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Holiday solid waste schedule        

The City of Fort Lauderdale does not provide solid waste collection services on Christmas Day.

Residents whose normal collection day for garbage, yard waste and recycling would be Friday, December 25, 2015 will receive service on their next regularly scheduled day.

Bulk trash collection for residents whose regular pickup schedule is Friday, December 25th will receive service on Tuesday, December 29, 2015.

All solid waste services will be provided on New Year's Day 2016. 
Ring in the New Year with us

Get ready for one of the biggest and most exciting New Year's Eve celebrations in Florida. The 2015 City of Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown will provide hours of free fun and entertainment for both children and adults. The spectacular celebration will feature a variety of activities for the whole family and will include an early countdown at 7 p.m. 

Family activities will include: bounce houses, face painting and games, contests and dancing with the DJ starting at 4:30 p.m. Live entertainment kicks off at 8 p.m. and will include Country music sensation Amber Leigh. For details, including road closures and parking information, visit the City website or call 954-828-5363.
County begins beach renourishment     

Fort Lauderdale is excited to announce that Broward County is moving ahead with the beneficial beach renourishment project.  

Beginning January 4, 2016, efforts will be underway to renourish Fort Lauderdale Beach with 500,000 cubic yards of sand along a 3.56 mile area, between Terramar Street and Commercial Boulevard. 

The vital project will increase the size of Fort Lauderdale Beach, enhancing our natural assets and protecting our shoreline. We apologize for any inconvenience to our neighbors while work is underway. For more information please read the F.A.Q on the Broward County website or contact the project Administrators, 
Nicole Sharp at nsharp@broward.org or Greg Ward at gward@broward.org.
Holiday tree disposal         
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Fort Lauderdale residents may place holiday trees curbside for pickup on scheduled yard waste collection days. The free service begins the week of December 28 and concludes on January 9, 2016.
 
The convenient service provides a more environmentally responsible method for holiday tree disposal. The curbside pickup is expected to reduce the volume of trees in the bulk waste stream. In addition, trees that are placed curbside will be specially collected by Republic Services and targeted for reuse. Removal of tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from trees is required. Tree bags must also be removed.

Other traditional options for tree disposal are still available, including cutting and disposing of trees in green yard waste carts, placement in bulk pickup piles or transporting trees to a Broward County designated site. However, neighbors are encouraged to take advantage of the more eco-friendly curbside collection. Recycling trees reduces garbage disposal costs and the amount of waste going to landfills.
 
For more information about holiday tree disposal in the City of Fort Lauderdale, please contact the City of Fort Lauderdale's 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000 or www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv
Focused on pedestrian and bike safety        

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department has partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to implement a comprehensive traffic safety and accident prevention campaign through May 2016. This campaign is designed to improve traffic and pedestrian safety through education and high-visibility enforcement.

Throughout the initiative the Fort Lauderdale Police Department will focus traffic enforcement in areas where traffic crashes involving bicycles and pedestrians occur most frequently. Neighbors will receive educational brochures with safety tips and information on FDOT's website, www.AlertTodayFlorida.com. Please join us in our efforts to improve the safety of the streets in our community.  
City recognized as climate leader          

The City of Fort  Lauderdale  was  recognized  by  the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (Compact) for its efforts to address climate change. On December 2, 2015 at the Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit in Key West, City staff was invited to the presentation podium to receive the 2015 Climate Leader Award.

The  City's  former  Assistant  City  Manager,  Susanne Torriente,  had  served  on  the compact's Staff Steering Committee  as  Broward  County's  municipal representative since 2012. In December, the City of Hollywood took on that role as the Compact developed new procedures to rotate municipal representation.

This award was presented to Fort Lauderdale to commemorate our service on the Staff Steering Committee and to recognize the leadership the City has provided to date in embracing climate   issues.   This   includes,   but   is  not   limited  to,  the City's support of  the implementation of the Compact's  Regional  Climate Change Action Plan, piloting  the concept of Adaptation Action  Areas, installation of tidal valves to address high tide flooding, and support of the recently convened Compact Municipal Work Group. Visit the City website for more information. 
Kwanzaa Nia Dec. 30   

Pay homage to the fifth day of Kwanzaa Nia, which means "purpose." Nia is a day for reviewing our purpose for living and dedicating ourselves to restoring our communities to greatness. Join us for Afrocentric entertainment and festivities. 

The celebration will take place Wednesday, December 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Bass Park, located at 2750 NW 19th Street. For more information please call the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation Department at 954-828-PARK.
Show up, step up, stand out   

Attention high school sophomores and juniors in Fort Lauderdale. The City is currently accepting applications for "Show Up, Step Up, and Stand Out," a unique Intergenerational Youth Leadership Program that begins on January 16, 2016. The four-month program teaches high school students the fundamentals of leadership through monthly workshops, weekly mentoring, and interactive projects. 

Participating students are paired with mentors who will assist them in developing and implementing their own community service project in our City. The program is limited to 25 students and applications are due by January 6, 2016. For details, contact Jorg Hruschka, Chief Service Officer, at 954-828-5568; email jhruschka@fortlauderdale.gov; or visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/volunteer.
JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch Jan. 3  

The JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch is an ideal way to relax and enjoy Fort Lauderdale's scenic Riverwalk. This free, live, outdoor concert series features the area's best local jazz artists. Listen to the music on three different stages on the first Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend, including well-behaved leashed pets. There is plenty of room to set up chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to experience the fabulous entertainment. Patrons can also stroll along the historic brick-lined walkway to enjoy live music while browsing items from local merchants and enjoying food from area restaurants.

The performers on January 3 will include: the Bobby Rodriquez Orchestra, the Barbara Evans Quartet, and the Harvey Nevins Swinging Jazz Quintet. The monthly event is sponsored by JM Lexus, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, News Radio 610 WIOD, Beck's Sapphire, and Bud Light Platinum. For details, call 954-828-5363 or visit the City website.
King holiday celebration Jan. 18

The Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Celebration Committee, Inc. and the City of Fort Lauderdale invite you to the 2016 King Holiday Celebration and Parade, which will take place on Monday January 18. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Sistrunk Boulevard and NW 5th Avenue and will be followed by the King Holiday Celebration of Unity & Multicultural Festival, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at  Huizenga Park at 1 East Las Olas Boulevard. For more information visit the King Celebration website
Volunteer on Fort Lauderdale united day        

On Monday, January 18, 2016, join the City of Fort Lauderdale and the L.A. Lee YMCA Family Center for Fort Lauderdale United Day! Volunteers both young and old will kick off MLK Day by honoring Dr. King's legacy of civic engagement. YMCA teams, Adopt-A-Street groups, and volunteers will walk our neighborhoods removing litter, promoting recycling, assisting seniors in need, and supporting healthy communities. Plus, homeowners associations can earn volunteer points that can be used toward future NCIP grants. For details, contact Jorg Hruschka, Chief Service Officer, at 954-828-5568; email jhruschka@fortlauderdale.gov; or visit  www.fortlauderdale.gov/volunteer.
Household hazardous waste & electronics drop-off event Jan. 23

The City of Fort Lauderdale is offering neighbors a convenient and responsible opportunity for disposal of hazardous waste, electronics, clothing, and household goods.  Unwanted items will be collected at a drop-off event at Mills Pond Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2016.
 
Household hazardous waste (HHW) includes common household items that contain toxic chemicals and therefore need proper handling during disposal.
 
The Salvation Army will be onsite to collect items in good condition, including:
* Clothing
* Shoes
* Linens
* Small household items
* Small kitchen items, and
* Dishes
No furniture, mattresses or other large items will be accepted.
 
Proof of residency in the partnering cities of Fort Lauderdale, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach or Tamarac is required (driver's license or utility bill) for hazardous waste and electronics drop-off. There is no residency requirement for donations to The Salvation Army.
 
These drop-off events are critical to protecting the environment by reducing the volume of waste in landfills and preventing the contamination of ground water.
 
Mills Pond Park is located at 2201 NW 9th Avenue (Powerline Road) in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/hhw or call the 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000.
Become a CERT volunteer 

As a volunteer CERT member, you will learn life-saving skills for major emergencies including hurricanes, floods, and/or fires. You will also learn fire suppression and injury care for everyday situations. As a CERT graduate, your skills will be valuable to you, your family, and your community in the event of a major disaster. CERT members may be assigned to a team in their neighborhood where they will play an important community safety role, as well as assist Fire Rescue professionals in the event of an emergency.

Classes will take place on two Saturdays, March 19 and 26, 2016. Space is limited. Register now by calling 954-828-6700. 
December artist spotlight          

Fort Lauderdale proudly displays original artwork from local artists each month on the first floor of City Hall. For the month of December 2015, Fort Lauderdale selected Francisco Sheuat, a local resident who uses recycled materials to express his creativity and reflect his commitment to a healthy planet. Francisco is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, and opened the Art Expressions Gallery in Fort Lauderdale in 2002. Read Francisco's bio and be sure to stop by City Hall to see his unique art on display through the end of the month. 
Bird watcher's paradise         

We knew tourists flocked to our City for the picturesque beaches, but they come for the birds too. Nestled just south of Rio Vista, Evergreen Cemetery draws birdwatchers from all over to catch of glimpse of several rare species. This past fall, the Variegated Flycatcher, which is native to South America and has been spotted in Florida just three times, enjoyed five days at the serene cemetery. During the peak migratory period in October, more than two dozen different species were spotted in Evergreen Cemetery. We are delighted to welcome to welcome the birders and look forward to seeing them next year when they return and remind us of all the splendor our natural surroundings have to offer. 
Sun Trolley expands service to LBS        

The Sun Trolley has expanded service on its Galt Link Route so residents and tourists alike can enjoy all that Fort Lauderdale and Lauderdale-By-The-Sea have to offer!
 
Sun Trolley passengers can utilize the Galt Link service on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and take it to the Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, Coral Ridge Mall, Broward County Library, as well as the restaurants and shops in close proximity to the Anglin Fishing Pier.
 
The Sun Trolley is a free "Wave 'n' Ride" service. Passengers simply wave at the driver from anywhere along the route to board and then let the driver know when they would like to disembark. Passengers are encouraged to download the free Sun Trolley Tracker App on their smartphone to track the trolleys (and the Pelican Hopper!) in real-time. 
Sister Cities partnership       
 
The City of Fort Lauderdale welcomed Marcos Aquirre, Managing Director of World Trade Center Fort Lauderdale, to the City Commission meeting on December 15, 2015 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International (GFLSCI).
 
Russell Weavaer, Vice President, GFLSCI, signed the MOU to acknowledge the value of creating global partnerships to unite citizens in an increasingly interdependent world.  Marianne Winfield, Executive Director of GFLSCI, and Mr. Aguirre began discussing the potential of an MOU during the Florida International Trade and Cultural Event, in light of ongoing efforts to develop international trade between sister cities in Martaro/Barcelona, Spain; Mugla, Turkey; Medellin, Colombia; Gold Coast, Australia; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Venice, Italy; Panama City, Panama and other cities.
 
As Mr. Aquirre explained, 330 World Trade Centers (WTC) in 92 countries around the world are committed to promoting and expanding international trade. Fort Lauderdale WTC promotes our region as an important business hub between Latin America and the United States to encourages foreign companies to establish offices in our City. At the Commission meeting he expressed how proud he was to be part of the MOU and how much he looks forward to supporting Sister Cities projects to expand in Brazil and Latin America. 
Starry night Thursdays return 

The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is proud to announce that Starry Night Thursdays are back! On the first Thursday of each month, patrons are invited to visit the museum for free from 5 to 8 p.m. The museum will also offer 2-for-1 specials on light bites and drinks in the museum cafe. Visit the museum website for more information. 
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