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tourism
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Tourism is part of the lifeblood of South Florida's economy.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau — the marketing agency for Broward County —introduced its 2020 vision for attracting new visitors to the area at a luncheon Wednesday, inside the soon-to-be-redone county convention center. 

Fort Lauderdale sewage
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It's become part of daily life for Fort Lauderdale residents: pipes are breaking.

Six sewage main breaks in December spilled nearly 127 million gallons of waste into streets, yards and the city's waterways. It's impacting where residents can swim, and if they should boil water before they brush their teeth. 


Pipe-break City: Fort Lauderdale Works To Fix Three Broken Pipes Today

Feb 3, 2020
Fort Lauderdale sewage
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Fort Lauderdale, a city with water and sewer lines old enough to crack and crumble, was dealing with a trifecta of pipe breaks on Monday.

Fort Lauderdale sewage
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People were eager to hear Fort Lauderdale leaders' action plans in the aftermath of last month's sewage spills.  

City Mayor Dean Trantalis addressed more than 255 people in city hall during a town hall Thursday night. 

The topic: aging infrastructure and sewage. 

"I'm looking to see they have a plan in the first place and that the plan is solid," resident Juliette Rocque said. 

 

Fort Lauderdale Sewage
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale residents are gearing up to demonstrate on land and water next weekend, to call on city leaders to take action to fix unreliable sewage infrastructure. 

Sewage
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It's taken the city of Fort Lauderdale more than a week to stop a sewage leak after a sewer main broke in the Rio Vista neighborhood. 

A bypass was opened after 3 a.m. Wednesday and is now diverting the sewage away from dumping into the Tarpon River. Now, the city is now working to replace the broken section of pipe.

 

FDOT
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Florida's Department of Transportation announced Thursday an immediate directive for more rail safety measures across the state as well as a new education initiative about rail safety called Operation STRIDE. 

water boil notice
Courtesy of the City of Fort Lauderdale / WLRN

As city crews worked on emergency repairs to a 16-inch water main under the New River, Fort Lauderdale issued a boil-water order for a section of downtown Monday afternoon.

The precautionary boil-water order came about 5:30 p.m., hours after the water main break.

Fort Lauderdale
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Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners are still working on the city's budget for next year. But it's already clear that the city is reaching further into its pockets than last year.

The budget for 2020 tops $830 million - almost $46 million more than the budget for 2019.

The second - and final - public hearing for the budget is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Fort Lauderdale city commission chambers. The commission will vote on the proposal following the hearing, and then move into a regular meeting. 

Associated Press

The Florida International University community marked Friday one year since the devastating bridge collapse that killed six people — including a student and a bridge worker.

The school held a memorial service, and a moment of silence took place at 1:47 p.m., the time of the collapse.

Deadly FIU Bridge Suffered From Design Flaws, Feds Say

Nov 15, 2018
Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Design flaws led to cracking in the Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed during construction earlier this year, federal investigators conclude in a brief update issued Thursday.

The I-word is popping up again in Washington D.C.: infrastructure.

It's one of the few issues on which President Trump and Democrats in Congress might be able to agree. Both sides say they're willing to work together on a plan to rebuild the nation's roads, bridges, transit and water systems.

"It really could be a beautiful bipartisan type of situation," Trump said in his news conference last Wednesday. While he was combative on a lot of issues, this wasn't one of them: "We have a lot of things in common on infrastructure," he added.

Florida International University

Federal transportation safety investigators are looking into cracks that appeared in a critical structural support piece in the Florida International University pedestrian bridge days before it collapsed, according to a preliminary report issued Wednesday.

President Trump will finally be unveiling his long-awaited $1.5 trillion plan to repair and rebuild the nation's crumbling highways, bridges, railroads, airports, seaports and water systems Monday. But, the proposal will not be one that offers large sums of federal funding to states for infrastructure needs, but it is instead a financing plan that shifts much of the funding burden onto the states and onto local governments.

Attention Drivers: Many of those those freeways you're using may not be free for long. Several states are opening new toll roads this year and rates on many existing turnpikes and tollways are going up.

And the number of toll roads is likely to increase, as the Trump administration's infrastructure plan may force many more states to use them to fund long-standing transportation needs

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