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Infrastructure Improvements are Moving Full Speed Ahead with New "Go Big, Go Fast!" Initiative     

"Go Big, Go Fast!" is a super-sized initiative designed to improve, upgrade, and enhance Fort Lauderdale's water and wastewater systems, strengthening our overall infrastructure.
 
What's New:

* Critical new sewer main is 50% complete
Installation has passed the halfway mark for the completion of 1,818 linear feet of an important 30-inch sewer main from SW 2nd Street at 8th Avenue to SW 7th Street at SW 6th Avenue, as well as the construction of a new pipeline deep under the bed of the New River at SW 7th Avenue.
 
* Fast progress on Sistrunk Boulevard
Deep underground drilling, known as directional boring, for 6,400 linear feet of new sewer main along Sistrunk Boulevard is also 50% complete. New pipeline along the stretch of Sistrunk Boulevard from NW 19th Avenue to NW 4th Avenue is scheduled for installation in October.
 
* Downtown Himmarshee Village underground work starts in early October
Construction work for a new sewer main on SW 2nd Street from 4th Avenue to 8th Avenue starts next week. A new 1,500 linear foot pipeline is scheduled to be installed in early November.
 
For regular updates on water and sewer improvements, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/gobiggofast.
Following Hurricane Irma, City Moves Forward with Removal of an Estimated Million Tons of Debris     
Close to 150,000 cubic yards of debris has already been collected in Fort Lauderdale

City of Fort Lauderdale contractors are working seven days a week from sunup to sundown in every zone of the City collecting more than 1,000,000 cubic yards of debris from Hurricane Irma.
 
As of September 29, crews had collected close to 150,000 cubic yards of debris , removed more than 7,900 hazardous trees and limbs , and hauled over 3,000 loads .
 
We appreciate the patience and understanding of our neighbors as we continue to make progress on this labor-intensive and time-consuming process.
 
As a reminder, neighbors should place storm-generated debris on the public right-of-way, the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, utility pole, or easement. Make sure the debris pile is clear of storm drains and any obstacles including mail boxes, utility poles, vehicles, water meter vault, fire hydrant, or any other above-ground utility.  
 
NEIGHBORS ARE URGED TO SEPARATE STORM DEBRIS AS FOLLOWS:

* VEGETATIVE DEBRIS  (whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks and other leafy material)

* CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS  (damaged components of homes, buildings and structures such as lumber and wood, fencing, wall board, glass, metal, roofing materials, tile, furnishings, and fixtures)

* HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE  (materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.)  Do not place to the curb at this time. Instructions to be announced.

* APPLIANCES & WHITE GOODS DAMAGED BY THE STORM  (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat  pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers and water heaters)

* ELECTRONIC WASTE  (computers, televisions, office electronic equipment, etc.)
 
Debris pick up will occur in zones and segregated piles will be picked up first. Failure to separate your debris may cause a delay in removal of your debris piles. Please note that only loose debris will be collected.  Bagged debris should not be placed  on the public right-of-way and cannot be collected.
All collections are on regular schedules

Garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection has resumed. Please remember to place the appropriate cart out on your regularly scheduled collection day. B ulk trash collection services remain suspended while we continue debris collection.

Neighbors should continue to use BLACK CARTS ONLY for food and other household waste. Do not place spoiled food items or other waste in debris piles. N O BAGGED  debris or storm debris should be placed in yard waste carts.
 
Do not place debris on a storm drain or near a water meter vault, fire hydrant, or any other above-ground utility. Avoid placing piles on driveways or private paved surfaces. Only debris placed on the public right-of-way will be eligible for collection. Please follow the guidelines on our website which provide a visual overview of the proper method to set debris on the right-of-way.

Visit the City's website for an up-to-date debris removal map and collection report.

There is no need to call the City to report your debris piles.  The City's contractors will make multiple passes through neighborhoods.  Thank you for your patience as we recover from Hurricane Irma.
Hurricane Irma Debris Removal Map

new map is available on the City's website that  provides an update on the continued progress we are making collecting an estimated 1,000,000 cubic yards of debris left behind by Hurricane Irma.  

The map is color-coded by zone and provides an estimate of when the first pass of debris removal is expected to be completed in each zone. 

Please note the estimates are fluid and may be impacted by weather, equipment, manpower, resources and other factors. 

Updates to the map will be provided weekly. We encourage neighbors to visit our website to monitor our progress.
32nd Annual International Coastal Cleanup Set for October 7th             
 
Volunteer for the 32nd Annual International Coastal Cleanup  which will take place on Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. until noon.
 
 City of Fort Lauderdale Locations
  • Oakland Park Boulevard - Sign in at Earl Lifshey Ocean Park located at the end of Oakland Park Boulevard, east of A1A. Limited parking is available at the lot on the S.E. corner of A1A and Oakland Park Boulevard.
  • Hugh Taylor Birch State Park - When you arrive at the gate, inform park personnel you are participating in the Coastal Cleanup. Sign in near the tunnel entrance to the beach. Walk into the pavilion and the sign-in table is to your right.
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach - Registration is at South Beach Park, at the picnic tables north of the restrooms. Parking passes are available at the registration table for parking only at the Intracoastal Lot (S. Birch Road and Las Olas Boulevard).
The Cleanup, sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy, takes place in more than 104 countries around the world.
 
Email coastalcleanup@broward.org to register for this year's event. Please include your name, contact information, organization, site you wish to participate at, and number of volunteers.  
Safely Dispose of Guns at FLPD Buyback Event October 8th                                    
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The Fort Lauderdale Police Department (FLPD), in partnership with Mt. Olivet Seventh-day Adventist Church, is working to eliminate gun violence and make our neighborhoods safer by removing guns from our streets. 

Neighbors can safely dispose of unwanted guns, no questions asked, at the FLPD Gun Buyback on Sunday, October 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Seventh-day adventist Church, located at 649 N.W. 15th Way in Fort Lauderdale. 

Neighbors who turn in guns will receive a $25 to $100 Target gift card (value based on condition and type of gun turned in).

For everyone's safety, please make sure guns are not loaded and transport them in a secure bag or container. The collected guns will be destroyed.

For more information, please contact Captain Steve Scelfo at 954-828-5824 or sscelfo@fortlauderdale.gov.
Sweep the Beach at Cleanup Event October 14th
 
Join the City of Fort Lauderdale, Kids Ecology Corp, and Beach Sweep America for the Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep on Saturday, October 14 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Registration is at the HUB, located at the corner of A1A and LAS Olas Boulevard. 
 
The Beach Sweep takes place the second Saturday of every month and is a great way for b each lovers and those who enjoy volunteering for a good cause to make a meaningful difference in our community, while helping to raise awareness about environmental preservation and the importance of keeping our oceans, beaches and waterways clean.

Just a small amount of time can make a huge environmental, recreational, and economic difference. Some important tips. 
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Students receive community service hours credit.
  • Wear appropriate attire and closed-toe shoes (no flip flops).
  • Bring water, a hat and sunscreen.
  • "Like" the Beach Sweep on Facebook.
  • "Share" your photos the day of the event.
For more information, please contact Jorg Hruschka at  jhruschka@fortlauderdale.gov  or 954-709-3197 (cell) or 954-828-5568 (office) at the City of Fort Lauderdale Neighbor Volunteer Office.
Celebrate N.E. 13th Street Reimagined

The Central City Alliance and the City of Fort Lauderdale invite you to join us for the 13th Street Reimagined Celebration on Saturday, October 21 from 3 to 8 p.m. on N.E. 13th Street between N.E. 6th Avenue and N.E. 8th Avenue.
 
The event will celebrate the completion of the N.E. 13th Street Complete Streets project, which features  lane reductions, new bike lanes, enhanced crosswalks, pedestrian scale street lights, on-street parking, landscaping and ADA Improvements, all in an effort to  improve safety, enhance connectivity, and create a safe, accessible, and healthy street environment for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, mass transit users, and motorists. 
 
Event Highlights 
3 p.m. - Annual Funky Fun Run from Middle River Terrace Park
4 p.m. - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Old Dixie Highway/N.E. 13th Street, followed by a pet parade 
5 p.m. - Street festival with live music from healiner Blues Risers, plus art, food vendors, and family activities
7:30 p.m. - Unity Beacon Lighting Ceremony at Old Dixie highway/N.E. 13th Street


Sign Up for the Funky Fun Run

As part of the 13th Street Reimagined Celebration, the City of Fort Lauderdale and the Central City Alliance, invite everyone to participate in the Funky Fun Run!  

The run will take place on Saturday, October 21 at 3 p.m.  and starts from Middle River Terrace Park, located at 1329 N.E. 7th Avenue.  Runners are encouraged to wear their wackiest outfits and costumes and join in this friendly, fun-filled race for all ages and abilities. Prizes will be awarded for the funkiest outfits.

Entry fee is $25 for runners who sign up before October 20th. Register at  www.funkyfunrun.org.  For more information or questions about the Funky Fun Run, please call (954) 822-4727 or email tim@timsmith.com
Volunteer for Make A Difference Day October 28th

Volunteerism is the heart and soul of our community.  This passion will shine brightly on Saturday, October 28 from 8 a.m. to noon as Fort Lauderdale joins with cities across the country to celebrate "Make A Difference Day," the largest national day of community service.  

Neighbors can volunteer for more than 20 different projects throughout our community including beach cleanups, painting, landscaping, neighborhood enhancement, and numerous Adopt-A-Street beautification efforts.  

We encourage everyone to pick a project and lend a hand!  For details, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov; call (954) 828-8658 or email NeighborVolunteerOffice@fortlauderdale.gov .
Transform the Old One-Stop Shop October 28th

Imagine transforming an abandoned city building into an exciting art canvas that serves as a
public gateway to the downtown, FAT Village and MASS District.

Volunteers and community supporters join together
to Deconstruct. Transform. Reimagine.

Be a part of the Open Canvas Project that will culminate on Saturday, October 28 as part of the City's "Make A Difference Day" event when the former One-Stop Shop building across from City Hall is deconstructed and reimagined as an urban art piece.

The event takes place from  11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of Andrews Avenue and N.W. 2nd Street and will feature l ive mural art, music, family, food, and friends.   Watch the live murals go up, dance,
eat, and meet friends before heading over to the monthly FAT Village Art Walk.

For more information, contact ArtServe at www.artserve.org or call 954- 462-8190.

Have a Spooktacular Halloween


The City of Fort Lauderdale will transform into a world of folklore as princesses, superheroes, pirates, ghosts, goblins, and more fill the streets celebrating Halloween at one of many events suitable for the entire family.

 

For more information, call 954-828-7275 (PARK) or visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/halloween.

 

Schedule:
October 25, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Riverland Park, 950 S.W. 27th Avenue
October 26, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Bass Park, 2750 N.W. 19th Street
October 27, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Lauderdale Manors Park, 1340 Chateau Park Drive
October 28, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Croissant Park, 245 W. Park Drive
October 28, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Mills Pond Park, 2201 N.W. 9th Avenue
October 28, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Esplanade Park, 400 S.W. 2nd Street
Stay Informed in an Emergency
Sign up for CodeREDâ„¢ and get City notifications delivered to your phone
  
We are currently in the height of hurricane season.  If you haven't done so already, now is a great time to sign up for Code Redâ„¢ alerts.

The City of Fort Lauderdale uses CodeREDâ„¢ 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 www.fortlauderdale.gov/codered or by contacting the 24-Hour Neighbor Call Center at 954-828-8000 or www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv.
  
Registration is FREE!
Relax at JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch October 1st 
   

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 www.fortlauderdale.gov/jazzbrunch.   

Rockin' at Provident Park October 6th

 

Join us for a free concert series from 7 to 10 p.m. at Provident Park, 1412 Sistrunk Boulevard. 


 

Mark you calendars for Friday, October 6 for the Kevin Love Band, and another outstanding artist on Friday, November 3.

Bring your chairs, picnic blankets, snacks, family, and friends to enjoy great music outdoors.

For details,  visit  www.fortlauderdale.gov/rockin .
Friday Night Tunes Set for October 20th
 
Join us at Carter Park, located at 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard, on October 20 for a FREE concert series featuring some of the most popular local bands. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and snacks and relax under the stars with your family, friends and neighbors as you enjoy great music!  For details, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/friday.

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