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Sistrunk Parade & Festival Returns Saturday, February 25 
   
 
Get ready for a high energy event showcasing our community's rich heritage, highlighting cultural diversity, promoting unity, and celebrating ethnicities.  The Sistrunk Parade and Festival returns to Fort Lauderdale's historic Sistrunk Boulevard on Saturday, February 25 featuring fun and excitement for the entire family!  Presented by the Sistrunk Historical Festival, Inc. in partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale, the free event features a full day of activities, music, entertainment, and festivities!
 
SISTRUNK 5K - 7:00 AM
The 2nd Annual Chris Smith All-Star Classic Sistrunk 5K starts at 7:00 am at Delevoe Park, located at 2520 Sistrunk Boulevard. To register for the race, visit www.sistrunk5k.com
 
SISTRUNK PARADE - 9:00 AM
The Sistrunk Parade departs Lincoln Park (600 NW 19 Avenue) at 9:00 am and travels east down Sistrunk Boulevard to NW 9 Avenue featuring marching bands, step teams, classic cars, floats, and more!
 
SISTRUNK FESTIVAL - 10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
The Sistrunk Festival takes place from 10:30 am - 7:00 pm along Sistrunk Boulevard from NW 9 Avenue to NW 12 Avenue featuring live bands, a kids zone, a teen zone, merchandise, food vendors, and more.  Don't miss an exclusive performance by Midnight Star at 5:45 pm on the main stage!
 
For details, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/sistrunkfestival or call 754-779-4376.
 
 
Traffic Advisory for Sistrunk Parade & Festival
 
 
The following traffic restrictions will be in effect for the Sistrunk Parade and Festival:
 
-Sistrunk Boulevard from NW 9 Avenue to NW 10 Avenue will be closed from Friday, February 24 at 7:00 pm through Saturday, February 25 at 9:00 pm.
-Sistrunk Boulevard from NW 9 Avenue to NW 14 Avenue will be closed Saturday, February 25 from 4:30 am to 9:00 pm.
-Sistrunk Boulevard from NW 14 Avenue to NW 27 Avenue will be closed Saturday, February 25 from 6:30 am to 9:00 am.
-Sistrunk Boulevard from NW 14 Avenue to NW 21 Avenue will be closed Saturday, February 25 from 8:30 am to 11:00 am.
 
For a map of traffic restrictions and road closures,
visit www.sistrunkfestival.org or call 754-779-4376.
 
 St. Patrick's Parade and Festival March 11

The Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Parade and Festival marches into downtown on Saturday, March 11. The fun begins at 7:30 am with the Shamrock 4-Mile Run, a colorful race down Las Olas Boulevard.  To register, visit www.shamrock-run.com. The St. Patrick's Parade begins at noon and travels west along Las Olas Boulevard from S.E. 5th Avenue to Las Olas Riverfront with  more than 100 floats, pipe and drum corps, classic automobiles, bagpipers, marching bands, Veterans groups, and more.  Following the parade, stick around for the best Irish celebration in town at the St. Patrick's Festival, which runs until 7:00 pm at Huizenga Plaza and along the Riverwalk.  Highlights will include live bands, Irish dancers, interactive entertainment, an expanded Kids Zone, cultural attractions, and plenty of Irish food and beverages. Plus the return of U2BYUV, the ultimate U2 Tribute Band!  For details, visit www.stpatsftl.com.

NEW St. Patrick's Kickoff Event on Friday, March 10

 

Join us on Friday, March 10 from Noon - 7:00 PM at Andrews Avenue and Las Olas for a NEW St. Patrick's kickoff event featuring Irish dance, live bands, interactive entertainment, the traditional street striping ceremony, and more! Original Riverdance cast member Ronan McCormack will host an afternoon of Irish music and dancing at downtown's Huizenga Plaza, located at 32 E. Las Olas Boulevard. Discover the history of Irish dance, listen to live Irish music, and learn how to "step it out" with FREE Irish step dancing and céilí dancing lessons from the master herself!  At 4:00 pm, Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler will host the traditional St. Patrick's Street Striping Ceremony, then join in as we attempt to set a record for the longest Walls of Limerick Céilí Dance! Afterward, enjoy live music from The Fineans along with your favorite Irish food and beverages.  For a complete schedule of activities, visit  www.stpatsftl.com.

Celebrate Florida Bike Month at the Fun Ride March 25th
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Bring your family, friends, bikes, picnic baskets, blankets, and chairs and celebrate Florida Bike Month this March with a great night of biking and free outdoor fun! Learn about bike safety,participate in a slow-paced bike ride through the Harbordale and Rio Vista neighborhoods led by Fort Lauderdale police officers, then kick back and relax with Walt Disney's family-friendly movie, Zootopia, in the park.

The first Fun Ride of the year is set for Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Harbordale Park. Event highlights include free p opcorn, a b ike helmet giveaway (while supplies last), and a fr ee repurposed bike and helmet raffle. You can also donate used,  unwanted bikes to Recyclable Bicycle Exchange at the event. The bikes will be repaired, cleaned up, and gifted to neighbors in need. 

Remember to bring bicycle helmets and bike lights for the ride. Helmets are required for bicyclists that are younger than 16 years old ( see  Florida Statutes §316.2065(3)(d) ).

Click here for more information or call 954-828-5226 or email cfanchi@fortlauderdale.gov.  
City Launches "1 is Too Many" Vision Zero Campaign

How many traffic-related deaths is too many on our streets?  The City of Fort Lauderdale is responding with its new "1 is Too Many" public awareness campaign that is popping up on bus benches throughout the city.
 
The City launched this high-visibility campaign as part of its Vision Zero initiative to draw attention to traffic corridors and intersections with the highest number of crashes and fatalities in the City.
 
The first phase of the "1 is Too Many" campaign kicked off with nine strategic messages - "Slow Down," "Cross at Crosswalks" "Stop Texting" "Pay Attention," "Be Predictable," "Be Visible," "Don't Drink & Drive," Yield to Pedestrians," and "Watch for Turning Vehicles" - that target common behaviors that have contributed to crashes in high risk, top priority regional hot spots.
 
To determine message placement, City staff analyzed Signal Four Analytics crash data from the past five years to identify high concentrations of crashes at or near available bus benches.  Staff then reviewed behaviors that contributed to those crashes and paired targeted messages with appropriate area bus benches to remind everyone   driving, walking, or biking on the City's streets to practice safe behaviors to help save lives.
   
Last year, 32 lives were lost on Fort Lauderdale streets, and since January 1st of this year seven lives have already been lost. The people we've lost were parents, spouses, siblings, children, friends, classmates, neighbors, and coworkers. The bus benches serve as a reminder to travel smart and do your part to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries on our streets to ZERO because one traffic-related death or injury anywhere, on any street is one too many
Citywide Parking Survey Underway
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The Parking Services Division is conducting a short survey to gather information about parking and mobility in Fort Lauderdale as part of a citywide parking study. 

The objectives of the study are to evaluate the City's existing parking demand and supply, examine utilization of the City's current parking facilities, and to review the overall parking requirements. In addition to gauging neighbors' thoughts on parking, the study will also assess:
  • Current parking technologies used to improve parking efficiency and accessibility,
  • Best management practices associated with traditional parking impacts,
  • Increased bicycle use and the alternative modes of transportation available, and
  • The financial stability of the City's parking fund.
Following the study, recommendations will be developed to address the City's short- and long-term parking needs.

For more information, please contact Erin Emmons,GISP, Kimley-Horn, at 954-535-5128 or erin.emmons@kimley-horn.com.
City to Designate Railroad Quiet Zones
  
The City of Fort Lauderdale, in partnership with the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), is initiating a process to designate several railroad crossings along the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway corridor as Quiet Zones to improve the quality of life for our neighbors who live along the corridor. 

A designated Quiet Zone is a section of railroad track at least one-half mile long where train horns are not sounded upon approach, except in emergency situations. 

Click here for more information about the City's quiet zones.

Click here for Broward MPO's map of improvements being made along the FEC rail line in preparation for the quiet zones.

Click here to learn about the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration Train Horn Rule (49 CFR Part 222) and quiet zones.
FDOT to Host Public Meeting for Old Dixie Highway Improvements Project

The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a Public Meeting to discuss the Old Dixie Highway Improvements Project on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Middle River Terrace Park .

The meeting will be conducted in an informal open house format. No formal presentation will be made. Project plans will be on display and staff will be available to discuss the construction, answer questions, and address individual concerns.

Construction on this .9-mile project begins February 27th and should be completed in early 2018.  Throughout the duration of the project, lane closures will be in effect along Old Dixie Highway from N.E. 13th Street to the bridge over the Middle River Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Casey Liening, Public Information Officer, The Corradino Group, at (954) 940-7585 or cliening@corradino.com.
Smart Yard Maintenance Saves Water
 
Many Fort Lauderdale households use as much as half of their total water consumption for lawn irrigation. The tips below can be implemented to help maintain a healthy, drought resistant lawn, as well as support the ongoing water restrictions.
  • Use mulch to retain moisture.
  • If needed, use slow-release fertilizers with phosphorus levels of two percent or less.
  • Set your lawn mower to the highest setting, forcing roots to grow deeper.
  • Use native drought resistant plants and group according to their watering needs.
  • Turn off sprinklers if rain is expected or if it is raining.
  • Install a rain sensor that disables automatic sprinkler systems.
For more tips on ways you can Green Your Routine and help Fort Lauderdale become a more sustainable community, visit our website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/gyr
Water Matters Day set for March 11
 
Learning how to manage and protect water resources in your home, yard and community will help you gain a better understanding about the role you can play in protecting the quality and quantity of our water resources. By attending the annual Water Matters Day, you can learn best water conservation practices to help you elevate your role in preserving this necessary resource.
 
The City of Fort Lauderdale is partnering with Broward County and other organizations to offer this daylong event, which will take place Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tree Tops Park, located at 3900 S.W. 100th Avenue in Davie. Admission to the park is $1.50 per person. Admission is free for children 5 and under.
Event highlights include free plants and trees (two per family), children's activities, educational displays, raffles and more. Food truck vendors will be onsite selling a variety of foods.
For more information, please call Broward County's Water Resources Division, at 954.519.1270 or visit www.broward.org/WaterMatters .

Application Deadline Extended for Community Appearance Awards!
 
Calling all homeowners, business owners, architects, contractors, developers, landscapers and builders. The deadline to apply for a City of Fort Lauderdale Commu
nity Appearance Award has been extended to Friday, March 10 at 5:00 pm. The Community Appearance Awards annually recognize the most outstanding new construction and renovation projects for exterior beauty, style, design and landscaping.
Applications may be submitted in one of 10 categories: commercial, institutional, landscape/garden, multifamily residence, municipal facilities and parks & recreation projects, single family residence, retail, restaurant, sustainability excellence, and special projects.  Click here to download the 2017 application or complete the application online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/cabawards.
 
Litter: It's in your hands
 
Roadways and highways covered in litter such as cigarette butts, fast food wrappers, soda cans, coffee cups and more are not an attractive site. Litter is more than ugly-it is harmful to our waterways, including lakes, rivers and beaches, as well as aquatic plant and animal life.
 
Many people do not realize that litter and pollution from our roadways and highways can wind up in our storm drains. Storm drains are meant to carry clean rainwater off the roads. Litter and debris that ends up in storm drains flows directly into public bodies of water. This means the waterways become more and more polluted with each piece of litter that is tossed onto the ground.
                                                           
Here's what you can do to help PREVENT litter in your community:
  • Set an example for others, especially co-workers, friends and children by using trash receptacles for litter disposal.
  • Carry a litterbag and a portable ashtray in your car.
  • If you smoke, carry and use a portable or pocket ashtray. Cigarette butts should never be thrown on the ground because they do not decompose.
  • Make sure your trash containers completely close. Trash will blow out of the container when lifted by the automatic sanitation truck mechanisms.
Report clogged storm drains and illegal dumping into the stormwater system online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/customerservice, via the  Lauderserv app, or by calling the 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000.
Free Income Tax Preparation thru April 15
 
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides FREE tax preparation services for qualified individuals with an income of less than $54,000. Services are offered on Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. For more information,
please contact 954-828-4592
Volunteer Coaches Needed
   
The City of Fort Lauderdale Youth Sports Developmental Leagues are in need of positive adult
role models to coach a variety of sports. Positions include:
 
Head Coach - Impact the lives of children and have fun while you volunteer as a head coach! Use your talents to teach sport fundamentals as well as the value of sportsmanship, team work, integrity, and respect for authority. Never coached before? Don't worry. We will provide you with all the resources necessary to teach the sport, share life lessons, and coach your team.
 
Assistant Coach - Make a difference in the lives of children by helping the head coach teach both athletic skills and life values for success on and off the court, field, and/or track. Use this time to see if you might want to be a head coach in the future.
 
Interested? Download the registration form or call 954-828-7275 (PARK).  

Riverwalk Noon Tunes
 
Gather with friends and coworkers for live outdoor music from top local artists each Wednesday now through March 29 (except March 1) at Huizenga Plaza, 32 E, Las Olas Boulevard. Bring your bagged lunch or enjoy a variety of delectable treats from the Riverwalk Gourmet Delights food kiosks stationed along Riverwalk. Be sure to use our free Riverwalk Water Trolley to get you to and from the event with ease! For more information, call 954-828-7275 (PARK) or visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/events.
Friday Night Tunes on the third Friday of each month

Gather Enjoy a free concert series with a broad range of musical varieties featuring a different live performer each month! Friday Night Tunes takes place on the third Friday of each month (February through May and September through November) from 7 to 10 p.m. at Joseph C. Carter Park, located at 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard. Bring your chairs, picnic blankets, and snacks to relax under the stars. From jazz to pop, Friday Night Tunes has it all! For details, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/friday.
Friday Night Sound Waves returns to Fort Lauderdale Beach 

Get ready to slide off your shoes and slip into the weekend. With the sand and waves of Fort Lauderdale Beach in the background, the free Friday Night Sound Waves Live Music Series will return to the Hub, located at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A, and kick off on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6 p.m.  
  
The series will open with a high-energy performance by one of South Florida's favorite Motown and R&B bands, Pocket Change, followed by a wide array of musical genres every Friday night, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., through November 10, 2017. Special highlights over the 36 weeks include performances by rising stars on the country music scene, Farewell Angelina, on April 7; the Shane Duncan Band on May 5 for the official Fort Lauderdale Air Show welcome concert; and returning performances from crowd pleasers Mr. Nice Guy, Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl, Tom Sartori and Spred the Dub.
  
The free concert series, funded in major part by the Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District (BID), attracts more than 15,000 locals and visitors each year. The Hub, which is situated 1.3 miles from the 17 Street Causeway to the south and 1.4 miles from Sunrise Boulevard to the north, serves as the heart of the Fort Lauderdale Beach "island."
  
Details:  www.FridayNightSoundWaves.com
NHL Stanley Cup hits the beach on March 3!  

 
The Stanley Cup is coming to town!  The Florida Panthers and the City of Fort Lauderdale will celebrate 100 years of NHL Hockey with a free event on Friday, March 3 from 3 pm to 7 pm on Fort Lauderdale Beach at the corner of A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.  As part of the event, the Stanley Cup, the oldest and most revered trophy in all professional sports, will make a special appearance giving fans a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity with hockey's Holy Grail!  IN addition to the Stanley Cup, the event will include appearances by mascot Stanley C. Panther, games, contests, giveaways, and more! Bring your family, friends, and co-workers and join us for this fun-filled entertaining event!

Ribbon Cutting for Holiday Park Dog Park on March 4! 

Holiday Park is going to the dogs!  Join us on Saturday, March 4 at 9:30 am for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Holiday Park Dog Park.  The new dog park is located behind War Memorial Auditorium near the roller hockey rinks.  The park was constructed on a 1.5 acre parcel that will designate 12,500 square feet of land for small dogs and 48,000 square feet for large dogs.  The park will be completely enclosed with a mesh vinyl coated black chain-link fence and will feature a water fountain for large and small dogs.  The project will provide a safe, secure and convenient environment where dogs can exercise, run, and play freely.  It will also be a place where dog owners can gather to socialize, engage, meet new people, and make new friends.



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