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June 3, 2014. 
100 N. Andrews Ave. 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
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MAY 2014

Town Hall Meeting

June 9

There are only two Telephone Town Hall Meetings left in 2014!  District III Commissioner Bobby B. DuBose will host the next meeting, which will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Monday, June 9. 
Don't miss your chance to ask the Commissioner a question or provide input on City services.  All of the meetings are open to everyone in Fort Lauderdale, regardless of the Commission District in which you live or work.  The Telephone Town Hall Meeting format conveniently allows neighbors to share their ideas and comments over the phone, from a location that is convenient for them. 


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 final Telephone Town Hall Meeting, which will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 10.  

Top Green City  

The City of Fort Lauderdale ranks fifth among the nation's top "10 Greenest Mid-Size Cities" according to a new, national survey released by 


The survey scored 189 mid-sized cities, analyzing criteria including: the number of public parks, recycling centers, environmentally conscious commuters and walkability.


Among the highlights of the report, Fort Lauderdale ranked second for the number of public parks, seventh for the number of recycling centers and thirty-third for walkability.


Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler lauded the report.  "This is an excellent tool to raise public awareness to the critically important efforts that our city and other cities are making toward sustainability," Seiler said.  "It is an honor to be recognized among the best of the best for our progressive initiatives and strong commitment to the environment."

Top City for Parking  

The City of Fort Lauderdale is one of the nation's best cities for parking according to a recent report by NerdWallet Finance, a national consumer financial group that gathers information to help consumers save time and money.


The study examined parking in cities throughout the country based primarily on costs and motor vehicle thefts per capita compared to national average.  Fort Lauderdale ranked eighth on the organization's list of best cities for parking, scoring high marks for low motor vehicle theft, daily parking rates, and monthly unreserved parking rates.


"We are excited to receive this outstanding national ranking in an area that, oftentimes, can pose unique challenges for most cities," said Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler. "Through our citywide Vision, we are committed to providing convenient parking at reasonable rates, while working to create more connectivity, develop long-term mobility and sustainability solutions, and ultimately implement a safe multimodal transportation network for our neighbors and visitors."

Rebates Available

Earn money while helping to conserve a vital resource!  For a limited time, Fort Lauderdale residents  are eligible for a $100 rebate when they replace their toilet with a more efficient model. Click here for more information. 

Sergeant Home from Afghanistan


Last week, firefighter/paramedic Stefanie Silk returned home from her deployment in Afghanistan.  Firefighter Silk, while serving as a Technical Sergeant deployed in Bagram Air base in Afghanistan, provided munitions for military aircraft, and endured many of the hardships of going to war. 


Silk had the opportunity to use the paramedic skills acquired while working as a firefighter/paramedic for the City of Fort Lauderdale. She volunteered at the hospital that cared for Americans, local nationals, and "enemies of peace."  She observed and treated many patients with gunshot wounds, IED blast injuries, amputations, and other medical conditions.  Silk also took the initiative to put together advance first aid kits for the munitions area, in the event there was an injury during an attack.


We are pleased to have Sergeant Silk back and are extremely proud of her service and the service of all our neighbors who are serving or who have served in the military.

Feature Artist


Fort Lauderdale proudly displays original artwork from local artists each month on the first floor of City Hall.  For the month of May 2014, Fort Lauderdale selected Remy Paillant, a local artist born in Haiti who paints in the naÔve style, using fantastic colors in oil on board or canvas.  Click here to read Remy's bio and be sure to stop by City Hall to see his art on display through the end of the month.   

Sister Cities


The Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International (GFLSCI) recently welcomed the TOENDE Manufacturing Company from Barcelona, Spain.  

Toende is exploring expansion into other countries.  They are seeking potential
business opportunities in the cruise, hospitality and medical industries in the United States, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean.  Click here to learn more about their recent trip to Fort Lauderdale.  

Hurricane Season


Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.  As residents of South Florida, we are never far from the possible dangers associated with hurricanes.  The most important step everyone can take to survive a hurricane is to prepare. 


If you have not completed your hurricane preparations, the time to do so is now.  The City website is a valuable planning resource for neighbors that provides safety tips and general information, including:

Sign up to receive CodeRED emergency alerts from the City.  You can also sign up to become a Community Emergency Response Team Volunteer, to help your neighbors and community get back on track after a storm.  For more information on CERT, call (954) 828-6700.  

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 more information, click here or call (954) 828-PARK.  

Great American Beach Party


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 will include: live bands, a kids zone, classic car show, sandcastle contest, and art show!  Click here for an event schedule, parking information and more.
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. - 11:00 p.m. on the day of the event.  Click here for details.  

Memorial Day Ceremony


Join the City of Fort Lauderdale at a special Memorial Day Ceremony, featuring keynote speaker General John F. Kelly, USMC.  The ceremony will also include a Police Pipe and Drum Corps, the American Legion Symphonic Band, a 21 gun salute and a dove release.    


Monday, May 26

9:00 a.m. 

Lauderdale Memorial Park Cemetery

2001 SW 4th Avenue 



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 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month.
The scheduled performers for Sunday, June 1 include: Noreena Downey Jazz Band, Ike and Val Woods, and East West Fusion.  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 click here or call our 24-hour event hotline at (954) 828-5363.   

Waste Drop-Off Event


The City of Fort Lauderdale is offering residents a responsible way to dispose of hazardous waste, electronics and unwanted medications at a combined drop-off event set for 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, at Mills Pond Park, 2201 NW 9th Avenue (Powerline Road), in Fort Lauderdale.


The City is also offering free, on-site document shredding at the event.


Proof of residence is required (drivers license or utility bill) for shredding, hazardous waste and electronics drop-off.


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.


Click here for drop-off guidelines.

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, Laudergate Isles, and Coral Ridge Association. If your regular pick up schedule is the fourth Monday of the month (Melrose Park) and your area has not been listed previously, 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.

Hurricane Expo
All Broward County residents are invited to attend a free Hurricane Expo to learn the latest techniques for hurricane preparedness.  Visit exhibition booths featuring hurricane preparation vendors as well as important agencies offering hurricane assistance information.
Participants will also learn how to "track" storms, pack a disaster kit, administer first aid, perform compression only CPR and prepare an emergency plan for their pets.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
War Memorial Auditorium
800 NE 8th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Click here for more information on the upcoming expo.

Free Tree Giveaway

The City of Fort Lauderdale will host a free tree giveaway for neighbors on Saturday, June 28, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, at Riverland Park, which is located at 950 SW 27th Avenue.  Bring proof of residency and get there early to select from Avocado, Crape Myrtle, Dwarf Mango, Silver Buttonwood trees and more!


City of Fort Lauderdale