buildings by 2.5 percent a year, incorporate renewable energy projects like solar installations in county facilities, use renewable sources for 20 percent of the county's energy use and implement electronic permitting.
In other action, Broward commissioners Tuesday:
•Agreed to pay Moss & Associates, LLC, $24 million for the Port Everglades Cruise Terminal 4 expansion;
•Hired Ric-Man Construction Florida, Inc., for $14.9 million to construct security improvements at Port Everglades, including a new security checkpoint and demolition of the existing one on Eisenhower Boulevard. The Convention Center will no longer be behind a security checkpoint at the Port, when the project's complete.
•Filed with the Federal Transit Administration for $23.8 million in assistance for public transit;
•Settled for $22,500 a claim from bus passenger Shannon Turner, who was a passenger in a county transit bus that was hit by another Broward County bus. She required back surgery;
•Hired Giannetti Contracting Corporation for $1.6 million for a drainage canal project in North Lauderdale's Broadview Estates.
•Settled for $105,000 a workers compensation case in which a maintenance worker injured his big toe, requiring three surgeries.
•Reappointed Andreas A. Ioannou of Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort to the Tourist Development Council, to help advise the county on spending of tourist taxes;
•Ordered staff to research the cost to provide archived videos of County Commission meetings online, like the surrounding counties and more than half the Broward cities do.
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