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Notices & Reminder

E-mail Address: regencytower@yahoo.com



February 2017

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, February 5, 2017 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the monthly SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch will host:

  • Blues Therapy & Jazz at the Esplanade
  • Pieces of Work at the Connie Hoffman Gazebo AND
  • Riverside Dixieland Band at the Broward Center Peck Courtyard

Click Here for a map of the Riverwalk area.

For additional information about the 2017 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 29th Anniversary Las Olas Art Fair - Part II, which will be held on Saturday & Sunday, March 4 & 5, 2017 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 561-746-6615, 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 February 2017, 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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6th Annual

Stone Crab & Seafood Festival in Esplanade Park
Annual Seafood Festival in Esplanade Park
Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale is excited to announce the 6th annual Stone Crab & Seafood Festival presented by Grille 401 on Saturday, January 14, 2017, in the middle of the highly anticipated annual Florida Stone Crab Season! The event will take place at Esplanade Park, in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shrimp & Grits from Grille 401 at Festival
Shrimp & Grits from Grille 401 at Festival
Esplanade Park is located at 400 SW 2nd Street in Fort Lauderdale. One of five city parks that line the Riverwalk, it's unique location and accessibility are two reasons why Esplanade Park plays host to scores of local events, and serves to anchor a majority of those that take place along the Riverwalk. Located in downtown Fort Lauderdale and 3 miles from the beach make it a perfect venue for the annual Stone Crab & Seafood Festival!

This festival is a free celebration of the local South Florida Seafood Industry and highlights some of Fort Lauderdale’s favorite seafood restaurants as they serve up fresh stone crab claws and an array of select seafood dishes starting at only $5. Seafood lovers of all ages are welcome to come out rain or shine and enjoy a day of great food, cold drinks from Finlandia Vodka (and more), live music from Smokin’ J’s Poker Night, games (including the crowd-favorite hermit crab races), prizes and more.

Among the local sponsors, partners - and vendors whose fare will delight festival attendees are: Grille 401, JM Lexus, Breakthru Beverage, Finlandia Vodka, Stephens Distributing, Anheuser-Busch, Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill, Finster Murphy’s, Go Riverwalk Magazine, The Media Lab, Eye on South Florida, Big Mouth Girlz, 10 Barrel Brewing Co, Budweiser, Goose Island Beer Company, Islamorada Beer Co., Kelly’s Landing, Shuck N’ Dive, Brew Fish, Downtowner, Shabang!, BPA Catering, T&J Food and Catering Services, I Love Tacos, Hickory Sticks, J-RoNa Seafood Shack, Hott Leggz, Key West Conch Shack & Grill, and Here Fishy Fishy.

This year’s beer gardens will feature brews from Stephens Distributing, including brews from Islamorada Beer Company, Blue PointBrewing Company, Goose Island Beer Company and 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Pre-paid tickets are available until January 13th for the early bird price of $20 for unlimited tastings in the Beer Garden. Beer Garden tickets at the event will be $25.

For more information about the 6th annual Stone Crab & Seafood Festival, please call Director of Operations Cristina Hudson at (954) 468-1541 ext. 205 or Click Here to email. Also, Click Here for information directly from the Stone Crab & Seafood Festival web site.

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The 22ndAnnual

Click to the Clueless on Las Olas web site Partners In Education’s 22nd annual ClueLess on Las Olas is scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017. Up to 500 amateur sleuths (conceived primarily for adults 30 to 55 years old) who work or live in downtown Fort Lauderdale or the surrounding metropolitan area will gravitate toward Las Olas Boulevard & SE 6th Avenue (Historic Stranahan House and Laura Ward Park) to to solve the unique murder mystery game. “Murder at the Family Reunion” is the theme of this year’s ClueLess on Las Olas. Tim Curtin, Director of Community Youth Services with the Memorial Healthcare System, has been assembling the event's mysteries for the past decade. A member and former president of the Partners In Education Board of Directors, Curtain has been communicating with the original authors of the murder mysteries and structuring the clues and hints used to solve the crimes. Until Curtain reveals what prompted his current theme, it will also remain mystery.

Clueless on Las Olas Sleuths
Clueless on Las Olas Sleuths
Patterned after the board game Clue, ClueLess on Las Olas participants read an original mystery and then solve seven one-of-a-kind clues to determine which of the six suspects committed the murder and either where or with what. Registration will be limited to the first 450 sleuths, so register early. Advance registration, which costs $35 per person or four tickets for $105 (buy 3, get one free), ends at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 (credit cards are accepted). If available, on-site registration will be $40 per person with no discount for multiple tickets. On-site registration will run from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on the property of Stranahan House at 335 S.E. 6th Avenue. Registration includes game, t-shirt, gift bag, deejay, appetizer and dessert buffets, soda, water, wine and beer. No refunds. The Event will be held rain or shine.

Click to the Clueless on Las Olas web site After check-in, participants enter the street party where they read the mystery and enjoy refreshments. At 7:00 p.m. sharp, the crowd is charged with helping solve the murder. The six suspects are introduced. Then, everyone takes off to the shops and restaurants on Las Olas to retrieve the clues. Snitches are on the street to sell hints for $1 while the suspects generally provide misdirection. Everyone returns to the street party by 8:45 p.m. to hear the final audio clue and at 9 p.m. - accuse a suspect. Prizes are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners (prize for 1st place is two tickets on Southwest Airlines). By 9:15 p.m., the crime is solved and prizes are awarded. The silent auction runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with items from shops on Las Olas, signed sports memorabilia, dinner packages and hotel stays. Participants can also enjoy a raffle, appetizer and dessert buffets, music and a bar.

Click to Partners in Education web page For additional information about ClueLess on Las Olas or benefactor Partners In Education, Inc., the premier a 501c3 school-business partnership program serving Broward County Public Schools, please call Event Coordinator Linda Brown at 954-288-7201 or Click Here to email. You can also call Adriane J. Jackson, Executive Director, at 754-321-1974 or Click Here to email. Click Here to check the event web site.

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13th Annual

Coral Springs Festival of the Arts
Coral Springs Festival of the Arts
The
13th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts will be held on Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19, 2017 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 200 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 561-746-6615, 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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The Swatch Major Series will open the 2017 FIVB World Tour calendar in spectacular style when it makes its long-awaited return to Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida. Not since the 2015 Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale has international action graced the stunning Florida coast, but, from Tuesday through Sunday, February 7 To February 12, 2017, 32 of the world’s top teams per gender - the world’s greatest players - will gather to fight for the first Swatch Major Series title of the season. Beach volleyball got its start in the United States in the 1930s in California. The sport picked up as an organized event in the 1950s, and the Parks and Recreation tour brought its first tournament to the East Coast in 1982, in Clearwater, Florida. Three 2016 Olympians grew up in the Florida area, namely: Nick Lucena, Phil Dalhausser and Brooke Sweat.

Swatch Beach Volleyball in Fort Lauderdale
Swatch Beach Volleyball in Fort Lauderdale
In the Series’ first year, in 2015, athletes as well as fans got a first glimpse of what the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series had to offer with tournaments in Porec in Croatia, Gstaad in Switzerland and Stavanger in Norway before the first ever Swatch World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale. It only seems like yesterday when Brazilians Larissa/Talita and Alison/Bruno scooped gold on this very beach in October 2015 – and now both teams will be out to make it back-to-back victories at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park - a beach volleyball-crazy hub of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area.

Swatch Beach Volleyball Sculpture
Swatch Beach Volleyball Sculpture
The 2016 season packed an even bigger punch as four tournament stops - in Hamburg, Porec, Gstaad and Klagenfurt - wowed passionate crowds throughout Europe before the Swatch World Tour Finals in Toronto. The 2017 season will take in stops in the United States, Croatia in June, Switzerland in July, the FIVB World Chamionships in Austria and Germany in August before the Swatch World Tour Finals conclude another epic season at a yet-to-be-revealed spot. The Swatch World Tour Finals a year ago was the first international tournament to be held in Fort Lauderdale. Given its great success and packed capacity crowds it returned to kick-start another busy season of digging and diving on the sand. Here's what to expect on our beach - and where to party afterwards:

Diving for a Save
Diving for a Save"
The action heats up on Tuesday at the side courts as teams first battle it out through qualification rounds in a bid to reach the main draw. On Tuesday night, the Official Kick-Off Beach Party will move to Bahia Cabana at 7 p.m. Arrive early on Wednesday - big hitters rock up at the beach as the Fort Lauderdale Major main draw gets under way at Center Court.

As elimination rounds thin the field, on Thursday, February 9, the men’s round of 24 takes place in the afternoon followed by the "Cocktails with the Champions" charity event at 7 p.m. On Friday, February 10, the women’s round of 16 and men’s quarterfinals take center stage on Center Court. From 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, the College Night party and the Official Beach Party both explode at America’s Backyard.

Fort Lauderdale Mens Medalists in 2016
Fort Lauderdale Mens Medalists in 2016
Saturday has two women’s quarterfinals, including one under the floodlights. But the true highlight of the day is reserved for the men with the morning semifinals setting up the gold medal match on Center Court at 4:30 p.m. Immediately after the action, the Power 96 Beach Party booms into play from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Beach Village. On Sunday, February 12, both women’s semifinals occupy Center Court starting at 9 a.m. The bronze medal match follows at 12:30 p.m. before the 2 p.m. women’s grand finale rounds conclude the first tournament of the season.

Once again entry will be absolutely free of charge, so remember to clear your diaries, head down to South Beach Park and catch the best of the action from the greatest players on sand. For more information, call Lena Lattinger at (954) 900-6700 or or Click Here to email. Click Here to more information about Swatch Beach Volleyball in Fort Lauderdale.


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Polynesian Cultural Festival
Polynesian Cultural Festival
As South Florida’s only nonprofit whose mission is to preserve, promote, educate and share the culture of the Polynesian people with the community, the Polynesian Culture Association (PCA) brought to Southeast Florida the authentic food and entertainment venues of Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti and New Zealand (Maori) for over a decade. They believe that everyone should experience this at least once in their lifetime. As many of their South Florida friends and neighbors were unable to realize this generous invitation to visit a South Seas paradise, in 2004, the association's members devised a resolution.

Polynesian Hula Dance
Polynesian Hula Dance
On Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26, 2017, local residents can see, feel and taste the culture, beauty and spirit of the Polynesian Islands - in Oakland Park. The 14th Annual Polynesian Cultural Festival will temporarily turn Jaco Pastorius Park (4000 North Dixie Highway, Oakland Park, FL) into the South Pacific. Experience the culture, beauty and spirit of the Polynesian Islands at the 14th annual Polynesian Cultural Festival. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both days, enjoy: authentic tastes and delicious foods from the Polynesian Islands, Fire and knife dancers, Hula dancers, a Kid’s corner with Bounce House and Face Paintaing, South Pacific arts and crafts, a Ukulele exhibition, local business vendors, food booths, and much more.

Samoan Fire - Knife Dance
Samoan Fire Knife Dance
In support of the festival, the Funky Buddha Brewery will make available their infamous Floridian, Hop Gun and amazingly delicious pina colada beers to quench your thirst as you enjoy island entertainment. Also at the festival - a "ukulele jam session", the "Kona Ice" truck and a Polynesian Revue performed by Tama Leao Polynesian Productions - an entertainment venue headed by Cultural Association President Tama Leao. According to Leao, who is also the Festival's founder, “This annual festival is a way to expand knowledge by sharing, educating, promoting, and preserving ancient, traditional, interpretive and modern aspects of Polynesian culture and heritage.”

Funky Buddha Booth
Funky Buddha Booth
Jaco Pastorius Park is located at 4000 North Dixie Highway, Downtown Oakland Park between Oakland Park and Commercial Boulevards along the east side of N. Dixie Highway and one block north of the NE 38 Street traffic signal. Free parking is available at nearby public lots in the Downtown Culinary Arts District. Admission is $10. Kids 12 and under get in for free. Proceeds benefit the non-profit organization, The Polynesian Culture Association, whose mission is to keep this culture alive and share it with the community.

For additional information call association President Tama Leao at (954) 938-9010 or email at tama@polynesiancultureassociation.com. Also call Eric Waters at 954-630-4507 or Click Here to email. Click Here for festival infomation on the Polynesian Culture Association website and Click Here for info on the Oakland Park website.

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12th Annual

Fort Lauderdale’s Annual A1A Marathon
Fort Lauderdale’s
Annual A1A Marathon
Fort Lauderdale’s twelfth Annual
A1A Marathon & Half Marathon is scheduled for February 19, 2017, featuring five races, a full marathon, a half marathon, a 5K Run and the A1A Kids Fun Run. The 3rd Annual Susan G. Komen's Run For the Pink 6K will help bring focus to the early detection of breast cancer. The A1A Full Marathon will consist of male/female main field division (age group), male/female wheelchair division, and a male/female hand cycle division. The Half Marathon will consist of a male/female main field division and male/female wheelchair division. Age groups will span 5 years (i.e. 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34, etc. all the way up to 70-74, then 75 and older) Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each division. On February 17 - 18, 2017, the Publix Health & Fitness Expo will take place at the Broward County Convention Center at 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale FL 33316. The 12th year of the Health & Fitness Expo will feature a myriad of exhibitors whose central focus is you the athlete. The 2017 Publix Health & Fitness Expo will feature over 80 exhibitors that will showcase a wide range of products and services. Browse by all the booths or stroll through the mall and peruse the shops. Please note that you must attend the expo to pick up your race packets, which will include your performance tech shirt, bib number, timing chip, goodie bag, and last minute instruction/race detail sheet. If unable to attend the expo, a family member or friend can pick up the packet if provided with an ID photocopy. Late Registration will be available in person at the Expo. If the race cap of 5,000 runners hasn't been reached, slots will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Fort Lauderdale’s Full A1A Marathon Course Route
A1A Marathon Course Route
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The race will start with a bang promptly at 6:00 AM on February 19, 2017 in downtown Fort Lauderdale (401 SW 2nd Street) both the full and half marathoners starting at the same time while the the wheelchair racers will start fifteen minutes before the main field. The Course will be open for six hours for both the half marathon and full marathon. Runners will start on Sw 2nd St in front of the Museum of Discovery and Science and head east to Andrews Ave where they will head south for one block and turn east on Las Olas Boulevard, over the Las Olas Bridge and north on A1A where the course turns into Birch State Park for a two mile look at this well shaded run along the intracoastal. Runners then head north on A1A. Flipping from North Ocean Bouleverd to South Ocean Boulevard in Pompano Beach, runners make a right on Dow, and a left on Beacon Street before turning right on South Ocean Boulevard. At mile 16 the route turns right into a small neighborhood along Bay Drive, continuing on Dow as the course turns around, heading southbound along A1A on South Ocean Boulevard. The southbound Marathon course retraces the first half of the race along State Road A1A. Runners continue along South Ocean Boulevard to N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. After making a left on Seabreeze Boulevard, runners continue to the entrance of the South Beach Park parking lot - passing under the overhead skyway towards the second half of the parking lot where the ocean meets the finish line at Mile 26.2! For the ½ marathon, after passing Oakland Park Boulevard and turning right to Galt Ocean Drive at NE 35th St, the course heads south. Galt Ocean Drive merges with A1A (maile 10) as runners continue down A1A to the 13.1 mile finish line (technically 1100 Seabreeze Boulevard).

Runners Preparing for A1A Marathon
Runners Preparing For A1A Marathon
The certified USATF A1A Marathon course is a Boston Qualifier! This fast, flat course is a great way to earn your spot in one of the country’s greatest races. Certification Number: Full Marathon: FL07008DL ½ Marathon: FL07009DL. Plenty of water and energy drink will be provided at every mile along the race course (beginning at mile 2). Energy gels will be provided at the half marathon and full marathon turnarounds. Port-o-lets will be positioned at the start of the race, along the race course (near water stops), and at the finish line. Fresh fruit, bagels, water, energy drinks, and other replenishing snacks will be provided upon completion of the race. The main medical tent will be positioned at the finish line. Medical stations will be positioned along the race course if you should need assistance during the race. 2017 will bring entertainment that will make you want to dance your way to the finish line. Entertainment along A1A Boulevard will feature numerous local bands, radio stations, cheerleaders, fans, and volunteers setting the stage for an exciting race to remember.

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

For more information please call 888-ESM-SPORTS, email a1amarathon@exclusivesports.com or log onto www.a1amarathon.com. Click Here for a full size map of the full marathon route and Click Here for the half marathon route. Click Here for info about the 5K run, Click Here for details about the Susan G. Komen Run for the Pink 6K and Click Here for info about the Kids Fun run. To learn more about the 80-booth Expo, Click Here. Click Here to retrieve the race results for any year of the marathon.

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SHOW

War Memorial Auditorium
War Memorial Auditorium
The
Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show is scheduled for Friday, January 20 from 10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday, January 21 from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, January 22 from 10 AM to 6 PM. The 2017 Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show will be held at the Fort Lauderdale War Memorial Auditorium and better than ever!

The War Memorial Auditorium is located at 800 NE 8th Street in Fort Lauderdale. This 57 year old facility recently under went a $2.3 million renovation. It's unique art deco look and great setting in Holiday Park near downtown Fort Lauderdale and 3 miles from the beach make it great location for this event!

Want first shot at the amazing plants that will be available during our show? Want to join a select group of orchid lovers at a nice party? Come to our PRESHOW PARTY on Thursday before the show opens to the public! We’ll have a full buffet with free champagne, hors d’oeuvres, beverages and dessert with live entertainment. The displays are the freshest, vendors will be present, and attendees will get first chance to buy orchids that may be in limited quantities. The party is Thursday, January 19, 2017. It starts at 7:00 and goes to 10:00. Tickets are $70 per person.

The Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society appropriately ascribed the theme, “A Galaxy of Orchids” to the 2017 International Orchid Show. Come and enjoy raffles, artwork, competitions, plant and supply vendors, exhibits, and displays. Judges accredited by the American Orchid Society award prizes for best displays and best plants. Tickets are $8.00 purchased in advance. They will be held for you to pick up at the door. Pre-sale tickets may be purchased online. Tickets purchased at the door are $12.00 (good for all three days). Special rates are available for bus tours or large groups.

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

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57th Annual Fort Lauderdale

International Boat Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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25th Annual

Annual Florida Renaissance Festival Map
Click to Larger Florida Renaissance Festival Map
For 7 consecutive weekends - from February 11 through March 26, 2017 - Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach will host a time machine that will transport you back to the middle ages. Enjoy the medieval environment afforded by the
25th Annual Florida Renaissance Festival runs from 10:00 am til Sunset - including the Presidents Day long Weekend. Dates for the 2017 festival are: Sat - Sun (February 11 - 12), Sat - Mon (February 18 - 20 - Presidents Day weekend), Sat - Sun (February 25 - 26), Sat - Sun (March 4 - 5), Sat - Sun (March 11 - 12), Sat - Sun (March 18 - 19) and Sat - Sun (March 25 - 26).

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

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

For more information, please call 954-776-1642, Toll-Free 1-800-3-REN-FES Click Here to email or Click Here to Web Site.

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Christmas on Las Olas
Fort Lauderdale Beach Collector Car Auction
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Collector Car Auction
Welcome back to the
Fort Lauderdale Beach Collector Car Auction, January 6, 7 & 8, 2017, “One of the nation’s great auctions”, that’s the concensus of the “buyer and sellers” around the country. “We sell a lot of fine automobiles and continually set record prices year after year.” We want to thank all our buyers and sellers for their participation in making last year’s auction a great success and we invite every one back to sunny Fort Lauderdale to buy and / or sell at this years “2016” auction!! To consign your cars and / or register to bid, contact the Auction at 561-533-7945 or Georgia at 561-779-0302. We have on-site motor coach parking and car detailers. For information on hotels, vendor space, motor coach parking, auction & check-in times, call Georgia today!! “Bring your bathing suits - no winter coats!”

Collector Car Show at War Memorial Auditorium
Collector Car Show at
War Memorial Auditorium
The 23rd Annual Fort Lauderdale Beach Collector Car Auction is a testament to our commitment. The 3-day weekend will attract car enthusiasts from all parts of the country - and the world. The event is scheduled for January 6 through 8, 2017. On Friday (January 6), Saturday (January 7) and Sunday (January 8) - the auction starts at 10:00 AM and continues to 6:00 PM (starts at Noon on Friday). It will take place at the War Memorial Auditorium at 800 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale. This 57 year old facility recently under went a $2.3 million renovation. It's unique art deco look and great setting in Holiday Park near downtown Fort Lauderdale and 3 miles from the beach make it great location for this event!.

1949 Cadillac Series ‘62’ Convertible
1949 Cadillac Series ‘62’ Convertible
Dave Rupp presents this spectacular 300 car auction. Historically, one of the nation’s highest selling percentages. Featured cars are the 1949 Cadillac Series ‘62’ Convertible, AACA. First year for high compression overhead valve V-8 160 HP engine with a hydromatic transmission, black with red interior on a very straight body, chrome bumpers & stainless trim, wide whitewall tires & chrome factory “SOMBRERO” wheel covers, power windows, seats and top, factory clock, radio & heater runs & drives excellent!! Selling on Saturday! Look and Buy This Stunning Piece of Art!
1955 Desoto Fireflight convertible
1955 Desoto Fireflight Convertible
1955 Desoto Fireflight convertible. They only made 776 Fireflite Convertibles. This car is an all original car, one owner since 1988. A complete frame off rotisserie restoration over the past two years. The car is an original red over white convertible with a full leather red and white interior. Its equipped with a 291 CI Hemi engine with a four barrel carb putting out 200 HP. The restoration included a complete engine rebuild to original specs. Unique to Desoto in 1955, The two speed automatic transmission is selected by a lever in the dash. The original AM Radio that has been digitally updated to be AM/FM while keeping the exact original look in the dash. There are few of these cars around, and none of them restored with this meticulous - a no expense spared (not on purpose) restoration. Selling on Saturday January 7 2017 .

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

Christmas on Las Olas Admission charges are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information, call the Auction at 561-533-7945, Toll Free: 1 (800) 237-8954, or call Georgia at 561-799-0302 or email her at georgia@ftlauderdaleauction.com. Click Here to the Fort Lauderdale Beach Collector Car Auction 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 Noon and 2:00 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 1 through March 29, 2017. 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 February and March, the following musical groups are scheduled to perform in the park:

  • February 1th - The Flyers (Rock 'n' Roll)
  • February 8th - Big Harvest (Reggae)
  • February 15th - Andrew Morris Band (Country)
  • February 22th - Big City Dogs (Classic Rock & Blues)
  • March 8th - Joey Gilmore (Blues)
  • March 15th - Joe Dougherty's Irish Band (Irish)
  • March 22nd - The Fabulous Fleetwoods (Southern Rock)
  • March 29th - Sabor Latino (Latin)

For additioal information, call 954-828-4755, Click to Email or click here to visit the Riverwalk Noon Tunes website!

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Broward County Convention Center
Broward County Convention Center
The Fort Lauderdale
Fall Home Design And Remodeling Show will be held from 3 PM to 9:30 PM on Friday, Novemer 18, and 12 Noon to 9:30 PM on Saturday, Novemer 19, 2016. On Sunday, Novemer 20, 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, 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.

Taniya Nayak of HGTV & QVC
Taniya Nayak of HGTV & QVC
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 Taniya Nayak, who brings her “Comfort, Style and Bliss” Philosophy from HGTV and Food Network to the Stage on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th - at 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. Taniya Nayak has quickly become a household name through her work as brand spokesperson for Ellen Degeneres’ new home product line, “E.D. On Air” featured on QVC, and as a featured designer on Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible. She has made numerous appearances on popular shows such as: Rachael Ray Show; Oprah; HGTV’s House Hunters and Design Stars; The Talk with Sharon Osbourne, and many more. Unique to this Show but true to Taniya’s down-to-earth style, she will present an audience-focused seminar where show-goers can arrive shortly before the scheduled appearance, and speak to her about their design concerns. She will then adapt the requests into her talk

Fort Lauderdale Home Design And Remodeling Show
Ft Laud Home Design & Remodeling Show
Reaching a targeted audience through social media is now a must for all organizations. On Saturday, November 19, 2016, Principal Liza Walton at Miami Social Marketing will teach the basics on how to leverage social media tools to create and expand a following that will engage new clients and supporters. Sponsored by Electri-Chef, the Culinary Experience Cooking Stage is a popular feature of the Home Design and Remodeling Show. A series of guest chefs will be featured each day in live cooking shows. The audience is treated to an entertaining cooking demo AND delicious samples of the nutritious recipes prepared! The Culinary Stage offers recipes that will tantalize the taste buds with nutritious and delicious dishes throughout the weekend. Chef Paulette Bilsky, the Chef Coordinator, will be accompanied by a host of South Florida favorites who will actualize recipes that the entire family will enjoy. For adults, admission is $10, Children 11 & under are FREE. For more information, call 888-353-3976 or Click Here to email or Click Here to web site.


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Bus Loop

Click to Busloop web page On Friday , December 16, 2016, for only $20 early prepaid, $30 prepaid after December 2 or $35 at door, you can ride a Sun Trolley to the sports-themed Bad Santa Bus Loop and receive a free drink at each participating venue! In keeping with the sports theme, wear your favorite sports team gear to the Bus Loop! No need to drive if you live within walking distance of a Bus Loop route; just catch the closest Trolley/Bus and head for the closest Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop Check-In location! Otherwise we recommend that you and your friends take a taxi, Uber, a trolley, Red Cap or have a designated driver for your return trip home (Free Admission for Designated Drivers, who will be issued a free wristband at check-in. DD's do not have to Pre-Register). Also, Special Hotel deals are available to Bus Loop riders. While they are listed below, Click Here to verify the nearest 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. The trolleys will operate until midnight.

Bad Santa
Bad Santa Bus Loop
Boarding Busloop
All Aboard Bus Loop - and Bottoms up
On the back of the drink card, there will be a box for each participating bar/restaurant. The bartender or server will mark off that box when the attendee is served his/her complimentary drink from that establishment. Although the drink cards are technically only valid until 11 pm, some venues may honor them passsed that time. Following the event on certain occasions there is a post-party at a designated location indicated on the card - where attendees enjoy appetizers, dancing, prizes, etc. - usually at 10 pm. The exact type of drink/appetizer/dessert to be distributed by each venue will be indicated on the drink card. Often this may be beer, wine or well drinks. 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 site for the December 16, 2016 Fort Lauderdale Bad Santa Bus Loop is Tilted Kilt (219 S Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale). Venues include Glitch, Tarpon Bend, America's Backyard, The Downtowner, Tilted Kilt, Lucky's Tavern, Suviche, The Royal Pig and more! All Proceeds benefit the Jessica June Childrens Cancer Foundation, Jack & Jill Center, Covenant House Florida, Riverwalk Trust, and The Broward County Gator Club Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 954-260-6194 or 954-468-1541 or Click Here to email or Click Here to learn about the Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop!

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The FORT LAUDERDALE

War Memorial Auditorium
War Memorial Auditorium
The weekend-long 2015 Fort Lauderdale
International Gem & Jewelry Show is scheduled for Friday, March 24th from NOON to 6 PM, Saturday, March 25th from 10 AM to 6 PM, Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 11 AM to 5 PM. The event will take place at the War Memorial Auditorium (800 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304).

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

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

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

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Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach
Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach
The 28th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts will be held on Sunday & Monday, January 21 & 22, 2017 from 10 AM - 5 PM along Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach. As always, Delray Beach provides us with a fabulous venue for a very successful show right on Atlantic Avenue (1111 East Atlantic Avenue), this show draws large crowds and is considered by both visitors and residents to be a must-go-to event. Parking will be available at City Hall located on NW 1st Avenue in Delray Beach. Take I-95 to Atlantic Ave. in Delray (there is an Atlantic Blvd. in Deerfield Beach just south of Delray – do not get these confused). Go East on Atlantic Ave. and follow signs to show site site along street.

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

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

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

For more information, call 561-746-6615, Click Here to email or Click Here to see web site.

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The 45th Annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale’s Signature Holiday event along the Intracoastal Waterway, takse place on on Saturday, December 10, 2016, 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
2016 Grand Marshal Rapper PITBULL
Rapper PITBULL Named Grand Marshal in 2016
Winterfest is best known for it’s one of a kind Boat Parade celebrating 45 years. The scope of the festival has expanded to include a full complement of events. The festivities include the dazzling Winterfest Black Tie Ball - in Association with Republic National Distributing Co. - on December 3 (themed in 2016 after Broadway's "Cabaret"), an exciting Grand Marshal Reception on December 9 - where Mayor Jack Seiler presents the Key to the City to 2016 Grand Marshal - Rapper PITBULL who will ride aboard the bow of the JM Lexus Grand Marshal Showboat Floridian Princess (Riverwalk Inc. presents an inscribed brick for placement in the Riverwalk Celebrity Walk of Fame on the banks of the staging area of the Parade), the GrayRobinson P.A. Winterfest White Party on October 28, the Family Fun Day on November 27, and culminates with the fabulous Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade and a series of post-event celebrations - like the the Volunteer Party hosted by Timpano from 6 - 11 PM on March 8, 2017. 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. Listed by BizBash as one of the top three parades in the South Florida market solidifying the title Top 100 Events for 2016, Winterfest has had an economic impact on Broward County of over $50 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, March 18th from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, March 19, 2017, 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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Christmas on Las Olas
Christmas on Las Olas
Xmas on Las Olas
It’s almost time again for that famous Las Olas event -
Christmas on Las Olas. And this year's event promises to be the best ever. Make sure you mark your calendars, dust down your Santa hat and prepare to start the holiday season in style on the boulevard. In 2016, Christmas on Las Olas takes place on Tuesday, November 29th fom 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm.

Christmas on Las Olas
Las Olas Boulevard
Christmas on Las Olas... a Community Tradition for 54 years. To create a festive Christmas experience on one of the most famous streets in South Florida – East Las Olas Boulevard – S.E. 6th Avenue to S.E. 11th Avenue will be blocked to traffic. Christmas carolers, local choirs from schools and churches and performers from all corners of South Florida will fill the boulevard with the music and melodies that feed the holiday spirit. The eco-friendly LED lighting wrapped around trees in the Las Olas Boulevard median and sidewalk will serve as a permanent decorative enhancement.

Click to Christmas on Las Olas The 54th Annual Christmas on Las Olas, presented this year by the Las Olas Association and Breakthru Beverage Florida, is the most revered family and community event in Fort Lauderdale. Over 40,000 guests attend this one-evening event to bask in the lights of this Winter Wonderland. Anidjar & Levine present Snow Mountain – benefitting South East Police Motorcycle Rodeo – will whisk you to an Alpine Shangri-La, as friends and neighbors sled down the two story ice covered slope. Enjoy the popular Skate Las Olas – and the magic of ice skating on Las Olas Boulevard throughout the Holiday Season - as Children and Adults “skate” in a 1,800 square foot custom outdoor rink on the Great Lawn next to the Riverside Hotel. At East End of Las Olas, get a photo with Santa at the Enchanted Village (sponsored by One Beat CPR & AED). Imagine children frolicking through the streets, skipping from attraction to attraction, while their parents sip champagne and catch up with their friends and family during this magical holiday time.

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

The event is FREE to the public - there is no admission charge. For more information, call the Las Olas Boulevard Association at 954-258-8382 or email at info@lasolasboulevard.com. Click Here to the Christmas on Las Olas web page.

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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 February 4, 2017.

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, February 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 Fort Lauderdale (Mill Pond Park)
    2201 NW 9th Avenue
    Saturday, January 14, 2017
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Coral Springs
    4181 NW 121st Avenue
    Saturday, February 4, 2017
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Coconut Creek
    4800 West Copans Road
    Saturday, March 4, 2017
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Fort Lauderdale (Mill Pond Park)
    2201 NW 9th Avenue
    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Tamarac
    6011 Nob Hill Road
    Saturday, May 6, 2017
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Pompano Beach
    1660 NE 10th Street (Community Park)
    Saturday, June 3, 2017
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Fort Lauderdale (Mill Pond Park)
    2201 NW 9th Avenue
    Saturday, July 29, 2017
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Lauderdale Lakes
    NW 36th Street (2 Blocks West of 441)
    Saturday, August 5, 2017
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Coconut Creek
    4800 West Copans Road
    Saturday, September 9, 2017
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Coral Springs
    4181 NW 121st Avenue
    Saturday, October 7, 2017
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Pompano Beach
    1660 NE 10th Street (Community Park)
    Saturday, November 4, 2017
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Tamarac
    6011 Nob Hill Road
    Saturday, December 2, 2017
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

 

Additional drop-off events are cyclically sceduled each month

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

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

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

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CanadaFest
CanadaFest Entertainment
On Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, January 29, 2017, the tradition of
CanadaFest returns to Hollywood. CanadaFest will take place on three stages at the newly renovated Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, named one of America's top ten nostalgic promenades by USA Today and one of America’s best beach boardwalks by Travel + Leisure. Entertainers will fill the Johnson Stage at the Bandshell and the two Beach Stages at Grant Street and New York Street. On Saturday, January 28th the entertainment will run from 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM and on Sunday, January 29th, from 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM.

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

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

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

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Saturday Night
Under the South Florida Stars

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

Fox Observatory At Markham Park
Fox Observatory At Markham Park
Open to the public every Saturday night, the events start at dusk and have been known to last the entire night. Events in February of 2017 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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The 31st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Six years after its Silver Anniversary, the 31st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) will reel out over 200 films from 35 countries. Filmmakers and celebrities will attend many of the screenings and events over the 17 day fest, November 4 - November 20, 2016. Parties and gatherings at area "hot spots" (Opening Night Party, The JJ Project Film & Reception, German Film Party, French Film Party, Italian Film Festa, Brazilian Film Party, Caribbean JumpUp Party, Swedish Meatball Party, Israeli Film Party, British Film Party, Centerpiece Party, Indian Film Party, Chairman’s Awards Gala, Chilean Film Party, Closing Night Party, and more), on board yachts (Chairman's Cruise & Brunch), will provide audiences an opportunity to hob knob with film talent and other movie buffs. At the heart of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival are the films and the artists that create them. During the festival, films are divided into the following sidebars: American Documentary, American Feature, American Short, Short Programs, World Documentary, World Feature, World Short. Film stars create an aura of excitement around the cinematic event as they walk the red carpet at Hollywood style premieres, chat with audiences at screenings and attend parties and gatherings, along with free seminars, outdoor screenings, and films for kids.

Since 1986, the Broward Country Film Society has shared the beauty of independent cinema with South Florida through the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. 30 years later, The Film Society has leveraged the success of FLIFF to establish itself as one of five Major Cultural Institutions of Broward Country. FLIFF has a panel of judges - consisting of professionals in the film industry to decide which films have what it takes to win top honors. A new competition film will be shown nightly during the Fort Lauderdale section of the festival. Be sure to catch all of these films before the awards are handed out at our Luminaries Gala, so you can see if your scorecard matches the judges. If traveling the world is one of your passions, FLIFF offers the next best thing: the chance to visit a multitude of countries through the medium of film. So go ahead, travel the world via the filmstrip, and listen for the distinctive sounds of foreign tongues, behold panoramic views of far-away lands, and imagine the aroma of exotic foods and spices. Remember, one of the magical elements of film is its ability to bring everyone together, regardless of culture or creed, who is willing to watch.

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival presents programming in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood (a second Cinema Paradiso at 2008 Hollywood Boulevard) & the Hard Rock Live at 1 Seminole Way in Hollywood, Sunrise (Sunrise Civic Center at 10610 W. Oakland Park Boulevard), and Bailey Hall in Davie (3501 Davie Road). The Festival's central venue, the Savor Cinema (formerly known as Cinema Paradiso), underwent a three year $500,000 renovation capped by a total re-working of the auditorium and seating areas. Located at 503 SE 6 Street in downtown Fort Lauderdale, one block east of Broward County Courthouse on south bank of New River, Savor Cinema, is the hub of the local film community. Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale is a year-round arthouse theatre with 230 stadium seats and ability to show practically every format from 35mm, to DCP, HDCam, DigiBeta, BetaSP, BluRay and DVD. It has a beautiful canopied courtyard and a full bar. Here local filmmakers have a venue to showcase there films to the community or in private to investors. Monthly gatherings bring members of the film industry together to network. During the annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, filmmakers, press, investors, celebrities, and movie fans from around the world gather. Many will spend the bulk of their time in Fort Lauderdale at Savor Cinema! Cinema Paradiso - Hollywood located at 2008 Hollywood Boulevard, is an 82 seat digital cinema featuring a full bar with lobby and sidewalk cafe.

For more information about Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, please call 954-525-FILM (3456), Email: info@fliff.com.

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Boca Fest 2016 The 30th Annual Boca Fest is scheduled for Saturday, January 14th and Sunday, January 15, 2017 at The Town Center Mall at Boca Raton (6000 Glades Road). It’s been over 2 decades since it’s inception, and this esteemed community art festival continues to highlight the talents of more than 200 exhibitors displaying a wide range of works from life-size sculptures to photography and jewelry. Ask any artist or visitor who participated in past Boca Fests, they were truly amazingly successful and this year will be no different!

Town Center at Boca Raton
Town Center at Boca Raton
Boca Fest is back for the 30th year with the nation's top artists, blending a balance of long-time favorites with the latest names in the contemporary art scene. Boca Raton is known for its affluent social community, chic restaurants and shops, and high income demographic. Centrally located at The Town Center Mall of Boca Raton on Glades Road, one of South Florida's top luxury shopping destinations and one of Boca's main attractions, the show will be located in the parking lot of The Terrace, a recent expansion near Bloomingdales, The Blue Martini and Gap. Boca Fest is a sure "best" of Boca. Unique sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics, and much more make for one fabulous weekend.

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

For more information, Click Here to email or Click Here to see web site. To participate as a vendor contact Howard Alan Events at (561) 746-6615.

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Meteor Shower
Meteor Shower

For Those Interested in the Cosmos - While not one of the strongest of the annual meteor showers, the Lyrid Meteor Shower can be enjoyable to meteor observers thirsting for something after over three and a half months of weak meteor activity. The Lyrids generally begin on April 16 and end on April 26, with maximum generally occurring during the night of April 21/22. At maximum, hourly rates can reach about 10 meteors per hour. The Lyrids are particularly interesting for two reason. First, observations have been identified back to at least 2600 years, which is longer than any other meteor shower. Second, the meteor shower occasionally experiences an outburst of about 100 meteors per hour and the reason is basically unknown. There are other, weaker meteor showers going on around the same time as the Lyrids. The Lyrids move rather fast. When you see a meteor, mentally trace it backwards. If you end up at Leo then you have probably seen a Leonid meteor!

Following the discovery that the Leonid meteor shower was an annual display, a researcher in 1835 found enough evidence to support the existence of a probable annual meteor shower around April 22 from the constellation Lyra. Edmond Weiss (Vienna, Austria) calculated that one comet orbit, that of Thatcher (1861 I), was found to come within 0.002 AU of Earth's orbit on APRIL 20. The peak rates of activity have remained relatively consistent from year to year with values generally between 5 and 10 per hour, although there have been unexpected outbursts. In 1849 and 1850, observers in New Haven and India, respectively, noticed "unusual numbers" of meteors on April 20. Several observers in Florida and Colorado noted rates of 90-100 on April 22, 1982. Four amateur astronomers from southern California observed the Lyrids during April 20 to 24, 1974. Denning reported that his extensive observations of this meteor shower revealed that weak traces of activity were present as early as April 14 and as late as April 26. Interestingly, Zdenek Sekanina reported that the Radio Meteor Project, which spanned the period of 1961-1965, detected probable members of this stream as late as May 3.

Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Several observers have attempted to estimate the orbital period of this meteor stream from the observations above. Herrick concluded from his historical study of Lyrid activity that the stream exhibited an orbital period of 27 years. Based on the activity observed in 1803 and 1850, Denning concluded that the Lyrids had an orbital period of 47 years, but his prediction of possible enhanced activity in 1897 was met by rates not exceeding 6 per hour. After the outburst in 1982, many researchers remarked that the period was about 60 years, based on the showers of 1803, 1922 and 1982. Unfortunately none of these suggested orbital periods fit the observations perfectly, and it might be possible that the Lyrid orbit contains several irregularly spaced knots of material that could make it impossible to arrive at an accurate period based on visual observations.

Using the more precise methods of radar and photographic techniques, several attempts have been made to determine the period of the Lyrid stream. A collection of photographic orbits published by Fred L. Whipple in 1952, revealed two "reliable" Lyrid meteors with periods differing by 300 years! In 1971, Bertil-Anders Lindblad published a Lyrid stream orbit, which had a period of 131 years, that was based on 5 meteors photographed during 1952 and 1953, and, in 1970, Sekanina published a Lyrid stream orbit based on radio meteors which had an average period of 9.58 years. The discrepancy in the orbital period of the Lyrids is primarily due to a lack of data. The number of meteors obtained from the major lists of photographic meteors totals 12, with only 6 being considered reliable (and, incidentally, giving a period of 139 years---close to Lindblad's despite sharing only 2 meteors). Comet Thatcher's period of 415 years is probably much more reliable today than the computed orbital period of the Lyrids. The relatively sharp peak of the Lyrids seems to be due to the overall lack of serious planetary perturbations. Observational evidence indicates the stream is at least 2600 years old.

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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, February 6 and February 20, 2017 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, February 6 and February 20, 2017
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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