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The Great American Beach Party

The Great American Beach party returns on Saturday, May 28 on A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.

The free, family-friendly party takes place from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Great American Beach Party features a complete day full of exciting activities and entertainment featuring live bands, a kids zone, DJ, sand castle contest, art show, classic car show, life-size beach games, tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces, and so much more!
Enjoy a variety of live music performances including fan favorites Big HarvestSix Foot Swell Surfband, Pocket ChangeBlues Brothers Soul BandTom Jackson, The Long Run, and our headliner Sister Hazel!

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Walk of Fame Honorees

George Burrows, Sr.
Nicki Grossman
Monsignor Vincent T. Kelly
Congratulations to the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Walk of Fame Inductees:  Pioneer and Trailblazer George Burrows, Sr., founder and owner of Burrows Electric Company; Nicki Grossman, President of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau; Monsignor Vincent T. Kelly, Supervising Principal of St. Thomas Aquinas and Cardinal Gibbons high schools; and Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue, a team of professionals that is celebrating 90 years of providing continuous ocean lifesaving services.
Ocean Rescue
The outstanding accomplishments and contributions of this year's class of honorees will be celebrated at an Induction Ceremony that will take place on Saturday, May 28 at 6:00 pm at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard during the City's Great American Beach Party. For details, visit
Give Input on Proposed Seawall Ordinance Changes

The City of Fort Lauderdale is considering amending the Unified Land Development Regulations of the City of Fort Lauderdale Section 47-19.3 Boat Slips, Docks, Boat Davits, Hoists, and Similar Mooring Structures.  This amendment is intended to improve coastal resilience and mitigate the effects of tidal flooding and sea level rise. 

The existing ordinance sets a maximum elevation for all new seawalls at five and one-half (5½) feet above NGVD29, except when the adjacent property is higher than five and one-half (5½) feet above the NGVD29 (3.90 feet NAVD88).  The proposed ordinance:
  • Adds definitions for seawall and for North American Vertical Datum (NAVD88);
  • Sets a minimum seawall elevation at 4.6 feet NAVD88 (0.7 feet; 8.4 inches above the current maximum allowable elevation)
  • Sets an allowable maximum height of the seawall based on a property's base flood elevation;
  • Requires seawall reconstruction to the minimum elevation if the substantial repair threshold is triggered;
  • Requires maintaining seawalls in good repair;
  • Addresses fixed and floating docks; and
  • Sets a date by which all seawalls must meet the minimum elevation requirement (March 1, 2035).
We are asking neighbors for input on the proposed changes to the seawall ordinance. Please review the FAQ and give your input today
Financing Available for Property Upgrades

The City Commission recently unanimously approved joining the Clean Energy Green Corridor, a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program that makes up-front financing available to residential and commercial properties for energy efficient, climate resilient, and wind-resistance products.

PACE programs assist residents and business owners in reducing their carbon footprint and energy costs and also assist in stimulating the local economy through creating construction jobs. Examples of potential PACE improvements include: energy-efficient cooling systems, roofing repairs, solar panels and impact-resistant windows.

The Clean Energy Green Corridor is operated by Ygrene Energy Fund Florida and includes 37 municipalities in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Alachua Counties. The Clean Energy Green Corridor offers a comprehensive turnkey solution for City property owners and has demonstrated substantial success in funding improvements in the Southeast Florida area. Visit this website for more information.
Family Fun Rides bring back favorite pastime
Join us on Saturday, April 30th

Riding a bike is still one of the top all-American pastimes. When out on two wheels, it's fun, carefree, and bursting with fresh air. Biking is a healthy c hildhood 
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experience you'll never outgrow, and the City of Fort Lauderdale
's Family Fun Ride & Moonlight Movie in the Park events take you back to days spent  riding a bike through the neighborhood with friends and family, taking in all the wonders of the world.

The Fun Rides also introduce new generations to the fun of biking and elevate bike safety awareness through activities that teach everyone safe biking behaviors, which helps the City move closer to  Vision Zero

Biking also helps improve health through fitness and social well-being, and by riding a bike instead of driving car, you'll burn calories instead of gas and reach your destination more sustainably.

Over the past year and a half, the City has hosted Fun Ride events at Holiday Park, Carter Park, and Hardy Park. The next stop for th e Fun Ride is Dottie Mancini Park on Saturday, April 30th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Join District 1 Commissioner Bruce G. Roberts, Imperial Point Civic Association, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward B-cycle, Recyclable Bicycle Exchange (RBX), and City of Fort Lauderdale community builders for the most fun you can have on two wheels. Activities for the Fun Ride include:
  • Bike Rodeo 
  • Casual bike ride led by Fort Lauderdale Police officers
  • DreamWorks' "Bee Movie" in the park with free popcorn (Movie-themed attire is welcomed!)
  • Free bike registration by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department
  • Helmet fittings
  • Free repurposed bicycle and helmet raffle
  • Collection of used, unwanted bikes for those in need
  • Healthy Living with Broward Health Imperial Point
  • A boundless playground for kids of all abilities
Mark your calendar, invite your family and friends, pack up your bikes, picnic baskets, chairs, and blankets and plan for great night of free healthy activity and outdoor fun! And, make sure to stay tuned for future Fun Ride events so you can get out and explore Fort Lauderdale from an entirely different perspective...on a bike!

For more information and the Fun Ride schedule, please click here or call (954) 828-5226. You can also follow the City on social media for updates and remember to use #FTLFunRide to tag your social media posts.   
Relax at JM Lexus Sunday JazzBrunch May 1st

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 May 1, 2016
Esplanade Pavilion - The Raye Stevens Orchestra
Connie Hoffman Gazebo - The Jackson Bunn Group
Peck Courtyard - The Jazz Survivors
Waterway Soirée Set For May 21
The second annual Waterway Soirée, one of Fort Lauderdale's signature events, will take place on Saturday, May 21 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Bahia Mar Resort & Yachting Center. 
The unique affair is an unforgettable and chic evening dockside at Bahia Mar aboard one of many luxurious private yachts, with guests savoring custom-prepared dishes from South Florida's finest restaurants and mingling with celebrities against a breathtaking backdrop.
Following dinner, guests will embark on a festive party yacht for an Intracoastal Waterway cruise with an open bar, dessert and dancing to live music and DJ. 
Attendees will include celebrity guests, yachting enthusiasts, members of the marine industry and prominent community and business leaders.
The yacht hop and waterway cruise was created to raise much needed funds for Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center, a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 11,000 children with special healthcare needs in Broward County.For more information visit, call 954.728.1040 or email
Like the Waterway Soiree on Facebook at /waterwaysoiree. 

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 repair
s 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

There is no charge to register.

City of Fort Lauderdale to Chlorinate Water System Starting May 10, 2016
The City of Fort Lauderdale will temporarily return to using free chlorine in its drinking water system. This regularly scheduled preventive maintenance procedure will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016 and will end at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
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.
Some customers may also see water running from fire hydrants in their neighborhoods, which is part of the normal maintenance process.
This procedure will affect the City of Fort Lauderdale, as well as Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Port Everglades, Village of Sea Ranch Lakes, Wilton Manors, and sections of the Town of Davie, Oakland Park, and Tamarac (east of State Road 7/441).
The City of Fort Lauderdale maintains the highest standards to ensure clean, high quality drinking water is delivered to its customers. The City's drinking water meets all federal, state, and local drinking water quality standards.
For more information, Fort Lauderdale utility customers may contact the 24-hour Customer Service Center at (954) 828-8000 or online at Customers who receive a utility bill from other municipalities or entities should call their respective water provider's customer service phone number for more information.

38th Annual Community Appearance Awards
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 12th

  The Community Appearance Awards are presented each year to encourage aesthetic awareness and to acknowledge individuals and organizations who are working to enhance, improve and beautify the Fort Lauderdale community.
Community Appearance Awards recognize homeowners, architects, landscapers and developers for their individual efforts to enhance the City's visual image and economic vitality.
Neighborhood associations are recognized for projects that positively affect the area of the association. Since the program's inception in 1978, hundreds of commercial buildings, office towers, residences, and landscape improvements have been nominated for awards.
Sponsorship of the program comes from the community in the form of corporate and private donations, as well as from the City of Fort Lauderdale.
Celebrating the 38th year this year, the Annual Awards event will be held on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 at the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard.  Advance tickets are $35.00 before May 6th and $40.00 at the door.  To purchase tickets, please contact Laura Gambino at 954.828.6321 or
Business or cocktail attire

New Sea Turtle signs to educate beach goers

The Sea Turtle Conservancy has awarded Broward County a grant to create and install permanent informational sea turtle signs at heavily-used public beach access location.

The signs, to be installed later this month will be a helpful source of information and will promote safe sea turtle practices.

Florida's beaches are especially important to loggerhead sea turtles. They serve as nesting grounds for approximately 80 percent of the global population and 90 percent of the US population. Green sea turtles concentrate their nesting activity along the southeast coast of Florida. Leatherbacks, the rarest species of sea turtle, nest almost exclusively on the east coast of Florida. Broward's beaches support vital nesting grounds for all three species.
Take the Express Lane
It's no secret that our community is thriving! Job growth is steady, unemployment is down, and the private sector continues to invest in our community. In fact, last month the City's Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) received more than 2,350 permit applications and issued permits that represent more than $117 million in construction. With all that activity, DSD can get quite busy, so we've created an express lane in our lobby to cut down on wait time. The express lane expedites drop off and pick up and can be used to submit revisions, pay for permits, and update contractor licenses. Wait times in the express lanes are typically under ten minutes, so our neighbors so get in, get out, and get on with their day. To find out if you can take the express lane, please call 954-828-6531.
National Day of Prayer - Thursday, May 5
The City of Fort Lauderdale invites you to attend the annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 5 from noon - 2:00 pm in the City Hall First Floor Commission Chambers, located at 100 N. Andrews Avenue. The event will be led by Ms. Daphne Creary and will feature numerous participating ministers and vocalists. The National Day of Prayer was established in 1952 by President Harry S. Truman. The annual observance takes place on the first Thursday of May and encourages people of all faiths to join together to pray for our nation. For more information about the National Day of Prayer, visit

Public Meeting for Beach CRA improvement set for May 4
The City of Fort Lauderdale will host a public meeting to provide neighbors with an update on the Beach CRA public improvement projects. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the First Floor Commission Chambers of City Hall, located at 100 N. Andrews Avenue.  Neighbors are encouraged to attend and provide input. Representatives will be available to provide information about the projects and answer questions. For details, call (954) 828-4776 or visit

  Memorial Day Tribute at Lauderdale Memorial Park Cemetery

Memorial Day Ceremony at Riverwalk

Florida Juneteenth Festival set for Saturday, June 18th