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The City Commission will meet on Wednesday, 
Dec. 17, 2014. 
100 N. Andrews Ave. 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Conference Meeting- 1:30 Regular Meeting- 6:00 p.m.
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Enhancing our Community 


The Florida Parking Association presented the City of Fort Lauderdale with an Award of Merit for the renovation of Cox's Landing (the 15th Street Boat Launch) during the 35th Annual Florida Parking Association Conference and Trade Show in Fort Myers, FL. Cox's Landing received the award for its excellence in conception, originality, aesthetics, and application in design, operation, management, and construction. 


The project was funded almost entirely through $1.3 million in grant funds from the Florida Inland Navigation District's Waterway Assistance Program and the Broward Boating Improvement Program. The new facility features numerous improvements, including: underground utility lines; new floating docks, pump out facilities, and expanded boat trailer and handicap parking. In addition, many sustainable best practices were introduced into the project that will offer long-term costs savings and extend the life cycle of the facility. Click here for more information on the award and Cox's Landing. 

Holiday Solid Waste Services


There will be no service on Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. Garbage, yard waste and recycling services will be provided on the next regularly scheduled day. Bulk trash collection for residents whose regular pickup schedule is the fourth Thursday of the month will receive service on Monday, December 29, 2014. All solid waste services will be provided on New Year's Day, January 1, 2015. For more information, contact the 24-hour Customer Service Center at (954) 828-8000, or


Holiday Tree Collection


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 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. Click here for more information.    

Club 55+


Parks and Recreation recently launched Club 55+, a program that encourages active adults to enjoy endless opportunities at 11 City parks for a discounted annual membership rate of only $60 for residents. Seasonal memberships are also available for $25. Registration is ongoing.  

Activities include art, bocce ball, line dance, mahjongg,ping pong, special event outings, walking club, wellness lectures,  and more!

Click here or call (954) 828-PARK for more information.  

Curbside Sanitation


Residential solid waste collection is provided from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Please remember to follow these tips to ensure your cart is emptied on your scheduled pick up day.  

  • Place your carts roadside by 7 a.m. on your pickup day, but no earlier than 6 p.m. the evening prior to your scheduled collection.
  • The lids on all carts must be able to close completely.
  • When placing carts roadside, make sure the handles face your property and the lid openings face the street.   
  • All carts must be removed from the roadside and secured on your property the same day after serviced.
  • Place carts at least 2 feet apart and away from parked cars, fences, mailboxes, trees, overhead wires, storm drains, utility poles, or other large objects so that collection vehicles may safely access them. 

Help Prevent Backups


The holidays can take a toll on your home's plumbing system. There are typically more guests in the house, which means more showering, flushing, and washing that puts a strain on your household plumbing system. There are also rich, home-cooked meals that create a lot more fats, oils, and grease (FOG) than usual, which often get poured down the kitchen drain or garbage disposal. Click here to learn what you can do to prevent back ups or interruptions to water service.  

Boil Water Notices


A Precautionary Boil Water Notice (PBWN) is a public statement the City of Fort Lauderdale may issue, in consultation with the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, to inform neighbors to bring all water used for consumption to a rolling boil for at least one minute. The City may issue a PBWN for situations such as a large water main break, loss of water system pressure, or a natural disaster. Once a PBWN is issued, it will remain in effect until it is lifted by the City. Click here to learn more about Boil Water Notices.

Feature Artist


Fort Lauderdale proudly displays original artwork from local artists each month on the first floor of City Hall. For the month of December 2014, Fort Lauderdale selected Nia Nakis, whose acrylic and oil paintings reflect the beauty she sees in her natural surroundings. Click here to read Nia's bio and be sure to stop by City Hall to see her art on display through the end of the month.   

Sister Cities

L to R: Luis Sampler, Ivan Mutis, Marcos von Haeften, Pauli Morejedano, Carlos Buqueras, Felipe Puig, Angeles Olano, Marina Besadalombana, Enzo Anzellini, Miquel Rey and

Marianne Winfield


Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities completed a Foreign Direct Investment and Trade Mission to Barcelona and Sister City Mataro, Spain, recently. Ivan Mutis, President of GM&L, Strategic Consultancy for New Markets organized 11 official events over the five-day mission. The delegation was received officially by Felip Puig, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of Catalonia, and Tanya Anderson, U.S. Consul General in Barcelona.


Companies from Florida made presentations during four of the mission events, with two presentations from E-Florida, Gonzalo Arance. Mission members operated for at least 71 hours between Monday and Friday. Marianne Winfield, Executive Director of Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities was proud to participate, "This fruitful mission was the result of many months of planning and organizing with key stakeholders. Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities looks forward to planning similar missions in the future to showcase the abundant attributes our region has to offer, and strengthen partnerships with other communities around the world."    

Snow Owl Market

Friday, Dec. 12, 5 - 11 p.m.

Peter Feldman Park, 310 NE 6th Street

Click here for an event press release.    

Winterfest Boat Parade


The greatest show on H2O- the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade sets sail on the New River on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Visit the Winterfest Boat Parade website to find out everything you need to know about this spectacular signature Fort Lauderdale event!    

Santa on the Beach Santa on the Beach

Don't miss Santa Claus' traditional candy giveaway along Fort Lauderdale Beach. With twinkling eyes and smiling faces, Santa and his elves will begin spreading holiday cheer along Fort Lauderdale Beach Park north to Birch State Park, distributing candy canes and holiday treats with glee. Click here for more information.

Kwanzaa Kuumba Celebration


Pay homage to the sixth day of Kwanzaa at Bass Park. Kuumba, which means creativity, will be celebrated through ethnic dance, storytelling, art exhibits and stage performances. The day will culminate with the tastes of the karamu, which translates to feast. For more information, call 954-828-8498 or click here. 

Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown
Touted as one of the largest New Year's Eve celebrations in Florida, this year's free street festival is full of fun and excitement for both children and adults. The spectacular celebration will feature a variety of activities for the whole family until 8:30 p.m. including an early ball lighting countdown at 7:00 p.m. The festivities for kids include bounce houses/inflatables, face painting and games, contests and dancing with the DJ. New this year, at 8 p.m. catch the Orange Bowl kickoff on two big screens set up in the event area as the Mississippi State Bulldogs take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Downtown Countdown 2013
Then live music kicks off at 9:00 p.m. for the adult crowd who will wait with anticipation for the lighted ball to drop at midnight. For details, click here or call (954) 828-5363.

Commemorate Dr. King, Jr.


Join us as we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at this annual march for nonviolence. The parade will take place on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School at 591 N.W. 31st Avenue to Dillard High School at 2501 N.W. 11th Street. For details, call (954) 828-5323 or visit 

Hazardous Waste Drop-Off


The City of Fort Lauderdale is offering residents a responsible way to dispose of hazardous waste, and electronics at a drop-off event set for 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Mills Pond Park, 2201 NW 9th Avenue (Powerline Road), in Fort Lauderdale.


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.

Travis Tritt


Enjoy a special evening with Grammy award-winning country artist, Travis Tritt, at the historic War Memorial Auditorium. Experience a rare opportunity featuring the multi-platinum artist in an intimate solo-acoustic setting where his powerful voice and his guitar are the subject of the spotlight. This is an up-close and personal event punctuated by personal stories and anecdotes about his life and musical influences. Performing some of his biggest hits, including "T-R-O-U-B-L-E," "It's A Great Day to Be Alive" and "Best of Intentions," the Grand Ole Opry member will bring his award-winning songs to life and leave you with a truly memorable experience. For more information, click here.

Save the Date for Neighbor Support Night 

The City of Fort Lauderdale is gearing up for next year's Neighbor Support Night (NSN), set for Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Fort Lauderdale City Hall, 100 N. Andrews Avenue. Click here for more information.

Tree Giveaway

The City of Fort Lauderdale is sponsoring a tree giveaway for Fort Lauderdale residents on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  The tree giveaway will take place at Osswald Park, which is located at 2220 NW 21st Avenue. Click here for more information.


The 8th annual, 2015

Blue Wild Ocean Adventure and Marine Art Expo is set to take place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center from February 21 to 22.  


Spanning more than 80,000 square feet of exhibit space and featuring more than 130 exhibitors, inside and out, the interactive Expo will include exhibits, seminars, workshops and demonstrations covering freediving, scuba diving, spearfishing, lobstering, board sports, underwater photography, videography, and marine art.


New additions to this year's event include an outdoor Adventure Zone featuring two large pools where guests can try out new water toys and take part in professional demonstrations including kayaking, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), and breath-hold techniques.  Additional attractions include swimwear fashion shows and a display from Contender Boats.

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