Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale DDA
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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. 

pickleball paddles
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Pickleball has been in South Florida for the past five years or so, but it was just last year that the sport virtually exploded in  popularity Broward County parks. 

South Side Cultural Arts Center
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It took a few hurricanes, some delays, and more than 14 years of volunteer work to turn what used to be South Side Elementary School into the new South Side Cultural Arts Center.

South Florida Faces A Costly Sewage Problem

Jan 28, 2018
Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
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From Delray Beach to Virginia Key, South Florida is spending millions of dollars to fix old sewer systems. 

 

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.

opioid crisis
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The Fort Lauderdale City Commission is set to hold a special meeting Tuesday at noon at City Hall to discuss legal options on how to deal with the ongoing opioids crisis.

During the meeting, which is open to the public, five law firms will present their advice on how they think the city should legally handle the opioid crisis.

Discussion is expected to include hot topics ranging from overdoses to access to drugs, and what legal issues are at stake if the city enforces new ordinances going forward.

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. 

 

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Fort Lauderdale voters headed to the polls today to elect a new mayor and three commissioners.

woman sitting in Fort Lauderdale City Hall.
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Fort Lauderdale’s City Hall was packed Tuesday night. All of the candidates running to be the next city commissioners and mayor of the city faced questions from Sun Sentinel political reporter, and the debate's moderator, Brittany Wallman. 

The debate was held four parts. The three mayoral candidates went first, followed by separate debates for city commission candidates running for districts two, three and four. 

three candidates in debate
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The race to be the next mayor of Fort Lauderdale is on. The three candidates for the position debated at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Thursday night. 

Questions for Bruce Roberts, Charlotte Rodstrom and Dean Trantalis came from a panel of journalists and Sun Sentinel readers, and mainly focused on the city’s infrastructure and sewer issues.

women standing with signs to end gun shows
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The debate over a long-running gun show in Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park has carried over into the new year. 

Google Maps showing George English Park in Fort Lauderdale
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Fort Lauderdale's troublesome, aging sewage system just got a major update, according to a new city report. 

 

A 30-inch force main--a main support sewage line--that runs underneath SW 2nd St. started to repeatedly break near the end of 2016. So, the Public Works Department's Go Big, Go Fast campaign started with an emergency declaration to replace the pipe at the end of September this year. 

Nan Rich at a podium
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In 2016 alone, The Broward County Housing Council counted more than 2,300 homeless people living inside county lines. 

So, the civic and business group Tower Forum, in Fort Lauderdale, hosted a panel for local business people to get a glimpse into what’s being done at the county level to solve homelessness, especially in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. 

fire rescue boat
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Fort Lauderdale is upping its fire rescue game. Last Friday the city christened  Fireboat 49, a high tech response boat for the fire rescue team.

 

 

Fireboat 49 is replacing a much smaller vessel that the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department was using to respond to fires and rescue missions on the water. That could be anything from looking for something or someone underwater to helping out a cruise ship. 

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