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The City Commission will meet on Tuesday, 
February 18, 2014. 
100 N. Andrews Ave. 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Conference Meeting- 1:30 Regular Meeting- 6:00 p.m.
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Town Hall Meeting on March 5
Fort Lauderdale will host a series of Telephone Town Hall Meetings, set to begin next month, to give neighbors a chance to provide input on City services, initiatives and events.  Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler will host the first citywide meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5.  All of the meetings will be open to everyone, regardless of the Commission District in which you live or work.  Neighbors with listed phone numbers will receive a phone call prior to the start of the meeting.  Those that are available and wish to participate can stay on the line to share their idea or listen to the discussion.  Alternatively, residents can also call the toll free number (855) 269-4484 from their home or cell phone to participate.  Click here to learn more about the Telephone Town Hall Meetings and how to participate.
Mark your calendar for the upcoming meetings, which will take place from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.:
District I Vice Mayor Roberts- April 8
District II Commissioner Trantalis- May 14
District III Commissioner DuBose- June 9
District IV Commissioner Rogers- July 10
Town Hall Meeting
Share Your Ideas
Several of your neighbors have already visited the City's new interactive website and posted their ideas to enhance our community.  On the site you can comment within specific forums on climate adaptation or economic development, or post a general comment about City programs or services.  Some ideas posted to date include revitalizing the Riverwalk, expanding low cost internet access and increasing the number of bike paths.  Click here to visit the new site and see what people are saying, vote to support ideas from your neighbors and share your own ideas to help us improve quality of life and make Fort Lauderdale "The City You Never Want to Leave."
A1A in Action

"A1A In Action" is a project dedicated to enhancing a piece of Fort Lauderdale's future by transforming a portion of our iconic beachfront roadway into a vibrant, resilient, multimodal destination.  The City of Fort Lauderdale, in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT),  Broward County, and the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) completed an emergency restoration of A1A following damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Designs for the revitalization of a portion of State Road A1A along Fort Lauderdale Beach from E. Sunrise Boulevard to N.E. 18 Street are complete.  Click here to learn more and see a list of planned project amenities. 

Climate Adaptation


The City of Fort Lauderdale held a public forum recently to discuss long-term sustainability in light of climate change.  The Open House was an opportunity to share current information with neighbors and initiate a conversation about working together to enhance Fort Lauderdale's resiliency in an effort to protect the City's future prosperity.  Click here to learn more about the Adaptation Action Area Open House Meeting. 


If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can still provide input through February 21, 2014 by posting your comments on the City's interactive website.  

Daring Rescue  


On Wednesday evening, February 12, the Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Department responded to a report of a fire in a residential building on Holiday Drive.


Firefighters arrived within 2 minutes of receiving the call and were met with heavy smoke on the 14th floor from a fire in an apartment kitchen.  Residents on the 14th floor were evacuated.  Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the apartment kitchen with smoke damage extending to the rest of the unit and hallway.  As crews extinguished the flames, they rescued a dog that was trapped in the apartment.  The dog was treated by firefighters with oxygen and is reported to be doing well.  No injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

February Artist 


Fort Lauderdale proudly displays original artwork from local artists each month on the first floor of City Hall.  For the month of February 2014, Fort Lauderdale is proud to welcome Nzingah Oniwosan, a Haitian-American artist, classically trained pianist, bass clarinetist, published poet, writer, jewelry designer and an up-and-coming African and Haitian Folklore dancer.  Click here to read Nzingah's full biography and be sure to stop by City Hall to see her art on display through the end of the month.  

New City Vendor

On Saturday, February 1st, Republic Services began collection service for yard waste and garbage in the City of Fort Lauderdale. 


Your service days will remain the same, but your service time may have changed.  Please place your carts at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled service day to ensure collection.  Please leave your carts at the curb until they are emptied.  For questions regarding your garbage, yard waste or recycling service, visit the City website or call the 24-Hour Customer Service Center at (954) 828-8000.

Free Tax Prep
The City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department will provide valuable free income tax preparation to help hard-working families in our community. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides FREE tax preparation services for qualified individuals with an income of less than $52,000.  Services are offered at Carter Park, located at 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard. Hours are Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  No appointment is necessary.  For more information, please click here or call (954) 828-5411.
YMCA Programs    


The City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the YMCA to bring you their Active Older Adults fitness programs.  These programs are for those interested in increasing their heart health, muscle strength, flexibility and balance.  Classes are taught by certified fitness instructors who have additional training in working with older adults. Join us for fantastic classes every day for only $6 a class, or try a class pass for 10 classes for only $40!  For a full class listing, please click here or call (954) 828-5383.
Animal Removal

Neighbors who would like to report a deceased animal on a public roadway should contact the City of Fort Lauderdale by calling the 24-Hour Customer Service Center at (954) 828-8000 or completing an online Customer Service Form.  Please have the location (specific address or cross streets), type of animal and a contact phone number available.

Kijiji Moja
Carter Park celebrates Black History Month with Kijiji Moja on Saturday, February 15 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Kijiji Moja means "one village" in Swahili.  This free event helps communities and their families unite through live entertainment, drumming circles, ethnic crafts, tribal storytelling and other inner-attainment. Carter Park is located at 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard.  Kijiji Moja is held in partnership with the Durrs Homeowners Association and the Charles Evans Foundation.  For more information, please click here or call (954) 828-5411.
Full Moon Night Sight
Ever wonder what creatures come out to play when it's dark?  Snyder Park hosts Full Moon Night Sight on Saturday, February 15.  Enjoy a unique, full moon guided tour with education on the local nocturnal wildlife of South Florida.  Advance registration is required for this program.  Fee: $3 per person, or $10 per family. For more information, click here or call (954) 828-4341.
Friday Night Tunes
Join us for Friday Night Tunes, a FREE outdoor concert series with a broad range of musical varieties featuring a different live performer each month! On February 21, Friday Night Tunes features the soulful sounds of Sassy Singz, a talented vocalist performing smooth jazz, R&B and top 40 favorites.  Friday Night Tunes takes place the third Friday of each month, through May, at Joseph C. Carter Park, located at 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard. Bring your chairs, picnic blankets, and snacks to relax under the stars.  For more information, please click here or call (954) 828-5363.
Sistrunk Festival


The Sistrunk Historical Festival is a cultural organization that celebrates the accomplishments of people of African descent. The organization is named in honor of  Dr. James Sistrunk, one of the first African-American Physicians in Broward County.  Annual activities provide educational, historical, and recreational events in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. They attract thousands of participants from the tri-county area and other parts of the State.


The annual parade will take place along historic Sistrunk Boulevard on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and will feature marching bands, steppers, drill teams, floats and the Caribbean Carnival Dancers!

The Sistrunk Street Festival will follow the parade, from 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Mills Pond Park, 2201 NW 9th Avenue, and will offer food, arts & crafts, Kidz Zone activities, vendors, a health fair and more.  Click here for more information about this exciting community event.

Tree Giveaway

There will be a tree giveaway for Fort Lauderdale residents on Saturday, March 1 at Mills Pond Park (2201 NW 9th Avenue) from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Trees will be in three-gallon pots and will be two to four feet tall.  Tree species that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, will include: live oak, Jamaica caper, pigeon plum, silver buttonwood, dwarf mango, avocado and carambola.  There will be a limit of one fruit tree and two trees total per household.  Proof of residence in Fort Lauderdale (driver's license, utility bill, etc.) is required.  For more information, please call the City Forester, Gene Dempsey, at (954) 828-5785.

Jazz Brunch Shuttle


The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch is an ideal way to relax and enjoy Fort Lauderdale's scenic Riverwalk from Esplanade Park to Riverfront.  Listen to the soulful sounds of outstanding local jazz artists on four stages from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month.  The scheduled performers for Sunday, March 2, are: Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble, Miami Jazz Quartet, Gold Coast Jazz Society, and the Ron Satterusso Duo.


The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch is partnering with the Water Taxi to offer free shuttle service on March 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Round trip shuttle service will be available every 20 minutes from the following locations: Las Olas Riverfront, Smoker Park and behind Mangos Restaurant & Lounge.  Leashed and well-behaved pets are welcome aboard.


The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch is produced by the City of Fort Lauderdale and is sponsored by SunTrust Bank, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, News Radio 610 WIOD, Beck's Sapphire and Bud Light Platinum.  For more information, please call our 24-hour event hotline at (954) 828-5363 or click here.

St. Patrick's Festival


Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 8.  That's when the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Parade & Festival

marches into downtown to celebrate all things Irish!


Arrive early and grab a spot to enjoy music and fun as festivities kick off at 10 a.m. in Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Boulevard.  The pageantry and excitement continues with a traditional Irish Blessing at 11 a.m. followed by the 3rd Annual Leprechaun Leap Family Fun Run.  The Parade begins at noon along Las Olas Boulevard and will feature decorative floats, pipe and drum corps, classic automobiles, bagpipers, marching bands, Irish dancers, and more!  Following the parade, the Irish celebration continues at the St. Patrick's Festival, which runs until 7:00 p.m. at Huizenga Plaza and along the Riverwalk.  Highlights will include live performances by Irish superstar Jimmy Keane (Bohola), Celtic Bridge, the Joe Dougherty Band, the Fineans, Avalon, the Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance, along with plenty of your favorite Irish food and beverages.


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