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Light Up the Beach on November 22!
Featuring Olas the Giant Beach Snowman and Family!

Olas the Giant Beach Snowman is back! Meet Olas and his family on Tuesday, November 22 at our annual Light Up the Beach celebration! The free event will be held from 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm at A1A and Las Olas and includes:
  • 5:30 pm - Holiday performance of "Sounds of the Season"
  • 6:30 pm - Illumination of more than 50,000 holiday lights along our beachfront and the debut of Olas and Family
  • 7:00 pm - Holiday concert by the American Legion Symphonic Band, plus a Kids Zone, Santa, slides, pony rides and more!
Join us for fun, excitement, and plenty of holiday cheer! For details, visit .

Are you Ready to Trot?
6th Annual Turkey Trot Set for Nov. 24th
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Dust off your sneakers, put on your craziest Thanksgiving-themed attire and get ready to join the more than 3,000 participants who will run or walk in the 6th Annual Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot. The Turkey Trot will kick off at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at D.C Alexander Park, located at 501 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard (on A1A just one block south of Las Olas Boulevard.) The 5k race route extends north along A1A to Sunrise Boulevard and finishes back at DC Alexander Park.
Registration for the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot can be completed online, in person at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale during packet pickup, or onsite on race day. 

Online registration ranges from $30 to $40 for adults, and children 12 years old and under are $25. The deadline to register online is Sunday, November 20, 2016.
I f you aren't able to participate in the 5k, there are volunteer and sponsorship opportunities available, and even opportunities to be a virtual walker.
This year, the Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot has teamed up with Feeding South Florida, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in the state, to help those in need. If you'd like to participate in this charitable effort, please bring non-perishable food items to donate on the day of the race.
Click here to read the press release.
Click here to learn more about the 6th Annual Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot.
Light Up Sistrunk on December 2     
Get ready for Fort Lauderdale's premier Holiday Light Up Event!  The 10th Annual Light Up Sistrunk celebration will take place on Friday, December 2 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm along historic Sistrunk Boulevard from N.W. 9 Avenue to NW 11 Avenue. Highlights will  include live entertainment, a giant tree lighting ceremony, photos with Santa, local sports teams' mascots, a toy giveaway, health fair, and a fabulous kids zone with DJ, bounce houses, game trucks and more!  Don't miss featured performances by the Dillard High School Jazz Band, Ladies of Soul, and the Larry Dog Band.  For more information, visit

The Seminole Hard Rock's "Winterfest Fun Day" set for November 27; "Winterfest Boat Parade" is December 10
The "Winterfest Family Fun Day," presented by the Florida Panthers, will be held November 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale.
The "Winterfest Boat Parade" will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10, from the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach.
For more information on the "Winterfest" events, or to purchase tickets, visit or call 954-767-0686.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Campaign Underway

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department has partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to launch its second comprehensive Traffic Safety and Crash Prevention Campaign. The campaign, which runs from November 2016 to May 2017, is designed to improve traffic and pedestrian safety through high visibility enforcement, with an emphasis on education. The campaign also supports the City's Vision and Strategic Plans, and Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale, a community action plan geared toward achieving zero fatalities and severe injuries on City streets.

Over the next six months, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department will conduct high-visibility traffic enforcement waves, saturating areas where traffic crashes involving bicycles and pedestrians are statistically most frequent. All drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians contacted by our officers will receive safety tips and educational brochures, which include a link to, FDOT's interactive website.

The high visibility campaign will consist of three stages. During the initial stage, violators will receive safety tips and educational brochures to assist them with being safer during their travels. During the second stage, officers will issue written warnings, safety tips, and educational brochures to violators. In the final stage of the campaign, violators will receive traffic citations, as well as safety tips and educational brochures.

Partnering with FDOT in this campaign will assist the Fort Lauderdale Police Department with providing safe roadways for our neighbors and visitors.

Please do your part to create safer streets for our families, neighbors, and visitors. Slow down, be visible, be predictable and remember, your choices while traveling on City streets add up to Zero. Your choices save lives!
Remember Those Loved and Lost on Our Streets Nov. 20th
On Sunday, November 20th, communities, neighbors, friends and families across the world
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will join together at home, work, school, and on social media to remember the millions of people killed or injured on our streets on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR). This is also a day we'll thank our emergency service workers who dedicate their lives to saving others, to reflect on the tremendous emotional and economic burden traffic crashes are to families, communities, and countries, and to demonstrate the urgent need for action.
This year alone, 28 men and women from 3 to 91 years old lost their lives on City streets between January and November as passengers, pedestrians or bicyclists. Preventing fatalities on our streets is a priority for the City of Fort Lauderdale, which is why the City Commission unanimously adopted Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale. Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale is a community action plan that incorporates Five Es - engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation - to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on our streets to ZERO.
Since adopting Vision Zero in 2015, the City has begun implementing numerous strategies to make our streets safer. For example, from an engineering perspective, the City is changing the way streets are designed through a Complete Streets approach and incorporating safety features such as dedicated/buffered bike lanes, narrower lanes to reduce speeds, high-visibility pavement markings and signage, electronic speed signs, traffic calming infrastructure, improved roadway and pedestrian lighting, and reduced crossing distance for pedestrians. Additional Vision Zero successes include:
  • Installing side guards on all of the City's large fleet vehicles, which prevent pedestrians and bicyclists from going under the vehicles and being crushed by the rear wheels should a crash occur; 
  • Having the first Broward County WalkSafe training pilot program implemented at a Fort Lauderdale school to teach children how to walk safely; and 
  • Expanding the Police Department's Traffic Safety and Crash Prevention Campaign to the evening hours, which are the deadliest crash times.
Whether designing streets or traveling on them, the common denominator in preventing traffic crashes is changing our behavior. If we want to get to ZERO, and who wouldn't, we must eliminate risky behaviors while driving, walking or biking and adopt safer ones, such as slowing down, crossing at crosswalks, paying attention, being predictable, yielding to pedestrians, and never driving while distracted or under the influence. By doing so, together, we can reach ZERO. Together, we can eliminate the need for remembrance events such as WRD. Together, we will save lives.
Wall of Remembrance 2016
WorldDay is collecting photos of those lost in road crashes for the Wall of Remembrance 2016. To submit photos of loved ones, e-mail them to
Tie One on For Safety...A Red Ribbon that Is!
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If you see a red ribbon tied on a car this holiday season, give the driver a thumbs up for his or her commitment to the " Tie One on For Safety " campaign, which runs between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day in recognition of the most dangerous days of the year on our nation's roadways.
Each November, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)launches this highly visible awareness campaign asking drivers to tie a red ribbon to their vehicles to remind others to plan ahead before heading out to holiday celebrations by designating a non-drinking driver.
Now in its 30th year, the red ribbon has been an effective visual reminder to help decrease drunk driving, which accounted for 31 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States in 2014 (
Click here to request your FREE special-edition ribbon from MADD to display on your vehicle this holiday season.
Pictured left to right: Ron Cunningham, Executive Director of Bike Florida; Monique Damiano, Public Information Specialist, City of Fort Lauderdale; Becky Alfonso, Executive Director, Florida Bicycle Association; and Leigh Matusick, President of the Bike Florida Board of Directors
Vision Zero Initiative Earns 2016 Share the Road Leadership Award

Bike Florida and the Florida Bicycle Association (FBA) recently honored the City with the 2016 Share the Road Leadership Award during the annual awards presentation at the Celebration of Cycling workshop in Gainesville, FL. The City was selected for this award for taking a major leap in adopting Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale.

"In adopting Florida's first Vision Zero plan the City of Fort Lauderdale has resolved to act aggressively and across many fronts to ensure that its streets and roads will be safe for all users. Bike Florida is proud to recognize Fort Lauderdale's safety initiative with this year's Share The Road Leadership Award. It is well deserved," said Ron Cunningham, Executive Director, Bike Florida.  
The Leadership Award, which reads - "For setting a bold example as the first municipality in Florida and the southeast U.S. to adopt a Vision Zero policy. The City's ambitious plan aims to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and injuries by employing a broad range of education, engineering, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation strategies" - has historically been given to state legislators or mayors who have worked to advance cycling safety in Florida. This is the first time Bike Florida and the FBA have given this award to a City.

"The courage and conviction the City of Fort Lauderdale has demonstrated by adopting Vision Zero policy stands as an example for all municipalities in Florida to end fatalities on our public roads. This is the first-ever municipality to be named as our Share the Road Leadership Award recipient, and we hope many more will follow," said Becky Alfonso, Executive Director, Florida Bicycle Association.
FXE's U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility Wins Green
Building Award 

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Region recently named  the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) the 2016
Left to right: Michael Hess, USGBC Florida; Thomas White, City of Fort Lauderdale; Alex Rio, City of Fort Lauderdale; Irina Tokar, City of Fort Lauderdale; Brittany Storm, The Spinnaker Group; Rufus James, City of Fort Lauderdale, Eric Corey Freed, organicARCHITECT; and Rob Hink, The Spinnaker Group Photo by Tracey Benson Photography
Most Outstanding LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) New Construction Project - Public at the 7th Annual GalaVerde awards celebration.
"The City of Fort Lauderdale is honored to receive the 2016 GalaVerde Award for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport," said Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler. "The award is a reflection of our citywide Vision to build a sustainable and resilient community, as well as our commitment to reducing energy consumption by 20 percent by the year 2020. We congratulate and thank U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Executive Airport, our staff, and the project consultants for their collaboration, cooperation, and commitment to preserving and protecting our environment through this outstanding project."

Through an integrated design process, the 7,900 square-foot facility was constructed with longevity and sustainability in mind to reduce maintenance and energy use and increase its overall life cycle. The building design incorporates many LEED design features, including:
  • Energy efficient features that generate a 17.1 percent energy savings; which include LED lighting, use of natural daylight, and a high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system;
  • Water saving features, including low-flow, high-efficiency fixtures and faucets with low-flow and automatic sensors;
  • Stormwater features that reduce impervious areas by 37 percent, including a cistern that collects roof rainwater for irrigation reuse, and Florida-friendly landscaping;
  • Solar reflective features, including  roofing materials that increase the roof's solar reflectivity to 90 percent; and
  • A Green Housekeeping Program with a database of sustainable materials and supplies suitable for use.
In addition, 49 percent of the construction materials used were locally sourced within 500 miles of the project, and 81 percent of the construction waste was diverted from the landfill through waste recycling, exceeding the initial project goal of 75 percent. 

The Customs and Border Protection Facility is the second LEED-certified facility at FXE. In June 2011, the Aviation Equipment and Maintenance Facility earned a LEED Gold certification.
Click here to read the press release.
Save the Date! Old Dixie Highway Groundbreaking Ceremony Dec. 3rd

Mark your calendar and plan to join the City of Fort Lauderdale and the Middle River Terrace Neighborhood Association for the Old Dixie Highway Complete Streets Project Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Middle River Terrace Park, 1329 N.E. 7th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale

Here's a sneak peek at the what's in store for our neighbors:
  • Live entertainment
  • Free bicycle and helmet raffle
  • Free bicycle registration
  • Kids activities and life-size games
  • Free Segway lessons
  • Free bicycle safety inspections for everyone that rides a bicycle to the event ($45 value)
  • Donate unwanted, used bicycles
  • Dixie Highway historical exhibit

Make sure to visit the City's online event calendar at in the next couple of weeks for event details.

Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Collection Events set for December 3rd
Fort Lauderdale residents are invited to participate in the Tamarac upcoming household hazardous waste and electronics recycling collection event. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and are free to all Fort Lauderdale residents.

December 3, 2016 - Tamarac
Proof of Fort Lauderdale residency is required. For more information visit

King Tides Expected December 12-16, 2016

Flooding in low-lying areas is more likely in the fall months, as the close proximity of the moon, high tides, rising sea levels, and inclement weather conditions combine to exacerbate flooding risks.
As a coastal community with numerous low-lying areas and 300 miles of canal coastline, Fort Lauderdale neighbors are advised to be especially vigilant from now through December, when tides are expected to be at their highest levels for the year.
While the City maintains an extensive stormwater master plan and is instituting both aggressive maintenance and innovative adaptation solutions to address drainage, including the installation of tidal valves, the location and natural geography of the City makes neighborhoods susceptible to flooding. Remember that flooded streets may be covered in either fresh or saltwater. Please take caution whenever driving on flooded streets. When in doubt, turn around.

Holiday Solid Waste Services Schedule

Sanitation collections (trash, recycling, yard waste) will not be impacted during this holiday season, with the exception of bulk pick-up. Bulk pick-up has been cancelled for Monday, December 26, 2016. The make-up day for bulk pick-up will be Thursday, December 29, 2016, except for the section of Melrose Park normally serviced on the 4th Monday of the month, which will have a make-up collection day on Friday, December 30, 2016.

Upcoming Open House Meeting About Policy Changes to
Tree Mitigation Calculations Dec. 13

The City of Fort Lauderdale will host a second open house meeting to discuss upcoming policy changes to tree mitigation calculations.
The meeting will provide neighbors a second opportunity to learn more about policy updates to the City's Unified Land Development Regulations (ULDR) that will go into effect January 1, 2017. For more information, click here.

Gallery Opening: "Tropical Vibe"

Tedds ART Works presents Tropical Vibe, A brilliant display of palms, flamingos and the sea by palette knife artists Diane Delorey and Gregory Little.
Show dates: December 3, 2016 - January 2, 2017
Gallery Opening: Saturday, December 3, 2016   6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Tedds ART Works, 2422 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Free to the Public, Complimentary Refreshments
10% of the show sales of original art by the artists Diane Delorey and Gregory Little will benefit the Bonnet House