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Notices & Reminder

E-mail Address: regencytower@yahoo.com

January 2015

Swimming Pool

We do have a rule concerning diapers in the pool. This refers to ANY diapers - baby, adult and swim diapers. Please advise you guests of the pool rules.

Butts & The Balcony

Smokers please refrain from flicking your cigarette butts off the balconies. They land on the balconies below and burn patio furniture cushions and must be cleaned up by that unit owner.

Shopping Carts

Regency Tower Shopping Carts are NOT to leave the property. Winn Dixie sells “Condo Carts” for your benefit.

“All My Sons Moving Co.” Banned

“All My Son’s Moving” will no longer be allowed in Regency Tower. Their blatant disregard of our building rules and regulations has caused us to take this action. Please plan accordingly for any move you may plan.

Laundry Room

To make things easier for unit owners carrying loads of laundry, we are going to try an experiment. You will no longer need a key to access the laundry room.

Water leaks

Please report any leaks in your units, whether or not you've already cleaned up the mess. Water finds its own path and it may have already leaked into your neighbors unit underneath or beside you.

Rental Cars

If you have a rental car please register it with security, even if you are an owner. We need to know that the cars belong on our property and in our garage.

Bike Check

Have you checked your bicycle lately? Please, if you haven’t taken it out in the last year, maybe you would consider giving it to charity. Bicycles must be tagged and if not, we will give them to charity.

Notes on Voting Certificates

  1. Please note that your signature must match what we have on file on your voting certificate. If you sign with initials, do so on everything.

  2. If you don’t remember who is the voting representative for your unit, call the office

  3. Only one person in the unit is the voting representative until you decide to change the voting certificate.

  4. If something requires a proxy (i.e. the funding of the reserves), you need to sign and send the proxy in. We need to have a majority of the voting interests to participate or things will not get passed. This was not a problem with funding the reserves account, but I feel we should have had a better response.

Chaise Lounges

18 new chaise lounges costing were purchased at a substantial cost to provide new seating around the pool. It is very important that you bring a long Beach Towel or 2 long Bath Towels to cover the entire lounge from top to bottom. Towels should be tucked in at top to prevent slipping down. The lotion, oils and chlorine weakens and ruins the straps.

Laundry Room

Due to the July 1st. Law which states anyone delinquent 90 days cannot use the common area facilities, you will need a key to enter the room. You may obtain one from the office 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. or Security at other times.

Garbage Chutes

Do not force large cartons or boxes into the chutes. This blocks up the chutes preventing garbage from passing through. Please break them down and leave by the recycle barrel for pick-up each morning.

Barbecue Grill

Due to missing and broken grill and utensils necessitating purchase of new ones, there is now a $25.00 deposit required. After the grill is checked and all is OK, your deposit will be returned within 5 days.

Going to & from Pool/Beach

Please cover yourself, wear shoes/sandals and use the service elevator. Bare feet are not allowed for safety reasons.

Pool Guru Nesly Bora
Revives Regency Tower Car Wash

September 10, 2010 - WOW! Regency Tower has its own CAR WASH! Not the leaky hose dripping into the planter by the pedestrian entrance to the garage - a real car wash! Our own Nesly Bora - balancing an entreprenurial spirit with the needs of our residents, has organized a crew that - for a few dollars - will professionally wash your car. For extra services, speak to Nesly! Many of you know Nesly as "the Pool Guy". Drawing on his intimate familiarity with the qualitative intracacies of H2O, Nesly has been brightening Regency Tower vehicles since August - with sparkling results. You can't beat the price... just hop on the elevator and check it out!

Nesly’s Car Wash
Nesly is following in the footsteps of former employees Carl Richardson and Ernest Avery, who organized similar ventures during their tenures at Regency Tower. When the car wash last closed, dozens of regular customers asked to be notified when the extremely popular service was expected to reopen. Like MacArthur storming the Phillipines, Nesly has returned! It is located (you guessed it) at the car wash space by the pedestrian entrance to the garage. Nesly’s car wash is offered every Saturday and Sunday between 9 AM and 4 PM... except when it rains. Interested? Just speak to (you guessed it again) NESLY. To avoid waiting your turn during busy weekends, call Nesly at (954) 213-5038 to reserve any preferred appointment time. Otherwise, simply come out front on Saturday or Sunday and speak to Nesly. Always accommodating, he will find a way to squeeze you in!

Annual FireAlarm Test

September 8, 2010 - The 2010 Regency Tower Annual Fire Alarm test is scheduled for Thursday, September 30th between 9 am and 4:30 PM.

We regret any inconvenience caused by the irritating alarm sounds that are unfortunately integral to these tests. The tests, in compliance with the NFPA-72 safety code, are required by law and are will insure that our system continues to effectively protect our lives and property.

Click to Advanced Fire & Security The tests will be conducted under the supervision of Advanced Fire & Security, Inc., our fire safety company. They advise us that "If the Property is an apartment/condo complex or hotel and there are devices in individual rooms or units that are associated with the fire alarm, make arrangements for entry with a property representative to accompany us."

Audible Sounds will occur!

Unit Entry is Necessary!

"Thank you for your cooperation." Advanced Fire & Security will enter all areas containing alarm initiating and indicating devices. This includes owner occupied areas in condos/office buildings.

Sprinkler Retrofit Assessment

Governor Charlie Crist and Florida CFO Alex Sink
Governor Charlie Crist and
Florida CFO Alex Sink
May 23, 2009 - The 2009 Legislative Session’s sole surviving association bill is
SB 714, by Senator Dennis Jones. In addition to ameliorating a wide range of association “glitch” issues including insurance, board elections, fire alarm systems, Timeshare Condominiums and back-up generators for elevators; the bill contains a long anticipated postponement of the $multi-million fire sprinkler retrofit, delaying an onerous mandated condominium assessment from 2014 to 2025. Recent bids for 200 to 300 member associations range from $1.4 million to $4.76 million. Lawmakers concerned with the crippling cost of this retrofit opted to provide this financial relief for association members, identifying its potential for inflaming foreclosures.

Unfortunately, since Florida CFO Alex Sink is also the Florida State Fire Marshal, political entanglements have prompted her to threaten a veto. Please contact the Governor and/or Florida CFO Alex Sink to ask their support for this bill. Feel free to use (cut and paste) the text in the above paragraph if sending an email. Simply click on the email addresses below to email the Governor and/or the CFO.

You can email Governor Crist and express your support for SB 714 at Charlie.Crist@myflorida.com

Also, please email Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today and ask that she support SB 714 at Alex.Sink@MyFloridaCFO.com

Not interested? OK – start squirreling away money for a sizable assessment. For more information about Senate Bill 714, Click Here. To access legislative data about SB 714 on the Florida Senate web site, Click Here. Rather send a letter or fax? Here's their contact info:

Governor Charlie Crist
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Phone: 850-488-7146
Fax: 850-487-0801
Email: Charlie.Crist@myflorida.com
Alex Sink, Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0300

Phone: 850-413-3100
Email: Alex.Sink@MyFloridaCFO.com

Quarterly & Special Assessments

If an emergency should occur to prevent payment of your assessment within 15 days after due date, please contact the Board with the specific date of payment. . If you wait until after it is sent to the attorney, the amount is multiplied many times by attorney fees, association fees and other costs, and your ability to work out a payment plan is severely jeopardized.

Laundry Machine

It is necessary to bring your own quarters to use the laundry machine!

Emergency Lock Outs

Kindly keep your keys with you at all times. A spare should be left with a neighbor, kept in your car, or in a hidden area outside your unit. In emergencies only:

Monday – Friday

  • Mrs. Lanzillo will unlock the door from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.;
  • Ms. Nicholson-Brown from 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. and
  • Carlos from 10:30 p.m. – 8 a.m.

Saturday, Sunday & Holidays

  • Mrs. Lanzillo 2:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.,
  • Ms. Nicholson-Brown from 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (same as above) and
  • Carlos from 10:30 p.m. – 8 a.m. (same as above)

Apartment Entrance Decoration

XIII of Rules & Regulations states; “Personal rugs, mats, decorator items or packages are not permitted to be placed in any hallway, corridor or lobby. Such violations constitute a nuisance and potential hazard. Seasonal door decorations are permitted, but may not protrude beyond the main apartment recess.”

Food & Garbage

Should be placed in plastic bags, tied securely and placed down the chute. It should NEVER be placed on the floor of the trash room, in recycle pail, or flushed down the toilet.

We Offer Two Services

I. Surveillance Available To Residents - $12.00 Per Visit - weekly/bi-weekly/monthly

  1. Flush Toilets
  2. Open all faucets
  3. Run garbage disposal
  4. Check air-conditioning room
  5. Check apartment for water leaks
  6. Check refrigerator
  7. Check general appearance of apartment
  8. Replace smoke detector battery as needed (charge for battery only)
  9. Inspect balcony

II. Air Conditioning Maintenance Available To Residents - $6.67 PER MONTH or $20.00 EACH QUARTER

  1. Blow out hoses and notify owners if replacement is required.
  2. Check drain pan, insert Pro-Treat tablets.
  3. Replace filter each month.
  4. Clean coil
  5. Pour in formula 7961 to keep lines clean.

No charge to you if the hose bursts and you are on A/C Maintenance.

Telephone Access

It is suggested that all Seasonal owners and other residents obtain a land line or the Magic Jack computer phone line when in residence. The Security Department does not have access to long distance phone service. Consequently, owners without a local number cannot be contacted by Security to advise of guests, packages, Express Mail, etc.

Remote Garage Gate Openers

Garage Door Remote Garage Door Remote Special Notice - Remote Garage Openers: It is of utmost importance that residents do not leave their remote garage gate openers lying face down OR with anything on top of it. This causes the gate to malfunction. (When anything continuously depresses the button on the remote, an uninterrupted signal to open is transmitted to the garage door, thus preventing it from closing) On a recent night while Johnny worked with the mechanical parts; Dee, Hank and Dott spent two hours searching for the cause of the gate malfunction until it was discovered in a specific car. This necessitated the search of every car in the garage and summoning the maintenance and security chiefs in during their off hours. If possible, remotes should be clipped to the sun visor.

Unit Interior Construction

Permits must be obtained before ANY work can be accomplished in units or building inspector will shut down the ENTIRE project. The City of Fort Lauderdale Building Department has tightened their enforcement policy for permit requirements. Starting immediately, any construction and/or rehabilitation in units will require a permit from the City with the exception of:

  • Resurfacing the floor
  • Painting
  • Wall Coverings
  • Minor Repairs (non-structural, non-electrical, non-plumbing)
  • Emergency Structural, Electrical and Plumbing Repairs (must be called in to the building department on next business day)

Inspectors are checking every building and if a resident is caught sponsoring an illegal project, they will be subject to mandatory fines PLUS demolition of any work done illegally PLUS a permit will still be required retroactively!!!

Cabana Space

Those wishing to move to an outside (seaside) cabana space must place their names on the waiting list. Spaces begin on the inside seawall, then middle and lastly seaside when it becomes available.

Countdown to Digital TV

If anyone still has an older analog television that receives signals by a rabbit ear antenna and is not hooked to comcast, by 2/17/09, you must convert to digital. You may request two $40.00 coupons towards purchase of converter boxes by calling 1-888-225-5322, 1-888-388-2009.

Energy Efficient Lighting

To save on your Florida Power and Light bill, purchase compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). CFLs can replace incandescents that are roughly 3-4 times their wattage, saving up to 75% of the initial lighting energy. The Association has placed CFLs throughout the building.

Storage Lockers

In addition to free storage lockers on each floor, the Association has lockers located in the basement at a yearly rental of $240.00. Should you be interested in future rentals, please place your name on the waiting list with Cindy.

Game Room

The waiver for use of the Game Room limits its use to playing of Billiards, Ping Pong, Card Games or other table Games.

Exercise Room

Please do not go into the Exercise Room from 10 – 10:30 and ask the cleaning person to wait until you finish. No one should enter between 10am and 10:30am. The Maintenance Department thanks you.


It is extremely important that you leave your refrigerator on when away from your unit. The costs are very low. For the 4th time, and twice within one month, our maintenance employees were made ill from rotten, spoiling food full of toxins and e-coli bacteria. Additionally on one floor the neighbors became ill from the odor.

Laundry Room

Do not put Canadian coins in machines. Also, please do not bring down garbage or dirty diapers and throw into the trash receptacle. These should be wrapped in plastic and discarded down the chute.

Elevator Reservation

Reminder: A $500.00 deposit and reservation must be made for delivery and removal of appliances, A/C and or Hot Water Heaters, any piece of furniture, molding, etc. as well as all move ins or outs. The deposit covers any damage that may occur to our elevators, strobe exit light, walls and floors.


Please do not put a deadbolt on if you are living alone. If there is an emergency, Association employees nor Emergency Medical Technicians can get in. This has caused a delay in getting help to residents in the past.

Absentee Procedure

If you are absent for more than 3 (three) days the following should be done:

  1. Shut off all water.
  2. Remove everything from balcony.
  3. Complete two copies of absentee card – 1 to Security and 1 to office.

Manufacturers recommend that you do not turn off your refrigerators. The gaskets dry out. It only uses a very small amount of electricity.

Service Contractors

Click to Mr. Appliance Web Site You may add the following to the list of Contractors for plumbing, air conditioning, appliances, etc. presented in the October News Letter.

Add to this List:

We would appreciate feed back on any contractors on the list.

Car Keys

It is imperative that a set of keys to your vehicle/s be left in the Office at all times. Auto keys are kept in a locked Key Box inside a second locked room in the Office. It becomes necessary at various times to move vehicles in the garage and outside during cleaning and other necessary occasions. Vehicles will be towed if a key is not available.

Service Contracts

All owners should have Service Contracts for maintenance and repair of such items as air conditioning units, toilets, sinks, refrigerators, heating pumps etc. The Association is not responsible for personal property and the maintenance personnel are busy maintaining the common-use items. We recommend that you contact a service contractor such as:


It is necessary for residents to come in to the Office or call to advise Office personnel when you are back in residence if you want your Surveillance discontinued while you are here. The same is true for when you leave and wish to resume service.

TO NEW OWNERS: The Association provides Surveillance at a cost of $12 per visit during your absence on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Surveillance includes:

  1. Flush Toilets
  2. Open all faucets
  3. Run garbage disposal
  4. Check air-conditioning room
  5. Check apartment for water leaks
  6. Check refrigerator
  7. Check general appearance of apartment
  8. Replace smoke detector battery as needed (charge for battery only)
  9. Inspect balcony
  10. Check windows

Air Conditioning Maintenance

The Association provides Air Conditioning Maintenance at a cost of $20 per quarter or $6.66 per month. This consists of:

  1. Blow out hoses and notify owners if replacement is required.
  2. Check drain pan, insert Pro-Treat tablets.
  3. Replace filter each month.
  4. Clean coil
  5. Pour in formula 7961 to keep lines clean.

No charge to you if the hose bursts and you are on A/C Maintenance.

Speed Limit

Once, Twice, Thrice again, we remind you that the speed limit throughout The Regency Tower property is 5 miles per hour. It is urgent that you and your guests obey the limits. We have experienced several instances of near hits both in the garage and outside - particularly speeding from the drive-thru after picking up or letting off residents.

Turtle - Safe Lighting

To help save Florida’s endangered Sea Turtles from impending extinction, we are requesting that our residents please turn off the lights in any rooms visible from the ocean when you aren’t in that room. If it isn’t an imposition, please close the blinds in rooms where the lights must remain on. Nesting Sea Turtles navigate according to moonlight. Since the artificial lights along the shore are mistaken for moonlight by Sea Turles, they are responsible for hundreds of annual unsuccessful nestings. Hatchlings are also misled by these lights which they misinterpret as moonlight, sending thousands to their deaths every year. For more information about balancing our security needs with this potential environmental disaster, please Click Here.

Canadian Coins

Kindly do not place Canadian coins in the washer-dryers in the Laundry Room. This has caused the clogging of the coin receptacles. The same goes for the Snack and Beverage Vending machines.

Trash Rooms

Put all garbage in plastic bags, tie the bags and put them down the chute. Does this sound simple? Well, we still have persons putting garbage in the Recycle Barrel which is only for glass and plastics. Please read the Recycle Instructions in your Trash Room.

Game Room

The Game Room Rules and Waiver sheet must be signed prior to use of Game Room. Also, there are some of you who turn the Video Camera each time you use the room and also some who take the Ping Pong balls. Privileges will be revoked for residents who touch the cameras and take or break the equipment.

Light Bulbs

Please keep watch on your floor and report whoever is stealing the energy savings light bulbs from our new light fixtures. We will keep all imformation confidential.

Dish Antennae

Reminder: No antennae may be placed on common area property. Balconies are not exclusive use property. They are Limited Common areas. Antennae may be placed on a stanchion against the interior wall near the floor. See Eric Berkowitz for info.

Water Savings

There are two ways you may help reduce our water bill. First, be sure to use the nozzle when washing your car to prevent water waste. Security keeps a nozzle in the Receiving Room. Secondly, check your toilets and sinks for leaks. It was reported that one unit had a toilet with a running leak for over six months due to death and non-occupancy.

Auto and Motorcycle Registration

If you purchase a new car or change your plates, be certain to give the information to Security and the Administrative office.

Taxi/Limo Service

When calling for car service, be sure to tell the dispatcher to have the driver pick you up at the North door. Also, when returning, have them drive around to the North door which is very convenient to the service elevator for luggage.

Private Work

If you engage an employee or outside person to work for you, they should be provided with a key. We do not give out Association keys. Reminder: Permits are required.

Fire Extinguishers

As noted in the minutes, the Board is requesting all owners to purchase a UL Rated Type ABC extinguisher for your units. The cost is from $15-$25. It fights wood, paper, cloth fires, plus flammable liquid and electrical. Type BC only fights flammable liquid and electrical fires. Kidde manufactures a type ABC extinguisher named “Multi-Purpose Home”. The identification is 1-A: 10-B: C Rated. It has a 6 year warranty. As a minimum there should be one in your kitchen, Master Bedroom should also be included.

Fire Doors

The Security Department has brought to our attention that certain owners are in violation of the Fire Department Regulations by using Fire Doors for Ingress and Egress. These violations are particularly flagrant on the East end of the building and the North Center door used by units in the 10 and 11 stacks. No one is allowed to open the Fire Exit Doors at any time. Violators will be penalized!

Social Committee

During the past two years of Louise Collins illness, the Social Committee has struggled and conducted primarily Bingo and Coffee Hour. We need someone to throw theme dinners, theatre visits, barbeques, entertainment, etc. If interested, please call Fern McBride at 954-561-2965.

Another Legacy Untimely Taken
Montcalm Gibbons

Montcalm Gibbons
Montcalm Gibbons
December 7, 2006 - As if orchestrated by some cosmic balance, the losses we didn’t suffer from the serial hurricanes expected during the fall and early winter were replaced by a severe human cost.
Helen Quinlan, Pablo Verol and Louise Collins were recently joined by Robert Rozema. Although not a Regency Tower resident, he was a friend to every Galt Mile resident. The untimely loss of these special people that touched so many of our lives felt like a series of blows to the spirit of our Regency Tower family. Given the clustering of these losses, many of us have been in a perpetual state of mourning since spring. With the passing of Montcalm Gibbons, it appears that this condition will persist into the Holiday Season.

After coming to Florida from Haiti by way of the Bahamas in 1980, 20-year-old Montcalm landed a job in the Regency Tower. While employed here, Montcalm furthered his education, studying Data Entry, Air Conditioning, Real Estate and Auto Repair. He married Annette in 1986 and fathered 4 girls, each of whom was a source of explosive pride to Montcalm.

Seventh Day Adventist Church
7th Day Adventist Church
A spiritual man, he was first elected in 2001 to serve as First Elder in his Church and subsequently re-elected. Montcalm was a Personnel Minister and the Church Treasurer for 20 years. He also served as Secretary of the Broward County Elders Association.

His tenure here was marked by achievement in the face of adversity. Although he received letters of commendation from the Board of Directors in 1983, 1985 and 1988, Montcalm was repeatedly subjected to baseless allegations of not carrying his weight. Pigeonholed by racial profiling, Montcalm tirelessly performed whatever task was asked of him - without complaint. While participating in a mini-autobiographical interview, Montcalm sketched a revealing description of the thinly veiled racial slurs he tolerated from supposedly enlightened residents. He said, “For some reason, the residents didn’t pronounce the name Montcalm and started to call me ‘Moca.’ However, now nearly everyone calls me Montcalm and that makes me very happy.”

Montcalm with Work Pals
Montcalm with Work Pals
Looking past the abuse he received from certain residents whose self-worth is only realized by standing on someone else’s neck, Montcalm exclaimed glowing satisfaction with his position here and his amicable relationship with the vast majority of residents. “I love to work at The Regency Tower. The residents are very nice to me and I am very, very happy to be working under the current Board of Directors and Maintenance Supervisor, Johnny Sala, who has taught me quite a few mechanical and electrical skills. This helps me at home where I love to do all my own repairs in my house. I love America and was much pleased when I obtained my American citizenship 12 years ago (Sic. in 2002... citizen since 1990). God Bless America and God Bless you all.”

Regency Tower President Dott Nicholson-Brown and Housekeeping Committee Chair Dee Lanzillo Present Montcalm Gibbons with an Award for 25 years of Dedicated Service in Regency Tower
Dott and Dee Recognize Montcalm Gibbons
for 25 years of Dedicated Service in 2005
Upon assuming control of the Maintenance department, John Sala leveled the playing field and clarified expectations for his personnel. Once Montcalm’s abilities and commitment became apparent, he quickly earned the respect of our residents, his supervisor and the Board. In fact, Montcalm was a valued asset to the Maintenance Department, a gentleman and a team player when fulfilling Association responsibilities. His quiet demeanor belied his accomplishments. When Maintenance Chief John Sala went on a prolonged vacation a few years back, Montcalm successfully ran the Maintenance Department until Sala’s return. The fact that few people were even aware of Sala’s absence during that period speaks to Montcalm’s unheralded capabilities. John Sala acknowledged that Montcalm was a fast learner who took pleasure in tackling new challenges. This helped offset his lack of previous training and experience. In 2005, President Dott Nicholson-Brown and Housekeeping Committee Chair Dee Lanzillo presented Montcalm with an award commemorating more than twenty-five years of dedicated service to all of us.

Click Here for Map to Bethlehem 7<sup>th</sup> Day Adventist Church
Click for Map to
Bethlehem 7th Day Adventist Church
Funeral Services for Montcalm will be held on Sunday, December 17th at 10:00 AM in the Sinai 7th Day Adventist Church at 201 NW 46th Avenue in Plantation. Viewing is arranged for Saturday, December 16th from 7 to 9 PM in the Bethlehem 7th Day Adventist Church at 406 NW 3rd Avenue in Pompano Beach. For additional information, call Miriam (954) 829-8849.

Directions to the Sinai 7th Day Adventist Church are as follows: Take I-95 south to Broward Boulevard west; after crossing 441 (State Road 7), make a right at 46th Avenue followed by the first left. The Church is on the right.

Click Here for Map to Sinai 7th Day Adventist Church
Click for Map to Sinai 7th Day Adventist Church
The family would appreciate that donations be made to Montcalm’s wife, Annette. Please send to:

  • Annette Gibbons 5341
    NE 9th Terrace
    Pompano Beach, FL 33064

If you prefer to leave your donation with the office, it will be forwarded to Mrs. Gibbons. Fern McBride and Ofelia Alleguez of the Employee Holiday Fund Committee have indicated that Montcalm’s expected share of the collected proceeds will be donated to Mrs. Gibbons as well.

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Robert J. Rozema Galt Mile Leader

Robert John Rozema
Robert John Rozema
December 2, 2006 - The Galt Ocean Mile lost an irreplaceable asset on November 27th. When President Robert Rozema of the Galt Mile Community Association passed away, not only did the neighborhood residents and merchants lose an irrepressible advocate, they lost a fast friend. Robert John Rozema lived in neighboring Southpoint Condominium, the double tower near the southern end of Galt Ocean Drive. After moving to the Galt Mile from New Jersey in 1983, he focused his efforts on improving his home. His Southpoint friends and neighbors, cognizant of his organizational skills and talent for achieving consensus, elected him to serve on their Board of Directors. He organized the Association office and streamlined their maintenance and security to better address their residents’ needs. Bob whipped Southpoint into a model for the rest of the block.

Galt Mile officials celebrate the Galt Mile Improvement Project
Galt Mile Officials Celebrate Improvement Project
Having taken notice of Rozema’s achievements as Southpoint’s President, Galt Mile civic leaders recruited him to the Galt Mile Community Association. He joined Earl Lifshey, Rose Guttman and Dick Tymeson in planning the Galt Mile’s impending rehabilitation. Bob brought his fellow Galt Mile Directors to the table with then District 1 City Commissioner John Aurelius and other city officials. Together, they hatched the Galt Mile Improvement Project, arguably the most successful of its kind in Fort Lauderdale history. Enlisting the cooperation of every participating Association, they settled on an assessment amount that would actualize the pioneering project. For the $658 that every Galt Mile resident chipped in, they received a model community. Our high-end lighting, pavered crosswalks, tailored landscaping, pink aggregate sidewalks, street indents and below ground electrical lines were some of the fruits of their labors.

The city was committed to maintaining the block “in Disney-like fashion”. To this day, that contractual agreement forms the legal basis for community’s persistent demands that the City fulfill its obligation. Although many Association officials and other volunteers contributed to the effort, Bob Rozema is widely considered to be the project’s sparkplug. After rising to the organization’s Presidency, Bob relocated Galt Mile headquarters to the Southpoint administrative office.

Mayor Naugle Speaks at Wake
Mayor Naugle at Wake
As President of the Association, Bob expanded its venue from its previously local impact. Bob engineered relationships that reached into City Hall, Broward County Headquarters, Tallahassee and Washington. He initiated FLPD’s local noise abatement and traffic safety project, new signage and traffic lights, the construction improvements at the Mile’s Corner area, new landscaping and the renourishment of Broward’s critically eroded beaches. Bob waged campaigns against destructive legislation while supporting laws that helped condo owners. Given the political diversity of its members, Bob maintained the Galt Mile Association’s non-partisan political voice. In addition to being a resource for focusing on Galt Mile political objectives, he shaped the Association into a platform for sharing information.

Fern McBride Attends Service
Fern McBride
Attends Service
Hundreds of friends and neighbors attended Bob’s wake at the Kraeer Funeral Home on December 1st. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle told mourners how fortunate he was to have shared lunch with Bob at an Advisory Board Meeting two weeks earlier. Various officials paying their last respects were City Manager George Gretsas, Florida State Senator Jeffrey Atwater, City Commissioner Christine Teel, former City Commissioner and Broward Housing Authority Commissioner John Aurelius and Bob Wolfe from the Broward County Property Appraiser’s office. Fiancée Marilyn Peters was joined by Bob’s children (Darlene Joy Scruggs, Robert John Rozema, Jr., John Frank Rozema and stepson, Richard Albanese), Galt Mile officials, Southpoint friends and employees, local merchants and scores of friends and neighbors from every building on the block as well as the Coral Ridge Towers Complex. En route to the service, GMCA Advisory Board member and Regency Tower resident Fern McBride expressed the general sentiment, “He will be sorely missed!” Bob’s GMCA responsibilities will be assumed by Vice President Pio Ieraci.

Those of you who knew Bob - or knew of him - are aware of the copious civic contributions he made on our behalf. As for those of you to whom this is “new information”, well... you just lost a good friend! P.S. - To read more about Bob and his contributions to the Galt Mile Community, Click Here.

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Vote Smart Vote Early!

Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda C. Snipes
Supervisor of Elections
Dr. Brenda C. Snipes
November 1st - You do not have to wait until Election Day to vote. You do not need an absentee ballot or some special dispensation. In fact, it’s significantly easier to vote early than to wait for the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. On Election Day, you must vote at a single designated polling location. Every registered Regency Tower voter will have to squeeze into the
Galt Ocean Mile County Library at 3403 Galt Ocean Drive. In contrast, early voters can vote at any of 20 different Broward sites. From Monday, October 23rd through Sunday, November 5, 2006, registered voters can avoid the traffic and the lines that plague overcrowded polling places. The 20 available early voting sites in Broward County are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Portable Voting Station
Voting Station
To expedite the experience, bring your driver’s license. Of all the forms of identification acceptable for voting purposes, poll workers are able to process driver’s licenses most quickly. To adequately prepare yourself, bring a sample ballot, palm card or newspaper listing with your choices already marked. Check the districts on the ballot against a voter information card or sample ballot before pushing the red button to cast a vote. If you suspect an error, have a question or just want some company, summon a poll worker. However, if you’ve already pushed the voting button, it’s too late. Pressing the red button functionally ends the voting experience.

ES&S iVotronic Touch Screen
ES&S iVotronic
Touch Screen
Voters should bring a signature-bearing photo ID. Besides state-issued driver’s licenses or Florida Identification cards, other accepted forms include passports, employer IDs, buyer’s club cards, student IDs and credit cards with imprinted photographs. If the photo ID does not include the voter’s signature, another piece of identification with a signature is required. A voter information card, popularly characterized as a voter registration card, isn’t required. That doesn’t mean that you needn’t register to vote. If you didn’t, you don’t!

Press Vote Button to Finish
Press Vote Button to Finish
Several of the County’s early voting locations are convenient to the Galt Mile. The Oakland Park Library site is located at 1298 NE 37th Street in Oakland Park. The Pompano Beach Library site is at 1213 E. Atlantic Boulevard in, you guessed it, Pompano Beach. The Imperial Point Branch Library site is at 5985 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. The African-American Research Library is at 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard (NW 6th Street), also in Fort Lauderdale. The Main Library site is at 100 S. Andrews Avenue behind Stranahan Park in Fort Lauderdale. The full complement of early voting sites in Broward Country is available on the Broward County Supervisor of Elections web site (www.browardsoe.org). If you have any questions about early voting or anything else about the election process, call 954-357-7050 or email elections@browardsoe.org. Frankly, if you don’t vote, you deserve whatever you get. Go. Vote… NOW!

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Entrance Gates

Important: Do not allow an unknown person to enter onto our property through the South or Beach gates when you unlock the gates. We have had to remove a female from the pool area several times who stated she waits until a resident opens the gate and just walk in. Do not do this for your own safety.

Lobby Doors

All 3 lobby doors now have hurricane impact glass. This means that the Front Entrance Door is not as elegant as the previous one. That is because it is a Hurricane Door, not a fashionable Entrance Door. The Beautification/Landscaping Committee is checking into engraving the “RT” into the door again.


Our guards are obligated to challenge unknown persons who enter the building. This is a requirement of their “Bible” – the Security Handbook. So please do not get insulted, annoyed, belligerent, arrogant or abusive if they question you. It is for your safety and the safety of all residents.


PLEASE Do Not force large bags or items down the chute. It is cost prohibitive to clean or repair chute!


There seems to be a misunderstanding regarding the requirement for a $500.00 Service Elevator deposit. If you will need the Service Elevator for removal or delivery of any furniture, appliance, molding, etc. to or from your unit, you must:

  1. Reserve the Service Elevator.
  2. – Submit a check in the amount of $500.00 to the Administrative Office.
  3. – Have the appropriate Form located in the Security Office completed by the contractors, delivery person or owner.

Reservations must be made in advance. Checks will be deposited. If no damage, a check will be issued after your check has cleared the bank.

As info just one item, (the strobe light Exit sign) is easily hit and costs approximately $550.00 to purchase and replace.

Information Alert

The Rules and Regulations are written by the Rules and Regulations Committee. They then present them to the Board of Directors. The Board then votes. Consequently, it is not one person deciding a specific rule.

Hurricane Emergency Hotlines

  • Fort Lauderdale: 954-828-8888
  • Broward County: 954-831-4000
  • State of Florida: 850-413-9900
  • Bell South: 877-737-2478
  • FP&L: 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243)

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Service Award pins were presented to the following employees; Nick Coutoupis for completing 5 years of commendable service; Jerry Garcia and Carl Richardson for one year each.

A Voice of Reason

Louise Collins

Regency Tower Board Member Louise Collins
Our Ms. Collins
September 10, 2006 - Another Regency Tower star has set. Following a prolonged illness, Regency Tower Board Member Louise Collins passed away on September 9th while at home in Weston, Massachusetts. It is not surprising that many Regency Tower residents were unaware that Louise suffered from a debilitating illness for the past few years. She never allowed her illness to slow her down. In addition to fulfilling her responsibilities as mother, grandmother and sister to a large and loving family, maintaining three residences, participating in the Newton Garden Club and serving on the Regency Tower Board of Directors, Louise was a vital component of several Association Committees and actively contributed to critical community projects. Between hospitalizations, when visiting her Regency Tower home, she steadfastly refused to allow her illness to alter the special friendships she had with everyone that knew and loved her.

Louise Collins with Regency Tower Board
Louise with Pablo, Fern, Iris, Eric, Bill and Dott
Louise was the most approachable member of our Board of Directors. Patient and sympathetic, she was available to everyone. Her blending of warmth with common sense often induced people speaking to Louise about some building issue to unreservedly ask her advice or assistance with deeply personal concerns. She treated everyone with respect and, in turn, was universally respected.

Louise at Social Committee Coffee Hour
At Social Committee Coffee Hour
Louise was mindful of accepting responsibilities that played to her strengths. She loved beautifying her environment and organizing events that brought people closer to one another. Her participation on the
Beautification Committee and Social Committee served as natural outlets for these innate proclivities. As Louise would naturally seek to comfort those of us undergoing personal difficulties in crisis situations, her work on the We Care Committee was also well-suited to her temperament.

Louise at 2001 Round Table
Louise at 2001 Round Table
Louise played key roles in every Committee for which she volunteered. Always a team player, she placed greater weight on achieving consensus than on promoting any personal agenda. An even-handed mediator, Louise invited and considered every participant’s opinion prior to finalizing any important decision. When occasional Committee confusion obscured or soured some result, Louise was always the first to announce the setback and took full responsibility for its having transpired.

Louise at 2001 Round Table
Fought for Our Rights
CA Day in Tallahassee
Our Ms. Collins regularly contributed to community improvements and neighborhood projects. She helped organize the community demonstration at the Hollywood Beach Convention Center to help rescue the threatened Broward County Beach Renourishment Project. With dozens of other Galt Mile residents, she traveled to Tallahassee in defense of Condo owner rights at the 2005 Community Association Day (CA Day) event. Louise regularly attended Galt Mile Community Association meetings, concentrating on issues aimed at beautifying the entire neighborhood and improving our lifestyle.

Not surprisingly, her family was undoubtedly her greatest source of joy. With late husband Robert F. Collins, Louise had five sons – Stephen M. of Weston, MA, Bryon R. and his wife Kathryn of Natick, MA, David C. and wife Kathleen of Burlington, VT, Robert J. and wife Allison of Pompano Beach, FL, and Sean C. of New York City. She had three sisters – Josephine Farina, Catherine Medaglia, and Olivia Nardone. Louise also enjoyed a healthy crop of Collins grandchildren – David Jr., Michael, Ryan, Casey, Amanda and Kyle Collins. As Matriarch, she presided over this sizable entourage from her three homes. In addition to her Regency Tower condo, Louise maintained residences at Weston and Humarock Beach in Massachusetts.

Funeral from the Andrew J. Magni & Son Funeral Home, 365 Watertown St., Rt. 16, NEWTON, was scheduled for Wednesday, September 13, at 11AM. A Funeral Mass in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Newton, follows at 12 Noon. Interment in Newton Cemetery. Visiting Hours Tuesday 2-4, 7-9pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Louise's name would be appreciated and may be made to:

  • Click Here to go to Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Research Center Cancer Research Fund
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Development Office
    165 Cambridge St., Suite 600
    Boston, MA 02114
    Phone: 617-726-2200, Fax: 617-726-7661

Click Here to make your donation online! Click the "Online" box under "Cancer Research". When inserting your data, be sure to indicate that the donation is in memory of "Louise Collins". Altogether, it should take about 30 seconds!

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Regency Tower Renaissance Man

Pablo Verol

Pablo Verol, Regency Tower’s Resident Artist
Our Pablo Verol
!!! Renaissance Man !!!
August 20, 2006 - On August 13, 2006 Regency Tower lost one of the architects of its communal spirit. A cornerstone of our Association family, Pablo Verol’s contributions to our home were legion. The aggressive optimism with which he met challanges distinguished him as a natural leader. Upon recognizing this some 15 years ago, his friends and neighbors enthusiastically empowered Pablo to represent their interests. As his other relevant strengths revealed themselves, it became evident that Pablo was uniquely qualified to help them maintain their lifestyle while improving their home. His intelligence, sense of fair play, strong technical background and proclivity for speaking his mind bolstered his dedication to resolving conflicts between or on behalf of his neighbors. Recognizing the value of this talented self-proclaimed “Loose Cannon”, they repeatedly drafted Pablo to participate on the Board of Directors. During his six terms of service, his remarkable adaptability enabled him to cooperate productively with the wide variety of personalities serving with him.

Dott Nicholson-Brown presenting award to Pablo Verol for Mediterranean Mural
Dott Recognizes Pablo for Mediterranean Mural
The lion’s share of Pablo’s notoriety was not a function of his elected popularity, but his universal accessibility. Pablo was eminently conspicuous at every building emergency. During his tenure as our unofficial ombudsman, virtually every resident had occasion to request Pablo’s assistance with some issue. As a result of personally touching the lives of so many, he transformed constituents into supporters and neighbors into friends. As with a small town doctor, everyone took comfort in knowing that Pablo was a phone call away.

Click to Broward Art Guild web site An accomplished artist, Pablo adorned our home with a plethora of personal creations. His Mediterannean Mural brightens the garage elevator lobby and his Aquarium Alcove bids all who use the main entrance a warm welcome. His regal avian crest copper sculpture hovers over the Board of Directors at meetings and small florals grace our common areas. Pablo helped recreate the paver crown on the swimming pool deck and the concrete one over the north lobby entrance. As a teacher for the Broward Art Guild, Pablo structured and conducted a class designed to excite children about art.

Board in front of Pablo's Avian Crest Sculpture in Meeting Room
Board before Pablo's Avian Crest in Meeting Room
Pablo’s many friendships rarely included knowledge about his past. Incomplete chapters of Pablo’s history were ascribed Urban Legend status. Was he a plumber that survived a Nazi Concentration Camp? A wine steward from Boston? A Uruguayan engineer? Was he at Woodstock?

At Barbara’s behest, a private celebration of Pablo’s life was convened on Thursday, August 17th at the Jennings Funeral Home on Oakland Park Boulevard. The ceremony included tributes, reminiscences and remarks by many of Pablo’s friends and family. Pablo’s niece, Monica Roizner, delivered a eulogy that deftly filled in many of the blanks in his remarkable biography. Barbara and Monica have given their permission to publish his fascinating life story. It is as follows:

Pablo Verol


by Monica Roizner

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

Childhood in Romania

My uncle Pablo was born in Romania in 1927. His artistic talent emerged when he was a young child, when his classmates would give him pennies for drawings. Raised by his strict grandparents, my uncle Pablo discovered early that art was a good space. He recounted how, as a boy, he would hide under a table to escape his grandparents’ harsh punishment for some nonsensical offense and would start drawing. He never stopped drawing.

Adolescence in the Midst of War

My uncle Pablo was just an adolescent when World War II exploded in Europe. At the age when most teenagers are exploring young love and intellectual pursuits, my uncle Pablo endured the horrific atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps. My uncle rarely talked about the war experiences. But as children my brothers and I would ask him about his severed fingers, and we learned about the grenade that almost killed him. We asked him about the number tattooed onto his forearm, and he told us how fate determined that he was not chosen to go to the gas chamber. Instead of making his concentration number a sole reminder of horror, my uncle Pablo made its ending digits 13 his lucky number. For years my uncle wore a charm with his lucky number 13 hanging from a chain.

When Europe was liberated, my uncle weighed the unbelievable low weight of 77 lbs. He started walking, not knowing where to, with no shoes and wearing nothing but rags. Partly automatic survival instinct, he took a belt and boots from a dead German soldier. This lead to yet another near miss with death, when American soldiers almost took him for a German, until they saw his emaciated body, his hand and the ID number.

Youth, Re-Birth, Art and Romance in Montevideo, Uruguay

Pablo & Barbara (Rosa) at December 2005 Employees Holiday Party
Pablo & Barbara (Rosa) at Holiday Party
My uncle Pablo immigrated to Uruguay in 1947 after reuniting with his mother in Romania. There, he met the love of his life, my Tia Rosa (Barbara). Family legends tell that when my uncle Pablo met Rosa as a 20-year old non-Spanish speaking “gringo” (the name Uruguayans would call the European émigrés coming to Uruguay after the war) he relied on his universal charm and romanticism to conquer her heart . Until he gained proficiency in Spanish, he mesmerized her by singing to her in many languages. By the way, Pablo spoke many languages including: Romanian, Hungarian, French, German, Spanish, English and Italian. One of the songs was about a lover who promised to “build a castle of rubies and pearls” for his lady.

Uruaguaian Candombe Drums
Uruaguaian Candombe Drums
My uncle studied art at the
Fine Arts School in Montevideo, Uruguay while working as a plumber to support himself and my aunt. He started exhibiting his art successfully and gained popularity in town. His paintings, sculptures and bronzes included Uruguayan icons such as Candombe drummers and Gauchos, seascapes, biblical and Jewish themes. But clowns prevailed. It seemed as if my uncle had found in the clown a meaningful symbol to express the complexity of human feelings. The vast collection of clowns that he painted often reflected the juxtaposition of a happy makeup painted over a nostalgic face. We often interpreted his love of the clown as a reflection of my uncle’s commitment to happiness and laughter over sadness.

The Boston Years: Hard Work, Accomplishments and Generosity

My uncle Pablo and my aunt Barbara jointly came to the U.S. in 1965. As a newcomer to Boston, he started working in entry-level jobs. In time, he became the chief wine steward at Pier 4 a landmark restaurant in Boston, where he supervised the ordering, storing, and serving of wine. My uncle Pablo also worked as manager of the European restaurant, another landmark place in the Italian neighborhood of Boston. His prolific art production continued for decades: his studio and the whole home were covered with paintings, explosions of color and details. Many more clowns, rabbis, Christ on the Cross, Greek epics, spacescapes, and abstracts.

Year after year, my aunt and uncle would spend the month of January in Montevideo. My brothers and I adored him. He made us feel special and showered us with gifts. But more than any amazing toy or outfit, it was his love, attention, humor, guidance and advice that sealed bonds stronger than blood. When my parents were having frequent fights, my uncle Pablo taught me a few techniques to deal with it: he taught me to distance myself, to imagine “switching channels” or just “turning off” what was happening. By the way, I am a licensed psychologist and these techniques would be considered today excellent cognitive behavioral strategies! My uncle had wisdom. And generosity. My brother Victor was brought on a dream trip to the U.S. at age 10 and it was my uncle who got him the electric train and his first computer.

When I came to the U.S. in 1986, my uncle opened his home and his heart to me again. He drove me around to drop the application packages for my Master’s and later for my Doctorate. He was there driving me whenever he could, and celebrating with me when I graduated. His support was there for my two brothers who were still in Montevideo. My brother Ricardo lived in his apartment as he transitioned to adulthood.

Fort Lauderdale: Kindness, Wisdom, and Lots of Humor

Pablo at Opening of Billiards Room (which he decorated)
Billiards Room Opening
My uncle Pablo moved to Florida in 1991 with my aunt. He joined the Broward Art Guild and became a teacher. He loved introducing children to art, teaching them about the nuances of colors, shades, shapes and perspectives. But he talked to them about many things along the way: he talked to children about doing the best they could at whatever they did, without having to be the best. Pablo often described how his approach helped children excel by shifting the focus from competition with others onto what really mattered: the creative process of the individual. Pablo was active for years at the Regency Tower. As vice-president of the board he went above the call of duty. He put his heart and soul in improving the building and touched more than a few in need of assistance. As his health worsened over the last couple of years, he made a point of resisting bitterness and complaining. His poems taught us to “listen and see” the raindrops falling from the sky, the wind blowing through the trees, the crickets singing in the grass. In the midst of pain and discomfort, he wrote a poem entitled “I Count My Blessings”. There he tells us to remember him with a smile. My uncle’s absence feels like a black hole in our hearts. It feels like a very dark night but, as that as he would point to us, if the night is dark we can clearly see the beautiful stars.

Pablo enriched our lives with his ideas, brightened our home with his art and filled our hearts with his friendship. Our renaissance man has become our legacy... and his contributions have become our inheritance.

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A Celebration of Life
Helen Quinlan

The Irrepressible Helen Quinlan, Regency Tower’s Resident Angel
Our Helen Quinlan
August 12, 2006 - Mrs. Helen Quinlan, one of the beating hearts of Regency Tower, passed away on July 26, 2006. Her matchless spirit provided the engine for our
Poem and Joke Page, universally spread cheer and imprinted everyone fortunate enough to have loved her with treasured memories. May she rest in peace.

Helen’s funeral took place in Chicago, where she was interred adjacent to her beloved husband, Roy. Click Here for some biographical background of our Helen Scanlon Quinlan. A Memorial Mass was held on August 10th at the St. Pius X Church at 2511 N. Ocean Boulevard (A1A).

Following the Memorial Mass, a brunch in celebration of her life took place in the Regency Tower Rendezvous Room. Starting at 10:45 AM, the brunch was well attended by friends and neighbors in Regency Tower, the Galt Mile Community Association and loving family members.

Sympathy and condolence cards may be placed in her Mailbox (Second Class Mail Slot) # 1903.

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SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch

Downtown Fort Lauderdale and the Riverwalk come alive the first Sunday of every month as the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch fills the air with jazz music performed on four stages along the historic New River. Each month, bands perform a wide range of jazz from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Picnic baskets, blankets, chairs, dogs, children and people of all age groups blend into one large Jazz Appreciation Fest. There is a dog rest area and it’s FREE!

On Sunday, January 4, 2015 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the monthly SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch will host:

  • Bobby Rodriguez Orchestra at the Esplanade
  • Pieces of Work at the Connie Hoffman Gazebo
  • Closed for Repairs - Las Olas Riverfront AND
  • Tommy Nehls Trio at the Broward Center Peck Courtyard

Click Here for a map of the Riverwalk area.

For additional information about the 2015 Jazz Brunch, e-mail Debbie Bylica at dbylica@fortlauderdale.gov or call 954-828-4622.

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Click to Las Olas Art Fair The the 27th Annual Las Olas Art Fair - Part I will be held on Saturday & Sunday, January 3 & 4, 2015 from 10 AM - 5 PM on Las Olas Boulevard between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue. Known as the jewel of the city, Las Olas Boulevard offers a multitude of art galleries, eclectic boutiques, and dining options that range from Cuban-American cuisine to fresh seafood caught in the Atlantic Ocean.

Click to Las Olas Art Fair
Click to Las Olas Art Fair
A South Florida tradition, the show is regarded as one of the top events in America. Part II of this high-caliber event is also held during the first weekend of March. Take a stroll along Las Olas Boulevard, just minutes from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and much more. Adding to the artful ambiance will be live music and tasty treats. And, look out for the new collector poster commemorating this much anticipated annual art affair!

Over the years, this Las Olas Boulevard festival has become such a “must see event” in south Florida. People come out yearly to see more than 150 artists display their work in what looks like a mini art gallery lined along the street. Meet the creators of the art on display; commission a specific piece; ask questions about techniques; learn the sources of their inspirations; and purchase fine works of art at affordable prices.

The show that put Howard Alan Events on the map celebrates its 27th year! It is FREE - there is no gate. Shuttles will be provided from the following garages:

  • Riverfront Garage – Andrews & Las Olas
  • City Garage – 150 SE 2nd Avenue
  • Government Center Parking Garage – 151 SW 2nd Avenue

For more information, call 954-472-3755, Click Here to email or Click Here to see web site.

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War Memorial Auditorium
War Memorial Auditorium
Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show is scheduled for Friday, January 23 from 10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday, January 24 from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, January 25 from 10 AM to 6 PM. The 2015 Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show will be held at the Fort Lauderdale War Memorial Auditorium and better than ever!

The War Memorial Auditorium is located at 800 NE 8th Street in Fort Lauderdale. This 56 year old facility recently under went a $2.3 million renovation. It's unique art deco look and great setting in Holiday Park near downtown Fort Lauderdale and 3 miles from the beach make it great location for this event!

Want first shot at the amazing plants that will be available during our show? Want to join a select group of orchid lovers at a nice party? Come to our PRESHOW PARTY on Thursday before the show opens to the public! We’ll have a full buffet with free champagne, hors d’oeuvres , beverages and dessert with live entertainment. The displays are the freshest, vendors will be present, and attendees will get first chance to buy orchids that may be in limited quantities. The party is Thursday, January 22, 2015. It starts at 7:00 and goes to 10:00. Tickets are $70 per person.

The Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society appropriately ascribed the theme, “An Orchid Adventure” to the 2015 International Orchid Show. Come and enjoy raffles, artwork, competitions, plant and supply vendors, exhibits, and displays. Judges accredited by the American Orchid Society award prizes for best displays and best plants. Tickets are $8.00 purchased in advance. They will be held for you to pick up at the door. Pre-sale tickets may be purchased online. Tickets purchased at the door are $12.00 (good for all three days). Special rates are available for bus tours or large groups.

For more information about the Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show, please call Michael Schaberl at (954) 764-1239 or Click Here to email. Also, Click Here for information directly from the Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society web site.

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The 19th Annual Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Craft Fair

The 19th Annual
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Craft Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15, 2015. Back at its original Anglin's Square location, the Fair is centered on the corner of A1A (North Ocean Boulevard) and Commercial Boulevard. Take in the sand and the sea in beautiful Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, as well as 100 of the nation’s top crafters. Year after year this exceptional event lines up some of the nation’s brightest and best contemporary artists to showcase their exceptional ceramics, paintings, metal works, clothing, jewelry, and decorative works of art. A feast for the senses. this spectacular weekend festival is not to be missed.

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Craft Festival
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Craft Festival
Located on the ocean highway of A1A at Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale by the Sea is sandwiched between Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. Experience this wonderful ocean side street fair. The event receives great traffic and publicity. Oceanfront beaches, high-end shops and restaurants, and various outdoor activities are popular with tourists and residents alike, offering a little something for everyone. The fair runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for the weekend.

Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway just north of Fort Lauderdale, is the boutique town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, well known for its warm tropical breezes and amazing ocean views. There’s something for everyone at this craft festival, located steps away from the Atlantic Ocean. For the jewelry lover...a wide variety of jewelry made with dicroic glass, sea glass, precious gems & metals. For the chef...functional pottery, hand carved wooden salad tongs and wire wrapped glassware. For the fashionista...wearable art and leather moccasins you won’t find anywhere else. For the person who doesn’t need a thing...collapsible wood baskets, fabulous arrangements made of driftwood, metal wall fountains and hand-cut silhouettes.

For more information, Click Here to email or Click Here to see web site. Additional information is available by contacting the L-B-T-S Chamber of Commerce at (954) 776-1000 or Click Here to email. To participate as a vendor contact Howard Alan Events at (954) 472-3755.

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Bus Loop

Click to Busloop web page On Saturday, February 7, 2015, for only $20 or $30 prepaid or $40 at door, you can ride a Sun Trolley on the Bus Loop on the Beach and receive a free drink at each participating venue! No need to drive if you live within walking distance of a Bus Loop route; just catch the closest Trolley/Bus and head for the closest Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop Check-In location! Otherwise we recommend that you and your friends take a taxi, trolley, Red Cap or have a designated driver for your return trip home (Free Admission for Designated Drivers, who will be issued a free wristband at check-in. DD's do not have to Pre-Register). Also, Special Hotel deals are available to Bus Loop riders. Facilitated by volunteers, 100% of the proceeds benefit Bus Loop Charities.

Here's how It Works. Five/Six Sun Trolley Buses operate a continuous route on either the Downtown/Beach Route, the 17th Street Causeway Route, the Hotel Beach Route, the Downtown Route or the North Beach Route depending on which route is designated route for that night. The buses begin the Loop at 6:00 pm. Once paid, attendees who are issued a wristband and drink card check in at one of the designated spots listed for that night anytime between 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm. They are able to ride the Sun Trolley buses all night long for free. They can wave down any trolley bus along the route at anytime and get off as they choose.

Boarding Busloop
All Aboard Bus Loop
On the back of the drink card, there will be a box for each participating bar/restaurant. The bartender will mark off that box when the attendee is served his/her complimentary drink from that establishment. The drink cards should be honored up until 11:00 pm. On some occasions, a post-party at a designated location will be indicated on the card, where attendees can enjoy appetizers, dancing, prizes,etc. The exact type of drink to be distributed by each venue will be indicated on the drink card. Often this may be beer, wine, well drinks or - depending on the venue - a specialty drink.

Variations of the standard five routes will be followed for each Bus Loop. The Downtown/Beach Route begins at the Performing Arts Center, passes through Las Olas Riverfront, down Las Olas Blvd, to A1A , turning around at Vista Mar, and heading back to Performing Art Center. The 17th Street Causeway route begins at Cordova and 17th Street Causeway and heads east on 17th Street Causeway to the beaches where it will turn around at Beach Place. The Hotel Beach Route begins at Beach Place, heads north on A1A, turns west on Sunrise Blvd, and turns around at Galleria Mall. A 4th Route, The Downtown Route, includes only the downtown area. The North Beach Route involves Galleria Mall to A1A and north to Galt Ocean Mile area! Check-In will be at Galleria Mall or Beach Place for the North Beach route.

On February 7, 2015, the event has been designated as "Fort Lauderdale Super Bus Loop," and will cruise the Downtown Route. Check-Ins and partisipating venues will soon be announced. The last outing's venues included Bokamper's and Galleria Mall (entrance near Capital Grill). Venues for the August 2, 2014 Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop, include S 3 (Sun - Surf - Sand), Bokamper's, Shooter's Waterfront Cafe, Bamboo Beach Club, Tropic Cay, Blue Martini, Tokyo Blue, SandBar and The Parrot! All Proceeds benefit the Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation, the Young Professionals for Covenant House, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Riverwalk Trust, Broward County Gator Club Scholarships and the Jack & Jill Children's Center. For more information, call 954-260-6194 or 954-468-1541 or Click Here to email or Click Here to learn about the Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop!

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War Memorial Auditorium
War Memorial Auditorium
The weekend-long 2015 Fort Lauderdale
International Gem & Jewelry Show is scheduled for Friday, January 2nd from NOON to 6 PM, Saturday, January 3rd from 10 AM to 6 PM, Sunday, January 4, 2015 from 11 AM to 5 PM. The event will take place at the War Memorial Auditorium (800 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304).

Whether you are looking for a diamond engagement ring, beautiful colored gemstones or a one-of-a-kind gift, you will find it at the International Gem & Jewelry Show. Exhibitors from around the World offer a huge selection of quality jewelry of all kinds including loose colored gemstones, fine finished jewelry, fashion jewelry, beads and more.

If the huge selection is not enough incentive to visit our shows, how about incredible savings?! At the International Gem & Jewelry Shows, you will enjoy discounts of 20% to 40% off of the regular retail price. Nearly one million people attend our shows each year! The charge for admission is $8 (good for all three days), children ages 11 & under free. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Further details can be obtained by calling (301) 294-1640 or clicking here to visit the International Gem & Jewelry Show web site!

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23rd Annual

Annual Florida Renaissance Festival Map
Click to Larger Florida Renaissance Festival Map
For 6 consecutive weekends, Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach will host a time machine that will transport you back to the middle ages. Enjoy the medieval environment afforded by the
23rd Annual Florida Renaissance Festival runs from 10:00 am til Sunset - including the Presidents Day long Weekend. Dates for the 2015 festival are: Sat - Sun (February 7 - 8), Sat - Mon (February 14 - 16), Sat - Sun (February 21 - 22, Sat - Sun (February 28 - March 1), Sat - Sun (March 7 - 8) and Sat - Sun (March 14 - 15).

Browse through our enchanted crafts Village where over one hundred merchants and artisans demonstrate and sell their wares. Behold glass blowing, hammered pewter, wooden toys, unique pottery, clothing and a wealth of other riches. Cheer Battling Knights, in full armor, as they mount their steeds, lower their visors, aim their lances and charge at full tilt, thrice daily. Play Games of Chance and games of skill such as archery, the test of strength, Jacob’s Ladder and more.

Click to Florida Renaissance Festival Web Site Applaud Hundreds of Performers, not only on our twelve stages but literally all around you. Sword fighters, minstrels, magicians, mud-beggars, wenches and more. For all the world’s a stage. Feast on Hearty Food fit for a King! Experience our succulent turkey legs, Scotch eggs, love knots (pretzels) and the Queen’s buns hot out of our bakery ovens. Visit the Pub and toast to the Royal Court with a tankard of ale or cider. Human-powered rides like the Carousello, the Wild Boar, the Flying Swan, the Crow’s Nest and the Quintain. Get lost in the Dragon’s Maze. And enjoy our new Kid’s Kingdom.

For more information, please call 954-776-1642, Click Here to email or Click Here to Web Site.

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11th Annual

Coral Springs Festival of the Arts
Coral Springs Festival of the Arts
11th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts will be held on Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8, 2015 from 10 AM - 5 PM at “THE WALK on University Drive”. “THE WALK” is located on the west side of University Drive in Coral Springs between 26th Street and 29th Street. The Coral Springs Festival of the Arts has grown considerably over the years into a two-day celebration of arts and culture with a fine art show, contemporary craft festival, theatrical performances and full line-up of live music.

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THE WALK on University Drive
Held in conjunction with the Coral Springs Art Festival Committee and the city, this event brings 250 of the nation’s best artists and crafters to South Florida. The festival attracts 30,000 - 40,000 people from all over the South Florida area. Stroll amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics, a separate craft festival, Green Market and much more. Events surrounding the festival are a Great Cake Challenge, a Signature Artist Competition, Literary Workshops and a wide array of Children's Activities.

With its tree canopy, restaurants and shops, The Walk of Coral Springs provides the perfect venue for the Festival. The Festival also features entertainment from all of the arts. Music, dance, theatre and literary performances will take place on two stages making the Festival unique in the area. With something for everyone, children to seniors, art lovers to music lovers, theatre enthusiasts to literary enthusiasts, the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts is the signature event for Western Broward County. This event receives great support from the Coral Springs Art Festival Committee, a large group of volunteers who serve to help make this a rewarding event. Also involved is the Mayor, City Commission and sponsorship from major companies. The show has grown significantly over the past four years.

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The event is FREE, NO GATE! For more information, call 954-472-3755, Click Here to email or Click Here to check out the web site.

For directions to “The Walk on University Drive”, check the following:

  • From I-95: Take the Sawgrass Expressway (869) west to University Drive exit. Upon exiting, turn left at the light heading south. “THE WALK” is located south of Sample Road on the right.
  • From the Turnpike: Either southbound or northbound exit at the Sawgrass Expressway (869) and follow directions above.
  • From I-75: Continue on I-75 and on to the Sawgrass Expressway (869). Exit the Sawgrass At Sample Road turn right to University Drive turn right. the “WALK” is located on the right.

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Holiday Happenings

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Holiday Happenings is a series of events that celebrate the Holiday Season in and around Fort Lauderdale. Following the initial Christmas on Las Olas event on December 2nd, Holiday Happenings take place over the next five weeks. The festivities include the Light up Sistrunk on Sistrunk Boulevard between NW 9th Avenue and NW 12th Avenue - a legacy signature site in Fort Lauderdale that has been rebuilt from the ground up, the annual hunt for Candy Canes, the “Santa on the Beach” candy giveaway on Fort Lauderdale Beach by Saint Nick and his elves and culminating with the December 31st Kwanzaa in Bass Park to celebrate Kuumba, the 6th Principle of Kwanzaa and Downtown Countdown where 100,000 South Florida celebrants meet to ring in the new year.

  • Light up Sistrunk - at Corner of Sistrunk Boulevard and 9th Avenue (914 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311) on Friday, December 5 from 5 PM to 9 PM. This FREE family event features The 16th Annual Black Noel at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church (400 NW 9th Avenue) at 9 PM. Another show on Saturday from 4 PM to 8 PM; a special appearance from Santa; a Walgreens Wonderland featuring health fair and a toy giveaway; and the lighting of the giant 30-foot holiday tree sponsored by Florida Power and Light, it spreads cheer throughout one of the City's core neighborhoods . Call (954) 828-4742 for more information.

  • 8th Annual Candy Cane Hunt - Get ready for the holidays! Bring your family and friends and enjoy some holiday cheer on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The hunting ground is Riverside Park (555 S.W. 11th Avenue) in the Charles & Irene Radford Community Center. The two hour (10 a.m. to 12 Noon) Candy Cane Hunt starts promptly at 10:15 a.m. Age divisions: 4 and under, 5-7, and 8 and older. Among the holiday distractions are Game Stations (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.), Craft Stations (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.), Bounce House (10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) and a visit from Santa (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon). Call (954) 828-8942 or (954) 828-6135 for more information.

  • Santa on the Beach - Don’t miss Santa Claus’ traditional candy giveaway along Fort Lauderdale Beach on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM! Santa Claus and his elves will walk along Fort Lauderdale Beach, providing beachgoers with candy canes and holiday treats. Santa’s route will begin at the Fort Lauderdale Police Headquarters Building beginning at noon. The Santa motorcade will then travel:

    • East on Broward Boulevard to S.W. 7th Avenue

    • South on S.W. 7th Avenue to S.W. 2nd Street
    • East on S.W. 2nd Street to Andrews Avenue
    • South on Andrews Avenue to Las Olas Boulevard
    • East on Las Olas Boulevard to A1A (Seabreeze Boulevard)
    • South on A1A to the boat launch area on the beach

    Santa and his elves will begin passing out treats on Fort Lauderdale Beach across from the Oasis Cafe, located at 600 Seabreeze Boulevard. They will continue walking north along the beach to Birch State Park, located at A1A and Sunrise Boulevard. For more information, call the event hotline at (954) 828-5363.

  • Celebrate Kuumba, the 6th Principle of Kwanzaa - The City of Fort Lauderdale will pay homage to Kuumba - the 6th principle of Kwanzaa from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Kuumba, which means creativity, will be celebrated through ethnic dances, tribal storytelling, art exhibits, stage performances and a Karamu Feast of native foods. The free celebration will take place at Bass Park, located at 2750 NW 19th Street.

    Come enjoy the fun and feel the rhythm when S.W. 2nd Street comes alive with live music from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Watch the lighted ball will drop from the sky at the stroke of midnight to officially kick-off 2010! Call (954) 828-5363 for more information or call Bass Park at 954-828-8498.

For more information, call the event hotline at 954-828-5363 or Click Here.

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The 10th Annual New Years Eve
Downtown Countdown

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Downtown Countdown
The City of Fort Lauderdale invites you to the tenth annual
“Downtown Countdown” to ring in the New Year. On Wednesday, December 31, 2014, an estimated 100,000 revelers will crowd downtown Fort Lauderdale along SW 2nd Street, between SW 2nd Avenue and SW 5th Avenue.

New Years Eve Downtown Countdown Drop
Downtown Countdown Drop
Touted as one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Florida, this year’s free 11-hour street festival is full of fun and excitement for both children and adults. Join the City of Fort Lauderdale to ring in the New Year! Family events are hosted from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The festivities for kids include bounce houses/inflatables, face painting and games, contests and dancing with the DJ! Children that can't make the Midnight Main Event can still enjoy an early Countdown when the ball is lit at 7 p.m.

Come enjoy the fun and feel the rhythm when S.W. 2nd Street comes alive with live music from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursday, January 1st. Watch the lighted ball drop from the sky at the stroke of midnight to officially kick-off 2015! For more information, call the event hotline at 954-828-5363. The 2014 Downtown Countdown is brought to you by the City of Fort Lauderdale.

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Boca Fest 2015 The 28th Annual Boca Fest is scheduled for Saturday, January 10th and Sunday, January 11, 2015 at The Shops at Boca Center in Boca Raton (5250 Town Center Circle). It’s been over 2 decades since it’s inception, and this esteemed community art festival continues to highlight the talents of more than 150 exhibitors displaying a wide range of works from life-size sculptures to photography and jewelry. Ask any artist or visitor who participated in past Boca Fests, they were truly amazingly successful and this year will be no different!

The Shops at Boca Center
The Shops at Boca Center
Boca Fest is back for the 28th year with the nation's top artists, blending a balance of long-time favorites with the latest names in the contemporary art scene. Boca Raton is known for its affluent social community, chic restaurants and shops, and high income demographic. Centrally located at The Shops of Boca Center on Military Trail, Boca Fest is a sure "best" of Boca. Unique sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics, and much more make for one fabulous weekend.

Boca Fest is the longest running show presented by Howard Alan Events in Palm Beach and is considered Boca’s #1 event to attend. This phenomenal Art Fest brings together an affluent customer base with an exceptional eye for great art, the aesthetic beauty of Boca Raton, and an abundant mix of fine art. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of one of the best shows in Palm Beach County!

For more information, Click Here to email or Click Here to see web site. To participate as a vendor contact Howard Alan Events at (954) 472-3755.

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Chanukah Candle Lightings

Chanukah Menorah Lightings
For info, call (954) 568-1190 or Click Here
In 2014, Chanukah begins on Tuesday, December 16th at sundown and lasts 8 days through sundown on Wednesday, December 24. In Fort Lauderdale, Chabad Lubavitch of Fort Lauderdale has prepared a series of
Menorah lightings and holiday events around town. Located at 3500 North Ocean Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Chabad Lubavitch of Fort Lauderdale is hosting public Menorah lightings at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Broward General Medical Center, the Galleria Mall and during a Grand Chanukah Party at the Chabad, during another Grand Chanukah Party at Las Olas and a Chanukah Shabbaton - a traditional Friday night dinner following services at 5:30 PM. Renowned speaker, Mrs Frumma Rosenberg-Gottlieb (educator, mentor and skilled personal improvement coach), will present "The Space Between Us" - Torah Insights into Cultivating Loving Relationships.

Menorah Lightings Chanukah Events

The Menorah Lightings are FREE to the public - there is no admission charge. For more information, call Gitty Levin 954-568-1190 or Click Here to email. Click Here to more information about Chanukah Events.

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Christmas on Las Olas
Christmas on Las Olas
Xmas on Las Olas
It’s almost time again for that famous Las Olas event -
Christmas on Las Olas. And this year's event promises to be the best ever. Make sure you mark your calendars, dust down your Santa hat and prepare to start the holiday season in style on the boulevard. In 2014, Christmas on Las Olas takes place on Tuesday, December 2nd fom 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm.

Christmas on Las Olas
Las Olas Boulevard
Christmas on Las Olas... a Community Tradition for 52 years. To create a festive Christmas experience on one of the most famous streets in South Florida – East Las Olas Boulevard – S.E. 6th Avenue to S.E. 11th Avenue will be blocked to traffic. Christmas carolers, local choirs from schools and churches and performers from all corners of South Florida will fill the boulevard with the music and melodies that feed the holiday spirit. The eco-friendly LED lighting wrapped around trees in the Las Olas Boulevard median and sidewalk will serve as a permanent decorative enhancement.

Click to Christmas on Las Olas The 52nd Annual Christmas on Las Olas, presented again this year by the Las Olas Association and Premier Beverages, is the most revered family and community event in Fort Lauderdale. Over 40,000 guests attend this one-evening event to bask in the lights of this Winter Wonderland. Anidjar & Levine present Snow Mountain – benefitting South East Police Motorcycle Rodeo – will whisk you to an Alpine Shangri-La, as friends and neighbors sled down the two story ice covered slope. Chick Fil A brings us the popular Skate Las Olas – and the magic of ice skating on Las Olas Boulevard throughout the Holiday Season - as Children and Adults “skate” in a 1,800 square foot custom outdoor rink. Imagine children frolicking through the streets, skipping from attraction to attraction, while their parents sip champagne and catch up with their friends and family during this magical holiday time.

Christmas on Las Olas
Las Olas Boulevard
Come enjoy sledding on a mountain of real snow, skating on our outdoor rink, and endless entertainment on three stages. The Benedetti Orthodontics Stage on 6th Avenue will host choirs and performances, as headliners fill show stages on 8th Avenue (sponsored by EASY 93.1 Cox Media Group) and 11th Avenue (sponsored by Anidjar & Levine). Get a picture with Santa at One Beat CPR’s Santa’s Village on the Great Lawn beside the Riverside Hotel, or enjoy a glass of Korbel Champagne under extraordinary holiday lights and snow wafting down from the sky throughout the evening.

The event is FREE to the public - there is no admission charge. For more information, call Las Olas Boulevard Association Executive Director Amber VanBuren at 954-258-8382 or Click Here to email. Click Here to the Christmas on Las Olas web site.

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Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach
Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach
The 26th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts will be held on Sunday & Monday, January 17 & 18, 2015 from 10 AM - 5 PM along Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach. As always, Delray Beach provides us with a fabulous venue for a very successful show right on Atlantic Avenue (1111 East Atlantic Avenue), this show draws large crowds and is considered by both visitors and residents to be a must-go-to event. Parking will be available at City Hall located on NW 1st Avenue in Delray Beach. Take I-95 to Atlantic Ave. in Delray (there is an Atlantic Blvd. in Deerfield Beach just south of Delray – do not get these confused). Go East on Atlantic Ave. and follow signs to show site site along street.

Click to Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival
Click to Delray Art Festival
It doesn’t get any better than this! The sand...the sea...and one of the top fine art festivals in the country. The Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts, consistently ranked as one of the best art affairs in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist Magazine, blends long-time favorites with the most buzz-worthy names on the contemporary arts scene. This much anticipated outdoor event spans one mile of Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach, starting at US1 East over the Intracoastal Waterway all the way to A1A on the Atlantic Ocean. Delray is a beautiful niche neighborhood with the perfect ambiance for this well-attended event. See you in Delray!

The layout for this show is beautiful! Located in the Palm Beaches along Florida’s Atlantic Coast is beautiful Delray Beach. Come peruse some of the countries finests art from life sized sculptures, paintings, handmade jewelry, pottery, and some of the most unique treasures you'll ever lay your eyes on. This one is a can't miss. Admission is FREE - there is NO GATE!

All of the work on display is available for purchase and there is always something for everyone.

For more information, call 954-472-3755, Click Here to email or Click Here to see web site.

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The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale’s Signature Holiday event along the Intracoastal Waterway, takse place on on Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The Winterfest Celebration embraces the dual goals of providing a means for the community to come together and enjoy spectacular and unique events as well as attract positive national attention to the Greater Fort Lauderdale area as a tourist destination and as a great place to live and work.

Illuminated Shoreline Homes
Illuminated Shoreline Homes
2014 Grand Marshal Rapper Flo Rida
Rapper Flo Rida
2014 Grand Marshal
Winterfest is best known for it’s one of a kind Boat Parade celebrating 43 years. The scope of the festival has expanded to include a full complement of events. The festivities include the dazzling Chambord Vodka Winterfest Black Tie Ball, the Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Co. Shoreline Cruise, an exciting Grand Marshal Reception - where Mayor Jack Seiler will present the Key to the City to 2014 Grand Marshal - Rapper Flo Rida (born Tramar Lacel Dillard - who will travel in the Parade aboard the Grand Marshal Showboat presented by Ford. The Grand Marshal will be on the Nova Southeastern University bow on the Grand Marshal Showboat Floridian Princess), the Winterfest White Party, the Family Fun Day, and culminates with the fabulous Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. Winterfest is a multi-cultural event, which encourages and promotes diversity and is proud to have representation from a variety of races and religions.

Charles Fazzino's 2010 Poster (cropped)
Charles Fazzino's 2010 Poster (cropped)
The Parade is an exhibit of local talented artists that spend hundreds of hours from conception to inception transforming boats into canvases of color and lights depicting the parade’s theme. Parade entries have hosted live entertainment from the Miami City Ballet, Performing Arts Center, Polynesian Fire Dancers, Chinese Dragon Boats, Floating Circus, Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, Broadway Productions as well as other local entertainers and celebrities.

Pop Artist Charles Fazzino
Pop Artist Charles Fazzino
Many aspects of the Winterfest Celebration embrace the cultural arts. Our annual poster has been created by the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Local artist Guy Harvey honored the parade with his poster creation in 1998 and 2011. These images have also been used as promotional pieces on advertising bus panels. In 2004 and 2005, renowned marine wildlife artist, Carey Chen, joined the Winterfest family with the creation of our poster depicting the beauty of the decorated boats in conjunction with the unique surroundings South Florida hosts above and below the waterway. In 2006, 3-D Pop Artist Charles Fazzino added his colorful touch to Winterfest poster themed “Broadway on the Waterway” and in 2010, Fazzino returned to create a spectacular poster which was part of the City of Fort Lauderdale's Centennial historical painting depicting 100 years. Lighthouse Point artist Pat Anderson, whose boat parade images have been transformed into holiday ornaments for the past eleven years, was the artist for the 2007 poster. The 2008 poster creation was by Jules Burt . Art Institute student Yanny Issac won the prize for the 2009 design and in 2012, Susan Sommer-Luarca was chosen to capture this years event, given her credentials as the Official Triple Crown Artist, Official Artist of the NFL, Official Olympic Artist, and Official Artist of the PGA.

Participating Boats Pass along Intracoastal
Participating Boats along Intracoastal
Click to Birch State Park The excitement begins at 3:30 pm when the gates open to the Grandstand viewing area (All seats are reserved and assigned on the actual Grandstand, located inside Birch State Park on the Northeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and the Intracoastal Waterway), which is the largest location open to the public to see the parade. Hosted by Silver Airways, the Grandstand Viewing Area inside Hugh Taylor Birch State Park features Native American Indian entertainment, arts and crafts from local artists, interactive games (at the Arnstein & Lehr Sports Zone), Slap Shot Hockey Games, a Rock-Climbing Wall, Sun-Sentinel Kid’s Town, the Culinary Courtyard, Fort Lauderdale Strikers or try your pitching arm at the Marlins pitching. Parade commentary by BIG105.9. Grandstand HIGHLIGHTS - a show by "Gator Boys" Road Show. Since the Boat Parade gets underway at 6:30 pm along Downtown Fort Lauderdale, it should arrive at this area at approximately 7:30 pm when you can wave to the Grand Marshal Showboat powered by Ford - Floridian Princess. Winterfest offers complimentary space to many charities so they may promote public awareness and host fundraising opportunities. This “festival within the festival” hosts a stage with live entertainment, art and craft booths to entertain people of all ages.

Known as “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade,” millions via television and more than 1,000,000 cheering spectators along the 12 mile route have transformed the Winterfest Boat Parade into not only the largest, one-day, live audience of any event in Florida, but also the seventh largest one-day spectator event in the country! The International Festival and Events Association has named Winterfest the top 20th Parade in the World; with over 50,000 parades in the United States alone, this is a huge international honor which places Winterfest in the prestigious company of the Macy’s, Mardi gras, Rose Bowl and Disney Parades. Winterfest has had an economic impact on Broward County of over $42 million per year. In addition, Winterfest was just named by Readers Digest as “100 Best in America” which lists the top events in the United States. For additional information, call 954-767-0686 or email at info@winterfestparade.com. Click Here to the Winterfest Boat Parade web site.

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War Memorial Auditorium
War Memorial Auditorium
Sun Coast Gun & Knife Show will be held at the War Memorial Auditorium at 800 NE 8th Street in Fort Lauderdale. The Fair is scheduled for Saturday, January 17th from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, January 18, 2015, from 10 AM to 5 PM. The Fort Lauderdale Gun Show is a favorite for local gun collectors, hunters, and enthusiast. Dealers and private collectors from across the state of Florida exhibit at this show. You'll find a huge selection of guns, accessories, and many hard to find items. Make sure you do not miss the next Suncoast Gun Show coming to the War Memorial Auditorium.

You are permitted to bring a gun(s) into the show for the purpose of appraisal, sale, trade or for accessories. We have a security man who will check it and then secure it with a plastic tie strap that will prohibit the gun from firing. You MUST make sure the gun is unloaded prior to entering the show and also empty any loaded magazines and leave the ammunition in your vehicle. Even, if you are a concealed weapon permit holder! Safety is our number one priority and we have a zero tolerance policy. You will be immediately ejected should you break this rule.

The charge for admission is $12 per person - Kids Free (12 & under). Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (954) 828-5380, Fax at (954) 763-1769 or Click Here to Web Site.

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10th Annual

Fort Lauderdale’s Annual A1A Marathon
Fort Lauderdale’s
Annual A1A Marathon
Fort Lauderdale’s tenth Annual
A1A Marathon & Half Marathon is scheduled for February 15, 2015, featuring five races, a full marathon, a half marathon, a 5K Run and the A1A Kids Fun Run. This year, a newly added event, the inaugural Komen's Run For the Pink 6K, will help bring focus to the early detection of breast cancer. The A1A Full Marathon will consist of male/female main field division (age group), male/female wheelchair division, and a male/female hand cycle division. The Half Marathon will consist of a male/female main field division and male/female wheelchair division. Age groups will span 5 years (i.e. 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34, etc. all the way up to 70-74, then 75 and older) Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each division. On February 13 - 14, 2015, the Publix Health & Fitness Expo will take place at the Broward County Convention Center at 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale FL 33316. The 10th year of the Health & Fitness Expo will feature a myriad of exhibitors whose central focus is you the athlete. The 2015 Publix Health & Fitness Expo will feature over 50 exhibitors that will showcase a wide range of products and services. Browse by all the booths or stroll through the mall and peruse the shops. Please note that you must attend the expo to pick up your race packets, which will include your performance tech shirt, bib number, timing chip, goodie bag, and last minute instruction/race detail sheet. If unable to attend the expo, a family member or friend can pick up the packet if provided with an ID photocopy. Late Registration will be available in person at the Expo. If the race cap of 5,000 runners hasn't been reached, slots will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Fort Lauderdale’s Full A1A Marathon Course Route
A1A Marathon Course Route
The race will start with a bang promptly at 6:00 AM on February 15, 2015 in downtown Fort Lauderdale (401 SW 2nd Street) both the full and half marathoners starting at the same time while the the wheelchair racers will start fifteen minutes before the main field. The Course will be open for six hours for both the half marathon and full marathon. Runners will start on Sw 2nd St in front of the Museum of Discovery and Science and head east to Andrews Ave where they will head south for one block and turn east on Las Olas Boulevard, over the Las Olas Bridge and north on A1A where the course turns into Birch State Park for a two mile look at this well shaded run along the intracoastal. Runners then head north on A1A. At Palm the course turns east to El Mar Drive for two blocks before returning to A1A, and then to Pompano Beach Boulevard. At Dow (mile 14) the route turns into a small neighborhood along Bay Drive, turns west on Beacon and north on A1A where runners turn south at Spring Street. After the turn around the course proceeds on Bay to Dow (mile 16) before heading southbound along the A1A. Southbound the course retraces the first half of the race heading through Pompano Beach Boulevard and El Mar Drive once again. At 35th Street, the course turns east to Galt Ocean Drive where it turns south and merges with A1A. Runners pass Oakland Park Boulevard and Sunrise Boulevard, down A1A along the beach - the marathon finishes up at South Beach Parking lot passing under the overhead skyway towards the second half of the parking lot where the ocean meets the finish line at Mile 26.2! For the ½ marathon, after passing Oakland Park Boulevard and turning right to Galt Ocean Mile at NE 35th St, the course heads south. Galt Ocean Drive merges with A1A (maile 10) as runners continue down A1A to the 13.1 mile finish line.

Runners Preparing for A1A Marathon
Runners Preparing For A1A Marathon
The certified USATF A1A Marathon course is a Boston Qualifier! This fast, flat course is a great way to earn your spot in one of the country’s greatest races. Certification Number: Full Marathon: FL07008DL ½ Marathon: FL07009DL. Plenty of water and energy drink will be provided at every mile along the race course (beginning at mile 2). Energy gels will be provided at the half marathon and full marathon turnarounds. Port-o-lets will be positioned at the start of the race, along the race course (near water stops), and at the finish line. Fresh fruit, bagels, water, energy drinks, and other replenishing snacks will be provided upon completion of the race. The main medical tent will be positioned at the finish line. Medical stations will be positioned along the race course if you should need assistance during the race. 2015 will bring entertainment that will make you want to dance your way to the finish line. Entertainment along A1A Boulevard will feature numerous local bands, radio stations, cheerleaders, fans, and volunteers setting the stage for an exciting race to remember.

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. Led by President Stephanie Hightower and CEO Max Siegel, USATF is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization with a staff of professional program administrators at the National Office in Indianapolis. The mission of USATF is to provide vision and leadership to the sport of track and field in the United States, and to promote the pursuit of excellence from youth to masters, from grass roots to the Olympic Games. For more information about USA Track & Field, visit our Web site, www.usatf.org; write us at USA Track & Field, One RCA Dome, Suite 140, Indianapolis, IN 46225; or call our National Office at (317) 261-0500.

For more information please call 888-ESM-SPORTS, email a1amarathon@exclusivesports.com or log onto www.a1amarathon.com. Click Here for a full size map of the full marathon route and Click Here for the half marathon route. Click Here for info about the 5K run and Click Here for info about the Kids Fun run. To learn more about the 50-booth Expo, Click Here. Click Here to retrieve the race results for any year of the marathon.

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In the wake of SUNSET BLUE, the Galt Ocean Mile Shoppes neighborhood (recently reincarnated as the North Beach Shoppes through an explosive burst of ambitious self-marketing) has replaced the regular concert-driven street fair with a far more civilized - if not quieter - venue. Not to be outdone by Las Olas, Flagler or Miami, denizens of the North Beach neighborhood (or NOBE - as portrayed in their artsy logo) devised a strategy that exploits the flood of new shops and Galleries that aggregated to North Beach. They pulled together a FREE Art Walk on the first Saturday of each month from 7 to 11 PM. This month, the Art Walk will take place on January 3, 2014.

North Beach Shoppes - Galt Ocean Village Shoppes
North Beach Shoppes
If you haven't strolled across the street recently, you may not have visited Paul’s Art Gallery, the Barry Gross Gallery, Mac Fine Art, Gallery 101, the North Beach Art Gallery, Art of Alex or Rachel Henriques Art Studio (Henriques’ exceptional contemporary paintings were recently displayed at the DCOTA, the interior design center in Dania Beach). Some of them (like Gallery 101) migrated here from the FAT (Flagler Arts and Technology) Village Arts District near downtown Fort Lauderdale, others from Miami.

Click to Broward Art Guild Website The area's redesignation as an Art's District has also drawn the Broward Art Guild, an organization funded by the County to promote and support the Arts in Broward. New shops like Home Suite Home/Roberto Sanchez Design, salons like The VIP Room and Salon Mantra and wonderful eateries like La Dolce Vita restaurant bloomed while you were napping. Well, now you're awake. Get over there and see what you've missed. Better yet, Go there at 6 PM on Saturday, January 3rd, have dinner in one of the boutiquey restaurants and join the crowd for the North Beach Art Walk at 7 PM.

For additional information, Click Here to check out their Facebook Link. To see the new shops in the area, Click Here and click one of the category buttons on the right.

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City of Fort Lauderdale Other Broward Cities
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Hazardous Waste
Collected Hazardous Waste - Paint
To streamline the City Budget, effective October 1, 2013, Fort Lauderdale’s neighbors are no longer able to dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW), electronics, or yard waste at any of Broward County’s drop-off locations. Alternatively, the City of Fort Lauderdale has teamed up with neighboring communities to expand convenient, new options for residents to
dispose of household hazardous waste and electronics. Cooperative agreements with other cities provide our residents with free access to more frequent opportunities to dispose of hazardous waste and electronics. The drop-off events are critical to protecting the environment by reducing the volume of waste in landfills and preventing the contamination of ground water.

Fort Lauderdale residents are invited to participate in drop-off events at the following locations:

  • City of Fort Lauderdale
    301 N Andrews Avenue
    Saturday, January 24, 2015
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Coral Springs Public Works Westside Maintenance Complex
    4181 NW 121st Avenue
    Saturday, February 7, 2015
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Coconut Creek
    4800 West Copans Road
    Saturday, March 7, 2014
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Fort Lauderdale (Mill Pond Park)
    2201 NW 9th Avenue
    Saturday, April 11, 2015
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Tamarac
    6011 Nob Hill Road
    Saturday, May 2, 2015
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Pompano Beach
    1660 NE 10th Street (Community Park)
    Saturday, June 6, 2014
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Additional drop-off events are cyclically sceduled each month

Electronics Waste
Electronics Waste
With proof of residency, residents can drop off hazardous household items and electronics at no charge. Acceptable materials include paint (oil or latex), paint thinner and stripper, motor oil and filters, automotive fluids, gasoline, pesticides/insecticides, fertilizers, lawn chemicals, pool chemicals, fluorescent tubes, spot removers, oven and drain cleaners, furniture and metal polish, items containing mercury, batteries (rechargeable and automotive), propane tanks, fire extinguishers, flares and automobile batteries. Unacceptable hazardous waste includes explosive materials, biohazardous (medical) waste or business-generated waste.

Electronic items that will be accepted include televisions, computers and accessories (i.e.monitors, keyboards, mice, terminals), modems, fax machines, printers, copy machines, rechargeable batteries and cell phones. Do not bring office furniture, microwaves, stereos or speakers, electric or electronic musical instruments, DVD players or VCR's, appliances and electric hand tools.

For more information , Click Here or please contact the City of Fort Lauderdale’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000 or by Clicking Here to the customer service web page.

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CanadaFest Entertainment
On Saturday, January 24th and Sunday, January 25, 2015, the tradition of
CanadaFest returns to Hollywood. CanadaFest will take place on three stages at the newly renovated Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, named one of America's top ten nostalgic promenades by USA Today and one of America’s best beach boardwalks by Travel + Leisure. Entertainers will fill the Johnson Stage at the Bandshell and the two Beach Stages at Grant Street and New York Street. On Saturday, January 24th the entertainment will run from 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM and on Sunday, January 25th, from 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM.

CanadaFest Crowd
For the 150 000 visitors who attend this event every year, this is the occasion to applaud the many artists from Quebec (singers Richard Huet and Robert Doyon will take care of the animation again) and to visit the 100 merchants, who will be in their kiosks providing the sights, sounds, gastronomy, and the general ambiance of this festival. CanadaFest is proud to be The Biggest French festival in the United States and aims to keep it that way.

MC Richard Huet
MC Richard Huet
CanadaFest is a non profit organization that aims to entertain the residents and tourists of Florida, in the hopes of providing cultural diversity to the residents of Florida by showing the French Canadian culture. It also aims to make known of the multitude of products offered to the French Canadians in this region. CanadaFest is graciously brought to you by the french newspaper Le Soleil de la Floride, Le Mouvement Desjardins, RBC Centura Bank, The Canadian Consulate of Miami, SecuriGlobe and many other important sponsors that can be found at the festival.

Come and enjoy a weekend at the beach the canadian way. For more information, please call 954-924-9705, Click Here to email or Click Here to learn more about CanadaFest!

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Saturday Night
Under the South Florida Stars

Click to South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association (SFAAA) web site
Telescope at Fox Observatory
Telescope at Fox Observatory
Whether it’s just to enjoy a starlit evening, a chance to see the planets or to watch the Perseids meteor shower, Broward residents are invited to spend Saturday night under the South Florida Stars. Like most metropolitan areas, much of Broward County is bathed in ambient cloudlight, anathematic to outdoor nocturnal activities like stargazing. Surprisingly, there are several local sites where celestial wonders can be explored. Located near Alligator Alley, the Fox Observatory at Markham Park (16001 W. State Road 84) in Sunrise is perfectly positioned away from much of the light pollution that makes it hard to see the stars in the city. The park is also home to the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association (SFAAA), a non-profit organization that hosts weekly stargazing events at the observatory.

Fox Observatory At Markham Park
Fox Observatory At Markham Park
Open to the public every Saturday night, the events start at dusk and have been known to last the entire night. Events in January of 2015 will take place on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 23rd and the 30th. You can bring your own telescope or use the equipment at the observatory. A team of experts is available to answer all of your questions and show you how to use their telescopes or your own. On rainy/cloudy nights they provide astronomy based presentations and videos, so the place is always hopping - rain or shine!

The Fox Observatory houses a great lineup of viewing equipment. The primary observatory equipment consists of a 10 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain @ F/10 mounted in the outdoor dome, a 14 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain @ F/10, a 6" Brandon Refractor, three Dobsonian reflecting telescopes, the largest being 13 inches (330.2 mm) in diameter. Both Schmidt-Cassegrain scopes are frequently fitted with CCD imagers to offset the effects of light pollution. Along with the equipment brought by visitors, on a good clear night, as many as 15 telescopes are set up around the observatory.

If you arrive at the park after Sunset, you won't even have to pay the $1.50 per person entrance fee. After entering the park, turn left at the 4-way stop, then take the first right and go to the end of the circle. The observatory is the flat roof building with the red lights. If you get confused, just call the observatory at 954-384-0442 and they'll reel you in. For more information, call 954-384-0442, Click Here to email or Click Here to the web site for Saturday night under the South Florida Stars.

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Christmas on Las Olas
Fort Lauderdale Beach Collector Car Auction
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Collector Car Auction
Welcome back to the
Fort Lauderdale Beach Collector Car Auction, January 9, 10 & 11, 2015, “One of the nation’s great auctions”, that’s the concensus of the “buyer and sellers” around the country. “We sell a lot of fine automobiles and continually set record prices year after year.” We want to thank all our buyers and sellers for their participation in making last year’s auction a great success and we invite every one back to sunny Fort Lauderdale to buy and / or sell at this years “2015” auction!! To consign your cars and / or register to bid, contact Dave Rupp at 561-533-7945 or Georgia at 561-666-0451. We have on-site motor coach parking and car detailers. For information on hotels, vendor space, motor coach parking, auction & check-in times, call Dave or Georgia!! “Bring your bathing suits - no winter coats!”

Collector Car Show at War Memorial Auditorium
Collector Car Show at
War Memorial Auditorium
The 21st Annual Fort Lauderdale Beach Collector Car Auction is a testament to our commitment. The 3-day weekend will attract car enthusiasts from all parts of the country - and the world. The event is scheduled for January 9 through 11, 2015. On Friday (January 9), Saturday (January 10) and Sunday (January 11) - the auction starts at 10:00 AM and continues to 6:00 PM (starts at Noon on Friday). It will take place at the War Memorial Auditorium at 800 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale. This 55 year old facility recently under went a $2.3 million renovation. It's unique art deco look and great setting in Holiday Park near downtown Fort Lauderdale and 3 miles from the beach make it great location for this event!.

1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible by Gene Winfield
1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible - Gene Winfield
Dave Rupp presents this spectacular 300 car auction. Historically, one of the nation’s highest selling percentages. Featured cars are the 1933 Packard Model # 1002, 136 inch wheel base, "Rumble Seat Convertible Coupe", V8- Auto Original (1,552) mile re-production, "one" of only a hand full of these professional correct Packard bodys created from a mold from the original Packard Roadster, They even re-created the Packard frame // with some improvments, has power: steering-brakes-widows-seats & air condition, "built with Packard parts & accessories" original grill,--steel hood,-original head/parking & Tripp Lights--bumpers--trunk rack--chrome wire wheels--hub caps, emblems--stone guard--hood ornament-- etc,"
1936 Cord Phaeton
1936 Cord Phaeton
built at a cost of $150,000+ When you see it you'll like it, "The Ultimate Classic Cruiser", the 1936 Cord Phaeton, "Super Original Very Low Mileage Estate Car", No damage or rust ever, always garaged, drive line perfected by recognised Auburn//Cord engineering expert Denny Smallridge, and published by the ACD Club for his contributions, This is the best running & driving Cord there is period, "He'll Be There To Show You", and the 1942 Packard 120 Convertible Coupe, Original 47,600 mile car, dual side mounts, choice show condition - black with red leather interior// tan canvas top,,factory-160 &180 trim options, "Standard Shift with Overdrive", Runs & drives as new//absolute show winner. Famous "Gene Winfield" 1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible, designed, custom built and signed on the dash-board by the one and only California Living Legend "Gene Winfield", creator/builder of legendary show cars considered works of art (i.e. the "Bat Mobile", "Robo-Cop" & the best 50'S: 51 Mercury led sled "The Spanish Rose", winner of the "Chip Foose" Top Design Award !!!, This T-Bird cost 100,000+ to build & is another top award winner if you want to show it! A great running & driving custom - will be sold No Reserve to the highest bidder at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Collector Car Auction Janary 9-10-11 2015, War Memorial Auditorium, 800 N.E. 8th St. Zip 33304.

Christmas on Las Olas Book your airline tickets today!! Come to the beach and enjoy yourself... You've earned it!! Fly into the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, then go North on US 1 to the War Memorial Auditorium, Holiday Park (800 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale FL 33304) and be a part of the excitement!!

Christmas on Las Olas Admission charges are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information, call Dave Rupp at 561-533-7945, Toll Free: 1 (800) 237-8954 or Click Here to email. Click Here to the Fort Lauderdale Beach Collector Car Auction web site.

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Balancing the Broward County Books Broward County hosts Budget Workshops in preparation for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2015 County Budget. The Commission begins initial discussions in February and proceeds through a series of workshops that culminate in two public hearings in September. At that time, the Operating Budget, Capital Budget and Five-Year Capital Program are adopted. The new fiscal year begins in October. To familiarize yourself with the issues surrounding County Budget mechanics, residents can attend or watch the upcoming televised and online Budget Workshops (Room 430) and the Budget Hearings (Room 422) at the Broward County Governmental Center - 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.

Galt Mile Residents at Broward County Public Budget Hearing
Galt Mile Residents at Broward Public Budget Hearing
The property taxes you pay, also known as ad valorem taxes along with miscellaneous fees, transfers and fund balances, and sales tax comprise what is known as the General Fund budget. The General Fund budget is approximately $1 billion dollars and represents about 25 percent of the County’s overall $4.1 billion budget. The collected property tax revenues for FY14 are allocated to fund several areas. The Broward Sheriff’s Office is allocated 46 percent of total property tax revenues. The Broward County Commission has authority over 37 percent of property tax revenues which are allocated to Parks and Libraries (10 percent), Human Services (7 percent), Transit (3 percent), and Other Programs (17 percent). The remaining 17 percent is allocated to the Property Appraiser and Supervisor of Elections (3 percent), required mandates (9 percent) and consolidated dispatch (5 percent). Who gets an appropriation in FY 2015 - and how much - will be determined by those of us who participate in the upcoming meetings.

Click to Lifenet4Families web site Broward County property tax collections fell from $958.5 million in 2007 to $756.0 million in 2014 - a decline of $202.5 Million or 21% since FY07. Ascertained at a March 7, 2014 County Commission pre-budget workshop, since no millage rate increase is anticipated, a projected a FY 2015 overall general fund revenue increase of 3.8% is available after non-departmental costs are addressed. As Broward County Commissioners continue developing a budget for Fiscal Year 2015, the Commission workshops will allow participatory comments from the public. In the past, public comments were taken only at the two public hearings scheduled each year in September.

Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry
County Administrator
Bertha Henry
Meetings devoted to creating next year's spending plan are scheduled as follows. At May 6 (2 pm to 5 pm) and May 20 (10 am to 5 pm), 2014 workshops, budgets submitted by the County's Constitutional Officers (Sheriff, Supervisor of Elections, Property Appraiser, etc.) will be considered while the Office of Management and Budget develops a recommended capital program. Subsequent Budget Workshops are scheduled for Tuesday, June 3 (12:30 - 5 pm) and Monday, June 16 (10 am to 5 pm) as the County Administrator finalizes budget recommendations. No Meetings take place during the Summer Recess from July 1 through August 5. A final Budget Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Cutting the Broward County Budget The two Budget Public Hearings are on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 5:01 PM (#1) and Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 5:01 PM (#2) in Room 422 at the Broward County Governmental Center - 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.

For more information about the scheduled Budget Workshops, please call County Administration at 954-357-7350 or the Office of Public Communications at 954-357-6990. Also, Click Here for information directly from the Broward County Commission Meeting Schedule.

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Meteor Shower
Meteor Shower

For Those Interested in the Cosmos - the Quadrantid meteor shower is one of the strongest meteor showers of the year, but observers can be disappointed if conditions are not just right. The point from where the Quadrantid meteors appear to radiate is located within the extinct constellation Quadrans Muralis. On modern star charts, this radiant is located where the constellations Hercules, Boötes, and Draco meet in the sky. The shower can appear almost nonexistent until about 11 p.m. Unfortunately, the radiant does not attain a very high altitude for most Northern Hemisphere observers before morning twilight puts an end to the show. The best observations are actually possible from countries with high northern latitudes, such as Canada, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. The display is virtually nonexistent for observers in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Quadrantids generally begin on December 28 and end on January 7, with maximum generally occurring during the morning hours of January 3/4. The Quadrantids are barely detectable on the beginning and ending dates, but observers in the Northern Hemisphere can see from 10 to around 60 meteors per hour at maximum. The maximum only lasts for a few hours. There are other, weaker meteor showers going on around the same time as the Quadrantids. The Quadrantids are medium-paced when compared to meteors from other meteor showers. When you see a meteor, mentally trace it backwards. If you end up where Hercules, Boötes, and Draco meet in the sky then you have probably seen a Quadrantid meteor!

Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Quadrantids Meteor Shower
The first observation of the Quadrantids seems to have occurred on the morning of 1825 January 2, when Antonio Brucalassi (Italy) remarked that "the atmosphere was traversed by a multitude of the luminous bodies known by the name of falling stars." Apparently accidental rediscoveries were also made on 1835 January 2, by Louis Francois Wartmann (Switzerland), and on 1838 January 2, by M. Reynier (Switzerland). First mention that early January activity might be annual came in 1839, when Adolphe Quetelet (Brussels Observatory, Belgium) and Edward C. Herrick (Connecticut) independently made the suggestion. The meteor shower became known as the Quadrantids because of its emanation from a now obsolete constellation called Quadrans Muralis (the Mural Quadrant) located on some 19th-century star atlases near the point of meeting between Hercules, Boötes and Draco.

Observations of this meteor shower since 1864 have revealed that activity generally spans the period of December 28 to January 7. The Quadrantids are particularly noteworthy because of their very sharp rise to maximum activity around the time of January 3/4. Using records published by the British Astronomical Association (BAA), the British Meteor Society (BMS), and the American Meteor Society (AMS), the Author found that rates are below ten per hour just one day before and after the peak of shower activity. Furthermore, the rise and decline of the shower activity before and after January 3/4 tends to be more gradual and this apparently confirms the frequently held suspicion that this stream is made up of both diffuse and a compact components. The long-term effect of Jupiter on the Quadrantid stream was first investigated by S. E. Hamid and M. N. Youssef in 1963. They took the orbits of six Quadrantid meteors that were photographed in 1954 and applied perturbations by Jupiter for the past 5000 years. While the Quadrantid orbit passes as close as 92 million miles from the sun now, they noted the orbit was significantly different 1500 years ago, when the orbit passed as close as 10 million miles from the sun. The authors speculated that the stream's parent comet was captured by Jupiter about 4000 years ago and shortly thereafter it developed meteors along its path. "Because an appreciable number of these meteors, which now form the Quadrantids, did not suffer another close approach to Jupiter, the shower is observed to be compact."

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Commissioner Bruce Roberts’ District 1 Pre-Agenda Meeting

Commissioner Bruce Roberts’ District I Pre-Agenda meetings will be held on Mondays, January 5 and January 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the location listed below.

Two or more City Commissioners and/or Advisory Board members may be present at this meeting. All are invited to attend.

Commissioner Bruce Roberts

The Date: Monday, January 15 and 19, 2015
The Time: 6:00 PM
The Place: One of two locations (the first monthy meeting is at the Beach Community Center (cancelled) and the second at Imperial Point Hospital)

For more information, please call the City Commission office at 954 828-5004, Fax: (954) 828-5667, Email: RUptegrove@fortlauderdale.gov

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Downtown Development Authority “Dia dhuit,” or Hello! to all Irish and yes, that includes you! According to the U.S. Census, at least 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry. And even if you aren’t of Irish descent, all can enjoy the culture, history, food and fun of a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. For the fifth time in 20 years, the City of Fort Lauderdale and the Downtown Development Authority are proudly sponsoring the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. This family friendly celebration of all things Irish will take place on Saturday, March 8, 2014 and will be free and open to the public.

Parade to Riverfront
Parade to Riverfront
Get on your green and plan now to enjoy the fun as Fort Lauderdale transforms into a sea of color and music. The festival, which runs from 11 am to 7 pm at Huizenga Plaza and along the Riverwalk, will include cultural games and events including sheep herding, currach racing and hurling, and continuous live music, entertainment, and dance performances. The free St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival will feature decorative floats, live music and entertainment, a kids zone, exhibitors, games and contests, and Irish food and beverages. The children's area will feature an Irish Fiddle and Tenor Banjo Workshop, bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, trackless train and other activities. Additional festival highlights include historical education and ancestry areas, trivia, cooking demonstrations, authentic Irish cuisine and more!

Running with the Leprechauns After the Drum Line Competition at 10 am and a traditional Irish Blessing and opening remarks by Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler at 11 am on Huizenga Plaza (corner of Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue), the pageantry and excitement will begin with the 3rd Annual Leprechaun Leap on Saturday morning March 8 at 11:30 a.m. This family-oriented 1K walk/run will showcase the Running of the Leprechauns to officially kick off the festivities! From 12 Noon to 1:30 pm, the parade will take place along Las Olas Boulevard. Begining at SE 5th Avenue & Las Olas Boulevard, and ending at the Riverfront, when the festival will resume at Huizenga Plaza. The parade will feature decorative floats, pipe and drum corps, classic automobiles, bagpipers, marching bands, Irish dancers, street performers, scout troops, the Miami Dolphins, Veterans groups, elected officials, and more! Trophies are awarded for the best Marching Band and the best Commercial, School, Non-Profit and Private Participants! Parade participation is only $50 for Non-Profits and $100 for Commercial (no charge for schools, military or government organizations) and all are encouraged to enter by decorating a float, car or truck, or marching with your neighbors! Organizers are currently accepting applications (available online) to participate in the festivities. They seek bands, marching groups, clowns, floats and any other unique entries that will make this 5th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade fantastic.

Irish Pipers Parade along Las Olas Boulevard during St. Patricks Day Celebration
Irish Pipers Parade along Las Olas Boulevard
Live performances by popular Irish bands will take place on stages at Huizenga Plaza and Las Olas Riverfront. The festival will also include live music, Irish dancers, interactive entertainment, stilt walkers, leprechauns, cultural exhibits, and plenty of your favorite Irish food and beverages. Children will love the festival's expanded Kids Zone with bounce houses, train rides, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, balloon artists, interactive games and much more! The Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)3. For more information, call (954) 828-5985 or Click Here to email or contact Jan Idelman at (954) 294-3777 or Click Here to email. Click Here to the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival.

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Grand Opening Billiards Room

Billiard Room Grand Opening
SSSHHHH! For months, whispers have permeated the dark corners of Regency Tower hinting at the existence of a special new room. Rumors about a room dedicated to card players and those cultivating an interest in the art of billiards have preoccupied casual conversation in the lobby, the garage and the elevators. Recently, reports about this intriguing possibility have been overheard at the pool and the beach! Sightings of the new room have been reported by Residents throughout the building. Two residents, who’ve asked to remain anonymous, informed security that while sleeping, they were awakened and abducted by Neanderthal aliens. While still half asleep, they were whizzed through what appeared to be a pulsating, blinding white light. As their vision sharpened, they noticed a beautiful new billiards table, a dry bar, billiards accoutrements, a huge big screen television and several of their canine abductors playing 7 card stud at a brand new poker table. In time, they drifted back to sleep. When they awoke in their beds, they realized that they journeyed to the new Regency Tower Billiards Room! After futilely reporting this to whoever would listen, they gave up. Even family members couldn’t bring themselves to believe their rambling incoherent sputterings about having explored this “alternate universe”.

Billiard Room Grand Opening
Their burden is at an end! It has been confirmed... the Regency Tower Billiards Room really does exist! Not Sure? You Don’t believe it? YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEE IT FOR YOURSELF! On JUNE 15th at 6:30 PM, the GRAND OPENING OF THE REGENCY TOWER BILLIARD ROOM TOOK PLACE. UNBELIEVABLE, UNFATHOMABLE - somehow... someone transmogrified the dirty, filthy, useless space at the rear of the garage that wasn’t even fit for storage into an entertainment paradise for Regency Tower Residents and their guests. On the way to the pool, you’ll pass through a relatively nondescript door and step into another world. OUR NEW BILLIARDS - GAME - ENTERTAINMENT ROOM (OK... so it doesn’t have a name yet... so what?)

OK... so you missed it... not to worry... WE TOOK PICTURES OF THE GRAND OPENING!!! Click Here to see what you MISSED!!!

Exercise and Game Rooms

Security must have a signed waiver for everyone going into either room even if with someone who has already signed a waiver. Game Room rules are in progress of preparation.

Did You Know?

If you drive up to an intersection in which the traffic lights are not working you must stop (Florida Traffic Statue 316.1235). We remind you of this in view of the approaching hurricane season.

511 for Traffic Info During Hurricanes

When hurricanes or severe storms threaten Florida, you may call 511 to receive free info about real-time traffic, alternate routes, evacuation routes, etc. - or visit FL511.com

Barbecue Grill

Due to the constant problems regarding deposits left and deductions made for maintenance and cleaning of the Barbecue Grill, we are promulgating new procedures effective immediately. Deposits will no longer be required. In lieu thereof, a $10.00 Maintenance/Cleaning fee will be paid and our Maintenance and/or Security personnel will clean the grill after each use. This will negate the $25.00 deductions made for partially cleaned grills. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Water Savings

Our water bill is creeping up again. Please be sure to use the nozzle when washing your car to prevent water waste and when finished, turn off the water at the faucet or spigot. Additionally, check your toilets and sinks for leaks. Failure to address even a minor leak in any plumbing fixture precurses expensive yet avoidable flooding. If your toilet continually runs, it is wasting water. Report it to the Administrative Office.

Balcony Door Locks

Recently a resident was locked out on his balcony in the wee hours on a very cool night. Three lessons can be learned from this.

  1. Check with the Office regarding putting a proper lock on your balcony door.
  2. Be sure you have an up-to-date apartment key in our Key Lock Box.
  3. You also might consider leaving one of your living room windows unlocked so that it might be opened from the balcony in an emergency.

The Fire Department, in this instance had to be called and break through the door.

Auto and Motorcycle Registration

If you purchase a new car and and/or change your plates, be certain to give the information to the Administrative Office.

Taxi / Limo Pick-Up

When you call for car service, remember to tell the Dispatcher to have the vehicle pick you up at the North Door: Telephone Number: (954) 333-3333.

Hiring Maintenance Employees

If you engage a Maintenance employee to perform private work in your unit, you should provide them with a key. As a Reminder: Permits are required and the employee is not covered by Association insurance when performing private work.

Impact Windows Installation Deadline

To fully protect the building (and one another), the residents of Regency Tower overwhelmingly voted to amend the Condominium Documents to mandate the installation of code-compliant impact-rated windows throughout the structure (Article XIV, Section C of the Declaration of Condominium). The few owners who haven’t as yet installed the new hurricane resistant glazing have until June 1st to do so. To accomplish this prior to the onset of the hurricane season, orders should be placed as soon as possible. The effects of Hurricane Wilma have placed enormous strain on every component of the construction industry, including window and door installation companies. The state-wide demand for impact windows to replace the non-compliant ones destroyed during the storm has extended installation timetables from 4 - 6 months. To complete an installation by the June 1, 2006 deadline, orders should be placed before February 1, 2006. Click Here for more information.

The three vendors selected to perform the previous group installations in Regency Tower are:

  • VICO Windows Inc. - Ask for Rocky Petreccio at TELEPHONE: (954) 563-5686
  • Buckley Window Corp. - Ask for Robin Buckley at TELEPHONE: (954) 396-4211
  • Glass America - Ask for Mark Pestano at TELEPHONE: (954) 968-5483 Ext 13 or (954) 564-6020

As explained during the course of the installation projects, the group rates given by these vendors during the group installation may no longer be applicable! Current pricing is at the vendor’s discretion!

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FEMA Loosens Purse Strings for Unit Owners

On Wednesday, January 4, 2006, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reversed a longtime prohibition against accepting applications from condo associations or unit owners needing financial assistance. Associations may now apply for low-interest SBA loans and unit owners suffering uninsured or underinsured damages to interior possessions (such as furniture, carpeting, etc.) are eligible for FEMA grant money. To allow Floridians to take advantage of the loosened restrictions, SBA extended their January 5th deadline by an additional week. FEMA also extended their application deadline until January 19th. Federal resources are not available to address insurance deductibles. To apply for FEMA grant money (which does not have to be repaid), Click Here to register. For additional information, visit www.fema.gov or call 800-621-3362. You can also visit the local FEMA office in the Small Business Administration Building at 300 NW 1st Avenue (the old City Hall Annex) in Fort Lauderdale, just off Broward Boulevard.

Renovations Remodeling

Renovations/Remodeling of units should not begin until your plan is submitted to the Board of Directors via the Architectural Review and Construction Committee. Our Condo Docs and Rules & Regulations require this. Contractors and “Do-it-Yourself” owners must haul away all materials (toilets, sinks, cabinets, counter tops, mirrors, appliances, etc.) or the owner will be charged by the weight. DO NOT PLACE THESE ITEMS IN OUR DUMPSTERS OR LEAVE THEM OUTSIDE THE DUMPSTER ROOM!

Air Conditioning Maintenance

Air Conditioning Maintenance is offered to all owners at a charge of $20 per quarter or $6.66 per month. Should you experience a leak while on the A/C Service, there will not be a charge for repair and cleanup of floors below. Click Here for more information.


Surveillance is also offered to all apartment owners while you are away at a cost of $12 per visit. This service, which includes checking toilets, faucets, sinks, smoke detectors and eight other items, can be obtained on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Click Here for more information.

Speed Limit

We have experienced several near accidents due to vehicles exceeding the speed limits set by the Association. You should not exceed 5 MILE PER HOUR anywhere on The Regency Tower property whether in or outside of the garage. Security is on notice to report violators.

Winn Dixie Carts

It is once again requested that residents refrain from bringing Winn Dixie carts into the building. If you find it necessary to bring a cart across the street, do not leave it on our property or on the sidewalk along the front of the building. REMINDER: Winn Dixie has signs posted that state, “Removing Carts is Considered Theft”.


To expedite completion of the A/C Riser Piping Project, our Service Elevator was often restricted to exclusive use by the contractor transporting piping and other equipment from Monday - Wednesday. Our Passenger Elevators were temporarily protected with carpeting for use by residents. WE MUST NOW RETURN TO FULL COMPLIANCE WITH OUR RULES. Passenger Elevators are to be used by passengers only. Please use the Service Elevator for everything else.

Shopping Carts

All owners must return the carts within one hour by identifying their name and apartment number. Otherwise Security will write it as a $25 violation.

Vending Machines

Two Vending Machines have been installed behind the Security/Receiving Office in the Garage. One is for beverages at $0.50 and one is for snacks from $0.50 - $0.65.

Rules and Regulations

The new updated 2005 edition will be available for all units next week. Please read them and acquaint your guests with them.

Swimming Pool

We have been advised that not all swimmers are showering prior to using the pool. This is a violation of health standards as well as The Regency Tower Rules & Regulations.

Damaged Vehicles

Do not allow your contractor to cut tile and spill grout and other materials over the balcony. Your neighbors’ cars will be damaged. It also falls onto other balcony tiles/floors.

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Do Not Call!

Paranoid Hoax! Have you received an email warning similar to this?

  • In 31 days from today, cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sale calls. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS. To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222. It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years.

National Do Not Call Registry If you’ve received an e-mail telling you that your cell phone is about to be assaulted by telemarketing calls as a result of a new cell phone number database, REST ASSURED THAT THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Telemarketing to cell phone numbers has always been illegal in most cases and will continue to be so. In response to recent e-mail campaigns urging consumers to place their cell phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission issue this advisory to give consumers the facts. Not sure? Click Here to see for yourself!

Here’s what you need to know about the National Do Not Call Registry program:

  • FCC regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers are barred from calling consumers on their cell phones without their consent.

  • The federal government does not maintain a national cell phone registry. Personal cell phone users have always been able to add their numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry — the same Registry consumers use to register their land lines — either online at www.donotcall.gov or by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222 from the telephone number they wish to register. Registrations become effective within 31 days of signing up and are active for five years. There is no cut-off date or deadline for registrations.

  • Business-to-business calls are not covered under the Registry.

To learn more about the National Do Not Call Registry and the rules that enforce it, visit the FTC at www.ftc.gov, the FTC’s Do Not Call Information Site at www.ftc.gov/donotcall/ or the FCC at www.fcc.gov. For information about cell phones and the Registry (including “scare” emails), Click Here. For more information about a planned “wireless 411” directory, visit http://www.qsent.com/wireless411/index.shtml.

“Thank You, Duly!”

Duly Ramku - Regency Tower Hero It was brought to our attention that a child was rescued from the ocean by Duly Ramku of 703. We are told he is an excellent swimmer who rushed from the Pool area, swam out to where the child was and rescued her. Reminder: neither children nor adults should swim alone.

Hazardous Waste

Only paint cans, pesticide containers, motor oil containers, fire extinguishers, household cleaners and car batteries should be put into the Special Barrel marker “HAZARDOUS WASTE”. It is located outside the Compactor Room on the north side of the garage. Do not put any other recyclables in this container. Maintenance will take this to a Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site as needed.

Balcony Railings

Balcony railings should be maintained! Clean and wax with Turtle Wax to prevent peeling, pitting and rusting. Actually, almost any wax will suffice. Any product used for protecting you car, bicycle, indoor/outdoor metal furniture or surfboard (???) will make cleaning the railing much easier and extend the life of the coating. A coat of wax will protect the railing from the tiny bits of airborne metallic construction debris that settle on the rail and begin to rust. Spray waxes are adequate and much easier to apply. (By the way, one construction professional told us that he applies a product enigmatically named “Sex Wax” that is ordinarily used to protect surfboards!)

Seasonal Shutters

The cost for shutters from June 1st to November 30th is $150.00. Furniture removal is $25.00. This will be the last season that Maintenance will install Shutters. Please Return Ladders to Maintenance!


During their nightly roving, Security discovered that ladders are being removed from the Storage Room on various floors. Apparently, they are being taken into apartment units and not returned. Ladders are to be returned immediately. They will not be replaced.

Drop us a Note!

The Board of Directors would like to thank those owners who have mailed, called or spoken to us with words of support and approval for the efforts being executed by this Board. We savor and appreciate those words. Anyone wishing to send comments, suggestions, complaints or even compliments may do so.

Our email address is regencytower@yahoo.com. You can send an email to the Office simply by clicking on the email address! You can also email the Administration by clicking on the email link at the top of any page of the Regency Tower web site. If you prefer good old “snail mail”, please send your correspondence to:Send us a Note! Complain, Disparage, Encourage, Ideate, Reprimand, Support, Opine or Just Say HELLO!

  • Manager Kande Lewandowski
    c/o The Regency Tower
    3850 Galt Ocean Drive
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

There is also a locked “Director’s Box” located in the mail room lobby for those owners in residence. It is on the left wall when you enter the mail room in the far corner.

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