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Nominate Your Favorite Unsung Hero for a Citizens Recognition Award
2015 Citizens Recognition Award recipients with City Commission
From left: Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler; Vice Mayor Robert L. McKinzie; Commissioner Romney Rogers; Greg Brewton, Exemplary Former City Employee; Sharon Major-Hughes, Citizen of the Year; Stanford K. Smoker, Honored Founder; Donald Singer, Distinguished Citizen; Commissioner Bruce G. Roberts; and Commissioner Dean J. Trantalis


Unsung heroes help make Fort Lauderdale great and they expect nothing in return for their good deeds.  The Citizens Recognition Awards provide an opportunity to publicly acknowledge these selfless heroes who make or have made substantial contributions to create a stronger, more desirable Fort Lauderdale.

The Citizens Recognition Awards recognize Fort Lauderdale citizens whose efforts and achievements foster civic pride and responsibility, encourage public service, develop appreciation of the City's heritage, and significantly contribute to the development of the community. Award categories include Honored Founder, Citizen of the Year, Distinguished Citizen, and Exemplary Former City Employee.

Past award recipients have accomplished the extraordinary, serving as positive role models, leaders, motivators, and visionaries with a passion for changing the landscape and culture of the City to improve the lives of others.  If you know a well-deserving unsung hero whose accomplishments are worthy of recognition, nominate him or her for an award and help us shine some light on his or her contributions.  

Click here to nominate your favorite candidate. Nominations are due by Friday, April 15, 2016 at 5 p.m.  
Represent Fort Lauderdale at the Florida Neighborhoods Conference

The Florida Neighborhoods Conference (FNC) State Planning Committee is seeking workshop proposals on a wide range of neighborhood-focused topics including neighborhood governance and identity, neighborhood land use and zoning, crime prevention and safe neighborhoods, and professional development.
  
If any neighbor, group of neighbors, or neighborhood association has a successful project, program, or service that could benefit neighbors or neighborhoods in other Florida cities, please consider representing Fort Lauderdale at the FNC's 20th annual conference by submitting a workshop proposal and sharing your ideas with conference attendees from throughout the state. Proposals are due by Friday, April 15, 2016 at 5 p.m. (EST). Click here to submit a proposal. For questions, please call 407-836-5614 or email Lavon Williams.  
Family Fun Rides bring back favorite pastime
Join us for next event 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.   
TRANSform Fort Lauderdale at Summit May 18th

Freedom and mobility are part of the American dream and transportation is the link
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that provides both by connecting people to goods and services, as well as to family, friends, and favorite places.  

Transportation is a necessary commodity that drives the economics, mobility, and social fabric of a city, which is why it is important to recognize that the way in which people want to travel is changing. Where once a car was the preferred choice to get from Point A to Point B, more and more people are opting for alternatives, such as buses, trains, streetcars, trolleys, ferries, and bikes to reach their destinations.

With this uptick in the demand for alternative modes of travel, a strong transportation network that puts pedestrians first is vital to the future development of Fort Lauderdale and to achieving the City's vision of having safe, connected, sustainable, liveable streets for people of all ages and abilities.

To drive the future of urban mobility, collaboration, communication, education, and participation is needed. We invite you to join industry experts, transportation influencers, neighbors, and City community builders at the 5th Annual Transportation Summit on Wednesday May 18, 2016 to participate in important discussions on topics including Vision Zero, public advocacy, land use, street design and activation, bicycle safety, present and future challenges, and current projects. 
By working together we can TRANSform Fort Lauderdale so future generations can live the American dream!

For Summit details, registration, and sponsorship opportunities, click here. For questions, please call 954-828-5226 or email Christine Fanchi. You can also join the Transportation Summit Facebook event page for updates and fun facts about the Summit, its speakers, workshops, and more.  
Relax at JM Lexus Sunday JazzBrunch April 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 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 April 3, 2016
 
Esplanade Pavilion - Jeff Prine Group featuring Juanita Dixon
Connie Hoffman Gazebo - Pieces of Work
Peck Courtyard - Boca Jazz Ensemble
  
Resident Tree Giveaway set for March 26, 2016
  
Summer days will be cooler, greener and more beautiful when the City of Fort Lauderdale reaches our goal of a 23.6% tree canopy cover by 2018. 
 
Residents are invited to help reach that goal by participating in our free tree giveaway from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 26th at Riverland Park.  The park is located at 950 SW 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. 
  
With proof of residency, all Fort Lauderdale residents may receive up to two trees per household at no charge on a first come, first served basis.
 
The tree giveaway is being held in conjunction with the Annual Riverland Eggstravaganza Block Party, a popular event that includes an egg hunt, entertainment and more.
  
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.  Due to these findings, the City has emphasized cultivating its urban forest to gain these quantifiable benefits for community health and quality of life.
  
For details, contact Aneisha Nicholas, Sustainability Specialist, at 954-828-6137 or ANicholas@fortlauderdale.gov.
  
Learn how to Green Your Routine.  Visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/GYR
  
Free Concert Series: Riverwalk Noon Tunes
 
When: Every Wednesday, Noon - 2 p.m., now through March 30, 2016
 
Where: Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Boulevard
 
Gather with friends and coworkers for live outdoor music from top local artists.
 
Bring your bagged lunch or enjoy a variety of delectable 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! 
Super-sized Drop-off Event to include hazardous waste, document shredding, clothing collection and medication take back
 
Event set for Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Mills Pond Park
  
The City of Fort Lauderdale is offering neighbors a convenient and responsible opportunity for household spring cleaning.  A variety of unwanted items will be collected at a combined drop-off event at Mills Pond Park from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 9.
  
The event includes special sites for household hazardous waste and electronics drop-off, unwanted medication take back, on-site document shredding and a collection site operated by The Salvation Army.
  
The Salvation Army will be collecting items in good condition, including:
  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Linens
  • Small household items
  • Small kitchen items, and
  • Dishes
No furniture, mattresses or other large items will be allowed.
  
Proof of residency in the participating cities of Fort Lauderdale, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach or Tamarac is required (driver's license or utility bill) for hazardous waste and electronics drop-off.
  
There is no residency requirement for shredding, medication take back or donations to The Salvation Army.
  
The 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 drop-off guidelines, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/hhw or contact City of Fort Lauderdale Customer Service at 954-828-8000. 

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 www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv. 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.

Report unsightly utility boxes
 
Neighbors who would like to report an unsightly utility box within the City of Fort Lauderdale can contact the City's 24-Hour Neighbor Call Center at 954-828-8000
or complete a Lauderserv Customer Service Form online, or use the Lauderserv app on your Android or Apple mobile devices.
  
Please provide a specific address or cross street along with any details to help the City locate the unsightly utility box. If photos are available, please attach to your request.
  
The Lauderserv app can be downloaded from Apple and Android App Stores.

April is designated 'Water Conservation Month'
Save Water, Save Money

The City of Fort Lauderdale is joining the State of Florida and Water Management Districts to increase awareness about the importance of water conservation by declaring April as Water Conservation Month.

While conserving water should be a year-round practice, it is particularly important during April because it is the last month of Florida's typically dry season.

The designation aims to educate citizens about how they can help save Florida's precious water resources through conservation.

The City of Fort Lauderdale invites its neighbors, business owners, and visitors to elevate their conservation efforts this April by implementing water saving measures and becoming more aware of the need to save water.

For water conservation tips and checklists, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/gyr

Proper Swale Maintenance Is Key to Flood Prevention
 
Properly designed and functioning swales help prevent flooding. A swale is a long narrow depression, which varies in depth from six inches to a few feet and is typically wider than it is deep. Swales provide rain-water storage, filtration and conveyance of cleaner stormwater into waterways.
  
Tips
  
Keep swales on your property "open" and free of piles of clippings, leaves, limbs and other garden debris so that nothing obstructs the flow of stormwater drainage.
  
Avoid parking vehicles in the swale because the weight compacts the soil and allows less stormwater runoff to soak into the ground.
  
Let stormwater pond. When water ponds in the swale for 24 to 36 hours, the swale is doing its job and will eventually convey water to an inlet or allow it to percolate into the soil. Advise the City about flooding only if water ponds so long that swale vegetation begins to die.
  
Keep an eye on neighborhood storm drains. Make sure that all debris such as leaves, yard clippings, street trash and animal waste is removed from storm drain openings and does not get into stormwater. Do not allow landscapers to blow yard clippings into storm drains.
  
Sweep the debris off the storm drain. Do not use a hose, as it will only wash more pollutants into storm drain systems.
  
Never pour household chemicals, pesticides, oil, auto care products or paint into drainage systems. Remember, what is washed down these drains could wind up in your water supply.
  
When landscaping your property, remember that you should never change the grading of slopes that drain into canals, waterways or lakes. The grading is based on state and local requirements.
  
Report clogged storm drains or illegal dumping into the stormwater system by calling the 24-Hour Neighbor Call Center at 954-828-8000.
City Auction Starts March 22
 
We've done some spring cleaning and we're holding an
online public auction to sell our surplus items. The auction will open at 11 a.m. on Tuesday March 22 and close at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Neighbors will have an opportunity to inspect items on Thursday, March 31, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fleet Services, which is located at 220 SW 14th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309. Neighbors can also sign up to receive an email when we hold future actions. For more information, visit the City website, call the recorded auction line at 954-828-4960, or send an email to onlineauction@fortlauderdale.gov
Pay your utility bill at Walmart

Now neighbors have another convenient way to pay utility bills. Simply visit any Walmart MoneyCenter or Customer Service desk with your City of Fort Lauderdale utility bill and cash, a Walmart MoneyCard, or PIN-based debit card (a Walmart convenience fee will apply). For more information, please call the City of Fort Lauderdale Utility Billing and Collections Division at 954-828-5150, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or visit http://www.walmart.com/billpayment. As a reminder, neighbors can also pay their monthly utility bill on the City website at www.fortlauderdale.gov, or through the Fort Lauderdale smartphone app, Lauderserv.
 
Central Beach Master Plan Workshop
 
Join us at the  
Central Beach Master Plan Workshop
on Tuesday, March 29, at 5:45 p.m. Give your input on streetscape options for the North Beach Village area and potential changes to the zoning code for the Central Beach Area. The meeting will take place in the Del Sol Ballroom at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, which is located at 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. Valet parking will be available for $3.  
  
WORKSHOP AGENDA
5:45 p.m. Sign-in and refreshments
6:00 p.m. Project Overview
6:15 p.m. Presentation and Stakeholder Discussion
8:00 p.m. Next Steps
8:30 p.m. Adjourn
  
For more information, please Lorraine Tappen in Urban Planning & Design, at ltappen@fortlauderdale.gov  or 954-828-5018.
Expect High Tides April 6-8
 
The location and natural geography of Fort Lauderdale make our community susceptible to flooding from high tides and extreme rainfall. Neighbors are advised to be vigilant during the upcoming  Spring Tides, which are expected to occur April 6-8 and May 5-8, 2016. We encourage neighbors to learn about their local flood risk and to prepare for potential tidal flooding. Please take the time to evaluate your property's readiness, review your insurance policy, and create an emergency plan. The City and the region are actively planning for events like these in the short term and for sea level rise concerns in the long term. The City has a robust stormwater master plan and is instituting both aggressive maintenance and innovative adaptation solutions such as tidal valves. More than 60 tidal valves have been installed in affected neighborhoods to reduce the impacts of high tides in those locations. Storm drains and catch basins are regularly cleaned and maintained to minimize potential flooding. In addition, the City has worked hard to earn points toward the Community Rating System resulting in a 20% discount for flood insurance premiums within the City. Additional safety tips and  information on Fort Lauderdale's steps to increase  climate resilience can be found on the City website. View the  sanitation service page for tips during inclement weather. 
Beach expansion on track
 
The Broward County beach renourishment project is moving along on schedule. The project involves laying 500,000 cubic yards of sand over 3.56 miles to our increase the width of Fort Lauderdale Beach and protect our shoreline. In January, the contractor began adding sand in the vicinity of Oakland Park Boulevard. Earlier this month, the contractor began adding sand at NE 18th Street. Renourishment will continue until April 30, 2016, at which point the project will be suspended for the remainder of turtle season. We encourage neighbors to use caution in the areas of the beach where renourishment is underway. For more information on this project, please visit the Broward County website at  www.broward.org/beachrenourishment.  

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.
Call for Nominations: 2016 Walk of Fame Honorees
 
Fort Lauderdale is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Walk of Fame.  E stablished in 2010 at the inaugural Great American Beach Party, the Walk of Fame honors individuals for distinguishing themselves in their respective fields, while making lifelong, positive contributions to the City of Fort Lauderdale.
 
The City's first Walk of Fame honoree was the legendary Connie Francis , who was inducted as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of "Where the Boys Are," the 1960 film which made Fort Lauderdale an overnight sensation and a "must see" destination for visitors.
  
Since then, 20 inductees have joined Connie Francis in receiving this distinguished honor.  Each inductee receives a commemorative marble paver that is placed in the Walk of Fame to memorialize their outstanding accomplishments. The Fort Lauderdale Walk of Fame is located on the beach along the east side of A1A at Las Olas Boulevard.
  
Walk of Fame Honorees are announced at the Great American Beach Party, which annually takes place on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.
  
If you would like to submit a nomination for the 2016 Walk of Fame, please click here .
 
The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 1.

Walk Through History to Honor Outstanding Women
Join State Representative Bobby B. DuBose for the "2016 Walk Through History: Black Girl Magic."  This year's event will take place on Monday, March 28 at 6:00 pm at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. In recognition of Women's History Month, the event will honor four outstanding leaders from our community: Arthenia Joyner, Florida Senate Minority Leader; Dr. Roslyn Artis, President, Florida Memorial University; Dr. Rosalind Osgood, Broward County School Board Chair; and Captain Tonika Johnson, Pilot.  For more information about the event, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov
or contact Representative DuBose's district office at 954-467-4205.
 
 
Trailblazers to Unveil Historical Monument on March 26
Join us on Saturday, March 26 at 10 am at Sistrunk Park (200 W. Sistrunk Boulevard), as the Trailblazers of Broward County in partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale unveil a new monument honoring our history and paying tribute to the pioneers of our community.  Designed by award-winning artist George Gadson, the six-foot bronze sculpture of a Sankofa bird stands with its feet firmly planted forward and its head turned backward. The mythical bird symbolizes the importance of embracing the wisdom and lessons of the past to build a strong and promising future.  For ceremony details, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov.
  
    Save the Date for the Community Appearance Awards
       5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 12th, at Riverside Hotel
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