FDOT to Close Oakland Park Boulevard at FEC Rail Crossing
April 24 - 26
 
Oakland Park Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic just east of North Dixie Highway from Saturday, April 24 at 6 a.m. to Monday, April 26 at 11:59 p.m. for Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) crossing rehabilitation. If necessary to complete the work, the closure will be extended to April 27 at 11:59 p.m. Click here for details. The closure will allow workers to safely perform necessary repairs to the FEC railway at Oakland Park Boulevard. Drivers should plan ahead and expect delays. We thank our residents for their patience and apologize for any inconvenience.
Oakland Park Efforts to Increase Tree Canopy Featured in Instagram Series

City Manager David Hebert talked to Alex Miller of TreePeople recently for their new “Branching Out” series on Instagram.
TreePeople is Los Angeles’ largest environmental movement that encourages people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment through community outreach, education, forestry and policy initiatives. The conversation highlighted Oakland Park’s efforts to increase the City’s tree canopy and strategies to incorporate more green space and landscaping into future public and private development projects. Watch the interview now on Instagram.
Brightline Signal Testing Through April 22

Brightline is conducting signal testing at the railroad crossings in Oakland Park now through Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Trains will be operating and train horns will sound during the day, overnight and in quiet zones. Drivers and pedestrians should remain alert and aware at railroad tracks and only cross the tracks at a railroad crossing. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information


Florida residents age 18+ are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals 16-17 years old can receive the vaccine with parent or guardian consent. Residents are encouraged to pre-register for a vaccine appointment at www.myvaccine.fl.gov or by calling 866-201-6313. Once pre-registered, individuals will be contacted when a vaccine appointment is available.
 
Vaccine Locator
In addition to the state-run sites, Florida has many places that are providing the COVID-19 vaccine including: CVS, Publix, Sam's Club, Walmart and Winn-Dixie. Use the vaccine finder to locate a site near you. Supplies are limited and appointments may be required.

Important ways to slow the spread of COVID-19
Rental Assistance Coming Soon
 
Broward County is working with community partners to launch an Emergency Rental Assistance program for residents who have been impacted by Covid-19. The application portal will be open soon. Program requirements include qualifying for unemployment, a reduction in household income or financial hardship due to COVID-19, or a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. To learn more, visit the County website or watch the video
City CRA is Helping Transform Oakland Park

The City of Oakland Park created a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to encourage economic investment and growth in the downtown area. The CRA offers business incentives including façade improvements and relocation assistance to create jobs and revitalize downtown. Since 2013, the value of properties in the CRA has increased 88%. New developments in the CRA include Aldi's, Butcher's Barrel (above), Code Ninjas and Cyth & Co. Learn more about the Oakland Park CRA in the 2020 Annual Report or visit opcra.com.
Next City Commission Meeting April 21
 
Access the Agenda
The April 21, 2021 City Commission Meeting Agenda is available on the City website.
 
Provide Comments
To provide public comments virtually, please call the City Clerk's office at 954-630-4300 for webinar log-in information. Members of the public will have up to four minutes to provide comments. Written public comments up to 250 words in length can be submitted for the record up to 12 p.m. (noon) the day of the meeting. Email comments to publiccomments@oaklandparkfl.gov.
 
Watch the Meeting
The City Commission meeting will be available via live web-stream on the City website, on Comcast Channel 78, AT&T Channel 99, or on the City website the following day.
FDOT to Host Virtual Meeting on Lakeside Improvements April 28

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) invites you to a virtual public meeting about upcoming sidewalk improvements in Lakeside. The meeting will take place Wednesday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m. Use this link to join the meeting, or to join by phone call 866-952‐8437 and enter meeting ID: 270‐864‐623. For more information, visit the City website.
Free Chlorination Continues Through April 27

The City of Fort Lauderdale, which provides water to Oakland Park, is temporarily using free chlorine in its drinking water system now through Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Free chlorination is a common practice for water systems using combined chlorine disinfection. The chlorination period is anticipated to be transparent; however, there may be a slight change in the taste or smell of tap water. In addition, some customers may see water running from fire hydrants in their neighborhoods, which is part of the normal maintenance process. A list of Frequently Asked Questions is posted on the City website. For more information, please call 954-630-4430.
Everything Inside - May 14
 
The Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library, in partnership with Florida Center for the Book, will celebrate Haitian Heritage Month in May with a book discussion of Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat. The virtual discussion will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021.
 
The book features diverse experiences of bold Haitian women in the fictional settings of Florida and Haiti, who reflect their culture with pride and resilience amidst various challenges. Danticat uses the characters in these emotional short stories to portray themes of betrayal, death, and love. This Zoom book discussion is open to people 18 and over.
 
The library is giving away free copies of the book to the first 25 people who sign up to participate in the May 14 discussion. To register, please call 954-630-4374 or email vernat@oaklandparkfl.gov.
Help Us Recycle Right

Everyone can play a part in proper recycling. Please make sure your cart contains only items that can be recycled, such as lightly rinsed plastic bottles and containers, paper, and flattened cardboard. Please do not place recycled items in garbage bags, place them directly into the recycle bin. Items that cannot be recycled include: used pizza boxes, plastic bags, foam cups, plastic toys, clothes, and garden hoses. Visit the City website to learn more.
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