Fort Lauderdale


On this Monday, Jan. 13, episode of Sundial:

Florida’s 2020 Census Statewide Complete Count Committee

The U.S Census will be conducted from March to June 2020. To ensure Floridians are accurately reflected in the federal count, Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Lieutenant Governor Jeantte Nuñez to lead Florida’s Complete Count Committee. 

Sea Rise Is Making Fort Lauderdale's Sewage Leaks Worse

Jan 9, 2020
Daniel A. Varela / Miami Herald

Fort Lauderdale is soaked in waste after six sewage spills from decaying pipes dumped more than 126 million gallons of raw sewage directly into nearby rivers and canals over the last few weeks. That’s about the volume of 191 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

But something important has been lost in the stinking mess: Most of it isn’t actually poop or other flushed stuff. More than half of the volume flowing through the city’s crumbling sewage infrastructure is actually groundwater seeping in through the many, many cracks and holes in the aging system.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale and Broward County were named in the top 'largely suburban' communities in the country last year for the number of people experiencing homelessness, the chronically homless, and homeless veterans. 

That's according to the newly released report from the U.S. Department of Housing And Urban Development. 

Fort Lauderdale
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Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners voted unanimously to spend $65 million to replace part of the sewer main that broke repeatedly last month, leaving streets, yards and waterways contaminated over the holidays.

The new sewer main will run 7.5 miles underground and take 16 to 18 months to install.


On this Tuesday, Jan. 7, episode of Sundial:

Puerto Rico Earthquakes

Puerto Rico's governor, Wanda Vázquez, has declared a state of emergency after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the island early this morning. The earthquake was followed by an aftershock measuring 6.0. 

Susan Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The staggering number of sewer main breaks that hit Fort Lauderdale in December turned into one of South Florida’s biggest sewage spills ever: 126.9 million gallons.

That’s a mind-numbing amount of human waste, enough to fill 192 Olympic-sized pools. Some of it wound up in streets, parks and lawns, but the bulk of it wound up in the Tarpon River, where it was pumped to keep sewage from seeping into homes.

MIKE STOCKER / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The toxic stew that’s been bubbling up on the thoroughfares of Fort Lauderdale is more than just a noxious, stinking mess.

It can kill you. Chances are it won’t, but the bacteria, parasites and viruses stirring in that toxic stew can still make you very sick, experts warn.

Hundreds of residents have been forced to watch their step as toxic sludge seeped from six sewer main breaks in Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods from Rio Vista to Victoria Park and Coral Ridge.

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Describing the law as an “unnecessary and unconstitutional overreach,” cities and counties argue that an appeals court should reject a 2011 state law that threatens tough penalties if local elected officials approve gun regulations.

Courtesy of Cameron Cunningham / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale city commissioners hope to attract more street performers and artists — “buskers” — to the city. 

However, instead of voting on changes to its ordinance at the last city commission meeting of the decade Tuesday night,  commissioners asked for reworked changes and deferred the matter until the new year for more discussion.

Boca Gives New Brightline Station The Green Light

Dec 11, 2019
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If you live between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, soon you’ll have a link in the middle to board a high-speed train down to Miami and eventually up to Orlando.

Boca Raton City Council members gave the green light for a new Brightline train station Tuesday night. The station will be built next door to the city’s downtown library, a few blocks west of Mizner Park.

Boca Expected To OK New Brightline Station Today

Dec 10, 2019
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Today’s the day Boca Raton leaders vote on the new Brightline station.

City Council members will likely approve the lease for the 1.8 acre of land next door to the city’s downtown library. They’ll also likely approve an ordinance allowing for the construction that will foster the train company’s goals of having the shiny new train station up and running by the end of next year.

Bonnet House
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Near Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens sits on 35 acres between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.  

The land for the house was a wedding gift from Chicago attorney Hugh Taylor Birch to his daughter, Helen Louise Birch, and son-in-law, Frederic Clay Bartlett,  in 1919 - and the house was built in 1920. Bartlett was an artist, who - over the years - decorated and painted the house to make it as colorful and open as possible, with lots of yellow and blue hues, outdoor rooms, and space to display art, shells and flowers.  

affordable housing
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The first five houses in a master plan to bring to bring more affordable homes to Broward County were unveiled Monday in Fort Lauderdale's Sistrunk neighborhood. 

Continental Development Holding (CDH) has a goal to build 500 units of affordable housing in South Florida by 2024, particularly in the areas of Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach. 


The five units inaugurated on Monday have been capped with rent limits, and the idea is to help people spend no more than 30 to 35 percent of their monthly income just on rent.

Pride Fort Lauderdale
Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

Hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ people are expected — coming from 35 countries on two continents and the Caribbean — to visit Broward County next year for the Pride of the Americas festival.

The spate of events April 21-26 will include concerts (no big names announced yet), a series of events at local resorts, parties at Wilton Manors’ nightclubs and restaurants, an awards banquet, a 5K run as well as conferences and symposiums.

Daniel Pontet / AP

A Chinese businesswoman could be headed to prison for trespassing at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and lying to federal agents.

Prosecutors want Judge Roy Altman to give Yujing Zhang 18 months in prison when he sentences her Monday afternoon.

The 33-year-old Shanghai consultant was convicted in September of trespassing at the Florida resort in March and lying to Secret Service agents who confronted her.