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Broward Throws Millions At Outmoded Technology

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Sometimes it feels like Broward County is stuck in the last century, with politicians making expensive decisions based on yesterday’s technology:

  • The Wave streetcar system for Fort Lauderdale is moving ahead without taking into account that people in downtown Fort Lauderdale might prefer rides from companies like Uber/Lyft.
  • County Commissioners handed $10 million to Broward Sheriff Scott Israel for two new helicopters and ignored the trend towards dramatically cheaper law enforcement drones.

Broward Sheriff’s Office wanted two new helicopters for medical and law enforcement. Based on the comments of BSO Col. James Polan to commissioners this week, there no doubt is a need.

But how big is the need?

 

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, May 27, 2017

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Buddy Nevins has been a South Florida journalist for over 40 years. His columns appeared in the Fort Lauderdale News and then the Sun-Sentinel. Nevins now writes for his own website, www.browardbeat.com. The opinions expressed by Buddy Nevins are strictly his own and not those of the SouthFloridaReporter.