Good Morning Miramar | 02.15.18

Good Morning Miramar, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. right here,
right now. – Good morning, Miramar. My name is
Danielle Reales, marketing coordinator with the city of Miramar’s Office of
Marketing and Public Relations. Today is
Thursday, February the 15th. Today, we’re
actually putting a spotlight on Black History Month with Broward County
Commissioner Dr. Barbara Sharief. Now, please remember that you all
can tune in live on Facebook and periscope using the @CityofMiramar handle. You can also
download the TuneIn Radio app and search, it’s right here in Miramar
to listen live on the radio. Please remember
you can also dial in at any portion of this programming by calling us
at 1-877-2-Miramar, that’s 1-877-264-7262. The weather for today, Thursday,
February 15th, is bringing mostly sunny skies. The high temperature will be 81
during and the low will be 67. We want to
remind everyone that city of Miramar Spring Camp registration is now open. Spring camps are taking place during
spring break for Broward County Schools, March 26th through March 30th, from 7:00 a.m.
to 6:00 p.m. These programs include opportunities
for your children to enjoy sports, field trips, a field day arts and crafts and
so much more. To register, you can visit any one
of our parks and recreation centers. We have our Vernon E. Hargray Youth Enrichment
Center, Vizcaya Park, Ansin Sports Complex, the Sunset Lakes Community
Center, and you can visit all of those during our business hours, from 8:00 to 9:00
p.m. 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. And on Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. And Sundays from 9 to 5. Space is
limited so be sure to register early. And if you’d like more information on that,
you can visit us at The Southcentral/Southeast Focal Point,
which is administered by the city of Miramar is inviting all of our seniors
to the Walk to Wellness Senior 1k. That is happening this Thursday, February
22nd at Preserved Park, located at
3150 Southwest 52nd Avenue in the town of Pembroke Park. For more information on how to register for
that, you can call
954-889-2722. The city of Miramar is excited to announce
its annual career fair that’s taking place Thursday, March 1st,
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our Miramar Cultural Center-ArtsPark
banquet hall, which is located right here on the City Hall main campus,
2400 Civic Center Place. This career fair is being
sponsored by WSVN, CareerSource Broward, and Mission United. If you’d like more
information, please visit We’d also like to remind everyone
that the city of Miramar’s Mayor Wayne Messam, alongside Memorial Hospital Miramar
and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is hosting a free 3K Run/Walk
Health Fair and Family Fun Day, Saturday March the 17th, from 8:00 to 1:00 p.m. This
event is going to feature health screenings, a kid’s zone and so much more. If you’d like more information
on that event, you can call us at 954-602-3198. And at this time, I would
like to reintroduce a very special Broward County Commissioner, Dr. Barbara Sharief. Dr. Sharief is a South Florida
native, growing up in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties. After high school, she
obtained her Associates of Science in Nursing degree from Miami-Dade Community
College, and followed by her registered nurse diploma from Jackson Memorial
Hospital School of Nursing. She later attained her Bachelor of
Science degree in Nursing and Masters of Science degree in Nursing and Advanced
Registered Nurse Practitioner Certification from Florida International
University in Miami. In 2009, Commissioner Sharief
was elected to the Miramar City Commission and served as the city’s
vice-mayor in 2010. In November of 2010,
she was then elected to serve as commissioner to the residents of Miramar,
Pembroke Pines, Weston, Southwest Ranches, and Hallandale Beach, Pembroke Park
and West Park. Then in 2012, she was named
vice-mayor of Broward County and in 2013, the County Commission unanimously
appointed her Broward’s first African-American female mayor and she
was also reappointed for another term as a mayor in 2016. So today, we are
so thankful for Dr. Sharief to join us this morning. Thank you so much for being here. Especially- and we do want to take this
moment to just pour our condolences out to those families affected at Marjory Stoneman
Douglas High School here in Broward County with the tragedy that happened
yesterday at the school. And we’re so
just so grateful for you taking the time out to come be with us this morning. Thank you for having me. – Thank you so
much for being here. Now, so as you know,
February is Black History Month and we here at the city of Miramar are so proud
of the legacy that you have made here in our city and in our county, just all of
the work that you’ve done and really helping bring progress to our community
and beyond. So we’re so thrilled that you
were able to come today and just really talk about that because we think it’s
important to spotlight the different successes of African-Americans in our
community to show everyone out there, you know, that it is possible with just-
with hard work and dedication that they can do it too. So before we get into kind
of all of that, I know we talked a little bit about your background, but tell us
a little bit about growing up in South Florida and kind of what your childhood
was like and kind of how you transition from child, teen years, to later on in
your college career. – So I grew up in Miami. I went- I graduated from
North Miami Senior High School. I have four
brothers and four sisters, so we had a pretty noisy household. My mother was a retired English teacher
and she helped my father with a business that he owned which- my father owned a
women’s clothing store and he sold, of course, women’s clothing. And so I grew up
around an entrepreneur. I followed my
father everywhere. And so I would say
that when my entrepreneurial bug started, it was probably when I was little. I lost my father at the age of 14
to gun violence. So it is not something that
I’m immune to. I have- it changed the
course of my life. I was supposed to go
to medical school initially, ended up in nursing school because I just couldn’t
afford to go to medical school and I really needed to get out and start
my career so that I could make some money to help my mom support my younger
siblings as well as myself. So it was not
an easy thing growing up here in South Florida. I went to dual enrollment to
Jackson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Miami-Dade and I was able to obtain
my diploma, the RN diploma. At the same time I got the associates. What was
amazing was you know when you’re in that situation where you’re under pressure
and you’re just having to work, I never knew that I was one of the youngest
RNs to ever pass boards
in the state of Florida. – Oh, wow. – And so that kind of- when I took
my RN boards, I was seventeen and a half. And I graduated high school
a little bit early. I just had a very good
handle on education and I was able to move through very quickly. And so I
became a nurse and I worked at Jackson Memorial Hospital for nine years. And then after that, I ended up in the
private sector. – Okay. – And just really in terms
of building my business and building my my company and my brand, South Florida
Pediatric Home Care, we basically- I use my nursing background in business
and we take care of medically complex children, children that have tracheostomy,
G-tubes, they have breathing machines, they are very sick, and we take them from
an intensive care setting and set it up at home, and we provide around-the-clock
nursing and therapy services. So currently, we’re one of the largest
providers in South Florida for pediatric home care. And so really I think it’s a
true testament to my father and the way that he, you know, pushed and instilled
that education was the key to success, and so I’m just grateful for that. And that’s kind of where I grew up and,
you know, a little bit about who I am. – Definitely. Now, you mentioned you have siblings. So are you
the oldest, are you in the middle? I am exactly in the middle. – So it’s four
before you and for after, and you’re right in the middle. – Yes. – So what was it
like growing up in such a big family? You know, we grew up and we just took care
of each other. And I think that my parents
always instilled the fact that, you know, if you go out into the community,
you’re not just going by yourself, you’re going
with your family, you’re going with your family’s name, your reputation, and just to protect
one another and to love one another. And that that’s the most important thing
in your life that you can do is to protect, support, and uphold, and uplift
each other, and that’s what we do in our family, so I think that’s the
biggest grounding factor of my life. – Yeah. You know, they say your family is kind of
your first social group. So it’s the
first place where you learn how to kind of interact with the outside world
really because that’s where you grow up. And it’s so interesting to me and,
you know, now knowing you, you come from a big family where you get those values
of teamwork and community because in a big family that’s really what you have,
and you have to work together or else it kind of doesn’t function. So tell us
a little bit about your transition from the private sector being an entrepreneur
and your interest in politics, where did that kind of start and where did you get
the political bug from? – So if you’d asked me
15 years ago if I would have been in politics,
I would have laughed and said no. I did-
I was very vocal in my community and I advocated for lots of things where
I live because I’m- I had little kids, and at that time, I just wanted to make sure
that my children had the right school in the right environment to learn in
so that they could thrive. And I was
in the neighborhood, you know, attending homeowners meetings
and doing other things like that, Hurricane Wilma hit, and I remembered
advocating for some of my neighbors and myself and getting our roofs and getting
things replaced and people just kind of knew me as that person that was always
out there. And I had a lot of community
support when I first decided to run for office. I ran for the seat I’m holding
right now first and I lost by 1,500 votes, but it was an
unbelievable effort of teamwork by a group of people that just believed in me
and pushed me and kept saying you can do this and you should do this, and I never
believed that I would be doing anything in the political arena because I was
always in business. But the business
and the nursing background is the thing that I use the most in politics, you know. All the social health care issues
and all of the negotiating, you know,
it’s not about- when you get into the legislative session and you’re getting
into advocating for Broward County, it becomes mostly like business deals
and financial workings of a company. You know, we’re running a huge company
in the county and so it’s really- that keeps me going and that’s how I got into
it. Absolutely. Now being a woman and
a minority at that, tell us a little bit about maybe some of the pushback
you received in either, you know, your nursing career, you know, being an entrepreneur,
and then turned into politics, what was that like for you? – So in my nursing career,
I think that overall because nursing has been predominantly
female-dominated profession, it’s difficult for people to understand and respect
your value and respect your level of productivity and your level
of competency in nursing. And so you got
some of that there. And then in terms
of politics I think that they underestimate a lot of times what you’re capable of. I think that people judge me based on the
fact that I am a nurse and they think, “Oh, she just a nurse.” And then when
they get to know me and they see me working and they go, “Oh, my God. Well, you know, she’s actually intelligent
and she can do something.” I think that that’s the
the plight of every woman in most professions. And especially in corporate
America with the background that I had after nursing in hospital, I think that
it’s just an underestimation of your talent and your abilities and it was
something that I really set out to say, “You know, I’m gonna work hard and make
sure I disprove that and represent every female well.” – Yes. And you’ve done an excellent job
at that. You know, to kind of go
off of something you said, that idea of underestimating, you know, I’m just
a nurse. I have a friend, not a nurse but I have
friends in nursing school and the way- the amount of work that goes into that
kind of program, it’s so rigorous and it takes so much out of you. And the fact
that you’ve been able to kind of be a little bit of a chameleon
and really transform, you know, from, you know, public service in the healthcare
sector and then private enterprise but still kind of doing that public service
and then political arena is really great. Tell us about your passion for
serving others. Where does that come from? My father, when I was growing up, I always
joked around and said, “Most kids on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are in the
street playing stickball or basketball.” In my house, we were at a food bank. My father opened up a food pantry at the
church that we went to and we were responsible for packaging up the food
that was donated and for distributing that food. And so we would package it up
on Friday and Saturday and Sunday. We spent all day driving that food around. He always wanted to give back. So with
that passion, I felt like I couldn’t do a food bank but I could give back
by advocating for those who are less fortunate or for those who didn’t have
the type of voice that I did. And so
that’s really where that comes from. By giving back. And I’m sure that you
instill that in your children as well. – Yes. – You mentioned to that you have
children. So what do they think of all this,
of this public service and mom is, like, really, you know, out there in the
community, are they interested in that as well? Are they kind of that same path
you think? – My kids are very proud of me and
they say that all the time. But I think
that they’re their own individuals. My youngest, Hailey, wants to be President
of the United States, so she’s probably the
closest to politics that I have. Alyssa,
of my second oldest wants to be a lawyer and a fashion designer. And Amanda,
my oldest is in pre-med right now. So she’s
at studying medicine, so she wants to be a neurosurgeon, so… – That’s amazing. Oh, on the spectrum I have [Inaudible] of
what they are doing. – So proud. So now, I do want to
get into kind of what that day that you became mayor and kind of how
transformative that was in your career for Broward County. But we’re gonna do that after
a quick commercial break. So we’re gonna take a quick break,
gonna give you some updates on some more city news,
but when we return I want to hear all about that, okay? Stay tuned. – I’m Miramar
Mayor Wayne Messam and I am personally inviting you to the Mayor’s 3k Walk/Run
Health and Yoga Fair, sponsored by Memorial Health Care System, Joe DiMaggio
Children’s Hospital, Calvary Fellowship in Miramar, Aetna, Miami Dolphins
and Waste Pro. Come on out for a low-impact
3K walk or run, Saturday March 17th at 8:00 a.m., followed by the health fair
and yoga sessions. We’ll have a kid’s zone,
free health screenings and yoga classes. I would like to see you there
getting fit. [Music]
Thank you all for remaining in to Good Morning- tuned in to Good Morning Miramar. We are back with Dr. Barbara Sharief
here, talking about her career and Black History Month. Please remember that if
you’d like to dial in at any portion during this segment for questions
for myself or our guests, you can do so by dialing 1-877-2-Miramar, 1-877-264-7262. So before we left off, we were talking about
your career in the political arena and kind of how you got into politics. Now, so you were appointed the mayor of our
county twice. – Yes. – Let’s talk about your campaign, running
for mayor the first time and what was that like for you, what kind of fueled that decision
to run for Broward County mayor. – So I’m a county commissioner, and that’s
the only office that we run for in Broward County because we’re a charter county, the
mayor- the title mayor and vice-mayor is rotational. So each year, we now nominate a vice-mayor
and a mayor, but that’s done within the colleagues that are on the board, on the dais. So there’s nine of us. And so to be chosen by my colleagues the first
time, it was a humbling experience. My children were there when I was sworn in. That was kind of surreal. I couldn’t believe it. I really didn’t have any idea when I first
was initially given that task or/and that responsibility that I was the first African-American
female mayor. It wasn’t until
after I took the oath and we started talking to the media that people kept
saying to me, “You know you’re the first one,” and I kept thinking, “That
can’t be right, that can’t be real.” And they said,
“It’s been a hundred years.” Broward County has been around a hundred years. And we were celebrating our centennial so
there was so much emotion and so much feeling
that went into that. And at that time,
I could only think about my great-great grandmother, my grandmother
my mother, and how we had conversations about the civil
rights movement, about segregations slavery, and oppression, and about where
we had come from as a people and the fact that so many people had sacrificed
for me to get to that moment, I really just stood in the moment
and took that in and said, “I have to do something with this.” – Absolutely. Now… Is your family from South Florida
originally, generations? – No. My family is
from Marianna, Florida, which is in Jackson County. That’s a little bit
further north. – Okay. – My grandmother
and my grandfather settled here in Miami and my dad is from Montgomery, Alabama. – Wow. He moved from Montgomery Alabama, met my mother
in Miami and they got married. And so my eight siblings are result
of that marriage of 27 years. – That’s amazing. Wow. And, you know, so you come from really
such a legacy of people who see- have seen and lived and breathed, you know,
that segregation and really, you know, living in the South especially what went
on during that time and to kind of now see you in this position, I think that’s
just something, that’s a dream. It really is. It is a dream. I think of my grandmother
all the time and how they pushed me. My grandmother passed away shortly after
I graduated from nursing school but she was right there at my graduation. I had my aunts who worked in the church,
you know, when I was struggling financially because life has not always been
what it is right now. And I remember not having money to eat,
not having money to go to school and do the things I needed to do. And my family were just really surrounding
me and stepping up. So I had an aunt
that worked in the church kitchen and she used to have me fill up my containers
on Sunday and she helped me to get through school that way, my aunt Letha
and my grandmother Bertha, they were just very
instrumental in my life in terms of pushing me. My mother was struggling with
being back in the force, back into the workforce after we lost my father to gun violence. So I had- it was just a very
tumultuous time. And what I want people
to get from it was I didn’t quit. You know, we had a numerous occasions
where I could have probably just given up but I didn’t. And I think that there are so many
kids out there that go through really hard times in life
and they need to hear stories about other people that had hard times
and went through it. And I always thought
about it in this respect, that my life was hard but it was never as hard as
those who struggled during the civil rights movement and those who
came through slavery. And I just feel like
because of their sacrifice, we cannot afford to let our children take
any opportunity for granted and we have to take advantage of opportunities,
we have to push them to be their best self, and we have to understand that people sacrificed
and died for us to have the freedoms that we have, and that’s what
Black History Month is all about for me. Absolutely. And that’s so important. I heard something the other day and it’s-
it’s amazing that you mentioned that times haven’t always been
as they are now. I think the person said, “You can
have it all but not always all at the same time.” – That’s true. – You know. So I love
to hear stories like this because it really shows people that you know–
I think people want this American Dream, they want success all in a package
they want the house, the marriage, the white picket fence, the family, the great
job, the vacations, all that, but it takes
a lot of hard work, and you’re a true testament to that. – Look it’s- it is hard work,
you know. I’m a single mother
with three kids and I completed my doctorate degree just recently with my kids,
with the mayorship, with going through the airport shooting,
with going through the hurricane, I spent countless hours in the Emergency
Operations Center in between interviews and working. I was doing
my doctoral thesis. On October the 13th,
I defended my doctoral thesis and on January 21st, I walked the stage and got
my Doctor of Nursing Practice. But I did that because I want to show my kids
that you can do anything in life that you set your mind to. And that’s what
taking- not squandering opportunities is about. – Absolutely. So how do you do it? How do you do it all? I want to know your secret. It’s on a schedule. Everything’s on a schedule. I’m very organized. And I always laugh
about that because people look at me and say,
“Oh, my God, how did you do all of that stuff?” I said, “Well, look, I consider
myself type triple A.” – Yeah. – I am
methodical, I do everything on a schedule, and I make sure that I prioritize
my children. I think if- besides all the
other stuff that I do in life, they’re gonna always be the constant,
they’re gonna always be there. And I called them
my foundation and they’re my rock like I’m theirs. And so I think that
if you prioritize your children first and you
make everything else fall in line, I think you do anything you put your mind
to. So it’s all about my family first
because they’re gonna always be here. Politics can come and go,
things can come and go, but the kids will always be there. – That’s so important. And, you know, and this is the first time
we meet, so hearing all of this about you, it’s so interesting. And, you know, you’re such
a relatable person to so many of the people in our community because, yes,
you know, you are in the political arena, in the public eye with so much success
in your career, you know, privately and politically. But you’re a mum and
a single mom, that’s your first priority and your first job. So I love that you can
bring that into what we’re fighting for for our residents and for our community. Tell us how kind of your experience as
a single mom, how that’s translated into your politics and the issues
that you fight for in our community. – Well a lot
of healthcare issues are the things that I fight for, juvenile justice. I think that when moms are out there
and they’re single, they worry about, “Is my kid
going to be okay in school? Are they healthy? Do I have health insurance
to cover if they get sick? Do I have health
insurance to cover if I get sick?” When you’re single, you’re the fallback,
you’re everybody’s fallback. And so I think that
when I look at our community and I look at the moms that have the strength
and the dedication and commitment to their children to keep pushing forward,
I want to help them in every way that I can. So I advocate for child health, child safety
programs, I advocate for civil citation for juveniles so that they get
a second chance because I think that in- Florida has been one
of the more unforgiving States. And I thought that red-light cameras
was just such a regressive type of tax, you know, when you go through and you have
a red light camera, $158 ticket, I decided to take that challenge on. That was one
of the first times that are in the pivotal moment in my career that I thought
I can do this, I can make a difference, I started the red light camera fight
on an eight to one, eight against me. It’s just me
fighting against red light cameras. And as the time went by, I deferred the item
because the ATS, the camera company wanted to patch in to Broward
County’s infrastructure to put up the systems and to make them work and give
more tickets. And I started that on an
eight-one and I was fighting with everybody because I said, “It’s not about safety.” When the poorest section of the
community is paying for something and the rest of us are taking it to a lawyer
and getting it dismissed if we get one, that’s not safety,
it’s a money-making vehicle and it is a regressive tax. You cannot tax one portion
of the residents more than the other. And so because of that, I fought it and we
won. – That’s amazing. And so that was where one of the pivotal
moments where I said, “Hey, I can make a difference.” And then when I looked at
single moms working two jobs, I said, “I’m gonna represent them. I’m gonna represent
females in a good way and I’m gonna be strong for them.” – That’s amazing. Thank you so much
for sharing that. And, now, finally before we go, any advice
that you have to give to maybe women, minority women who are interested
in either career in politics or just, you know, really making a name for themselves
and really serving their community as you have, what advice would you give
to them? – I would say never doubt yourself. Never give up on your dreams
even when people tell you it’s not possible, it is. I ran against an 18-year incumbent
when I first started. I spent 65,000,
she spent 600,000. I lost by 1,500 votes. And the beautiful city of Miramar was
victorious. And then again, at the county level. And I will say that when people
said I couldn’t, I just pushed forward and did. And I just think that whether it’s
your job, whether it’s an entrepreneurial endeavor or whether it’s politics,
it’s about your commitment to yourself, realizing the value in yourself,
and taking that to another level and saying, “Look, no matter what the naysayers say,
I can do this.” And I think that you
can have it all in moderation. I have
everything that I want in life and I think you can too. And I’m really
in a great place. I’m happy. And I think that
every woman out there should be able to be in the same place. So I would say
follow your dreams. – Thank you. And that is a perfect way
to end this segment. Thank you so much
for being here today. – Thank you for having me. – And, you know,
I’m sure everybody else out there knows but, you know, you had every reason today
to- if you couldn’t be here, we totally would
understand, but thank you for taking the time out to speak with us today. – Thank you for having me. We definitely appreciate it. And thank you to all of you for tuning in
to this portion of Good Morning Miramar. We wanna remind everyone that we are live
every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m. right here in Miramar. Thank you so much. Have a good day. [Music]

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