Some readers see this part of your email after the subject line in the inbox.
Write something
Mast head
brief and catchy, compelling them to open the email.

Broward Boulevard Closure

Crews working for All Aboard Florida, the express, intercity passenger rail service owned by Florida East Coast Industries, will temporarily close the intersection of West Broward Boulevard and the Florida East Coast Railway in order to work on sections of the railroad tracks as the next step in preparations for the construction of the Fort Lauderdale station.

The intersection will be closed at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, and remain closed until approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, July 27, 2015. Crews from the locally-owned company Gonzalez & Sons will be installing a new railroad track panel and about 120 feet of new track parallel to the existing track. This work is necessary to keep freight rail operations going as All Aboard Florida constructs the new station.


Visit the City website for more information regarding upcoming road closures.  

Planning for FY2016

The proposed budget for next fiscal year was presented to the City Commission on July 7.  We encourage neighbors to review the budgetary information on the City website. Broward County Property Appraiser's Office informed us recently that property values in Fort Lauderdale increased by 9.68%, marking the fourth consecutive year of growth. Our City also led the county with nearly $330 million in new construction.  These strong gains are a signal that our economy is back on track, and will enable the City Commission to evaluate items such as deferred maintenance, drainage, and infrastructure repairs that were put on hold during challenging economic times.

Neighbors are invited to attend a joint meeting between the City Commission and the Budget Advisory Board on Wednesday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the 8th floor conference room of City Hall.  Public hearings for FY 2016 Budget are also open to the public and are scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8 in the Commission Chambers on the first floor of City Hall at 100 North Andrews Avenue.  

Fort Lauderdale is ready 

Fortunately there are no storms on the horizon, but the City continues to review emergency operations to ensure it is prepared in the event that a storm develops.  On July 10 staff held a debris and Emergency Operations Center Workshop with the City's debris removal contractor, DRC Emergency Services, to go over proper procedures before and after a storm makes landfall. Employees reviewed timelines, capabilities, resources, and documentation requirements to ensure we are prepared to coordinate a comprehensive response following a storm in our area.  We encourage our neighbors to be ready as well, if you have not done so, please take the time to review the extensive hurricane and flood preparation information on the City website
Help us help you

Lauderserv provides customer service around the clock. Use the free app to submit a service request, or pay a parking citation or utility bill. Access Lauderserv from the City website or download the app to your smartphone.  Use it to request a new garbage cart, report a street light outage, inquire about volunteer opportunities, get Sun Trolley schedules and more! Neighbors can also call our 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000 for assistance, including details on how Lauderserv can help you. 
Neighbors repair community dock

Kudos to the Middle River Terrace Improvement Club for coming together and rolling up their sleeves to refurbish the dock at NE 8th Avenue and NE 18th Street.  The group gathered volunteers recently to restore and paint the beloved neighborhood amenity.  Mayor Seiler pitched in to lend a hand with the restoration.  Tim Smith also participated, and recognized area contractor Robert Westbrook for lending his expertise to guide the group on the necessary repairs!  The Improvement Club invites you to bring a book or a neighbor to enjoy the revamped dock and picturesque surroundings.  We're happy to share great stories like these about neighbors coming together to build community in Fort Lauderdale.  If you have a story to tell, email it to

Blowing yard waste into streets and storm drains is illegal 

The build-up of grass, leaves, litter and other debris clogs storm drains and causes flooding of streets, homes and businesses. Rain water oozes through the debris and becomes tainted with pollutants that get into our waterways.

Each year, the City spends over $980,000 to clean rotting grass, leaves and other smelly debris out of storm drains. It is unlawful to dump anything into a storm drain (Code of Ordinances Sec. 25-14). Homeowners and businesses are responsible for violations made by commercial landscapers they employ. Stormwater pollution from yard waste is preventable. Compliance with City ordinances will reduce pollution, flooding and lower clean-up costs. Visit the City website to learn how you can prevent stormwater pollution.

Have you signed up for CodeRED?

Stay informed in an emergency! Sign up for CodeRED todayCodeREDŽ is a high-speed telephone communication service that enables the City to send emergency notifications to registered phone numbers. 
In the event of an evacuation notice, utility outage, water main break, flood, chemical spill, or other emergency situation, the system will deliver a recorded message to a live person or voicemail.  Residents and businesses in the City of Fort Lauderdale are encouraged to sign up for CodeREDŽ emergency notifications by registering their home or cell phone.  Registration is free and personal information will be kept confidential. 
Check out the new Property Reporter

The City continually enhances online services for our neighbors to promote transparency and cultivate an informed and engaged community.  We are proud to announce the release of the updated Property Reporter.    The upgraded version provides access Google Street View and Microsoft's Bird's-eye View function, so you can see what physical structures exist at a specific street address.  The Property Reporter also provides access to First Responder locations, FEMA Flood Zones, property tax assessments and aerial or topography maps.  And, you can still use the Property Reporter to search code compliance data and look up neighborhoods, Commission Districts and sanitation schedules.  We invite you to explore the Property Reporter today to take advantage of this valuable neighbor resource. 
Get $100 for conserving water

Our City is part of the Broward Water Partnership, which has set a 20-year goal of saving 30 million gallons of water a day. The program includes many different initiatives, including one that offers $100 rebates for replacing old high flow toilets with new, high-efficiency WaterSenseŽ models. 

If your
toilets were installed before 1994, you likely have older high flow toilets that would be eligible for a rebate. Replace those toilets with new, water-saving models and you could receive a rebate of up to $100 for each new toilet. Numerous homeowners, businesses, and associations throughout Broward County are benefiting from this program. A condo association in Sunrise replaced all 138 of their older toilets with newer, water-efficient models, and the association has reported saving approximately $2,000 PER MONTH on their water bill.


This program is open to single-family homes, multifamily homes and businesses. 

Visit the Conservation Pays website for more information

Sign up for the Vulnerable Population Registry

The Vulnerable Population Registry is available for residents who are at risk and elect to stay home in the event of a hurricane or other emergency.  Neighbors can be at risk due to a disability, frailty or health issues, regardless of their age. The Registry is a partnership between Broward County and municipalities, including the City of Fort Lauderdale, to help emergency responders better plan for recoveries from hurricanes and other emergencies. Please note that registration is not a guarantee of assistance.  You can register online, or by calling 954-831-4000.  

Join Us at the Teen Summit 

Thursday, July 16 

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stranahan High School 

1800 Southwest 5th Place 

The Teen Summit is a community outreach event that gives youth the opportunity to take part in open and honest conversations on topics including: substance abuse, girls growing into women, boys growing into men, and police interaction. Attendees will enjoy breakfast and lunch, as well as local dance and step teams and raffle prizes.


The Fort Lauderdale Black Police Officers Association is hosting this enriching opportunity to teach valuable skills and give participants the knowledge and confidence to make sound decisions.  Raising awareness of positive opportunities can help reduce truancy and juvenile offenses such as burglary and gang violence. For more information or to reserve a seat at the summit, please contact Officer Dellica Harris at 754-244-6645, or Officer Nina Justice at 954-294-0686. 

Safely dispose of household hazardous waste and electronics

Building on the success and popularity of household hazardous waste and electronics drop-off events held earlier this year, the City of Fort Lauderdale is hosting a new, expanded event on Saturday, August 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mills Pond Park, 2201 NW 9th Avenue (Powerline Road), Fort Lauderdale. 


Already this year, a record 984 neighbors have seized the opportunity to divert 83,657 pounds of hazardous waste and electronics from improper and illegal disposal. The August 1st event includes drop-off sites for household hazardous waste and electronics, as well as a new program allowing the drop-off of up to four passenger or light truck tires (up to 20 inches), with or without rims.  A special collection site will be operated by The Salvation Army, which has reported a "clothing crisis" in Fort Lauderdale.


Proof of residency is required (driver's license or utility bill) for hazardous waste, electronics and tire drop-off.  There is no residency requirement for donations to The Salvation Army. Visit the City website for more information. 

David Deal Playday

David Deal Play Day is a week-long celebration that will take place August 7-15 and features a teen concert, boxing tournament, championship swim meet, family festival, jazz concert, and a golf tournament. Playday was introduced in 1953 by Joseph C. Carter, the first director of Sunland Park (renamed Carter Park), as a way for youth to participate in track and field events.  In 1954, the event was renamed David Deal Playday in honor of the Broward County educator and community activist. For a complete schedule, visit

South Florida residents are invited to Hurricane Expo 2015

South Florida residents are invited to participate in a free hurricane and disaster preparedness event to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at the War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8th Street in Fort Lauderdale.


Hurricane Expo 2015 aims to raise public awareness about the need to be prepared and how to be prepared for hurricanes and other disasters. Participants will learn how to track storms, pack a family disaster kit, perform compression only CPR and prepare an emergency plan for their pets. The event will feature family-friendly exhibits for children and adults.  Vendors will exhibit safety products and residential retrofit programs.  Emergency assistance agencies will be on hand to promote personal disaster preparedness.

Upcoming water chlorination

The City of Fort Lauderdale will temporarily return to using free chlorine in its drinking water system beginning on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 and ending on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.


This is a common preventive maintenance procedure for water systems using combined chlorine disinfection. For more information, contact the 24-hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000.

Friday Night Sound Waves 

Slide off your shoes and slip in to the weekend at Friday Night Sound Waves on Fort Lauderdale Beach! The remaining lineup includes: Sosos (July 17), Bossas, Boleros & Blues (July 24), Blue Moon Beach Party (July 31), and The Shindigs (August 7). This FREE live music summer series takes place every Friday night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., through August 7, at The Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub at Las Olas and A1A. Bring a beach chair or towel, and tell your family and friends to #MeetMeAtTheHub.  

Don't miss Starlight Musicals

Join us for the Bank of America Starlight Musicals, a free concert series on Friday nights through 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 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.