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                    November 2013                                             January 2017
 
High profile segment of Fort Lauderdale Beach renourishment completed
 
Sand hauling for beach renourishment from Terramar Street north to approximately N.E. 16th Street was recently completed. The contractor is currently demobilizing and restoring the knee wall that was removed for access, as well as removing all of the equipment from the beach.
 
The purpose of the renourishment project is to reconstruct areas of the eroded beach and increase storm protection to upland development along portions of the shoreline.
 
Residents living near the entry points for trucks loaded with sand graciously endured noise and truck traffic during the renourishment. As a result, everyone can now enjoy the beautiful expanded beach!  Thank you to our neighbors!
Apply for a Community Appearance Award
 
The City of Fort Lauderdale Community Appearance Board (CAB) is accepting applications for
the 2017 Community Appearance Awards.   Click   here  to download  the 2017 application, due by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017.

The Community Appearance Awards are presented each year to recognize homeowners, homeowner associations, architects, developers and builders for projects that enhance the City's visual image and economic vitality. 

Applications may be submitted for a new construction or renovation project 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.  

The CAB will evaluate properties based on an exterior, street-facing review, the property's structure and outdoor space, and how the project visually affects the surrounding community.

The WOW of the Year, Property of the Year, and individual winners will be announced at the annual Community Awards event this spring. 

For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 954-828-4746 or email publicaffairs@fortlauderdale.gov
Can't Stop the Parks & Rec Feeling
 
Check out our new video! At the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation, we've always got that feeling inside our bones to make our neighbors happy! The City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department builds community each day by providing happy and healthy experiences for our neighbors with hard working, dedicated employees.
South Side Community Meeting set for Saturday, January 28
 
Come see the plans and share your ideas on what programs and activities you would like to see at the historically renovated South Side School scheduled to re-open in 2017. The meeting will be held on Saturday, January 28 at 11 a.m. at South Side School, 701 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. For details, call 954-828-7275 (PARK).
Click the picture to watch the 2016 NSN video
Spend a Night Getting to Know your City 
 
One of the best ways to build community is by celebrating it, and th e City of Fort Lauderdale, in partnership with the Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations, is hosting a night for our neighbors to do just that!

Come out and celebrate with us at Neighbor Support Night (NSN) Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fort Lauderdale City Hall, 100 N. Andrews Avenue.  We're transforming the City Hall Garage into a fun, high-energy, block party type atmosphere filled with jazzy music, interactive displays, and a ton of neighborly fun. 

During this free, family-friendly event neighbors can get to know each another, talk with City Community Builders to learn about the City's latest programs, services, or projects, exchange ideas for community-changing initiatives, create meaningful, lasting relationships that make our City more livable, safer, inclusive, and sustainable, and so much more Here are just a few things that you'll be able to do at NSN this year:
  • Learn about your City and meet City officials and Community Builders;
  • Take a photo with the Mayor Seiler and your City Commissioners;
  • Meet Stanley C. Panther, the Florida Panthers' mascot, and win four tickets to a hockey game; 
  • Play fun games with your kids and get your face painted in the Kids Zone;
  • Take home a free Florida-friendly tree (proof of residency required, while supplies last);
  • Meet firefighters, police officers, and pet horses from the City's mounted patrol unit;
  • Climb aboard emergency response vehicles;
  • Learn about recycling and sustainability;
  • Win a free raffle prize, including a one-night stay at the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach or the Pelican Grand Beach Resort;
  • Vote for the winner of the first-ever Neighbors' Choice Award for the best City department/division display; and
  • Enjoy live entertainment and refreshments.
For more information about NSN, visit the City's website . Make sure to check back often as new activities are being added regularly. You can also follow the City on social media for updates. Not sure what NSN is all about?  Click here to view photos from past year's events. 
Executive Airport Names 2016 ACE Award Recipients
 
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) recognized REVA, Inc. and U.S. Customs and Border
REVA, Inc.
From left: Cameron Spanfelner, Operations  Manager, Stuart Hayman, Chief Executive Officer; Dominic Acevedo, Director of Flight Safety; Lindsay Meyron, Human Resources Coordinator; Roswell Greene, Director of Operations; and Kendal Stoltz, Human Resources Manager

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
From left: Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler; Paula A. Rivera, Assistant Port Director; Jorge L. Roig, Port Director; and Commissioner Bruce G. Roberts 

Protection during the 19th Annual Achievements in Community Excellence Awards (ACE) ceremony January 19, 2017 at Jet Runway C afé

The ACE awards are presented each year to recognize an individual, business, or organization for outstanding service to FXE and the community.

REVA, Inc. received the Special Recognition Award for their exemplary collaboration, cooperation, and teamwork during a mock emergency training exercise at FXE last summer. REVA provided extensive resources for the exercise, including a jet aircraft and a team of personnel to work alongside Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue, Police, the Federal Aviation Administration Control Tower, and the Executive Airport Operations and Security staff. REVA's outstanding service and support assisted the City with being even more prepared to more effectively deal with an actual aircraft disaster.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received the 2017 ACE award for their long-time commitment to serving and protecting neighbors, area businesses, and the City. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has made significant investments at FXE  to enhance the speed, efficiency, and convenience of our Customs operations while maintaining the highest levels of safety and security , including constructing a new, award-winning 7,800 square foot facility and installing the country's first Global Entry kiosk that allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers to expedite their arrival. In addition,  CBP's highly-trained professional staff provides the support and protection needed to safeguard Fort Lauderdale's current and future generations.  

Please join us in congratulating both of these outstanding award recipients for their dedication and commitment to building community.
New River Bridge to Close Feb. 11-23, 2017
 
All Aboard Florida  (AAF) will close the New River Bridge beginning February 11, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. through February 23, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. to rehabilitate the bridge in preparation for the Brightline passenger rail service. The bridge will remain in the locked down position throughout the closure. 

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved the deviation to the existing operating schedule so the rehabilitation can occur. Significant planning and coordination with the USCG and Marine Industries Association of South Florida occurred to execute the bridge closure.

The bridge is being closed so the two outer trunnions can be milled in place, and the trunnion base can be removed and repaired off-site. The trunnion milling work will be performed 24 hours per day until completed.

For more information, please contact Ali Soule, Public Affairs Manager, All Aboard Florida, at 305-520-2105. 

Click here  to read AAF's Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to read the AAF Media Alert
N.E. 13th Street Complete Streets Construction Update
 
The City of Fort Lauderdale continues to work with our neighbors to address one of their top priorities, which is to have a more walkable, bikeable, connected, and sustainable transportation network for everyone, regardless of travel mode, age, or ability. The City is thrilled to announce another project is underway that addresses this priority.
 
Construction on the N.E. 13th Street Complete Streets Project, which spans from N.E. 4th Avenue to N.E. 9th Avenue, began in late November. The Central City Redevelopment Authority and Central City Alliance have been working closely with City staff to bring this project to fruition, which is designed to improve safety, promote and inspire economic development in the area, and expose the area's potential. 
 
This project also underscores the City's commitment to Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale, a street safety action plan designed to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries on our streets to zero. By improving street design and implementing traffic calming measures to make 13th Street safer, we're making progress toward our goal of achieving Vision Zero and, ultimately, saving lives. 
 
The scope of this almost $1.9 million project includes repaving asphalt and installing green bike lanes, permeable parking islands, bioswales, street trees, wider sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian lighting, and a roundabout.  The construction phases of the project are as follows:
 
Phase 1-  Installation of medians;
Phase 2 - Sidewalk widening and installation of pedestrian light poles; and
Phase 3 - Construction of Old Dixie Highway intersection;
Phase 4 - Construction of parking aisle and bioswale construction, followed by installation of green bike lanes and street paving.
 
Parallel to the roadway construction, a local team of artists is working to finalize the design of the "Unity" public art piece that will be installed in the center of the roundabout being constructed at Old Dixie Highway and N.E. 13th Street. The Unity art piece, which will be installed before street construction is complete, is a result of neighbor collaboration and funding provided through a Community Foundation of Broward Art of Community grant received by H.O.M.E.S., Inc. 
 
The City expects construction on the N.E. 13th Street project to be complete in late summer.
Sky's the Limit for Children with Special Needs at Challenge Air Fly Day Jan. 28

Fort Lauderdale children with special needs will have the opportunity to experience the wonders of flight at the 2017 Challenge Air Fly Day event at Banyan Air Service, located at 5360 N.W. 20th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport - Hangar 60. This free, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is set for Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Children participating in the event will be treated to 30-minute rides in single-engine planes flown by volunteer pilots donating their time and services to the event. In addition to the free flights, children will enjoy other activities including a static aircraft display, face painting, clowns, hands-on educational activities related to flight, arts and crafts, food, music, games and much more.
 
Contact:
Juliet Siddons, Program Director, Challenge Air
214-351-3353 (office)
214-564-9334 (cell)
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
Start the New Year Right with Club 55+ 
for Active Adults


   
Club 55+ is a program that encourages active adults to enjoy endless opportunities at 11 City parks for a discounted annual membership rate of only $55 for residents and non-residents. Residents may also qualify for a fee reduction. Activities include art, bocce ball, line dance, mahjongg, party bridge, ping pong, special event outings, walking club, wellness lectures, yoga, and much more! For more information, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/club55.
New features: Interactive Residential Diagram

We're excited to announce some new features on the City website designed to make it easier for neighbors to navigate the permitting process. An Interactive Residential Diagram shows the most common residential permit types and provides a checklist of all documentation and reviews needed to obtain the associated permit. The checklists include hyperlinks to the documents neighbors need to submit for application approval. We also put together an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions to help neighbors determine if they need a permit, and let them know how to get started. As we continue to bring our citywide vision to fruition and create "the City you Never Want to Leave," we will continue to look for ways to enhance City services and improve neighbor quality of life.
Sistrunk Parade & Festival set for Saturday, February 25 
   
The Sistrunk Parade and Festival returns on Saturday, February 25. The parade departs from Lincoln Park at 9 a.m. and travels east down historic Sistrunk Boulevard to N.W. 9th Avenue featuring marching bands, twirlers, step teams, classic cars, and decorative floats. 

Immediately following the parade, join us for the Urban Music Festival, a celebration of our rich cultural heritage and diversity featuring live bands and outstanding entertainment performing on two stages along Sistrunk Boulevard between N.W. 9th and N.W. 12th Streets. For details, visit www.sistrunkfestival.org or call 754-779-4376.
 
Help support the Sistrunk Parade and Festival by participating in their fundraising event on Thursday, February 9th from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. aboard the Anticipation Yacht, located at the Riverfront Dock (300 S. Andrews Avenue). Tickets are $100 per couple, which includes yacht cruise, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres. Only 100 tickets will be sold for a chance to win a grand prize trip to South Africa valued at more than $3,000! For details, contact Tracy Roach at 954-828-5011 or troach@fortlauderdale.gov
Celebrate Black History Month 

   
The City of Fort Lauderdale invites you to celebrate February as Black History Month with these exciting community events!
 
Remembering Our Roots
February 4 | 3-5 p.m.
Riverland Park
950 S.W. 27th Avenue
954-828-5320
 
Kijiji Moja
February 18 | 12-5 p.m.
Lincoln Park
600 NW 19th Avenue
954-828-5411
Kuumba Dance Academy 

The Kuumba Dance Academy is the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department's official dance team for boys and girls ages 7-14. The upcoming session runs through June 2.

Classes are held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Park Activity Center, 730 N. Federal Highway.

Auditions are held weekly. For more details, please call 954-828-5323 or visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/parks.
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).  
Carter Park Programs
 
Carter Park is proud to offer a variety of classes and programs. For details on any of these programs, please call 954-828-5411 or click here
 
Above Rubies Dance Team
 
Learn to dance through hip hop and praise dance with instructor extraordinaire Tia Caldwell. The dance team meets three days a week with four sessions a year for practice. The team will perform at various local events, shows, and concerts throughout the year. Classes are for ages 5-17 and meet Mondays and Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 to 11 a.m.
 
Chess Club
 
Club membership and events are free for all City of Fort Lauderdale residents. Club members will be notified of all United States Chess Federation rated and unrated tournament events being held by the Fort Lauderdale Chess Club. Youth classes for ages 9-17 are held on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, and adults, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
Life Sports Fitness Pro Audio Classes
 
Musically-inclined youth will develop their skills so that they may build confidence in the world of Pro Audio, and to potentially embark on a music career to become the next great artist, DJ, songwriter, composer or producer. All of our sessions will be focused on the hands-on, experiential aspect of Pro-Audio. Students will learn the theory and then how to put it into practice. At the end of the program, each student will present their own musical creation, whether it be an instrumental, lyrics or finished song, in collaboration with other students in the class. Classes for ages 10-13 are held Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., and ages 14-18 are held Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m.

Riverwalk Noon Tunes
 
Gather with friends and coworkers for live outdoor music from top local artists each Wednesday in February and March (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.
 
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 Celtic 4 Miler, a four mile run down Las Olas.  To register, visit www.celtic4miler.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. For details, visit www.stpatsftl.com.
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