City of Fort Lauderdale Update on Corona Virus

 

Department of Health Information

According to the Florida Department of Health, as of July 3, 2020, results from approximately 210,032 tests administered in Broward County indicated 191,711 negative results; 18,229 positive results; 14 inconclusive results; and 41 pending results. To see the latest data from the FDOH, visit bit.ly/2wb29D2.

A July 4th Message from Mayor Dean J. Trantalis

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean J. Trantalis reminds everyone that the Fourth of July holiday takes on added significance this year given the challenges of COVID-19. While we may not be able to gather for traditional Independence Day ceremonies and events, seeking ways to connect with one another to express our gratitude for the blessings of freedom, peace, and equality for all has never been more important. As we celebrate the Fourth of July, let us all take a moment to remember the courage and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform who for over two centuries have fought to defend our democracy, safeguard our security, and preserve our way of life. Let us also remember to celebrate responsibly by continuing to wear masks, practice social distancing, and follow the COVID-19 regulations that are in place to protect our own health and the health of others. To read the Mayor’s full message, visit bit.ly/3gmbF84.

Public and Private Beaches in Fort Lauderdale Closed Through July 5

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the sandy portion of public and private beaches in the City of Fort Lauderdale are currently closed through Sunday, July 5. Restaurants and businesses located on Fort Lauderdale Beach will remain open. The decision to close the sandy portion of the beaches was made to protect the health and safety of the public by deterring large gatherings in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Individuals visiting beach restaurants and businesses are reminded to wear masks to protect themselves and others, maintain six feet of social distancing, avoid large group gatherings, stay away from people who are sick, and practice proper hygiene. To view a video of the announcement, visit bit.ly/2BN8gQu.

Enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s 4th of July Fireworks from Home!

Get ready for fireworks shows that neighbors can enjoy from the comfort of home as the City of Fort Lauderdale presents its annual 4th of July Spectacular! This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, Fort Lauderdale’s Independence Day Celebration will feature fireworks shows in four areas of the City: Holiday Park, U.S. 1 and Sunrise Boulevard (18-minute show); City Hall, Andrews Avenue and NE 1 Street (18-minute show); Carter Park, Sunrise Boulevard and NW 16 Avenue (18-minute show); and the Beach Community Center, A1A and Oakland Park Boulevard (10-minute close proximity show). The shows will not be open to spectators and no pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed access to the areas where the shows are located. Neighbors are encouraged to enjoy the fireworks shows beginning at 9:00 p.m. from their backyards, front porches, patios, balconies or virtually on: Comcast Channel 78, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, YouTube at www.youtube.com/CityofFortLauderdale, and FLTV at www.fortlauderdale.gov/fltv. For more details, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/july4.

Two Lanes of Las Olas Boulevard Closed Through July 6

As part of the City’s Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion initiative, the outside lanes in each direction of Las Olas Boulevard between SE 6 Avenue and SE 11 Avenue are currently closed through Monday, July 6 at 7 a.m. Pedestrians should exercise caution and motorists should travel slowly through the area. On-street parking is available on Las Olas Boulevard west of SE 6 Avenue and east of SE 11 Avenue as well as on surrounding streets. Additional parking is available in the City parking lot located at SE 8 Avenue and SE 2 Court. For details, visit bit.ly/ftltobeadvisory.

Northbound Lane of A1A Closed Through July 5

The eastern northbound lane of A1A from Las Olas Boulevard north to Sunrise Boulevard is currently closed through Sunday, July 5 at 7 p.m. to facilitate social distancing between pedestrians using the sidewalk in this area. Southbound traffic on A1A and Seabreeze Boulevard is not affected. Pedestrians should be extra cautious and motorists should travel slowly through the area, expect delays, and seek alternate routes. For more information, visit bit.ly/2NVnXI5.

Parking Lot at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park Closed Through July 5

The surface parking lot at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, located at 700 Seabreeze Boulevard, is currently closed through Sunday, July 5 at 9:00 p.m. There is no access to the parking lot and signs are posted to alert motorists of the closure. Visitors to Fort Lauderdale Beach are welcome and encouraged to use the Las Olas Garage, which is located at 200 E. Las Olas Circle. For additional public parking locations on Fort Lauderdale Beach, visit bit.ly/2YL5GUd.

NE 33 Street Closed Nightly to Expand Outdoor Space

As part of the City’s Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion initiative, NE 33 Street between A1A and NE 33 Avenue will be closed nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. (including on-street parking spaces). Pedestrians should exercise caution and motorists should travel slowly through the area and follow posted detour signs. On-street parking is available on NE 33 Street west of NE 33 Avenue and on other surrounding streets. Additional parking options include the Beach Community Center located at 3351 NE 33rd Avenue and the Bridgeside Place Garage located at 3020 NE 32 Avenue. For more details about the City’s Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion initiative, visit bit.ly/ftltobeadvisory.

Hours Expanding at Holiday Park COVID-19 Testing Site Beginning July 7

(Please note: Holiday Park Testing Site will be closed on July 4th)

The hours of operation at the free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Holiday Park, located at 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive in Fort Lauderdale, will be expanding. Beginning Tuesday, July 7, the site will be open Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., by appointment only. Since its opening, the site has conducted 13,181 tests. Testing is available to anyone over the age of 18 with or without COVID-19 symptoms. No doctor referral is needed. Photo ID is required. Appointments may be booked by calling 1-800-209-7919, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. First responders needing tests may make appointments and use the Sunrise Boulevard entrance to the park with proper identification. Tests are administered by healthcare professionals from AMR. Patients will be contacted when test results are available. Patients who do not receive a call after five business days, should contact CDR Maguire, Inc. at 850-583-2419 or email covid19results@cdrmhealth.com. For more details, visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19testing.

Free Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing at Lincoln Park

Free walk-up COVID-19 testing is available at Fort Lauderdale’s Lincoln Park. Located at 600 N.W. 19 Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, the Lincoln Park testing site is open Tuesday - Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Administered by the Florida Department of Health, the site offers free walk-up testing to anyone with or without COVID-19 symptoms. There are no age or identification requirements and no doctor referral is needed. Appointments are not required, but are preferred, and may be scheduled by calling 954-412-7300. For more details and to view a video of the Lincoln Park testing site, visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19testing.

FWC Campaign Targets Boating Under the Influence

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement will be promoting awareness and conducting heightened enforcement targeting boating under the influence (BUI) as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign. The campaign, which will take place July 3 through July 5, is designed to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug-related accidents and fatalities on our waterways through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water. Throughout the holiday weekend, FWC officers will be focused on educating boaters about safe boating practices, which includes boating sober and enforcing Florida’s boating under the influence laws. Alcohol is a leading contributing factor in recreational boating deaths, and a major contributor to accidents. Last year, during the month of July alone, Florida had five fatalities and 68 people injured due to BUI-related boating accidents. For more information, visit bit.ly/3dZBs4d.

Virtual City Commission Meetings Set for July 7

On Tuesday, July 7, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission will host a Conference Meeting at 4:00 p.m., a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board Meeting at 4:30 p.m., and a Regular Meeting at 6:00 p.m. The public will be able to listen to and view all of the virtual meetings on FLTVYouTube, Zoom, Comcast Channel 78, and AT&T U-verse Channel 99. Agendas for each meeting are posted online at the following links: Conference Meeting agenda (https://bit.ly/3gpkvSg); CRA Board Meeting agenda (https://bit.ly/31GrYIx); and Regular Meeting agenda (bit.ly/38rtgc0). To learn more about virtual City Commission meetings, including how to sign up to speak, visit fortlauderdale.gov/vcmeetings.

Avoid the Three Cs to Help Slow the Spread

The City of Fort Lauderdale and the Florida Department of Health remind everyone to protect themselves and others by avoiding the Three Cs: Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, and Close-Contact Settings and by wearing a mask in public:

  • Closed Spaces.Avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation that could allow contagious droplets to linger in the air.
  • Crowded Places.Avoid crowded places with many people nearby; the greater the number of individuals in an area, the greater the chances of COVID-19 spreading from person-to-person.
  • Close-Contact Settings.Avoid close-range conversations and stay at least six-feet from others.

In addition to avoiding the three Cs and wearing facial coverings in all public spaces, individuals should continue to practice social distancing by staying at least six-feet away from others; stay home when sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; clean and disinfect countertops and frequently used surfaces often; and wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol). For additional prevention tips, visit bit.ly/2NU8wzW.

Beachscapes Exhibit at History Fort Lauderdale Beginning July 5

History Fort Lauderdale is proud to present “The Art of Tim Forman: Beachscapes,” an exhibit featuring masterful interpretations of Florida beach life and inspirational ocean views created by acclaimed Fort Lauderdale landscape artist and paintbrush historian Tim Forman. The exhibit will be on display from July 5 through September 27 at the New River Inn, located at 231 Southwest Second Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. The awe inspiring works portray the splendor and simplicity of the natural world, while instilling a sense of serenity during these uncertain times. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $7 for students. For more information, visit www.historyfortlauderdale.org.

Chamber to Host Virtual Conversation with Commissioner Ben Sorensen on July 8

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual conversation with Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Ben Sorensen. The free webinar will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, July 8 at 2:00 p.m. Chamber President and CEO Dan Lindblade will lead the discussion with Commissioner Sorensen as he shares insights that can help individuals and businesses weather the uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of a leader, Veteran, and small business owner. The event will also include a question and answer session with participants. For more details and to register, visit bit.ly/2NU7Yu8.

Weekly Food Distribution at Mills Pond Park on July 9

The next drive-thru food distribution event hosted by the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors will take place on Thursday, July 9 beginning at 9 a.m. at Mills Pond Park, located at 2201 NW 9 Avenue. Produced in partnership with Feeding South Florida, the event provides healthy and nutritious food to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Food is distributed on a first come, first served basis (while supplies last). Recipients must remain in their vehicles and will be instructed to open their trunk when volunteers are ready to load it. To access Mills Pond Park, please enter from southbound NW 9 Avenue. For more details, visit bit.ly/2K8cnrn. For more information about Feeding South Florida, visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org. To make a donation to Feeding South Florida, please visit bit.ly/2WJVl8Y.

Masks Mandatory in Broward County

Broward County has issued Emergency Order 20-20, which expands the regulations for facial coverings by requiring that they be worn in all public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained. The order also requires the mandatory use of facial coverings in residential facilities and condominium common areas, and requires that masks be worn by all persons in any establishment, business or amenity; all people working in any establishment allowed to operate; all individuals who are obtaining any good or service from any establishment; and all workers in any establishment involved in preparing, handling or serving food. To view the emergency order, visit bit.ly/2NK24LS.

Restrictions on Restaurant Hours: No Serving from Midnight to 5 AM

Broward County’s Emergency Order 20-20, prohibits restaurants from serving food or alcohol for on-site consumption between the hours of Midnight and 5:00 AM. Restaurants and food establishments will be permitted to continue to operate take out, delivery, drive-thru, and pickup services. To view the emergency order, visit bit.ly/2NK24LS.

Governor Extends Emergency Order Suspending Foreclosures and Evictions

Governor Ron DeSantis issued Emergency Order 20-159, which extends Emergency Order 20-94, “Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief,” until 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 2020. The extended order suspends mortgage foreclosures, as well as evictions related to non-payment of rent by residential tenants due to the COVID-19 emergency. To read Emergency Order 20-94, please visit bit.ly/3dVzzWN. To read the Governor’s extension of the order, please visit bit.ly/3ghuUzn.

Online Dashboard Tracking COVID-19 Violations

A new online dashboard is tracking Broward County complaints about businesses not following proper COVID-19 regulations related to operating capacity, social distancing, facial covering and other reopening requirements contained in local Emergency Orders. The GIS-based website displays details about business complaints received, including: name and location of the business being reported; number and type of warning or citation issued; and complaint outcome (i.e., warning issued, citation issued, complaint resolved, pending inspection, etc.). To access the dashboard and view updates for cities in Broward County, visit http://arcg.is/1riWfH.

Hurricane Season is Underway – Be Prepared

The 2020 Hurricane Season is officially underway. Over the next six months, please pay close attention to weather developments in our area as experts are predicting a very busy season with as many as 16 to 18 named storms. This season will be particularly challenging given the continued presence of COVID-19. Please make sure to review your family emergency plan and assemble a hurricane supply kit so you are well-prepared should a storm impact our area. To sign up to receive emergency alerts from the City, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/alertftl. For hurricane preparation guidance, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/hurricane.

Virtual Luncheon on Hurricane Preparedness on July 22

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce will present “Are You Ready for Strom Season?” a virtual luncheon focusing on hurricane preparedness amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual event will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, July 22 from noon – 1:00 p.m. and feature Craig Setzer, CBS4 Miami’s Chief Meteorologist. Setzer will present this year’s tropical outlook and provide valuable information about steps individuals and businesses can take to prepare before a storm threatens our area. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. For more details and to register, visit bit.ly/3gmlYsD.

FDA Advises Consumers Not to Use Hand Sanitizer Products Manufactured by Eskbiochem

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA has identified the following products manufactured by Eskbiochem:

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

FDA recommends consumers stop using these hand sanitizers and dispose of them immediately in appropriate hazardous waste containers. Do not flush or pour these products down the drain. FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. Complete and submit the report online or download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178. For more details, including recall updates, visit bit.ly/3dTE2IZ.

New Parking Rates for Residents and Visitors in Effect

City of Fort Lauderdale parking lots, garages, and on-street spaces now have standard parking rates based on their location within one of three zones throughout Fort Lauderdale. Zone 1 is located east of the Intracoastal Waterway and south of Oakland Park Boulevard. Rates are $1.50 per hour for residents and $4.00 per hour for non-residents. Zone 2 is located east of I-95, west of the Intracoastal Waterway, south of NE 11 Street, and north of SW 7 Street. Rates are $1.50 per hour for residents and $3.00 for non-residents. Zone 3 is located in any area outside of Zones 1 and 2. Rates are $1.00 per hour for resident and $2.00 per hour for non-residents. A map of the zones and applicable rates may be viewed by visiting the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/parking. City of Fort Lauderdale residents are encouraged to visit bit.ly/ftlresidentrate to apply for a special resident rate when using PayByPhone to pay for parking sessions throughout the City.

Contactless Parking Options in Fort Lauderdale

The City of Fort Lauderdale Department of Transportation and Mobility reminds neighbors that contactless parking options are available in the City. The free “PayByPhone” app may be downloaded to mobile devices from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Once installed, drivers simply need to enter the zone number listed on signs posted in the lot, garage, or on-street space where they are parked; pay for a parking session; and go. As an added benefit, beginning July 1 residents are eligible for a special rate when using PayByPhone. To learn more and to apply, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/parking. In addition, monthly parking permits for various lots and locations throughout the City may be purchased online by visiting bit.ly/3gCIoqA. Transportation and Mobility customer service staff is available to provide more information and answer questions about contactless parking options Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., at 954-828-3700 or parkingservices@fortlauderdale.gov.

Code Enforcement Team Citing Businesses for COVID-19 Violations

The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Code Enforcement Team continues to conduct inspections of restaurants and businesses to ensure COVID-19 regulations were being followed. These include, but are not limited to, adhering to requirements for indoor and outdoor seating capacity, facial coverings, social distancing, spacing of tables and chairs, prohibiting congregating at bar counters, limiting the size of parties, and proper hygiene and cleaning procedures. Last weekend, the City issued citations and fines to 12 restaurants and businesses. Of the 12 establishments cited, nine were also closed down for a minimum of 24 hours. The businesses operating under the proper licenses were advised they could reopen after 24 hours if the violations were addressed. The code team will continue to monitor businesses, conduct inspections, and investigate complaints to ensure continued compliance. The City of Fort Lauderdale encourages the public to report COVID-19 violations to 311 or the City’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000.

Don’t Let Your Guard Down

With COVID-19 cases are on the rise, the City of Fort Lauderdale reminds residents, visitors, and businesses that this is no time to let your guard down. Please remain vigilant and continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. Remember to wear a mask or facial covering to protect yourself and others, maintain six feet of social distancing, avoid group gatherings of more than 10 people, and stay at home if you are sick. In addition, wash your hands frequently; use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; avoiding close contact with people who are sick; cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. For more information about steps you can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit bit.ly/3acut6g.

CDC Guidelines for Events and Gatherings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a set of guidelines for events and gatherings. The CDC acknowledges that the main way people are contracting COVID-19 is from respiratory droplets spreading between individuals in close quarters. With that in mind, the organization recommends that everyone wear masks, stay more than six feet away from each other, limit the amount of time spent with others, and continue practicing proper hygiene procedures. In general, the more people gather in one place and the longer they are around each other, the higher the risk of transmission. To read the complete set of CDC guidelines, visit bit.ly/3hysNZF.

Frequently Asked Questions on Reopening Guidelines

Broward County has issued a Frequently Asked Questions guide to assist residents, businesses, and visitors with answers to many of the most commonly asked questions related to the phased COVID-19 reopening. The document provides information about what businesses may currently operate, along with details regarding rules, regulations and requirements that must be followed by employees and customers to protect public health and safety. To view the Frequently Asked Questions guide, visit bit.ly/2UTo6zS.

NSU Art Museum Launches Online Collection with Access to Over 2,000 Works

The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale has launched the first phase of its new online collection catalogue that offers unprecedented access to over 2,000 of the 7,500 objects in its permanent collection. Now accessible on the NSU Art Museum website, nsuartmuseum.org, the online collection is part of the Museum’s efforts to enhance its digital resources and make them widely available to the public, scholars and students. The NSU Art Museum is known for its significant collection of Latin American art, contemporary art with an emphasis on women, Black and Latinx artists, and African art that spans the 19th to the 21st-century, as well as works by American artist William Glackens, Danish artists who resisted German occupation during World War II and the international CoBrA group of artists that emerged in the war’s wake. The online site features a searchable database of a wide variety of media, along with curator notes, exhibition histories and bibliographic information. For more information, visit www.nsuartmuseum.org.

Help Us Increase Our Census Response Rate by Completing the 2020 Census Today!

Attention Neighbors! Help the City of Fort Lauderdale be accurately counted in the 2020 Census. Currently, Fort Lauderdale’s response rate is 51.7%, which is more than 10 percentage points behind the current national response rate of 61.9%, and more than 7 percentage points under the current state of Florida response rate of 59%. Counting every neighbor in our City gives us an opportunity to receive our fair share of more than $1.5 trillion in federal funding for infrastructure, schools, housing, roads, healthcare, and public service programs. An accurate census count also provides critical funding for hospitals, disaster recovery, and emergency readiness for pandemics like COVID-19. Please respond to the 2020 Census today! Fill out and mail back the questionnaire sent to your home; complete the census form online www.my2020census.gov; or take the census over the phone by calling 1-844-330-2020.

 

Visit Lauderdale Encourages Businesses to Take the Safe + Clean Pledge

In support of Broward County’s hospitality industry and business community, Visit Lauderdale has launched the Safe + Clean pledge. Taking the pledge will enable tourism-related businesses in Broward County to let their guests see that Safe + Clean protocols have been adopted. Businesses that take the pledge commit to following CDC Cleaning Protocols; wearing masks; providing hand sanitizer; practicing social distancing; training staff how to be Safe + Clean; and working toward contactless payment. To learn more and take the pledge, visit sunny.org/pledge. Businesses completing the pledge will receive a poster to proudly display their commitment to offering guests a Safe + Clean experience. For more details, visit sunny.org/pledge.

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Launches New Campaign

In an effort to help stimulate the local economy amid COVID-19, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, in partnership with Six Pillars Broward, has launched a playful marketing campaign to encourage supports of Broward County to buy local. The campaign amusingly invites consumers to identify as “SOBs,” which stand for Supporters of Broward, and do their part to support local businesses. Elements of the campaign will include colorful signage, ads, and merchandise to remind folks to eat, drink, and shop locally (like an SOB!) but to also wear a mask, social distance, follow proper hygiene and protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more details, visit www.ProudSOB.com.

Fit Fort Lauderdale Goes Virtual

The Parks and Recreation Department is striving to make Fort Lauderdale the healthiest city in the nation! To get there, Parks and Recreation has expanded its Virtual Recreation Center to include Fit Fort Lauderdale classes. Fit Fort Lauderdale is now virtual with FREE live classes on Sundays from 1 - 2 p.m. Upcoming classes include: July 5 - Steps and Squats with Ashley; July 12 - Total Body with Cole; July 19 - Nia Technique; July 26 - Cardio Boxing; and August 2 - Cardio Drum Fitness. For details and to register, visit bit.ly/ftlvirtrec.

City’s Virtual Recreation Center Expands Offerings

In addition to fitness classes, Fort Lauderdale’s Virtual Recreation Center offers a variety of free, fun, and educational activities and resources for the entire family. The Virtual Recreation Center offers instructor-led virtual classes in art, cooking, line dancing, acrylic painting, yoga, Zumba, and more! To view the current weekly schedule, visit https://bit.ly/2T3Pjib. To sign up for a class, visit bit.ly/ftlvrec.

Visit Lauderdale Launches “LauderDeals”

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched LauderDeals, a destination-wide special savings program for visitors and residents. The campaign features special discounts on hotels, dining, activities, amenities, and more! In addition, the program includes deals and special offers for Florida residents, along with first responders and members of the military. Check out all of the savings as you plan your “Staycation” at bit.ly/3cxW4zP.

 

CDC Encourages Businesses to Flush Plumbing Systems

As businesses begin to reopen, the CDC encourages them to flush their plumbing. Because many businesses have been closed during the COVID-19 State of Emergency, water has not been used and has remained in meter-to-building pipes for several weeks. The CDC and regulatory agencies advise that stagnant or standing water may cause conditions that increase the risk for the growth and spread of Legionella and other biofilm-associated bacteria. This advisory includes hot and cold-water systems, cooling towers, hot tubs, pools, spas, water heaters as well as decorative fountains. Following the Centers’ for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines may greatly reduce chances for Legionella and other opportunistic waterborne microbes from developing within plumbing systems and devices. Businesses owners with questions regarding the CDC recommendations regarding water systems may call the Florida Department of Health at 305-324-2400. To review the CDC Guidelines for reopening buildings after a prolonged shutdown, visit the CDC website at bit.ly/2AbifhF or the EPA website at bit.ly/3chW7Q0.

Small Business Administration Virtual Office Hours

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) South Florida District Office will host virtual office hours (Tuesday - Friday) to answer questions about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Participants may call at any time and are welcome to enter and exit at will.

Tuesday - Friday | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting at bit.ly/3c6Grjp

202-765-1264; Conference ID – 815 206 594

Tuesday - Friday | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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202-765-1264; Conference ID – 209 014 684

Small Business Administration to Host Virtual Business Recovery Webinars

The SBA South Florida District Office will host a series of Small Business Recovery webinars (Tuesday - Friday) to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19.

Tuesday - Friday | 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

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202-765-1264; Conference ID - 472 600 155

Tuesday - Friday | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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202-765-1264; Conference ID - 207 474 436

“ArtServe Live” Delivers Array of Virtual Offerings

During the COVID-19 outbreak, ArtServe Fort Lauderdale continues to serve the community by fostering artistic growth through a wide range of virtual artistic and cultural offerings. The organization’s newest resource, “ArtServe Live,” delivers diverse online content including in-depth interviews with local artists, live musical performances, and meaningful panel discussions focusing on the issues that artists and arts organizations are facing now -- and will continue to face in the future. To view the current lineup of upcoming broadcasts, visit bit.ly/2AOgTK4.

City Offers Free Traffic Control Support for Distribution Events

The City of Fort Lauderdale is committed to helping our neighbors support one another during the COVID-19 crisis. To assist local community, faith-based, business, neighborhood, and non-profit organizations with food and emergency supply distributions, the City is offering traffic control support, at no charge, to help prevent traffic backups and facilitate a smooth, organized flow of vehicles during the event. Organizations hosting food or supply distribution events in need of traffic control are encouraged to complete a short online form at bit.ly/ftltrafficsupport or contact the 24-hour Neighbor Service Center at 954-828-8000. For more information, please contact the Office of Neighbor Support at NeighborSupport@fortlauderdale.gov.

Check Out the City’s COVID-19 Community Resources Webpage

The City of Fort Lauderdale cares about the safety and well-being of its neighbors and is particularly focused on connecting them with resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, the City’s Neighbor Services Division has launched a new COVID-19 Community Resources page to help neighbors navigate this challenging time. The page features easily accessible information on a variety of topics including healthcare, childcare, education, elderly support, food distribution, housing, assistance programs and more. To access the webpage, please visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19commres.

Please Dispose of Used Gloves and Face Coverings Properly

As more and more people wear gloves and face coverings in public to protect themselves and help slow the spread of COVID-19, it is important to remember to properly dispose of these items after use. Gloves and face coverings should never be left on the ground, on sidewalks, in streets, or in parking lots. These items may be contaminated and could potentially pose a risk to workers who have to pick them up. In addition, used masks and gloves are not biodegradable or recyclable. Those discarded on streets and sidewalks can easily make their way into our stormdrain system, potentially causing drainage problems and polluting our oceans and waterways. Please be respectful of others, particularly during this challenging time, and dispose of these items properly. To view CDC guidelines on how to protect yourself and others, visit bit.ly/3acut6g.

Online City Services

Neighbors are encouraged to utilize Fort Lauderdale’s online services to conduct business. Please visit the Lauderserv page on the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv for information about a variety of online services including utility billing, parking and transportation, code compliance, building permits, human resources, and more.

City Sanitation, Yard Waste, Recycling, and Bulk Trash Services

All City sanitation collection services, including residential trash collection, yard waste, recycling, and bulk trash, will continue to operate on their regular collection schedules.

Water and Wastewater Services

Water and wastewater services are not affected by the coronavirus outbreak. These essential services will continue without interruption. During this challenging situation, as people are spending more time at home, please help us prevent sanitary sewer overflows.

Help Prevent Sanitary Sewer Overflows

Neighbors can do their part to help prevent sewer overflows. Never flush the following items down the toilet: tampons and other feminine hygiene products; baby wipes, wet wipes and cleaning pads; dental floss; swabs and cotton balls; diapers; paper towels and tissues; hair; cigarette butts; condoms; and kitty litter. When flushed down the toilet, these items bind together and may cause sewage backups in homes, manhole overflows, and failures at sewage pumping stations. In addition, never pour cooking oils down the drain. Instead, pour the oils into old cans, milk containers or other packages and dispose of them in the black garbage cart. To report a sewer overflow, please contact the City’s 24-Hour Neighbor Call Center at 954-828-8000 or online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv. For more details on preventing sanitary sewer overflows, visit bit.ly/33u6xJD.

Utility Billing

Utility billing staff will be available by phone at 954-828-5150 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Neighbors can call utility billing to ask questions, open a new utility account, or make a payment. Utility billing payments may also be made online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/utilitybilling and at the drive-thru kiosk on the east side of City Hall, which is located at 100 North Andrews Avenue.

For Additional Information

For additional information regarding Coronavirus, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended protective measures, please visit:

www.cdc.gov

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