Taking Action: How Broward Serves its Veterans

by Max Crampton-Thomas

2 min read July 2019 Florida is home to over 1.5 million military veterans and over 90,000 active duty and reserve members of the armed forces. The commitment to the US military is embedded in the fabric of Florida’s DNA and the reason why so many of these individuals have chosen to call this state home. 

While this dedication to the military can be found throughout the major hubs in the state, Broward County has presented itself as a standout among its peers throughout Florida. 

Since 1945, Broward County Veterans Services has been helping not only veterans but also their families and dependents. Florida’s veterans pump more than $18.4 billion into Florida’s economy each year, and in return Broward County offers services like assistance accessing benefits and entitlements. The involvement with veterans is not limited to the county, as local businesses and organizations consistently create initiatives to make life easier for those who have served. 

Kathleen Cannon, CEO of United Way of Broward County, is among those spearheading specific initiatives in Broward County. The Mission United program helps veterans reacclimate to civilian life by giving them the services and support they need to progress to the next stage of their lives. Last year Invest: Greater Fort Lauderdale spoke to Cannon about her community initiatives with United Way, and what she said resonates with the current Mission United program. “It is really important to the community that the businesses and nonprofit organizations in Broward work well together without egos and with open discussions on how to solve important social issues. The business community continues to step up because it understands the relationship between helping people and a thriving Broward,” she said. “We are a part of the economic engine because we are working to get people to the next level by providing them with the resources they need to improve their education, skills and, ultimately, their financial stability.” 

Small businesses in Broward are also always looking for ways to become more involved and give back to the armed forces community. These initiatives may not be on the same scope as what organizations like the United Way are working to accomplish, but they are addressing everyday needs for these individuals. One example is Pompano Beach’s Beauty Anatomy Institute of Cosmetology and Wellness. It offered free haircuts every Thursday to all active-duty military and veterans during the month of May, which was Military Appreciation Month. 

Broward County understands not only the economic value its veterans and active military bring to the region, but also the intrinsic value of the sacrifice these individuals have made. 

 

For more information visit:

https://www.unitedway.org

http://www.broward.org/ElderlyAndVeterans/Veterans/Pages/Default.aspx

https://bai.edu/

Hard Rock Hotel Ready to Play New “Guitar”

By staff writer

June 2019

2 min. read

The sky is truly the limit for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s $1.5 billion expansion, which is epitomized by the new 450-foot guitar-shaped hotel that residents of Broward County have seen rise from the ground over the past two years. The sprawling resort is set to open on Oct. 24, 2019.

The hotel will house three towers: the world’s first guitar-shaped building, with 638 luxury rooms; the Oasis Tower, which will consist of 168 luxury rooms overlooking a new “Bora Bora Experience” pool-lagoon area; and the classic Hard Rock Hotel that is a long-established staple in South Florida. This resort is shaping up to be unique in many aspects, including the size of the over 800 new rooms at 515 square feet, a significant upgrade from the average industry standard of 400 square feet.

The resort’s new amenities rival that of any luxury resort found in places like Las Vegas or Dubai. Guests will have access to the private “Bora Bora Experience” that is reminiscent of the region for which it is named, including private villas, personal butler service and a pool-lagoon landscape. The resort will also offer a new 42,000 square foot space that includes a 3,200 square foot fitness center, salon, barber shop, and countless spa services. The primary staple of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel is its casino, which is also undergoing some major renovations and upgrades with the addition of 200 table games, 3,100 slot machines and a newly constructed 45-table poker room. Finally, the new 6,500-seat Hard Rock Live venue is expected to draw tourists and musical acts alike to the South Florida region. The venue will be kick-started a day after the grand opening with an inaugural concert by Maroon 5.

The massive expansion is already having a positive economic impact on the South Florida region. The resort has been in the process of hiring over 1,200 new employees for full-time, part-time and on-call positions, while the expansion required over 2,000 construction employees. The almost completed guitar-shaped tower is already a landmark on the South Florida skyline and is attracting more attention to the city of Hollywood, where the resort is located.

Long a major economic driver in Broward County, the refurbished Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is ready for its debut and set to play a major role in all of South Florida.

For more information on Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino visit:

https://www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com/