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Notices & Reminder

E-mail Address: regencytower@yahoo.com



March 2014

Laundry Room

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

Water leaks

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

Rental Cars

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

Bike Check

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

Notes on Voting Certificates

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

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

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

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

Chaise Lounges

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

Laundry Room

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

Garbage Chutes

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

Barbecue Grill

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

Going to & from Pool/Beach

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



Pool Guru Nesly Bora
Revives Regency Tower Car Wash

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

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

Annual FireAlarm Test

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

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

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

Audible Sounds will occur!

Unit Entry is Necessary!

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

Sprinkler Retrofit Assessment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quarterly & Special Assessments

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

Laundry Machine

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

Emergency Lock Outs

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

Monday – Friday

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

Saturday, Sunday & Holidays

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

Apartment Entrance Decoration

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

Food & Garbage

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

We Offer Two Services

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

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

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

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

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

Telephone Access

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

Remote Garage Gate Openers

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

Unit Interior Construction

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

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

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

Cabana Space

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

Countdown to Digital TV

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

Energy Efficient Lighting

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

Storage Lockers

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

Game Room

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

Exercise Room

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

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

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

Elevator Reservation

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

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 washer-dryers in the Laundry Room. This has caused the clogging of the coin receptacles. The same goes for the Snack and Beverage Vending machines.

Trash Rooms

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

Game Room

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

Light Bulbs

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

Dish Antennae

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

Water Savings

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

Auto and Motorcycle Registration

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

Taxi/Limo Service

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

Private Work

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

Fire Extinguishers

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

Fire Doors

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

Social Committee

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

Another Legacy Untimely Taken
Montcalm Gibbons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Robert J. Rozema Galt Mile Leader

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vote Smart Vote Early!

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

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

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

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

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Entrance Gates

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

Lobby Doors

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

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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EMPLOYEE SERVICE AWARDS

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


A Voice of Reason

Louise Collins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Regency Tower Renaissance Man


Pablo Verol

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

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

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

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

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


Pablo Verol

(1927-2006)

Eulogy
by Monica Roizner

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

Childhood in Romania

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

Adolescence in the Midst of War

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

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

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

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

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

The Boston Years: Hard Work, Accomplishments and Generosity

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

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

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

Fort Lauderdale: Kindness, Wisdom, and Lots of Humor

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

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

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A Celebration of Life
Helen Quinlan

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

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

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

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

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SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch

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

On Sunday, April 6th from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the monthly SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch will host:

  • Jeff Prine Group featuring Juanita Dixon, Rita Wilburn & Kat Riggins at the Esplanade
  • Lee Kevin & the A List at the Connie Hoffman Gazebo
  • Dizzy Blue Trio at the Las Olas Riverfront AND
  • Victorya Cole Jazz Montage at the Broward Center Peck Courtyard

Click Here for a map of the Riverwalk area.

For additional information or to have the 2014 informational brochure mailed to you, e-mail your name and address to Debbie Bylica at dbylica@fortlauderdale.gov or call 954-828-4622 and leave it on the responding voice mail.

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26th Anniversary Las Olas Art Fair

Part II

Click to Las Olas Art Fair Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard is the ideal backdrop for the 26th Anniversary Las Olas Art Fair - Part II, which will be held on Saturday & Sunday, March 1 & 2, 2014 from 10 AM - 5 PM on Las Olas Boulevard between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue.

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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 26th year! From Fort Lauderdale to Chicago, Aspen to Alexandria, Howard Alan Events creates over 40 juried art shows a year. These popular outdoor festivals are consistently ranked among the top art shows in the country. It is FREE - there is no gate. Shuttles will be provided from the following garages:

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

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

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Broward County Convention Center
Broward County Convention Center
The Fort Lauderdale
Home Design And Remodeling Show will be held from 12 Noon to 9:30 PM on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31, 2014. On Sunday, June 1, 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. Consumers can shop onsite, compare products in person and save with the special show prices offered throughout the event.

Fort Lauderdale Home Design And Remodeling Show
Fort Laud. Home Design & Remodeling Show
The Ft Lauderdale Home Design and Remodeling Show is happy to present a brand new group of artists in the popular Artist Encounter Art Show, courtesy of Around Town Arts & Culture. Visitors to the show will enjoy a "taste" of a variety of artistic mediums, from traditional artwork, to culinary creations, to a sample of the performing arts. In addition to getting ideas and inspiration for their homes, show visitors can watch and interact with the artists, chefs & performers that will be featured each day in the "Artist Encounter" at the Home Show. This interactive art show is a great stop for unique holiday gifts for art lovers!

A series of guest chefs will present delicious recipes in daily cooking shows, sponsored by La Cuisine & Clark Appliances. Following each cooking demo, tasty samples will be enjoyed by the show audience. La Cuisine & Clark Appliances, sponsors of the culinary stage, will be awarding prizes throughout the weekend as well as recipes for show attendees to enjoy at home. The "Design for the Stars" designer room vignettes, always a popular feature at the show, will once again present the original designs of South Florida interior designers. These professionals will be on hand to talk with show attendees about individual design dilemmas and propose possible solutions. 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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The 18th Annual Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Craft Fair

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
The 18th Annual
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Craft Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 8th and Sunday, March 9, 2014. This year, show is moving back to its original location, the corner of A1A (North Ocean Boulevard) and Commercial Boulevard. Take in the sand and the sea in beautiful Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, as well as 100 of the nation’s top crafters. Year after year this exceptional event lines up some of the nation’s brightest and best contemporary artists to showcase their exceptional ceramics, paintings, metal works, clothing, jewelry, and decorative works of art. A feast for the senses. this spectacular weekend festival is not to be missed.

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

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

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

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22nd Annual

Annual Florida Renaissance Festival Map
Click to Larger Florida Renaissance Festival Map
For 5 consecutive weekends, Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach will host a time machine that will transport you back to the middle ages. Enjoy the medieval environment afforded by the
22nd Annual Florida Renaissance Festival runs from 10:00 am til Sunset - including the Presidents Day long Weekend. Dates for the festival are: Sat - Sun (February 8 - 9), Sat - Mon (February 15 - 17), Sat - Sun (February 22 - 23, March 1 - 2 and March 8 - 9).

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

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

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

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Bus Loop

Click to Busloop web page On Friday , January 17, 2014, for only $20 or $30 prepaid or $35 at door, you can ride a Sun Trolley on the first ever incarnation of the Bus Loop known as The Game Day Bus Loop (Represent Your Favorite Team) and receive a free drink at each participating venue! To enhance the event's charisma, sponsors are experimenting with "themed" outings, such as the "Irish Pub" Bus Loop in September. 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 or have a designated driver for your return trip home (Free Admission for Designated Drivers. DD's do not have to Pre-Register). Check-Ins will be at Bokampers (3115 NE 32nd Avenue, Ft Lauderdale) or Tropic Cay (529 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard - on A1A 1/2 mile south of Sunrise Blvd in Fort Lauderdale).

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

Boarding Busloop
All Aboard Bus Loop
On the back of the drink card, there will be a box for each participating bar/restaurant. The bartender will mark off that box when the attendee is served his/her complimentary drink from that establishment. The drink cards should be honored up until 11:00 pm. At 10:00 pm there is a post-party at a designated location indicated on the card where attendees enjoy appetizers, dancing, prizes,etc. The exact type of drink to be distributed by each venue will be indicated on the drink card. Often this may be beer, wine or well. Sometimes it may only be beer and other venues may offer a specialty drink.

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.

In celebration of The Game Day Bus Loop, this extraordinary outing explores a new route with a unique set of venues, including Bokampers, S 3 Sun Surf Sand, Bamboo Beach Club & Tiki Bar, Tokyo Blue, Sandbar, McSorley's, The Parrot and Tropic Cay. All Proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 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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10th Annual

Coral Springs Festival of the Arts
Coral Springs Festival of the Arts
The
10th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts will be held on Saturday & Sunday, March 15 & 16, 2014 from 10 AM - 5 PM at “THE WALK on University Drive”. “THE WALK” is located on the west side of University Drive in Coral Springs between 26th Street and 29th Street. The Coral Springs Festival of the Arts has grown considerably over the years into a two-day celebration of arts and culture with a fine art show, contemporary craft festival, theatrical performances and full line-up of live music.

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

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

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

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

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

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The 19thAnnual

Click to the Clueless on Las Olas web site Partners In Education’s 19th annual ClueLess on Las Olas is scheduled for Thursday, March 20, 2014. 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. “Cut, Blow and Die” is the theme of this year’s ClueLess on Las Olas.

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 18, 2014 (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. 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 Nina Randall, Executive Director, at 754-321-1974 or Click Here to email. Click Here to check the event web site.

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37th Anniversary

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War Memorial Auditorium
War Memorial Auditorium
The 37th anniversary of Pride Fest is scheduled for Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2, 2014. After a brief stint at Jaco Pastorius Park (Dixie Highway & 40th Court in Oakland Park), the event returned in 2012 to the War Memorial Auditorium (800 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304) at Holiday Park. Pride Fest is a celebration and tribute to the LGBT community and its unique culture. From 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm, there will be of 2 Days of Indoor and Outdoor Fun - with much of the the entertainment outdoors and the vendors in the air conditioned auditorium. The weekend-long event includes a specialty tent and a Western dance tent, and Carnival rides/games. As usual a nice floor for your dancing pleasure! Also featured is non-stop local, regional and national entertainment, an outdoor market place featuring over 150 vendors, over 25 food booths, frozen cocktails, beer and cocktails, a dance/karoke tent and many more fun and exciting surprises!

Pridefest Visitors
Pridefest Visitors
Sheena Easton
Sheena Easton
Local, regional and national performers will fill the War Memorial’s festive outdoor stage from 12 noon - 6 pm on each day of the festival. That means that along with vendors, food and fun there will be great entertainment only outside the air-conditioned War Memorial Auditorium. This gives us more space for vendors inside the Auditorium along with the Aids Memorial Quilt on the stage and protected from possible bad weather. Among the featured headliners are two-time Grammy Award winner (with 5 additional Grammy nominations, one Oscar nomination) Sheena Easton; the first Latin artist to make it big nationwide - Lisa Lisa; dynamic voice of the 80s and critically praised songwriter Tiffany; stand-up comic, author, producer, accordionist and two-time Grammy nominee Judy Tenuta; Comedy Hypnotist Jon Simon (Says), comedian Bruce Vilanch and Emmy Award winning actress and comedian Judy Gold and a host of others.

Click to Pridefest Web Site Official Pride Fest events will be held at several of the nightclubs and venues in town. Pride South Florida is a 501(c)3 non profit organization run by unpaid volunteers. It produces the annual PRIDEFEST, a week-long celebration and tribute to the LGBT community. The money generated from this Celebration serves as the primary income producer for various Grant programs and public benefit opportunities throughout the year. For more information, call 954-561-2020, Click Here to email or Click Here to check out the web site.

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SunFest in West Palm Beach
SUNFEST IN WEST PALM BEACH
The 31st Annual
SunFest, a five-day music explosion, will run from Wednesday, April 30th thgrough Sunday, May 4, 2014. Founded in 1982, SunFest is Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival. Held annually in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida the first week in May, SunFest attracts more than 165,000 visitors. The festival and the patrons that it attracts have a very positive impact on the community. SunFest takes place in downtown West Palm Beach along Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, extending along Flagler Drive from Banyan Boulevard to Lakeview Avenue.

SunFest Bandshell
SUNFEST BANDSHELL
On Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1, hours are from 5 PM - 10 PM; on Friday, May 2, hours are from 5 PM - 11 PM; Saturday, May 3, hours are from Noon - 11 PM; Sunday, May 4, hours are from Noon - 9 PM. Central to SunFest is the huge live music entertainment venue. The non-stop music is generated by a combination of World Class headliners and local talent. The mile-long Musical lineup features Kid Rock, Ellie Goulding, Robin Thicke, Pretty Lights, Goo Goo Dolls, Young the Giant, J.Cole, Alice in Chains, Sublime with Rome, DAUGHTRY, Doobie Brothers, Austin Mahone, Dropkick Murphys, Rebelution, Dirty Heads, Cake, Justin Moore, David Nail, Josh Thompson, The Bangles, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Blues Traveler, Wailers, Streetlight Manifesto, SKY BLU OF LMFAO, Rusted Root, Dick Dale, Inner Circle, Conway, Aer, Five Knives, Surfer Blood, Monster Truck, Before You Exit, B. Smyth, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Supervision, Brooke Eden, The Vegabonds, Jillette Johnson, Afrobeta, Ancient Sun, Daniel Heitz Band, The Edge Effect, Jesse Young, Luxury of Company, Macy Kate, Oddyssey, Shout London, SOSOS, Speaking Volumes, Spread the Dub, Stevie Bee and Victims of Circumstance.

Arts and Crafts Show
ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW
Beyond the full lineup of top musical acts, SunFest has great events and activities planned day and night. From the active to the relaxing, there is something for everyone. The BB&T Juried Fine Art & Craft show features the work of more than 140 national artists. Their works include jewelry, painting, pottery & ceramics, photography, sculpture, wood, arts % crafts, drawings, graphics, & printmaking, glass, fiber textiles, watercolors, mixed media and more. Artist demonstrations will be offered at the Artist Demonstration Booth on three of the festival's five days. The Fine Art & Craft show will take place on Friday, May 2 from 5 PM – 10 PM; Saturday, May 3 from Noon – 10 PM and Sunday, May 4 from Noon – 9 PM.

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

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Sunfest Fireworks
SUNFEST FIREWORKS
Come experience a good heart-healthy run to kick off the weekend of Florida’s largest music festival - and a scenic course along the West Palm Beach waterfront that ends where the party begins – the heart of SunFest. The TGi5K is Palm Beach County’s only 5K that includes access to the biggest post race party. Starting on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM, the NEW 3.11-mile downtown course begins at Palm Beach Atlantic University, heads south and then turns onto the Flagler Drive. The finish line is in the heart of SunFest for all the Friday night fun. A USATF Certified race (FL14007EBM) featuring Chip Timing, registrants get “Dri-Fit” Tech Shirt, admission to SunFest ($39 value), prizes and Beer at the finish line! The winning group (group who has the most registrants) will receive their own Happy Hour Team Party immediately post race on the South Captain Morgan Floating Oasis. The waterfront along Flagler Drive is never better than when SunFest’s three Captain Morgan’s Oasis tie up to the seawall each May. All three floating barges will feature specially created Captain Morgan drinks and great times, and are open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. 21 and up.

Don’t forget to look up for the spectacular Fireworks Show Sunday, May 4 at 9 p.m. This fireworks display is one of the most talked about events of the festival. SunFest hosts one of the largest fireworks shows on the East Coast. Lighting up the night sky on Sunday, the fireworks display is set to music and simulcast on GATER 98.7 FM. VIP Upgrades are available. For more information, call Sunfest at 561-659-5980, FAX at 561-659-3567 or Click Here to email or Click Here to Sunfest web site.

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

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19th Annual

Click to Wine & Culinary Celebration web page The 19th Annual Wine and Culinary Celebration will be held at the Museum of Discovery and Science on Friday, April 4, 2014. Named one of the “10 Best Annual Fort Lauderdale Events” in 2007 by Gold Coast Magazine, attendance at this year’s unique and upscale wine and culinary experience promises to surpass last year’s record of more than 2,000 guests. Co-chairs of this year’s event are Mark Talbott, John Ebenger and Vivian Porcelli. The evening attire is City Chic. Special seminars include a champagne tasting by “Champagne Wayne” at 7:00 p.m., teaching that champagne is not just for weddings, and a wine tasting by Big 105.9’s Paul Castronovo, from Castronovo Vineyards, at 8:00 p.m. Seminars will be held in the Keller Science Theater. Guests will also vote for their favorite restaurant, the winner of which will be recognized with THINK Magazine’s “Peoples’ Choice Award”.

Museum of Discovery and Science
Museum of Discovery and Science
Since spirits and craft beers were first added to the event in 2012, it now features a progressive sequence of wine or spirits and sumptuous food pairings, each augered to delight, educate and entertain while pleasing the palate. Guests attending the VIP Martini Reception from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. will enjoy an exclusive seminar, the VIP early Wine Tasting, our spectacular Silent Auction and exclusive access to the ultra-chic Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort VIP Lounge to eat, drink and dance under the stars from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the Museum’s Atrium. More than 50 of South Florida’s top restaurants and chefs will showcase their amazing food, alongside over 200 wine samples from wineries around the world, courtesy of Southern Wine & Spirits. There will also be an assortment of craft beers to taste. In addition to the amazing food and wine enjoyed throughout the evening, each guest receives a complimentary wine glass to take home.

VIP Admission from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. is $150 ($135 at presale) and includes: a champagne tasting with “Champagne Wayne” paired with a culinary demonstration featuring a well-known chef, early admission to food and wine tasting, admission to “VIP Reception” from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the VIP Lounge and a complimentary take home Riedel wine glass. The General Admission from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. is $85 ($75 at presale) and offers admission to the Grand Culinary Sampling and Wine Tasting and a complimentary take home Riedel wine glass.

Click to Museum of Discovery and Science web site All proceeds benefit the Museum’s exhibits, films, education, conservation, and outreach programs. For more information, call Ethel Lipoff at (954) 713-0906, Click Here to email or Click Here to learn about the 19th Annual Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration!

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17th Annual Downtown Delray Beach

Craft Festival

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MONA in Delray
The 17th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival will be held on Saturday & Sunday, May 24 & 25, 2014 from 10 AM - 5 PM at the Delray Beach Tennis Center along Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach. Take I-95 or Federal Highway to Atlantic Avenue in Delray. (There is an Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach just south of Delray - do not get these confused.) Go East on Atlantic Avenue and follow signs to the Tennis Center which will be on your left. The location of the show is in the Tennis Center’s lot as well as a street off of Atlantic Avenue.

Click to Delray Craft Fair
Click to Delray Craft Fair
Downtown Delray Beach is the perfect setting for this outdoor craft fair. Held at the Delray Beach Tennis Center along Atlantic Avenue, the city’s main thoroughfare, this show is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

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

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

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

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The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale’s Signature Holiday event along the Intracoastal Waterway, takse place on on Saturday, December 14, 2013, 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
Co-Grand Marshal Race Driver Ryan Hunter-Reay
Race Driver Ryan Hunter-Reay
2013 Co-Grand Marshal
Winterfest is best known for it’s one of a kind Boat Parade celebrating 42 years. The scope of the festival has expanded to include a full complement of events. The festivities include the dazzling Chambord Vodka Winterfest Black Tie Ball, the Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Co. Shoreline Decorating Extravaganza, an exciting Grand Marshal Reception - where Actress Tori Spelling and Race Driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2013 Co-Grand Marshals, (who will travel in the Parade aboard the Grand Marshal Showboat presented by Ford. The Grand Marshal will be on the Nova Southeastern University bow on the Grand Marshal Showboat Floridian Princess), the Winterfest White Party, the Family Fun Day, and culminates with the fabulous Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. Winterfest is a multi-cultural event, which encourages and promotes diversity and is proud to have representation from a variety of races and religions.

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

Co-Grand Marshal Actress Tori Spelling
Actress Tori Spelling
2013 Co-Grand Marshal
Many aspects of the Winterfest Celebration embrace the cultural arts. Our annual poster has been created by the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Local artist Guy Harvey honored the parade with his poster creation in 1998 and 2011. These images have also been used as promotional pieces on advertising bus panels. In 2004 and 2005, renowned marine wildlife artist, Carey Chen, joined the Winterfest family with the creation of our poster depicting the beauty of the decorated boats in conjunction with the unique surroundings South Florida hosts above and below the waterway. In 2006, 3-D Pop Artist Charles Fazzino added his colorful touch to Winterfest poster themed “Broadway on the Waterway” and in 2010, Fazzino returned to create a spectacular poster which was part of the City of Fort Lauderdale's Centennial historical painting depicting 100 years. Lighthouse Point artist Pat Anderson, whose boat parade images have been transformed into holiday ornaments for the past eleven years, was the artist for the 2007 poster. The 2008 poster creation was by Jules Burt . Art Institute student Yanny Issac won the prize for the 2009 design and in 2012, Susan Sommer-Luarca was chosen to capture this years event, given her credentials as the Official Triple Crown Artist, Official Artist of the NFL, Official Olympic Artist, and Official Artist of the PGA.

Participating Boats Pass along Intracoastal
Participating Boats along Intracoastal
Click to Birch State Park The excitement begins at 3:30 pm when the gates open to the Grandstand viewing area (All seats are reserved and assigned on the actual Grandstand, located inside Birch State Park on the Northeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and the Intracoastal Waterway), which is the largest location open to the public to see the parade. Along with hosting the Seminole Outpost, this 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. Parade commentary by BIG105.9 - OMG MIKE & TOAST and live entertainment on stage by Mobile Mike. Grandstand HIGHLIGHTS - a show by "Gator Boys" Road Show. Since the Boat Parade gets underway at 6:30 pm along Downtown Fort Lauderdale, it should arrive at this area at approximately 7:30 pm when you can wave to the Grand Marshal Showboat powered by Ford - Floridian Princess. Winterfest offers complimentary space to many charities so they may promote public awareness and host fundraising opportunities. This “festival within the festival” hosts a stage with live entertainment, art and craft booths to entertain people of all ages.

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

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War Memorial Auditorium
War Memorial Auditorium
The
Sun Coast Gun & Knife Show will be held at the War Memorial Auditorium at 800 NE 8th Street in Fort Lauderdale. The Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, May 4, 2014, from 10 AM to 5 PM. The Fort Lauderdale Gun Show is a favorite for local gun collectors, hunters, and enthusiast. Dealers and private collectors from across the state of Florida exhibit at this show. You'll find a huge selection of guns, accessories, and many hard to find items. Make sure you do not miss the next Suncoast Gun Show coming to the War Memorial Auditorium.

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

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

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The 19th Annual Las Olas
Wine & Food Festival

Click to the annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival web site The 19th Annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival returns to downtown Fort Lauderdale on Friday, May 2, 2014. The Street Festival is clearly the #1 wine and food event in South Florida! Your street festival ticket includes a complimentary wine glass (6½ oz.), butler tray and unlimited sampling from over 70 of the best local restaurants, 45 tables of wine and micro brews from 7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. The street festival takes place on Las Olas Boulevard; between 6th Avenue – 11th Avenue – four city blocks of food, wine, & fun! ** Please note you must be 21 or older to participate with a valid I.D./I.D.’s will be checked at the door.

Las Olas Wine & Food Celebrants
Culinary Enthusiasts on Las Olas
The Street Festival ticket also includes access to the spirit lounges for a cocktails merry-go-round! Featured is Bombay Sapphire Gin, a unique combination of ten exotic botanical ingredients sourced from around the world. The Bombay Sapphire Lounge has become a staple of the Las Olas Wine & Food Festival. The lounge is where festival guests go to experience custom cocktails like the Bombay Sapphire Raspberry Collins. The Sapphire Raspberry Collins is a twist on an old favorite that incorporates freshly squeezed lemons, ripe raspberries, and delicious Bombay Sapphire Gin. For the first time at the LOWFF, guests will experience the New Amsterdam Shave Lounge, an early 1900s-style barbershop / bar setup that will offer free straight-razor shaves, shoe shines, and of course cocktails. For the 2nd year now, the Shellback Caribbean Rum Hut will feature an interactive sailing simulator, a photo and video booth, as well an offering of delicious rum cocktails to sample. Sourced from the finest Caribbean sugarcane, and blended with twelve spices and other natural flavors, Shellback is a modern rum for discerning palates.

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

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

Click to the American Lung Association web siteProceeds from the festival benefit the American Lung Association’s local lung health programs, education, patients and research at the local and national level on diseases such as lung cancer, asthma, COPD, and others. This event enables us to accomplish our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. For more information about The Annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival, contact Festival Director Cariann Moore by phone at (954) 727-0907, by FAX at 954-524-3162 or Click Here to email. The toll-free phone # is 1-800-LUNGUSA and/or Click Here to check the event web site.

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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 April 5, 2014.

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

Click to Broward Art Guild Website The area's redesignation as an Art's District has also drawn the Broward Art Guild, an organization funded by the County to promote and support the Arts in Broward. New shops like Home Suite Home/Roberto Sanchez Design, salons like The VIP Room and Salon Mantra and wonderful eateries like La Dolce Vita restaurant bloomed while you were napping. Well, now you're awake. Get over there and see what you've missed. Better yet, Go there at 6 PM on Saturday, March 1st, have dinner in one of the boutiquey restaurants and join the crowd for the North Beach Art Walk at 7 PM.

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

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

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

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

  • City of Coral Springs
    4181 NW 121st Avenue
    Saturday, February 1, 2014
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Fort Lauderdale
    301 N Andrews Avenue
    Saturday, February 8, 2014
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Coconut Creek
    4800 W. Copans Road
    Saturday, March 8, 2014
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Additional drop-off events are expected in Pompano Beach on April 26, Tamarac on May 3, Fort Lauderdale on August 2, Coconut Creek on September 13, Pompano Beach on November 8, and Tamarac on December 6.

    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 call the City of Fort Lauderdale’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000.

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    9th Annual

    Fort Lauderdale’s Annual A1A Marathon
    Fort Lauderdale’s
    Annual A1A Marathon
    Fort Lauderdale’s ninth Annual
    A1A Marathon & Half Marathon is scheduled for February 16, 2014, featuring four races, a full marathon, a half marathon, a 5K Run and the A1A Kids Fun Run. 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 14 - 15, 2014, the Publix Health & Fitness Expo will take place at the Broward County Convention Center at 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale FL 33316. The 9th year of the Health & Fitness Expo will feature a myriad of exhibitors whose central focus is you the athlete. The 2014 Publix Health & Fitness Expo will feature over 50 exhibitors that will showcase a wide range of products and services. Browse by all the booths or stroll through the mall and peruse the shops. Please note that you must attend the expo to pick up your race packets, which will include your performance tech shirt, bib number, timing chip, goodie bag, and last minute instruction/race detail sheet. If unable to attend the expo, a family member or friend can pick up the packet if provided with an ID photocopy. Late Registration will be available in person at the Expo. If the race cap of 5,000 runners hasn't been reached, slots will be available on a first come, first served basis.

    Fort Lauderdale’s Full A1A Marathon Course Route
    A1A Marathon Course Route
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    The race will start with a bang promptly at 6:00 AM on February 16, 2014 in downtown Fort Lauderdale (401 SW 2nd Street) both the full and half marathoners starting at the same time while the the wheelchair racers will start fifteen minutes before the main field. The Course will be open for six hours for both the half marathon and full marathon. Runners will start on Sw 2nd St in front of the Museum of Discovery and Science and head east to Andrews Ave where they will head south for one block and turn east on Las Olas Boulevard, over the Las Olas Bridge and north on A1A where the course turns into Birch State Park for a two mile look at this well shaded run along the intracoastal. Runners then head north on A1A. At Palm the course turns east to El Mar Drive for two blocks before returning to A1A, and then to Pompano Beach Boulevard. At Dow (mile 14) the route turns into a small neighborhood along Bay Drive, turns west on Beacon and north on A1A where runners turn south at Spring Street. After the turn around the course proceeds on Bay to Dow (mile 16) before heading southbound along the A1A. Southbound the course retraces the first half of the race heading through Pompano Beach Boulevard and El Mar Drive once again. At 35th Street, the course turns east to Galt Ocean Drive where it turns south and merges with A1A. Runners pass Oakland Park Boulevard and Sunrise Boulevard, down A1A along the beach - the marathon finishes up at South Beach Parking lot passing under the overhead skyway towards the second half of the parking lot where the ocean meets the finish line at Mile 26.2! For the ½ marathon, after passing Oakland Park Boulevard and turning right to Galt Ocean Mile at NE 35th St, the course heads south. Galt Ocean Drive merges with A1A (maile 10) as runners continue down A1A to the 13.1 mile finish line.

    Runners Preparing for A1A Marathon
    Runners Preparing For A1A Marathon
    The certified USATF A1A Marathon course is a Boston Qualifier! This fast, flat course is a great way to earn your spot in one of the country’s greatest races. Certification Number: Full Marathon: FL07008DL ½ Marathon: FL07009DL. Plenty of water and energy drink will be provided at every mile along the race course (beginning at mile 2). Energy gels will be provided at the half marathon and full marathon turnarounds. Port-o-lets will be positioned at the start of the race, along the race course (near water stops), and at the finish line. Fresh fruit, bagels, water, energy drinks, and other replenishing snacks will be provided upon completion of the race. The main medical tent will be positioned at the finish line. Medical stations will be positioned along the race course if you should need assistance during the race. 2014 will bring entertainment that will make you want to dance your way to the finish line. Entertainment along A1A Boulevard will feature numerous local bands, radio stations, cheerleaders, fans, and volunteers setting the stage for an exciting race to remember.

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

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

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    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 April will take place on the 5th, 12th, 19th and the 26th. 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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    Attention Druids
    MayDay Festival and Sun Celebration (Beltain)

    Spring Cleaning
    Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale
    Unitarian Universalist Church
    of Fort Lauderdale
    The public is invited to attend the
    MayDay Festival, Family Picnic, and Sun Celebration (Beltain) on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from Noon to dark! It will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale at 3970 NW 21st Avenue (between Commercial Boulevard and Oakland Park Boulevard) in Fort Lauderdale. It will conform to, and celebrate, the Ancient Tradition. Ritual garb and/or costume is encouraged. Workshop and some events will be held inside in Air Conditioning. There will be drumming, dancing, chanting, and feasting. Bring your drums and percussion instruments, as well as food and drink to share for the feast to follow the Celebration. A Belly Dance Performance by the Vanya Edan Dance Company will take place on the Sanctuary Stage. Sadie of the Hawk, the Queen of the May, will select her King. Bring Ribbons for the May Pole. Fun and Games for kids of all ages - Picnic (BYOF/D In Or Outside). Vendors in air conditioned facilities: (Ceramics, Drums, Food Henna Artist, Jewelry, Massage Therapist, Psychic, Reiki Healing, Rune Reading, Sarongs, Soaps, TarotReading, T-Shirts, Various Merchandise). Bring non-perishable food items and clothing, to be donated to the Lifenet4Families (or Cash Donation) Anyone interested in participating is welcome.

    Click to Lifenet4Families web site The full moon in the month of May is called the Flower Moon. This year the Flower Moon is May 14, 2014 19:16 Universal Time. MayDay (Beltaine) is one of the 4 Cross Quarter Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year. This year the Cross Quarter is on May 5, when the Sun reaches 15 degrees Taurus but it is always celebrated on April 30/May 1. This is the time considered by some to be the start of spring. The month of May was named after either the Roman fertility Goddess Maia, or the Greek Goddess Maia, mother of Apollo and Artemis; originally a mountain nymph, later identified as the most beautiful of the Seven Sisters, the Pleiades. The month of Aprilis, the modern April, was originally the second month of the Roman civil year. The origin of the name Aprilis is unknown. The month of Maius, the modern May, was originally the third month of the Roman civil year. The month of Maius is dedicated to the Goddess Maia. Maius is derived from the name of the Goddess.

    MayDay is a festival of Rebirth, a celebration of the re-awakening of the earth, the opening of the flowers, the rebirth of all that had 'died' throughout the Winter's cold rule. It is traditionally a fertility festival, an encouragement for the crops to begin growing and the cattle to give birth to the next generation. MayDay is a time of community and opening ourselves to those around us. The old Celtic name for May Day is Beltane (in its most popular Anglicized form), which is derived from the Irish Gaelic 'Bealtaine' or the Scottish Gaelic 'Bealtuinn', meaning 'Bel-fire', the fire of the Celtic god of light (Bel, Beli or Belinus). He, in turn, may be traced to the Middle Eastern god Baal. MayDay is also known as: Walburga; Nos Galan Mai; Shenn da Boaldyn; Bealtinne; Beltine; Beltain; Beal-tine; Beltan; Bel-tien; Beltein; Bealtuinn and Bealtaine, it is celebrated on or around May 1st.

    At this time, life is renewing itself. The Land represented by the Goddess is now ripe and fertile and the Young God expresses His Love for Her. This is a time of joyous reveling as the first flowers of Summer are gathered in Their Honor. Birds and animals are mating. In the fields, newly planted seeds are beginning to grow. Great fires are lit honoring the fertility God Belenos. It is legend that children conceived at Mayday were gifted by the gods. Nos Galon Mai ushers in the fifth month of the modern calendar year, the month of May. MayDay is a powerful holiday, filled with legend and tradition that goes back farther than most recorded history.

    One of the most famous is probably the Maypole, a tall pole of oak adorned with a hawthorne garland and many brightly colored ribbons. The ribbons would be held by the many participants who danced their way around the Maypole in opposing directions, weaving in and out until the people were almost arm in arm and the Maypole was woven with bright springtime colors from top to bottom. The Maypole is actually a symbol for fertility of the land, and the ribbons being wound represent the movement of energies between the Earth and the Sky (The Goddess and the God) that causes the plants to grow and the world to re-awaken. The Maypole, associated with May festivals, is tracable to an ancient Greek figure known as a herm, named for Hermes. The earliest form of a herm was simply a wooden column upon which a ritual mask was hung. For more information, call 954-484-6734 or Click Here to email or Click Here to check out the 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 3, 4 & 5, 2014, “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 “2014” auction!! To consign your cars and / or register to bid, contact Dave Rupp at 561-533-7945 or Georgia at 561-666-0451. We have on-site motor coach parking and car detailers. For information on hotels, vendor space, motor coach parking, auction & check-in times, call Dave or Georgia!! “Bring your bathing suits - no winter coats!”

    Collector Car Show at War Memorial Auditorium
    Collector Car Show at
    War Memorial Auditorium
    The 20th 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 3 through 5, 2014. On Friday (January 3), Saturday (January 4) and Sunday (January 5) - the auction starts at 10:00 AM and continues to 6:00 PM (starts at Noon on Friday). It will take place at the War Memorial Auditorium at 800 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale. This 55 year old facility recently under went a $2.3 million renovation. It's unique art deco look and great setting in Holiday Park near downtown Fort Lauderdale and 3 miles from the beach make it great location for this event!.

    1932 Packard 900 Shovelnose Rumbleseat Roadster
    1932 Packard 900 Shovelnose Roadster
    Dave Rupp presents this spectacular 300 car auction. Historically, one of the nation’s highest selling percentages. Featured cars are the 1934 Packard Model"1107 // 741-- 12 CYCL"-- Dual Cowl & Windshield Sport Phaeton. 1st Place & "Junior/Senior & Preservation Premier" Prize Winner in California CCCA National Competition, the 1933 Packard Model # 1002, 136 inch wheel base, "Rumble Seat Convertible Coupe", V8- Auto Original (1,552) mile re-production, "one" of only a hand full of these professional correct Packard bodys created from a mold from the original Packard Roadster, They even re-created the Packard frame // with some improvments, has power: steering-brakes-widows-seats & air condition, "built with Packard parts & accessories" orig.grill,--steel hood,-original head/parking & Tripp Lights--bumpers--trunk rack--chrome wire wheels--hub caps, emblems--stone guard--hood ornament-- etc," built at a cost of $150,000+"" When you see it you'll like it, "The Ultimate Classic Cruiser", the 1936 Cord Phaeton, "Super Original Very Low Mileage Estate Car", No damage or rust ever, always garaged, drive line perfected by recognised Auburn//Cord engineering expert Denny Smallridge, and published by the ACD Club for his contributions, This is the best running & driving Cord there is period,, "He'll Be There To Show You", and the 1942 Packard 120 Convertible Coupe, Original 47,600 mile car,, dual side mounts- , choice show condition-.black with red leather interior// tan canvas top,,factory-160 &180 trim options, "Standard Shift with Overdrive",, Runs & drives as new//absolute show winner."Estate Selling on Saturday" January 4TH, 2014,,at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Collector Car Auction,, War Memorial Auditorium, 800 N.E. 8th St. Zip 33304. Very rare limited production war time car.

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

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

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    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 Monday, March 31, 2014 and April 14, 2014 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: Mondays, March 31, 2014 and April 14, 2014
    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 the City Commission office at 954 828-5004, Fax: (954) 828-5667, Email: RUptegrove@fortlauderdale.gov

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

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

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

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

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    Grand Opening Billiards Room

    Billiard Room Grand Opening
    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 Dwight Lyons
      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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