Fort Lauderdale

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This week in Miami a federal appeals court heard about Bolivia’s brutal past. But the oral arguments also offered a glimpse into how brutal Bolivia’s future could be – that is, if folks like right-wing interim President Jeanine Añez come to rule the South American country again.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
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The nonprofit The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is working on a ballot initiative for Fort Lauderdale voters to consider on the next general elections, on November 3, 2020.

The ordinance would try to prevent alleged discrimination when affordable housing developments get considered.



Drivers zip down Sistrunk Boulevard, the historic main street in the historically black northwest section of Fort Lauderdale, without giving much thought to the large sign identifying one of its most prominent features: The Reverend Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park.

Others stop to play basketball or volleyball, use the outdoor fitness station or the indoor computer lab, or visit the adjacent African American Research Library and Cultural Center.

Andrews Ave.
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There's a packed agenda for Tuesday evening's regular Fort Lauderdale city commission meeting. It starts 6 p.m. at Fort Lauderdale City Hall, 100 N. Andrews Ave.


Key issues that are expected to come before the dais include: 

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The yellow tinge to Fort Lauderdale’s drinking water won’t be going away anytime soon.

A proposed solution would be too expensive to operate and probably wouldn’t produce satisfactory results, officials said Wednesday. And anyway, the water is fine to drink despite the color.

But all things considered, it’s among the least of the problems the city faces when it comes to its water system.

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Fort Lauderdale’s trendy Flagler Village could be getting more affordable — at least for seniors.

A new affordable housing project for families with at least one resident older than 55 and seniors is planned for the neighborhood. Pending building permits, Village View is expected to break ground in December at 640 N. Andrews Ave.

Developer Housing Trust Group was spurred by the success of its similar Village Place, built nearby in 2015.

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If more problems plague David Beckham’s bid to plant a professional soccer team in Miami, is it far-fetched to conclude that his club might eventually kick the ball permanently to Fort Lauderdale?

Beckham and his partners have been cultivating an international brand for the team, aiming to base the club in Miami — a city packed with international allure and diversity. But if Fort Lauderdale and its promoters were to play their cards right, observers say, it could convert a slim chance of becoming the team’s permanent home into reality.

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The City of Fort Lauderdale is working to attract more buskers - or street performers - to the downtown area. 

The City and its nighttime economy program have started hosting Busker Fairs on the Laura Ward Riverwalk Plaza. The city's second-ever Busker Fair is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. 


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Fort Lauderdale never warned a contractor that a critical water line lay buried where workers planned to dig last week, a report shows, but city officials say that’s because the contractor supplied the wrong address.

The misinformation led to a failure that ultimately dried up the city’s water supply and led to days of boil-water orders.

Taps ran dry hours after the contractor drilled into the water supply line July 17. Countless businesses were forced to close, and more than 200,000 people were left without water to drink or shower.

Boil-Water Order Lifted In Most Of Fort Lauderdale And Other Cities

Jul 22, 2019
Taimy Alvarez / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Days after a critical water main break caused massive outages in Fort Lauderdale, most customers are back to normal.

Exceptions include Oakland Park and the neighborhoods of Fort Lauderdale around Harbour Beach.

About 5 p.m. Sunday, Fort Lauderdale partially lifted a boil-water order after two days of clear tests. The order was put in place Thursday after a Florida Power & Light subcontractor drilled a 6-inch hole into a water main near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.


Broward’s new transportation tax could help Miami-Dade finally build a rail line north to Miami Gardens, with both counties interested in selecting a single company to build a transit link running from Miami to Fort Lauderdale.

The chairman and top executives of BYD, the Chinese company pursuing a four-mile county monorail line over the MacArthur Causeway to South Beach, met last week with a delegation of elected office holders from Broward and Miami-Dade on a joint tour of transit options in China and Japan.

Water Flows Again In Fort Lauderdale But Boil Order Stays In Place

Jul 19, 2019
SUSAN STOCKER / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Boiling is better than going thirsty. And on the upside, we’ll still be able to flush our toilets.

Twelve hours after Fort Lauderdale and beyond awoke to learn its water supply was doomed and would likely dry up for a day or more, Mayor Dean Trantalis announced that the city’s no-water crisis seemingly and hopefully had been averted.

No City Permits Pulled By FPL Contractor In Fort Lauderdale Water Main Break

Jul 19, 2019

Fort Lauderdale partially patched the break in a water pipe that closed stores, restaurants and stranded thousands without water on Thursday, but the boil water notice could remain in effect for another 48 hours as long-term repairs continue, city officials said Thursday evening.

And the on-site supervisor for an FPL subcontractor out of Wellington was issued a Notice to Appear in Broward Court for doing work without city permits.

Local State Of Emergency Declared As Thousands In Broward Prepare For Prolonged Water Outage

Jul 18, 2019
Wayne K. Roustan / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tens of thousands of residents in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding cities were warned early Thursday to brace for a prolonged water outage, after a private contractor hit a water main during construction.