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JANUARY 2015
Recent News
City Commission
The City Commission will meet on Tuesday, 
February 3, 2015. 
 
100 N. Andrews Ave. 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
 
Conference Meeting- 1:30 Regular Meeting- 6:00 p.m.
 
Click here to review Commission Meeting agendas. 
Around the Block
Announce your upcoming neighborhood news and events here!  

 

Submit HOA news or events for the next issue. 

 

Send an email to 

Ryan Henderson, 

Neighbor Support Office,

rhenderson@fortlauderdale.gov

or call 954-828-5213. 

 

Building a More Resilient Community


Building upon its leadership in the area of sustainability, the City of Fort Lauderdale has approved the use of Adaptation Action Areas to fight rising seas and coastal flooding.  The new policy enables Fort Lauderdale to identify portions of the City that are vulnerable to flooding and prioritize those areas for adaptation measures and infrastructure improvements.  Fort Lauderdale volunteered to serve as the project's pilot community and will now serve as a model for other communities seeking ways to protect against the damaging effects of climate change. Click here to read more about Adaptation Action Areas. 
Adopt-A-Street Program Represents Pounds of Success


The City of Fort Lauderdale Adopt-A-Street program celebrated its inaugural year in 2014. It was a successful year for the program thanks to the volunteers who assumed responsibility for keeping Fort Lauderdale beautiful by adopting 52 miles of City streets, collecting 2,150 pounds of trash, separating 134 pounds of recyclables, cleaning 27 storm drains, and hosting 21 cleanup events. That is really something to celebrate! Click here to read more about this successful initiative. 

Give Your Input on Snyder Park

  

Join us Thursday, January 29, at 6 p.m. to share your ideas and opinions with us about Snyder Park and how to make it even better! Topics of discussion include an aerial adventure course, Bark Park, disc golf course, mountain bike trail, and more! The discussion will take place at the Caldwell Pavilion in Snyder Park, which is located at 3299 SW 4th Avenue.
Working to Minimize the Impacts 
of Seasonal Air Traffic


During winter months, from November through April, seasonal air traffic can increase significantly at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE). This time of year is also when neighbors like to save energy by turning off their air conditioners and opening their windows, which makes aircraft noise more noticeable. 

 

The City would like to remind neighbors that we are aware of the potential increase in noise that season air travel may have on our neighbors. As a result, the Noise Abatement Office distributes notices and contacts aircraft operators to remind them of the program's guidelines to help lessen aircraft noise that may occur in neighborhoods during this time. 

 

Click here to get more information about the City's Noise Abatement Program. Neighbors who would like to report excessively loud aircraft may do so by calling FXE's Noise Abatement Hotline at 954-828-6666 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Enhanced Online Neighbor Resource  


The City is continually trying to expand online services for our neighbors to promote an informed and engaged community.  We are proud to announce the release of the new Property Reporter.   Formerly known as the Property Information Reporter, this enhanced tool features a modern interface, is mobile-friendly, and provides access to more information than the previous version.  The upgraded version provides access to Public Works First Responder crews, FEMA Flood Zones, property tax assessments and aerial or topography maps.  And, you can still use the Property Reporter to look up neighborhoods, Commission Districts and sanitation schedules.  We invite you to explore the Property Reporter today.  
Preserving Our Water Quality 

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 a.m. Tuesday, February 24, 2015 and will end at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

 

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. Click here for more information. 

Supporting Kids in Our Community 


The Saint Anthony Knights of Columbus hosted the 4th Annual UNISHRED 5K 4 Kids, a family-friendly race for all levels of experienced runners and walkers on Saturday, January 10. More than 350 participants enjoyed a new scenic course, which went through the historic Victoria Park neighborhood. Over $33,000 was raised from the UNISHRED 5K 4 Kids, which benefits children with special needs from Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center and provides scholarships opportunities for the Saint Anthony Foundation for Education. Click here for images and more info. 

Don't Miss JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch

  
The JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch is an ideal way to relax and enjoy Fort Lauderdale's scenic Riverwalk. Listen to local jazz artists on three stages on Sunday, February 1 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch is produced by the City of Fort Lauderdale and is sponsored by JM Lexus, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, News Radio 610 WIOD, Beck's Sapphire and Bud Light Platinum. Click here for details on this exceptional concert series.  

Celebrate Black History Month

   

The City of Fort Lauderdale invites you to celebrate February as Black History Month with these exciting community events:

 

Remembering Our Roots

Saturday, February 7

3 p.m. at Riverland Park

950 S.W. 27th Ave.

954-828-5320


 

 

Kijiji Moja 

Saturday, February 21

1-4 p.m. at Carter Park

1450 W. Sunrise Blvd.

954-828-5411

 

Sistrunk Parade & Festival

Saturday, February 28

Parade: 9-11 a.m.

Sistrunk Blvd. from N.W. 9 to N.W. 22 Ave.

Festival: Noon - 9 p.m.

Mills Pond Park, 2201 N.W. 9 Ave.

954-687-3472 or www.sistrunkfestival.org

Drop Off Household Hazardous Waste for Free!  
 

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).

 

Fort Lauderdale residents are invited to the February 7 HHW Event to be held from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the City of Coral Springs Public Works Complex (West Side), 4181 NW 121st Avenue, Coral Springs, FL  33065. For more information, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/hhw

Travis Tritt at War Memorial 

  

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.

Join Us at Neighbor Support Night

 

Fort Lauderdale neighbors, we're hosting a night just for you!  Neighbor Support Night, set for Thursday, February 12, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is a free interactive, family-friendly event that offers entertainment and activities for the entire family, including music, food and refreshments, City Hall tours, blood pressure screenings, a Kids Zone, games, free Florida-friendly trees, and public safety vehicle displays. 

 

You could be the lucky winner of a free night's stay at the Riverside Hotel, a free clubhouse rental at the Fort Lauderdale Woman's Club, or a BCycle membership.

 

Get updated details on the City website, neighbors may also follow the City on Facebook and Twitter. For questions, please contact Junia Robinson at 954-828-5289 or email juniar@fortlauderdale.gov.

Relax at Friday Night Tunes

 

Friday Night Tunes is back! Enjoy a FREE concert series with a broad range of musical varieties featuring a different live performer each month! Friday Night Tunes takes place on the third Friday of each month from 7 to 10 p.m. at Joseph C. Carter Park, at 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard. Randy Corinthian kicks off Friday Night Tunes on February 20 with the sounds of smooth jazz. Bring your chairs, blankets, and snacks to relax under the stars. Call 954-828-5363 for details.
Upcoming Tree Giveaway
Help enhance our sustainability and local tree canopy! Get a free tree to plant on your property during our next  tree giveaway, which will take place on Saturday,  February 21 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Osswald Park, which is located at 2220 NW 21st Avenue.  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 GDempsey@fortlauderdale.gov.   

Join the Parade 

St. Patrick's Parade & Festival March 14 

 

Join in the pageantry and excitement as the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival returns on Saturday, March 14, 2015! The parade will take place along Las Olas Boulevard, from S.E. 5th Avenue to Las Olas Riverfront, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Claim your spot now to participate in the parade by decorating a float, car or truck, or marching with your neighbors. Last year's parade was a huge success featuring more than 100 entries, including marching bands, pipe and drum bands, street performers, classic automobiles, and floats of all shapes and sizes! Schools, military groups, and dignitaries are exempt from the application fee. Everyone is encouraged to join us for this exciting, historical celebration. Visit www.ftlaudirishfest.com for more information.  

January Feature Artist

  

Fort Lauderdale proudly displays original artwork from local artists each month on the first floor of City Hall. For the month of January 2015, Fort Lauderdale selected Jane Collin, who teaches watercolor at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale. Jane is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society and serves on the Board of Directors of Gold Coast Watercolor Society. Click here to read Jane's bio and be sure to stop by City Hall to see her colorful works on display.   

Sister Cities in Panama

Donna Scantlebury standing with parents and teachers at Coegio BilingueJuan Pablo Panama City, Panama


 

Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International, Turkish Committee Chairs Dr. Ayse Celik and Muge Nugen developed the "if I Were Mayor Contest" with 5th grade students in the Broward County schools. The success of this program opened the door for GFLSCI Panama Chair Donna Scantlebury to formalize the Sister School Program with  Colegio Bilingue Juan Pablo Panama City, Panama. 


 
Sister Schools Programs unite students at early ages to know more about students around the world. Sister Cities International, Washington, D.C. developed this program and opportunities for students to work together to understand the world is educational and exciting for all participating.

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