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Notices & Reminder

E-mail Address: regencytower@yahoo.com



June 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.

Refrigerators

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.

DEADBOLTS

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:

Surveillance

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.

Security

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.

Chute

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

DEPOSIT REQUIRED

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, June 5, 2016 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the monthly SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch will host:

  • Salvaje at the Esplanade
  • Randy Corinthian at the Connie Hoffman Gazebo AND
  • the Broward Center Peck Courtyard is temporarily closed

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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Click to Las Olas Art Fair Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard is the ideal backdrop for the 28th Anniversary Las Olas Art Fair - Part II, which will be held on Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3, 2016 from 10 AM - 5 PM on Las Olas Boulevard between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue.

Click to Las Olas Art Fair
Click to Las Olas Art Fair
The show is a South Florida tradition, blending an eclectic mix of artists, great weather and fantastic energy. As the second show of the season on Las Olas, this festival brings together longtime favorites with some of the newest names in the contemporary art scene.

Life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics, and much more make for one fabulous weekend. And, look out for the new collector poster commemorating this much anticipated annual art affair!

The show that put Howard Alan Events on the map celebrates its 28th year! From Fort Lauderdale to Chicago, Aspen to Alexandria, Howard Alan Events creates over 40 juried art shows a year. These popular outdoor festivals are consistently ranked among the top art shows in the country. It is FREE - there is no gate. Shuttles will be provided from the following garages:

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

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

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Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
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 June 2016, events are scheduled for the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.

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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Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
The 20th Annual
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Craft Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15, 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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THE VIIANNUAL

Click to the Burger Battle VII web page Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale hosts the seventh annual Riverwalk Burger Battle presented by the Pilgram Group on Friday, May 13, 2016 under the stars (6:30 pm - 10:00 pm) along the Riverwalk at Huizenga Plaza. Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox won last year's Burger Battle VI’s ‘Best Burger’ award. They also scored ‘Best Burger Joint’ and ‘Fan Favorite’ trophies. American Social won the 2014 Burger Battle V’s ‘Best Burger’ award and 2014 bragging rights with their Miami Heater. They also won the ‘Burger Nirvana’ trophy by Burger Battle™ guests. Five of the six judges gave American Social's Miami Heater a perfect score. Winner of the 2013 "Best Burger" Trophy, Rosie’s Bar & Grill, took 2nd place in 2014, securing the "Fan Favorite" trophy.

Click to Tucker Duke Menu This sizzling event will pit sixteen (16) top burger joints and restaurants against one another as they show off their creative juices and grilling skills to 1200+ guests along the scenic New River. Check out our Burger Eating Contest Sponsored by Stevens & Goldwyn, P.A., with burgers provided by Burger-Fi. The Battle brings together South Florida burger aficionados for an evening of gourmet burger creations, cocktails, beers and fun, while raising funds to support the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale’s mission of building and nurturing a vibrant community connected by the New River

Click to the Pilgram Group web page In addition to the unlimited burger tasting, all event goers will be treated to a French-Fry Bar sponsored by The Downtowner. Each guest will receive three drink tickets for use at either the Jack Daniels cocktail stands & the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly tent provided by Premier Beverage and beer stations supplied by Stephens Distributing to complement their burger. VIP ticket holders ($125) will be granted admission to the event a half hour early to sample unlimted burgers from the specially selected competitors. The special VIP area will include seating, multiple bars with full open bar; provided by Premier Beverage, specialty beers from Stephens Distributing, exclusive VIP burgers provided by Tilted Kilt, specialty sweets from Whole Foods®Fort Lauderdale and a one-of-a-kind VIP experience. That Band, a local group that plays top 40, Rock, Punk, Pop and Grunge, will be the featured live music entertainment for the evening .

Who will take the Trophy? A team of restaurant industry judges will award the custom Riverwalk Burger Battle™ trophy and guests will also select a Fan Favorite with their custom Burger Battle Chip. Judges will rate the burgers on texture, flavor, use of condiments, bread selection, unique approaches, etc. Some distinctive ingredients from last year include duck fat, Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, jalapeno bacon, and fried cheese. Restaurants will compete for the titles of Fan Favorite, Burger Nirvana, Best Bar and Grill, Best Knife and Fork Burger, Best Burger Joint, and Best Burger.. For information about the event, Call Christina at (954) 468-1541, ext. 205; Click Here to email or Click Here to check the Burger Battle VII web page.

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Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

2016 Beach Blast Celebration

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea July 4 Events
July 4 at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Everyone’s Invited to Join in the Town’s Fun-Filled
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Family Fun on the 4th. Join your town friends and neighbors on Monday, July 4, 2016, for an entire day of good old-fashioned family fun! This year's event features an expanded fireworks show off the beach, food and soft drinks, beer and wine, a great parade, live entertainment and fun demonstrations for kids by the Volunteer Fire Department.

FOURTH OF JULY PARADE: 10:00 - 11:30 AM

  • Starting behind VFD/Town Hall, the Route heads North to Pine Avenue, east to El Mar Drive, south on El Mar to Hibiscus, west to Bouganvilla before returning to Town Hall.
  • Kids or adults who want to walk with their bikes in the parade should meet at the staging area behind Town Hall at 9 a.m (parade starts promptly at 10 a.m.). Participations ribbons and free ice cream are offered for patriotically decorated Bicycles - Winner for best decorated bike! The Grand Marshal for the 2016 event is longtime LBTS resident Richard “Dick” Clark.

TOWN PICNIC: 11:30 - 3 PM

  • The grounds of our Town Hall will serve to host an Independence Day town picnic. From 11:30 AM to 3 PM, vendors will make available a wide variety of patriotic vittles, goodies and snacks; as well as the beer, soft drinks or wine to wash them down. Love 94 Radio and local headliners will provide the music throughout the afternoon.

BEACH ACTIVITIES - El Prado Park at the Beach: 11:30 PM - 3:00 PM

  • El Prado Park
    El Prado Park
    The beachfront El Prado Park will host a panoply of planned family fun. Water Slides, a Dunk Tank, a Sandcastle Building Contest and Rides will entertain both adults and children. Our Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) will put on their annual Independence Day demonstration. Prizes will go to the winners of pie, hamburger, hot dog and frozen custard eating contests. The events are provided - and supported - by the Town and participating local vendors, including Kilwins, BurgerFi, Village Grille, Aruba Beach Cafe and 101 Ocean

FIREWORKS SHOW! 9:00 - 9:20 PM

  • Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Town Hall
    Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Town Hall
    An expanded Fireworks display will be launched off the beach about one block north of Anglin's Pier after Dark (at approximately 9:00 PM).

This is a family fun event for everyone in town and we invite our neighbors, tourists, guests, visitors and friends to join us in celebrating Independence Day 2016! The Broward Sheriff's Office is advising Town residents to walk to the beach to see the fireworks, since extremely heavy traffic delays are expected afterwards.

For more info about the event, please call 954-640-4250, Click Here to send an email or Click Here to the 2016 L-B-T-S July 4th Beach Blast online event web page.

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City of Fort Lauderdale



The City of Fort Lauderdale invites residents and visitors to celebrate America’s Independence Day by attending a free celebration on Fort Lauderdale beach from 12:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4, 2016. The Fourth of July festivities will kick off at 12:30 p.m. on the Fort Lauderdale Beach - across from the Oasis Café, located at 600 Seabreeze Boulevard. A DJ will host interactive games and contests for celebrants of all ages, including a water balloon toss and a hula-hoop competition. The celebration will continue as live music and entertainment is provided on stage.

Beach Fireworks Show
Beach Fireworks Show
When the sun goes down, watch the sky light up as the City of Fort Lauderdale presents its annual fireworks show at 9 P.M. The show will take place off of A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. Don’t miss this premier pyrotechnic event! Spectators are reminded not to disturb sea turtle nests and refrain from utilizing flashlights or shooting fireworks on the beach, which could cause a distraction to nesting sea turtles. Also, when leaving the beach at the conclusion of the fireworks display, spectators are encouraged to throw away all of their trash. Additional information may be obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The following is a summary of the City’s July 4th events:

  • 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Family beach activities featuring DJ music, games and contests

  • 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Live music & entertainment

  • 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Fireworks presentation

An Advisory posted on the City of Fort Lauderdale website about the 4th of July Spectacular - If you are planning on spending the 4th of July on Fort Lauderdale Beach, you will want to leave your fireworks at home. The general public will not be permitted to light fireworks of any kind on Fort Lauderdale Beach this July 4th. The City of Fort Lauderdale Fire Marshal’s Office is asking that you let the professionals provide the fireworks show for you.

For more information about the City’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, please call Debbie Bylica at 954-396-3622 (Click Here to email) or call the Parks and Recreation Special Events Hotline at 954-828-5363. Click Here to the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular web page!

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12th Annual

Coral Springs Festival of the Arts
Coral Springs Festival of the Arts
The
12th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts will be held on Saturday & Sunday, March 19 & 20, 2016 from 10 AM - 5 PM at “THE WALK on University Drive”. “THE WALK” is located on the west side of University Drive in Coral Springs between 26th Street and 29th Street. The Coral Springs Festival of the Arts has grown considerably over the years into a two-day celebration of arts and culture with a fine art show, contemporary craft festival, theatrical performances and full line-up of live music.

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

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

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

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

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

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Fort Lauderdale Volleyball

Click Here for the Fort Lauderdale Dig the Beach web site Fort Lauderdale will be hosting the 6th segment of the Dig the Beach Volleyball Series during the weekend of Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, 2016. Back again! Fort Lauderdale beach has been a key site in the series since its inception in 1991, playing host to one or more Dig the Beach Series weekends each year. By this time everyone will be in late season form which will make for some amazing tournament play. Rivalries are continued as competition becomes as hot as the mid summer sun. Might want to pack your sand socks for this one!

The July 23rd - 24th Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale will put our juniors to the test. Its the largest Junior’s Program in the U.S., totaling over 200 hundred Juniors teams at some events. This is a terrific opportunity to showcase the talents of juniors and prove that they have what it takes to play against some of the best teams in the country. Keep accumulating those points! Let’s make South Florida proud! The Updated Schedule for this hallmark weekend is as follows:

Saturday

  • 7:30 am - Open/Pro Check-In Begins
  • 7:45 am – AAA, AA, A, BB divisions check-in opens
  • 8:00 am – Open/Pro Play Begins (If more than 20 teams register, it will be a two day event)
  • 8:45 am – AAA, AA, A, BB divisions play begins

Sunday

  • 7:30 am - Junior divisions check-in opens
  • 8:15 am – Coed Check-In Opens
  • 8:30 am - Junior division Kickoff Meeting (players/parents/coaches)
  • 8:45 am - Junior division play begins
  • 9:00 am - Co-ed divisions play begins

Delray Beach Dig the Beach
Dig the Beach Volleyball
Click Here for the Dig the Beach website The beer garden is open! Sun, beach, ice cold Corona Extra’s and volleyball in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, what more could you ask for? Get ready for an exciting weekend filled with hot bodies, strong competition, and the fun atmosphere that is Fort Lauderdale. One of the most beautiful public beaches in the State, the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park (AKA South Beach Park) offers the ideal setting for this exciting event. To get here from the north, take I-95 to Sunrise Blvd East (exit 29), turn right (south) on A1A (also called Seabreeze Blvd) and Fort Lauderdale Beach Park (South Beach Park) will be on your left, next to a large parking lot (700 Seabreeze Blvd). From the south, take I-95 South to SR-84 East (exit 25), turn left onto US-1 N / S Federal Hwy, turn right onto SE 17th St , turns into A1A northbound (also called Seabreeze Blvd). Fort Lauderdale Beach Park (South Beach Park) will be on your right, by the large parking lot (700 Seabreeze Blvd).

Click Here for the Fort Lauderdale Dig the Beach web site Exclusive Sports Marketing celebrates providing five star service to the recreational athlete. Action packed tournament are designed to give everyone a chance to excel. Athletes will have the opportunity to choose from 12 different divisions for both the men and women. Our open division highlights elite players (Professional Level) demonstrating the athletic prowess of today's beach volleyball players. The open division rewards this tremendous performance with a cash purse and bragging rights. Amateur divisions include: BB, A, AA and the Semi-Pro AAA. The spectrum of divisions ensures athletes are playing in an ideal environment with competitive games. We will continue to also see the development of tomorrow's players, the junior division. Junior players and coaches will be given an opportunity to attend clinics teaching the basics of beach volleyball and then compete in a division of their own. Winners checks will be handed out on the beach following the championship matches or at the players party.

Click to USA Volleyball - Florida Region These are player driven tournaments. There must be some responsibility put on your shoulders to ensure the success of the double elimination format. We have a structured system covering the player's responsibilities including: game times, warm-ups, court assignments, and referees. We don't want to have to enforce penalty points, but if you are assigned to be the referee for a match and leave, you will pay double to play in the next tournament. The tournament will only be as good or efficient as you make it. We thank you for your efforts and are always looking for your input. If you win a tournament you MUST move up a division. This rule will be strictly enforced. Thus, if you are playing in BB and win you MUST move up to A for the remainder of the season, and if you win A then you would move up to AA and so on. If you a playing with a partner who has not won at the lower division and you have, you must play in the higher division, no exceptions!

Click to Exclusive Sports Marketing Beach volleyball's popularity has exploded since becoming an Olympic sport. Indoor club volleyball has grown to an all time high. We understand there is an interest amoung young players to learn the game of beach volleyball. The overwhelming sense of growth potential and a positive attitude among these young players will help ensure a strong future for beach volleyball. These new beach athletes build excitement and enthusiasm surrounding the season. Exclusive Sports Marketing will again team up with the USA Volleyball offering clinics and tournament play.

Click to USA Volleyball The United States Volleyball Association (USVBA) is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of volleyball in the United States and is recognized by the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The vision of the USVBA is to be acknowledged as the world leader in volleyball. However, to play in any tournament, players need to be a member of USA Volleyball. So - join the Florida region of USA Volleyball ASAP. Remember - athletes must be USAV members to engage in tournament play.

Click to Dig the Beach For more information, call Matt Lorraine at (561) 241-3801, fax at 561-241-3805 or Click Here to email Troye. The Exclusive Sports mailing address is 1040 Holland Drive, Suite A, Boca Raton, FL 33487. Click Here to the Dig the Beach web site, Click Here to the Fort Lauderdale Beach July 23 and 24 weekend web site of Dig the Beach volleyball and Click Here to the Exclusive Sports 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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Boogie Down Boogie Down Celebrate this Memorial Day weekend at the City of Fort Lauderdale’s 6th Annual Great American Beach Party on Saturday, May 28, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. The free event features a portion of Fort Lauderdale’s world famous “Ocean Highway” that will be transformed into an entertainment mecca, featuring music, live performances, and activities for the entire family. This annual tribute to Fort Lauderdale's “Spring Break” era has quickly evolved into a signature event.

Connie Francis and Mayor Seiler
Connie Francis and Mayor Seiler in 2010
This annual celebration will recognize exemplary citizens, schools and businesses in our community. The City established the Walk of Fame in 2010 at the inaugural Great American Beach Party to pay tribute to the legendary Connie Francis on the 50th Anniversary of “Where the Boys Are,” the 1960 film which made Fort Lauderdale an overnight sensation and a “must see” destination for visitors. Walk of Fame Honorees are recognized for distinguishing themselves in their respective fields, while making lifelong, positive contributions to the City of Fort Lauderdale. As part of the awards program, each honoree selected receives a commemorative marble paver that will be placed in the Walk of Fame to memorialize their outstanding accomplishments. The Fort Lauderdale Walk of Fame is located on the beach along the east side of A1A at Las Olas Boulevard. Four Fort Lauderdale icons will be recognized for their lifelong accomplishments with induction into the City’s Walk of Fame as part of the sixth annual Great American Beach Party. The 2016 Walk of Fame honorees include: George L. Burrows, Sr. (Owns Burrows Electric Company - founded the Fort Lauderdale Negro Chamber of Commerce), Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue (became the second lifeguard service established in Florida in 1926), Nicki E. Grossman (President of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau since 1995, heads up Broward County’s convention and tourism marketing efforts) and TReverend Monsignor Vincent T. Kelly (serves as Pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and Supervising Principal of both St. Thomas Aquinas and Cardinal Gibbons High Schools).

Sister Hazel
Sister Hazel
Two stages at Las Olas Boulevard and Beach Place will feature live bands that will perform classic oldies and rock n’ roll hits. Headliners will perform on the festival's two stages on the beach. Along with Sister Hazel, an alternative rock band from Gainesville - renowned for hits "All for You," "Change Your Mind," and "Your Winter" - attendees will enjoy Big Harvest, Six Foot Swell Surfband, Pocket Change, Blues Brothers Soul Band, Tom Jackson and The Long Run. Children and adults will enjoy an array of activities including an early morning sand soccer tournament, a Kid Zone, face painting, hula-hoop, limbo and Twister contests, a water balloon toss and a sand sculpting competition.

Classic Car Show on Fort Lauderdale Beach
Classic Car Show on the Beach
The event will also feature a classic car show. Vintage automobiles from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s will line A1A giving beach-goers an up close look at more than 50 hot rods, ragtops and muscle cars that made the era famous. After staging in Holiday Park at 8 AM, the Classic Car parade leaves for Beach with Police Escort at 9:30 AM, where the Classic Car Show will begin at 11:30 AM and continue until 5:30 PM along A1A at Cortez Street. A Tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces will feature jumps by the U.S. Military Parachute Team. An art show will include displays from several Fort Lauderdale artists including up and coming chalk artists.

A1A will be closed from Las Olas Boulevard north to Castillo Street from 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 28 to 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 29. Motorists traveling north on A1A will be detoured west onto Las Olas Boulevard, north on Birch Road, east on Bayshore Drive, and back north onto A1A. Alhambra Street, Seville Street and Granada Street will be open to local traffic only. Heavy traffic and delays are expected from S.E. 17th Street north to Bayshore Drive. Motorists should avoid the area and seek alternate travel routes where possible. 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.

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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"). Having performed throughout South Florida at events such as the Orange Bowl, the Miami Dade Rib Fest, and opening for Cheap Trick at Dolphins Stadium, on June 3, The Free Rads Band is a musical rollercoaster ride packed with a wide range of your favorite classic and current hits infused with high energy, intense soul and uninhibited passion. Also showcasing their bands in June are Eugene Grey, Grace & The Victory Riders and Across the Universe. 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 Saturday , June 18, 2016, for only $20 early prepaid, $30 prepaid after May 18 or $35 at door, you can ride a Sun Trolley to the Beach Route Bus Loop and receive a free drink at each participating venue! No need to drive if you live within walking distance of a Bus Loop route; just catch the closest Trolley/Bus and head for the closest Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop Check-In location! Otherwise we recommend that you and your friends take a taxi, 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 June 18, 2016 Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop are Bahia Cabana (3001 Harbor Drive, Fort Lauderdale) and Bokampers (3115 NE 32nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale). Venues include Bokampers , Casa Calabria, Bamboo Beach, McSorley's, Bahia Cabana, The Parrot, Cafe Del Mar, Lulu's Baitshack 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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SunFest in West Palm Beach
SUNFEST IN WEST PALM BEACH
The 33rd Annual
SunFest, a five-day music explosion, will run from Wednesday, April 27th thgrough Sunday, May 1, 2016. Founded in 1982, SunFest is Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival. Held annually in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida the first week in May, SunFest attracts more than 175,000 visitors. The festival and the patrons that it attracts have a very positive impact on the community. SunFest takes place in downtown West Palm Beach along Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, extending along Flagler Drive from Banyan Boulevard to Lakeview Avenue.

SunFest Bandshell
SUNFEST BANDSHELL
On Wednesday, April 27, and Thursday, April 28, hours are from 5 PM - 10 PM; on Friday, April 30, hours are from 5 PM - 11 PM; Saturday, April 31, hours are from Noon - 11 PM; Sunday, May 1, hours are from Noon - 9 PM. Central to SunFest is the huge live music entertainment venue. The non-stop music is generated by a combination of World Class headliners and local talent. The mile-long Musical lineup features Cade, Secret Weapons, Duran Duran, Lukas Graham, Meghan Trainor, Mike Mineo, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Train, Tori Lynn, Lunchmoney Lewis, Jason Derulo, Professor & The Jet Sets, Watch the Duck, Steve Aoki, WD-HAN, The Bright Light Social Hour, Death Cab for Cutie, Casaveda, The Joy Formidable, Bastille, Trey Libra fka Jacob Izrael, Salt N' Pepa, The Roots, Ethan Parker Band, Capital Cities, Fitz and The Tantrums, Matt Calderin Trio, The Babys, Rick Springfield, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Butch Trucks & The Freight, ZZ Top, Fireside Prophets, Goldfinger, Flogging Molly, Half Deezy, Devon Baldwin, G-Eazy, Jesse Royal, Slightly Stoopid, Dylan LeBlanc, Shovels & Rope, Alabama Shakes, SONS OF MYSTRO, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, NO TRAFFIK, Saint Asonia, Evanescence, Judah & The Lion, Andy Grammer, Ria Mae, Coleman Hell and Walk the Moon. .

Arts and Crafts Show
ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW
Beyond the full lineup of top musical acts, SunFest has great events and activities planned day and night. From the active to the relaxing, there is something for everyone. The Juried Fine Art & Craft show features the work of more than 150 national artists. Their works include jewelry, painting, pottery & ceramics, photography, sculpture, wood, arts & crafts, drawings, graphics, printmaking, glass, fiber textiles, watercolors, mixed media and more. Artist demonstrations will be offered at the Artist Demonstration Booth on three of the festival's five days. The Fine Art & Craft show will take place on Friday, April 30 from 5 PM – 10 PM; Saturday, April 31 from Noon – 10 PM and Sunday, May 1 from Noon – 9 PM.

Click to Sunfest web site Open Friday through Sunday, the KidZone is a hot spot for families, a mini-SunFest with kid-size fun, activities and entertainment. The KidZone is a playful way for the youngest patrons and the young at heart to spend the afternoon. A free Tag-a-Kid service helps minimize the trauma that occurs when parents and children are inadvertantly separated. If you stop by the information centers, they will take down your contact information and give your child a specially numbered wristband. Click to Museum of Discovery and Science web site If separated, they’ll have a way to reconnect you. As a community partner, SunFest has a tradition opening the festival early on Fridays of the festival to welcome over 200 children, all with special needs of varying degrees. Activities, gifts, music, food and loving attention are offered to each child as they enjoy SunFest in their very own way. Known as "Kids Day", this program has continued to grow and has embraced thousands of special needs children since its inception.

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Sunfest Fireworks
SUNFEST FIREWORKS
Come experience a good heart-healthy run to kick off the weekend of Florida’s largest music festival - and a scenic course along the West Palm Beach waterfront that ends where the party begins – the heart of SunFest. The TGi5K is Palm Beach County’s only 5K that includes access to the biggest post race party. Starting on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5:30 PM, the NEW 3.11-mile downtown course begins at Palm Beach Atlantic University, heads south and then turns onto the Flagler Drive. The finish line is in the heart of SunFest for all the Friday night fun. A USATF Certified race (FL14007EBM) featuring Chip Timing, registrants get “Dri-Fit” Tech Shirt (for first 800 registrants), admission to SunFest ($45 value), a SunFest beads medallion for every finisher, prizes and Beer at the finish line! The winning group (group who has the most registrants) will receive their own Happy Hour Team Party immediately post race on the South Captain Morgan Floating Oasis. The waterfront along Flagler Drive is never better than when SunFest’s three Captain Morgan’s Oasis tie up to the seawall each May. All three floating barges will feature specially created Captain Morgan drinks and great times, and are open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. 21 and up.

Don’t forget to look up for the spectacular Fireworks Show Sunday, May 1 at 9 p.m. This fireworks display is one of the most talked about events of the festival. SunFest hosts one of the largest fireworks shows on the East Coast. Lighting up the night sky on Sunday, the fireworks display is set to music and simulcast on GATER 98.7 FM. VIP Upgrades are available. For more information, call Sunfest at 561-659-5980, FAX at 561-659-3567 or email at info@sunfest.come or Click Here to Sunfest web site.

SunFest - The Largest Music Venue in South Florida
SUNFEST - THE LARGEST MUSIC VENUE IN SOUTH FLORIDA

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Click to Delray Art Fair
MONA in Delray
The 19th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival will be held on Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29, 2016 from 10 AM - 5 PM at the Delray Beach Tennis Center along Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach. Take I-95 or Federal Highway to Atlantic Avenue in Delray. (There is an Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach just south of Delray - do not get these confused.) Go East on Atlantic Avenue and follow signs to the Tennis Center which will be on your left. The location of the show is in the Tennis Center’s lot as well as a street off of Atlantic Avenue.

Click to Delray Craft Fair
Click to Delray Craft Fair
Downtown Delray Beach is the perfect setting for this Memorial Day Weekend outdoor craft fair. Meet some of the nation's finest crafters and shop their handmade wares at the Delray Beach Tennis Center along Atlantic Avenue, the city’s main thoroughfare. This show is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Handmade jewelry, 3-D acrylic paintings, ceramic planters, driftwood arrangements, glass votives and hand cut silhouettes are just some of the crafts you will find. An expansive Green Market will offer Homemade sauces, live orchids, exotic flora and homemade soaps. All crafts on display are handmade in the U.S.A. - and its FREE - there is NO GATE!

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

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

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The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale’s Signature Holiday event along the Intracoastal Waterway, takse place on on Saturday, December 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, June 25th from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, June 26, 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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Huizenga Plaza
Huizenga Plaza Fountain
Breathe the fresh air as you listen to music by some of Fort Lauderdale's favorite musical talent.
Riverwalk Noon Tunes will feature a variety of musical genres on Wednesday afternoons between 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. A collaboration by the City of Fort Lauderdale, the Riverwalk Trust and the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority, the concerts are held at Huizenga Plaza in Bubier Park (32 East Las Olas Boulevard) in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The event is free and family friendly.

Noon Tunes at Huizenga Plaza
Noon Tunes at Huizenga Plaza
The series will treat High Noon listeners from February 10 through March 30, 2016. Either pack a bagged lunch to enjoy as you soak up the live music - or purchase any of the tasty treats available at one of the Gourmet Delights food kiosks that pepper the Riverwalk. Click to Gourmet Delights Enjoy the brunchfare comfort food offered by the Expresso Coffee Company, the Nacho Bizness Taco Bar and/or Wholly Crepe. You can also conveniently access Huizenga Plaza using the Riverwalk Water Trolley, which drops passengers off on the Riverwalk at Huizenga Plaza.

In April, the following musical groups are scheduled to perform in the park:

  • February 10th - Sabor Latino (Latin)
  • February 17th - Bluegrass Boys (Bluegrass & Country)
  • February 24th - Big Harvest (Reggae)
  • March 2nd - Cutback Surf Band (Tropical Rock)
  • March 9th - The Pitbull of Blues (Blues)
  • March 16th - Joe Dougherty's Irish Band (Irish)
  • March 23rd - Andrew Morris Band (Country)
  • March 30th - The Flyers (Rock 'n' Roll)

For additioal information, call Christina Hudson at (954) 468-1541, Ext. 205, email her at Cristina@GoRiverwalk.com or click here to visit the Riverwalk Noon Tunes 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 June 4, 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, June 4th, 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 Pompano Beach
    1660 NE 10th Street (Community Park)
    Saturday, June 4, 2016
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Fort Lauderdale (Mill Pond Park)
    2201 NW 9th Avenue
    Saturday, July 23, 2016
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Coconut Creek
    4800 West Copans Road
    Saturday, September 10, 2016
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • 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
Joseph C. Carter Park
Joseph C. Carter Park
The City of Fort Lauderdale, which sponsors concerts with surpising regularity, hosts
Friday Night Tunes. On one Friday of each month, enjoy a FREE concert series with a broad range of musical varieties featuring a different live performer each month! Bring your chairs, picnic blankets, and snacks to relax under the stars. From jazz to pop, Friday Night Tunes has it all.

Click to Friday Night Tunes web page Concerts in the current series are scheduled for March 17, April 15, May 13, and June 3 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday Night Tunes is held in Joseph C. Carter Park (1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard) in Fort Lauderdale. The next concert is scheduled for June 3, 2016, when attendees are invited to rock the house with Derick Hadley and the Motowners (Motown).

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. Since Friday Night Tunes are hosted from September through June, The two venues offer City residents FREE year-round live musical 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. 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 June of 2016 will take place on the 4th, 11th, 18st and the 25th. 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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21st Annual

Click to Wine & Culinary Celebration web page The 21st Annual Wine and Culinary Celebration will be held at the Museum of Discovery and Science on Friday, April 8, 2016. Named one of the “10 Best Annual Fort Lauderdale Events” in 2007 by Gold Coast Magazine, attendance at this year’s unique and upscale wine and culinary experience promises to surpass last year’s record of more than 2,000 guests. Co-chairs of the 2015 event are John Magee, Anthony Bland and Michelle Cibene. The evening attire is City Chic. Event highlights include tastings from South Florida's leading restaurants and a vast array of wines and spirits from around the world, courtesy of beverage sponsor Southern Wine and Spirits. There will also be an assortment of craft beers to taste, amazing prizes in the silent auction and a complimentary Riedel wine glass for every guest.

Museum of Discovery and Science
Museum of Discovery and Science
The evening begins with an exclusive Platinum reception on the Museum's terrace that overlooks the New River. Since spirits and craft beers were first added to the event in 2012, it now features a progressive sequence of wine or spirits and sumptuous food pairings, each augered to delight, educate and entertain while pleasing the palate. Platinum guests will enjoy premium cuisine provided by Platinum restaurant partners The Capital Grille, Hyatt Pier 66 and Lobster Bar Sea Grille. The Platinum experience also includes complimentary valet, access to Platinum Lounge and early access to the Grand Tasting. Doors open for the Platinum experience at 5:30 p.m. and the Grand Tasting begins at 6:30 p.m.

At the Grand Tasting, more than 40 of South Florida’s top restaurants and chefs will showcase their amazing food as you sample libations from a worldwide selection of over 200 wine, spirits, and craft beers. This will be followed by the ultra-chic Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort After-Party Lounge where all guests can continue to enjoy additional culinary delights from the After-Party restaurant partners and dance under the stars. The After-Party will take place from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the MODS atrium. In addition to the amazing food and wine enjoyed throughout the evening, each guest receives a complimentary wine glass to take home.

Click to Museum of Discovery and Science web site Tickets are $250 for the Platinum experience (only 500 tickets available at this level) and $150 for the Grand Tasting. Parties of ten receive a reduced rate of $2,250 Platinum and $1,350 for Grand Tasting Host packages. Major sponsors of the 21st Annual Wine & Culinary Celebration include: Bank of America; Southern Wine & Spirits; Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Zimmerman Partners Advertising and My Velocity. All proceeds benefit the Museum’s exhibits, films, education, conservation, and outreach programs. For more information, call Meredith Feder at (954) 712-1172, email at mfeder@mods.net or Click Here to learn about the 21st Annual Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration!

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The 21st Annual Las Olas
Wine & Food Festival

Click to the annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival web site The 21st Annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival returns to downtown Fort Lauderdale on Friday, April 29, 2016. The Street Festival is clearly the #1 wine and food event in South Florida! Your street festival ticket includes a complimentary wine glass (6½ oz.), butler tray and unlimited sampling from over 70 of the best local restaurants, 45 tables of wine, spirits and micro brews from 7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. The street festival takes place on Las Olas Boulevard; between 6th Avenue – 11th Avenue – four city blocks of food, wine, & fun! ** Please note you must be 21 or older to participate with a valid I.D./I.D.’s will be checked at the door.

Las Olas Wine & Food Celebrants
Culinary Enthusiasts on Las Olas
The Street Festival ticket also includes access to the spirit lounges for a cocktails merry-go-round! Presented by Breakthru Beverage, New Amsterdam Vodka, St. Germain, and William Hill Winery, this year’s Las Olas Wine & Food festival will feature not only five blocks of sips from nationally recognized wineries but samples from top restaurants throughout South Florida. The American Lung Association will be adding a breathe of fresh air for the culinary inclined. With a mission to fight against the third leading cause of death in the United States, your support of this event will assist in funding research and educational programming for the American Lung Association (ALA).

The Prive is a more intimate gathering held from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the beautiful Stranahan House. Guests will be offered a sneak peak of food, special wines as well as live entertainment. The affair is complimented with live music from South Florida headliners The Weedline Band & Pan Vibes. The annual Culinary Couture Fashion Show organized by the Fashion Honors Group of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale will take place on the cat walk. All attendees this year have the opportunity to take part in the “Best of the Fest”, as competing culinary artists are rated by New Times judges who will recognize restaurants for excellence with awards in a variety of categories. You can experience everything the Street Festival ticket has to offer for only $100 per person. The celebration will continue after the festival ends at the annual B after party, taking place at Vibe Las Olas. Beginning at 10 PM, Vibe will be the place to be for a night of cocktails, music and fun!

Click to BizBash web site In the nearly two decades since its inception, changes tested as the event evolved were added and deleted commensurate with their success. However, despite its ever-increasing popularity, growth is deliberately restrained, as controlling the numbers is critical to insuring that everyone has a pleasant experience. New to the list in 2011, the annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival was named one of South Florida's Top 100 Events by BizBash again in 2012, snagging the number 12 spot in the Food & Restaurant Industry Events category. In 2013, it moved up to number 8 - and repeated as number 8 in 2014 and again in 2015! This charity event is rain or shine and there will be tenting on the street to accommodate weather. Please dress and plan accordingly and note tickets are non-refundable.

Click to the American Lung Association web siteProceeds from the festival benefit the American Lung Association’s local lung health programs, education, patients and research at the local and national level on diseases such as lung cancer, asthma, COPD, and others. This event enables us to accomplish our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. For more information about The Annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival, contact CI Management by phone at (305) 255.3500 or Click Here to email. The toll-free phone # is 1-800-LUNGUSA and/or Click Here to check the event web site.

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Meteor Shower
Meteor Shower

For Those Interested in the Cosmos - the June Lyrids shower is active during June 10 to 21, producing predominantly blue and white meteors at a maximum hourly rate of 8 per hour on June 15 (?=84.5°). At maximum the radiant is located at a=278°, d=+35°. The average observed magnitude of this shower is near 3, while about 32% of the meteors leave trains.

This meteor shower was discovered on the evening of June 15, 1966, by S. Dvorak (California, USA) while camping out in the San Bernardino mountains. His attention had been drawn to the region of Lyra by a very bright meteor that moved swiftly to the northeast through that constellation. Another meteor was noted a short time later and Dvorak began plotting additional meteors. After 1 1/2 hours he had managed to plot 16 meteors, of which 13 appeared to originate from a hitherto unknown radiant located at RA=278°, DECL=+30°. Just a few hours later, F. W. Talbot (Cheshire, England) independently discovered the radiant at RA=275.5°, DECL=+30°, and noted an hourly rate near 9.

Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Moonlight from a waning moon interfered with observations in 1967, but, in June 1968, confirmation of this shower's existence came from Richard Nolthenius (Hacienda Heights, California). During one hour on the 15th, he detected 8 June Lyrids, while a similar hour on the 17th revealed 7. Observations of this shower have continued annually ever since, however, to date, the most elaborate study of this shower was made from observations obtained during 1969.

Observations from 46 observers, totalling 172 man-hours, were gathered and analyzed by Keith B. Hindley of the British Astronomical Association. The observations covered the period of June 11.5 to 21.0 (Solar Longitude=80.2 deg to 89.2 deg) and the total number of June Lyrids observed was 363. Against a fairly constant sporadic meteor rate of 8.7 per hour, the June Lyrids displayed a broad maximum of about 6 per hour during June 13 to 17, with a sharp peak of 9 per hour on June 16.0 (Solar Longitude=84.5 deg). The average magnitude was found to be 2.0 and 32% of the shower's meteors showed persistent trains. Colors displayed a prominence of white, as did sporadic meteors, however, there was also a large number of blue meteors. The exact percentages of colors seen among the June Lyrids were as follows: 33%, blue, 52%, white, 9%, yellow, and 6%, orange-red.

Aside from the 1969 study by Hindley, studies of the June Lyrids have been rare, with the only other information gathered on the individual meteors involving the average magnitude. John West observed 59 June Lyrids during 1967 to 1982, and found the average magnitude to be 3.02. During 1967 to 1981, R. Hill (North Carolina, USA) observed 65 June Lyrids and found the average magnitude to be 2.71. Interest in the June Lyrids seems to have waned in the latter half of the 1970s and into the 1980s, with only a few individuals continuing to monitor the shower annually---many of them rarely observing around the time of the shower's established date of maximum. The reason is that Aquarius is so much higher in the sky for observers south of the equator. Anyone willing to observe the shower and document their observations is a candidate for astronomical stardom. Well... at least your name will appear in an almanac!

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Notice

Commissioner Bruce Roberts’ District 1 Pre-Agenda Meeting

Commissioner Bruce Roberts’ District I Pre-Agenda meetings will be held on Mondays, June 6 and June 20, 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
COMM. BRUCE ROBERTS

The Date: Monday, June 6 and 20, 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
NEANDERTHAL ALIEN IN NEW BILLIARD ROOM
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
CANINE ALIEN CALLING A RAISE!
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?)
IT WAS A BLAST! Wine and Cheese refreshed the palattes of attendees! ALL WERE WELCOME. IF YOU COULDN’T MAKE IT, TOUGH BREAK - THURSDAY, JUNE 15th AT 6:30 PM IN OUR STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL NEW BILLIARDS ROOM.

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

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”.

Elevators

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!

        Ladders

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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