Fort Lauderdale

The Wave streetcar
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale’s new City Commission is looking for ways to undo the previous commission’s plans to build the Wave streetcar system downtown. Monday at city hall, commissioners held a public workshop about the Wave. 

Jack & Jill Children's Center
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Two-year-old Ari Williams is testing out the new motor-sensory friendly playground at the Jack & Jill Children’s Center on West Broward Boulevard.

“It’s sand!” she yells, and scoops tiny cups of sand into smaller containers.

She then jumps to the water tables where she throws her hands in and can splash around. 

Yo-Yo Ma
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A program from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts called Arts Across America came to Fort Lauderdale Sunday to sponsor master cellist Yo-Yo Ma in a community discussion about the power of art.  

Dean Trantalis
Dean Trantalis / WLRN

Former City Commissioner Dean Trantalis took office as Fort Lauderdale’s mayor just over one month ago. A lot has happened in his first few weeks leading the city.

 

Leslie Ovalle / WLRN News

Brightline train tests began Wednesday morning for the Miami-to-Fort Lauderdale route, at the same time as Miami-Dade County and Brightline officials were meeting in downtown Miami to discuss rail safety measures.

Dream Flights
Top photo courtesy Dick Wells. Bottom: Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The Rev. Arthur “Art” Stejskal, 90, never got to fly during his time in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a clerk in 1947.

“I was in charge of enlisted men separation, so I had a lot of happy customers,” he said. “I did the discharges ... I always wanted to fly, and being a missionary in Taiwan I never had the opportunity.”

Fort Lauderdale gun shows
U.S. Customs and Border Protection / AP

Fort Lauderdale’s War Memorial Auditorium, inside Holiday Park, has been hosting gun shows seven times a year for the last 30 years. On Tuesday, the City Commission announced at a conference meeting that it’s looking to end those shows later this year.

 

Charlie King lives in the city’s Victoria Park neighborhood and frequently speaks in front of the commission. He told commissioners at the meeting that he doesn’t like the gun show location. 

Fort Lauderdale fire chief
Korey Howell / WLRN

It will be somewhat of a homecoming for Fort Lauderdale's next fire chief.

Rhoda Mae Kerr began her career in fire service in Fort Lauderdale in 1983, and after becoming the first female fire chief of Little Rock, Arkansas, and then again in Austin, Texas, the New Jersey native is ready to come back to where it all began for her. 

Carina Mask / Miami Herald

It's official. Fort Lauderdale has a new mayor. 

Dean Trantalis beat opponent Bruce Roberts on Tuesday night.  Trantalis made city history by also becoming the city's first openly LGBTQ mayor. 

A third candidate,  Charlotte Rodstrom,  did not get enough votes during the primary election in January to stay in the race.

Elizabeth Athanasakos, a Fort Lauderdale resident of 61 years, voted at the Coral Ridge Mall polling location early Tuesday. She said she was motivated to come and vote for mayor this election because of her stance on development.

A plan to build a streetcar route in downtown Fort Lauderdale inched forward last month when the city and county councils voted to approve the project.

Jenni Morejon, executive director of the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority, says the Wave Streetcar will offer advantages over the area’s existing bus system.

map of Fort Lauderdale with light
Hazen Team/City of Fort Lauderdale / WLRN

The city of Fort Lauderdale released a long-awaited study Thursday about the status of its stormwater and drainage systems.

In an update to the city's Stormwater Master Plan, Hazen and Sawyer P.C., the company that won the contract to manage the master plan, laid out recommendations for fixing pipes in the city's seven high-priority neighborhoods: Progresso Village, Victoria Park, Dorsey Riverbend, Southeast Isles, River Oaks, Edgewood and Durrs.

 

Guests for Sundial Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018:

Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority Board Chairman Alan Hooper discusses the upcoming City Commissioners vote on the fate of the controversial streetcar rail line, The Wave.

Real estate developer Avra Jain discusses Miami Modern architecture style and her knack for revamping old buildings.

Teacher and performer Gail Willingham talks about the history of Miami’s Overtown neighborhood, which will be highlighted in a walk she will lead on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Fort Lauderdale City Government

Guests for Sundial Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018:

Fort Lauderdale's two mayoral candidates — Vice Mayor Bruce Roberts and District 2 Commissioner Dean Trantalis — joined host Luis Hernandez to discuss their campaign and priorities for the city. Voters will go to the polls to to elect a new mayor on March 13.

Fort Lauderdale DDA
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale's controversial Wave streetcar program just got its next green light.

At a special meeting on Friday, the city’s Downtown Development Authority unanimously approved moving the project forward.

It's the second of three steps needed to make the streetcar project a reality. 

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