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The City Commission will meet on Tuesday, 
August 19, 2014. 
100 N. Andrews Ave. 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Conference Meeting- 1:30 Regular Meeting- 6:00 p.m.
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State of the City


Join us at the upcoming annual State of the City Address and Advisory Board Reception, which will take place on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the new Huizenga Pavilion at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  The Advisory Board Reception will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and will be followed by the State of the City Address from Mayor Seiler.  Attendees should park in the Arts & Science District Garage, which can be access at 101 SW 5th Avenue. 

Building Resilience


Being a resilient community was a major priority identified during the citywide visioning process.  Fort Lauderdale will take a major step toward strengthening its resilience when new FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) go into effect on Monday, August 18, 2014. The new flood maps will help the City and our neighbors plan future development and be better prepared for flood-related disasters by providing an official depiction of local flood hazards. By adopting the new flood maps, Fort Lauderdale is also assured that FEMA will offer assistance during emergencies and provide flood insurance coverage for City residents. 


We want to make sure our neighbors are aware of the changes to the FIRMs, as numerous properties in Fort Lauderdale will be added to, or removed from, the Special Flood Hazard Area when the new maps take effect. The new maps may affect your need to purchase flood insurance, or the rate of your insurance annual premium.  


To help neighbors reduce flood insurance rates and reduce the local flood hazard, the City of Fort Lauderdale voluntarily participates in the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System. Through this program, the City implements numerous proactive activities that earn qualified neighbors a 20% discount on their annual premiums.  In addition to implementing new flood maps, the City also adopted higher regulatory standards for future development.  Updating our building standards in anticipation of future climate conditions will facilitate critical adaptation measures, and bring us closer to achieving our vision of being a stronger and more resilient community. 


Free Back to School Immunizations Aug. 16


The public is invited to join the Florida Department of Health in Broward County and community partners at a Back To School Community Resource Fair on Saturday, August 15 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  The Community Resource Fair and School immunizations will take place inside the Lauderhill Mall, located at 1299E NW 40th Avenue, Lauderhill, FL, 33313.


Free Immunizations will be available for school age children (Kindergarten through High School). The event will include family entertainment, face painting, school supplies, fresh produce distributed by Feeding South Florida and Lauderhill Mall shop discounts. Enrollment assistance will be available for Florida KidCare (Health insurance for children), WIC (Women, Infants & Children nutrition program) and free & reduced school lunch program.  Free bicycle helmets for the first 150 children vaccinated!


Immunizations will also be offered inside the Lauderhill Mall on August 18 and 19, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Fit Kidz Club


The Fit Kidz Club is your passport to fun! Membership allows children to participate in an array of exciting programs throughout the school year at their neighborhood park.  Activities include free play, games, arts and crafts, fitness, sports, cultural arts, homework help, and so much more! Programs start August 18.  For more information, please call (954) 828-PARK (7275) or click here.

Pet Adoption Fair


Sunday, August 24 is a day of fun for the whole family!  The 4th Annual Pet Fair at War Memorial Auditorium in Holiday Park will feature food, fun, live music and entertainment all day!  Admission is free, so you can stop by to see some friendly and adoptable animals from many different shelters and rescue groups.  All animals are spayed or neutered and have had their shots.  The event will take place on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Click here for more information and join us to give a needy pet a wonderful forever home.



Don't miss this live world-class professional MMA event on August 29! Behind-the- scenes VIP experience and VIP ringside tables are available.  Tickets start at $49, students and Veterans can get $5 off General Admission.  Admission tickets are at the WMA Box Office, day of show.  For VIP Stage Tables, call (786) 543-1177. Purchase VIP Ringside Table tickets through  For more details visit  Doors open Friday at 7:00 p.m.  The first fight will begin at 8:00 p.m. 

Budget Hearings

The City will hold two public hearings to discuss the proposed FY 2015 budget.  We invite our neighbors to participate in the budget process by attending the hearings, which will take place on Wednesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Commission Chambers.
Neighbors are encouraged to review the Proposed Budget document and the Proposed Community Investment Plan on the City's website

Tree Giveaway


Help enhance our local tree canopy! Get a free tree to plant on your property during our next  tree giveaway, which will take place on Saturday,  September 13 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Holiday Park, which is located off Sunrise Boulevard and Federal Highway at 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive.  Please remember to bring proof of Fort Lauderdale residency (driver's license or utility bill) and get there early, before the fruit trees run out!  For more information, please contact Gene Dempsey, City Forester, at (954) 828-5785 or

Enhancing Sustainability


The City of Fort Lauderdale is committed to enhancing  sustainability to create a more resilient community.  We would like to thank the more than 550 neighbors who recently helped support our efforts by participating in the recent Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event on August 2, 2014.  Neighbors who brought their hazardous waste and electronics to the drop-off event are helping the City get rid of waste responsibly, and they are protecting properties and waterways from harmful pollutants. 
Fort Lauderdale residents are invited to participate in the next Drop-Off event, which will take place in the City of Coconut Creek, at 4800 W.

Copans Road on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

At Your Service


Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue was ranked recently as the fifth busiest municipal fire rescue agency in the State of Florida by Firehouse Magazine.  Fort Lauderdale also ranked as the 58th busiest fire rescue agency in the country and remains the busiest agency in Broward County. The magazine ranks agencies annually, tallying fire, EMS and special operations responses.  
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to 44,387 calls in 2013.  Of those, 32,291 were EMS calls where paramedic care was required.  Fort Lauderdale Fire staffs fourteen medical rescue units, twelve fire engines, three ladder companies as well as a Hazardous Materials team, Technical Rescue team, an airport crash truck (ARFF), fireboat and Heavy rescue and the Ocean Rescue lifeguards on Fort Lauderdale Beach.  For more information on the City's Fire Rescue Department, click here.  

Feature Artist


Fort Lauderdale proudly displays original artwork from local artists each month on the first floor of City Hall.  For the month of August 2014, Fort Lauderdale selected April Kirk, a resident of Fort Lauderdale, and the Executive Director of the Historic Stranahan House Museum. April's professional career is in non-profit organization management and fundraising and she returned to South Florida in 2001 to work at local non-profits such as the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre, United Way of Broward County, Ann Storck Center, and now serves as the Executive Director of the Historic Stranahan House Museum.  Click here to read April's bio and be sure to stop by City Hall to see her art on display through the end of the month. 

We're Social


Have you liked the City of Fort Lauderdale on Facebook?  Visit our page at cityoffortlauderdale to see our daily postings, which offer updates on the latest news, initiatives and event announcements.  See historic photos for Throwback Thursdays and learn about local businesses with our Small Business Saturday postings.  

Sister Cities


On July 25, 2014, the City of

Fort Lauderdale received a special visitor from our German Sister City of Duisburg.  Ersin Erdal, Duisburg City Councilman, visited City Hall during his private family vacation to South Florida. Councilman Erdal met with Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Dean J. Trantalis and Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International's Executive Director, Marianne Winfield.  They discussed a variety of topics related to our Sister City relationship and ways to expand our program.  Commissioner Erdal was interested in Fort Lauderdale's programs with her other sister cities.  Both sides will be following up with each other upon Councilman Erdal's return to Germany.


While Councilman Erdal was in Florida, Broward College Student Natalie Von Cieminski, representing Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities, met with Duisburg Mayor Sören Link to update him on Fort Lauderdale's Sister Cities programs and discuss ways to increase educational contacts and academic exchanges.In addition to Fort Lauderdale's relationship with Duisburg, Germany, Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International partners with other organizations to promote cultural exchanges with our eighteen sister cities and foreign direct investment in Fort Lauderdale.  Some of these organizations include the German Consulate located in Miami, and Show Management, the marketing organization for the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

School Safety


As summer draws to a close, back-to-school season is in full effect. Not just parents, but all motorists, need to know how to safely share the road with school buses, pedestrians and bicyclists.


Please take extra precautions in school zones and neighborhood areas.  Obey speed limits and avoid distracted driving.  Let's help students have a safe return to school.  For more information visit the National Safety Council.

Call Before Digging


Pipelines are a safe and reliable method of transporting fuel over long distances, and local pipelines are monitored to ensure safe operation. However, digging or excavating near pipelines can be dangerous.  Don't assume you know where underground utilities are located. Just call Sunshine 811 two business days before you start digging.  They will notify local utility companies with underground lines in the vicinity of your planned excavation.  Utility company locators then use paint and flags to clearly mark the approximate location and type of underground utility.  It's free, fast, easy, and required by law.   If you suspect a leak, leave the area immediately and call 911.  For more safety tips, click here
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