Beaches, Gyms, Hotels, and More to Open on May 26
Beginning Tuesday, May 26, beaches; commercial gyms and fitness centers, including dance, martial arts, yoga, spinning and personal training studios; and hotels, motels and commercial lodging establishments may reopen in Broward County. Businesses and amenities will be required to adhere to strict operating, cleaning, health, and safety guidelines, limitations on occupancy and hours of operation, and regulations on social distancing. Following are highlights of Emergency Order 20-13:
-Beach hours are limited to sunrise to sunset. Ocean activities such as surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and body surfing are allowed; also walking, running and biking.
-Activities including picnicking, sunbathing, sitting or lying on the beach are not yet allowed. Group or organized sports (such as volleyball), umbrellas, canopies, chairs, loungers and coolers are also not yet allowed, and no group gatherings of more than 10 people. Beachgoers must maintain social distancing (six feet of separation), except between members of the same household or groups.
-Commercial gyms and fitness centers, including but not limited to dance, martial arts, yoga, spinning and personal training studios may reopen, with adherence to the guidelines in Emergency Order 20-13. This includes pools in those facilities, with restrictions.
-Hotels, motels and commercial lodging establishments may reopen with adherence to guidelines in Emergency Order 20-13. Staff is required to wear facial coverings and gloves for all customer-facing activities. Guests must wear facial coverings in all common areas. Ballrooms and other special function spaces remain closed. Proprietors are encouraged to post on their website, blog or social media the steps they are taking to keep their guests safe.
-Vacation rentals are open, but only for essential lodgers, as authorized by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-87.
To read the complete Emergency Order, visit bit.ly/2VjX714.
City to Resume Processing Permits for Interior Construction of Occupied Structures
The City of Fort Lauderdale Sustainable Development Department will begin allowing interior construction within occupied structures. Permits will be processed and issued subject to the execution and strict adherence to a Request for Release of Permit/Continuation of Construction Form. As part of the process, contractors will be required to certify their compliance with all applicable CDC Guidelines, including avoiding and minimizing contact with building occupants, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing. Contractors will also be required to adhere to any individual building management requirements and protocols. If contractors are found to violate these requirements, the work may be suspended by the City until the conditions are resolved.
Residential and Commercial Real Estate Services to Resume Operating
The City of Fort Lauderdale is allowing residential and commercial real estate services to resume operations. The decision comes based on a newly released and updated Advisory Memorandum from the Department of Homeland Security on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response, as well as Broward County’s Emergency Order 20-12.
Northbound Lane of A1A to Remain Closed through May 25
The eastern northbound lane of A1A from Las Olas Boulevard north to Sunrise Boulevard will remain closed through Monday, May 25 to facilitate social distancing between pedestrians using the sidewalk in this area. Southbound traffic on A1A and Seabreeze Boulevard is not affected. Pedestrians should be extra cautious and motorists should travel slowly through the area, expect delays, and seek alternate routes. While the Las Olas Garage is open, surface lots and on-street parking areas on Fort Lauderdale Beach remain closed. For more information, visit bit.ly/2ThYnA5.
City to Expand Outdoor Space with Nightly Closing of NE 33 Street
As businesses begin to reopen, the City of Fort Lauderdale is launching the Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion initiative. The program involves temporarily closing portions of roads in key areas to facilitate social distancing for pedestrians and business patrons and to expand access to outdoor spaces for seating, dining, and other business activities. Beginning Friday, May 22, NE 33 Street between A1A and NE 33 Avenue will be closed nightly from 4:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. This full closure includes the on-street parking spaces on NE 33 Street. Pedestrians should exercise caution and motorists should travel slowly through the area and follow posted detour signs. On-street parking is available on NE 33 Street west of NE 33 Avenue and on other surrounding streets. Additional parking options include the Beach Community Center located at 3351 NE 33rd Avenue and the Bridgeside Place Garage located at 3020 NE 32 Avenue. For details, visit bit.ly/ftltobeadvisory.
Two Lanes of Las Olas Boulevard to Temporarily Close on Weekends
As part of the City’s Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion initiative, the north curb parking lane and the south curb parking lane on Las Olas Boulevard between SE 6 Avenue and SE 11 Avenue will be closed beginning Saturday, May 23 at 7 a.m. through Tuesday, May 26 at 7 a.m. Moving forward, the same temporary closure will take place on weekends, beginning on Friday at 7 a.m. and continuing through Monday at 7 a.m. Pedestrians should exercise caution and motorists should travel slowly through the area. On-street parking is available on Las Olas Boulevard west of SE 6 Avenue and east of SE 11 Avenue as well as on surrounding streets. Additional parking is available in the City parking lot located at SE 8 Avenue and SE 2 Court. For details, visit bit.ly/ftltobeadvisory.
City’s Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) Building Reopens!
The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Department of Sustainable Development building, located at 700 N.W. 19 Avenue, has reopened. Customers are allowed to conduct business in the building Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., provided they adhere to strict guidelines that have been put in place to protect health and safety and ensure proper social distancing. A check-in process has been established in the DSD parking that requires customers to remain in their vehicles and provide staff with their name and phone number. Each customer receives a call when it is their turn to enter the building. Prior to entering, customers are required to have their temperature taken, clean their hands, have any paperwork disinfected, and be wearing a facial covering. Signage inside the lobby prompts customers to follow a designated one-way counter-clockwise direction. Customers proceed to a designated permit services technician for permitting assistance, and those awaiting service are positioned a minimum of six feet apart from each other. Customers with questions may contact the DSD call center at 954-828-6520.
COVID-19 Testing Continues at Holiday Park – New Number to Call for Results
City Events Remain Canceled including Beach Party, Memorial Day Ceremonies, and Starlight Musicals
While progress continues to be made in the fight against COVID-19, Fort Lauderdale reminds everyone that all City events remain canceled until further notice, including the Great American Beach Party, Memorial Day ceremonies, and the Bank of America Starlight Musicals. For the latest updates, visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19.
LauderBriefs: Updates from the May 19 City Commission Meeting Now Online
In case you missed it, highlights from the virtual Fort Lauderdale City Commission Meeting that took place on Tuesday, May 19 are available online at bit.ly/lauderbriefs. The City Commission meeting video and vote summary may be viewed on the City’s website at bit.ly/ftlccagendas.
City Commission COVID-19 Virtual Workshop on May 27
The City Commission will host a virtual workshop on Wednesday, May 27 at 3:00 p.m. to receive an update on the latest information regarding COVID-19 and discuss ongoing plans to continue the phased reopening of the City. The workshop agenda is posted on the City’s website at bit.ly/ftlccagendas. The public will be able to listen to and view the virtual workshop at www.fortlauderdale.gov/fltv, as well as on Comcast Channel 78 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99.
Next Virtual City Commission Meeting on June 2
The next virtual City Commission Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 2 at 6:00 p.m. The public will be able to listen to and view the virtual meeting at www.fortlauderdale.gov/fltv, as well as on Comcast Channel 78 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99. The agenda for the June 2 meeting will be posted in the days leading up to the meeting at bit.ly/ftlccagendas. Members of the public who would like to speak on an agenda item may do so by completing a virtual speaker card form online at bit.ly/virtualspeakercard.
City Surpasses 50% Census Response Rate! Keep Completing the 2020 Census!
The City of Fort Lauderdale has surpassed the 50% response rate for the 2020 Census. We congratulate all our neighbors who have already completed the census, and we encourage those who have not do so to complete the census as soon as possible so our City can be accurately counted. Fort Lauderdale is still nearly 10 percentage points behind the current national response rate of 59.9%, and more than 7 percentage points under the current state of Florida response rate of 57.4%. Counting every neighbor in our City gives us an opportunity to receive our fair share of more than $1.5 trillion in federal funding for infrastructure, schools, housing, roads, healthcare, and public service programs. An accurate census count also provides critical funding for hospitals, disaster recovery, and emergency readiness for pandemics like COVID-19. Please respond to the 2020 Census today! Fill out and mail back the questionnaire sent to your home; complete the census form online www.my2020census.gov; or take the census over the phone by calling 1-844-330-2020.
FLIFF Drive-in Movies on May 23 and 24 at Searstown
The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), Twilight Features, the MASS District, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, are teaming up to present a new drive-in movie event that will take place in downtown Fort Lauderdale during Memorial Day weekend. The FLIFF Drive-In Cinema will be located in the parking lot at 895 NE 5 Avenue adjacent to Searstown. Moviegoers will be treated to screenings of “Pulp Fiction” on Saturday, May 23, and “Teen Wolf” on Sunday, May 24, beginning at 8:15 p.m. each evening. Admission is $20 per vehicle and tickets must be purchased in advance at FLIFF.com. Entry into the parking lot will begin at 7 p.m. each night with all vehicles positioned in place by 8:15 p.m. Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase and food trucks will be stationed nearby. Anyone exiting their vehicle must wear a facial covering. For details, visit FLIFF.com.
Virtual Car Seat Safety Check on May 23
“ArtServe Live” Delivers Array of Virtual Offerings
During the COVID-19 outbreak, ArtServe Fort Lauderdale continues to serve the community by fostering artistic growth through a wide range of virtual artistic and cultural offerings. The organization’s newest resource, “ArtServe Live,” delivers diverse online content including in-depth interviews with local artists, live musical performances, and meaningful panel discussions focusing on the issues that artists and arts organizations are facing now -- and will continue to face in the future. To view the current lineup of upcoming broadcasts, visit bit.ly/2AOgTK4.
Riverwalk Burger Battle Continues Through May!
The 11th Annual Riverwalk Burger Battle rages on! Through the end of this month, 16 local restaurants are competing for bragging rights to become the 2020 Champion. This year’s virtual challenge invites everyone to sample as many mouthwatering burger creations as they can by ordering for pick up, take out, or delivery. Then, select your favorite burger and vote at bit.ly/2WaOCpx. Post your favorite photos to social media with the hashtag #BBXI for a change to win a prize! For details, visit bit.ly/2SFZOIg.
Chamber Chat to Focus on Branding and Marketing on May 27
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber's Greater West Broward Business and Branding and Marketing Council has organized a forum where industry experts will share insights and answer questions on how their organizations are navigating today's business environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will represent healthcare, university education, nonprofit, web-based marketing and professional development. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 27 from noon – 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. To register in advance, visit bit.ly/2Tp6Phj.
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB to Host Future In Focus II on June 4
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the next edition of its online destination recovery summit on Thursday, June 4 at 10 a.m. Future in Focus II will provide participants with details on the CVB’s recovery marketing plan, designed to revitalize Greater Fort Lauderdale and the local tourism industry. No registration is required for the summit. The CVB will provide a link and information about how to join the summit in the coming weeks. In case you missed the CVB’s first summit, featuring the general overview and strategy, it may be viewed at gflrecovery.com.
City Opens More Parks, Pools and Amenities
The City of Fort Lauderdale has reopened most parks, marinas, boat ramps, and golf courses to help promote physical and mental health in the community. The following amenities are generally open: batting cages, bicycling, boating, canoes (single rider), kayaks (single rider), swimming pools (lap swim only), paddleboards (single rider), pickleball (singles only), restrooms, running, tennis (singles only), and walking. Activities that remain closed include athletic leagues, basketball courts, community centers, dog parks, indoor gyms, outdoor fitness equipment, park offices, pavilions, playgrounds, recreation programs, special events, splash pads, sports fields, and drinking fountains. Neighbors are encouraged to use the interactive map at bit.ly/ftlparks for a complete list of parks and amenities that are open. Park users are required to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and personal hygiene including using hand sanitizer; avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth; avoiding close contact with people who are sick; maintaining six-foot distancing requirements; wearing a facial covering if social distancing cannot be maintained; and staying home if ill. For details, visit bit.ly/ftlparks. For a list of reopened parks, visit bit.ly/3bXR6Nf. For a list of pools offering lap swim, visit bit.ly/2ZmR8el.
Chamber Offers Reopening Guidance for Businesses
To help local businesses that are beginning to reopen, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has created a Return to Work Checklist that businesses can access at bit.ly/2WybWgY. The Chamber has also developed a comprehensive reopening guide that can be accessed by visiting bit.ly/2y2rGPN. The guide offers businesses recommendations for safely reopening, protecting customers, and safeguarding public health.
CDC Offers Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Businesses
As cities and counties prepare to begin to slowly reopen, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released “Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes.” The guidelines offer specific recommendations and best practices for cleaning and disinfection of a wide range of entities, including restaurants, offices, schools, healthcare facilities, childcare programs, faith-based organizations, recreational facilities, transportation companies, and more. To view the CDC recommendations, visit bit.ly/3dEDPJR. The CDC also released "Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employees," which offers updated strategies and recommendations for employers responding to COVID-19, including those seeking to resume normal or phased business operations. For more details, visit bit.ly/2WKQFj3.
CDC Encourages Businesses to Flush Plumbing Systems Prior to Reopening
As businesses begin to reopen, the CDC encourages them to flush their plumbing. Because many businesses have been closed during the COVID-19 State of Emergency, water has not been used and has remained in meter-to-building pipes for several weeks. The CDC and regulatory agencies advise that stagnant or standing water may cause conditions that increase the risk for the growth and spread of Legionella and other biofilm-associated bacteria. This advisory includes hot and cold-water systems, cooling towers, hot tubs, pools, spas, water heaters as well as decorative fountains. Following the Centers’ for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines may greatly reduce chances for Legionella and other opportunistic waterborne microbes from developing within plumbing systems and devices. Businesses owners with questions regarding the CDC recommendations regarding water systems may call the Florida Department of Health at 305-324-2400. To review the CDC Guidelines for reopening buildings after a prolonged shutdown, visit bit.ly/2AbifhF.
Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Offers Standards for Hospitality Reopening
The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in partnership with the National Restaurant Association and the American Hotel and Lodging Association, has developed a set of reopening standards for restaurants and hotels. The standards cover a wide range of areas including food safety, cleaning and sanitizing, employee health and personal hygiene, social distancing, infection prevention, environmental safety, and more. The operating standards are designed to increase safety, restore consumer confidence, and deliver a clean, comfortable, and sanitary experience to guests. To view the recommendations, visit bit.ly/2xVIvfe.
Select Broward County Libraries Offering Walk-Up/Drive-Up Service
Broward County Libraries will begin offering walk-up/drive-up service at a limited number of libraries beginning Monday, May 18. The new service will allow customers to pick up reserved library materials in a safe manner while Broward County Libraries remain closed to the public. Customers may resume reserving books, DVDs and other library materials using BCL’s online catalog or by calling their local library. Library staff will be unable to provide customers with any materials that have not been reserved ahead of time. A Broward County Library card is required to reserve library materials. For more information, visit bit.ly/2Z9VOE6.
City’s Virtual Recreation Center Offers Yoga, Line Dancing, Zumba and More!
Fort Lauderdale’s Virtual Recreation Center offers free, fun, and educational activities and resources for the entire family. The Virtual Recreation Center offers instructor-led virtual classes in yoga, line dancing, Zumba, and more! To view the current weekly schedule, visit bit.ly/2T3Pjib. To sign up for a class, visit bit.ly/2WsRPAD.
South Side Cultural Arts Center’s “A Call for Healing Through Art!”
Historic Stranahan House Continues to Livestream Museum Programs During Closure
CareerSource Broward Offers Webinars for Job Seekers
CareerSource Broward is offering a series of webinars for job seekers. The free online workshops focus on a variety of job-readiness topics including preparing for a successful job interview, telephone interviewing skills, social networking online, resume preparation, job search tips, and more. For more details and a complete schedule of offerings, visit bit.ly/2ziGHNA.
Chamber Offers Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce is monitoring actions being taken in Washington, D.C. that will have an effect on businesses, which have been approved for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan. Under the current rules, recipients of the federal assistance must spend the money within eight weeks, meaning business owners who received the earliest loans must spend the funds by May 29. Congress is currently working with the Treasury to extend the amount of time that businesses have to spend PPP funds. Business owners should be aware that if at least 75 percent of the money goes toward maintaining payroll (i.e., salary, health insurance, leave and severance pay) the federal government will forgive it. If you received a PPP loan, you should be working with your lender to apply for forgiveness. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a guide that can help you get started on understanding how the forgiveness process works. To view the Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness, visit bit.ly/2A11Hck. To access a forgiveness application, visit bit.ly/2XfyD8E.
SBA Accepting PPP Loan Applications
The federal government has approved an additional $320 billion for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP). The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has resumed accepting PPP loan applications from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. For more information about PPP, visit bit.ly/3aUghz5. For Frequently Asked Questions about PPP, visit bit.ly/2WoZ4Zn.
Tech Lauderdale and General Assembly Offering Free Workshops Every Friday in May
Tech Lauderdale has joined forces with General Assembly, the global leader in skills-based education! The two organizations will be offering free workshop every Friday in May focusing on many of today’s most in-demand skills – from coding and data marketing to UX design and career development. Whether you are looking for a new job or seeking to diversify your skill set to become more employable, there are a range of learning paths to match your career goals. Check out all of the offerings and register today at bit.ly/3dm0ElA.
City Offers Free Traffic Control Support for Distribution Events
Check Out the City’s COVID-19 Community Resources Webpage
The City of Fort Lauderdale cares about the safety and well-being of its neighbors and is particularly focused on connecting them with resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, the City’s Neighbor Services Division has launched a new COVID-19 Community Resources page to help neighbors navigate this challenging time. The page features easily accessible information on a variety of topics including healthcare, childcare, education, elderly support, food distribution, housing, assistance programs and more. To access the webpage, please visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19commres.
NSU Art Museum Offers Free Virtual Tours and Educational Resources
The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is bringing the museum to you with the following free virtual tours and educational resources. To learn more, visit nsuartmuseum.org.
- Virtual tours of the exhibitions Happy!, which explores the full range of human emotion in contemporary art, and I Paint My Reality: Surrealism in Latin America that offer 360 views of the galleries and art on view. To take a virtual tour, visit bit.ly/34rctnf.
- In the Artist’s Studio consists of virtual studio visits featuring artists in the museum’s current exhibitions including Emilio Martinez, José Bedia, and Demi. Visit with the artists at bit.ly/2RvGrkR.
- Video Channel features talks by artists, curators and historians along with features on museum events like the recent Rob Pruitt Flea Market in which local artists were invited to participate in this socially engaging art activation. Check out the video channel at bit.ly/2RvGrkR.
Remember to Wear Facial Coverings
As a reminder, both the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Declaration of Emergency Regulations (dated May 1, 2020) and the Broward County Emergency Order 20-08 require face coverings to be worn by any and all persons, including employees, while present within the interior of any and all essential services and businesses, as defined by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-91. Members of the public are required to wear facial coverings when obtaining essential services. Facial coverings are also required to be worn by individuals making deliveries or providing delivery services, and any worker involved in the preparation of food is required to wear a facial covering unless doing so would pose a hazard or health issue. A face covering is defined as a covering over the nose and mouth that may include a face mask, homemade mask, or other cloth covering, such as a scarf, bandana or handkerchief.
Please Dispose of Used Gloves and Face Coverings Properly
As more and more people wear gloves and face coverings in public to protect themselves and help slow the spread of COVID-19, it is important to remember to properly dispose of these items after use. Gloves and face coverings should never be left on the ground, on sidewalks, in streets, or in parking lots. These items may be contaminated and could potentially pose a risk to workers who have to pick them up. In addition, used masks and gloves are not biodegradable or recyclable. Those discarded on streets and sidewalks can easily make their way into our stormdrain system, potentially causing drainage problems and polluting our oceans and waterways. Please be respectful of others, particularly during this challenging time, and dispose of these items properly. To view CDC guidelines on how to protect yourself and others, visit bit.ly/3acut6g.
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. For more details on preventing sanitary sewer overflows, visit bit.ly/33u6xJD.
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.
For Additional Information
For additional information regarding Coronavirus, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended protective measures, please visit:
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