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Notices & Reminder

E-mail Address: regencytower@yahoo.com

October 2016

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.

Planning to Run?

If you want to run for a seat on the Regency Tower Board of Directors, submit your notice of candidacy to the Regency Tower Office by the close of business (4 PM) on Friday, February 6, 2015. All notices will be date stamped when received in the office. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

Laundry Room

Neither a key nor coins are required to use the laundry, as a refillable card system has been implemented. You can purchase a $5 Card from the vending machine in the Mail Room, which can be reloaded with cash as required!

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.

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.

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.

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

  • Contact Office to unlock the door from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.;
  • Contact Security from 4 p.m. – 8 a.m.

Saturday, Sunday & Holidays

  • Contact Security to unlock the door

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.

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.

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 $300.00. Should you be interested in future rentals, please place your name on the waiting list in the Office.

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 1 – 2 pm and ask the cleaning person to wait until you finish. No one should enter between 1 pm and 2 pm. 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

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 snack vending machines. This has caused the clogging of the coin receptacles. The same goes for the Beverage Vending machine.

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!

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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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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 three 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, October 2, 2016 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the monthly SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch will host:

  • Trilogy at the Esplanade
  • Sabor Latino at the Connie Hoffman Gazebo AND
  • Nestor Zurita Quartet at the Broward Center Peck Courtyard

Click Here for a map of the Riverwalk area.

For additional information about the 2016 Jazz Brunch, e-mail Debbie Bylica at dbylica@fortlauderdale.gov or call 954-828-4622.

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On Saturday - October 22 and Sunday - October 23, 2016 at LAS OLAS BOULEVARD from SE 6th Avenue to SE 11th Avenue, Howard Alan Events, Ltd. sponsors the 29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair. The annual fall tradition returns to Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Parking is available for RVs and standard size vehicles. Set-Up begins 5 AM Saturday morning. The venue is FREE - there is NO GATE!

Las Olas Art Fair
Las Olas Art Fair
Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard is known as the jewel of the city. Las Olas has everything for a wonderful evening out, or a relaxing day window-shopping and dining at one of the fabulous sidewalk cafes. On Las Olas Boulevard you will find a multitude of art galleries, eclectic boutiques, and dining options that range from Cuban-American cuisine to fresh seafood caught in the Atlantic Ocean.

Ranked as one of the top 100 art festivals in the nation by a leading art publication, Las Olas continues to be one of the most anticipated art events in the area. People come out yearly to see over 150 artists display their work in what looks like “mini” art galleries lined along the street. This show has a great vibe, it gets an eclectic mix of artists, the weather is beautiful this time of year and the crowds come out in full force to enjoy the sun and great art. Join them... you won’t be disappointed! Las Olas Boulevard, a popular tourist and resident attraction, boasts fine boutiques, great restaurants and a great city atmosphere.

Like all Howard Alan events, the 29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair is a juried show, which means each participating artist is hand-selected from hundreds of applicants to ensure a first-class festival with only the highest quality, original artwork. All exhibiting artists are required to be at the festival the entire weekend. This gives you the unique opportunity to 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.

All of the work on display is available for purchase, and with prices ranging from $15 earrings to $50 prints to $20,000 sculptures, 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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Jazz on the Square

Commercial Boulevard and A1A in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Commercial Boulevard and A1A in L-B-T-S
A Lauderdale-by-the-Sea signature event formerly known as "Jazz On The Square" has expanded its musical boundaries and morphed into
Friday Night Block Party. Every Friday night, show up from in the early evening for an outdoor festival of music and merriment sponsored by THE VILLAGE GRILLE & VILLAGE PUMP located at 4404 El Mar Drive and 101 Ocean Restaurant at 101 E. Commercial Boulevard. Known for its kitschy mid-century architecture and popularity among snowbirds, this picture postcard town is a perfect backdrop for this weekly treat.

Village Grille & Village Pump
Village Grille & Village Pump
Located by the beach near the Ocean Highway (State Road A1A) at Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is sandwiched between Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. Experience this wonderful weekly music fair. Although discontinued a few years ago, the Friday Jazz event was revived in November 2014. The silvery sounds run from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm every Friday Night.

101 Ocean Restaurant
101 Ocean Restaurant
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. Down the block from Anglin's Pier, Dune Plaza also serves as a gateway to a recently completed municipal renovation, During the month of October 2016, events are scheduled for the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.

For more information, call LBTSevents at (954) 640-4200 or Click Here to email. Call THE VILLAGE GRILLE & VILLAGE PUMP at (954) 776-5092, email the eatery at info@villagegrille.com or Click Here to check out its web site. Click Here for the 101 Ocean Restaurant website, or call (954) 776-8101. If you live here, you need to check this out at least once!!!

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The 19th Annual
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Craft Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9, 2016. 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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Free and open to the public (with the exception of the Annual Golf Tournament), the 63nd Annual David Deal Playday is a series of events running from August 2 - 20. First introduced in 1953 by Joseph C. Carter, the first director of Sunland Park (renamed Carter Park in 1994), as an opportunity for Fort Lauderdale youth to participate in track and field events. In 1971, the event was renamed David Deal Playday in honor of David Deal Sr., a longtime Broward County educator, coach and community mentor. it has since evolved into a multi-week celebration with a wide range of individual and family events.

  1. David Deal Summer Camp Playday

    • A Fort Lauderdale tradition where all City of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County summer camps participate in an opening ceremony, grand finale talent showcase, with special guest appearances, bounce houses, music, food, wacky water games, arts and crafts, face painting, Olympic games, carnival games, and so much more! On Wednesday, August 3, 2016, Summer Camp Playday will run from 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM at Joseph C. Carter Park (1450 W. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311).

  2. David Deal Playday Boxing Under the Stars

    • South Florida’s most talented boxers are vying for their titles at the 7th Annual Boxing Under the Stars event presented in partnership with the Carter Park Contenders Boxing Club, the Florida Gold Coast Association of USA Boxing and the City of Fort Lauderdale. The David Deal Playday Boxing Under the Stars is scheduled for Friday, August 12, 2016, from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM at the Joseph C. Carter Park Orange Bowl Field (1450 W. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale).

  3. David Deal Playday Championship Swim Meet

    • Tri-county Summer Swim Leagues are all invited to compete. As one would expect in the Venice of America, the annual swim meet will feature the full spectrum of competitive styles - including freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and team relays. Held at the Joseph C. Carter Park Aquatic Complex (1450 W. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale), the David Deal Playday Championship Swim Meet is scheduled from 9 AM through 1 PM on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

  4. David Deal Playday Golf Tournament

    • Join us at the 5th Annual 9-hole Playday Golf Tournament where we will highlight local golf legends. On Saturday, August 13, 2015, the tournament will run from 8:00 AM to 12 Noon at Osswald Park (2220 N.W. 21st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale). The tournament will feature closest-to-pin and putting contests. Refreshments - Registration is $20 - including lunch and awards.

  5. David Deal Playday Legacy Tribute

  6. David Deal Playday Summer Jamz at the Soul Café

  7. David Deal Playday Family Festival & Back-To-School Giveaway

    • Enjoy good ole’ family fun with bounce houses, carnival games, face painting, arts and crafts, pony rides, a cake walk, DJ, live local youth performances, food, and more! Plus, get all of your child’s back-to-school supplies for free! Its in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The event will run from 10 AM until 2 PM at Joseph C. Carter Park South Field (1450 W. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale)

  8. David Deal Playday Teen Summer Bash & Battle of the DJs

    • The #1 Summer Teen Party. The City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department wraps up the 63rd Annual David Deal Playday with a Teen Battle of the DJs. Catch the summer’s hottest teen concert as the area’s best DJs battle it out! From 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Saturday, August 20, 2016, the Teen Battle of the DJs will take place in Joseph C. Carter Park (1450 W. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311).

With the exception of the $20 registration fee for the Golf Tournament, all events are free and open to the public. For more information about the 63rd Annual David Deal Playday Events, call the Playday Hotline at (954) 828-4511 or the Parks and Recreation Special Events Hotline at 954-828-7275 (Click Here to email Parks Department). For events at Joseph C. Carter Park, you can call the park at 954-828-5411 or the Recreational Center at 954-828-5407. For the David Deal Playday Golf Tournament at Osswald Park, you can call the park at 954-828-6455. For the David Deal Playday Championship Swim Meet at Joseph C. Carter Park Pool, you can also call the pool at 954-828-5407. See additional info about these events by Clicking Here to check the event web site.

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Click to Brazilian Festival of Pompano Beach For the 5th year in a row, Brazil’s love, passion, rhythm, and excitement are coming together on October 22, 2016 at the Pompano Beach Community Park at 820 NE 18th Avenue (N.E. 10th Street & U.S.1) Pompano Beach, FL. Spread across 300,000 Square feet of green area with 2 stages, 20 tons of audio and visual, the 5th Annual Brazilian Festival of Pompano Beach features a kid’s zone, sitting area, 100 vendors/exhibitors, food and beverage, brazilian local bands, international headliners, many attractions and dancers. From 11 am to 10 pm, you are invited to sample Brazil’s Art, Culture, Music and Cuisine at the Pompano Beach Community Park. Pompano Beach will once again bring the best of Brazil to Florida.

Brazilian Festival
5th Annual Brazilian Festival
The Amazing Journey into Brazil’s Art, Culture, Tradition and Cuisine is the Focus of the Exhibitors Zone. From the traditional Brazilian “Rodizio, Churrasco, Vatapa, Pao de Queijo e Pastel” to the Sweet Dream of “Brigadeiros, Cocadas, Doce de leite, e Pamonha”. This taste of Brazilian Cuisine is gathered from small businesses throughout Broward into tents, offering visitors a dream day in Brazil’s Tasteland. At the same time, Brazil’s Vivid Art - created by Brazilian Painters, Sculptors, Designers, Furniture Makers, Architects, and Fashion Designers, will provide for a day of exposition and exhibition. Commerce and Public relations by the Brazilian Enterprise Community is offering special deals on Community Services, Travel, Hospitality, and Tourism., available only during the festival.

Sambala - a Carnaval Parade from California
Sambala - a Carnaval Parade from California
“By the People and For the People of Pompano Beach”. Following a warm welcome by the the Mayor of Pompano Beach, Mr. Lamar Fisher, the line-up will include Performances, Fashion Show, Cover and Local Bands, Headliners, and a closing Musical Act. Every year, the Brazilian Festival of Pompano Beach features a world-famous, award-winning headliner as the Festival’s main act, culminating to a mind blowing outdoor concert under the stars. The performers include Cidade Negra (Brazil’s all-time best Reggae band), Paulinho Reis (Country music sensation), Macaxeira (from South Florida, they blend Reggae with Samba), Forro Cravo and Canela (Brazilian New Kids on the Block), Thathi (Tribute to Cassia Eller - voted the best Cover Artist in Bahia Salvador), and Sambala - a Carnaval Parade from California - features 120 Dancers and Percussionists.

Forro Cravo and Canela
Forro Cravo and Canela
Earlier in the day, a Second Stage (City Stage) will showcase Brazilian talents competing for a cash prize and a chance to become a headliner on Brazilian venues. Miami’s Resident DJs spinning with the beat and rhythm of Brazil, Local Samba Dancers, Percussion and Drummers. Exotic Carnaval Queens in traditional Carnaval Costumes heat up the Stage and dance the sexy samba, as Local Pop. Reggae, and Country bands sing and play Brazilian Top Hit Songs. For kids, the park will be transformed into an Outdoor Circus featuring live performances, as colorful Mascots welcome Kids throughout the day. The Kids Zone offers an Inflatable Playground with Slides, Moonwalks, Waterfalls, Bounce House, Obstacle Course, Rides, and games that will keep families busy all day.

In 2016, the Fifth Edition of the Brazilian Festival of Pompano Beach aims to build awareness about Environmental protection and how recycling can have a positive effect to avoid Global Warming. Set designs and event scenography will be developed and built mainly with recycled materials. For More information, call +1 (305) 803-0338, Email at info@brazilianfestpompano.org or Click Here to the 5th Annual Brazilian Festival of Pompano Beach.

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NOVEMBER 13, 2016

Click to Course Map for 13.1 Marathon From 6 AM to 9 PM on Sunday, November 13, 2016, the 8th running of a unique race will return to our town. The 13.1 half marathon (with Life Time 5K and Relay) are part of a series of half marathons serving some of America's top running communities with a stand - alone half marathon for locals to embrace and visitors to experience. Join the beach party as it takes place throughout the beautiful streets of Fort Lauderdale including scenic routes through Las Olas Boulevard and along A1A. The series next moves to Miami Beach on March 5, 2017, where the on-course entertainment continues with Latin food and a beer at the South Beach finish line! Then its on to Chicago in the Spring - an intimate urban course with lakefront views. On May 21, 2017, the charming finish line comes complete with a gourmet breakfast.

Click to Course Map for 13.1 Marathon Click to Course Map for 13.1 Marathon The Start and finish Line is at 163 SW 1st Avenue (new start: SW 1st Avenue & SW 2nd Street). Runner Start Time is 6:35 AM. Enjoy a new course this year featuring more of the Downtown and Las Olas areas combined with a unique run through the Henry Kinney Tunnel. Each participant that completes the 13.1 race in Fort Lauderdale will receive a unique unique finisher's medal at the finish line. All age group award medals will be distributed from the Results tent at the finish line on race day. These custom designed medals will be awarded 3 deep in each of the 14 age groups for both males and females. There will be water and sports drink at 11 hydration stations along the course and at the start/finish. All Aid Stations on the course will have personnel and portable toilets located nearby. Medical support during the Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon Series will be provided by health care professionals. Medical assistance will be available at each water station along the route providing medical assistance as needed. A fully-equipped medical facility will be located near the finish line. An Event Status System will be displayed at each mile marker indicating the status of the race based on the current course and weather conditions. Each mile marker will have a large clock displaying the "gun time" of the event. Walker friendly, the course will remain open for 3 hours and 30 minutes (16 minute/mile pace).

13.1 Race at Dawn
13.1 Race at Dawn
The course will start (and finish) at 163 SW 1st Avenue (new start: SW 1st Ave & SW 2nd St) and head east (no need to go over the bridge here!) towards US 1/ S. Federal Highway where it turns south. Looping through the Rio Vista neighborhood along Ponce de Leon Drive, SE 11th Court, Cordova Road, N. Rio Vista Boulevard back to SE 6th Street and S. Andrews Avenue, where the Marathon runners join with Life Time 5K runners heading east on New River Drive and E. Los Olas Boulevard to the beach, where participants in the Life Time 5K will turn south on A1A. As the sun rises and the waves roll in, those in the marathon will head north at the scenic Ocean Highway (A1A). The course heads north towards NE 25th Street for the turnaround and comes back down A1A where locals and hotel visitors will cheer on runners. The race will finish at South Beach Park at the south end of A1A. The course is USATF certified (#FL08060EBM). Following the race, there will be live entertainment and an awards ceremony. All participants and spectators are invited to enjoy the race after-party!

Expect continuous course entertainment and a great time as you run 13.1! This includes: Bands, Performances, Cheer Squads, Community Group Aid Stations and Dj's pumping tunes that will keep you movin' all through out the fun-filled 13.1 mile course. For more information about the 13.1 marathon, please call Producer US Road Sports & Entertainment at 305-278-8668 or Click Here to email. Also, Click Here for information directly from the 13.1 Marathon 2015 web site.

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38 th Annual

Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department proudly presents the Starlight Musicals Concert Series, celebrating 38 years under the stars. These FREE outdoor concerts provide a great way to enjoy the summer with family and friends.

Join us in Holiday Park, Friday nights, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, June 17 through August 5, 2016. The series will feature an exciting line up of bands ranging from pop to country, rhythm and blues to tropical rock. Each week the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department will select a theme defining the music.

Starlight Musicals in Holiday Park
Starlight Concert at Holiday Park
The shows take place on the football field at Holiday Park, which is located at East Sunrise Boulevard and Federal Highway. Residents and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and coolers. Please note that pets are not permitted in the park. We look forward to seeing you out there this summer!

  • NO SMOKING ZONE In order to accommodate all of our guests, we have implemented a NO Smoking Zone. No Smoking will be permitted on the south side of the park (right side of the field when looking at the stage).

  • TENT-FREE ZONE We will continue to have our Tent-Free Zone. Canopies, tents and umbrellas are only permitted in the designated areas along the back and sides of the football field.

  • Click to Life Net 4 Families NON-PROFIT AWARENESS Each week Bank of America will feature a non-profit group to raise awareness of their program and goals. For the fourth straight year we will be holding food drives throughout the concert series that benefit either pets and people. Please help Bank of America support these worthy causes, our goal is to surpass last year’s totals. If every person brought a food item each week for a person or pet, think of the impact we could make! Lets try for 2,000 items.

  • RECYCLE! easily and proudly at Starlight Musicals. Recycling bins will be provided throughout the park and the “Recycling Rangers” will be roaming with their wagons.

Currently scheduled to perform are:

For more information about the Bank of America Starlight Musicals Concert Series, please call Debbie Bylica at 954-396-3622 or Click Here to e-mail. You can also call the Parks and Recreation Special Events Hotline at 954-828-5363 - Ext 2 for Starlight Musicals. You may also call this line weekly to check the event status when the weather is questionable. After dialing, press #2 for Starlight Musicals and then #4 for weather/event update.

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57th Annual Fort Lauderdale

International Boat Show

Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
Greater Ft Laud./Broward County Conv. Center
From Thursday, November 3 to Monday, November 7, 2016, the “Venice of America” invites residents and visitors to attend the
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The show runs from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday. The 57th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the world's largest boat show, is set at seven locations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, including the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina (formerly the Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel & Yacht Club), the Hall of Fame Marina, the Pier 66 Marina, Las Olas Marina and the Sails Marina. A wide variety of boats and sea vessels will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts.

Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center Grand Floridian Ballroom
Grand Floridian Ballroom
Exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. The show will feature more than 3 billion dollars worth of boats, yachts, superyachts, electronics, engines and thousands of accessories from every major marine manufacturer and builder worldwide. The Boat Show encompasses more than 3 million square feet of space, both on land and in water, all connected by the Show’s Transportation Network of water taxis, riverboats and bus shuttles. The world's premier venue for superyachts is held in various locations in the Yachting Capital of the World – Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Expect to see enhanced show logistics as many exhibitors request additional space to accommodate expanded offerings.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Sponsored by The IGFA School of Sportfishing and taught by Elliot Stark and veteran Captains Tony DiGiulian, Skip Dana, and Shawn Fairbanks, 12 seminars scheduled throughout the event include Secrets for Dolphin, Kingfish Tips & Techniques, Targeting Inshore Game Fish, Winning with Wahoo, Reef & Bottom Fishing Basics, Stalking the Flats, Offshore Masters Panel, Big fish on Light Tackle and Destination Fishing: What you need to know. Special events include FREE Kids' Fishing Clinics where Capt. Don Dingman, host of the children's television show Hook the Future, guides children through the fan favorite Kids' Fishing Clinics. Face painting, “Catch-a-Fish” Kids Crafts and special entertainment will be on tap, courtesy of South Florida Parenting. On Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & November 6, children ages 5-16 learn the basics of fishing through interactive activity stations manned by professional anglers. Clinics begin each day at 12:00 and 2:00pm. The clinic is free for all children once you have bought a ticket to the show. CruiserPort (sponsored by PassageMaker Magazine) is a designated area within leading mainstream boat shows, promoting the cruising lifestyle. Flags and banners identify participating vessels that serve this niche. CruiserPort offers free boating activities taught by your favorite PMM editors and other industry professionals.

Click to The Carefree Boat Club web site Hosted By the Carefree Boat Club, take your boating skills up a notch during this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Boating Skills Classes offer something for everyone - from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers! Learn from the experts; all sessions are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors. Participants are encouraged to register on line in advance or directly at the Powerboat Skills Training Center during the boat show located at the end of “B” Dock at the Bahia Mar at 801 Seabreeze Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. For 1 Hour On-Water Classes or 3 Hour On-Water Workshops, please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the class start time. Be sure to visit “The Blue Wild Watersports and Marine Art Expo.” in Lobby B/C of the Convention Center! You will get the chance to listen to experts speak about different water sports -- from freediving and spearfishing to stand up paddleboarding and underwater photography. Also, stop by and meet celebrity speaker Manny Puig -- he will be displaying his artwork and signing posters. While there, be sure to visit the extensive Marine Art Display room, featuring a wide range of artists -- from serious, high-end works of art to underwater photography to whimsical and contemporary pieces. There is something for everyone at The Blue Wild!

Click to The Blue Wild web site Click to Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show web site Boat Show Transportation System is as follows: Park N Ride Boat Show Shuttle Buses are FREE, easy and comfortable. Transportation routes between all show sites, War Memorial Auditorium parking and downtown Riverfront parking. The Riverboat Shuttle is also FREE. Avoid the traffic and enjoy the scenery on the New River when you take the 30-minute Riverboat ride to/from Las Olas Riverfront. Water Taxi Boat Show passes offer unlimited, all day transportation. Waterfront pick-up points are: Bahia Mar Yachting Center, the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center/Hilton Ft Lauderdale Marina (Stop #5 under 17th Street Bridge), the GalleryONE Doubletree Hotel/Galleria Mall (Stop #9) and the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 (Stop #6).

For more information about the 55th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, please call 954-764-7642 or Toll Free at 800-940-7642. Click Here to send an email or Click Here to Web Site.

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City of Fort Lauderdale

Crepe Myrtle
Crepe Myrtle
Click to the Fort Lauderdale Quarterly Tree Giveaway web site Thinking about buying a new tree for your yard? Before you buy, check out one of the City's multiple tree give-away events, like the a Free Tree Giveaway scheduled for March 19, 2016. Come to Riverland Park at 950 SW 27th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale from 8 AM to Noon if you want a free tree. Why would the City spend money on providing trees free of charge to residents? It's simple: The more people we have planting trees, the more people we have working to achieve our goal of 23.6% canopy cover in the City by 2018.

Fort Lauderdale has three separate programs which each provide residents with Florida-friendly trees for FREE. The Adopt-a-tree program provides a tree that homeowners plant in the swale in front of their property, the Save-a-tree Plant-a-tree program offers a tree to residents who switch to e-billing for their monthly City utilities bill, and the quarterly tree giveaways hand out two trees per resident four times a year. That's right - up to eight trees per resident - every year.

Pigeon Plum
Pigeon Plum
Days will be cooler, greener and more beautiful when the City of Fort Lauderdale reaches our goal of almost a 25% tree canopy cover by 2018. Residents are invited to help reach that goal by participating in our free tree giveaway. With proof of residency, all Fort Lauderdale residents may receive up to two trees per household. Residents will be given the choice of shade, fruit or ornamental trees while supplies last.

Click to the Plant a Tree Save a Tree web site Among the trees that will be distributed at the event are Avacado, Bulnesia, Crape Myrtle, Dwarf Mango, Gumbo Limbo, Jamaica Caper, Lychee, Starfruit - Carambola, Edible Fig and more. Who pays for this??? The City of Fort Lauderdale was awarded $18,820 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Forestry through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - to assist in the ongoing reforestation efforts in response to the 2005 hurricane season. Acceptable as proof of residency are a license or a utility bill!

For more information, call call Gene Dempsey at (954) 828-5785, Email at gdempsey@fortlauderdale.gov or Click Here to Fort Lauderdale Urban Forester’s Tree Giveaway web page.

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Holiday Park
Holiday Park Site
Kids of all ages will enjoy the
Big Toy & Truck Extravaganza, which will take place at Holiday Park, located at 1300 E. Sunrise Boulevard, in the field across from the War Memorial Auditorium and adjacent to the Parker Playhouse. Hosted by the City of Fort Lauderdale, the mid-day event is scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It always delights everyone.

Big Toy & Truck Extravaganza This free event offers an up-close look at a variety of cars, trucks, and specialized equipment while encouraging hands-on activity. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters dream about being firefighters, race car drivers and masters of heavy equipment and vehicles as they mount the various exhibits.

Kids Mount Fire Engine
Kids Mount Fire Engine
More than 30 vehicles will be on display for the 20th annual Big Toy & Truck Extravaganza. Children, teens and adults will have an opportunity to view, climb and operate a fire engine, fire-rescue and ladder trucks, a front loader, SWAT and bomb squad vehicles, bucket trucks, a school bus, marine patrol boat, electric cart and more.

The event will feature participation from several City of Fort Lauderdale departments, including Parks & Recreation, Police, and Fire-Rescue. Free parking is available on site. For additional information, call (954) 828-7275, Email at parksinfo@fortlauderdale.gov or Click Here to Big Toy & Truck Extravaganza web notice. Also, call City of Fort Lauderdale Special Events information at 954-828-5363.

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Click to Friday Night Sound Waves web page Set against the magnificent backdrop of Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Friday Night Sound Waves Summer Music Series takes place every Friday night from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., March 18 through November 18, 2016, on Fort Lauderdale Beach at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A (AKA - "The Hub"). Shane Duncan Band, a High Energy Country-Rock Band from South Florida delivers a Non-Stop show on October 7, 2016. The band currently writes, records and performs all of their original music so what you hear is what you get. They were also featured as a band on The Hit Show South Beach Classics seen on the Discovery/ Velocity channel in January 2015 where they also penned the opening track for the show. Also showcasing their bands in October are The Tom Sartori Band - which kicks in our Full Moon Party, Big City Dogs , and 2015 Grammy and a Latin Grammy nominee, PALO!. Other performers headlining over the next few months are listed below.

Sound Waves at Las Olas and Beach Hub
Fort Lauderdale Beach at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A
Funded by a grant from the Beach Business Improvement District, the City of Fort Lauderdale Department of Parks & Recreation cobbled together some of South Florida’s best musical talents, who will immerse evening beachgoers in an eclectic range of genres including Jazz, Blues, Country, Latin Fusion, Top 40, Reggae, Salsa, Big Band Swing, World and Classic Rock. Free to the public, attendees should wear flip-flops, bring a beach chair and dress light. If the air chills, just grab a complimentary beach blanket. An information kiosk will bring both City residents and visiting tourists up to speed about local restaurants, live music venues and other nearby attractions.

Click to Friday Night Sound Waves web page Starting in March, the following musical groups are scheduled to perform at Las Olas & the beach each Friday evening:

For additional information, click here to email or click here to visit the Friday Night Sound Waves website!

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Broward County Convention Center
Broward County Convention Center
The Fort Lauderdale Spring
Home Design And Remodeling Show will be held from 4 PM to 9:30 PM on Friday, May 27, 12 Noon to 9:30 PM on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2015. On Monday, May 30, the show runs from 12 Noon to 7:30 PM. The festival is located at the Greater Fort Lauderdale - Broward County Convention Center at 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Get up close and personal with the latest in home improvement, interior design, culinary gymnastics, landscaping and more!

Ft Lauderdale's premier home improvement event returns to the Broward County Convention Center. Thousands of products and services will be on display in one convenient location. The Home Design & Remodeling Show is a unique marketplace that enables homeowners to experience the products and services first hand, talk one-on-one with the experts and get personalized advice to plan individual home improvement projects. From easy-to-implement redesigns to full renovations, the wide variety of displays will provide inspiration to improve, update and renovate the home. Renovating on a budget? Every room in the house as well as the outdoor spaces can be improved with the products and services featured at the Home Show. The participating businesses offer special pricing during the Home Show, helping homeowners to save money while accomplishing their home improvements, renovations or interior design updates. Consumers can shop onsite, compare products in person and save with the special show prices offered throughout the event.

Sara Bendrick of DIY Network
Sara Bendrick of DIY Network
Chef Paulette Bilsky
Chef Paulette Bilsky
The interior design community will demonstrate how professional interior design enhances your living spaces. This year's show will feature the original designs of three South Florida designers. On Sunday and Monday (Memorial Day) - at 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. - Sara Bendrick of DIY Network’s “I Hate My Yard,” will share design tips and ideas so that home show attendees don't hate their yards. As a landscape designer with a passion for being involved with all of her projects, hosting the DIY Network’s ‘I Hate My Yard’ provides her with an opportunity to combine nature with a built environment to create a sense of place. She has always been interested in horticulture & art, and designing landscapes allows her to combine both of my passions. She loves to interact and help homeowners realize the opportunity in their exterior spaces. With a DIY attitude Sara and her crew tackles tough backyards with the help of the homeowners to keep the budget in check. She guides the homeowners through the renovation process by tasking them with fun, creative and aesthetically pleasing projects to take back the yard once & for all.

Fort Lauderdale Home Design And Remodeling Show
Ft Laud Home Design & Remodeling Show
Jason Cameron, host of DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes, Man Caves and Sledgehammer, will be at the Home Design and Remodeling Show at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 28th, to help you turn your renovation dreams into reality. Sponsored by Electri-Chef, the Culinary Experience Cooking Stage is a popular feature of the Home Design and Remodeling Show. A series of guest chefs will be featured each day in live cooking shows. The audience is treated to an entertaining cooking demo AND delicious samples of the nutritious recipes prepared! The Culinary Stage offers recipes that will tantalize the taste buds with nutritious and delicious dishes throughout the weekend. Chef Paulette Bilsky, the Chef Coordinator, will be accompanied by a host of South Florida favorites who will actualize recipes that the entire family will enjoy. For adults, admission is $10, Children 11 & under are FREE. For more information, call 888-353-3976 or Click Here to email or Click Here to web site.

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Bus Loop

Click to Busloop web page On Friday , September 16, 2016, for only $20 early prepaid, $30 prepaid after August 16 or $35 at door, you can ride a Sun Trolley to the sports-themed FANtastic Bus Loop and receive a free drink at each participating venue! In keeping with the sports theme, wear your favorite sports team gear to the Bus Loop! 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, Uber, a 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. Click Here to verify the nearby Check-In locations and participating venues.

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, and 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. At 10:00 pm there is a post-party at a designated location indicated on the card where attendees 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 or well. Sometimes it may only be beer and other venues may offer a specialty drink. Please... do not leave venue premises with drinks!

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.

The Checkin sites for the September 16, 2016 Fort Lauderdale FANtastic Bus Loop are Tilted Kilt (219 S Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale) and American Social (721 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale). Venues include Tilted Kilt, American Social, Tarpon Bend, Mellow Mushroom's, Fork & Balls, Lucky's Tavern and more! All Proceeds benefit the Jessica June Childrens Cancer Foundation, Jack & Jill Center, Covenant House Florida, Riverwalk Trust, and The Broward County Gator Club Scholarship Fund. 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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The 12thAnnual

Click to Oakland Park Oktoberfest web page Oakland Park has announced its 12th Annual Oktoberfest celebration will take place September 30th, October 1st and 2nd at Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway. Featuring everything from dashing dachshunds, specially crafted seasonal beers, and apple strudel eating contests, by adding its own touch to the traditional Oktoberfest celebration, Oakland Park has turned its annual Oktoberfest celebration into one of the signature cultural entertainment events in South Florida. The Funky Buddha Brewery at 1201 NE 38th Street – which anchors Oakland Park’s Downtown Culinary Arts District – will serve as the event's presenting sponsor.

Oktoberfest in Oakland Park
Oakland Park’s Oktoberfest is considered one of the largest in Florida and the city annually looks forward to welcoming thousands of residents and visitors. Oktoberfest hours are Friday, September 30 from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday, October 1 from 1 to 11 p.m. and Sunday, October 2 from noon to 5 p.m. at the downtown park turned “Biergarten” just north of the intersection of NE 38th Street and Park Lane, where the Funky Buddha Brewery will be hosting the “after party” each night. Oakland Park Oktoberfest attracts enthusiasts who enjoy the festive atmosphere with German cuisine such as sauerbraten, schnitzel and “kartoffelpuffer” (potato pancakes) along with many popular carnival foods, beverages and music. The Funky Buddha craft food chefs have created culinary pairings such as their signature bratwurst with house-made ale mustard and a specially-crafted Oktoberfest beer.

Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park
In addition to tap offerings that include Floridian Hefeweizen, Hop Gun IPA, a German Pilsner, and a special batch of Marzen – an amber Bavarian lager traditionally served at Oktoberfest celebrations, Funky Buddha will feature a selection of its specialty beers like Fire in the Hole and Last Snow brewed using natural ingredients. Oktoberfest revelers can also enjoy the traditional “Prosit” toast with wines and other spirits.

Oktoberfest in Oakland Park
Large tents erected along North Dixie Highway will replicate a festive Bavarian village celebration, including a stage and dance floor. Scheduled entertainment includes the acclaimed Texas-based Oktoberfest party band Alpine Express, as well as German musician Sepp Diepolder whose talents include the accordion, jodler and zither. Performances by the Auerhahn Schuhplattlers dancers will delight attendees with their colorful attire and dancing displays. Adorned in dirndls and lederhosen, the audience will be engaged with fun Oktoberfest games and contests, such as the popular Central Bark “Dachshund Dash,” beer stein races and apple strudel-eating contests. The event also features a children’s midway of rides & games, craft vendors and other attractions.

Click to Oakland Park Oktoberfest web page The City’s Downtown Culinary Arts District provides free parking in close walking proximity for Oktoberfest attendees with paid premium parking available onsite. Festival admission is $5 with accompanied children 12 and under admitted free. For additional information, Call Eric Waters at 954-630-4507 or email him at EricW@oaklandparkfl.gov. CLICK HERE to the Annual Oakland Park Oktoberfest Web page, CLICK HERE to the 2016 Oakland Park Oktoberfest web notice and CLICK HERE to Oktoberfest information on the Funky Bhudda website. For sponsorships, volunteer opportunities and other information, please visit: www.oaklandparkfl.gov or call the City’s Parks and Leisure Services office at 954-630-4500.

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Click to Delray Art Fair
Susan Gott Piece
The 3rd Annual Delray Marketplace Art & Craft Festival will be held on Saturday & Sunday, October 29 & 30, 2016 from 10 AM - 5 PM at 9025 W. Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. As always, Delray Beach provides us with a fabulous venue for a very successful show on West Atlantic Avenue. The Delray Marketplace is a shopping, dining, and entertainment hub in the affluent West Delray Beach community. This entertainment oriented property is a fabulous host to our fall Art & Craft Festival which will bring out over 100 fine artists and crafters that will line the streets in a gallery-style outdoor festival. Come visit this booming location to shop unique handcrafted art and craft items from a collection of the top crafters in the country.

Click to Delray Marketplace Art & Craft Fair
Click to Delray Marketplace Art & Craft Fair
Located in the Palm Beaches along Florida’s Atlantic Coast is beautiful Delray Beach. Enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment in any of Delray Beach’s award winning shops, cafés or restaurants. Explore the crystal clear Atlantic Ocean or visit unique galleries and boutiques on Atlantic Avenue when you visit “Florida’s Village by the Sea.” At this free show and sale, you can find beautiful one-of-a-kind craftwork displayed by their originators at price ranges to suit every budget.

The Annual West Delray Art & Craft Festival is a favorite Palm Beach event, featuring contemporary offerings from some of the nation's most talented artisans. Handmade jewelry, 3-D acrylic paintings, ceramic planters, driftwood arrangements, glass votives, watercolors, oils and hand cut silhouettes are just some of the works you will find. Talk to the artists; learn the background info for the pieces that move you. Since its inception, this unique event has has surpassed expectations - of the participating artists and the affluent West Delray community. All crafts and artworks on display were created in the U.S.A. - and the event is FREE - there is NO GATE!

Come out west and meet the beautiful people, shopkeepers and an entire community known as a destination site that welcomes visitors. 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 12, 2015, 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
2015 Grand Marshal Actor Nick Cannon
Actor Nick Cannon
2015 Grand Marshal
Winterfest is best known for it’s one of a kind Boat Parade celebrating 44 years. The scope of the festival has expanded to include a full complement of events. The festivities include the dazzling Moët & Chandon Winterfest Black Tie Ball on December 5 (themed in 2015 after Broadway's "Kinky Boots"), the Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Co. Shoreline Cruise, an exciting Grand Marshal Reception - where Mayor Jack Seiler presents the Key to the City to 2015 Grand Marshal - Actor Nick Cannon (who will travel in the Parade aboard the Grand Marshal Showboat presented by JM Lexus. 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. Some of the earliest event posters were created by Don Eighnie in 1984, the Forsyth Agency in 1986, 1992 and 1996, Jenniver Camameros & Milissa Edwards of the the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1987 and Dana Hall in 1988. Local artist Guy Harvey honored the parade with his poster creations 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 surrounding 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 event since 2001, was the artist for the 2007 and 2013 posters. The 2008 poster creation was by Jules Burt. Art Institute student Yanny Issac won the prize for the 2009 design and Susan Sommer-Luarca was chosen to capture the 2012 event, given her credentials as the Official Triple Crown Artist, Official Artist of the NFL, Official Olympic Artist, and Official Artist of the PGA. Nadine Egan Floyd created the 2014 poster and Marcia K. Moore unveiled her winning 2015 entry at the October 30 Winterfest White Party.

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, 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. Keep up to speed with Parade commentary by BIG105.9. 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 JM Lexus - the 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 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
Florida Gun Shows will be held at the War Memorial Auditorium at 800 NE 8th Street in Fort Lauderdale. Late 2015, longtime gun show producer Suncoast was acquired by the proprietor of Shoot Straight, the largest retail chain in the state, who quickly improved the show. The next Fair is scheduled for Saturday, November 19th from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, November 20, 2016, 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 Florida 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. There is a two gun maximum limit and no merchandise is permitted to be brought in by carts. A security staffer will check it and 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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Click to the Bugfest web page The Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, the Shore Dive Capital of South Florida, is hosting BugFest-By-The-Sea in multiple locations from Tuesday. July 26 through Saturday, July 30, 2016, a fun series of events for divers during the annual 2-day FLORIDA LOBSTER mini-season (July 27 and 28 this year). Sponsored by Reef Safe sun care products, BugFest is again giving away $15,000 in cash, dive gear and other great prizes. Now in its fifth year, the "Great Florida Bug Hunt Contest" has evolved into an LBTS signature event with a bullet.

Spiny Lobster - AKA - Bug
Spiny Lobsters - or BUGS
For the $20 registration fee, competitors can catch spiny lobsters (AKA "Bugs") anywhere off the Broward, Palm Beach or Miami-Dade coasts, where the daily bag limit (north of Monroe County) is 12 bugs per day per scuba diver. The contest begins at 12:01 midnight July 27 and runs through 5:00 PM July 28. A "dive team" that catches the 12 biggest bugs on mini-season opening day (Wednesday, July 27, 2016) will win $1,000 in cash. Whoever catches the largest "bug" off the beach (a beach dive) will win $400 - second place gets $100. $100 is awarded for the prettiest lobster caught by a woman diver. For the biggest lobster caught during the Wednesday Midnight beach dive off LBTS, the winning bug-hunter will score an Atomic Z3 Regulator (book value $530). Divers can win Aeris A300 Wrist Computers (book value $390 each) for the biggest lobsters caught during the 6 AM Wednesday dive outings on the Aqua View or the Black Pearl dive boats. The week-long series of fun events, seminars and contests include:

Spiny Lobster - AKA - Bug
Jim "Chiefy" Mathie's Bug Guide
BugFest kicks off its fifth year with an awe-inspiring art exhibit by eco litter artist Susie Q. Wood at Frame n' Art on Friday, July 22 from 6 to 9 PM. On Saturday, July 23, after the Divers Alert Networks (DAN) presents a free seminar on the Risks and Hazards of Lobster Diving at 6 PM, register for the Bug Hunt from 7 - 8 PM before attending an expert lobster hunting class with Jim "Chiefy" Mathie, a retired chief with the Deerfield Beach (FL) Fire Rescue Department. On Sunday, July 24, Divers here for BugFest will also be able to dive the area's newest artificial reef off nearby Pompano Beach (a 305-foot sludge tanker "Newton Creek" is scheduled to be sunk in 110 to 120 feet of water just south of the Pompano Beach pier on Saturday, July 23). The Lobster Mini-Season free Kickoff Party on Tuesday, July 26. After registration on Tuesday, July 28, divers receive a BugFest T-Shirt and Reef Safe Goody Bag. On Wednesday, July 27 - The 5th Annual Great Florida Bug Hunt Begins at 12:01 AM. It starts with the Gold Coast Scuba Great Florida Bug Hunt Midnight Beach Dive. The hunt continues through 5 PM THURSDAY, JULY 28 - followed by the Great Florida Bug Hunt Final Weigh-In, an Awards Ceremony and Mini-Season Party and BugFest Spiny Lobster Chef Cookoff (Free).

Bug Cooking Contest Judges
"Bug" Cooking Contest Judges
On Friday, July 29, is a Bugfest Photo & Video Contest Presentation, a Fish Identification Seminar, and concert with Scuba Cowboy (Free). On Saturday, July 30, an advanced beach dive is scheduled on the 19th Century cargo steamer S.S. Copenhagen, followed by a rare chance to dive underneath Anglin's Fishing Pier in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea for the reef cleanup. Attend a workshop with legendary wreck diver John Chatterton. The course includes an afternoon class session on Saturday, July 30, followed by 2-tank dive Sunday morning on the new Lady Luck shipwreck. On Saturday, Stoked On Salt, PADI Project Aware, Nova Southeastern University and the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea are partnering this year to promote a shark conservation walk. Event concludes with Volunteer Awards and After Party - Free!!! For additional information, Call Steve D’Oliveira at 954-640-4209, email Steve at info@lbtsevents.com or CLICK HERE to BugFest-By-The-Sea Website.

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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 October 1, 2016.

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, October 1st, 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 a voluminous listing of shops in the Galt Mile neighborhood, Click Here - and then click one of the merchant 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 Coral Springs
    4181 NW 121st Avenue
    Saturday, October 1, 2016
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Pompano Beach
    1660 NE 10th Street (Community Park)
    Saturday, November 5, 2016
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Tamarac
    6011 Nob Hill Road
    Saturday, December 3, 2016
    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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Boogie Down
Provident Park
Provident Park in Fort Lauderdale
Our City sponsors concerts and movies with surpising regularity. Beginning on September 2, Fort Lauderdale will host
Rockin' & Reelin', a monthly music and film series that will continue through November 11, 2016. From 7 PM to 10 PM during the first Friday of each month throughout this Autumn Extravaganza, enjoy a FREE concert series featuring a broad range of musical varieties by different popular headliners each month. One week later - on the second Friday of the month, at 8 PM you can watch a great movie - all for FREE!

Click to Rockin' and Reelin' web page Rockin' & Reelin' takes place at Provident Park (1412 NW 6th Street) in Fort Lauderdale. Bring your chairs, picnic blankets, snacks, family and friends to relax under the stars. On October 7, the Larry Dogg Band will treat you to an evening concert that combines Rhythm & Blues with Motown. On October 14, 2016, at 8 PM check out the hit movie Kung Fu Panda, an award-winning Animated Feature.

Click to Rockin' and Reelin' web page Organized by the Parks and Recreation Department, the event is toggled with the signature Starlight Musicals in Holiday Park. The weekly Starlight series annually runs from June through August. Until this year, Friday Night Tunes were hosted in Carter Park from September through June. For 2016, Parks officials moved the spotlight to Provident Park, where Rockin' & Reelin' music and movies will brighten up Fall in Fort Lauderdale. Taken together, these venues offer City residents FREE year-round live and/or big screen entertainment.

For more information, call the event hotline at 954-828-5363 (of the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department) or Click Here to see the web page. You can also call (954) 828-PARK (7275) or Click Here to Email. Every month, info about the headliner will be updated.

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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 October of 2016 will take place on the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and the 29th. 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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The 15th Annual

Hispanic Women of Distinction
Hispanic Women of Distinction - 2016
They come from all over South Florida. They have a common passion, determination and commitment to their culture, community and family. Together the honorees are redefining the role of Hispanic Women in modern day society. The 15th Annual
Hispanic Women of Distinction Charity Luncheon celebrates 12 Latinas from Broward, Dade and Palm Beach County. It is no coincidence that this honorarium is being held a few days before “Women’s Equality Day”. The Hispanic Women luncheon began as a tribute to showcase the fashion and design of the Latin culture during Hispanic Heritage Month and an opportunity to recognize distinguished Latinas who have paved the way for so many others.

Signature Grand
Signature Grand
The 15th annual charity luncheon honoring 12 Latinas and a Latina Pioneer in South Florida takes place on Friday, August 12, 2016, at the Signature Grand (6900 State Road 84 in Davie) from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Bank of America in partnership with Latina Style Magazine, the nation’s leading magazine for Hispanic women, have returned as sponsors once again. This high-powered, entertaining salute to distinguished Hispanic-American women will benefit the The Light of the World Clinic in Oakland Park. A sell-out crowd is expected once again with over 1,000 guests. Co sponsoring the event is Baptist Health South Florida, AARP, Latin Business Today, Sylvestor Comprehensive Cancer Care, the Miami Herald, The Sun-Sentinel, Comcast, Holy Cross Hospital, Coca-Cola, Memorial Healthcare System, BECON, Catholic Hospice, the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, JM Family Enterprises, Univision, Broward College and others.

In addition to a silent auction, sponsor exhibit and raffles there will be complimentary "mojitos" as guests arrive, a business expo for attending philanthropists, business leaders, elected officials and socialites. WFTL 850 will electrify the event with live programming. Past honorees will walk the 120 foot runway welcoming the next 12 Latinas to their special group. The Luncheon and Awards Ceremony features a live concert by the Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra. This event also officially kicks-off Hispanic Heritage Month. The highlight of the day will be families, friends and business associates honoring the 2015 Honorees who were selected among more than 90 applicants by 5 judges. Nominations were made by former Hispanic Women of Distinction honorees and community leaders.

Latina Pioneer of the Year Millie Herrera The 2016 Latina Pioneer of the Year is Millie Herrera. Millie Herrera is an inspirational business leader who founded and leads The Miami Group, a boutique business and strategic marketing consulting firm that focuses on helping companies grow to their next level of excellence and increase profitability by identifying and leveraging their best human capital, market strengths, and innovative technologies. A Business Systems Analyst/Project Manager for Amadeus North America from 1997 - 2001, Millie became a 2004 Fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute while serving as Councilmember and Vice Chair of the Kendall Community Council 12 from 2003 - 2006, where she heard zoning appeals as a quasi-judicial board and advocated to the Miami-Dade County Commission, School Board, and the State of Florida legislature and agencies on behalf of the Kendall community. From 2000 - 2008, she served as President of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida and spent 10 years as a Member of the Florida Democratic Party Executive Committee and a Guardian Ad Litem. While President of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida, she marketed community newspapers. From February 2012 to July 2013, when she served as a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor as the Southeast Regional Representative for Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. Responsible for amplifying key programs and initiatives of the department and President Obama’s administration, she served as liaison to federal, state and local government officials and community stakeholders. Milliie is also President of the Board of Directors of Orchestra Miami, the premier non-profit symphony orchestra of Miami. The prestigious Latina Pioneer award recognizes a woman whose work and commitment to community has paved the way for other Latinas to achieve their goals. Past Latina Pioneers include Marielena Villamil, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Maria San Juan, Columba Bush, Isabel Diaz, M.D., Caridad Asensio, Joyce Kaufman, Aida Levitan, Nelly Rubio, Maria Elena Torano and Helen Aguirre Ferré.

For more information about the Hispanic Women of Distinction event, please call WE DO EVENTS, Inc. at 954-709-1622. Also, send a FAX to 954-565-6889 and either Click Here or Click Here to send an email. Click Here to the “Hispanic Women of Distinction” website. Para mas informacion en espanol, contacto HispanaPR@aol.com. HWOD Luncheon Tickets are $80 per person. WE DO EVENTS, Inc. is a woman-owned Florida corporation with more than 26 years experience in the production of hundreds of events from a party of 12 to an outdoor festival with more than 25,000 people.

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Balancing the Broward County Books Broward County hosts Budget Workshops in preparation for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2017 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.

Click to Broward Budget web site Broward County's current budget is approximately $4.18 billion. Of that amount, approximately $2.62 billion is used for the operating budget (to annually support ongoing services and programs), $810 million for the capital budget (funds put aside for construction and infrastructure projects) and $754 million for the debt service budget (funds used to repay bonds issued to pay for construction and infrastructure projects).

Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry
County Administrator
Bertha Henry
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 $1.1 billion dollars and represents about 26 percent of the County’s overall $4.2 billion budget. The collected property tax revenues for FY16 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 35 percent of property tax revenues which are allocated to Parks and Libraries (9 percent), Human Services (8 percent), Transit (3 percent), and Other Programs (17 percent). The remaining 19 percent is allocated to the Property Appraiser and Supervisor of Elections (4 percent), required mandates (10 percent) and consolidated dispatch (5 percent). Who gets an appropriation in FY 2017 - and how much - will be determined by those of us who participate in the upcoming meetings.

Galt Mile Residents at Broward County Public Budget Hearing
Galt Mile Residents at Broward Public Budget Hearing
The 2017 Broward County budget process began with Board visioning meetings in February and March. Based on draft Board visioning results, the Executive staff began development of a formal strategic plan on April 19, 2015, when a Board workshop was held to review key budget process dates and the Board's visioning results. On May 1, BSO and Supervisor of Elections will submit budgets - as per Statute. On May 17, a Board workshop will address BSO, Port Everglades and Supervisor of Elections budgets. After receiving the preliminary property tax roll from the Broward County Property Appraiser and the Property Appraiser Budget on June 1, Budget workshops were scheduled on June 7 (to discuss impact of preliminary tax roll, parking lot issues, Aviation and Tourist Tax-funded budgets) and June 21 (to discuss generally-funded County Commission agency budgets and millage rates).

Cutting the Broward County Budget Once the County receives final certified property tax roll from Property Appraiser on July 1, meetings devoted to creating next year's spending plan are scheduled as follows. On July 15, the recommended Budget and Capital Program is transmitted to the Board - as per Statute. On August 4, County certifies proposed millage rates to the Property Appraiser (millage rates cannot be increased after this point). August 15 is the deadline to provide comments to DOR regarding Property Appraiser budget request. On August 23, Board workshop on overall budget and specific presentations on general capital program, transportation capital program, Water and Wastewater.

Cutting the Broward County Budget The two Budget Public Hearings are on Thursday, September 15, 2015 at 5:01 PM (#1) and Tuesday, September 27, 2016 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 Orionids Meteor Shower (ORI) generally begin on October 15th and end on October 29th, with maximum generally occurring during the morning hours of October 20-22. The Orionid meteor shower is the second of two showers that occur each year as a result of Earth passing through dust released by Halley's Comet, with the first being the Eta Aquarids.

The point from where the Orionid meteors appear to radiate is located within the constellation Orion. The Orionids are barely detectable on the beginning and ending dates, but observers in the Northern Hemisphere will see around 20 meteors per hour at maximum, while observers in the Southern Hemisphere will see around 40 meteors per hour. The maximum can last two or three nights, although there is evidence of some fluctuation from year to year.

Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Quadrantids Meteor Shower
The discovery of the Orionid meteor shower should be credited to E. C. Herrick (Connecticut, USA). In 1839, he made the ambiguous statement that activity seemed to be present during October 8 to 15 and in 1840 "between the 8th and 25th of the month." The first precise observation of this shower was made by A. S. Herschel on 1864 October 18, when fourteen meteors were found to radiate from the constellation of Orion. One very unusual feature the Orionids tend to display is an unpredictable maximum.

In 1981, observers reported very low rates of less than 10 meteors per hour during the period of OCTOBER 18 to 21 (maximum predicted for OCTOBER 21), but high rates of near 20 per hour were noted on the morning of OCTOBER 23. The variation in activity levels around the time of maximum has been attributed to the presence of filaments within the Orionid stream orbit. Each of these filaments represents a previous orbit that comet Halley has followed in the past.

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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, September 5 and September 19, 2016 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, September 5 and September 19, 2016
The Time: 6:00 PM
The Place: One of two locations (the first monthy meeting is at the Beach Community Center and the second at Imperial Point Hospital)

For more information, please call City Commissioner Bruce Roberts’ office at 954 828-5004, Fax: (954) 828-5667, or Email Roberts’ Commission Aide Robbi Uptegrove at: 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 seventh time in 23 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 12, 2016 and will be free and open to the public.

Celtic 4-Miler This year, the pageantry and excitement begins bright and early at 7:30 am with the Celtic 4-Miler (formerly called the Shamrock Run), a 4-mile race that starts at Huizenga Plaza in Bubier Park (32 E. Las Olas Blvd - Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue) and heads east towards the intracoastal and back to Huizenga Plaza where each participant will receive a Celtic inspired Finishers Medal before joining the festivities of the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Festival. Also starting at 7;30 am along the same route is the Celtic 4 Miler Group Team Run - where 5-person teams compete in a Celtic Cup Challenge. Those of us who are less ambitious can join a 2 Mile “Stretch of the Legs” Walk. After the various run/walks and before the parade, at 10:45 a.m., kids can join the “Catch The Leprechaun & His Pot Of Gold 1 Mile Run” (formerly called the Little Lucky Leprechaun Dash).

Parade to Riverfront
Parade to Riverfront
Celtic 4-Miler
Celtic 4-Miler
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 7:30 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!

Grand Marshal Doug Eagon
Grand Marshal
Doug Eagon
After the Drum Line Competition showcasing top percussionists from local high schools at 10 am, hear 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). 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. Led by Grand Marshal Doug Eagon, President of Stiles Corporation, the colorful parade will feature more than 100 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 $75 for Non-Profits and $125 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 7th 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. For the fourth consecutive year, Whole Foods Market returns to host the very popular Green Zone, showcasing environmentally friendly companies, sustainable practices and conscious living for our planet and its inhabitants! Past parades have been started by the likes of US Army Golden Knights Paratroopers and the Budweiser Clydesdales. Children will love the festival's expanded Kids Zone with bounce houses, train rides, face painting, a petting zoo, puppet shows, 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) 463-3372 or email at info@stpatsftl.com. To peruse the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival website, Click Here.

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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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