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Notices & Reminder

E-mail Address: 1regencytower@gmail.com



May 2018

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 6, 2018 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the monthly SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch will host:

  • U.S. Navy Band at the Esplanade
  • Randy Corinthian Jazz Quintet at the Connie Hoffman Gazebo AND
  • Mari Bell Quintet at the Broward Center Peck Courtyard

Click Here for a map of the Riverwalk area.

For additional information about the 2018 Jazz Brunch, e-mail Debbie Bylica at dbylica@fortlauderdale.gov or call 954-828-4622.

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Click to Las Olas Art Fair Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard is the ideal backdrop for the 29th Anniversary Las Olas Art Fair - Part II, which will be held on Saturday & Sunday, March 3 & 4, 2018 from 10 AM - 5 PM on Las Olas Boulevard between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue.

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

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

The show that put Howard Alan Events on the map celebrates its 28th year! From Fort Lauderdale to Chicago, Aspen to Alexandria, Howard Alan Events creates over 40 juried art shows a year. These popular outdoor festivals are consistently ranked among the top art shows in the country. It is FREE - there is no gate. Shuttles will be provided from the following garages:

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

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

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Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Jazz on the Square

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

Village Grille & Village Pump
Village Grille & Village Pump
Located by the beach near the Ocean Highway (State Road A1A) at Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is sandwiched between Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. Experience this wonderful weekly music fair. Although discontinued a few years ago, the Friday Jazz event was revived in November 2014. The silvery sounds run from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm every Friday Night.

101 Ocean Restaurant
101 Ocean Restaurant
Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway just north of Fort Lauderdale, is the boutique town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, well known for its warm tropical breezes and amazing ocean views. Down the block from Anglin's Pier, Dune Plaza also serves as a gateway to a recently completed municipal renovation, During the month of June 2017, events are scheduled for the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th.

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

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Boogie Down Boogie Down Celebrate this Memorial Day weekend at the City of Fort Lauderdale’s 9th Annual Great American Beach Party on Saturday, May 26, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. The free event features a portion of Fort Lauderdale’s world famous “Ocean Highway” that will be transformed into an entertainment mecca, featuring music, live performances, and activities for the entire family. This annual tribute to Fort Lauderdale's “Spring Break” era has quickly evolved into a signature event.

Connie Francis and Mayor Seiler
Connie Francis and Mayor Seiler in 2010
This annual celebration will recognize exemplary citizens, schools and businesses in our community. The City established the Walk of Fame in 2010 at the inaugural Great American Beach Party to pay tribute to the legendary Connie Francis on the 50th Anniversary of “Where the Boys Are,” the 1960 film which made Fort Lauderdale an overnight sensation and a “must see” destination for visitors. Walk of Fame Honorees are recognized for distinguishing themselves in their respective fields, while making lifelong, positive contributions to the City of Fort Lauderdale. As part of the awards program, each honoree selected receives a commemorative marble paver that will be placed in the Walk of Fame to memorialize their outstanding accomplishments. The Fort Lauderdale Walk of Fame is located on the beach along the east side of A1A at Las Olas Boulevard. The selected Fort Lauderdale icons will be recognized at 6 PM on the south stage for their lifelong accomplishments with induction into the City’s Walk of Fame as part of the ninth annual Great American Beach Party.

Lee Greenwood
Lee Greenwood
Two stages at Las Olas Boulevard and Beach Place will feature live bands that will perform classic oldies and rock n’ roll hits. Headliners and other bands will perform throughout the day, treating crowds to a variety of classic rock, reggae, surf rock, funk, dance, country favorites, and more. Featured artists will include Country music icon Lee Greenwood (Proud to be an Ameriacn, God Bless the USA, etc.). From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., celebrity DJ William Pennhouse will bring his one-of-a-kind non-stop energy and excitement to the expanded Family Fun Zone, located on the beach at Poinsettia Street. Activities for children and adults will include music and dancing; face painting; hula-hoop, limbo and Twister contests; water balloon tosses; beach water slides and bounce houses; a cornhole tournament; life-size board games; Florida wildlife exhibits; and much more.

Classic Car Show on Fort Lauderdale Beach
Classic Car Show on the Beach
Automobile enthusiasts won't want to miss the Great American Classic Car Show, presented by Keith's Rods and Customs from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. More than 70 custom classics will line both sides of A1A from Cortez Street to Castillo Street giving beach-goers an up close look at a unique collection of vintage hot rods, rag tops, roadsters and muscle cars. A Tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces will feature jumps by the U.S. Special Operations Command Para-Commandos. In an extraordinary display of timing, accuracy, and precision maneuvering, the Para-Commandos will skydive from 12,500 feet over the Atlantic Ocean and land on targets positioned in the sand at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A. Award-winning LivingSand artist and sculptor John May returns to present the Great American Sand Sculpting Contest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the beach from Poinsettia Street to Cortez Street. Prizes will be awarded for best sand sculptures in a variety of categories.

A1A will be closed from Las Olas Boulevard north to Castillo Street from 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 26 to 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Motorists traveling north on A1A will be detoured west onto Las Olas Boulevard, north on Birch Road, east on Bayshore Drive, and back north onto A1A. Alhambra Street, Seville Street and Granada Street will be open to local traffic only. Heavy traffic and delays are expected from S.E. 17th Street north to Bayshore Drive. Motorists should avoid the area and seek alternate travel routes where possible. 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.

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Provident Park
Provident Park in Fort Lauderdale
Our City sponsors concerts with surpising regularity. Beginning on March 2, Fort Lauderdale will host
Rockin' in Provident Park, a monthly music series that will continue through May 4, 2018. 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 May 4, Tyrus Turner will treat you to an evening concert that radiates Pop along with Rhythm & Blues.

Click to Rockin' and Reelin' 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. Each year, Friday Night Tunes are hosted in Carter Park from September through June. Parks officials moved the spotlight to Provident Park, where Rockin' at Provident Park music headliners will brighten up Spring in Fort Lauderdale. Taken together, these venues offer City residents FREE year-round live entertainment in multiple venues.

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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SunFest in West Palm Beach
SUNFEST IN WEST PALM BEACH
The 35th Annual
SunFest, a four-day music explosion, will run from Wednesday, May 3rd thgrough Sunday, May 6, 2018. Founded in 1982, SunFest is Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival. Held annually in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida the first week in May, SunFest attracts more than 175,000 visitors. The festival and the patrons that it attracts have a very positive impact on the community. SunFest takes place in downtown West Palm Beach along Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, extending along Flagler Drive from Banyan Boulevard to Lakeview Avenue.

SunFest Bandshell
SUNFEST BANDSHELL
On Thursday, May 3, hours are from 5 PM - 10 PM; on Friday, May 4, hours are from 5 PM - 11 PM; Saturday, May 5, hours are from Noon - 11 PM; Sunday, May 6, hours are from Noon - 9 PM. Central to SunFest is the huge live music entertainment venue. The non-stop music is generated by a combination of World Class headliners and local talent. The mile-long Musical lineup features Marley Waters, Brothers of Others, Sir Sly, The O’My’s, Living Colour, Girl Talk, Billy Idol, Logic, Olivia O’Brien, Brother Sundance, Hell & Hollar, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Dreamers, Incubus, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Zedd, The String Assassins, The Sh-Booms, NOSTALJAH, Toots & The Maytals, Thoughts, Castlecomer, Grouplove, The Captain, SremmLife Crew: BoBo Swae + Riff, SOJA, Nite Box, Ice Cube, Paul Anthony & The Reggae Souljahs, Samantha Harvey, Sleepwalkers, Rae Sremmurd, Nick Jonas, 311, RDGLDGRN, lovelytheband, Sublime with Rome, The Ries Brothers, Third Eye Blind, DNCE, Sonali, DAFEAUXNITO, Ari Lennox, PartyNextDoor, Malu Trevejo, Battle of the Bands Winner, Liz Brasher, Cake and Pitbull.

Arts District
ARTS DISTRICT
Beyond the full lineup of top musical acts, SunFest has great events and activities planned day and night. From the active to the relaxing, there is something for everyone. The Art District features the work of more than 80 national artists, crafters, and vendors. Their works include jewelry, painting, pottery & ceramics, photography, sculpture, wood, arts & crafts, drawings, graphics, printmaking, glass, fiber textiles, watercolors, mixed media and more. Artist demonstrations will be offered at the Artist Demonstration Booth on all of the festival's four days. The Interactive Art District will be open on Thursday, May 3 from 5 PM – 10 PM; Friday, May 4 from 5 PM – 10 PM; Saturday, May 5 from Noon – 10 PM and Sunday, May 6 from Noon – 9 PM.

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

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Sunfest Fireworks
SUNFEST FIREWORKS
Come experience a good heart-healthy run to kick off the weekend of Florida’s largest music festival - and a scenic course along the West Palm Beach waterfront that ends where the party begins – the heart of SunFest. The TGi5K is Palm Beach County’s only 5K that includes access to the biggest post race party. Starting on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 5:30 PM, the NEW 3.11-mile downtown course begins at Palm Beach Atlantic University, heads south and then turns onto the Flagler Drive. The finish line is in the heart of SunFest for all the Friday night fun. A USATF Certified race (FL14007EBM) featuring Chip Timing, registrants get “Dri-Fit” Tech Shirt (for first 800 registrants), admission to SunFest ($49 value), access to the post-race party with hot dogs and beer, prizes and Beer at the finish line, discount SunFest ticket options for you & your fans, awards for top 3 M/F finishers in all age categories! The winning group (group who has the most registrants) will receive their own Happy Hour Team Party immediately post race on the South Floating Bar immediately post race on the South Floating Bar. The waterfront along Flagler Drive is never better than when SunFest’s three Captain Morgan’s Oasis tie up to the seawall each May. All three floating barges will feature specially created Captain Morgan drinks and great times, and are open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. 21 and up.

Don’t forget to look up for the spectacular Fireworks Show Sunday, May 6 at 9 p.m. This fireworks display is one of the most talked about events of the festival. SunFest hosts one of the largest fireworks shows on the East Coast. Lighting up the night sky on Sunday, the fireworks display is set to music and simulcast on GATER 98.7 FM. VIP Upgrades are available. For more information, call Sunfest at 561-659-5980, FAX at 561-659-3567 or email at info@sunfest.come or Click Here to Sunfest web site.

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

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Fort Lauderdale Volleyball

Click Here for the Fort Lauderdale Dig the Beach web site The Dig the Beach team heads back to the sand for our second event of the summer series in Fort Lauderdale on the weekend of of Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 2018. We welcome our new partner, AVP NEXT and AVP FIRST. From now on, all open divisions will be playing for AVP NEXT points, and Juniors will be competing for AVP FIRST points. Dig The Beach will also be offering Rox Volleyball and AAU bids at some events. Fort Lauderdale 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 sharpen as competition heats up with the early summer sun. Might want to pack your sand socks for this one!

The April 28th - 29th, 2018, Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale 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 Fort Lauderdale, 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 Fort Lauderdale. One of the most beautiful public beaches in the State, the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park (AKA South Beach Park) offers the ideal setting for this exciting event. To get here from the north, take I-95 to Sunrise Blvd East (exit 29), turn right (south) on A1A (also called Seabreeze Blvd) and Fort Lauderdale Beach Park (South Beach Park) will be on your left, next to a large parking lot (700 Seabreeze Blvd). From the south, take I-95 South to SR-84 East (exit 25), turn left onto US-1 N / S Federal Hwy, turn right onto SE 17th St , turns into A1A northbound (also called Seabreeze Blvd). Fort Lauderdale Beach Park (South Beach Park) will be on your right, by the large parking lot (700 Seabreeze Blvd).

Click Here for the Fort Lauderdale 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 Fort Lauderdale Beach April 28 and 29, 2018 weekend web site of Dig the Beach volleyball and Click Here to the Exclusive Sports web site.

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The 23rdAnnual

Click to the Clueless on Las Olas web site Broward Education Foundation’s 23rd annual ClueLess on Las Olas is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 2018. Up to 500 amateur sleuths (conceived primarily for adults 30 to 55 years old) who work or live in downtown Fort Lauderdale or the surrounding metropolitan area will gravitate toward Las Olas Boulevard & SE 6th Avenue (Historic Stranahan House and Laura Ward Park) to to solve the unique murder mystery game. “Condo Confidential” is the theme of this year’s ClueLess on Las Olas. Tim Curtin, Director of Community Youth Services with the Memorial Healthcare System, has been assembling the event's mysteries for the past decade. A member and former president of the Partners In Education Board of Directors, Curtain has been communicating with the original authors of the murder mysteries and structuring the clues and hints used to solve the crimes. Until Curtain reveals what prompted his current theme, it will also remain mystery.

Clueless on Las Olas Sleuths
Clueless on Las Olas Sleuths
Patterned after the board game Clue, ClueLess on Las Olas participants read an original mystery and then solve seven one-of-a-kind clues to determine which of the six suspects committed the murder and either where or with what. Registration will be limited to the first 450 sleuths, so register early. Advance registration, which costs $45 per person or four tickets for $135 (buy 3, get one free), ends at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (credit cards are accepted). If available, on-site registration will be $50 per person with no discount for multiple tickets. On-site registration will run from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on the property of Stranahan House at 335 S.E. 6th Avenue. Registration includes game, t-shirt, gift bag, deejay, appetizer and dessert buffets, soda, water, wine and beer. No refunds. The Event will be held rain or shine.

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

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

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14th Annual

Coral Springs Festival of the Arts
Coral Springs Festival of the Arts
The
14th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts will be held on Saturday & Sunday, March 17 & 18, 2018 from 10 AM - 5 PM at “THE WALK on University Drive”. “THE WALK” is located on the west side of University Drive in Coral Springs between 26th Street and 29th Street. The Coral Springs Festival of the Arts has grown considerably over the years into a two-day celebration of arts and culture with a fine art show, contemporary craft festival, theatrical performances and full line-up of live music.

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THE WALK on University Drive
Held in conjunction with the Coral Springs Art Festival Committee and the city, this event brings 200 of the nation’s best artists and crafters to South Florida. The festival attracts 30,000 - 40,000 people from all over the South Florida area. Stroll amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics, a separate craft festival, Green Market and much more. Events surrounding the festival are a Great Cake Challenge, a Signature Artist Competition, Literary Workshops and a wide array of Children's Activities.

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

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The event is FREE, NO GATE! For more information, call 561-746-6615, Click Here to email or Click Here to check out the web site.

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

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

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Diving for a Save
Diving for a Save"
The
Red Bull Major Series will open the 2018 FIVB World Tour calendar in spectacular style when it makes its long-awaited return to Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida. Not since the 2015 Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale has international action graced the stunning Florida coast, but, from Tuesday through Sunday, February 27 To March 4, 2018, 32 of the world’s top teams per gender - the world’s greatest players - will gather to fight for the first Red Bull Major Series title of the season. Beach volleyball got its start in the United States in the 1930s in California. The sport picked up as an organized event in the 1950s, and the Parks and Recreation tour brought its first tournament to the East Coast in 1982, in Clearwater, Florida. Three 2016 Olympians grew up in the Florida area, namely: Nick Lucena, Phil Dalhausser and Brooke Sweat.

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

Swatch Beach Volleyball Sculpture
Swatch Beach Volleyball Sculpture
The 2016 season packed an even bigger punch as four tournament stops - in Hamburg, Porec, Gstaad and Klagenfurt - wowed passionate crowds throughout Europe before the Swatch World Tour Finals in Toronto. The 2017 season took in stops at four locations, in the United States – returning to Fort Lauderdale – plus Porec and Gstaad. After it’s success as a Major stop the previous season, Hamburg hosted the World Tour Finals. In 2018, the season kicks off with a return to Fort Lauderdale in February before heading to the mountains once more for another edition of the Gstaad Major. Following the stunning success of the Beach Volleyball World Championships in Vienna, the Austrian capital makes its Majors debut, before the season draws to a fascinating close at the World Tour Finals at Hamburg. After the finals, Red Bull replaced Swatch as Title Sponsor.

Fort Lauderdale Mens Medalists in 2016
Fort Lauderdale Mens Medalists in 2016
The action heats up on Tuesday at the side courts as teams first battle it out through qualification rounds in a bid to reach the main draw. On Tuesday night, the Official Kick-Off Beach Party will move to Bahia Cabana at 7 p.m. Arrive early on Wednesday - big hitters rock up at the beach as the Fort Lauderdale Major main draw gets under way at Center Court.

At every Beach Major Series tournament, beach fans get to enjoy the party during play on Center Court thanks to the stellar skills on the decks of the Beach Major Series’ legendary entertainment trio. MC Flo sets the house on fire by pumping up the crowd on the microphone. DJ Tobi Rudig and DJ Stari keep the tunes spinning in between points. They compose their own tracks – complete with beach moves – and have one of the biggest jobs in the business: keeping the beat going to ensure the crowd stay on their feet.

Once again entry will be absolutely free of charge, so remember to clear your diaries, head down to South Beach Park and catch the best of the action from the greatest players on sand. For more information, call Katrin Strassegger at +43 664 859 83 87 or or Click Here to email. Click Here to more information about Beach Volleyball in Fort Lauderdale.


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13th Annual

Fort Lauderdale’s Annual A1A Marathon
Fort Lauderdale’s
Annual A1A Marathon
Fort Lauderdale’s twelfth Annual
A1A Marathon & Half Marathon is scheduled for February 18, 2018, featuring five races, a full marathon, a half marathon, a 5K Run and the A1A Kids Fun Run. The 4th Annual Susan G. Komen's Run For the Pink 6K will help bring focus to the early detection of breast cancer. The A1A Full Marathon will consist of male/female main field division (age group), male/female wheelchair division, and a male/female hand cycle division. The Half Marathon will consist of a male/female main field division and male/female wheelchair division. Age groups will span 5 years (i.e. 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34, etc. all the way up to 70-74, then 75 and older) Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each division. On February 16 - 17, 2018, the Publix Health & Fitness Expo will take place at the Broward County Convention Center at 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale FL 33316. The 13th year of the Health & Fitness Expo will feature a myriad of exhibitors whose central focus is you the athlete. The 2018 Publix Health & Fitness Expo will feature over 80 exhibitors that will showcase a wide range of products and services. Browse by all the booths or stroll through the mall and peruse the shops. Please note that you must attend the expo to pick up your race packets, which will include your performance tech shirt, bib number, timing chip, goodie bag, and last minute instruction/race detail sheet. If unable to attend the expo, a family member or friend can pick up the packet if provided with an ID photocopy. Late Registration will be available in person at the Expo. If the race cap of 5,000 runners hasn't been reached, slots will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Fort Lauderdale’s Full A1A Marathon Course Route
A1A Marathon Course Route
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The race will start with a bang promptly at 6:00 AM on February 18, 2018 in downtown Fort Lauderdale (401 SW 2nd Street) both the full and half marathoners starting at the same time while the the wheelchair racers will start fifteen minutes before the main field. The Course will be open for six hours for both the half marathon and full marathon. Runners will start on Sw 2nd St in front of the Museum of Discovery and Science and head east to Andrews Ave where they will head south for one block and turn east on Las Olas Boulevard, over the Las Olas Bridge and north on A1A where the course turns into Birch State Park for a two mile look at this well shaded run along the intracoastal. Runners then head north on A1A. Flipping from North Ocean Bouleverd to South Ocean Boulevard in Pompano Beach, runners make a right on Dow, and a left on Beacon Street before turning right on South Ocean Boulevard. At mile 16 the route turns right into a small neighborhood along Bay Drive, continuing on Dow as the course turns around, heading southbound along A1A on South Ocean Boulevard. The southbound Marathon course retraces the first half of the race along State Road A1A. Runners continue along South Ocean Boulevard to N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. After making a left on Seabreeze Boulevard, runners continue to the entrance of the South Beach Park parking lot - passing under the overhead skyway towards the second half of the parking lot where the ocean meets the finish line at Mile 26.2! For the ½ marathon, after passing Oakland Park Boulevard and turning right to Galt Ocean Drive at NE 35th St, the course heads south. Galt Ocean Drive merges with A1A (maile 10) as runners continue down A1A to the 13.1 mile finish line (technically 1100 Seabreeze Boulevard).

Runners Preparing for A1A Marathon
Runners Preparing For A1A Marathon
The certified USATF A1A Marathon course is a Boston Qualifier! This fast, flat course is a great way to earn your spot in one of the country’s greatest races. Certification Number: Full Marathon: FL07008DL ½ Marathon: FL07009DL. Plenty of water and energy drink will be provided at every mile along the race course (beginning at mile 2). Energy gels will be provided at the half marathon and full marathon turnarounds. Port-o-lets will be positioned at the start of the race, along the race course (near water stops), and at the finish line. Fresh fruit, bagels, water, energy drinks, and other replenishing snacks will be provided upon completion of the race. The main medical tent will be positioned at the finish line. Medical stations will be positioned along the race course if you should need assistance during the race. 2018 will bring entertainment that will make you want to dance your way to the finish line. Entertainment along A1A Boulevard will feature numerous local bands, radio stations, cheerleaders, fans, and volunteers setting the stage for an exciting race to remember.

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

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

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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 January 27, 2018. Come to Osswald Park at 2220 NW 21st Avenue in Fort Lauderdale from 8 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 23.6% canopy cover in the City by 2018.

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 Crape Myrtle, Jamaica Caper, Silver Buttonwood, Simpson Stopper, Firebush, Pigeon Plum, Bulnesia, Gumbo Limbo, Live Oak, Avocado, Dwarf Mango, Edible Fig, Lychee, Mango, Starfruit (Carambola), Sapodilla, Soursop, Tamarind and more. 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) 828-6137, Email at mawilliams@fortlauderdale.gov or Click Here to Fort Lauderdale Urban Forester’s Tree Giveaway web page.

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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 24th and Sunday, February 25, 2018, local residents can see, feel and taste the culture, beauty and spirit of the Polynesian Islands - in Oakland Park. The 15th 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 15th 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@polynesiancultureassociation.com. Also call Eric Waters at 954-630-4507 or Click Here to email. Click Here for festival infomation on the Polynesian Culture Association website and Click Here for info on the Oakland Park website.

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The 23rd Annual Las Olas
Wine & Food Festival

Click to the annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival web site The 23rd Annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival returns to downtown Fort Lauderdale on Friday, April 20, 2018. The Street Festival is clearly the #1 wine and food event in South Florida! Your street festival ticket includes a complimentary wine glass (6½ oz.), butler tray, 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) has again partnered with the team at CI Management, creators of the South Beach Seafood Festival, Chef Showdown, and producers of the South of Spice, to create an unforgettable evening for the 2018 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.

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, William Hill Winery 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 ($125 discounted tickets available through March 31). The ticket provides entrance into ALL lounges, among other 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 nearly two decades since its inception, changes tested as the event evolved were added and deleted commensurate with their success. However, despite its ever-increasing popularity, growth is deliberately restrained, as controlling the numbers is critical to insuring that everyone has a pleasant experience. New to the list in 2011, the annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival was named one of South Florida's Top 100 Events by BizBash again in 2012, snagging the number 12 spot in the Food & Restaurant Industry Events category. In 2013, it moved up to number 8 - and repeatedly snagged number 8 in 2014, in 2015, in 2016 and again in 2017 ! 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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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 every Friday night from 6 – 9 p.m., March 16 through November 7, 2018, on Fort Lauderdale Beach at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A (AKA - "The Hub"). On May 4, Before the USAF Thunderbirds take to the skies, Turnstiles - the Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute take to the sand for the official kick off concert to open up the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Air Show weekend on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Sponsored by Southwest Airlines, other performers headlining over the next few months are listed below.

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, 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 Starting in March, the following musical groups are scheduled to perform at Las Olas & the beach each Friday evening:

  • May 4th - Turnstiles (Oldies, Rock, Top 40)
  • May 11th - Ladies of Soul (Motown, Top 40)
  • May 18th - Big Harvest (Reggae)
  • May 25th - All Access (Country, Oldies, Top 40)
  • June 1st - Pamir Guanchez & His Latin Flow (Latin)
  • June 8th - School of Rock (Motown, Rock, Top 40)
  • June 15th - The Fabulons (Oldies)
  • June 22nd - Gypsy Lane (Motown, Oldies, Top 40)
  • June 29th - Guavatron (Funk/Soul, Roots, Top 40)

For additioal 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 pulled together a FREE Art Walk on the first Saturday of each month from 7 to 11 PM. This month, the Art Walk will take place on May 5, 2018.

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

Click to Broward Art Guild Website The area's redesignation as an Art's District has also drawn the Broward Art Guild, an organization funded by the County to promote and support the Arts in Broward. New shops like Home Suite Home/Roberto Sanchez Design, salons like The VIP Room and Salon Mantra and wonderful eateries like La Dolce Vita restaurant bloomed while you were napping. Well, now you're awake. Get over there and see what you've missed. Better yet, Go there at 6 PM on Saturday, May 5th, have dinner in one of the boutiquey restaurants and join the crowd for the North Beach Art Walk at 7 PM.

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

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23rd Annual

Click to Wine & Culinary Celebration web page The 23rd Annual Wine and Culinary Celebration will be held at the Museum of Discovery and Science on Friday, March 16, 2018. 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 2018 event are Sal Ferradas of Bank of America, Elliott Flynn of Wells Fargo Advisors, Glen Grimes of Go-Tilt Construction and John Magee of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. 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 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 23rd Annual Wine & Culinary Celebration include: Bank of America, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Doubletime Digital, American Marketing & Management, Inc, BB&T, Centuric, City Furniture, JetBlue, Republic Services, and Wells Fargo. 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 23rd Annual Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration!

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Broward County Convention Center
Broward County Convention Center
The Fort Lauderdale Spring
Home Design And Remodeling Show will be held from 4 PM to 9:30 PM on Friday, May 25, 12 Noon to 9:30 PM on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 2018. On Monday, May 28, the show runs from 12 Noon to 7:30 PM. The festival is located at the Greater Fort Lauderdale - Broward County Convention Center at 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Get up close and personal with the latest in home improvement, interior design, 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.

Matt Blashaw of HGTV & DIY
Matt Blashaw of HGTV & DIY
Chef Paulette Bilsky
Chef Paulette Bilsky
The interior design community will demonstrate how professional interior design enhances your living spaces. Matt Blashaw is a native of Orange County, California. Host of DIY Networks "Yard Crashers", Matt will present, "Dream it...Build it. Designing the Backyard of Your Dreams". He’ll share his secrets to designing a backyard that is not only beautiful, but will be functional year-round. See many of the amazing transformations from the latest season of “Yard Crashers” and also learn what is trending in landscape design this season. Matt hosts several series for DIY Network and HGTV including Yard Crashers, Vacation House For Free, Project Xtreme, Money Hunters, Blog Cabin and Professional Grade, and specials such as Cool Tools Builders Show, Stud Finder 2009, Fright House Secrets Revealed and Worst Kitchen In America. He has appeared as an expert guest on The Today Show on NBC, CNN’s Newsroom, CNBC’s Squawk Box and multiple Fox News affiliates, and is a recurring personality on CBS’ The Early Show. Join Matt Blashaw from DIY Network’s Yard Crashers at the Spring Home Show in Fort Lauderdale! 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Sunday, May 26th (Memorial Day) and Monday, May 27th.

Fort Lauderdale Home Design And Remodeling Show
Ft Laud Home Design & Remodeling Show
This year's show will feature the original designs of three South Florida designers. Roberta Black, owner of RB Design, worked in the design world for several years. She believes that: "Design is not for philosophy -- it's for life." Julia Alzate is a TV Personality and lifestyle expert. She has eight years of weekly appearances on the live TV Show, Despierta America and on Radio Caracol, with participation in segments about lifestyle, interior design, decoration, personal style, DIY, green living, family budget, and more. Having earned her interior design degree at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Francy C. Arria founded her firm in 2011, Max Space Design. Her versatile approach to interior design is inspired by traditional trends of her Hispanic heritage and the modern energy of South Florida life.

Sponsored by Electri-Chef, the Culinary Experience Cooking Stage is a popular feature of the Home Design and Remodeling Show. A series of guest chefs will be featured each day in live cooking shows. The audience is treated to an entertaining cooking demo AND delicious samples of the nutritious recipes prepared! The Culinary Stage offers recipes that will tantalize the taste buds with nutritious and delicious dishes throughout the weekend. Chef Paulette Bilsky, the Chef Coordinator, will be accompanied by a host of South Florida favorites who will actualize recipes that the entire family will enjoy. For adults, admission is $10, Children 11 & under are FREE. For more information, call 888-353-3976 or Click Here to email or Click Here to web site.


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Bus Loop

Click to Busloop web page On Friday , December 15, 2017, for only $20 early prepaid, $30 prepaid after December 2 or $35 at door, you can ride a Sun Trolley to the sports-themed Bad Santa Bus Loop and receive a free drink at each participating venue! In keeping with the sports theme, wear your favorite sports team gear to the Bus Loop! No need to drive if you live within walking distance of a Bus Loop route; just catch the closest Trolley/Bus and head for the closest Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop Check-In location! Otherwise we recommend that you and your friends take a taxi, Uber, a trolley, Red Cap or have a designated driver for your return trip home (Free Admission for Designated Drivers, who will be issued a free wristband at check-in. DD's do not have to Pre-Register). Also, Special Hotel deals are available to Bus Loop riders. While they are listed below, Click Here to verify the nearest Check-In locations and participating venues.

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

Bad Santa
Bad Santa Bus Loop
Boarding Busloop
All Aboard Bus Loop - and Bottoms up
On the back of the drink card, there will be a box for each participating bar/restaurant. The bartender or server will mark off that box when the attendee is served his/her complimentary drink from that establishment. Although the drink cards are technically only valid until 11 pm, some venues may honor them passsed that time. Following the event on certain occasions there is a post-party at a designated location indicated on the card - where attendees enjoy appetizers, dancing, prizes, etc. - usually at 10 pm. The exact type of drink/appetizer/dessert to be distributed by each venue will be indicated on the drink card. Often this may be beer, wine or well drinks. Sometimes it may only be beer and other venues may offer a specialty drink. Please... do not leave venue premises with drinks!

Variations of the standard five routes will be followed for each Bus Loop. The Downtown/Beach Route begins at the Performing Arts Center, passes through Las Olas Riverfront, down Las Olas Blvd, to A1A , turning around at Vista Mar, and heading back to Performing Art Center. The 17th Street Causeway route begins at Cordova and 17th Street Causeway and heads east on 17th Street Causeway to the beaches where it will turn around at Beach Place. The Hotel Beach Route begins at Beach Place, heads north on A1A, turns west on Sunrise Blvd, and turns around at Galleria Mall. A 4th Route, The Downtown Route, includes only the downtown area. The North Beach Route involves Galleria Mall to A1A and north to Galt Ocean Mile area! Check-In will be at Galleria Mall or Beach Place for the North Beach route.

The Checkin site for the December 15, 2017 Fort Lauderdale Bad Santa Bus Loop is Tarpon Bend (200 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale). Venues include Tarpon Bend, Lucky's Tavern, Cash Only (Opens at 9 pm), Capone's (Opens at 9 pm), The Downtowner, The Royal Pig, America's Backyard (Opens at 9 pm), Booze Garden, and more! All Proceeds benefit the Jessica June Childrens Cancer Foundation, Jack & Jill Center, Covenant House Florida, Riverwalk Trust, and The Broward County Gator Club Charities. For more information, call 954-260-6194 or 954-468-1541 or Click Here to email or Click Here to learn about the Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop!

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Boogie Down
Joseph C. Carter Park
Joseph C. Carter Park
The City of Fort Lauderdale, which sponsors concerts with surpising regularity, hosts
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 Friday Night Tunes web page Concerts in the current series are scheduled for March 16, April 20 and May 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday Night Tunes is held in Joseph C. Carter Park (1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard) in Fort Lauderdale. The next concert is scheduled for May 25, 2018, when attendees can soak in the authentic, polished jazz, soul, & R&B sound of Nu Beginnings (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 Friday Night Tunes are hosted from March through May and September through June, The two venues offer City residents FREE year-round 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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Click to Delray Art Fair
MONA in Delray
The 21st Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival will be held on Saturday & Sunday, May 26 & 27, 2018 from 10 AM - 5 PM at the Delray Beach Tennis Center along Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach. Take I-95 or Federal Highway to Atlantic Avenue in Delray. (There is an Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach just south of Delray - do not get these confused.) Go East on Atlantic Avenue and follow signs to the Tennis Center which will be on your left. The location of the show is in the Tennis Center’s lot as well as a street off of Atlantic Avenue.

Click to Delray Craft Fair
Click to Delray Craft Fair
Downtown Delray Beach is the perfect setting for this Memorial Day Weekend outdoor craft fair. Meet some of the nation's finest crafters and shop their handmade wares at the Delray Beach Tennis Center along Atlantic Avenue, the city’s main thoroughfare. This show is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

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

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

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

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The 46th Annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale’s Signature Holiday event along the Intracoastal Waterway, takse place on on Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The Winterfest Celebration embraces the dual goals of providing a means for the community to come together and enjoy spectacular and unique events as well as attract positive national attention to the Greater Fort Lauderdale area as a tourist destination and as a great place to live and work.

Illuminated Shoreline Homes
Illuminated Shoreline Homes
Country Legends Big & Rich named 2017 Grand Marshals Winterfest is best known for it’s one of a kind Boat Parade celebrating 46 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 2 (themed in 2017 after Broadway's "Jersey Boys"), an exciting Grand Marshal Reception on December 8 - where Mayor Jack Seiler presents the Key to the City to 2017 Grand Marshal - Country Legends BIG & RICH 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 27, the Family Fun Day on November 26, 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 April 27, 2018. 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. 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.

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

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

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War Memorial Auditorium
War Memorial Auditorium
Florida Gun Shows will be held at the War Memorial Auditorium at 800 NE 8th Street in Fort Lauderdale. Late 2015, longtime gun show producer Suncoast was acquired by the proprietor of Shoot Straight, the largest retail chain in the state, who quickly improved the show. The next Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, May 6, 2018, from 10 AM to 5 PM. The Fort Lauderdale Gun Show is a favorite for local gun collectors, hunters, and enthusiast. Dealers and private collectors from across the state of Florida exhibit at this show. You'll find a huge selection of guns, accessories, and many hard to find items. Make sure you do not miss the next Florida Gun Show coming to the War Memorial Auditorium.

You are permitted to bring a gun(s) into the show for the purpose of appraisal, sale, trade or for accessories. There is a two gun maximum limit and no merchandise is permitted to be brought in by carts. A security staffer will check it and secure it with a plastic tie strap that will prohibit the gun from firing. You MUST make sure the gun is unloaded prior to entering the show and also empty any loaded magazines and leave the ammunition in your vehicle - even if you are a concealed weapon permit holder! Safety is our number one priority and we have a zero tolerance policy. You will be immediately ejected should you break this rule.

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

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Huizenga Plaza
Huizenga Plaza Fountain
Breathe the fresh air as you listen to music by some of Fort Lauderdale's favorite musical talent.
Riverwalk Noon Tunes will feature a variety of musical genres on Wednesday afternoons between 12:00 Noon and 2:00 p.m. A collaboration by the City of Fort Lauderdale, the Riverwalk Trust and the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority, the concerts are held at Huizenga Plaza in Bubier Park (32 East Las Olas Boulevard) in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The event is free and family friendly.

Noon Tunes at Huizenga Plaza
Noon Tunes at Huizenga Plaza
The series will treat High Noon listeners from February 7 through March 28, 2018. Either pack a bagged lunch to enjoy as you soak up the live music - or purchase any of the tasty treats available at one of the Gourmet Delights food kiosks that pepper the Riverwalk. Click to Gourmet Delights Enjoy the brunchfare comfort food offered by the Expresso Coffee Company, the Nacho Bizness Taco Bar and/or Wholly Crepe. You can also conveniently access Huizenga Plaza using the Riverwalk Water Trolley, which drops passengers off on the Riverwalk at Huizenga Plaza.

In February and March, the following musical groups are scheduled to perform in the park:

  • February 7th - Pitbull of Blues (Rock 'n' Roll)
  • February 14th - Gary King Band (Top 40)
  • February 21st - Big City Dogs (Classic Rock & Blues)
  • February 28th - The Fabulous Fleetwoods (Southern Rock)
  • March 7th - Andrew Morris Band (Country)
  • March 14th - Raise the Roof (Irish & More)
  • March 21nd - Twocan Blue Musical Duo (Beach Party Music)
  • March 28th - Big Harvest (Reggae)

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

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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 2018 drop-off events at the following locations:

  • City of Tamarac
    6011 Nob Hill Road
    Saturday, May 5, 2018
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Pompano Beach
    1660 NE 10th Street (Community Park)
    Saturday, June 2, 2018
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Fort Lauderdale (Mill Pond Park)
    2201 NW 9th Avenue
    Saturday, July 14, 2018
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Coconut Creek
    4800 West Copans Road
    Saturday, September 8, 2018
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Coral Springs
    4181 NW 121st Avenue
    Saturday, October 6, 2018
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Pompano Beach
    1660 NE 10th Street (Community Park)
    Saturday, November 3, 2018
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • City of Tamarac
    6011 Nob Hill Road
    Saturday, December 1, 2018
    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 May of 2018 will take place on the 5th, 12th, 19th and the 26th. You can bring your own telescope or use the equipment at the observatory. A team of experts is available to answer all of your questions and show you how to use their telescopes or your own. On rainy/cloudy nights they provide astronomy based presentations and videos, so the place is always hopping - rain or shine!

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

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

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26th Annual

Annual Florida Renaissance Festival Map
Click to Larger Florida Renaissance Festival Map
For 7 consecutive weekends - from February 10 through March 25, 2018 - 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
26th Annual Florida Renaissance Festival runs from 10:00 am til Sunset - including the Presidents Day long Weekend. Dates for the 2018 festival are: Sat - Sun (February 10 - 11), Sat - Mon (February 17 - 19 - Presidents Day weekend), Sat - Sun (February 24 - 25), Sat - Sun (March 3 - 4), Sat - Sun (March 10 - 11), Sat - Sun (March 17 - 18) and Sat - Sun (March 24 - 25).

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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Boca Fest 2016 The 8th Annual Downtown West Palm Beach Art Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 7th and Sunday, April 8, 2018 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 7 – 8 from 10 am to 5 pm both days.

Town Center at Boca Raton
Art Festival at CityPlace
The Festival is back for the 8th year with the nation's top artists, blending a balance of long-time favorites with the latest names in the contemporary art scene. This year, the Festival will take place during the CityPlace district’s inaugural Art Affair, a weeklong event taking place April 7 - 15 which includes a series of art and cultural workshops, artist talks, a new walking art tour, to name a few highlight events, all taking place alongside the Art Festival. .

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 - The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower is the first of two showers that occur each year as a result of Earth passing through dust released by Halley's Comet, with the second being the Orionids. The point from where the Eta Aquarid meteors appear to radiate is located within the constellation Aquarius. Every year, the earliest Eta Aquarids can be seen around April 21 and they persist until about May 12; however, the number of meteors you are likely to see will be low until around the time of the peak on May 5/6. At this time, observers in the Northern Hemisphere are likely to see about 10 meteors every hour, while Southern Hemisphere observers will see about 30 per hour. When you see a meteor, mentally trace it backwards. If you end up at Aquarius then you have probably seen an Eta Aquarid meteor!

The Eta Aquarids were officially discovered in 1870, by Lieutenant-Colonel G. L. Tupman (while sailing in the Mediterranean Sea). He plotted 15 meteors on April 30 and 13 meteors on the night of May 2 and 3. At a later date, W. F. Denning examined the records of the Italian Meteoric Association and identified 45 meteors that were plotted during April 29 to May 5, 1870. Finally, the shower's first confirmation came on April 29, 1871, when Tupman plotted 8 meteors. In 1876, A. S. Herschel discovered something which at least began to generate a greater interest in the shower. He conducted a mathematical survey to find which comets were most apt to produce meteor showers. Comet Halley was found to be closest to Earth on May 4, at which time the radiant was in Aquarius. Herschel immediately noted that Tupman's observed radiants of 1870 and 1871 were very near these predictions. W. F. Denning finally managed to observe this shower during April 30 to May 6, 1886. A total of 11 meteors were plotted to reveal a radiant near the star Eta Aquarii. From these observations, he stated that the radiant seemed 5 degrees to 7 degrees in diameter. He added that the apparent closeness of his radiant to that predicted by Herschel placed the identity of this shower to Halley's comet "beyond doubt."

Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Beginning in 1947, the Eta Aquarids joined the ranks of the first streams to be detected by radio-echo techniques. During May 1 to 10, a radio telescope at Jodrell Bank saw hourly rates peak at 12. Little additional data was gathered about this stream by the Jodrell Bank observers during the remainder of the 1940's and throughout the 1950's. In fact, the stream was largely ignored since the radio equipment was rarely operated during the early half of May. Fortunately, observers using the radar equipment at Springhill Meteor Observatory (Ottawa, Canada) and, later, at Ondrejov Observatory (Czechoslovakia) were able to supply some of the most extensive series of data ever accumulated on this stream. Using the orbit of Halley's comet as representing the center of the associated meteor stream, Hajduk noted that the Eta Aquarids occur when Earth is 0.065 AU from the stream's core, while the Orionids occur when Earth is 0.15 AU away.

Using a 1981 study which examined the orbit of Halley's comet back to 1404 BC, B. A. McIntosh (Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Ottawa, Canada) and Hajduk theorized that "the meteoroids simply exist in orbits where the comet was many revolutions ago." Based on information during the last 30 years from amateur organizations in the United States, England, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, it is known that there is a dramatic difference in the activity rates of this shower between the northern and southern hemispheres. Where hourly rates can reach 20 per hour for observers in the United States, Europe, and Japan, these rates jump to 30-40 per hour for observers in Australia and New Zealand. The reason - Aquarius is so much higher in the sky for observers south of the equator. During the 1985-1986 apparition of Halley's Comet, several meteor organizations around the world put their members on alert to check for possible increased activity in the Eta Aquarids (and the Orionids). Reports from groups in Australia, New Zealand, Bolivia, North America, and Japan generally indicate that no enhanced activity from this stream was present.

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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 Mondays, April 30 and May 14, 2018 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, April 30 and May 14, 2018
The Time: 6:00 PM
The Place: One of two locations (the first monthy meeting is at the Beach Community Center and the second at Imperial Point Hospital)

For more information, please call City Commissioner 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 eighth time in 24 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 10, 2018 and will be free and open to the public.

Downtown Development Authority 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. Dash distances will vary based on the age of the participating children (i.e. 4 & Under - 50 meters; 5 & 6 - 100 meters; 7 & 8 - 200 meters; 9 & 11 - 400 meters; etc.

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!

Grand Marshal Jack Seiler
Grand Marshal Jack Seiler
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. In 2018, Mayor Jack Seiler will serve as the parade's Grand Marshal. 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! 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 $75 for Non-Profits and $125 for Commercial (no charge for schools, military or government organizations) and all are encouraged to enter by decorating a float, car or truck, or marching with your neighbors! Organizers are .stpatsftl.com/2018-fort-lauderdale-st-patricks-parade-festival-overview/" target="new">St. Patrick’s Festival runs until 7:00 pm at Huizenga Plaza and along the Riverwacurrently 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 8th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade fantastic.

Following the parade, the Featured performers will include the Celtic Sounds with Celtic Bridge at 10 AM, Johnnie D, The Sky Family Band at 11:30 AM, Kelly Academy of Irish Dance at 2 PM, the Fineans at 2:30 PM, Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance at 3 PM, Drake School of Irish Dance at 5:30 PM, and more. At 6:00 pm, U2BYUV makes a return engagement to the St. Patrick’s Festival, playing sets that feature U2 favorites.

For the fourth consecutive year, Whole Foods Market returns to host the very popular Green Zone, showcasing environmentally friendly companies, sustainable practices and conscious living for our planet and its inhabitants! Past parades have been started by the likes of US Army Golden Knights Paratroopers and the Budweiser Clydesdales. Children will love the festival's expanded Kids Zone with bounce houses, train rides, face painting, a petting zoo, puppet shows, pony rides, balloon artists, interactive games and much more! The Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)3. For more information, call (954) 463-3372 or email at info@stpatsftl.com. To peruse the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival website, Click Here.

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Grand Opening Billiards Room

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

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

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

Exercise and Game Rooms

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

Did You Know?

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

511 for Traffic Info During Hurricanes

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

Barbecue Grill

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

Water Savings

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

Balcony Door Locks

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

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

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

Auto and Motorcycle Registration

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

Taxi / Limo Pick-Up

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

Hiring Maintenance Employees

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

Impact Windows Installation Deadline

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

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

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

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

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FEMA Loosens Purse Strings for Unit Owners

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

Renovations Remodeling

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

Air Conditioning Maintenance

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

Surveillance

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

Speed Limit

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

Winn Dixie Carts

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

Elevators

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

Shopping Carts

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

Vending Machines

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

Rules and Regulations

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

Swimming Pool

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

Damaged Vehicles

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

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Do Not Call!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Thank You, Duly!”

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

Hazardous Waste

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

Balcony Railings

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

Seasonal Shutters

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

        Ladders

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


Drop us a Note!

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

Our email address is 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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