September 2020 - Newsletter
Upcoming Dates & Reminders

  • September 24 & October 22 at 7pm are the upcoming General Meetings - be on the lookout for our zoom meeting information!

A message from our President
Allison Foster
Hello, neighbors! 

We hope this reaches you and your family safe.

We are entering our renewal time for Tarpon River Civic Association membership for the upcoming 2021 year. Any memberships completed after September 1 will be for the upcoming 2021 year. We ask that you renew your membership and encourage your neighbors to do so, also! (follow this link to renew!)Your membership helps continue to ensure we continue to build community in Tarpon River, advocate for needs of the community, and in times when we can be physically together - to host events like Party in the Park.

We have two upcoming General Meetings that I think you will gain a lot from:

September 24, 7pm: Featuring the Fort Lauderdale Chief Education Officer
October 22, 7pm: Featuring Fort Lauderdale Mayor candidates

Watch your email inbox for the zoom links for the meeting. For any neighbors who may not be able to join via computer, we will always provide a phone number to join.

Finally - and most important - if you have not completed the census - please do so! The final day is September 30.  We are very behind in our Census reporting as a city. If you know neighbors who may need assistance, please offer to help them. The count for the census is so important for many parts of our City, County, and State.  Complete the census form online; or take the census over the phone by calling 1-844-330-2020.

Best Regards,

Tarpon River Civic Association President
 Tarpon River Civic Association Board of Directors wants to share our commitment to equitable and respectful treatment of all individuals everywhere and specifically within the Tarpon River Civic Association Boundaries. We understand and acknowledge the problem of systemic racism and discriminatory practices across our country toward many different groups and particularly towards Black Americans. Additionally, we want to reaffirm our commitment to creating a safe and inclusive community in Tarpon River. We recognize we have much work to do and we are committed to cultivate space for ongoing conversations to ensure our community continues to thrive as a place where all feel welcome.  

Hurricane Season June 1st - November 30th

This list of hurricane preparedness resources is being sent to you on behalf of the TRCA. In prior years we have created neighborhood block leaders. For those of you who have served in this role, please reach out to Marie McLaughlin who coordinates this effort.It is our hope that these resources help you get an early start on your 2020 hurricane preparedness efforts. Please consider that the COVID-19 pandemic may affect your ability to plan, respond, and evacuate in your normal manner.
We urge you to start planning today and hope you find these web resources to be of assistance.

COVID-19 Updates


Broward County to Enter Phase 2 of COVID-19 Reopening Plan on September 14 with No Changes to How Businesses are Currently Operating
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that all of Florida, including Broward County, will be in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Reopening Plan effective Monday, September 14. However, according to Broward County, there will be no changes to how businesses are currently operating when Phase 2 takes effect on Monday. The existing Broward County Emergency Orders will remain in effect. According to the county, additional openings are expected in Broward in the coming weeks. Despite the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations rescinding the state’s Amended Emergency Order 2020-09, bars in Broward County will remain closed. To read the Broward County press release regarding the Phase 2 reopening, visit To read Broward County Emergency Orders that are currently in effect visit

Check Caller ID to Avoid Contact Tracing Scams
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) encourages everyone to avoid scams by checking caller ID for phone numbers from official COVID-19 contact tracers. The FDOH is asking Floridians to answer calls from the following three phone numbers: (833) 917-2880, (833) 443-5364 and (850) 583-2419. The Department’s team of contact tracers will discuss potential exposure to COVID-19 with you. For more details, visit

COVID-19 Testing at Holiday Park
The drive-thru testing site at Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park is offering free rapid COVID-19 antigen testing with same day results. Located at U.S. 1 and N.E. 8 Street (just south of Sunrise Boulevard), the Holiday Park testing site is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Rapid testing is available to individuals of any age with COVID-19 symptoms or individuals ages 5 to 17 or 65 and over without COVID-19 symptoms. Appointments and photo ID are required. To schedule an appointment, visit and use the Gov2Go app or Gov2Go web platform. The site uses an on-premises lab to analyze tests with most results delivered via text or email within a two-hour timeframe. In addition to rapid testing, free drive-thru COVID-19 self-swab testing continues to be available at the Holiday Park site to anyone age 5 or older with or without COVID-19 symptoms. No doctor referral needed. Proper photo ID is required. To schedule an appointment for an oral self-swab COVID-19 test, visit Patients who do not receive results after 72 hours, may contact Curative Inc. at

Tarpon River & Fort Lauderdale related updates

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Grab and Go Meals
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) reminds parents that grab-and-go meals are available for students at elementary, middle, and high school locations throughout the District and breakfast is also available to all BCPS students at no charge. Meals will be distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and from 3 - 5 p.m., in bundles that include multiple days-worth of meals. The afternoon hours were added to provide greater convenience for parents assisting their students with eLearning during the morning hours. For complete details about grab-and-go meals and how to apply for free or reduced-price meals, visit

The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale will reopen to the public on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. For the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers, there will be new health and safety guidelines in place, which include social distancing, reduced capacity, face coverings and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols. Several of the Museum's current exhibitions have been extended, including Happy!, which will now be on view through October 11, 2020. In addition, Transitions and Transformations will remain on view through January 2021, and I Paint My Reality: Surrealism in Latin America and William J. Glackens: From Pencil to Paint will both remain open until Spring 2021. The Museum begins its new exhibition season on November 21 with the South Florida Cultural Consortium exhibition, featuring works by 13 preeminent South Florida artists who are recipients of the 2020 South Florida Cultural Consortium awards. For details, visit

Important Deadlines from the Supervisor of Elections Office
The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office reminds everyone about the following important deadlines related to the November 3 General Election:

  • October 5 - Last day to register to vote in the General Election on November 3
  • October 24 - Last day to request a mail-in ballot for the General Election on November 3
Early Voting for the November 3 General Election will take place from October 19 – November 1 from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. daily. For a list of early voting locations, visit Voting on Election Day, November 3, will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Supervisor of Elections Office website at

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Why the Census is Important
The first census was conducted in 1790. Since that time, a census has been conducted every 10 years to collect basic information about the people living in our households. The data collected is used for statistical purposes only, and the information collected is used to help:  
  • Guide how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year.
  • Determine how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, fire departments, and roads.        
  • Communities plan bus routes, draw school district boundaries, offer community services, plan new homes, and improve neighborhoods.
  • Businesses decide where to put stores, offices, or plants to create jobs, support the economy, and to decide what to sell in stores so communities get what they need.
  • Redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts, as well as school and voting districts.
You count, Fort Lauderdale counts, everyone counts. 
Help raise the count today!

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Learn More at a Virtual Public Meetings:
Virtual City Commission Regular Meeting
  • Date: September 15, 2020 6:00 PM   
  • Location: FLTV, YouTube, Zoom, Comcast Channel 78, or AT&T U-verse Channel 99
  • Visit: City Commission Regular Meeting

Virtual Planning and Zoning Board Meeting
  • Date: September 16, 2020 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM   
  • Location: FLTV, YouTube, Zoom, Comcast Channel 78, or AT&T U-verse Channel 99

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