|Calling All Neighbors April 25th
Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler will host the first Telephone Town Hall Meeting of 2017 on Tuesday, April 25. 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 typically engage more than 25,000 neighbors through the five calls we host each 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 Mayor Seiler, which will take place from 7 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25. To listen, call 855-840-6970 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.
|Know Before You Go with LauderStreet
New Searchable Map Highlights City Road and Sidewalk Closures
Avoid road blocks and traffic jams with LauderStreet, a new information resource developed in-house by City personnel using Esri technology to help improve traffic flow in the City.
LauderStreet features current and upcoming road and sidewalk closures in the City. The majority of closures highlighted in LauderStreet are planned and permitted closures resulting from roadway improvements, construction projects, new developments, and special events. Each closure on the map includes information such as the reason for the closure, the duration of the closure, and detour information. LauderStreet incorporates Google's Traffic layer to show how a closure is impacting existing traffic conditions.
- Mobile-friendly map that is accessible on regular computers, mobile phones, and tablets so information is accessible no matter where you are,
- Helps prevent delays and makes traveling to and from a destination more efficient,
- Provides City personnel with a resource to manage active closures and discourage unapproved closures to avert public safety or traffic issues, and
- Makes our streets safer, which supports the City's Vision Zero goal of achieving zero traffic-related deaths or serious injuries on our streets.
to read the press release.
to learn more about LauderStreet.
to go straight to LauderStreet to find a road closure.
LauderStreet is not a real-time navigation or information tool, and it may not include every incident or emergency that occurs on City streets, such as after-hours emergency road closures, crashes, or closures by other entities.
FXE is 70 and Still Soaring
March 11, 2017 was a historical day in the City of Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderd
ale Executive Airport (FXE) turned 70!
||See how our premier General Aviation Airport has grown from a humble military training field for World War II to one of the top 10 facilities in the U.S.
Formerly a training center for World War II Navy pilots,including former President George H.W. Bush, today, FXE is home to more than 900 based aircraft. Nearly 160,000 aircraft take off and land at the airport annually, ranking it as one of the top 10 of busiest general aviation airports in U.S.
Located in the heart of the City's Uptown Business District, Executive Airport plays a vital role in South Florida and the national airport system, serving a variety of private, corporate, and government aviation needs through services and amenities including:
- Four fixed-base operators,
- A 24-hour Air Traffic Control Tower,
- A Customs and Border Protection facility,
- 24-hour on-site aircraft rescue, firefighting services, and airport security,
- A Fort Lauderdale Police Substation, and
- The John Fuhrer Downtown Helistop (DT1), the only public-use helistop in Florida.
A dedicated team of 23 Community Builders provides a safe and secure environment for the 900-acre facility, manages 37 leases, fosters continued business growth for existing tenants, and continually builds community with neighbors. In addition, the City's Aviation Advisory Board makes recommendations to the City Commission regarding airport planning, development, construction, improvements, maintenance, operations, regulations, etc.
With a direct economic impact of more than $839 million, FXE creates jobs, promotes business, provides critical general aviation and emergency services, and serves as a reliever airport for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and other nearby airports, when needed.
|6th Annual Transportation Summit Set for May 9th
Fort Lauderdale has a vision of being a city with safe, livable, connected, and sustainable
streets for people of all ages and abilities. Help us advance this vision!
Plan to join industry experts and transportation influencers on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and participate in the 6th Annual Transportation Summit. This year's Summit will include important discussions on how technology, innovation, and increased transportation data are creating opportunities for street design, parking systems, transportation services, land use, safety improvements, current projects, and more.
Be part of
TRANSforming Fort Lauderdale!
for registration, sponsorship opportunities, scholarship information, and more. Keep an eye out for information on the 2nd Annual Transportation Awards.
|Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Collection Event Set for Saturday, April 8, 2017
The City of Fort Lauderdale is offering neighbors a convenient and responsible opportunity for disposal of hazardous waste, electronics, tires, medication, clothing and household goods.
Unwanted items will be collected at a drop-off event at Mills Pond Park from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2017.
Household hazardous waste (HHW) includes common household items that contain toxic chemicals and therefore need proper handling during disposal.
The City of Fort Lauderdale invites residents to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired prescription and non-prescription medications for FREE.
Collectors will be onsite to accept up to four passenger or light truck tires (up to 20 inches) with or without rims. Limit: 4 tires per household.
Free on-site document shredding will also be available!
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 or Tamarac is required (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 www.fortlauderdale.gov/hhw
|Save the Date: City of Fort Lauderdale Resident Tree Giveaway Set for April 8, 2017
Summer days will be cooler, greener and more beautiful in the City of Fort Lauderdale as our tree canopy coverage increases. Residents are invited to help by participating in our free Resident Tree Giveaway:
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
950 SW 27
Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Proof of residency required (e.g., driver's license, utility bill, etc.). Two trees per household on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
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.
|Conservation Pays: A $100 Rebate is Good; A $100 Bonus is Better
Receive a $100 rebate when you replace your water-guzzling toilet for a WaterSense® High Efficiency model.
$100 Bonus Contest
If you have already received a rebate or are in the application process, you can win an extra $100 by convincing just five others to complete the rebate program.
* Your own application does not count as one of the five. Five others must complete the process
* All rebates must be processed and toilets installed by April 30, 2017.
* Make sure your referrals include your name on their applications so you get credit.
* The first two people who get five others to complete the rebate process win $100 cash!
What's better than that? Well, you and your friends' water conserving toilets will continue to save water and money year after year.
(Posted at the request of the Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division)
|City Track Championships set for April 5th
The 5th Annual City Track & Field Championships will be held on Wednesday, April 5 at the Orange Bowl Field at Carter Park, located at 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard.
Schools participating include: Fort Lauderdale, Dillard, Stranahan, Cardinal Gibbons, St. Thomas Aquinas, Pine Crest, South Florida HEAT, Westminster Academy, Calvary Christian, and Upperroom Christian.
Teen Squad Wars to be held April 22nd
Join us for the 2nd Annual Teen Squad Wars on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Carter Park.
Highlights include basketball, dodgeball, and flag football competitions; track and field events; basketball shoot-off; swim meet; teen art exhibit; dance and step offs; game truck; breakfast and lunch; awards and prizes.
For more information, click here or contact Carter Park at 954-828-4592 or 954-828-5320.
Spring Break Camps
Our spring break camps are jam-packed with fun activities!
Your child will create spring crafts, make a splash with swimming, leap into sports and fitness, and enjoy a field trip adventure.
For more information, click here or call 954-828-7275 (PARK).
Children will enjoy finding hidden treasure in bright, colorful eggs, meeting the Spring Bunny, and much more. Don't forget to bring your basket! For a complete event lineup, click here or call 954-828-7275 (PARK).
|Rockin' and Reelin' at Provident Park
Join us for FREE concerts and movies at Provident Park, 1412 Sistrunk Boulevard.
Enjoy live music on April 7 and May 5, from 7 to 10 p.m., and movies on April 14 and May 12 at 8 p.m.
|Call for Nominations: 2017 Walk of Fame Honorees
Fort Lauderdale is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Walk of Fame. Established 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, 25 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 2017 Walk of Fame, please click here.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 14.
|Relax at JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch on April 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 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.
Free Income Tax Preparation thru April 15
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides FREE tax preparation services for qualified individuals with an income of less than $54,000. Services are offered on Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard. For more information,
please contact 954-828-4592
Friday Night Tunes at Carter Park
Enjoy a free concert series with a broad range of musical varieties featuring a different live performer each month! Friday Night Tunes takes place on April 21 and May 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Carter Park, located at 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard. Bring your chairs, picnic blankets, and snacks to relax under the stars. From jazz to pop, Friday Night Tunes has it all! For details, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/friday.
Friday Night Sound Waves returns to Fort Lauderdale Beach
Get ready to slide off your shoes and slip into the weekend. With the sand and waves of Fort Lauderdale Beach in the background, the free Friday Night Sound Waves live music series has returned to the Hub, located at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.
The series features a high-energy performance by one of South Florida's favorite Motown and R&B bands, Pocket Change, followed by a wide array of musical genres every Friday night, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., through November 10, 2017. Special highlights over the 36 weeks include performances by rising stars on the country music scene, Farewell Angelina, on April 7; the Shane Duncan Band on May 5 for the official Fort Lauderdale Air Show welcome concert; and returning performances from crowd pleasers Mr. Nice Guy, Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl, Tom Sartori and Spred the Dub.
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.
Making a good first impression
With thousands of visitors expecting to arrive at Fort Lauderdale Station on the new Brightline intercity express train service, neighbors and businesses along the FEC railroad tracks are encouraged to tidy-up.
Some businesses have already painted buildings that face the railroad tracks. Others could use a good Spring cleaning and fresh coat of paint.
You may want to take "before" and "after" photos of your improvements for possible recognition by the City's WOW Awards Program!
For more information about Brightline, click here.
Learn about the Vacation Rental Registration process; two free workshops available
The City of Fort Lauderdale is hosting a "Vacation Rental Registration and Inspection Compliance Workshop" to assist vacation rental operators with the application and inspection processes.
Location: City of Fort Lauderdale - Commission Chambers
100 N. Andrews Avenue
Date & Times:
Monday - May 1, 2017 at 9:30 am - 11:30am
Thursday - May 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm - 7:00pm
Family Pops Concert on April 2
Symphony of the Americas in partnership with Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale presents a Family Pops Concert on Sunday, April 2 at 2:00 pm on the AutoNation Stage at Huizenga Plaza, located at the corner of Andrews Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy an afternoon of familiar classics along with a unique instrument petting zoo to introduce young and old to the magic of making music. For details, click here.
Tortuga Music Festival, April 7-9
Country music returns to Fort Lauderdale Beach! The three-day Tortuga Music Festival takes place, April 7 - 9 featuring headliners Luke Bryan on Friday, April 7, Chris Stapleton on Saturday, April 8, and Kenny Chesney on Sunday, April 9. Plus don't miss featured performances by Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Brett Eldridge, Nelly, Maren Morris, Slightly Stoopid, Old Dominion, Daya, Dustin Lynch, The Quaker City Night Hawks and many more. In addition to a star-studded lineup, the event raises awareness about environmental issues affecting our oceans.
Through its partnership with the Rock The Ocean Foundation, the Tortuga Music Festival has raised over $300,000 to support scientific research, education, and ocean conservation initiatives. For details, visit www.tortugamusicfestival.com.
Taco Battle & Craft Beer Festival on April 15
Join us on Saturday, April 15 from 1 - 6 pm for the inaugural Taco Battle & Craft Beer Fest at Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2 Street.
The free event, presented by Live Work Play SoFLo in partnership with Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, will feature our area's top restaurants and craft breweries competing for the coveted titles of Best Taco, Best Brew, Best Booth and Fan Favorite! For more information, visit www.goriverwalk.com.
Join Commissioner Robert McKinzie and the City of Fort Lauderdale for the 2017 Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. Hosted in partnership with the cities of Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes and North Lauderdale, this overnight event takes place at Joseph C. Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard, beginning at 6 pm on Friday, May 19 and ending at 6 am on Saturday, May 20.
The event honors cancer survivors, pays tribute to those who have lost their lives to the disease, and raises funds to continue the fight to find a cure. For more information or to register your team, visit www.relayforlife.org/carterparkfl
Volunteers are the backbone of our community and a key part of our success! Get involved by donating your time, talent, and energy to your favorite program, activity or cause.
Visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/volunteer to learn more about City volunteer opportunities. Plus, mark your calendar for two upcoming volunteer opportunities with Riverwalk -- the Taco Battle and Craft Beer Fest on April 15 and The Color Run on April 29. Get all the details at www.goriverwalk.com/volunteer.
The Color Run on April 29
Join us on Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 am for the Happiest 5K on the Planet. If you have never participated, the Color Run is an experience that you will never forget. Presented by Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, the Color Run is an un-timed 5K where thousands of participants, or "Color Runners," are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. There are only two rules: (1) Wear white at the starting line and (2) Finish plastered in color! After the race, the excitement continues with an unforgettable Color Run Finish Festival. Be part of the Color Run fun! Get all the details at www.goriverwalk.com.
Great American Beach Party on Saturday, May 27
It's Back! The Great American Beach Party returns on Saturday, May 27 featuring rock legend Eddie Money! Join us from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard as we kick off summer with a full day of FREE activities!
Highlights include live bands, a kids zone, classic car show, sandcastle contest, art show, and a parachute jump by the U.S. Military Para-Commandoes! Get to the beach stress free aboard a Water Shuttle or Water Taxi or hop aboard the Sun Trolley. Get all the details at www.fortlauderdale.gov/gabp.