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Notices & Reminder

E-mail Address: 1regencytower@gmail.com



July 2020

Swimming Pool

We do have a rule concerning diapers in the pool. This refers to ANY diapers - baby, adult and swim diapers. Please advise you guests of the pool rules.

Butts & The Balcony

Smokers please refrain from flicking your cigarette butts off the balconies. They land on the balconies below and burn patio furniture cushions and must be cleaned up by that unit owner.

Shopping Carts

Regency Tower Shopping Carts are NOT to leave the property. Winn Dixie sells “Condo Carts” for your benefit.

“All My Sons Moving Co.” Banned

“All My Son’s Moving” will no longer be allowed in Regency Tower. Their blatant disregard of our building rules and regulations has caused us to take this action. Please plan accordingly for any move you may plan.

Planning to Run?

If you want to run for a seat on the Regency Tower Board of Directors, submit your notice of candidacy to the Regency Tower Office by the close of business (4 PM) on Friday, February 6, 2015. All notices will be date stamped when received in the office. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

Laundry Room

Neither a key nor coins are required to use the laundry, as a refillable card system has been implemented. You can purchase a $5 Card from the vending machine in the Mail Room, which can be reloaded with cash as required!

Water leaks

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

Rental Cars

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

Bike Check

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

Notes on Voting Certificates

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

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

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

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

Chaise Lounges

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

Garbage Chutes

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

Going to & from Pool/Beach

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



Pool Guru Nesly Bora
Revives Regency Tower Car Wash

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

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

Annual FireAlarm Test

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

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

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

Audible Sounds will occur!

Unit Entry is Necessary!

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

Sprinkler Retrofit Assessment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quarterly & Special Assessments

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

Emergency Lock Outs

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

Monday – Friday

  • Contact Office to unlock the door from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.;
  • Contact Security from 4 p.m. – 8 a.m.

Saturday, Sunday & Holidays

  • Contact Security to unlock the door

Apartment Entrance Decoration

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

Food & Garbage

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

We Offer Two Services

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

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

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

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

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

Remote Garage Gate Openers

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

Unit Interior Construction

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

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

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

Cabana Space

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

Energy Efficient Lighting

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

Storage Lockers

In addition to free storage lockers on each floor, the Association has lockers located in the basement at a yearly rental of $300.00. Should you be interested in future rentals, please place your name on the waiting list in the Office.

Game Room

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

Exercise Room

Please do not go into the Exercise Room from 1 – 2 pm and ask the cleaning person to wait until you finish. No one should enter between 1 pm and 2 pm. The Maintenance Department thanks you.

Refrigerators

It is extremely important that you leave your refrigerator on when away from your unit. The costs are very low. For the 4th time, and twice within one month, our maintenance employees were made ill from rotten, spoiling food full of toxins and e-coli bacteria. Additionally on one floor the neighbors became ill from the odor.

Laundry Room

Please do not bring down garbage or dirty diapers and throw into the trash receptacle. These should be wrapped in plastic and discarded down the chute.

Elevator Reservation

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

DEADBOLTS

Please do not put a deadbolt on if you are living alone. If there is an emergency, Association employees nor Emergency Medical Technicians can get in. This has caused a delay in getting help to residents in the past.



Absentee Procedure

If you are absent for more than 3 (three) days the following should be done:

  1. Shut off all water.
  2. Remove everything from balcony.
  3. Complete two copies of absentee card – 1 to Security and 1 to office.

Manufacturers recommend that you do not turn off your refrigerators. The gaskets dry out. It only uses a very small amount of electricity.

Service Contractors

Click to Mr. Appliance Web Site You may add the following to the list of Contractors for plumbing, air conditioning, appliances, etc. presented in the October News Letter.

Add to this List:

We would appreciate feed back on any contractors on the list.

Car Keys

It is imperative that a set of keys to your vehicle/s be left in the Office at all times. Auto keys are kept in a locked Key Box inside a second locked room in the Office. It becomes necessary at various times to move vehicles in the garage and outside during cleaning and other necessary occasions. Vehicles will be towed if a key is not available.

Service Contracts

All owners should have Service Contracts for maintenance and repair of such items as air conditioning units, toilets, sinks, refrigerators, heating pumps etc. The Association is not responsible for personal property and the maintenance personnel are busy maintaining the common-use items. We recommend that you contact a service contractor such as:

Surveillance

It is necessary for residents to come in to the Office or call to advise Office personnel when you are back in residence if you want your Surveillance discontinued while you are here. The same is true for when you leave and wish to resume service.

TO NEW OWNERS: The Association provides Surveillance at a cost of $12 per visit during your absence on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Surveillance includes:

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

Air Conditioning Maintenance

The Association provides Air Conditioning Maintenance at a cost of $20 per quarter or $6.66 per month. This consists of:

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

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

Speed Limit

Once, Twice, Thrice again, we remind you that the speed limit throughout The Regency Tower property is 5 miles per hour. It is urgent that you and your guests obey the limits. We have experienced several instances of near hits both in the garage and outside - particularly speeding from the drive-thru after picking up or letting off residents.

Turtle - Safe Lighting

To help save Florida’s endangered Sea Turtles from impending extinction, we are requesting that our residents please turn off the lights in any rooms visible from the ocean when you aren’t in that room. If it isn’t an imposition, please close the blinds in rooms where the lights must remain on. Nesting Sea Turtles navigate according to moonlight. Since the artificial lights along the shore are mistaken for moonlight by Sea Turles, they are responsible for hundreds of annual unsuccessful nestings. Hatchlings are also misled by these lights which they misinterpret as moonlight, sending thousands to their deaths every year. For more information about balancing our security needs with this potential environmental disaster, please Click Here.

Canadian Coins

Kindly do not place Canadian coins in the snack vending machines. This has caused the clogging of the coin receptacles. The same goes for the Beverage Vending machine.

Trash Rooms

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

Game Room

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

Light Bulbs

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

Dish Antennae

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

Water Savings

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

Auto and Motorcycle Registration

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

Taxi/Limo Service

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

Private Work

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

Fire Extinguishers

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

Fire Doors

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

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Entrance Gates

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

Lobby Doors

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

Security

Our guards are obligated to challenge unknown persons who enter the building. This is a requirement of their “Bible” – the Security Handbook. So please do not get insulted, annoyed, belligerent, arrogant or abusive if they question you. It is for your safety and the safety of all residents.

Chute

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

DEPOSIT REQUIRED

There seems to be a misunderstanding regarding the requirement for a $500.00 Service Elevator deposit. If you will need the Service Elevator for removal or delivery of any furniture, appliance, molding, etc. to or from your unit, you must:

  1. Reserve the Service Elevator.
  2. – Submit a check in the amount of $500.00 to the Administrative Office.
  3. – Have the appropriate Form located in the Security Office completed by the contractors, delivery person or owner.

Reservations must be made in advance. Checks will be deposited. If no damage, a check will be issued after your check has cleared the bank.

As info just one item, (the strobe light Exit sign) is easily hit and costs approximately $550.00 to purchase and replace.

Information Alert

The Rules and Regulations are written by the Rules and Regulations Committee. They then present them to the Board of Directors. The Board then votes. Consequently, it is not one person deciding a specific rule.

Hurricane Emergency Hotlines

  • Fort Lauderdale: 954-828-8888
  • Broward County: 954-831-4000
  • State of Florida: 850-413-9900
  • Bell South: 877-737-2478
  • FP&L: 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243)

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

On Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the monthly SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch will host:

  • US Navy Band Southeast Jazz Combo & Brass Band at the Esplanade
  • Jackson Bunn Group at the Connie Hoffman Gazebo AND
  • Glyn Dryhurst Dixieland Band at the Broward Center Peck Courtyard

Click Here for a Map of Directions and Parking in Riverwalk area.

For additional information about the 2020 Jazz Brunch, e-mail Debbie Bylica at dbylica@fortlauderdale.gov or call 954-828-4622.

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Click to Las Olas Art Fair Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard is the ideal backdrop for the 32nd Anniversary Las Olas Art Fair - Part II, which will be held on Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8, 2020 from 10 AM - 5 PM on Las Olas Boulevard between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue.

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

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

The show that put Howard Alan Events on the map celebrates its 32nd year! From Fort Lauderdale to Chicago, Aspen to Alexandria, Howard Alan Events creates over 40 juried art shows a year. These popular outdoor festivals are consistently ranked among the top art shows in the country. It is FREE - there is no gate. Shuttles will be provided from the following garages:

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

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

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Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Jazz on the Square

Commercial Boulevard and A1A in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Commercial Boulevard and A1A in L-B-T-S
A Lauderdale-by-the-Sea signature event formerly known as "Jazz On The Square" has expanded its musical boundaries and morphed into
Friday Night Music. Every Friday night, show up from in the early evening for an outdoor festival of music and merriment sponsored by THE VILLAGE GRILLE & VILLAGE PUMP located at 4404 El Mar Drive and 101 Ocean Restaurant at 101 E. Commercial Boulevard. Known for its kitschy mid-century architecture and popularity among snowbirds, this picture postcard town is a perfect backdrop for this weekly treat.

Village Grille & Village Pump
Village Grille & Village Pump
Located by the beach near the Ocean Highway (State Road A1A) at Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is sandwiched between Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. Experience this wonderful weekly music fair. Although discontinued a few years ago, the Friday Jazz event was revived in November 2014. The silvery sounds run from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm every Friday Night.

101 Ocean Restaurant
101 Ocean Restaurant
Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway just north of Fort Lauderdale, is the boutique town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, well known for its warm tropical breezes and amazing ocean views. Down the block from Anglin's Pier, Dune Plaza also serves as a gateway to a recently completed municipal renovation, During the month of June 2020, events are scheduled for the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.

For more information, call LBTS events at (954) 640-4200, Click Here to email or Click Here to the Friday Night Music web page. Call THE VILLAGE GRILLE & VILLAGE PUMP at (954) 776-5092, email the eatery at info@villagegrille.com, Click Here to view its web site, and Click Here to check out the Friday night outdoor entertainment. Click Here for the 101 Ocean Restaurant website, or call (954) 776-8101. If you live here, you need to check this out at least once!!!

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60th Annual Fort Lauderdale

International Boat Show

Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
Greater Ft Laud./Broward County Conv. Center
From Wednesday, October 30 to Sunday, November 3, 2019, the “Venice of America” invites residents and visitors to attend the
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The show runs from 12 Noon to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. The 60th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the world's largest boat show, is set at seven locations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, including the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina (formerly the Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel & Yacht Club), the Hall of Fame Marina, the Pier 66 Marina, Las Olas Marina and the SuperYacht Village at Pier 66 South. A wide variety of boats and sea vessels will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts.

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

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Sponsored by The IGFA School of Sportfishing and taught by Tony DiGiulian and veteran Captains Fly Navarro, Mike Holliday, and Karl Anderson, 21 seminars scheduled throughout the event include State of the Superyacht Market, Underwater Photography, Savage Wild – Manny Puig, Spearfishing Tips, FWC Stories and Q & A, Florida Sharks, ID & Behavior, Learn to Freedive!, Lobstering Tips, ZF Repower Seminars and Wahoo 101. Special events include FREE Kids' Fishing Clinics where Capt. Don Dingman, host of the children's television show Hook the Future, guides children through the fan favorite Kids' Fishing Clinics. Face painting, “Catch-a-Fish” Kids Crafts and special entertainment will be on tap, courtesy of South Florida Parenting. On Saturday & Sunday, November 2 & November 3, children ages 4-16 learn the basics of fishing through interactive activity stations manned by professional anglers. Clinics begin on Saturday at 12:00 and 2:00 pm; on Sunday at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. The clinic is free for all children once you have bought a ticket to the show.

Click to The Carefree Boat Club web site Presented by Delta Private Jets in partnership with Ulysse Nardin and located at the Hall of Fame Marina, the Windward VIP Club offers the luxury of a premium open bar and gourmet food offerings from morning through the evening. The climate-controlled environment will provide exclusive experiences for guests including wine tastings by Wine Enthusiast and intimate events by Ulysse Nardin. Priced at $300 per person per day, the Windward VIP Club Experience package includes show entry, Windward VIP Club access, food and premium beverages and complimentary access to the water taxi. Be sure to visit “The Blue Wild Watersports and Marine Art Expo.” in Lobby B/C of the Convention Center! You will get the chance to listen to experts speak about different water sports -- from freediving and spearfishing to stand up paddleboarding and underwater photography. Also, stop by and meet celebrity speakers Gator Boy Chris Gillette and Manny Puig -- they will be displaying their artwork and photography. While there, be sure to visit the extensive Marine Art Display room, featuring a wide range of artists -- from serious, high-end works of art to underwater photography to whimsical and contemporary pieces. There is something for everyone at The Blue Wild!

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

For more information about the 60th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, please call (954) 463-6762 or Click Here to email. Click Here to Web Site.

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SANTA on the BEACH
Light up the Holidays are a series of events that celebrate the Holiday Season in and around Fort Lauderdale. Following the initial Christmas on Las Olas event on December 3rd, and the annual Light up the Galt on November 21st. Over the next five weeks, festivities include Light up Carter Park on Sunrise Boulevard, Light up Sistrunk on Sistrunk Boulevard between NW 9th Avenue and NW 11th Avenue - a legacy signature site in Fort Lauderdale that has been rebuilt from the ground up, the annual hunt for Candy Canes, the “Santa on the Beach” candy giveaway on Fort Lauderdale Beach by Saint Nick and his elves and culminating with the December 28th Kwanzaa in Bass Park to celebrate Kuumba, the 6th Principle of Kwanzaa and Downtown Countdown where 100,000 South Florida celebrants meet to ring in the new year.

  • Light up Sistrunk - at Sistrunk Boulevard from 9th Avenue (914 Sistrunk Boulevard) to 11th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, December 6 from 5 PM to 9 PM. This FREE family event features entertainment from the Kuumba Dancers and PLAY After-School Chorus, Phase 1, Dillard High Jazz Ensemble, Pocket Change, EMCEE Chico the Virgo from HOT 105 FM; a kids zone featuring pony rides, a petting zoo, hands-on reptile exhibit, train rides; inflatables; arts-n-crafts; face painting; a teen zone with a DJ, rock wall, bobbing heads, game trucks, and more; a BTAN (Black Treatment Advocates Network) Wonderland featuring health fair and a toy giveaway; and the lighting of the giant 30-foot holiday tree sponsored by Florida Power and Light. Light up Sistrunk spreads cheer throughout one of the City's core neighborhoods. Call (954) 828-4742 for more information.

  • Light up Carter Park - On Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Carter Park (1450 Sunrise Boulevard), kick off your holiday season with the Annual Carter Park Tree Lighting Celebration. This free event will feature a health fair, live performances from local artists, bounce houses, train rides, face painting; holiday crafts and prizes. The celebration will culminate with the lighting of the holiday tree! Join us to enjoy holiday cheer and fun for the entire family!

  • Santa on the Beach - Don’t miss Santa Claus’ traditional candy giveaway along Fort Lauderdale Beach on Monday, December 20, 2019 at 12:45 PM! Santa Claus and his elves will walk along Fort Lauderdale Beach, providing beachgoers with candy canes and holiday treats. Santa’s route will begin at the Fort Lauderdale Police Headquarters Building beginning at noon. The Santa motorcade will then travel:

    • East on Broward Boulevard to S.W. 7th Avenue
    • South on S.W. 7th Avenue to S.W. 2nd Street
    • East on S.W. 2nd Street to Andrews Avenue
    • South on Andrews Avenue to Las Olas Boulevard
    • East on Las Olas Boulevard to A1A (Seabreeze Boulevard)
    • South on A1A to the boat launch area on the beach

    Santa and his elves will begin passing out treats on Fort Lauderdale Beach across from the former site of the Oasis Cafe, located at 1100 Seabreeze Boulevard. They will continue walking north along the beach to Birch State Park, located at A1A and Sunrise Boulevard. For more information, call the event hotline at (954) 828-5363.

  • Celebrate Kwanzaa Ujamaa - The City of Fort Lauderdale will pay homage to Kuumba - the 4th principle of Kwanzaa from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2019. Kuumba, which means cooperative economics, will be celebrated through ethnic dances, tribal storytelling, art exhibits, stage performances and a Karamu Feast of native foods. The free celebration at this Ujamaa Marketplace will take place at Bass Park, located at 2750 NW 19th Street. Call (954) 828-5363 for more information or call Bass Park at 954-828-8498.

    To wrap up 2019 and kick start the new year, make your last stop S.W. 2nd Street, which comes alive from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., when the annual Downtown Countdown event turns the street into a stage (See Below).

For more information, call the event hotline at 954-828-5363 or Click Here.

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The 15th Annual New Years Eve
Downtown Countdown

Click to New Years Eve Downtown Countdown
Downtown Countdown
The City of Fort Lauderdale invites you to the 15th annual
“Downtown Countdown” to ring in the New Year. On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, an estimated 100,000 revelers will crowd downtown Fort Lauderdale along SW 2nd Street, between SW 2nd Avenue and SW 5th Avenue.

New Years Eve Downtown Countdown Drop
Downtown Countdown Drop
Touted as one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Florida, this year’s free 8-hour street festival is full of fun and excitement for both children and adults. Join the City of Fort Lauderdale to ring in the New Year! Family events are hosted from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. The festivities for kids include bounce houses/inflatables, face painting and games, contests and dancing with the DJ! Children that can't make the Midnight Main Event can still enjoy an early Countdown when the ball is lit at 7 p.m. Then, live music begins at 8 p.m. for the adult crowd who await the larger-than-life illuminated anchor to drop at midnight.

Come enjoy the fun and feel the rhythm when S.W. 2nd Street comes alive with live music from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1st. Be a part of this signature Fort Lauderdale event and watch the lighted ball drop from the sky at the stroke of midnight to officially kick-off 2020! The midnight countdown will feature Fort Lauderdale’s larger-than-life illuminated anchor. Measuring 20 feet high and 17 feet wide, weighing more than 700 pounds and featuring close to 12,000 color-changing LED lights, the anchor, which debuted in 2015, will descend down from 100 feet in the air above the event’s main stage as the final seconds of 2018 tick down and we usher in the New Year. For more information, call the event hotline at 954-828-5363. The 2019 Downtown Countdown is brought to you by the City of Fort Lauderdale.

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Events & Menorah Lightings

Chanukah Menorah Lightings In 2019, Chanukah begins on Sunday, December 22nd at sundown and lasts 8 days through sundown on Monday, December 30. In Fort Lauderdale, Chabad Lubavitch of Fort Lauderdale has prepared a series of Menorah lightings and holiday events around town. Located at 3500 North Ocean Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Chabad Lubavitch of Fort Lauderdale - along with its branches at the Chabad Las Olas Jewish Center, Chabad of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and Chabad of Harbor Beach - is hosting public Menorah lightings at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Broward General Medical Center, the Galleria Mall and during a Grand Chanukah Party at the Chabad, a holiday event at Harbor Beach and another Grand Chanukah Party at Las Olas. You are also welcome to view the Chabad vessel sailing in the Winterfest Boat Parade on December 14.

Menorah Lightings Chanukah Events

  • On Saturday, December 14th, at 6:30 PM, take a cruise on the only Jewish vessel sailing in the Winterfest Boat Parade. Departing at 6:30 PM, enjoy on board music and dancing, refreshments and L'Chaim. Couvert: $100. Space is limited so RSVP quickly to 954-568-1190.

  • On Sunday, December 22nd, at 12 Noon, a Car Menorah Parade will leave from the Las Olas Chabad Jewish Center at 1304 E. Las Olas Boulevard, traverse Las Olas Boulevard and return to the Chabad for a 2 p.m. Family Chanukah Festival and Menorah Lighting with indoor and outdoor rides, Bounce Houses, Petting Zoo, Doughnuts, Chanukah Music By DJ David Ania, Menorah Lighting and more. For information, call (954) 780-6770. At 5:00 p.m., Chabad of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea will host a public Menorah lighting at the Beach Pavillion on East Commercial Boulevard. Along with latkes, donuts, raffle with prizes and a live concert by Rockin' and Rapping Rabbi Dr. Laz, the event will be attended by local Public officials. Bring your family and friends.

  • On Monday, December 23rd, after toys are distributed to the children in Broward Health Medical Center (1600 S. Andrews Avenue) at 3:30 p.m., the Public Menorah in the lobby will be lit at 4 p.m. - Latkes, music & more.

  • Grand Chanukah Party - Light up the Night On Wednesday, December 26th, Chabad Lubavitch of Fort Lauderdale (3500 North Ocean Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale) celebrates A Grand Chanukah Party (Light up the Night) featuring a Fire & Light Show by the "G" Man, Public Menorah lighting, Chanukah crafts, Music by Moshe, Bounce House, Dairy Buffet, Latkes & Doughnuts, and much more. Great program for kids. The party begins at 5 p.m. at the Chabad.

  • Click to Shabbaton at Chabad On Friday, December 27th, at 5:30 PM - attend a SHABBATON - a traditional Friday Night Dinner with Rabbi Yitschok Schochet - Rabbi of the Mill Hill Synagogue in England. Having authored numerous articles and a regular panelist on television, Rabbi Schochet was described in the Jewish Chronicle as "one of the most outspoken Rabbis in the world." Meal catered by Elegant Kosher Catering. For more information, call Gitty Levin 954-568-1190 or Click Here to email.

  • Public Menorah Lighting Galleria Mall On Sunday, December 29th - the annual Public Menorah Lighting at the Galleria Mall (2414 E. Sunrise Boulevard) will take place on the 2nd floor (next to H & M - near where Saks used to be) at 4 PM. The event will feature a special music performance by Noam Agami, Donuts, latkes and dreidels for all.

  • On Sunday, December 29th, from 12 Noon to 5 p.m., the Downtown Jewish Center Chabad of Fort Lauderdale (900 E. Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale) hosts a Chanukah Fair in Huizenga Park (Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue). The event features an outdoor ice-skating rink, gigantic slide, rock climbing, bungee jump, bounce house, rides, face-painting, inflatables, Chanukah Gelt Drop, fire juggler and music with Ms. Sue at 1 p.m.; food vendors for latkes, donuts, hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and wings. Menorah Lighting at 5:00 pm. For more information, call 954-667-8000.

The Menorah Lightings are FREE to the public - there is no admission charge. For more information, call Gitty Levin 954-568-1190 or Click Here to email. Click Here to more information about Chanukah Events.

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The 15thAnnual


Click to Oakland Park Oktoberfest web page Oakland Park has announced its 15th Annual Oktoberfest celebration will take place October 4th through October 6th at Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway. Featuring everything from dashing dachshunds, specially crafted seasonal beers, and apple strudel eating contests, by adding its own touch to the traditional Oktoberfest celebration, Oakland Park has turned its annual Oktoberfest celebration into one of the signature cultural entertainment events in South Florida. The Funky Buddha Brewery at 1201 NE 38th Street – which anchors Oakland Park’s Downtown Culinary Arts District – will serve as the event's presenting sponsor.

Oktoberfest in Oakland Park
OAKLAND PARK OKTOBERFEST
Oakland Park’s Oktoberfest is considered one of the largest in Florida and the city annually looks forward to welcoming thousands of residents and visitors. Oktoberfest hours are Friday, October 4 from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, October 5 from 1 to 11 p.m. and Sunday, October 6 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the downtown park turned “Biergarten” just north of the intersection of NE 38th Street and Park Lane, where the Funky Buddha Brewery will be hosting the “after party” each night. Oakland Park Oktoberfest attracts enthusiasts who enjoy the festive atmosphere with German cuisine such as sauerbraten, schnitzel and “kartoffelpuffer” (potato pancakes) along with many popular carnival foods, beverages and music. The Funky Buddha craft food chefs have created culinary pairings such as their signature bratwurst with house-made ale mustard and a specially-crafted Oktoberfest beer.

Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park
FUNKY BUDDHA BREWERY IN OAKLAND PARK
In addition to tap offerings that include Floridian Hefeweizen, Hop Gun IPA, a German Pilsner, and a special batch of Marzen – an amber Bavarian lager traditionally served at Oktoberfest celebrations, Funky Buddha will feature a selection of its specialty beers like Fire in the Hole and Last Snow brewed using natural ingredients. Oktoberfest revelers can also enjoy the traditional “Prosit” toast with wines and other spirits.

Oktoberfest in Oakland Park
OKTOBERFEST IN OAKLAND PARK
Large “Schottenhamel” tents erected along North Dixie Highway will replicate a festive Bavarian village celebration, including a stage and dance floor. Scheduled entertainment includes the the Oktoberfest party band Alpine Express, as well as German musician Sepp Diepolder whose talents include the accordion, jodler and zither. Performances by the Auerhahn Schuhplattlers dancers will delight attendees with their colorful attire and dancing displays. Adorned in dirndls and lederhosen, the audience will be engaged with fun Oktoberfest games and contests, such as the popular Central Bark “Dachshund Dash,” beer stein races and apple strudel-eating contests. CLICK HERE for info about the Central Bark Doggie Fashion Show (for dogs 30 pounds and under) at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 6th. The event also features a children’s midway of rides & games and the new “Spielzelt” with children’s activities, craft vendors and other attractions. This year will also feature a Beer and Cheese Pairing, Sausage Making Demonstration and Home Brewing Seminar (all three activities will be presented both Saturday and Sunday).

Click to Oakland Park Oktoberfest web page The City’s Downtown Culinary Arts District provides free parking in close walking proximity for Oktoberfest attendees with paid premium parking available onsite. Festival admission is $5 with accompanied children 12 and under admitted free. For additional information, Call Cristina Curry at 954-630-4507 or email her at cristina.curry@oaklandparkfl.gov. CLICK HERE to the Annual Oakland Park Oktoberfest Web page, CLICK HERE to the 2019 Oakland Park Oktoberfest web notice and CLICK HERE to Oktoberfest information on the Funky Bhudda website. For sponsorships, volunteer opportunities and other information, please visit: www.oaklandparkfl.gov or call the City’s Parks and Leisure Services office at 954-630-4500.

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Pompano Beach Volleyball

Click Here for the Pompano Beach Dig the Beach web site The time has come to drop the hammer, as match intensity continues to build! At the final event of the Dig the Beach Volleyball 2020 Summer Tour, this hayride takes place during the weekend of Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, 2020. Back again! Along with Fort Lauderdale beach, Pompano Beach has been a key site in the series since its inception in 1991, playing host to one or more Dig the Beach Series weekends each year. By this time everyone will be in top form - which will make for some amazing tournament play. Rivalries will come to a head as competition becomes as hot as the late spring sun. Might want to pack your sand socks for this one!

The April 25th - 26th, 2020, Tournament in Pompano Beach will put our juniors to the test. Its the largest Junior’s Program in the U.S., totaling over 200 hundred Juniors teams at some events. This is a terrific opportunity to showcase the talents of juniors and prove that they have what it takes to play against some of the best teams in the country. Keep accumulating those points! Let’s make South Florida proud! The Updated Schedule for this exciting weekend is as follows:

Saturday

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

Sunday

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

Delray Beach Dig the Beach
Dig the Beach Volleyball
Click Here for the Dig the Beach website The beer garden is open! Sun, beach, ice cold Corona Extra’s and volleyball in Pompano Beach, Florida, what more could you ask for? Get ready for an exciting weekend filled with hot bodies, strong competition, and the fun atmosphere that is Pompano Beach. One of the most beautiful public beaches in the State, the Pompano Beach (South of the Pier) offers the ideal setting for this exciting event. To get here from the north or south, take I-95 to E Atlantic Avenue East (in Pompano), go over the bridge and turn left (north) on N. Ocean Blvd - Pompano Beach (south of the Pier) will be on your right.

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

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

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

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

Click to Dig the Beach For more information, call Diogo Sousa at (561) 241-3801, fax at 561-241-3805 or Click Here to email Diogo. The Exclusive Sports mailing address is 1040 Holland Drive, Suite A, Boca Raton, FL 33487. Click Here to the Dig the Beach web site, Click Here to the Pompano Beach April 25 and 26, 2020 weekend web site of Dig the Beach volleyball and Click Here to the Exclusive Sports web site.

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SHOW

Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center
Ft Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center
The
62nd Annual Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show is scheduled from 10 AM to 6 PM on Friday, January 10, Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12. The 2020 Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show will be held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center and better than ever!

The Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center is located at 1950 Eisenhower Blvd in Fort Lauderdale. The fact that this modern facility is near downtown Fort Lauderdale and a few miles from the beach make it great location for this event!

Judges accredited by the American Orchid Society award prizes for best displays and best plants. This year we are awarding two $500.00 Grand Champion prizes for the best orchid flowers at the show. $500.00 is also awarded to the Winner of the Best Hobbyist’s Orchid Flower and winner of the Best Commercial Grower’s Orchid Flower. Three prizes are also offered for plants displayed by FLOS members - $250 apiece for Best Dendrobium, Best Cattleya and Best Cut Flower.

Want first shot at the amazing plants that will be available during our show? Want to join a select group of orchid lovers at a nice party? Come to our PREVIEW PARTY on Thursday before the show opens to the public! We’ll have a full buffet with free champagne, hors d’oeuvres, beverages and dessert with live entertainment. The displays are the freshest, vendors will be present, and attendees will get first chance to buy orchids that may be in limited quantities. The party is Thursday, January 9, 2070. It starts at 7:00 and goes to 10:00. Tickets are $80 per person (call Luanne-954-341-2874).

The Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society appropriately ascribed the theme, “Orchid Vision” to the 2020 International Orchid Show. Come and enjoy raffles, artwork, competitions, plant and supply vendors, exhibits, and displays. Tickets are $12.00 purchased in advance (with online coupon) and three day passes are $25. They will be held for you to pick up at the door. Pre-sale tickets may be purchased online. Tickets purchased at the door are $15.00. Special rates are available for large groups and Society members coming together on a bus get free admission.

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

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NOVEMBER 10, 2019

Click to Course Map for 13.1 Marathon From 6 AM to 9 PM on Sunday, November 10, 2019, the 10th running of a unique race will return to our town. The 13.1 half marathon - a stand-alone half marathon for locals to embrace and visitors to experience - takes place throughout the beautiful streets of Fort Lauderdale including scenic routes through Las Olas Boulevard and along A1A. The event includes a Relay in which the course is managed by two runners. The Life Time 5K is essentially a straight shot across Las Olas Boulevard - and back.

Click to Course Map for 13.1 Marathon Click to Course Map for 13.1 Marathon 13.1 Marathon Runner Start Time is 6:15 AM (Life Time 5K at 7 AM). Enjoy a new course this year featuring more of the Downtown and Las Olas areas combined with a unique run through Las Olas, the Victoria Park neighborhood, and A1A! Each participant that completes the 13.1 race in Fort Lauderdale will receive a unique unique finisher's medal at the finish line. All age group award medals will be distributed from the Results tent at the finish line on race day. These custom designed medals will be awarded 3 deep in each of the 14 age groups for both males and females. There will be water and sports drink at 10 hydration stations along the course and at the start/finish. All Aid Stations on the course will have personnel and portable toilets located nearby. Medical support during the Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon Series will be provided by health care professionals. Medical assistance will be available at each water station along the route providing medical assistance as needed. A fully-equipped medical facility will be located near the finish line. An Event Status System will be displayed at each mile marker indicating the status of the race based on the current course and weather conditions. Each mile marker will have a large clock displaying the "gun time" of the event. Walker friendly, the course will remain open for 3 hours and 30 minutes (16 minute/mile pace), after which runners will become pedestrians.

13.1 Race at Dawn
13.1 Race at Dawn
The course will start (and finish) near the beach, on Las Olas & A1A and head west towards downtown Fort Lauderdale. At SE 16th Ave, runners will turn right and head north on SE 16th Ave to Broward Blvd, east to N. Victoria Park Road, north to NE 6th Court, where they will make a right and run to NE 19th Ave. At NE 19th Avenue, runners will make a left and head north to NE 8th Street, west to NE 14th Avenue, south to Broward Blvd, one block east to SE 15th Avenue, south to Las Olas, east to Seabreeze Blvd. At A1A, runners will turn right and head south to the U-turn by the former Oasis Café, turn-around and run North along the Oceanside lane of A1A to Oakland Park Blvd, and make a U-turn and head South in the median lane all the way back to Las Olas. Runners will turn right and head to the Finish Line on Las Olas Boulevard. The Life Time 5K race of the 13.1 Fort Lauderdale event features a fast out-and-back course along Las Olas! It starts and ends with the half marathoners. The course is USATF certified (#FL08060EBM). Following the race, there will be live entertainment and an awards ceremony. All participants and spectators are invited to enjoy the race after-party!.

Click to Course Map for 13.1 Marathon The streets of Fort Lauderdale are open to runners, but it’s the spectators that will help them get to the finish line. From start to finish, there are excellent opportunities to catch loved ones and friends running in the Fort Lauderdale 13.1. Expect continuous course entertainment and a great time as you run 13.1! This includes: Bands, Performances, Cheer Squads, Community Group Aid Stations and Dj's pumping tunes that will keep you movin' all through out the fun-filled 13.1 mile course. For more information about the 13.1 marathon, please Click Here to email. Also, Click Here for information directly from the 13.1 Marathon 2018 web site.

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The 25th Annual Las Olas
Wine & Food Festival

Click to the annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival web site Although originally scheduled for Friday, April 3, 2020, the 25th Annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival was postponed in compliance with the COVID-19 mandate temporarily prohibiting public events, and will return to downtown Fort Lauderdale on Friday, September 25, 2020. The Street Festival is clearly the #1 wine and food event in South Florida! Your festival ticket includes a complimentary wine glass (6½ oz.), butler tray, unlimited sampling from over 50 of the best local restaurants, and refreshing libations from more than 40 wineries, spirits brands, and breweries from 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The street festival takes place on Las Olas Boulevard; between 6th Avenue – 11th Avenue – five 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. This year, the American Lung Association (ALA) and partners will create an unforgettable evening for the 2020 LOWFF event. There will be live music, culinary and mixology demonstrations, cooking competitions, private VIP lounges, interactive retail displays, and more. Get your taste buds ready as we wine and dine you on one of the only nights you will be able to walk down Las Olas Boulevard and overwhelm your taste buds. When applicable, COVID-19 containment protocols in effect.

Las Olas Wine & Food Celebrants
Culinary Enthusiasts on Las Olas

The Street Festival ticket also includes access to the spirit lounges for a cocktails merry-go-round! Presented by Breakthru Beverage, New Amsterdam Vodka, J Vineyards and Woodford Reserve, this year’s Las Olas Wine & Food festival will feature not only five blocks of sips from nationally recognized wineries but samples from top restaurants throughout South Florida. The American Lung Association will be adding a breath of fresh air for the culinary inclined. With a mission to fight against the third leading cause of death in the United States, your support of this event will assist in funding research and educational programming for the American Lung Association (ALA). You can experience everything the Street Festival ticket has to offer for only $150 per person - plus a $8.65 Fee totals $158.65 (price includes tax). The ticket provides entrance into ALL lounges, and eligibility for all giveaways available throughout the event. Everyone’s a VIP this year so get ready to enjoy all the experiential showcases!

Click to BizBash web site In the more than two decades since its inception, changes tested as the event evolved were added and deleted commensurate with their success. However, despite its ever-increasing popularity, growth is deliberately restrained, as controlling the numbers is critical to insuring that everyone has a pleasant experience. New to the list in 2011, the annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival was named one of South Florida's Top 100 Events by BizBash again in 2012, snagging the number 12 spot in the Food & Restaurant Industry Events category. In 2013, it moved up to number 8 - and repeatedly snagged number 8 in 2014, in 2015, in 2016, in 2017 and rose to number 6 in 2018 and back to number 8 in 2019! This charity event is rain or shine and there will be tenting on the street to accommodate weather. Please dress and plan accordingly and note tickets are non-refundable.

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

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9th Annual

Stone Crab & Seafood Festival in Esplanade Park
Annual Seafood Festival in Esplanade Park
Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale is excited to announce the 9th annual Stone Crab & Seafood Festival presented by Brimstone Woodfire Grill on Saturday, January 11, 2020, in the middle of the highly anticipated annual Florida Stone Crab Season! The event will take place at Esplanade Park, in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

This festival is a free celebration of the local South Florida Seafood Industry and highlights some of Fort Lauderdale’s favorite seafood restaurants as they serve up fresh stone crab claws and an array of select seafood dishes starting at only $5. Seafood lovers of all ages are welcome to come out rain or shine and enjoy a day of great food, cold drinks from Breakthru Beverage, music and more, including the crowd-favorite hermit crab races brought to you by Finster Murphy‘s.

Among the local sponsors, partners - and vendors whose fare will delight festival attendees are: Brimstone Woodfire Grill, Breakthru Beverage, Stephens Distributing, The Original Signman, The Media Lab, Go Riverwalk Magazine, Big Mouth Girlz, Hollywood Brewing Co, Islamorada Beer Co., American Icon Brewery.

This year’s beer gardens will feature brews from Stephens Distributing, including brews from American Icon Brewery, Islamorada Beer Company, and Hollywood Brewing. There’s no need to wait until the Stone Crab & Seafood Festival to get great seafood! Visit- Kelly’s Landing, Finster Murphy’s, The Historic Downtowner, Southport Raw Bar, Fry Head Miami, Popo’s or Tarpon River Cafe Absolute Catering. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy the day along the New River. No coolers or outside food or beverages, please. Well-behaved dogs, on leash, are permitted at the event. Please keep in mind that there will be thousands of people and other pets at the event.

For more information about the 9th annual Stone Crab & Seafood Festival, please call Event Manager Maureen Potter at (954) 468-1541 ext. 204 or Click Here to email. Also, Click Here for information directly from the Stone Crab & Seafood Festival web site.

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41 st Annual

Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department proudly presents the Starlight Musicals Concert Series, celebrating 41 years under the stars. These FREE outdoor concerts provide a great way to enjoy the summer with family and friends.

Join us in Holiday Park, Friday nights, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, June 7 through August 9, 2019. The series will feature an exciting line up of bands ranging from pop to country, rhythm and blues to tropical rock. Each week the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department will select a theme defining the music.

Starlight Musicals in Holiday Park
Starlight Concert at Holiday Park
The shows take place on the football field at Holiday Park, which is located at East Sunrise Boulevard and Federal Highway. Residents and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and coolers. Please note that pets are not permitted in the park. We look forward to seeing you out there this summer!

  • NO SMOKING ZONE In order to accommodate all of our guests, we have implemented a NO Smoking Zone. No Smoking will be permitted on the south side of the park (right side of the field when looking at the stage).

  • TENT-FREE ZONE We will continue to have our Tent-Free Zone. Canopies, tents and umbrellas are only permitted in the designated areas along the back and sides of the football field.

  • Click to Life Net 4 Families NON-PROFIT AWARENESS Each week Bank of America will feature a non-profit group to raise awareness of their program and goals. For the fourth straight year we will be holding food drives throughout the concert series that benefit either pets and people. Please help Bank of America support these worthy causes, our goal is to surpass last year’s totals. If every person brought a food item each week for a person or pet, think of the impact we could make! Lets try for 2,000 items.

  • RECYCLE! easily and proudly at Starlight Musicals. Recycling bins will be provided throughout the park and the “Recycling Rangers” will be roaming with their wagons.

Currently scheduled to perform are:

For more information about the Bank of America Starlight Musicals Concert Series, please call Debbie Bylica at 954-396-3622 or Click Here to e-mail. You can also call the Parks and Recreation Special Events Hotline at 954-828-5363 - Ext 2 for Starlight Musicals. You may also call this line weekly to check the event status when the weather is questionable. After dialing, press #2 for Starlight Musicals and then #4 for weather/event update. For complete event information, download the 2019 Starlight Musicals flyer

Crepe Myrtle
Crepe Myrtle
Click to the Fort Lauderdale Quarterly Tree Giveaway web site Thinking about buying a new tree for your yard? Before you buy, check out one of the City's multiple tree give-away events, like the a Free Tree Giveaway scheduled for March 21, 2020. Come to Riverland Park at 950 SW 27th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale from 8:30 AM to 12 PM if you want a free tree. Why would the City spend money on providing trees free of charge to residents? It's simple: The more people we have planting trees, the more people we have working to achieve our goal of 25.88% canopy cover in the City.

Fort Lauderdale has three separate programs which each provide residents with Florida-friendly trees for FREE. The Adopt-a-tree program provides a tree that homeowners plant in the swale in front of their property, the Save-a-tree Plant-a-tree program offers a tree to residents who switch to e-billing for their monthly City utilities bill, and the quarterly tree giveaways hand out two trees per resident four times a year. That's right - up to eight trees per resident - every year.

Pigeon Plum
Pigeon Plum
Days will be cooler, greener and more beautiful when the City of Fort Lauderdale reaches our goal of almost a 25% tree canopy cover by 2018. Residents are invited to help reach that goal by participating in our free tree giveaway. With proof of residency, all Fort Lauderdale residents may receive up to two trees per household. Residents will be given the choice of shade, fruit or ornamental trees while supplies last.

Click to the Plant a Tree Save a Tree web site Among the trees that will be distributed at the event are Cocoplum, Crape Myrtle, Jamaica Caper, Silver Buttonwood, Simpson Stopper, Pigeon Plum, Bulnesia, Gumbo Limbo, Live Oak, Avocado, Dwarf Mango, Edible Fig, Lychee, Mango, Starfruit (Carambola) and more. The trees are all 3-gallon nursery stock and range from 2 feet to 4 feet tall. Who pays for this??? The City of Fort Lauderdale was awarded $18,820 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Forestry through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - to assist in the ongoing reforestation efforts in response to the 2005 hurricane season. Acceptable as proof of residency are a license or a utility bill!

For more information, call Urban Forester Mark Williams at (954) 828-5785, Email at mawilliams@fortlauderdale.gov or Click Here to Fort Lauderdale Urban Forester’s Tree Giveaway web page.

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Christmas on Las Olas
Christmas on Las Olas
Xmas on Las Olas
It’s almost time again for that famous Las Olas event -
Christmas on Las Olas. And this year's event promises to be the best ever. Make sure you mark your calendars, dust down your Santa hat and prepare to start the holiday season in style on the boulevard. In 2019, Christmas on Las Olas takes place on Tuesday, December 3rd fom 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm.

Christmas on Las Olas
Las Olas Boulevard
Christmas on Las Olas... a Community Tradition for 57 years. To create a festive Christmas experience on one of the most famous streets in South Florida – East Las Olas Boulevard – S.E. 6th Avenue to S.E. 11th Avenue will be blocked to traffic. Christmas carolers, local choirs from schools and churches and performers from all corners of South Florida will fill the boulevard with the music and melodies that feed the holiday spirit. The eco-friendly LED lighting wrapped around trees in the Las Olas Boulevard median and sidewalk will serve as a permanent decorative enhancement.

Click to Christmas on Las Olas The 57th Annual Christmas on Las Olas, presented this year by the Las Olas Association and Breakthru Beverage Florida, is the most revered family and community event in Fort Lauderdale. Over 40,000 guests attend this one-evening event to bask in the lights of this Winter Wonderland. The iconic Snow Mountain – benefitting South East Police Motorcycle Rodeo – will whisk you to an Alpine Shangri-La, as friends and neighbors sled down the two story ice covered slope. Cohen & McMullen, PA & DiePietro Partners, LLP present the popular Skate Las Olas – and the magic of ice skating on Las Olas Boulevard throughout the Holiday Season - as Children and Adults “skate” in a 1,800 square foot custom outdoor rink on the Great Lawn next to the Riverside Hotel. At East End of Las Olas, get a photo with Santa at the Enchanted Village (sponsored by One Beat CPR & AED). Imagine children frolicking through the streets, skipping from attraction to attraction, while their parents sip champagne and catch up with their friends and family during this magical holiday time.

Christmas on Las Olas
Las Olas Boulevard
Come enjoy sledding on a mountain of real snow, skating on our outdoor rink, and endless entertainment on three stages. The Capital One Performance Stage on 6th Avenue will host choirs and performances, as headliners fill show stages on 8th Avenue (sponsored by Truly Nolen) and 10th Terrace (sponsored by Ferrari / Maserati of Fort Lauderdale). Get a picture with Santa at One Beat CPR’s Enchanted Village on the Great Lawn beside the Riverside Hotel, or enjoy a glass of Korbel Champagne under extraordinary holiday lights and snow wafting down from the sky throughout the evening. Catch the new Fireworks display at 8 pm.

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

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16th Annual

Coral Springs Festival of the Arts
Coral Springs Festival of the Arts
The
16th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts will be held on Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22, 2020 from 10 AM - 5 PM at “THE WALK on University Drive”. “THE WALK” is located on the west side of University Drive in Coral Springs between 26th Street and 29th Street. The Coral Springs Festival of the Arts has grown considerably over the years into a two-day celebration of arts and culture with a fine art show, contemporary craft festival, theatrical performances and full line-up of live music.

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THE WALK on University Drive
Held in conjunction with the Coral Springs Art Festival Committee and the city, this event brings 200 of the nation’s best artists and crafters to South Florida. The festival attracts 30,000 - 40,000 people from all over the South Florida area. Stroll amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics, a separate craft festival, Green Market and much more. Events surrounding the festival are a spectrum of performing arts events, a Big Tomato Challenge, an Artist Competition, a “Gardenfest”, 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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Click for Larger Map View
The event is FREE, NO GATE! For more information, call 561-746-6615, Click Here to email or Click Here to check out the web site.

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

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

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Click to Friday Night Sound Waves web page Set against the magnificent backdrop of Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Friday Night Sound Waves Summer Music Series takes place from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. every Friday night - from January 24 through June 19, 2020, in Las Olas Oceanside Park at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A (AKA - "The Hub"). On June 5, see Adam Jason Band blend melodic and organic pop sensibilities with a unique understanding of rock and roll in its rawest form. See below for the rest of the month's line-up. Sponsored by beach neighborhood vendors, this concert is an event of the 2020 Spring Tour.

Sound Waves at Las Olas and Beach Hub
Fort Lauderdale Beach at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A
Funded by a grant from the Beach Business Improvement District, the City of Fort Lauderdale Department of Parks & Recreation cobbled together some of South Florida’s best musical talents, who will immerse evening beachgoers in an eclectic range of genres including Jazz, Blues, Country, Latin, Fusion, Motown, Top 40, Reggae, Salsa, Big Band Swing, World and Classic Rock. Free to the public, attendees should wear flip-flops, bring a beach chair and dress light. If the air chills, just grab a complimentary beach blanket. An information kiosk will bring both City residents and visiting tourists up to speed about local restaurants, live music venues and other nearby attractions.

Click to Friday Night Sound Waves web page The beach is a state of mind, so while we have to be apart we are taking Friday Night Sound Waves to the airwaves with virtual performances from our talented musician’s homes. Join us every Friday Night and Find Your Beach during our FNSW weekly Facebook Live Broadcast from 6:30 pm – 9 pm. We will be coming to you from the porches, backyards and home studios of some of our favorite solo and acoustic artists who have graced the Sound Waves stage in years past – complete with dance videos during the break and photos of our friends who over the years have become our FNSW family. Click the Livestream Button to tune in.

Click to Friday Night Sound Waves web page Starting in May, the following musical groups are scheduled to perform at Las Olas & the beach each Friday evening:

For additional information, click here to email or click here to visit the Friday Night Sound Waves website!

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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 occasionally pull together a FREE Art Walk on the first Saturday of the month from 7 to 11 PM. This month, the Art Walk may take place on April 4, 2020. However, the event is erratic, so first check to see if has been scheduled.

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, Ivana Ruzzo Boutique & Gallery, Gallery 101, the North Beach Art Gallery, Art of Alex or Perla Lichi Design (Perla Lichi’s great attention to detail, exceptional sophistication and refinement were cited by HomeAdvisor, an online rating service). 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. Shops like Home Suite Home/Roberto Sanchez Design, salons like The VIP Room and Sandra Topel's Wellness Spa 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, April 4th, have dinner in one of the boutiquey restaurants and - if scheduled - join the crowd for the North Beach Art Walk at 7 PM.

For additional information, Click Here to check out their Facebook Link. To see a voluminous listing of shops in the Galt Mile neighborhood, Click Here - and then click one of the merchant category buttons on the right.

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

Polynesian Hula Dance
Polynesian Hula Dance
On Saturday, February 22nd and Sunday, February 23, 2020, local residents can see, feel and taste the culture, beauty and spirit of the Polynesian Islands - in Oakland Park. The 17th Annual Polynesian Cultural Festival will temporarily turn Jaco Pastorius Park (4000 North Dixie Highway, Oakland Park, FL) into the South Pacific. Experience the culture, beauty and spirit of the Polynesian Islands at the 17th annual Polynesian Cultural Festival. From 12 Noon to 7 p.m. on both days, enjoy: authentic tastes and delicious foods from the Polynesian Islands, Fire and knife dancers, Hula dancers, a Kid’s corner with Bounce House and Face Paintaing, South Pacific arts and crafts, a Ukulele exhibition, local business vendors, food booths, and much more.

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

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

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

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Broward County Convention Center
Broward County Convention Center
The Fort Lauderdale Fall
Home Design And Remodeling Show will be held from 3 PM to 9:30 PM on Friday, November 22, 12 Noon to 9:30 PM on Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24, 2019. The festival is located at the Greater Fort Lauderdale - Broward County Convention Center at 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Get up close and personal with the latest in home improvement, interior design, culinary gymnastics, landscaping and more!

Ft Lauderdale's premier home improvement event returns to the Broward County Convention Center. Thousands of products and services will be on display in one convenient location. The Home Design & Remodeling Show is a unique marketplace that enables homeowners to experience the products and services first hand, talk one-on-one with the experts and get personalized advice to plan individual home improvement projects. From easy-to-implement redesigns to full renovations, the wide variety of displays will provide inspiration to improve, update and renovate the home. Renovating on a budget? Every room in the house as well as the outdoor spaces can be improved with the products and services featured at the Home Show. The participating businesses offer special pricing during the Home Show, helping homeowners to save money while accomplishing their home improvements, renovations or interior design updates. Consumers can shop onsite, compare products in person and save with the special show prices offered throughout the event.

Carter Oosterhouse of Trading Spaces
Carter Oosterhouse of Trading Spaces
A Traverse City, Michigan native, Carter Oosterhouse carried Trading Spaces, Red and Hot & Green to MillionDollar Rooms, Celebrity Motor Homes, hosted FYI’s Rowhouse Showdown and will beco-hosting ABC’s hit primetime series, The Great Christmas Light Fight. Carter’s unique combination of skill, passion and charm have given him widespread appeal for families andindividuals alike seeking to improve the quality of their lives by enhancing their surroundings. An authority ineco-living, Carter has a history of gently leading viewers to greener pastures by creating manageable steps to an eco-friendly lifestyle. In addition to practical advice, Carter provides green-building solutions and design alternatives that conserveenergy and reduce environmental waste to each renovation project.

Fort Lauderdale Home Design And Remodeling Show
Ft Laud Home Design & Remodeling Show
This year's show will feature the original designs of four South Florida designers. Formally trained in Argentina as Interior Designer, Viviana Galetto designs each project according to one's unique vision and style. Specializing in residential and commercial interiors for individual clients, new home builders and developers, Perla Lichi's repertoire includes projects in South Florida and throughout the USA, Canada, the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America, as well as in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia. After starting his career in the contract furniture industry, Michael Zavala worked in a variety of sectors including healthcare, government, corporate, hospitality, educational, and residential. Michael has worked for 3 Herman Miller dealers where he gained a vast amount of experience while working on a diverse array of projects. With over 20 years of hands-on experience with furniture, fabrics, natural elements, colors and culture, Renan Rodriguez transforms ordinary living spaces into expressions of aesthetically pleasing environments that delight the sensesand stimulate the imagination.

Join us at the Home Improvement Stage for daily lifestyle seminars presented by special guests who are experts in the field of home improvement and enhancing your quality of life, at home. Whether you are a homeowner or trade professional, weekend lifestyle seminars offer an opportunity to learn from the experts and be inspired! Our South Florida home improvement shows feature virtually everything you need to transform your home into something truly spectacular. Many of our exhibitors can also help you improve the look and feel of your office space, giving you the opportunity to create your ideal work environment as well. Electricians, plumbers, roofers and interior decorators are just a few of the professionals who join together under one roof for our Florida home remodeling shows in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. You will also have the opportunity to meet celebrity interior designers who can answer your questions and schedule a future consultation with you. 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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25th Annual

Click to Wine & Culinary Celebration web page The 25th Annual Wine and Culinary Celebration will be held at the Museum of Discovery and Science on Friday, March 13, 2020. Named one of the “10 Best Annual Fort Lauderdale Events” in 2007 by Gold Coast Magazine, attendance at this year’s unique and upscale wine and culinary experience promises to surpass last year’s record of more than 2,000 guests. Co-chairs of the 2020 event are former U.S. Senator George S. LeMieux and attorney Rick Burgess. The evening attire is City Chic. Event highlights include tastings from South Florida's leading restaurants and a vast array of wines and spirits from around the world, courtesy of beverage sponsor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. There will also be an assortment of craft beers to taste, amazing prizes in the silent auction and a complimentary Riedel wine glass for every guest.

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

At the Grand Tasting, more than 40 of South Florida’s top restaurants and chefs - from etherial eateries such as Timpano, Boatyard, S3, The Apothecary, YOLO, Seasons 52, Shooters Waterfront, and Ten Palms - will showcase their amazing food as you sample libations from a worldwide selection of over 200 wine, spirits, and craft beers. This will be followed by the ultra-chic After-Party Lounge where all guests can continue to enjoy additional culinary delights from the After-Party restaurant partners and dance under the stars. The After-Party will take place from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the MODS atrium. In addition to the amazing food and wine enjoyed throughout the evening, each guest receives a complimentary wine glass to take home.

Click to Museum of Discovery and Science web site Tickets are $300 for the Platinum experience (only 500 tickets available at this level) and $150 for the Grand Tasting. Parties of twelve receive a reduced rate of $2,750 for Platinum and parties of ten receive a reduced rate of $1,000 for Grand Tasting Host packages. Major sponsors of the 24th Annual Wine & Culinary Celebration include: Bank of America, Berkowitz Pollack Brant, Brown and Brown, Inc., Joe Cox, Elliott Flynn CRPC, Dr. Katie Lozada Flynn DMD, Forman Christian Foundation, Gulley Family, JetBlue, John Knox Village, JM Family Enterprises, JM Lexus, Michael Kimmey, Lochrie & Chakas PA, Moss Construction, SunTrust Private Wealth, Wells Fargo and WSVN-TV. All proceeds benefit the Museum’s exhibits, films, education, conservation, and outreach programs. For more information, call Hillary Wallace at 954.713.0918, email at hillary.wallace@mods.net or Click Here to learn about the 25th Annual Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration!

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

Click to Carter Park Jamz web page Concerts in the current series are scheduled for March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19 and July 17 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (this popular series keeps getting extended). Carter Park Jamz is held in Joseph C. Carter Park (1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard) in Fort Lauderdale. The next concert is scheduled for April 17, 2020, when attendees can soak in the funky sounds of VConnection Band (Old School).

Organized by the Parks and Recreation Department, the event is toggled with the signature Starlight Musicals in Holiday Park. The weekly Starlight series annually runs from June through August. Since Carter Park Jamz are hosted from March through through July, The two venues offer City residents FREE continuous live musical entertainment.

For more information, call the event hotline at 954-828-5363 (of the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department) or Click Here to see the web page. Every month, info about the headliner will be updated.

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Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach
Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach
The The Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival will be held on Saturday & Sunday, February 29 & March 1, 2020 from 10 AM - 5 PM along Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach. As always, Delray Beach provides us with a fabulous venue for a very successful show right on Atlantic Avenue (330 E. Atlantic Avenue), this show draws large crowds and is considered by both visitors and residents to be a must-go-to event. Take I-95 to Atlantic Ave. in Delray (there is an Atlantic Blvd. in Deerfield Beach just south of Delray – do not get these confused). Go East on Atlantic Ave. and follow signs to show site along street. Location is at 4th Avenue and Atlantic Ave.

Click to Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival
Click to Delray Art Festival
Enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment in any of Delray Beach’s award winning shops, cafés or restaurants. Explore the crystal clear Atlantic Ocean or visit unique galleries and boutiques on Atlantic Avenue when you visit “Florida’s Village by the Sea.” You will instantly feel the warm and friendly atmosphere that makes downtown Delray Beach such a joy for visitors and locals alike. Come “downtown” and meet the beautiful people, shopkeepers and the entire community known as a Sociable City.

The The Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival is a favorite Palm Beach weekend event, bringing contemporary crafts from more than 100 of the nation's most talented artisans to this free community event. A variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and much more, all handmade in America, will be on display. At this show, you can find beautiful one-of-a-kind craftwork displayed by their originators at price ranges to suit every budget. This one is a can't miss. Admission is FREE - there is NO GATE!

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

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

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The 48th Annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale’s Signature Holiday event along the Intracoastal Waterway, takes place on on Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 6:30 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
Rocker Bret Michaels named 2019 Grand Marshal
Rocker Bret Michaels named 2019 Grand Marshal
Winterfest is best known for it’s one of a kind Boat Parade celebrating 48 years. The scope of the festival has expanded to include a full complement of events. The festivities include the dazzling Winterfest Black Tie Ball - in Association with Republic National Distributing Co. - on December 9 (themed in 2019 after Broadway's “Aladdin”), an exciting Grand Marshal Reception on Friday, December 13 - where Mayor Dean Trantalis presents the Key to the City to 2019 Grand Marshal - Bret Michaels - who will ride aboard the bow of the JM Lexus Grand Marshal Showboat Floridian Princess (Riverwalk Inc. presents an inscribed brick for placement in the Riverwalk Celebrity Walk of Fame on the banks of the staging area of the Parade), the GrayRobinson P.A. Winterfest White Party on October 26, the Family Fun Day on November 24, and culminates with the fabulous Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade and a series of post-event celebrations - like the the Spin-A-Thon from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, April 26, 2019. Its program benefits local charities helping children and families including Kids In Distress and The Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center.

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. In 2019, expect a “Hollywood” experience since the event theme is “Lights, Camera, Action … Movies on Parade”. The spectacle is World-Class. Parade entries have hosted live entertainment from the Miami City Ballet, Performing Arts Center, Polynesian Fire Dancers, Chinese Dragon Boats, Floating Circus, Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, Broadway Productions as well as other local entertainers and celebrities.

Pop Artist Charles Fazzino
Pop Artist Charles Fazzino
Many aspects of the Winterfest Celebration embrace the cultural arts. Some of the earliest event posters were created by Don Eighnie in 1984, the Forsyth Agency in 1986, 1992 and 1996, Jenniver Camameros & Milissa Edwards of the the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1987 and Dana Hall in 1988. Local artist Guy Harvey honored the parade with his poster creations in 1998 and 2011. These images have also been used as promotional pieces on advertising bus panels. In 2004 and 2005, renowned marine wildlife artist, Carey Chen, joined the Winterfest family with the creation of our poster depicting the beauty of the decorated boats in conjunction with the unique surrounding South Florida hosts above and below the waterway. In 2006, 3-D Pop Artist Charles Fazzino added his colorful touch to Winterfest poster themed “Broadway on the Waterway” and in 2010, Fazzino returned to create a spectacular poster which was part of the City of Fort Lauderdale's Centennial historical painting depicting 100 years. Lighthouse Point artist Pat Anderson, whose boat parade images have been transformed into holiday ornaments for the event since 2001, was the artist for the 2007 and 2013 posters. The 2008 poster creation was by Jules Burt. Art Institute student Yanny Issac won the prize for the 2009 design and Susan Sommer-Luarca was chosen to capture the 2012 event, given her credentials as the Official Triple Crown Artist, Official Artist of the NFL, Official Olympic Artist, and Official Artist of the PGA. Nadine Egan Floyd created the 2014 poster and Marcia K. Moore unveiled her winning 2015 entry at the October 30 Winterfest White Party. Charles Fazzino returned as Poster Artist in 2016. Fort Lauderdale artist April Kirk captured the 2017 "Broadway on Parade" event theme, "Best of the 80s" was depicted by artist Raquel Cordon in 2018 and photographer Brooke Trace (North Beach Art Gallery) was tagged in 2019.

Participating Boats Pass along Intracoastal
Participating Boats along Intracoastal
Click to Birch State Park The excitement begins at 3:30 pm when the gates open to the Grandstand viewing area (All seats are reserved and assigned on the actual Grandstand, located inside Birch State Park on the Northeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and the Intracoastal Waterway), which is the largest location open to the public to see the parade. Hosted by the Florida Panthers, the Grandstand Viewing Area inside Hugh Taylor Birch State Park features live entertainment by Native American Indian entertainment, arts and crafts from local artists, interactive games, “Party in the Park” – Stella Artois Culinary Courtyard, Slap Shot Hockey Games, a Rock-Climbing Wall, Sun-Sentinel Kid’s Town, Fort Lauderdale Strikers or try your pitching arm at the Marlins pitching. Keep up to speed with Parade commentary by BIG105.9. Since the Boat Parade gets underway at 6:30 pm along Downtown Fort Lauderdale, it should arrive at this area at approximately 7:30 pm when you can wave to the Grand Marshal Showboat powered by JM Lexus - the Floridian Princess. Winterfest offers complimentary space to many charities so they may promote public awareness and host fundraising opportunities. This “festival within the festival” hosts a stage with live entertainment, art and craft booths to entertain people of all ages.

Known as “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade,” millions via television and more than 1,000,000 cheering spectators along the 12 mile route have transformed the Winterfest Boat Parade into not only the largest, one-day, live audience of any event in Florida, but also the seventh largest one-day spectator event in the country! The International Festival and Events Association has named Winterfest the top 20th Parade in the World; with over 50,000 parades in the United States alone, this is a huge international honor which places Winterfest in the prestigious company of the Macy’s, Mardi gras, Rose Bowl and Disney Parades. Listed by BizBash as one of the top three parades in the South Florida market solidifying the title Top 100 Events for 2016, Winterfest has had an economic impact on Broward County of over $50 million per year. In addition, Winterfest was named by Readers Digest as “100 Best in America” which lists the top events in the United States. For additional information, call 954-767-0686 or email at info@winterfestparade.com. Click Here to the Winterfest Boat Parade web site.

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The 34th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Eight years after its Silver Anniversary, the 34th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) will reel out over 200 films from 35 countries. Filmmakers and celebrities will attend many of the screenings and events over the 17 day fest, November 1 - November 17, 2019. In addition to a dozen events prior to the opening night, parties and gatherings at area "hot spots" (Opening Night Party, Where The Boys Are Pool Party, Centerpiece Film & Party, Shorts at Sea: Musette Party, Curtain Call at Bailey Hall, FLIFF Closing Night Extravaganza 2019, and more), on board yachts (Chairman's Cruise & Brunch), will provide audiences an opportunity to hob knob with film talent and other movie buffs. At the heart of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival are the films and the artists that create them. During the festival, films are divided into the following sidebars: American Documentary, American Feature, American Short, Short Programs, World Documentary, World Feature, World Short. Film stars create an aura of excitement around the cinematic event as they walk the red carpet at Hollywood style premieres, chat with audiences at screenings and attend parties and gatherings, along with free seminars, outdoor screenings, and films for kids.

Since 1986, the Broward Country Film Society has shared the beauty of independent cinema with South Florida through the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. In 1987 the Festival was named one of seven original Vital Cultural Institutions of the State of Florida by the legislature, the Governor and the Florida Arts Council. 30 years later, The Film Society has leveraged the success of FLIFF to establish itself as one of five Major Cultural Institutions of Broward Country. FLIFF has a panel of judges - consisting of professionals in the film industry to decide which films have what it takes to win top honors. A new competition film will be shown nightly during the Fort Lauderdale section of the festival. Be sure to catch all of these films before the awards are handed out at our Luminaries Gala, so you can see if your scorecard matches the judges. If traveling the world is one of your passions, FLIFF offers the next best thing: the chance to visit a multitude of countries through the medium of film. So go ahead, travel the world via the filmstrip, and listen for the distinctive sounds of foreign tongues, behold panoramic views of far-away lands, and imagine the aroma of exotic foods and spices. Remember, one of the magical elements of film is its ability to bring everyone together, regardless of culture or creed, who is willing to watch.

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

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

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28th Annual

Annual Florida Renaissance Festival Map
Click to Larger Florida Renaissance Festival Map
For 7 consecutive weekends - from February 8 through March 23, 2020 - 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
28th Annual Florida Renaissance Festival runs from 10:00 am til Sunset - including the Presidents Day long Weekend. Dates for the 2020 festival are: Sat - Sun (February 8 - 9), Sat - Mon (February 15 - 16 - Presidents Day weekend), Sat - Sun (February 22 - 23), Sat - Sun (February 29 - March 1), Sat - Sun (March 7 - 8), Sat - Sun (March 14 - 15) and Sat - Sun (March 22 - 23).

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.

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. Click to Florida Renaissance Festival Web Site Visit the Pub and toast to the Royal Court with a tankard of ale or cider. Human-powered rides like the Carousello, the Wild Boar, the Flying Swan, the Crow’s Nest and the Quintain. Get lost in the Dragon’s Maze. And enjoy our new Kid’s Kingdom.

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

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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 2020 drop-off events at the following locations:

  • City of Fort Lauderdale
    2201 NW 9th Avenue (Mills Pond Park)
    Saturday, January 11, 2020
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Coral Springs
    4181 NW 121st Avenue ( Public Works Westside Maintenance Complex)
    Saturday, February 1, 2020
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Coconut Creek
    4800 West Copans Road,
    Saturday, March 7, 2020
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Fort Lauderdale
    2201 NW 9th Avenue (Mills Pond Park)
    Saturday, April 25, 2020
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Tamarac
    6011 Nob Hill Road
    Saturday, May 2, 2020
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Pompano Beach
    1660 NE 10th Street (Community Park)
    Saturday, June 6, 2020
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Fort Lauderdale
    2201 NW 9th Avenue (Mills Pond Park)
    Saturday, July 11, 2020
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of North Lauderdale
    701 SW 71st Avenue (Rock Island Road)
    Saturday, August 1, 2020
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Coconut Creek
    4800 West Copans Road,
    Saturday, September 12, 2020
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Coral Springs
    4181 NW 121st Avenue ( Public Works Westside Maintenance Complex)
    Saturday, October 3, 2020
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Pompano Beach
    1660 NE 10th Street (Community Park)
    Saturday, October 31, 2020
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Tamarac
    6011 Nob Hill Road
    Saturday, December 5, 2020
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

 

Additional drop-off events are cyclically sceduled each month

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

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

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

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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 of 2020 will take place on the 4th, 11th, 18st and the 25th. You can bring your own telescope or use the equipment at the observatory. A team of experts is available to answer all of your questions and show you how to use their telescopes or your own. On rainy/cloudy nights they provide astronomy based presentations and videos, so the place is always hopping - rain or shine!

The Fox Observatory houses a great lineup of viewing equipment. The primary observatory equipment consists of a 10 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain @ F/10 mounted in the outdoor dome, a 14 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain @ F/10, a 6" Brandon Refractor, three Dobsonian reflecting telescopes, the largest being 13 inches (330.2 mm) in diameter. Both Schmidt-Cassegrain scopes are frequently fitted with CCD imagers to offset the effects of light pollution. Along with the equipment brought by visitors, on a good clear night, as many as 15 telescopes are set up around the observatory.

If you arrive at the park after Sunset, you won't even have to pay the $1.50 per person entrance fee. After entering the park, turn left at the 4-way stop, then take the first right and go to the end of the circle. The observatory is the flat roof building with the red lights. If you get confused, just call the observatory at 954-384-0442 and they'll reel you in. For more information, call 954-384-0442, Click Here to email or Click Here to the web site for Saturday night under the South Florida Stars.

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Boogie Down
Provident Park
Provident Park in Fort Lauderdale
Our City sponsors concerts with surpising regularity. Beginning on March 6, Fort Lauderdale will host
Rockin' in Provident Park, a monthly music series that will continue through May 1, 2020. From 7 PM to 10 PM during the first Friday of each month throughout this Spring Extravaganza, enjoy a FREE concert series featuring a broad range of musical varieties by different popular headliners each month - all for FREE!

Not surprisingly, Rockin' at Provident Park takes place at Provident Park (1412 NW 6th Street) in Fort Lauderdale. Bring your chairs, picnic blankets, snacks, family and friends to relax under the stars. On April 3, The Live Wire Band will treat you to an evening concert that radiates Old School.

Click to Rockin at Provident Park web page Organized by the Parks and Recreation Department, the event is toggled with the signature Starlight Musicals in Holiday Park. The weekly Starlight series annually runs from June through August. Carter Park Jamz (formally Friday Night Tunes) are hosted in Carter Park at various times throughout the year. Parks officials also moved the spotlight to Provident Park, where Rockin' at Provident Park music headliners will brighten up Fall in Fort Lauderdale. Taken together, these venues offer City residents FREE year-round live entertainment.

For more information, call the event hotline at 954-828-5363 (of the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department) or Click Here to see the web page. You can also call (954) 828-PARK (7275) or Click Here to Email. Every month, info about the headliner will be updated.

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Downtown West Palm Beach Art Festival The 10th Annual Downtown West Palm Beach Art Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 4th and Sunday, April 5, 2020 at CityPlace at West Palm Beach (700 South Rosemary Avenue). The shopping, entertainment and dining mecca of the CityPlace district will transform into an outdoor art showcase. The free, outdoor event takes place April 4 – 5 from 10 am to 5 pm both days.

Town Center at Boca Raton
Art Festival at CityPlace
The Festival is back for the 9th year with the nation's top artists, blending a balance of long-time favorites with the latest names in the contemporary art scene. The Annual Downtown West Palm Beach Art Festival at Rosemary Avenue will feature more than 100 artists' tents, arranged gallery-style and filled with all mediums of fine art at this free, outdoor event.

Residents and visitors are invited to stroll amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and more from the local and national artists who are on site to discuss their inspirations and processes for each hand-made work. The Downtown West Palm Beach Art Festival is family-friendly and pets on leashes are always welcomed.

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

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Meteor Shower
Meteor Shower

For Those Interested in the Cosmos - during July and August the Aquarid-Capricornid complex becomes active---a region which contains the northern and southern branches of the Delta Aquarids and Iota Aquarids, as well as several distinct radiants in Capricornus. The strongest activity emanates from the two Delta Aquarid radiants.

The radiant does not attain a high altitude for Northern Hemisphere observers, but it is enough to produce a consistent show each year. Since the radiant is above the southern horizon, meteors will primarily be fanning out toward the east, north, west horizons. Few meteors will be seen heading southward, unless they are fairly short and near the radiant. These observations clearly refer to the Southern Delta Aquarids, and, although the Northern Delta Aquarids were not officially discovered until the 1950's, it should be pointed out that some 19th Century observations do seem present. Observations of the Delta Aquarids continued into the 20th Century, but they continued to primarily refer only to the southern branch.

Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Quadrantids Meteor Shower
The first significant study of the Delta Aquarid stream was published in 1934. Ronald A. McIntosh used the observations made by the New Zealand Astronomical Society during 1926-1933 to determine the daily motion of the radiant. In all, 44 radiants were utilized, with their original observers being McIntosh (Auckland), M. Geddes (Otekura), F. M. Bateson (Wellington) and A. Bryce (Hamilton). McIntosh concluded that activity from the shower is continuous from July 22 to August 9, with the radiant moving northeastward from RA=334.9°, DEC=-19.2° to RA=352.4°, DEC=-11.8°. C. Hoffmeister and his fellow German observers obtained good observations of the southern shower between 1908 and 1938. The first radio-echo observations of the Delta Aquarids were made by equipment at Ottawa, Canada, during 1949, when Canadian astronomer D. W. R. McKinley detected both branches of the stream. Radio-echo observations of this shower were also made by equipment operating at Jodrell Bank (England) during 1949-1951. From the material discussed above, it is obvious that visual activity mainly comes from the Southern Delta Aquarid radiant. Recent observations of this shower reveal quite strong activity levels.

Members of the Western Australia Meteor Section (WAMS) have had much success in observing the Southern Delta Aquarids. Section director J. Wood said a maximum ZHR of 42.64+/-9.78 was observed on July 29, 1977, with an overall observed duration extending from July 23-August 14. The radiant position at maximum was given as RA=339°, DEC=-15°. Observations of the Northern Delta Aquarid shower by the WAMS have revealed three puzzling facts: very low activity, an uncertain radiant location, and an earlier than usual date of maximum. The characteristics of the Delta Aquarid meteors have not been well studied. Observers tend to lump the Southern Delta Aquarids and Northern Delta Aquarids into one shower and, to make things even worse, the Southern Iota Aquarids and Alpha Capricornids are occasionally thrown in as well. The few instances of specific Southern Delta Aquarid meteor details being obtained reveal an average magnitude of about 3, while very few meteors exhibiting trains. As for orbits, one of the first orbits ever computed for the Southern Delta Aquarids was published by McIntosh during 1934. Based on 44 visual radiants determined by New Zealand observers during 1926-1933, it was a simple parabolic orbit. The first elliptical orbit computed for the Southern Delta Aquarids was computed by Hoffmeister in his 1948 book Meteorströme. He indirectly arrived at a value of 34.64 km/sec as the heliocentric velocity of the meteors and determined their orbit. The 1960's and 1970's brought a greater understanding of the parameters of the Southern Delta Aquarid orbit, as researchers in the United States, Soviet Union and Australia were able to determine more precise heliocentric velocities for the stream members. The 1960's and 1970's brought the first orbital determinations for the Northern Delta Aquarids from radar surveys.

The duration of the southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower covers the period of July 14 to August 18. Maximum currently occurs on July 29/30 (?=125°), from an average radiant of RA=339°, DEC=-17°. The maximum hourly rate typically reaches 15-20. The duration of the northern Delta Aquarid meteor shower covers the period of July 16 to September 10. Maximum currently occurs on August 13/14 (?=139°), from an average radiant of RA=340°, DEC=-2°. The maximum hourly rate typically reaches 10. Anyone willing to observe the shower and document their observations is a candidate for astronomical stardom. Well... at least your name will appear in an almanac!

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Notice

Commissioner Heather Moraitis’ District 1 Pre-Agenda Meeting

Commissioner Heather Moraitis’ District I Pre-Agenda meetings will be held on Monday, August 17 and Monday, August 31, 2020 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 Heather Moraitis
COMM. HEATHER MORAITIS

The Date: Monday, August 17 and Monday, August 31, 2020
The Time: 6:00 PM
The Place: Beach Community Center, 3351 NE 33rd Avenue
(A1A & Oakland Park) Fort Lauderdale

For more information, please call City Commissioner Heather Moraitis’ office at (954) 828-5033, Fax: (954) 828-5667, or Email Moraitis’ Commission Aide Melissa Coningsby at: mconingsby@fortlauderdale.gov

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St. Patrick’s Day celebration “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 tenth time in 25 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 14, 2020 and will be free and open to the public.

Celtic 4-Miler This year, the pageantry and excitement begins bright and early at 7:00 am with the Shamrock Run. This 4-mile race starts at Huizenga Plaza in Bubier Park (32 E. Las Olas Blvd - Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue) and heads east towards the intracoastal and back to Huizenga Plaza where each participant will receive a Celtic inspired Finishers Medal before joining the festivities of the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Festival. Awards go to the top 3 Overall Male, Top 3 Overall Female, First Overall Male/Female Masters. Awards also go to the top 3 Males and Females in age groups of 14 & Under; 15 - 19; 20 - 24; 25 - 29; etc. - in 5 year increments - up to 70 & over. A series of Little Lucky Leprechaun Dashes will begin a 8:30 am. Races are based on the age of the participating children (i.e. 3 & Under, 4 & 5, 6 & 7 and 8 to 10.

Celtic 4-Miler
Shamrock Run
Get on your green and plan now to enjoy the fun as Fort Lauderdale transforms into a sea of color and music. The festival, which runs from 7:30 am to 7 pm at Huizenga Plaza and along the Riverwalk, will include cultural games and events including sheep herding, currach racing and hurling, and continuous live music, entertainment, and dance performances. The free St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival will feature decorative floats, live music and entertainment, a kids zone, exhibitors, games and contests, and Irish food and beverages. The children's area will feature an Irish Fiddle and Tenor Banjo Workshop, bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, trackless train and other activities.
Parade to Riverfront
Parade to Riverfront
Additional festival highlights include historical education and ancestry areas, trivia, cooking demonstrations, authentic Irish cuisine and more!

2020 Grand Marshal Mark & Camille Shotwell
2020 Grand Marshal Mark & Camille Shotwell
From 12 Noon to 1:30 pm, the parade will take place along Las Olas Boulevard. Begining at SE 5th Avenue & Las Olas Boulevaard, and ending at the Riverfront, when the festival will resume at Huizenga Plaza. The colorful parade will feature more than 100 decorative floats, the world renowned Budweiser Clydesdales, pipe and drum corps, classic automobiles, bagpipers, marching bands, Irish dancers, street performers, scout troops, local sports teams, Veterans groups, elected officials, and more! The Grand Marshal in 2020 is a couple, Mark & Camille Shotwell. Trophies are awarded for the best Marching Band and the best Commercial, School, Non-Profit and Private Participants!

Irish Pipers Parade along Las Olas Boulevard during St. Patricks Day Celebration
Irish Pipers Parade along Las Olas Boulevard
Parade participation is only $25 for schools and Non-Profits, $125 for individuals and $175 for Commercial (no charge for 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 10th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade fantastic.

Following the parade, the Highlights will include live bands, Irish dancers, interactive entertainment, cultural attractions, plenty of your favorite Irish food and beverages, and an expanded Kids Zone featuring bounce houses, gigantic slides, pony rides, a trackless train, face painting, a petting zoo and mechanical rides.

Each year, Whole Foods Market hosts the very popular Green Zone, showcasing environmentally friendly companies, sustainable practices and conscious living for our planet and its inhabitants! Past parades have been started by the likes of US Army Golden Knights Paratroopers and the Budweiser Clydesdales. Children will love the festival's expanded Kids Zone with bounce houses, train rides, face painting, a petting zoo, puppet shows, pony rides, balloon artists, interactive games and much more! The Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)3. For more information, call (954) 314-8699 or email at info@stpatsftl.com. To peruse the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival website, Click Here.

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Grand Opening Billiards Room

Billiard Room Grand Opening
NEANDERTHAL ALIEN IN NEW BILLIARD ROOM
SSSHHHH! For months, whispers have permeated the dark corners of Regency Tower hinting at the existence of a special new room. Rumors about a room dedicated to card players and those cultivating an interest in the art of billiards have preoccupied casual conversation in the lobby, the garage and the elevators. Recently, reports about this intriguing possibility have been overheard at the pool and the beach! Sightings of the new room have been reported by Residents throughout the building. Two residents, who’ve asked to remain anonymous, informed security that while sleeping, they were awakened and abducted by Neanderthal aliens. While still half asleep, they were whizzed through what appeared to be a pulsating, blinding white light. As their vision sharpened, they noticed a beautiful new billiards table, a dry bar, billiards accoutrements, a huge big screen television and several of their canine abductors playing 7 card stud at a brand new poker table. In time, they drifted back to sleep. When they awoke in their beds, they realized that they journeyed to the new Regency Tower Billiards Room! After futilely reporting this to whoever would listen, they gave up. Even family members couldn’t bring themselves to believe their rambling incoherent sputterings about having explored this “alternate universe”.

Billiard Room Grand Opening
CANINE ALIEN CALLING A RAISE!
Their burden is at an end! It has been confirmed... the Regency Tower Billiards Room really does exist! Not Sure? You Don’t believe it? YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEE IT FOR YOURSELF! On JUNE 15th at 6:30 PM, the GRAND OPENING OF THE REGENCY TOWER BILLIARD ROOM TOOK PLACE. UNBELIEVABLE, UNFATHOMABLE - somehow... someone transmogrified the dirty, filthy, useless space at the rear of the garage that wasn’t even fit for storage into an entertainment paradise for Regency Tower Residents and their guests. On the way to the pool, you’ll pass through a relatively nondescript door and step into another world. OUR NEW BILLIARDS - GAME - ENTERTAINMENT ROOM (OK... so it doesn’t have a name yet... so what?)
IT WAS A BLAST! Wine and Cheese refreshed the palattes of attendees! ALL WERE WELCOME. IF YOU COULDN’T MAKE IT, TOUGH BREAK - THURSDAY, JUNE 15th AT 6:30 PM IN OUR STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL NEW BILLIARDS ROOM.

OK... so you missed it... not to worry... WE TOOK PICTURES OF THE GRAND OPENING!!! Click Here to see what you MISSED!!!

Exercise and Game Rooms

Security must have a signed waiver for everyone going into either room even if with someone who has already signed a waiver. Game Room rules are in progress of preparation.

Did You Know?

If you drive up to an intersection in which the traffic lights are not working you must stop (Florida Traffic Statue 316.1235). We remind you of this in view of the approaching hurricane season.

511 for Traffic Info During Hurricanes

When hurricanes or severe storms threaten Florida, you may call 511 to receive free info about real-time traffic, alternate routes, evacuation routes, etc. - or visit FL511.com

Barbecue Grill

Due to the constant problems regarding deposits left and deductions made for maintenance and cleaning of the Barbecue Grill, we are promulgating new procedures effective immediately. Deposits will no longer be required. In lieu thereof, a $10.00 Maintenance/Cleaning fee will be paid and our Maintenance and/or Security personnel will clean the grill after each use. This will negate the $25.00 deductions made for partially cleaned grills. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Water Savings

Our water bill is creeping up again. Please be sure to use the nozzle when washing your car to prevent water waste and when finished, turn off the water at the faucet or spigot. Additionally, check your toilets and sinks for leaks. Failure to address even a minor leak in any plumbing fixture precurses expensive yet avoidable flooding. If your toilet continually runs, it is wasting water. Report it to the Administrative Office.

Balcony Door Locks

Recently a resident was locked out on his balcony in the wee hours on a very cool night. Three lessons can be learned from this.

  1. Check with the Office regarding putting a proper lock on your balcony door.
  2. Be sure you have an up-to-date apartment key in our Key Lock Box.
  3. You also might consider leaving one of your living room windows unlocked so that it might be opened from the balcony in an emergency.

The Fire Department, in this instance had to be called and break through the door.

Auto and Motorcycle Registration

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

Taxi / Limo Pick-Up

When you call for car service, remember to tell the Dispatcher to have the vehicle pick you up at the North Door: Telephone Number: (954) 333-3333.

Hiring Maintenance Employees

If you engage a Maintenance employee to perform private work in your unit, you should provide them with a key. As a Reminder: Permits are required and the employee is not covered by Association insurance when performing private work.

Impact Windows Installation Deadline

To fully protect the building (and one another), the residents of Regency Tower overwhelmingly voted to amend the Condominium Documents to mandate the installation of code-compliant impact-rated windows throughout the structure (Article XIV, Section C of the Declaration of Condominium). The few owners who haven’t as yet installed the new hurricane resistant glazing have until June 1st to do so. To accomplish this prior to the onset of the hurricane season, orders should be placed as soon as possible. The effects of Hurricane Wilma have placed enormous strain on every component of the construction industry, including window and door installation companies. The state-wide demand for impact windows to replace the non-compliant ones destroyed during the storm has extended installation timetables from 4 - 6 months. To complete an installation by the June 1, 2006 deadline, orders should be placed before February 1, 2006. Click Here for more information.

The three vendors selected to perform the previous group installations in Regency Tower are:

  • VICO Windows Inc. - Ask for Rocky Petreccio at TELEPHONE: (954) 563-5686
  • Buckley Window Corp. - Ask for Robin Buckley at TELEPHONE: (954) 396-4211
  • Glass America - Ask for Mark Pestano at TELEPHONE: (954) 968-5483 Ext 13 or (954) 564-6020

As explained during the course of the installation projects, the group rates given by these vendors during the group installation may no longer be applicable! Current pricing is at the vendor’s discretion!

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FEMA Loosens Purse Strings for Unit Owners

On Wednesday, January 4, 2006, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reversed a longtime prohibition against accepting applications from condo associations or unit owners needing financial assistance. Associations may now apply for low-interest SBA loans and unit owners suffering uninsured or underinsured damages to interior possessions (such as furniture, carpeting, etc.) are eligible for FEMA grant money. To allow Floridians to take advantage of the loosened restrictions, SBA extended their January 5th deadline by an additional week. FEMA also extended their application deadline until January 19th. Federal resources are not available to address insurance deductibles. To apply for FEMA grant money (which does not have to be repaid), Click Here to register. For additional information, visit www.fema.gov or call 800-621-3362. You can also visit the local FEMA office in the Small Business Administration Building at 300 NW 1st Avenue (the old City Hall Annex) in Fort Lauderdale, just off Broward Boulevard.

Renovations Remodeling

Renovations/Remodeling of units should not begin until your plan is submitted to the Board of Directors via the Architectural Review and Construction Committee. Our Condo Docs and Rules & Regulations require this. Contractors and “Do-it-Yourself” owners must haul away all materials (toilets, sinks, cabinets, counter tops, mirrors, appliances, etc.) or the owner will be charged by the weight. DO NOT PLACE THESE ITEMS IN OUR DUMPSTERS OR LEAVE THEM OUTSIDE THE DUMPSTER ROOM!

Air Conditioning Maintenance

Air Conditioning Maintenance is offered to all owners at a charge of $20 per quarter or $6.66 per month. Should you experience a leak while on the A/C Service, there will not be a charge for repair and cleanup of floors below. Click Here for more information.

Surveillance

Surveillance is also offered to all apartment owners while you are away at a cost of $12 per visit. This service, which includes checking toilets, faucets, sinks, smoke detectors and eight other items, can be obtained on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Click Here for more information.

Speed Limit

We have experienced several near accidents due to vehicles exceeding the speed limits set by the Association. You should not exceed 5 MILE PER HOUR anywhere on The Regency Tower property whether in or outside of the garage. Security is on notice to report violators.

Winn Dixie Carts

It is once again requested that residents refrain from bringing Winn Dixie carts into the building. If you find it necessary to bring a cart across the street, do not leave it on our property or on the sidewalk along the front of the building. REMINDER: Winn Dixie has signs posted that state, “Removing Carts is Considered Theft”.

Elevators

To expedite completion of the A/C Riser Piping Project, our Service Elevator was often restricted to exclusive use by the contractor transporting piping and other equipment from Monday - Wednesday. Our Passenger Elevators were temporarily protected with carpeting for use by residents. WE MUST NOW RETURN TO FULL COMPLIANCE WITH OUR RULES. Passenger Elevators are to be used by passengers only. Please use the Service Elevator for everything else.

Shopping Carts

All owners must return the carts within one hour by identifying their name and apartment number. Otherwise Security will write it as a $25 violation.

Vending Machines

Two Vending Machines have been installed behind the Security/Receiving Office in the Garage. One is for beverages at $0.50 and one is for snacks from $0.50 - $0.65.

Rules and Regulations

The new updated 2005 edition will be available for all units next week. Please read them and acquaint your guests with them.

Swimming Pool

We have been advised that not all swimmers are showering prior to using the pool. This is a violation of health standards as well as The Regency Tower Rules & Regulations.

Damaged Vehicles

Do not allow your contractor to cut tile and spill grout and other materials over the balcony. Your neighbors’ cars will be damaged. It also falls onto other balcony tiles/floors.

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Do Not Call!

Paranoid Hoax! Have you received an email warning similar to this?

  • In 31 days from today, cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sale calls. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS. To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222. It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years.

National Do Not Call Registry If you’ve received an e-mail telling you that your cell phone is about to be assaulted by telemarketing calls as a result of a new cell phone number database, REST ASSURED THAT THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Telemarketing to cell phone numbers has always been illegal in most cases and will continue to be so. In response to recent e-mail campaigns urging consumers to place their cell phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission issue this advisory to give consumers the facts. Not sure? Click Here to see for yourself!

Here’s what you need to know about the National Do Not Call Registry program:

  • FCC regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers are barred from calling consumers on their cell phones without their consent.

  • The federal government does not maintain a national cell phone registry. Personal cell phone users have always been able to add their numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry — the same Registry consumers use to register their land lines — either online at www.donotcall.gov or by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222 from the telephone number they wish to register. Registrations become effective within 31 days of signing up and are active for five years. There is no cut-off date or deadline for registrations.

  • Business-to-business calls are not covered under the Registry.

To learn more about the National Do Not Call Registry and the rules that enforce it, visit the FTC at www.ftc.gov, the FTC’s Do Not Call Information Site at www.ftc.gov/donotcall/ or the FCC at www.fcc.gov. For information about cell phones and the Registry (including “scare” emails), Click Here. For more information about a planned “wireless 411” directory, visit http://www.qsent.com/wireless411/index.shtml.

“Thank You, Duly!”

Duly Ramku - Regency Tower Hero It was brought to our attention that a child was rescued from the ocean by Duly Ramku of 703. We are told he is an excellent swimmer who rushed from the Pool area, swam out to where the child was and rescued her. Reminder: neither children nor adults should swim alone.

Hazardous Waste

Only paint cans, pesticide containers, motor oil containers, fire extinguishers, household cleaners and car batteries should be put into the Special Barrel marker “HAZARDOUS WASTE”. It is located outside the Compactor Room on the north side of the garage. Do not put any other recyclables in this container. Maintenance will take this to a Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site as needed.

Balcony Railings

Balcony railings should be maintained! Clean and wax with Turtle Wax to prevent peeling, pitting and rusting. Actually, almost any wax will suffice. Any product used for protecting you car, bicycle, indoor/outdoor metal furniture or surfboard (???) will make cleaning the railing much easier and extend the life of the coating. A coat of wax will protect the railing from the tiny bits of airborne metallic construction debris that settle on the rail and begin to rust. Spray waxes are adequate and much easier to apply. (By the way, one construction professional told us that he applies a product enigmatically named “Sex Wax” that is ordinarily used to protect surfboards!)

Seasonal Shutters

The cost for shutters from June 1st to November 30th is $150.00. Furniture removal is $25.00. This will be the last season that Maintenance will install Shutters. Please Return Ladders to Maintenance!

        Ladders

During their nightly roving, Security discovered that ladders are being removed from the Storage Room on various floors. Apparently, they are being taken into apartment units and not returned. Ladders are to be returned immediately. They will not be replaced.


Drop us a Note!

The Board of Directors would like to thank those owners who have mailed, called or spoken to us with words of support and approval for the efforts being executed by this Board. We savor and appreciate those words. Anyone wishing to send comments, suggestions, complaints or even compliments may do so.

Our email address is 1regencytower@gmail.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 Andrew Surdovel
    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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