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APRIL 2014
Fast Forward Fort Lauderdale
Fast Forward Fort Lauderdale

We cannot predict the future.  Together, however, we can shape our destiny.  Through eight different outreach mechanisms and numerous public events, City staff and the Visioning Committee spent two years making more than 5,000 neighbor contacts and gathering more than 1,500 ideas for a citywide vision plan. Watch our new video that captures the community aspiration for Fort Lauderdale to become "The City You Never Want to Leave."

  

The citywide vision plan, Fast Forward Fort Lauderdale, was unanimously adopted by the Commission in April 2013.  Over the past year we've been working diligently with our neighbors to make the community vision a reality.  Click here to get a comprehensive update on our progress.

Jim Ellis, Carolyn Michaels, Sandy Casteel, David Deal

Honoring our Neighbors 

 

Each year, Fort Lauderdale recognizes the 

contributions of four distinguished neighbors who have dedicated themselves to enhancing our community and improving our quality of life.  We congratulate the 2014 Citizens Committee of Recognition honorees and thank them for their service: 

Adopt A Neighbor 

 

The City of Fort Lauderdale is proud to announce the launch of a new Adopt-A-Neighbor initiative.  The program pairs caring volunteers with homeowners to build community by enhancing properties and beautifying neighborhoods throughout Fort Lauderdale.   Spearheaded by the City's Department of Sustainable Development in partnership with the Division of Neighbor Support, the Adopt-A-Neighbor program is a unique collaboration among the City, its neighborhood associations and local community organizations.  Click here to learn more about the program and the official kick off, which took place on March 15. 

Earning Top Rankings
 
Fort Lauderdale is flourishing as an ideal place to live, work and play, as we continue to receive national accolades for our exceptional quality of life!  Twice in the past few weeks, the City received a highly favorable top-ten ranking from a national organization.
  
Citing a diverse array of amenities, positive economic news and a comfortable lifestyle, Livabiltiy.com ranked the City of Fort Lauderdale as #7 among the nation's "Top 10 Best Downtowns in 2014."  The City was lauded for its transformation from suburban beach town to progressive urban center.  "The ratio of jobs to residents in the downtown area is nearly equal, a sign that people want to live where they work," Livability.com reported.
  
Movoto Real Estate Blog ranked Fort Lauderdale #7 among "America's 10 Most Exciting Cities."
"Receiving national recognition twice in one week is a tremendous honor for the City of Fort Lauderdale and reflects our commitment to building community, enhancing lifestyle, and creating an active, vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable City," said Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler. 
All-America City Finalist 

 

For the second consecutive year, Fort Lauderdale has been named a finalist for the national All-America City Award.  Sponsored by the National Civic League, the All-America City Award recognizes cities, counties, towns, neighborhoods, and metropolitan areas across the country for exemplary community-based problem solving and civic engagement efforts that involve public, private and non-profit entities.

 

"We are honored to be one of only 25 cities nationwide selected as a finalist for this prestigious designation," said Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler.  

 

The National Civic League commended Fort Lauderdale for numerous projects that demonstrate outstanding civic engagement, cross sector collaboration, inclusiveness, and innovation.  An array of Parks and Recreation programs that promote healthy active lifestyles were recognized including:  Wise Kids, the Presidential Challenge, First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Campaign, the Fit Kidz Club, and the City's after-school programs and youth camps.  The 2014 All-America Cities will be announced on June 15 as part of the National Civic League's annual conference in Denver, Colorado. 

City Selected for FPL Solar Program

 

Florida Power & Light recently announced plans to propose a voluntary, community-based, solar partnership for consideration by the Florida Public Service Commission.  The program is part of an effort to offer more customers the choice to support solar power.  If approved, FPL will install new solar-powered generating facilities in Florida communities, funded by voluntary contributions from FPL customers who choose to participate in the pilot program. The City of Fort Lauderdale is pleased to be among the first communities selected to host the new solar arrays.  The pilot program is expected to begin accepting voluntary customer contributions in 2015.

FLTV On-Demand

 

Now neighbors can access live streaming and archived videos online!  Fort Lauderdale's government access television channel, FLTV, is a valuable informational and educational tool.  FLTV keeps our neighbors engaged by broadcasting City Commission Meetings, and keeps our neighbors informed by promoting ongoing initiatives and upcoming events. 


With our new on-demand library, neighbors can access videos on public safety, sustainability, local history, economic development, recent events and more. 

 

Click here to watch the live stream or browse our online video library.  FLTV may not work on all browsers, but is known to work using current versions of: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.  Cable subscribers can also access FLTV on TV channels 78 (Comcast) and 99 (AT&T U-Verse).

Get In the Green!

 

The deadline to submit applications has been extended to Wednesday, April 30, 2014!

 

Click here for more information.  You can also email getinthegreen@fortlauderdale.gov or call our 24-Hour Customer Service Center at (954) 828-8000.

April Feature Artist

 

Fort Lauderdale proudly displays original artwork from local artists each month on the first floor of City Hall.  For the month of April, Fort Lauderdale is proud to welcome Dennis Friel.   

  

As a contributing force in visually defining the warm water lifestyle, Dennis has pursued his art and design by representing his passion for the ocean.  Fusing both traditional and non-traditional methods of illustration and design gives Dennis the flexibility to portray his visions directly to canvas, wood and paper, as well as apply them digitally when needed.

 

Click here to read Dennis's full biography and be sure to stop by City Hall to see his art on display through the end of the month. 

"If I Were Mayor"

 

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International(GFLSCI) Program in cooperation with the Florida Turkish American Association (FTAA), organized the third "If I Were Mayor" Essay Contest in honor of International Children's Day, which is traditionally celebrated in Turkey.

 

Fifth grade students from Floranada and Norcrest Elementary Schools were eligible to participate in the essay contest.  Finalists were invited to the City Commission Office on Tuesday, April 1st, and received recognition during the City Commission Meeting that evening.  Click here to read the entire article and see a photo of contest winners with the Mayor and City Commissioners.

Now Available: 2013 Water Quality Report
  

The City of Fort Lauderdale routinely monitors for drinking water contaminants according to federal and state laws, rules and regulations.  The City is pleased to announce that it continues to meet all federal and state primary drinking water standards.

 

As part of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires the City of Fort Lauderdale, and all community water systems, to provide its customers with a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), commonly referred to as the Water Quality Report, by July 1st each year. 

 

City of Fort Lauderdale utility customers may now view the annual Water Quality Report online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/2013wqr.  Customers who prefer a paper copy may register online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/wqr or call the 24-hour Customer Service Center at (954) 828-8000.

Fort Lauderdale Cares Day
  

Join the City of Fort Lauderdale, your neighbors
and friends for a day of volunteering in the City!
Pick a project and lend a hand for Fort Lauderdale Cares Day on Saturday, April 26.  From beach and park clean ups to book and clothing drives, there are a lot of ways to get involved.  Click here to get a complete list of opportunities or for more information please call the Neighbor Volunteer Office at (954) 828-8658. 

Renourish Fort Lauderdale 
  

Volunteers are invited to help beautify Snyder Park at the Renourish Fort Lauderdale 2014 event set for 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.    

 

The event marks the celebrations of "Earth Month," "Arbor Day," "Fort Lauderdale Cares Day" and the City's 35th annual designation as a "Tree City USA."

 

Participants will receive a free tree.  Students can earn community service credit.

 

Free parking passes will be provided to participants at the park entrance.

 

To register, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/renourish

 

Snyder Park is located at 3299 SW 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315. 

Waste Drop-Off Events  
  

The City of Fort Lauderdale has partnered with neighboring communities to provide convenient, new options for residents to dispose of household hazardous waste and electronics (proof of residency required with driver's license or utility bill).

 

Cooperative agreements with other cities provide our residents with free access to dispose of hazardous waste and electronics in partnering cities.

 

The drop-off events are critical to protecting the environment by reducing the volume of waste in landfills and preventing the contamination of ground water.  Fort Lauderdale residents are invited to participate in ANY of the drop-off events.  The next event will take place in Pompano on Saturday April 26, click here for more information.  Mark your calendar for the next event in Fort Lauderdale, which will take place on Saturday, June 7, at Mills Pond Park.  

SunTrust Jazz Brunch
  

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, May 4 include: Christina Sichta, The Academy of Arts & Minds Jazz Ensemble, Harvey Nevins Quartet, and Cezar Santana Trio.  

 

The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch is partnering with the Water Taxi to offer free shuttle service on May 4 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.

Water Chlorination
  

The City of Fort Lauderdale will temporarily return to using free chlorine in its drinking water system.  This preventive maintenance procedure will begin at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 6 and will end at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

 

Free chlorination is a common practice for water systems using combined chlorine disinfection.  The chlorination period is anticipated to be transparent to water customers; however, some may notice a slight change in the taste or smell of their tap water.  Some customers may also see water running from fire hydrants in their neighborhoods, which is part of the normal maintenance process.

 

The City of Fort Lauderdale maintains the highest standards to ensure clean, high quality drinking water is delivered to its customers.  The City's drinking water meets federal, state, and local drinking water quality standards. 

 

For more information, Fort Lauderdale utility customers may contact the 24-hour Customer Service Center at (954) 828-8000 or online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/customerservice. Customers who receive a utility bill from other municipalities or entities should call their respective water provider's customer service phone number for more information.  

Town Hall Meeting


Fort Lauderdale's citywide Telephone Town hall meetings continue to garner widespread support from the community.  Residents offered positive feedback during recent calls with Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler and District I Commissioner Bruce G. Roberts.  The Telephone Town Hall Meeting format allows the City to engage thousands of neighbors at a time, and conveniently allows neighbors to share their ideas and comments over the phone, from a location that is convenient for them. 

 

During the calls neighbors have a chance to provide input on City services, initiatives and events.  All of the meetings are open to everyone in Fort Lauderdale, 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 listen to previous calls or 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 II Commissioner Trantalis- May 14

District III Commissioner DuBose- June 9

District IV Commissioner Rogers- July 10

Transportation Summit

 

Participate in a collaborative workshop to explore 
strategic transportation and mobility solutions aimed at fulfilling our vision to create a pedestrian-friendly, multimodal, fully connected city of tomorrow.  For more information, click here or call (954) 828-3700.
 
Wednesday, May 14
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Florida Atlantic University
111 East Las Olas Boulevard
  
Friday Night Tunes
 
Catch the final Friday Night Tunes of the season with a live performance of Top 40 tunes by Lavie!  Friday Night Tunes will take place on May 16, from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Joseph C. Carter Park, which is located at 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard.  Bring your chairs, picnic blankets, and snacks to relax under the stars. For more information, click here or call (954) 828-5363.
Summer Camp
  

Our summer community camps are action-packed with playtime, creative expression, and friendly competition. Children will express their imagination with arts and crafts.  Sports, fitness activities, and swimming will build strength, coordination, and teamwork.  Many of our programs fill quickly, so register early to secure your spot!  For information, call (954) 828-PARK (7275) or click here.  

 

Great American Beach Party- May 24

 

Join us for the free Great American Beach Party on Saturday, May 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. Highlights include live bands, a kids zone, classic car show, sandcastle contest, and art show!  Get to the event stress-free by parking downtown and hopping aboard the Water Taxi or Anticipation Yacht.  Round-trip fares from Las Olas Riverfront to the beach are only $5.  Active military, seniors 65 and over, and kids under 3 are free.  Boats will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the day of the event.  Click here for details. 

Bulk Trash on May 26
  

Due  to the Memorial Day holiday, residents located in the following areas whose regular pick up schedule is the fourth Monday of the month will receive bulk trash collection service on Thursday, May 29, 2014: Bal Habour, and Coral Ridge Association.  If your regular pick up schedule is the fourth Monday of the month (Melrose Park) and your area is not listed above, your service will still be provided Monday, May 26, as normal.  For more information, please call the 24-hour Customer Service Center at (954) 828-8000.  

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Free CPR Training
  

Be prepared to save a life!  Take a free, hands only CPR class with trained instructors from the City of Fort Lauderdale.  Classes are offered at Fire-Rescue Station 2, which is located at 528 NW 2nd Street, or Fire-Rescue Station 53, which is located at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.  Click here to see the class schedule for May 2014 and June 2014.

 

Class space is limited, so register today.  For more information, or to register for an upcoming program, please call (954) 828-6700 or send an email to HandsOnOnlyCPR@fortlauderdale.gov.  
CERT Training
  

The City of Fort Lauderdale is proud to offer free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training in June

 

As a volunteer CERT member, you will learn life-saving skills for major emergencies including hurricanes, floods, and fires.  You will also learn fire suppression and injury care for everyday situations.  As a CERT graduate, your skills will be valuable to you, your family and your community in the event of a major disaster.  CERT members may be assigned to a team in their neighborhood where they will play an important community safety role, as well as assist Fire-Rescue professionals in the event of an emergency.

  

The training session will take place on June 7 and 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Fire-Rescue Station 53, at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.

Advance registration is required, please contact Carladean Ferguson at (954) 828-6700 or carladeanf@fortlauderdale.gov. 

Hurricane Expo

 

As a reminder, the 2014 Hurricane Expo will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at War Memorial Auditorium, which is located in Holiday Park at 800 NE 8th Street in Fort Lauderdale.

 

Learn how to pack a disaster kit, track storms and prepare an emergency plan.  Click here for more information on the upcoming expo.

South Florida's Water Past and Future

 

On Monday, May 12, 2014 Dr. Steve Noll, a senior lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida, will talk about the history of Florida's water landscape during "Florida's Environmental History" a free lecture from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the New River Inn, located at 231 SW 2nd Avenue.

 

Noll will talk about the effect of hurricanes on Florida, Florida's impact on human existence and the impact human existence has had on Florida - from the earliest Native Americans to the Europeans to the American settlers.  For more information or to RSVP for the free lecture visit www.FortLauderdaleHistoricalSociety.org.

Go Solar Fest

 

The second annual Go SOLAR and Renewable Energy Fest will take place on June 6-7, 2014 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.  This FREE event will feature information on alternative and renewable energy with a focus on the latest technologies, financing options, and creating renewable energy jobs. 

 

The Go SOLAR and Renewable Energy Fest is the second annual outreach event for the Go SOLAR Florida team as a part of the SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II grant.  The Go SOLAR and Renewable Energy Fest is expecting over 2,000 attendees and over 100 renewable energy exhibitors. 

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