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Tracking Hurricane Matthew
Fort Lauderdale's Emergency Management Bureau continues to closely monitor Hurricane Matthew and we encourage our neighbors to do the same.  Hurricane Matthew is currently a Category 4 storm.  It is making its way through the Caribbean and is expected to continue moving north throughout the week bringing with it strong winds, heavy rain, and dangerous storm surge. 
According to the National Weather Service, the time period for potential impact to our area will be from Wednesday onward.  While, at this point, it does not look like Fort Lauderdale will be in the direct path of the storm, it is very likely that we will begin seeing effects from Hurricane Matthew as it passes offshore midweek.  As such, it is more important than ever that all of our neighbors remain vigilant and ensure they are well-prepared if and when we experience severe weather conditions. 
For the latest updates on Hurricane Matthew, visit the National Hurricane Center website.  For more information about getting ready for a storm, including a storm preparation checklist, visit the City's hurricane information page, and please review the City's Flood Safety Tips for steps you can take to help protect your home and property. 
To stay in touch with the City before, during, and after a storm.


Stay informed in an emergency
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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!
A Penny at Work
Learn about the proposed half-penny sales surtax on the November 8 ballot
There will be two half penny sales tax questions on the November 8th ballot. One is for funding countywide transportation projects and the other is to fund infrastructure projects in Broward cities, including Fort Lauderdale. Together, the two proposals represent a one percent sales surtax, which is the equivalent of one penny per dollar spent.  For example, if you go to a restaurant and spend $10 on a meal, you will spend an additional 10 cents in sales tax if the proposals pass.
The proposed half penny sales surtax for infrastructure would be used to help Fort Lauderdale fund a variety of projects, including a public safety facility; bike, transit, and neighborhood mobility projects; the repair and replacement of roads, bridges, seawalls, and sidewalks; stormwater and drainage projects; pedestrian safety projects; and recreation and conservation projects. The two ballot questions are linked together, so both must pass or both will fail.
More information about City projects that could be funded if the infrastructure surtax is approved can be found on our website at  Additional details about the referendum, including a sample ballot, are available at

City of Fort Lauderdale to Chlorinate Water System
Twice Annual Preventive Maintenance Scheduled for October 18 - November 22, 2016
Fort Lauderdale - 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, October 18, 2016 and will end at 9 a.m. Tuesday, November 22, 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 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.

Neighborhood Design Criteria Revisions Meeting to be held October 6

The Department of Sustainable Development plans to host an Open House Meeting on Neighborhood Design Criteria Revisions.
The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 6, at 6 p.m., in the Brewton Center, 700 NW 19th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

'Ed Talk' educational forum set for November 5

Mark your calendar to attend Ed Talk 2016/17 on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center from 9 a.m. - noon.
Ed Talk is a public forum designed to engage the community in discussing educational strategies and advancing the District's Strategic Plan.
Students can earn community service hours for attending the event.
For more information, visit .

Rockin' and Reelin' at Provident Park

Join us for FREE concerts and movies at Provident Park, 1412 Sistrunk Boulevard.
Enjoy live music on October 7 and November 4, from 7 to 10 p.m., and movies on October 14 and November 11 at 8 p.m. Don't miss these fun-filled Friday nights! For details, call 954-828-5363 or visit

Friday Night Tunes is Back!
Friday Night Tunes continues! This free concert series features the best live jazz, blues, R&B, and funk, on the third Friday of each month from 7 - 10 p.m. at Joseph C. Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard.
Upcoming concerts take place on October 21 and  November 18. For a complete schedule, visit

Calling All Community Builders October 13
District IV Commissioner Romney Rogers

District IV Commissioner Romney Rogers will host the final 2016 Telephone Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, October 13. These citywide meetings facilitate public access to our government and provide us with an opportunity to obtain essential input from our neighbors on a variety of initiatives and ongoing projects.
We've engaged more than 25,000 neighbors through the four calls we have hosted to date this year. The feedback we receive helps ensure we are focusing on the issues that matter most to our neighbors and allocating our resources appropriately.
If you are available, please join the conversation with Commissioner Rogers, which will take place from 7 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 13. To listen, call 888-410-3427 from your home or cell phone. If you are unable to participate, please check the City's website in the days following the call to hear an audio recording of the meeting in its entirety.

Take back your streets at Open Streets Fort Lauderdale Oct. 15

Walk, roll, or stroll along Andrews Avenue at Open
Streets Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, October 15th from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We're closing Andrews Avenue, from N.E. 1st Street to Flagler Drive, to cars and opening it to people for biking, walking, skating, dancing, playing, and socializing. So far, this year's activities include:
What is Open Streets?
Open Streets events, a lso known as Ciclovías,  transform car-centric streets into car-free "playgrounds" that connect neighbors with their community and allow them to temporarily take back their streets for a few hours of good, healthy, family fun.

L eave the car at home
Instead of driving a car to Open Streets Fort Lauderdale, the City encourages everyone to bike (free bike valet), walk, skate, jog, or ride the  Sun Trolley Riverwalk Water Trolley , bus, or the train to get to the event. Not only is this a heart-healthy choice, it's a more sustainable, environmentally friendly choice that helps the City achieve its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020.

For event details, click the image above visit the Open Streets Fort Lauderdale web page. You can also get Open Streets updates and engage with us on the  Open Streets Facebook event page . Make sure to use #OpenStreetsFTL in your posts so we can find 'em, like 'em, and share'em.
29th Annual Las Olas Arts Fair set for October 22-23

The Las Olas Art Fair is ranked as one of the top 100 art festivals in the nation and continues to be one of the most anticipated art events in the area. Meet the creators of the art on display; commission a specific piece; ask questions about techniques; learn the sources of their inspirations; and purchase fine works of art at affordable prices. No matter what you're looking for, you'll be sure to find it on Las Olas at this always anticipated art fair.
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
10:00am to 5:00pm
600 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Free Admission
Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Collection Events set for October - December
Fort Lauderdale residents are invited to participate in the Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and Tamarac upcoming household hazardous waste and electronics recycling collection events. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and are free to all Fort Lauderdale residents.

October 1, 2016 - Coral Springs
November 5, 2016 - Pompano Beach
December 3, 2016 - Tamarac
Proof of Fort Lauderdale residency is required. For more information visit

Friday Night Sound Waves   

Set against the magnificent backdrop of Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Friday Night Sound Waves Live Music Series takes place every Friday night from 5:30 - 8:30 pm, now through November 18.
Free to the public, and geared toward area locals, global visitors, the young and the young-at-heart, we welcome you to slide off your shoes and slip into the weekend with us every Friday night.
Bring a beach chair. Bring a friend. Come #MeetMeAtTheHub
For more information, including scheduled performances, visit
Real Heroes Wear Pink

The Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Department and AutoNation are teaming up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  Throughout the month of October, Fort Lauderdale Firefighters will be wearing a distinctive "Real Heroes Wear Pink" shirt with the AutoNation "DRVPNK" logo on the back to increase awareness and raise funds to help find a cure for breast cancer. You can help support this vitally important cause by purchasing an authentic Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue "Real Heroes Wear Pink" shirt online at Proceeds benefit Glam-A-Thon, an organization dedicated to assisting local women affected by breast cancer, and the AutoNation Institute for Breast Cancer Research at Nova Southeastern University.

Florida Panthers Pep Rally on October 10!

Downtown Fort Lauderdale is about to be invaded by Panthers.  That's Florida Panthers, as in hockey!  Join the City of Fort Lauderdale and the Florida Panthers for a FREE Pep Rally to kick off the NHL hockey season! The excitement takes place on Monday, October 10 from 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Huizenga Plaza, located at 32 East Las Boulevard in downtown.  Highlights of the event will include appearances by Florida Panthers players and coaches; a kids zone with a bounce house, slap shot cage, video game trucks, and corn hole boards; plus food, music, prizes and more! Bring your family, friends, and co-workers and join us for what promises to be a fun-filled, entertaining event. For details, visit

 State of the City on October 27

Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler will host the annual State of the City Address and Advisory Board Reception in conjunction with a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the A1A reconstruction project. The event will take place on Thursday, October 27 at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, located at 3109 East Sunrise Boulevard. The Advisory Board reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a ribbon-cutting at 6:30 p.m. The State of the City Address will begin at 7:00 p.m. Please make plans to attend and learn about the City's extensive accomplishments and priorities for the coming year. Please RSVP to

 Honoring our Outstanding Citizens

Fort Lauderdale will honor five outstanding individuals for their lifelong accomplishments and contributions to our City.  The 42nd Annual Fort Lauderdale Citizens Recognition Awards will take place on Wednesday, October 5 at 11:30 a.m. in the City Hall first floor Commission Chambers.  This year, we proudly recognize the late Charles A. "Chuck" Black as Citizen of the Year; Michael Weymouth as Distinguished Citizen; Dr. James Sistrunk and John Fuhrer as Honored Founders; and Ada Moore as Exemplary Former City Employee.  Each honoree has provided decades of distinguished leadership and compelling vision, while making meaningful contributions to the progress and advancement of our City.  We are grateful for their dedicated service and their deep love and appreciation for our community. For details about the event, please visit 

 Make a Difference on October 29

Join us on Saturday, October 29 for Fort Lauderdale Make A Difference Day. Neighbors are encouraged to select from more than 25 volunteer projects designed to enhance our City. Participants can choose from a wide range of options including residential painting, beach cleanups, landscaping and mulching, and numerous Adopt-A-Street beautification initiatives. Just pick a project and lend a hand! If your favorite organization plans to host a project on October 29, please let us know if you would like us to list it as an officially-recognized Fort Lauderdale Make A Difference Day event. For more information, please contact Jorg Hruschka in the City's Neighbor Volunteer Office at 954-828-5568 or .

Broward MPO to Celebrate the 2016 TIGER Grant
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | 10:00 AM
Click image to view flyer

C-13 Canal/Lauderdale Lakes Greenway
(corner of N.W. 39th Street and N.W. 29th Avenue in Lauderdale Lakes) 

Join the MPO and all of its partners to celebrate the $11.4 million grant award to implement the Broward Regional Complete Streets Initiative. This TIGER Grant will help improve Broward's bicycle and pedestrian environment.

Click  here for event location. Parking will be available at the Lauderdale Lakes Aquatics Center.
King Tides Expected October 14 - 21

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.