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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Fire Rescue Station 54 set for

August 26th

 
Saturday, August 26, 10:30 a.m.
3211 NE 32 Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 
 
Join City of Fort Lauderdale elected officials, firefighters, and community leaders as we break ground on Fire Rescue Station 54.  This new 10,000 square foot facility will house our team of trained Fire Rescue professionals to provide our neighbors with the highest level of firefighting, emergency medical response and rescue intervention.
 
For more information, click here.
City of Fort Lauderdale Joins the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Building Challenge; Commits to Aggressive Energy Efficiency Goal
 
Fort Lauderdale joins other leading local governments saving money and energy, creating jobs
 
The City of Fort Lauderdale has joined the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge (BBC), a leadership initiative designed to improve the energy efficiency of the nation's buildings, plants and homes by 20 percent in the next decade.
 
The City has already set energy reduction goals as outlined in their Fast Forward Vision Plan, Press Play Strategic Plan, and Sustainability Action Plan. For the BBC, the City has committed to reducing energy usage by 20 percent across approximately 2 million square feet of its building space by 2020. In addition, Fort Lauderdale is committing to reduce the energy used by its streetlights and water and waste water treatment facilities.
 
"As a new Better Buildings Challenge partner, Fort Lauderdale now joins other community leaders to create and share real solutions that reduce energy and water consumption, create jobs and save money," said Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency at the U.S. Department of Energy. "The Department of Energy looks forward to supporting the City of Fort Lauderdale every step of the way."
 
With multiple energy efficiency initiatives already in place, the City of Fort Lauderdale has already taken great strides towards becoming a more sustainable community. By joining the Better Buildings Challenge, the City has bolstered its sustainability strategy to meet ambitious energy-efficiency goals across its buildings and city-wide infrastructure.
 
Fort Lauderdale joins 44 other cities and counties nationally that have committed to the Better Buildings Challenge.
 
Private property owners who wish to learn more about joining the Challenge should visit the Better Buildings Solution Center at betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov or contact BetterBuildings@ee.doe.gov
 
For more information about the City's commitment, please contact, Matthew Ferrer at maferrer@fortlauderdale.gov or 954-828-5712.
32nd Annual International Coastal Cleanup set for Sept. 16th   
 
Volunteer for the 32nd Annual International Coastal Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. until noon.
 
 City of Fort Lauderdale Locations
  • Oakland Park Boulevard - Sign in at Earl Lifshey Ocean Park located at the end of Oakland Park Boulevard, east of A1A. Limited parking is available at the lot on the S.E. corner of A1A and Oakland Park Boulevard.
  • Hugh Taylor Birch State Park - When you arrive at the gate, tell park personnel you are participating in the Coastal Cleanup. Sign in near the tunnel entrance to the beach. Walk into the pavilion and the sign-in table is to your right.
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach - Registration table is at South Beach Park, at the picnic tables north of the restrooms. Parking passes are available at the table for parking only at the Intracoastal Lot (S. Birch Road and Las Olas Boulevard).
The Cleanup, sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy, takes place in over 104 countries around the world.
 
Email coastalcleanup@broward.org to register for this year's cleanup event. Please include your name, contact information, organization, site at which you wish to participate, and number of attendees.  
Stay Informed in an Emergency
Sign up for CodeREDâ„¢ and get City notifications delivered to your phone
  
We are quickly approaching the height of hurricane season.  If you haven't done so already, now is a great time to sign up for Code Redâ„¢ alerts.

The City of Fort Lauderdale uses CodeREDâ„¢ 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 www.fortlauderdale.gov/codered or by contacting the 24-Hour Neighbor Call Center at 954-828-8000 or www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv.
  
Registration is FREE!
One Event: 650 New Trees in our Neighborhoods; Proper Fertilizing Important
   
The City's July 22nd Free Tree Giveaway Event at Holiday Park was a great success with over 650 trees given to our neighbors for planting to enhance our tree canopy.
 
Growing our green canopy is without a doubt the longest running sustainability effort by the City of Fort Lauderdale.
 
As you fertilize your trees and lawn, please keep in mind that if too much fertilizer is applied to landscapes, it seeps past the root zone of the grass, plants or trees and into the aquifer, or it runs off into our canals, lakes and rivers. Avoid weed-and-seed products, use slow-release fertilizers, and fertilize lawns, trees and plants only to maintain health. Fertilizer will not help poor growth caused by poor plant placement, disease or pests.
 
Furthermore, while these chemicals may kill pests and weeds, they also poison fish and beneficial insects, and harm animals up the food chain that eat them. Fertilizers can actually help non-native plants grow and take over habitats.
 
For more information, click here.  
Let's Make it a Vision ZERO School Year 
 
Students are back in school for another year of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Some are attending school for the very first time, and some are beginning their journey to independence as first-time college students.  Wherever they're heading, it's an exciting time for our youth, but with the new school year, s chedules change, homework is back on the "to do" list, school buses are traveling in neighborhoods picking up kids at bus stops, and our streets are busier. Slowing down, paying attention, and sharing the road is more important than ever, especially during these first few weeks as everyone is adjusting to the new school year. 

The City wants to help make the transition into the new school year smoother for everyone.  As part of our Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale initiative to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on our streets to zero, we're sharing some Back-to-School Street Safety Tips to help prevent crashes and keep everyone safer on our streets this year. 

It's up to all of us to keep our kids safe, and their parents, caretakers, bus drivers, and teachers too. Motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death among young children in the United States, but we can all prevent them by  choosing to put safety first and respectfully sharing our streets. Together, we can get to zero and save lives. 

We wish all of our students a successful school year and encourage them to dream BIG! The sky is the truly the limit.  #VisionZeroFTL   #VZFTL
Create a Public Place in a Parking Space on PARK(ing) Day S ept. 15th
  
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On Friday, September 15, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the City of Fort Lauderdale is participating in PARK(ing) Day, an annual movement where cities and people around the world transform metered parking spaces into temporary pop-up parks or parklets for everyone to enjoy.

PARK(ing) Day, which was created by Rebar in San Francisco, demonstrates how a well-designed public space, even one as small as a parking space, can challenge us to reimagine and rethink the way urban space can be developed to benefit the community.

This year, the City of Fort Lauderdale is setting aside numerous parking spaces to allow citizens to install temporary pop-up parks on PARK(ing) Day. We invite neighbors, business owners, guests, students, and Community Builders to put on their creative caps and participate in PARK(ing) Day by reserving a parking space at www.fortlauderdale.gov/parkingday

Using just a parking space or two, pop-up park installations can be  anything from free health clinics and free bike repair shops to  pop-up concerts or temporary urban farms. Just about anything is a go, as long as park activities are free and no cooking is involved. Check out the Parking Day Participation Manual for guidelines and requirements.

If you don't want to set up a pop-up park, you can still participate in PARK(ing) Day by visiting the park installations around the City. The PARK(ing) Day locations map on the Parking Day website will be updated as spaces are reserved so you'll know who is where and what's going on in each pop-up park. 

Celebrate PARK(ing) Day with us on September 15th and see what our streets could be like with fewer cars and more people engaging in community building activities. Make sure to show  off your pop-up park or share your PARK(ing) Day experience with us on social media using #FTLPARKINGDay. Don't forgot to tag the City in your posts.  Happy PARK(ing)!

Download and share the event flyer.
Neighbor Leadership Academy Starts Oct. 1st
  
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The City of Fort Lauderdale is accepting applications for the next session of the Neighbor Leadership Academy (NLA), which is a community-building program created just for our neighbors  to educate them about various city functions and equip them with leadership skills to become effective neighborhood leaders. The next five-week session runs from October 4th to November 1st, 2017 and topics include:
  • City Structure and Leadership Assessment 
  • Ethics, Parliamentary Procedures and Team Building 
  • Navigating the City's Budget and Effective Decision Making
  • Community Engagement and Volunteer Recruitment
  • Fort Lauderdale's Future and Relationship-Building Strategies 
Apply online by Friday, September 8, 2017. 

For more information or to request a paper application, please call 943-828-6139 or email nla@fortlauderdale.gov

Meet Your Neighbors Block Party Day Sept. 16th 
  
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Explore Fort Lauderdale's neighborhoods and celebrate our neighbors during Meet Your Neighbors Block Party Day. Neighborhoods throughout the City will be hosting multiple block parties on Saturday, September 16th at different times throughout the day to build community together.
 
Block parties are a lot of fun and a great way to meet or reconnect with neighbors, but the benefits they offer extend far beyond a meet-and-greet event. Getting to know your neighbors cultivates a sense of community and caring that makes neighborhoods stronger, safer places to live. Block parties also strengthen neighborhood spirit and awareness, introduce kids to new playmates, build lifelong friendships, and serve as a catalyst for future neighborhood gatherings.
 
Join one, two, or all the block parties on September 16th. Make sure to introduce yourself and say hello to your neighbors; enjoy family-friendly activities, live entertainment, and great food; and rejoice in the glory of our neighborhoods.
 
Meet Your Neighbors Block Party Day is being presented by the City of Fort Lauderdale and the Neighbor Leadership Academy Alumni

Playbook Parks & Recreation Guide Now Available 

  

The City of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation Department encourages our neighbors to celebrate healthy, active lifestyles by participating in their choice of recreational and park activities.
 
We strive to enhance the quality of life by offering a wide variety of high quality, safe, accessible, and affordable recreational activities and facilities to meet the year round leisure needs of neighbors and visitors of all ages and interests.
 
Playbook is your official guide to the City of Fort Lauderdale's Parks & Recreation Department with information on aquatics, athletics, classes, events, parks, tennis and so much more!
View our latest fall/winter edition online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/playbook .
Big Toy & Truck Extravaganza set for Oct. 7

Calling kids of all ages! The Big Toy and Truck Extravaganza is back on Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Holiday Park.
 
Children, teens and adults will have an opportunity to view, climb and operate a fire engine, fire-rescue and ladder trucks, a front loader, SWAT and bomb squad vehicles, bucket trucks, a school bus, marine patrol boat, electric cart and more. Visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/bigtoy for more information.

Rockin' at Provident Park Returns Sept. 1

 

Join us for a free concert series from 7 to 10 p.m. at Provident Park, 1412 Sistrunk Boulevard. 

Mark you calendars for Friday, September 1st for Experience Live featuring Michael Whitehead, Friday, October 6th for the Kevin Love Band, and another outstanding artist on Friday, November 3rd.

Bring your chairs, picnic blankets, snacks, family, and friends to enjoy great music outdoors! 

For details,  visit  www.fortlauderdale.gov/rockin .
Relax at JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch on September 3rd
   

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
f or 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.

For details, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/jazzbrunch.   
City Upgrading Infrastructure!      

Sewer Main Replacement in Progress
 
A sewer main replacement in the Tarpon River neighborhood is having an impact on several neighborhoods as tanker trucks are being used to vacuum and transport sewage. Neighbors may notice tanker trucks with hoses in manholes until the project is complete.
 
To report overflowing manholes or sewage spills, please call our 24-Hour Neighbor Call Center at 954-828-8000. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

PLAY Fort Lauderdale 

Licensed After-School Program

PLAY Fort Lauderdale is your child's passport to fun! Our licensed after-school program provides children the opportunity to  exercise, play, and build their self-esteem in a safe and nurturing environment.

Activities include free play, games, arts and crafts, fitness, sports, cultural arts, homework help, and so much more! Click here for details or call 954-828-7275 (PARK).
 
Friday Night Tunes Returns in September!
 
Friday Night Tunes returns in September!  Join us at Carter Park, located at 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard, on September 15 and October 20 for a FREE concert series featuring some of the most popular local bands. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and snacks and relax under the stars with your family, friends and neighbors as you enjoy great music!  For details, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/friday. 



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