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Celebrate America's Independence Day at the City of Fort Lauderdale's FREE 4th of July Spectacular 

Join us for a fun, inspiring event featuring live bands, a family zone, and dazzling fireworks as Fort Lauderdale presents one of the nation's most acclaimed Independence Day celebrations.
The 4th of July Spectacular takes place on Tuesday, July 4 from noon to 9:30 p.m. on Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.
Starting at noon, the family zone opens with a DJ, music, bounce houses, water slides, face painting, human foosball, beach games and contests.
As the sun goes down, the celebration heats up with live music and entertainment. From 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., T-Wave takes the stage performing popular reggae. Then, at 6:15 p.m., Stall 4 takes over with a tribute to 80's rock.
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!
For event details, including parking, free bike valet and shuttle information, visit
Telephone Town Hall Meeting with Commissioner Dean Trantalis set for July 13th 
On Thursday, July 13th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., join the Telephone Town Hall Meeting to talk with Commissioner Dean Trantalis about City programs, services, or ideas to improve Fort Lauderdale.
Residents with listed phone numbers will receive a call prior to the start of the meeting.
Neighbors can also call this number to join the conversation:
Toll-free (855) 840-6970

100,000 Free Books for Kids!      
Fort Lauderdale is giving away 100,000 free books thanks to Soar with Reading, an exciting program from JetBlue and Random House Children's Books designed to stem the "summer slide," combat "book deserts," and improve reading skills by getting books into the hands of youngsters that need them most.  Fort Lauderdale secured the free books for children in our community by winning JetBlue's Soar with Reading Book Battle, a national online voting competition that pitted our City against Boston, Long Beach, and New York. Thanks to the efforts of our neighbors, visitors, and supporters, Fort Lauderdale captured more than 60 percent of the online votes!
The free books will be distributed now through August 31 from vending machines located at Carter Park (1450 W. Sunrise Blvd.);
Osswald Park (2220 NW 21 Ave.); the Riverland Library (2710 W. Davie Blvd.); and the Edgar P. Mills Multi-Purpose Center (900 NW 31 Ave.). Children and families may visit the vending machines as often as they would like and take as many free books as they desire! The vending machines will be restocked with new books about every two weeks.  Plus, there will be titles in Spanish as well as books for adults.  So head over to a vending machine, pick out a book, and let your imagination soar through reading!  For details, visit

Friday Night Tunes Returns on July 21
Friday Night Tunes is back for a special summer engagement!  The popular concert series heats up again on Friday, July 21 from 7 to 10 pm at Joseph C. Carter Park, located at 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard.  It's the happening place to be as friends, families, and neighbors gather together to celebrate good times and great music.   On July 21, get ready for the high energy sounds of the Valerie Tyson Band.  This nine-piece ensemble boasts an enviable repertoire of favorites including today's Top 40 hits, smooth jazz, soulful R&B classics, essential rock melodies, and even reggae and tropical staples!  It's a dynamic, electrifying performance you won't want to miss!  For details, visit

Resident Tree Giveaway set for July 22nd

Plant a tree and help us grow a greener community!

Summer days will be cooler, greener, and more beautiful in the City of Fort Lauderdale as our tree canopy coverage increases.

Studies show that urban forests have many benefits such as contributing to cleaner air, reducing stormwater runoff, increasing energy savings and carbon sequestration, and creating higher property values.

You can help by participating in our free Resident Tree Giveaway:

Saturday, July 22, 2017
8:00 a.m. - Noon
Holiday Park
1150 G. Harold Martin Drive,  Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

  • Proof of Fort Lauderdale residency is required (e.g., driver's license, utility bill, etc.).
  • Two trees per household on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
For details, contact Mark Williams, Urban Forester, at 954-828-5785 or .
June Fun Ride & FLPD softball game rescheduled for July 22nd
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Weather postponed the June Fun Ride event, but we have a new date and we're ready to ride. Bring your family, friends, bikes, picnic baskets, blankets, chairs, and softball gloves and join C ommissioner Robert McKinzie and our District III neighbors at  Osswald Park for a great night of free outdoor fun! 

Learn about bike safety, participate in a slow-paced bike ride through the Rock Island neighborhood led by Fort Lauderdale (FLPD) police officers, play softball with FLPD*, then kick back and relax with Illumination Entertainment's movie 
Sing in the park.
Fun Ride 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 à §316.2065(3)(d)).

Visit the Fun Ride web page for more information or call 954-828-5226 or email

*Advance registration is required to play in the softball game. To sign up, please call 954-828-5824.
Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Collection Event set for Saturday, July 29, 2017
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. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017.
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, Lauderdale Lakes, or Tamarac is required (i.e., 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
Starlight Musicals on Friday nights now
through August 4th     

Each summer, the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department proudly presents the Starlight Musicals concert series sponsored by Bank of America.  These free outdoor concerts have provided a great way to enjoy the summer with family and friends.
The series features an exciting line up of bands and takes place on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the football field at Holiday Park, located at East Sunrise Boulevard and Federal Highway.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and coolers. We look forward to seeing you out there this summer!
Upcoming performers include the Tim Charron Band (June 23); Jimmy Stowe & The Stowaways (June 30), the RD Project (July 7) , Across the Universe (July 14) , Classic Rock Therapy (July 21), The Fabulous Fleetwoods (July 28), and Brass Evolution (August 4).
For complete event information, click here. For weather updates, call the Special Events Hotline at 954-828-5363.
Friday Night Sound Waves on Fort Lauderdale Beach 

If you're heading to the beach on Friday evenings, we've got you covered!  Meet us at The Hub and start your weekend off on a high note at "Friday Night Sound Waves," featuring live music every Friday night from 6 - 9 pm at A1A and Las Olas. 
Kick off your shoes, stroll along the wavewall, and take in warm ocean breezes under our magnificent moonlight as you enjoy outstanding entertainers performing everything from Classic Rock, Top 40, and Reggae, to Funk, Oldies, R&B, and Jazz. 
Upcoming bands include: The Fabulons (July 7); The Goodnicks (July 14); Othello Molineaux Quintet (July 21); Shauna Sweeney (July 28); Celebration (August 4); Andrew Morris Band (August 11); Big Harvest (August 18); and Grace & The Victory Riders (August 25).  
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.
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 in early Fall 2017.
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.

Always avoid standing water  

Pedestrians and motorists are advised to avoid standing water and children should not play in standing water.
Potholes, open manholes, sinkholes, storm drains or sharp objects may be hidden just below the surface of standing water.
Standing water due to flooding, water main or sewer main breaks and overflows may contain potentially harmful germs and chemicals.
Exposure to contaminated standing water may cause health issues. Please seek medical attention if you suspect illness or infection.

Transform a parking space into a social place on PARK(ing) Day September 15th
PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide, one-day event where citizens transform metered parking spaces into temporary social places to celebrate people and open space for a few short hours. By transforming space that is typically used to park cars, PARK(ing) Day encourages everyone to rethink the way our streets and urban spaces are used, stimulates creative placemaking, and raises awareness for the importance of creating walkable, livable, and healthy communities.
The Parking Services Division is currently working on identifying parking spaces for this year's PARK(ing) Day event, set for Friday, September 15, 2017, but we're getting  the word out early so neighbors and businesses who want to transform a metered parking space into a temporary pop-up library, a shaded place to sit, relax, and meet new people, a place to play games, etc. can start mapping out their ideas and designs. 
Learn more about PARK(ing) Day and be on the lookout for details, guidelines, and registration for this year's event in the coming weeks! #FTLPARKingDAY
Help Us Report Streetlight Outages

The City of Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, and FPL share responsibility for our streetlight system. 

The City of Fort Lauderdale is requesting your help in maintaining the streetlight system by reporting outages to our 24-Hour Neighbor Call Center by calling 954-828-8000 or visiting 

For complete details, click here
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!
Relax at JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch on July 2nd

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   
It's Your Community! We Need You! 

The City of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation
Department, along with the Friends of South
Side, is searching for top instructors to provide
outstanding programs to our community! South Side
is a historic, 11,000-square-foot, two-story Masonry
Mediterranean Revival building with Pueblo inspired
decorative elements. The completely renovated
building will house a variety of cultural arts programs
and events and be a cultural destination for all
generations of the community.
We are seeking qualified instructors for a
variety of programs. For more information, contact Lester Alexander at 954-828-7108 or    
Fort Lauderdale designated a Walk Friendly Community

Fort Lauderdale Community Builders are working on numerous projects that address our neighbors' desire to have a fully connected, multimodal, sustainable transportation network
that is safer for all travel modes, including pedestrians, and we're on the right track. Efforts to improve the City's walkability were recently recognized by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) who designated Fort Lauderdale as a Bronze level Walk Friendly Community.
The City, which is just one of four Florida cities with a WFC designation, was recognized for its commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans, and policies such as Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale, the Connecting the Blocks program, and our award-winning Complete Streets policy.
To earn the WFC designation, community walkability and pedestrian safety were evaluated through a comprehensive Community Assessment Tool that assesses eight key areas: community profile; walking status; planning, education and encouragement; engineering; enforcement; and evaluation. The assessment evaluated existing walkable communities and provided a framework for best practices and opportunities to improve walkability.
As a WFC community, Fort Lauderdale has access to PBIC resources and technical assistance, has established a baseline to develop and assess future projects, and serves as a leading example for other communities around the country.
Fort Lauderdale is proud to join the 64 other WFC communities nationwide that are committed to promoting healthy environments and healthy neighbors. The City will continue elevating walkability in our neighborhoods to ensure walking is a safe, viable transportation option or recreational activity for everyone.
About Walk Friendly Communities
Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) is a national recognition program that encourages cities and towns throughout the country to establish or recommit to a high priority for creating safer walking environments and recognizes them for their walk friendly initiatives and programs. Walk Friendly Communities is funded by FedEx as part of their commitment to improving road safety and is operated by the University of North Carolina (UNC) Highway Safety Research Center with support from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.  Learn more about the WFC program.      
Bicycle lanes and solid waste carts: What to do when a new bicycle lane is installed near you

The Transportation and Mobility (TAM) Department is
installing new bicycle lanes in various parts of
Proper cart placement
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Improper cart placement
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the City (see list below) as part of an overall effort to improve mobility and safety for our neighbors and visitors and to support the City's Vision Zero goal of reducing traffic fatalities and serious injuries on our streets to zero. Given that bicycle lanes are often installed adjacent to the curb directly parallel to homes and businesses, TAM and the City's Sustainability Division are sharing the following information about proper solid waste cart placement on collection days.  

Bicycles are vehicles too
Blocking a bicycle lane on a public Florida street is considered blocking a travel lane. Since bicycles are considered vehicles in Florida, blocking a bicycle lane (i.e., travel lane) can pose dangerous conditions for bicyclists. When bicyclists have to move in and out of the bicycle lane into the general purpose lane, or "traffic lane," they are not able to ride predictably and place themselves at higher risk. To improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, solid waste carts (e.g., trash, recycling, and yard waste carts) should not be placed in a bicycle lane or on a sidewalk. Instead, carts should be placed just inside the curb line approximately three feet away from vehicles, light poles, mailboxes, fences, etc. 
With the City's commitment to Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale in mind, we encourage everyone to place carts properly and to walk, drive, and bike with extra care on solid waste collection days, and every day.  By slowing down, paying attention, being predictable, and following the rules of the road, together, we can save lives and get to zero.

New bicycle lanes coming soon at the following locations
  • A1A from Mercedes River to Fort Lauderdale Beach
  • A1A from Oakland Park Boulevard to Flamingo Avenue
  • Broward Boulevard from N.W. 18th Avenue to US1
  • Las Olas Boulevard from Himmarshee Canal to S.E. 15th Avenue
  • N.E. 13th Street from N.E. 4th Avenue to N.E. 9th Avenue
  • N.E. 6th Street from US1 to Victoria Park Road
  • N.W./S.W. 31st Avenue from Riverland Road to N.W. 19th Street
  • Old Dixie Road from N.E. 13th Street to Middle River
  • Powerline Road from Sunrise Boulevard to South Fork Middle River
  • Sunrise Boulevard from the Intracoastal Bridge to A1A
  • S.W. 4th Avenue from Perimeter Road to Broward Boulevard
S.E. 15th Avenue safety improvements project underway

On May 1, 2017, the City of Fort Lauderdale broke ground on the  Las Olas Boulevard Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Community Investment Plan  (CIP)  at the intersection of S.E. 15th 
Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard.  This traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvement project  includes mobility, traffic calming, and pedestrian safety improvements along Las Olas Boulevard between S.E. 11th Avenue to S.E. 15th Avenue aimed at:
  • Reducing cut-through traffic and speed in the local neighborhoods; 
  • Improving pedestrian safety on S.E. 15th Avenue between Broward Boulevard and Las Olas Boulevard; 
  • Reducing traffic congestion;
  • Enhancing mobility to and from downtown and Fort Lauderdale Beach; and 
  • Supporting the City's commitment to Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale.
Project improvements are currently underway on S.E. 15th Avenue between Broward Boulevard and Las Olas Boulevard that include:
  • Adding a dedicated left turn lane from S.E. 15th Avenue onto Broward Boulevard and from S.E. 15th Avenue to Las Olas Boulevard;
  • Making signal modifications to facilitate better traffic flow;
  • Improving the turn radius for trucks turning onto S.E. 15th Avenue from Las Olas Boulevard and Broward Boulevard;
  • Creating safer pedestrian crossing opportunities at all intersections along S.E. 15th Avenue;
  • Removing the stop sign along S.E. 15th Avenue at S.E. 2nd Street, reducing the crossing distance with curb extensions, and adding pedestrian push button lights to enable crossing;
  • Installing new stormwater infrastructure and upgrading aging stormwater pipes.
Construction on this segment of the project is expected to be completed this fall.

For information about road closures and detours during the construction period, please visit LauderStreet. To learn more  about the p roject improvements or to sign up for updates, please visit the Las Olas CIP web page .
Proper landscape maintenance helps prevent stormwater pollution
Sweep up fertilizer spills on the lawn.

Landscape maintenance can be a major contributor to stormwater pollution. However, by incorporating the following guidelines into your lawn and garden routine, you can help prevent stormwater pollution and protect local waterways, while maintaining a healthy landscape with minimal or no impact to the environment:
  • Plant native plants to reduce the need for water, fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
  • Use organic, biodegradable, non-toxic pesticides. Use fertilizers with less than 2 percent phosphorous. Mix and load fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides on the grass, not on driveways or paved surfaces.
  • Do not apply fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides near driveways, sidewalks, or any water bodies.
  • Avoid over watering. It washes excess lawn and garden chemicals into storm drains that flow to waterways.
  • Apply only ¼ inch of water to soak lawn chemicals into the ground.
  • Sweep up excess amounts of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Never hose them into storm drains. Store left over fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and other hazardous chemicals in a dry, covered area.
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste and electronics at scheduled "Drop-Off Events." For information, visit
  • Never dump lawn, garden or any other products down a storm drain. It is a crime and could result in fines.
Now Available: 2016 Water Quality Report

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 1st of each year.
The City of Fort Lauderdale 2016 Water Quality Report is now available online at
Customers who prefer a paper copy sent via U.S. Mail may register online at or call the 24-hour Neighbor Call Center at 954-828-8000.

City of Fort Lauderdale to Chlorinate Water System

June 20 - July 25, 2017

The City of Fort Lauderdale will temporarily return to using free chlorine in its drinking water system. This preventive maintenance procedure will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2017 and will end at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 27, 2017.
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 Neighbor Call 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.
A video and additional information is posted online.

Dog Park Guide Now Available
We love our canine friends and want them to enjoy the many benefits of Parks & Recreation! 

There are numerous ways to enjoy our parks with your best friend including: Canine Beach, Bark Park at Snyder Park, Dog Swim at Snyder Park, and the Holiday Park Dog Park.

Complete details are available in our Dog Park Guide. Get  your paws on one today!
Summer Tennis Pass
Enjoy unlimited access to Jimmy Evert and George English Tennis Centers all summer long! Passes include discounts on private lessons and round-robins. Group clinics and ball machine rentals available. Reservations welcome.

June 1 - September 30
Individuals: $60 Resident, $90 Non-Resident
Family: $120 Resident, $180 Non-Resident

Family rate includes two adults and their children residing at the same address. Pass must be purchased by July 31. Sales tax additional.

For more information, call 954-828-5378 or 954-828-4620.
Join Club 55+ Today
Parks and Recreation's popular 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.

Registration is ongoing. 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, click here or call 954-828-7275 (PARK).

Get Your Play On!
July is National Parks & Recreation Month! Celebrate today by downloading Playbook --  your official guide to the City of Fort Lauderdale's Parks & Recreation Department! 

Playbook is our program guide to aquatics, athletics, classes, events, parks, tennis and so much more!

To view the most recent edition, please visit If you would like to join our mailing list, click here.