April 8, 2020
Following is an update from the City of Fort Lauderdale on the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Fort Lauderdale Emergency Regulations
The City of Fort Lauderdale has numerous emergency regulations in place regarding operations and services, buildings and facilities, openings and closures, public meetings, events, public gatherings, and promoting social distancing in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the healthcare system is not overwhelmed. To see the latest updates on current regulations, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/coronavirus.
Mayor Trantalis to Host Telephone Town Hall Meeting on April 13
Mayor Dean J. Trantalis will host a live Telephone Town Hall Meeting on Monday, April 13 from 7-8 p.m. focusing on business and the economy as Fort Lauderdale navigates through the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to Mayor Trantalis, participants on the call will include Dan Lindblade, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce; Bob Swindell, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance; and Mason Jackson, President and CEO of CareerSource Broward. Neighbors are encouraged to join the call to hear the latest information on business and employee assistance programs, reemployment assistance, access to emergency and disaster loans, and other resources available to assist with economic recovery. Residents with listed phone numbers will receive a call prior to the start of the meeting with instructions on how to join the conversation. Neighbors may also dial toll-free 888-409-5380 to participate or listen in. For more details, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov.
COVID-19 Rental Assistance Applications Available Online
The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Housing and Community Development office will offer rental assistance to eligible residents of Fort Lauderdale who experienced job loss due to COVID 19. Funding is limited and assistance will be provided on a first-ready, first-served basis. Under the program, a lease agreement must already be in place, rental assistance will be paid directly to the landlord, and rents should be reasonable and meet fair market rent rates. Eligible residents will receive up to three months of assistance not to exceed a maximum of $5,000 in total benefits. Assistance is contingent upon available funding. Applications are currently available online at bit.ly/39ULt0k.
Broward Health Opens New Testing Center
Broward Health has opened a new mobile testing facility at Central Broward Regional Park and Broward County Stadium, located at 2700 NW 11 Place in Lauderhill. The testing site is open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. In order to be tested, individuals must be prescreened and meet testing guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Florida Department of Health (FDOH), be pre-qualified with a prescription, and be pre-registered with an appointment by calling Broward Health at 954-320-5730. For more details, visit bit.ly/2yOiPl3.
Businesses Encouraged to Complete City’s COVID-19 Impact Survey
To understand the degree of impact businesses are experiencing and how to better support them, the City of Fort Lauderdale has developed a COVID-19 Business Impact Survey. Owners or authorized designees of businesses located within the City’s boundaries are encouraged to complete and submit the survey by the end of day Friday, April 17, 2020. The information gathered will help the City of Fort Lauderdale develop strategies to speed recovery and assist local businesses, where it can, during this difficult and challenging time. To complete the survey, please visit bit.ly/2U2qwfw.
Complete the Florida Department of Health Covid-19 Community Action Survey
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has launched a community action survey called StrongerThanC-19. The survey is designed to aid Florida as the state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. Information obtained in the survey will be used to help the DOH improve the distribution of resources to support healthcare and other initiatives across the state. Florida residents are encouraged to complete the StrongerThanC-19 community action survey, which can be accessed at www.StrongerThanC19.com. The survey is free and responses are anonymous.
Complete the Census!
It has never been easier to respond to the Census on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker. It’s something everyone can do while practicing social distancing at home to make a difference today, tomorrow and the next 10 years. Counting every neighbor helps determine how much of the $1.5 trillion in federal funding the city, county, and state receive for schools, roads, infrastructure, and public services and programs. An accurate census count also provides funding for hospitals and health centers, disaster recovery, vital health services, and emergency readiness for pandemics like COVID-19. Help Fort Lauderdale get its fair share of the funding. Complete your census at my2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020 (English).
Free Webinar to Help Navigate Business Resources on April 9
The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development will host “How to Navigate Business Resources.” The free webinar will take place Thursday, April 9 at 10 a.m. and will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/BrowardCountyOESBD and on Vimeo at vimeo.com/404673176. The webinar will focus on business resources, how to navigate assistance programs, and what to expect during the process. Guests will include Althea Harris from the U.S. Small Business Administration and Sandra Marin from the Florida Small Business Development Council (SBDC). For details, visit bit.ly/2yJasqF.
National Development Council Free Webinar on Business Assistance on April 9
The National Development Council will host a free webinar to help small businesses connect with federal assistance during the COVID-19 Crisis. The free event will take place on Thursday, April 9 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. and will focus on Revolving Loan Funds and Small Business Recovery Programs. Topics will include understanding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) vs. the Economic Disaster Injury Loan (EDIL) and will look at resources such as establishing Revolving Loan Funds (RFLs) to support local businesses while they’re waiting to connect with federal assistance. To register, visit bit.ly/2xSTtSw.
Chamber to Host Virtual Chat on Marketing on April 10
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce's Branding & Marketing Council will host a free virtual chat focused on marketing strategies during the COVID-19 crisis. The free event will take place on Friday, April 10 at noon. Panelists from the marketing industry will answer questions and provide insights on what you can do to remain engaged with customers. Participants must pre-register at https://bit.ly/2JRCClC. Questions may be submitted in advance at bit.ly/3e8UciP. For more information, visit www.ftlchamber.com.
Fact Sheets on CARES Act Business Assistance Programs
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development have made fact sheets available outlining information and eligibility guidelines for business assistance programs from the state of Florida, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and through the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The fact sheets can be accessed by visiting bit.ly/2JSprRn.
CareerSource Providing Reemployment Assistance
CareerSource Broward is committed to addressing the immediate economic needs of both individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19. The organization has paper Reemployment (Unemployment) Assistance applications available that can be downloaded and printed from its website at bit.ly/2yOjhQh. CareerSource is offering a variety of remote services to assist employers and job seekers with application procedures, virtual recruitment, and virtual job searches. For additional information and details, visit bit.ly/2yOjhQh.
Business and Employee Assistance Programs
The City of Fort Lauderdale is sensitive to the stress and financial impact our businesses and their employees are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. For more information about programs and resources designed to assist businesses, employees, and the general public during this challenging time, please visit bit.ly/2U2qwfw. For the latest updates from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, please visit bit.ly/2JgQSUI.
SBA Offers Disaster Loan Virtual Office Hours
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) South Florida District Office will host virtual office hours Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. The service is limited to 250 callers at one time. Participants may call at any time and are welcome to enter and exit at will. Callers will be muted upon entry and will be taken in the order they are received. To connect via phone, call: 202-765-1264; Conference ID – 162817288. To connect via Skype use the following link: meet.lync.com/sba123/aaharris/0S1GVCJ7.
Online City Services
Neighbors are encouraged to utilize Fort Lauderdale’s online services to conduct business. Please visit the Lauderserv page on the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv for information about a variety of online services including utility billing, parking and transportation, code compliance, building permits, human resources, and more.
City Sanitation, Yard Waste, Recycling and Bulk Trash Services
All City sanitation collection services, including residential trash collection, yard waste, recycling, and bulk trash, will continue to operate on their regular collection schedules.
Water and Wastewater Services
Water and wastewater services are not affected by the coronavirus outbreak. These essential services will continue without interruption. During this challenging situation, as people are spending more time at home, please help us prevent sanitary sewer overflows.
Help Prevent Sanitary Sewer Overflows
Neighbors can do their part to help prevent sewer overflows. Never flush the following items down the toilet: tampons and other feminine hygiene products; baby wipes, wet wipes, and cleaning pads; dental floss; swabs and cotton balls; diapers; paper towels and tissues; hair; cigarette butts; condoms; and kitty litter. When flushed down the toilet, these items bind together and may cause sewage backups in homes, manhole overflows, and failures at sewage pumping stations. In addition, never pour cooking oils down the drain. Instead, pour the oils into old cans, milk containers or other packages and dispose of them in the black garbage cart. To report a sewer overflow, please contact the City’s 24-Hour Neighbor Call Center at 954-828-8000 or online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv.
Utility billing staff will be available by phone at 954-828-5150 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Neighbors can call utility billing to ask questions, open a new utility account, or make a payment. Utility billing payments may also be made online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/utilitybilling and at the drive-thru kiosk on the east side of City Hall, which is located at 100 North Andrews Avenue.
New Operating Hours for Broward County Coronavirus Call Center
The Broward County COVID-19 Hotline, 954-357-9500, has new operating hours. The hotline is now available 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., seven days a week. The County’s COVID-19 Call Center assists the public with answers to questions about the virus. In addition to providing information, call takers also conduct over-the-phone pre-screening for testing eligibility before referring callers to the Department of Health for testing. In addition to the Broward County COVID-19 Hotline, the Florida Department of Health offers a 24/7 Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Please note the Broward County COVID-19 Call Center will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 12.
Department of Health Information
For Additional Information
For additional information regarding Coronavirus, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended protective measures, please visit: