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Celebrate America's Independence Day at the City of Fort Lauderdale's free 4th of July Spectacular presented by Zimmerman Advertising!

The Independence Day Celebration will feature a patriotic extravaganza featuring live bands, a kids zone, beach games, contests, family activities and a dazzling fireworks display. The 4th of July Spectacular takes place on Monday, July 4 from 12:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.
The PNC Bank Kids Zone will provide non-stop energy and excitement along with plenty of music and comic relief from 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Highlights will include DJ, music, face painting, beach games and contests. Make sure to bring your appetite so you can compete in an old-fashioned hot dog eating contest. And if that doesn't fill you up, top it off by participating in a July 4th apple pie eating contest!
As the sun goes down, the celebration heats up with live music and entertainment. From 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., Crystal Visions of Fleetwood Mac takes the stage performing hits like "Landslide," "Dreams," and "The Chain." Then, at 6:15 p.m., Brass Evolution takes over performing hits by Chicago, Tower of Power, Earth, Wind and Fire, and more.

Finally, as the sun goes down watch the sky light up with the City's fireworks show at 9 p.m. This dazzling pyrotechnic display is simulcast with music on 101.5 LITE FM and is an annual favorite for all!
Get to the 4th of July Spectacular Stress Free!

The 4th of July Spectacular offers plenty of stress free, convenient transportation options including a bike valet, flat rate parking at City lots, the Sun Trolley, and even water transportation provided by the Water Taxi and Water shuttle.
The Sun Trolley is making it easier than ever to have a fun, stress-free Independence Day weekend by expanding services. The Sun Trolley's Beach Link and Las Olas Link routes will operate on an extended schedule on July 4 providing a connection to the City of Fort Lauderdale's 4th of July Spectacular. To help families avoid beach traffic, the Sun Trolley is offering cost-effective services to the event on its Beach Link and Las Olas Link trolleys.
On Monday, July 4, the Beach Link and Las Olas Link will operate on an extended schedule from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight. The Beach Link route extends from Harbor Shops (17th Street Causeway) to The Galleria Mall. The Las Olas Link route runs from the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (SW 2 St and SW 5 Ave) east along 2nd Street to the City Park Garage, then proceeds to Las Olas Boulevard and travels east to Fort Lauderdale beach.
Fares for the trolleys are $1 each way or $3 for an all-day pass. To catch a ride, passengers can park their cars at the city parking garages ($5 flat rate) located at the corners of SE 2nd Street between SE 1st Ave. and SE 2nd Ave., and wave at the Trolley driver from a safe stopping location anywhere along the routes. The trolleys also offer bike stows.
 To view detailed maps and schedules for the Sun Trolley routes or to download the award-winning Sun Trolley tracker app to track the trolleys in real time, visit
Broward County conducting Community Preparedness Survey 

The Broward County Emergency Management Division is conducting a study to better understand the preparedness needs of its residents.  To do so, a survey is being distributed throughout the county and your feedback is greatly needed and appreciated!
The survey should only take about 20 minutes to complete.  All responses will be kept confidential, and your participation is strictly voluntary.  Your input will enable the County to better serve you.  To access the survey go to the following link:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Broward County Emergency Management Division
Phone: 954-831-3901
Thank you for your participation.  Important preparedness information specific to Broward County is provided at the end of the survey.
The Dig the Beach Volleyball Series to be held on Fort Lauderdale Beach on July 23-24
Founded in 1991, the Dig the Beach Series is the longest standing and largest series of its kind in the United States. The Dig the Beach Volleyball Series is the most established and successful grassroots series of its kind. Since 1992 the event has catered to both professional and amateur players.
Annually the series makes eight stops throughout Florida from April through August. Each tournament features 2 person teams in Adult & Juniors divisions.
For information visit:

Relax at JM Lexus Sunday JazzBrunch July 3

Join us the first Sunday of every month on the scenic Riverwalk for the JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch. This free outdoor concert series takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features the best local jazz artists on three stages from Esplanade Park to Riverfront.
One of Fort Lauderdale's most popular community events, the JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch invites everyone to bring their blankets, chairs and picnic baskets along with well-behaved, leashed pets to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District for the best in local jazz.
Parking for the JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch is available at the county garage located on S.W. 2nd Street between S.W. 2nd Avenue and Brickell Avenue or at the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District parking garage at S.W. Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. This event is produced by the Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department.
Schedule for July 3, 2016

Esplanade Pavilion - TK Blu
Connie Hoffman Gazebo - Billy Bones & Justin Trapani
Peck Courtyard - Glyn Dryhurst Swingset

2015 Water Quality Report Now Available

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 1 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.
For online access to the report or a printed copy of the report, visit

Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Collection Event set for Saturday, July 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. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 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:
*Small household items
*Small kitchen items, and
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
Stay informed in an emergency
Sign up for CodeRED™ and get City notifications delivered to your phone

The City of Fort Lauderdale uses CodeRED™ to send notifications to your phone about water main
breaks, gas leaks, evacuations and other life safety emergencies. The City may also use CodeRED to communicate road closures, water main repairs and other types of non-life safety matters.

Residents or business owners with a Fort Lauderdale address may register for CodeRED on the City's website at or by contacting the 24-Hour Neighbor Call Center at (954) 828-8000 or

Registration is FREE!

Help prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of the Zika virus
As we enter the rainy season, the City is asking neighbors to step-up efforts to control mosquito-borne illnesses, including the Zika virus. Please help eliminate standing water that can be a potential breeding ground for mosquito larvae.
Residents and business should conduct inspections at least once a week to eliminate standing water and other potential mosquito habitats. Remove, cover or empty all sources of standing water, including:
  • Rain gutters on buildings
  • Old tires (read about the City's tire collection program)
  • Plastic covers/tarps
  • Buckets
  • Planters
  • Trash receptacles/cans/barrels
  • Leaky pipes
  • Other debris and machinery that can collect and hold standing water

Click here for more information.

Online Permit Services Available 

Did you know you can pay for a building permit, re-inspection fee, or revision fee online? Saving time is easy, simply visit the City website to view the online services available. After you have completed your transactions online, you can stop in and pick up your documents at the front desk of the Department of Sustainable Development, which is located at 700 NW 19th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. Neighbors can also use the free Lauderserv app to review the status of building permits, pay a water bill, make a customer service inquiry, read City news, and more.