Fort Lauderdale City Commission

Fort Lauderdale City Commission
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Fort Lauderdale residents will have a chance to ask one of their city commissioners anything about the city - and they don't even have to make it to a city commission meeting. 

District 2 Commissioner Steve Glassman is hosting a telephone town hall Thursday for people to call in and talk. Callers don't have to live in District 2.

medical marijuana
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Fort Lauderdale officials decided this week to uphold a city ordinance that limits the number of medical marijuana dispensaries allowed to open in the city - despite a state law that says it does not have that power.

Florida voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana in 2016. Currently, the four dispensaries that are trying to set up shop in Ft. Lauderdale have applied to open in the same part of the city, the Northeast political district.

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The Ft. Lauderdale City Commission approved on Tuesday a long-term plan to develop the iconic Pier 66 hotel and Sails Marina. Commissioners also voted to increase property taxes and agreed to pay for police in Broward County schools.

The committee's vote to increase property taxes means an additional $5 million stays in the city's water-sewer fund, which has seen its balance go down as money from it has been used to balance the city's budget in recent years.

Stranahan Park Homeless Camp
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Ten people who are homeless and have been suing the City of Fort Lauderdale  for the past year, have reached a settlement with the city.

In Fort Lauderdale City Hall,  city commissioners voted Tuesday night in favor of settling the lawsuit for a total of $82,020 dollars. 

That money is expected to be paid out to 10 of Fort Lauderdale’s homeless, which will be divided up between each of the plaintiffs, and attorney's fees and costs.

wave streetcar project
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Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners voted 3-2 to adopt a resolution that asks Broward County to stop The Wave project by not giving the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) the required consent to keep going.

 


Fort Lauderdale gun show protests
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Before Tuesday evening’s Fort Lauderdale City Commission meeting, protesters gathered outside City Hall with signs asking motorists to honk if they wanted to end the gun shows that take place at Holiday Park eight times a year.  

 

This was not Barbara Markley’s first gun show protest outside of Fort Lauderdale’s City Hall. It was her sixth. 

wave streetcar project
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Fort Lauderdale’s City Commission is officially on-board with the Wave streetcar project again. 

Commissioners voted 3-2 at the regular commission meeting on Tuesday to officially move forward with the 2.8-mile-long streetcar loop and to consider new bids for the project. 

 

Dean Trantalis and Bruce Roberts, both running to be the city’s next mayor, were the commissioners who voted no. 

Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
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Sewage has been spilling into Fort Lauderdale’s streets, neighborhoods and waterways for more than three years now. Millions of gallons of waste on the roads and in canals are the product of old sewage pipes and cracked infrastructure. 

But at a regular City Commission meeting Tuesday, commissioners agreed to borrow $200 million  to start updating the areas with the worst pipes. 

 

The vote was 4-1, and it was commissioner, and mayoral candidate, Dean Trantalis who voted not to borrow the money.

vote here sign
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All of Tuesday’s votes are in and counted and  Fort Lauderdale is one step closer to having a new mayor.