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City Commission
The City Commission will meet on Tuesday, 
July 7, 2015. 
 
100 N. Andrews Ave. 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
 
1:30 p.m. Conf. Meeting
6 p.m. Regular Meeting
 
Click here to review Commission Meeting agendas. 
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Suspension of Backflow Prevention


The City of Fort Lauderdale suspended the backflow prevention program for residential irrigation systems until further notice.


 
The City is exploring the possibility of grandfathering some residential irrigation systems as well as reviewing and resolving inconsistent determinations from various state agencies.

 

For public safety, the City complied, with due diligence, to state regulations  promulgated to the City of Fort Lauderdale.  In fact, a representative from the Department of Environmental Protection was closely involved in the development of the City's compliance ordinance.


 
This program suspension is for residential properties only and does not impact the ongoing backflow prevention program for commercial properties. 

Micro-Surfacing Update 


The citywide neighbor vision calls for a connected community where people can move seamlessly and easily. Well maintained roads are an essential part of this community priority. As we strive to create "The City You Never Want to Leave," we are taking proactive measures to strengthen our infrastructure and improve our roads to help neighbors travel quickly and safely throughout our community.  

 

Since May we have been working with Asphalt Paving Systems, Inc. to apply crack-seal to many streets throughout the City.  Beginning June 22, the contractor will apply a new micro-surface and temporary striping on the road. Permanent striping will be applied to the street approximately 30 days after micro-surfacing.  

 

Work is scheduled to begin in District I and continue south to the other Commission Districts in Fort Lauderdale.  You can find more information on this project, including a map of the specific streets scheduled to be resurfaced on the City website. 

Discarding Used Tires is Flat-Out Easy   


 

We will help you dispose of used tires the right way with a free program for Fort Lauderdale residents served by Republic Services!

 

Here's how:

1. On garbage collection days, place up to two passenger or light truck tires (up to 20 inch), with or without rims, on the ground next to your garbage bin before 7 a.m.  Do not place on or in your waste cart.

 

2. When the garbage collection driver spots your tires, a work order will be created and your tires will be collected within 24 hours.

 

3. A driver in a pick-up truck will remove your tires for environmentally-responsible disposal.

 

4. As an alternative, tire collection services are available by calling our 24-hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000 or by submitting a service request on the City's Lauderserv app at fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv.

 

This service is available for up to four tires per household per year.

Water Quality

Report Now Available  


 

The City of Fort Lauderdale routinely monitors for drinking water contaminants according to federal and state laws, rules and regulations. As part of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires the City of Fort Lauderdale, and all community water systems, to provide its customers with a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), commonly referred to as the Water Quality Report, by July 1st each year. This report provides important information about regulated drinking water contaminants and their health effects, the City's water source and the water treatment process.

 

The EPA now allows community water systems to provide their CCRs electronically. The City's Water Quality Report is now available online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/2014wqr. To receive a paper copy, complete the Water Quality Report registration form online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/wqr or call Customer Service at 954-828-8000.

Honoring our Volunteers

 

The City of Fort Lauderdale rolled out the red carpet for its volunteers and their guests at its annual Volunteer Recognition Event, which took place at the Woman's Club on May 7th. More than 140 caring neighbors participated in  the celebration. The outdoor "Faces of Volunteerism" exhibit was on display throughout the gardens, and each volunteer had a gold star on the Walk of Fame. Major Seiler and Commissioner Roberts attended to personally thank the volunteers and acknowledge their important contributions to our community.  


 
The evening was a huge success, with dining, music, raffles and bonding of like-minded neighbors.

Volunteerism is the Spirit of Fort Lauderdale and remains an enduring part of the fabric of our neighborhoods. If you are interested in enhancing our community, please call the Neighbor Volunteer Office at 954-828-8658.  

Feature Artist

 

Fort Lauderdale proudly displays original artwork from local artists each month on the first floor of City Hall. For the month of June 2015, Fort Lauderdale selected self-taught watercolor artist, Tamara Seymour.  As an active member of the Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society, ArtServe, Broward Art Guild, Bonnet House Fine Artists, Miami Watercolor, Palm Beach Watercolor Society and The National League of American Pen Women, her works are frequently exhibited locally.  Click here to read Tammy's bio and be sure to stop by City Hall to see her art on display through the end of the month.   

Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International Wins Innovation Award

 

Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International won Sister Cities International's 2015 Innovation Award (Economic Development) for a city with a population between 100,001 and 500,000. The 2015 Sister Cities International Innovation Award recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding community and individual sister city programs that promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.

An international business development organization with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Barcelona, Spain were seeking partners for Spanish companies interested in expanding into the Latin American and Caribbean Markets. The Fort Lauderdale/Broward County region used its access to the targeted markets along with experience and knowledge of the business development team to ensure a successful project. Click here to read more. 

All Aboard Update 

 

Crews working for All Aboard Florida, the express, intercity passenger rail service owned by Florida East Coast Industries, will temporarily close several intersections throughout downtown Fort Lauderdale in order to work on sections of the railroad tracks as the next step in preparation for the construction of the 60,000-square foot station and platform. When all of the intersection work is completed, a new bypass track will allow freight train traffic to continue through the area as part of the station is built within the existing rail right of way.

                       

Over the coming weeks, the intersections of the Florida East Coast Railway tracks and NW 6th Street (Sistrunk Boulevard), N. Andrews Avenue and W. Broward Boulevard will each be closed. Intersection closures will begin Sundays at 10 p.m. and reopen Fridays at 5 a.m. (of the same week). A complete schedule of temporary grade crossing closures can be found on the All Aboard Florida website. Please check their website often, as the schedule may change and detour routes will be listed.

 

Upcoming Road Closures in Fort Lauderdale:

NW 6th Street (Sistrunk Blvd.), 10 p.m. Sunday June 21 through 5 a.m. Friday June 26, 2015.

Starlight Musicals
 

Join us for the Bank of America Starlight Musicals, a free concert series on Friday nights from June 19 - August 7, 2015. The shows take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on the football field at Holiday Park, 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive. 

 

Neighbors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, and coolers. Upcoming performers include Jimmy Stowe & the Stowaways (June 19); the Andrew Morris Band (June 26); Valerie Tyson Band (July 3), Pocket Change (July 10), Viva Rock Band (July 17), Mr. Nice Guy (July 24), Chain Reaction (July 31), and Brass Evolution (August 7). For details, call (954) 828-5363 or visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/starlight.

From Within and Without
 

Join the exhibition curator and artists at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale on June 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the opening of The History of Haitian Photography. The event is free and open to the public, please RSVP to 954-262-0204 or moareservations@moafl.orgTo commence the opening of the "From Within and Without" exhibition, the exhibition curator, artist Edouard Duval-Carrié, and other exhibition artists will hold a panel discussion from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Horvitz Auditorium. 

Artwalk with the Panthers
 

The Florida Panthers will hold a Celebration of Hockey at the Flager Village Artwalk on Saturday, June 27,  from 6 to 10 p.m. The event will depict the history of the Florida Panthers and the history of hockey through the years with multi-platform hockey-focused art pieces ranging from video immersion to graffiti art.


 
Florida Panthers D. Aaron Ekblad and F. Jonathan Huberdeau will be in attendance for the event along with Panthers front office staff and personalities, including the voice of the Panthers radio broadcast, Randy Moller. 

 

Artwalk will offer food trucks, a cash bar, music and more. Proceeds from the cash bar will benefit FAT Village.Flagler Arts and Technology Village is Fort Lauderdale's ever growing arts community located downtown in Flagler Village. Home to local artists and creative businesses, FAT Village aims to connect the city to an emerging culture of grassroots inspired creatives, musicians, painters, sculptors, photographers, urban land planners, designers and young professionals. Artwalk is hosted at FAT Village on the last Saturday of each month, from 6-10 p.m. FATVillage is located at 521 NW 1st Avenue.

Fourth of July
 

Celebrate America's Independence Day at the City of Fort Lauderdale's 4th of July Spectacular! Join us on Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard from 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. Event highlights will include: family activities, beach games, live music and entertainment. 

 

As the sun goes down, watch the sky light up with the City's annual fireworks show at 9 p.m. Don't miss this dazzling event. For details, call 954 828-5363 or visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/july4.  

David Deal Playday
 

 

Join us for an annual Fort Lauderdale tradition! The 62nd David Deal Playday will feature a variety of events at Carter Park, from August 2nd through the 8th. Playday was introduced in 1953 by Joseph C. Carter as an opportunity for Fort Lauderdale youth to participate in track and field events. In 1954, the event was renamed David Deal Playday in honor of a Broward County educator and dedicated community activist. Today, David Deal Playday has grown into a week-long celebration with events that include: a golf tournament, a teen concert, basketball tournaments, a jazz concert, a boxing tournament, a championship swim meet and the legendary Playday Kids Day. For more information call 954-828-7275.   

Florida Neighborhoods Conference

 

It's almost time for the annual Florida Neighborhoods Conference! The 19th Annual Florida Neighborhoods Conference will be hosted by the Town of Jupiter on July 10 and 11, 2015.

 

This is an annual event started in 1997 to unite residents, staff and others passionate about their communities to share success stories and best practices.  

 

Visit the FNC website for more information on the conference. Early registration rates extended to June 26th!  

Midtown Summerfest
 

Mark your calendar and make plans to get in the groove at the 4th annual Midtown Summerfest.  The summer's hottest event will take place at Carter Park on Saturday, August 8th, at 6 p.m. Featuring live bands and high energy entertainment, Midtown Summerfest will have you dancing all night long!  Bring your family and friends to this fabulous event that features the best in arts and culture along with food trucks, a kids zone, and merchandise vendors.    

City of Fort Lauderdale