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The City Commission will meet on Tuesday, 
December 2, 2014. 
100 N. Andrews Ave. 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Conference Meeting- 1:30 Regular Meeting- 6:00 p.m.
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Commissioner McKinzie


The City of Fort Lauderdale welcomes Robert L. McKinzie as the new Commissioner of District III. Commissioner McKinzie was sworn in on Monday, November 10, 2014. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Commissioner McKinzie is the president and owner of Harper and Sons Construction, Inc. His bio can be found on the City website. To contact Commissioner McKinzie's office, please call 954-828-5011. We look forward to working with the Commissioner to enhance the quality of life for all our neighbors. 

Website Makeover


The City of Fort Lauderdale launched a brand new website in November. The City url is the same,, but the website has a completely new look and structure, including a new utility billing interface and an expanded customer service portal. The redesign focused on streamlining content to facilitate easier navigation, and enhancing the graphics to make the site more visually appealing and representative of our vibrant community. We would like to thank the neighbors who attended a special preview event to help test the site and identify additional improvements before it was launched to the public. If you haven't been we encourage you to visit the new site today.

Volunteers Make A Difference


We would like to thank the 315 volunteers who turned out at 20 difference locations throughout the City and donated more than 1,100 hours of community service during Make A Difference Day on Saturday, October 25th. Neighbors of all ages teamed up on a variety of beautification and healthy lifestyle projects to improve our community.


More than 70 people participated in the Armchair Athlete's project at Snyder Park to raise awareness of childhood obesity by engaging youth in fun physical activities. Kids Ecology Corps, with help from the Nova U Girls Baseball Team, led 75 volunteers on an educational beach cleanup expedition. Members of the Poinciana Park Civic Association partnered with the First Christian Church of Fort Lauderdale to collect more than 200 pounds of trash and nearly two dumpsters of recyclables. A team from Delta Airlines cleaned Andrews Avenue from Davie to State Road 84. In all, nine different organizations spruced up neighborhood as part of a massive Adopt-a-Street initiative. A Rotary team partnered with the Woman's Club to landscape in Stranahan Park, and another Rotary team worked with the Sailboat Bend Civic Association to complete landscaping projects at the Fort Lauderdale Fire Museum and neighborhood entranceway signage. In Imperial Point, 15 volunteers planted a butterfly garden at the neighborhood entrance on 62nd Street. In Middle River Terrace and Vista Park, there were ribbon cutting nullceremonies for the new Little Free Library installations. To learn about ongoing volunteer initiatives that make a difference in our Community, contact the Neighbor Volunteer Office at 954-828-5568.

Seeking Mentors


The future success of our City will depend on the leadership abilities and commitment of the next generation. Working with today's high school students, we have the ability to share the skills and habits of effective leaders and inspire our youth to show up, step up and stand out at home, in school and in the community.


Show Up, Step Up, Stand Out is an interactive five month youth leadership development program that introduces students to the fundamental skills and habits of leadership through mentoring, monthly education, weekly activities, and special projects.


Students are paired with Boomer mentors and have weekly activities to expand their awareness and practice leadership skills. They will put their skills to use as they plan and implement a community service project in support of a good cause. Sign up to help students connect to their world, notice opportunities and inspire greatness. Click here for more information about the program, including a mentor application.

holiday-garland.jpg New Tree Collection Option


New this year, Fort Lauderdale residents may place holiday trees curbside for pickup on scheduled yard waste collection days. The free service begins the week of December 29th and concludes on January 10th.


This convenient new service provides an eco-friendly and convenient method for holiday tree disposal. Trees that are placed curbside will be collected by Republic Services and transported to a yard waste processor where they will be chipped and used to make landscaping products, such as mulch.


Removal of tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from trees is required. Tree bags must also be removed. Artificial trees should be disposed of as trash or bulk waste and are not included in this special collection.


Other traditional options for tree disposal are still available, including cutting trees and placing in green yard waste carts, placement in bulk pickup piles or transporting trees to a Broward County designated Chip-A-Tree site.


Neighbors are encouraged to take advantage of this more eco-friendly curbside collection.  Recycling holiday trees reduces garbage disposal costs and improves waste diversion from landfills and incinerators.


For more information, please contact the City of Fort Lauderdale's 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000.

Protecting Our Water Supply from Cross-connections and Backflow


The City has a vigilant water quality monitoring program and regularly performs sampling citywide. Fort Lauderdale consistently meets all state and federal safety standards for providing clean and safe drinking water.


Once water flows from the water plants and enters the distribution system, our customers also play an important role in assuring that our water supply remains free of contamination.


Property owners and contractors are responsible for preventing contaminants and pollutants from entering the water distribution system. Any contaminant or pollutant sources linked to a property owner's water supply can potentially present a hazard to the integrity of the City's water supply.


The Florida Administrative Code requires that public utilities take measures to protect their systems from cross-connections and backflow.

The City is mandated to inspect and monitor certain properties to ensure compliance with cross-connection and/or backflow prevention requirements.


If it is determined that a backflow prevention assembly is needed, property owners will be notified by mail. Existing and new backflow prevention assemblies must be tested annually and also after repairs or if devices are relocated.

Keeping our drinking water safe is one of the City's most important public/private partnerships. Our community's continued compliance will ensure clean and safe drinking water. For more information, call 954-828-8000.   

More Ways to Protect our Water 


State law prohibits dumping anything into the storm drain system or unauthorized obstructions or alterations of the drainage features. Residents should report clogged storm drains or illegal dumping into the stormwater system by calling the City of Fort Lauderdale's 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000. Please be prepared to provide the exact address or specific location. Remember, only rain is allowed in the storm drain!


Storm drains help prevent flooding by providing a place for excess water to go.  But Stormwater does not go to a treatment plant.  Instead, it is released right into the City's natural waterways carrying oils, litter, pet waste, soaps, fertilizers and anything that's washed into the drains.  You can help protect our natural waterways by never disposing of anything into the storm drains, reducing the use of fertilizers and pesticides, and cleaning up after pets. 

Free Water Trolley


Crossing the New River is a whole lot easier, thanks to the new Riverwalk Water Trolley, brought to you by the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association in partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale and Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale.

The one-year pilot program, funded through a $150,000 grant from the City, offers residents, working professionals and tourists free connectivity across the New River. The four designated stops on the north side of the river are: Esplanade Park, Riverfront Plaza, Huizenga Plaza and Riverwalk Laura Ward Park. The four designated stops on the south side of the river are: Smoker Park, Downtowner Saloon, New River Yacht Club and Tarpon River.


Passengers can board or disembark the Riverwalk Water Trolley at any of the eight designated stops along the route. The Water Trolley is estimated to stop at each location every 20 to 30 minutes and will maintain a zig-zag route making it possible to cross the river in less than five minutes. 

Sun Trolley Expansion


Starting this month, Sun Trolley will operate an additional bus along the Neighborhood Link, which covers the area from Andrews Avenue west to State Road 7 and SW 6 Street north to NW 16 Street.The additional bus will increase the number of daily round trips from the Broward Central Bus Terminal from four to seven and is expected to cut wait times in half. Operating hours will remain 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.The additional bus is being provided by Broward County Transit, and the additional service is being funded by three different sources: the City of Fort Lauderdale, Northwest-Progresso-Flagler Heights Community Redevelopment Agency, and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority's New Freedom Grant. To download route maps, the mobile app or to learn more visit or call 954-761-3543.

Feature Artist


Fort Lauderdale proudly displays original artwork from local artists each month on the first floor of City Hall. For the month of November 2014, Fort Lauderdale selected John Bowen, who entered the United States Air Force as an illustrator and went on to document airlift operations in South Vietnam. His illustrations are on display at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.  
John paints to keep Florida's history alive. "This is a passion with me," says the artist. "I believe in keeping history alive by both painting it and helping to preserve it." This he does by donating artwork and Giclee limited edition prints to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the Bonnet House, and the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society.   Click here to read John's bio and be sure to stop by City Hall to see his art on display through the end of the month.   

Sister Cities


Rain and thunder did not stop more than 1,000 people from coming to Miami Dade College to celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Everyone enjoyed free bratwurst, pretzels, German beer and received a black, red or yellow t-shirt to participate it the formation of a giant German flag. During the event, an original segment of the Berlin Wall was unveiled presented to the City of Miami by Consul General Jürgen Borsch. The piece of the wall will remain permanently at MDC Wolfson Campus. Its transport from Germany to Miami was sponsored by Carsten Leder - TEfra Travel Logistics GmbH. Sister Cities would like to thank the following sponsors: S&B Brands HB, Microman Distributors, The American German Club of the Palm Beaches, Edelweiss Bakery, Murvest food andFox Webpages. 

Upcoming Holiday Events


Dec. 2- Christmas on Las Olas

Dec. 4- Holiday Twilight Tour

Dec. 5- Light Up Sistrunk

Dec. 6- Candy Cane Hunt

Dec. 7- Holiday Craft Fair

Dec. 13- Joy in the Park 

Dec. 13- Winterfest Boat Parade  

Dec. 19- Santa on the Beach

Dec. 31- Kwanzaa Kuumba

Dec. 31- Downtown Countdown

Drop Off Household Hazardous Waste


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 drivers license or utility bill).


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 the next drop-off event, which will take place at 6011 Nob Hill Road in Tamarac, on Saturday, December 6, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Gun Buyback Event 

Fort Lauderdale Police Officers, in conjunction with the Broward Sheriff's Office, will host a community gun buyback and prescription drop-off event Saturday, December 13, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, which is located at 1321 Sistrunk Boulevard. No questions will be asked and in return, neighbors will receive a Target Giftcard valued between $25 to $100, depending on the condition and type of firearm presented.  For details, call 954-828-6016 or email

Safe Street Summit


The Safe Streets Summit 2015 will be hosted by the Broward MPO on January 22, 2015. This event will focus on Creating Accessible and Equitable Streets for All with an emphasis on transit. The Summit will take place from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, which is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way in Dania Beach.    

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