Military Personnel Ride the Sun Trolley for Free During Fleet Week 2014

All active military personnel visiting Broward County for Fleet Week Port Everglades, April 28 – May 5, will be extended free bus service on Broward County Transit (BCT) as well as free rides on the Sun Trolley when they board in uniform or show their military identification. 

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution on March 18, 2014, to approve the free bus service to show appreciation to the military during their stay. BCT has provided naval organizers with route schedules, maps and travel information to Broward County’s attractions, shopping centers and cultural sites. 

Fleet Week 2014, presented by Humana Healthcare Military Services in partnership with Broward Navy Days, Inc., salutes the thousands of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard men and women who arrive at Port Everglades in several U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships. 

For information on Fleet Week 2014, visit Fleet Week Port EvergladesFor BCT information, call the customer service center at 954-357-8400. Port Everglades is served by Bus route 40.

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Fort Lauderdale Named Finalist for All-America City Award

For the second consecutive year, Fort Lauderdale has been named a finalist for the national All-America City Award. Sponsored by the National Civic League, the All-America City Award recognizes cities, counties, towns, neighborhoods, and metropolitan areas across the country for exemplary community-based problem solving and civic engagement efforts that involve public, private and non-profit entities.

“We are honored to be one of only 25 cities nationwide selected as a finalist for this prestigious designation,” said Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler. “Our Citywide Vision and Strategic Plan reflect our commitment to working in partnership with our neighbors to address challenges and develop transformative solutions to move our City forward. Through bold ideas, innovative partnerships, and passionate civic engagement, we are building community, enhancing quality of life, and creating a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable City.”

The National Civic League commended Fort Lauderdale for numerous projects that demonstrate outstanding civic engagement, cross sector collaboration, inclusiveness, and innovation. An array of Parks and Recreation programs that promote healthy active lifestyles were recognized including: Wise Kids, the Presidential Challenge, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign, the Fit Kidz Club, and the City’s after-school programs and youth camps.

Three major initiatives taking place in the community were highlighted as examples of positive meaningful change:

  • The Dillard Innovation Zone Promise Neighborhood, a project of the Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC), that is cultivating community and business collaborations to support school improvement, health service interventions, mentoring, enhanced classroom technology, reading and literacy at Dillard Elementary School and initiating innovative solutions to reinvigorate a neighborhood in need.
      
  • The redevelopment of Flagler Village, a downtown neighborhood that has been transformed from a desolate and abandoned warehouse district into a vibrant center for arts and culture. The revitalized area features unique businesses including a master puppeteer, media and photography company, event planning and marketing business, advertising agency, theatre troupe, and an innovative landscape architecture firm. Flagler Village’s popular monthly Art Walks are a celebration of the neighborhood’s innovation, vision, and urban lifestyle, as well as a strong sign of the area’s rebirth.
      
  • Northwest Gardens, a neighborhood development located in the City’s Northwest Community Redevelopment Area, is a model affordable housing project that showcases social, environmental, health, engagement, and economic sustainability. Spearheaded by the City of Fort Lauderdale Housing Authority in partnership with community members, private sector developers, and non-profit organizations, Northwest Gardens was the first LEED-ND Certified Neighborhood in Florida. The project promotes healthy living by providing residents with places to walk and bike safely, community gardens and fruit trees, energy efficient housing, solar streetlights, self-sufficiency training, job training, and cultural activities.

Fort Lauderdale was also lauded for its Complete Streets policy, which was recently ranked #1 in Florida and #3 in the nation; a wheelchair tennis program at George English Park; a walking club at Carter Park; and the hundreds of sports, programs, and community activities that have taken place during the past year at the new Orange Bowl Field at Carter Park.

“All-America city finalists are at the forefront of a nationwide movement to find inventive, community-based solutions to the issues that face our cities. From preparing our kids to compete and succeed in the 21st century to promoting livable neighborhood revitalization, new ideas often start in one community and later become best practices for others,” said National Civic League Board Chair Mayor Michael B. Hancock of Denver. 

Joining Fort Lauderdale as finalists are 24 other communities from across the United States including:  Montgomery, Alabama; San Pablo, California; Whittier, California; Brush, Colorado; Tarpon Springs, Florida; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Marshalltown, Iowa; Columbus, Indiana; Chelsea, Massachusetts; Dedham, Massachusetts; Fitchburg, Massachusetts; Somerville, Massachusetts; Marquette, Michigan; Kenmore, New York; Canton, New York; Independence, Oregon; Providence, Rhode Island; Knoxville, Tennessee; Brownsville, Texas; Marshall, Texas; Hampton, Virginia; Portsmouth, Virginia; Yakima, Washington; and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Once described by pollster George Gallup as the “Nobel Prize” for civic accomplishment, the All-America City Award has been given to more than 600 communities since its inception in 1949.  Communities vying for the designation submit applications to the National Civic League listing three examples of successful community change and describing their capacities for civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation. Finalists present to a jury of civic experts who select the annual award winners.

Last year, the City of Fort Lauderdale captured the National Civic League’s All-America City Diversity and Inclusiveness Award for extraordinary and innovative success in advancing diversity and inclusiveness.

The 2014 All-America Cities will be announced on June 15 as part of the National Civic League’s annual conference in Denver, Colorado.

NCL is a 120-year old nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Denver, Colorado. Its mission is accomplished by fostering and sharing promising practices of local government and public engagement and celebrating the progress that can be achieved when people work together.  For more information, contact Mike McGrath at the National Civic League at 303 571-4343;mikem@ncl.org, or visit the All-America City Blog at www.allamericacityaward.com or the NCL web site at www.ncl.org

Sun Trolley Hours Extended for Tortuga Music Festival

tortuga-logoGreat news – The Sun Trolley is extending its hours of operation for Beach and Las Olas Link Routes until 11:30pm this Saturday April 12th and Sunday April 13th to accommodate Tortuga music festival-goers. Attendees are encouraged to park at the City Parking Garage (150 SE 2 St – Entrance on SE 2nd Avenue – near Broward County Main Library) and  Wave N’ Ride the Sun Trolley’s Las Olas Link Route to the Beach.

Don’t forget to download the Sun Trolley’s Tracker App so you can track the trolleys along their routes in real-time. CLICK HERE to Download

For more information about the Sun Trolley visit www.suntrolley.com 

For more information about the festival CLICK HERE

 

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The Sun Trolley is Marge Melbourne’s Red & Yellow Chauffeur

If it weren’t for the Sun Trolley, I’d still be able to get around on the county bus, but my trips would be less convenient and less safe.

Unlike the county bus, which basically drops you off on the side of the road and leaves you to cross many busy lanes of traffic where cars just zoom right by, the Sun Trolley is much more safe and convenient. It’s almost like having your own personal red and yellow chauffeur.

Sun TrolleyI utilize Sun Trolley’s Galt Ocean Link Route on a regular basis. It takes me right into the Coral Ridge Mall so I can shop at Publix, right to my bank on A1A so I can make a deposit, and right to Holy Cross hospital so I can take a test or get a checkup. It even takes me right to the Fort Lauderdale Beach Community Center where I can play bingo and occasionally talk to the people who run the Sun Trolley, the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association – a nonprofit organization.

As a 76-year-old Floridian, I have to be more careful and the convenience provided by the Sun Trolley helps me do that.

Even the people and the socializing are better on the Sun Trolley.

I see a lot of the friends who ride the Sun Trolley all the time. Even the drivers make it a worthwhile ride by interacting with the riders. They’re very friendly.

It’s a fantastic service we wouldn’t want to lose, but we have to make sure we use it. I keep telling the people who live in my building that – use it or we will lose it. I ride for free but the service is so good, so important to me, I’d be willing to give up some of my limited funds to use it if more money was needed to help run it.

I just hope more of my neighbors realize how great this service is and start riding. Until then, I’ll keep doing my part to get more people to grab a seat on my red and yellow chauffeur.

To track the trolleys (IN REAL-TIME!) along any of the seven routes simply download the award-winning Sun Trolley Tracker App. This mobile app for Android and iPhone users, provides real time location of all trolleys.

To download printable route maps, the mobile app or to learn more visit www.suntrolley.com or call (954) 761-3543. Like what Sun Trolley is doing? Show it at facebook.com/sun-trolley.

 

Funeral Arrangements set for former City Commissioner Carlton B. Moore

Funeral arrangements for former Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Carlton B. Moore, who passed away in the early morning hours on Wednesday, April 2, are as follows:

VIEWING:
Sunday, April 6, 2014
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mizell-Kurtz Funeral Home
1305 Sistrunk Boulevard 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

SERVICE:

Monday, April 7, 2014

1:00 p.m.
New Mount Olive Baptist Church
400 NW 9th Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Sun Trolley Downtown Link Route to Halt Service on 4/3 at 5 p.m. for 2014 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run

 
The 29th Annual Fort Lauderdale Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run returns to the streets of downtown Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, April 3. Motorists are encouraged to carefully review the listed road closures and should expect traffic delays from 4:00 P.M. until approximately 11:00 P.M.
 
PLEASE NOTE: The Sun Trolley will suspend service of its Downtown Link Route at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014 to accommodate the race. 
 
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The actual race is tentatively scheduled to begin at 6:45 P.M. Race organizers are expecting approximately 7,000 runners and walkers to participate in this year’s event.

Street Closures and Detours

  • Wednesday, April 2
    • 6:00 P.M. through Thursday, April 3 at 10:00 P.M.: Las Olas Boulevard will be closed between Andrews Avenue and Southeast 1st Avenue.
  • Thursday, April 3
    • 1:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.: Las Olas Boulevard will be closed from Andrews Avenue to Southeast 2nd Avenue. Southeast 1st Avenue will be closed from Southeast 2nd Street to Las Olas Boulevard
    • 4:00 P.M.: Participants start arriving, increasing pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
    • 5:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.: Street detours and lane closures in place.
    • 6:45 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.: Projected timeframe for actual race.
    • 9:30 P.M.: Roadways, except for Las Olas Boulevard, are projected to re-open and return to normal operations.
    • 11:00 P.M.: Projected time that East Las Olas Boulevard will re-open and be returned to normal operations.
Event organizers have placed message signboards throughout the downtown area providing ample time for motorists to prepare for the above closures.
 
 

Fort Lauderdale Mourns the Loss of Former City Commissioner Carlton B. Moore

The following media release was distributed by the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Public Affairs Department today April, 2, 2014.

 A distinguished politician, outspoken activist, and a voice for the underserved passed away early Wednesday morning, April 2, 2014, in the person of former Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Carlton B. Moore.

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Carlton B. Moore

Carlton Moore dedicated his life to public service believing that he could truly make a difference    in the lives of his neighbors in Fort Lauderdale’s Northwest community as well as the city-at-large.  Moore served Fort Lauderdale with passion, dedication and a mind squarely fixed on justice, social change and economic empowerment for those historically under-represented.

“Fort Lauderdale has lost a true champion of the people,” said Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler.  Commissioner Moore’s decades of distinguished leadership provided a strong voice to our City and, in particular, to our Northwest community.  His vision and tireless efforts brought new residential and commercial development to the Midtown area, while laying the foundation for much of the progress and advancement we continue to see today.  We are grateful for his many years of outstanding service to Fort Lauderdale and his countless contributions to moving our City forward.  Our thoughts, prayers, and support are with his family during this difficult time.”

Carlton Moore’s life of service began with leadership in the NAACP.  As president of the organization, Moore molded many current leaders of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, instilling in them the principles and values of equality and justice.

“Commissioner Moore was so much more than an elected official, he was a father to many of us in the Northwest community,” said Commissioner Bobby B. DuBose.  I remember him as the president of the NAACP when I was in the youth council.  He was always a leader and encouraged many of us who are currently serving as elected officials to be leaders, and not just any leader, but a leader with integrity, grit, and a true sense of wanting to make our community and City a better place for everyone.  His voice, passion and dedication to the Northwest will be missed.  Our hearts are heavy and we will continue to pray for his family during this time of bereavement.”

Committed to making a positive change in his community, Carlton Moore was the first Commissioner elected to serve Fort Lauderdale’s Commission District III, when district-wide elections took effect in 1988.  He was officially sworn into office on March 15, 1988.  During his 20 years of service to the City of Fort Lauderdale, Moore was instrumental in the creation and development of the Northwest Progresso Flagler Heights Community Redevelopment Agency (NWCRA).  His forward thinking laid the groundwork for much of the revitalization and economic investment taking place today along historic Sistrunk Boulevard and in surrounding areas.

Moore’s advocacy for the Northwest community led to the development and building of the Seventh Avenue Family Health Center, the United States Post Office on Avenue of the Arts, the Negro Chamber of Commerce Building on Sistrunk Boulevard, as well as a $550 million water and sewer project for Fort Lauderdale.

His leadership on the City Commission led to the passing of a $40 million fire safety bond which funded the construction of new fire stations throughout the City including two in District III.

His commitment to affordable housing for all citizens, motivated Commissioner Moore to work tirelessly for the construction of several modern housing facilities throughout the Northwest that complimented the area and allowed residents access to universal amenities.

Carlton Moore represented the City of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County through his participation on several boards and committees.  He was a member of Leadership Broward, the State Road 7 Steering Committee, and the Florida League of Cities’ Community Redevelopment Agency Working Group.  He also served as past president of the Florida League of Cities’ Blue Ribbon Committee and Strategic Planning Committee,  past chair of the South Florida Regional Planning Council, and a member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

Commissioner Moore was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to serve on the Legislative and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.  He also served as president of the Metropolitan YMCA, the Broward Commission on Substance Abuse, the NAACP – Fort Lauderdale Branch, and the Broward League of Cities.

Because of his leadership, Commissioner Moore was the recipient of numerous awards, including:  2008 NFBPA National Leadership Award,  Broward League of Cities President’s Award, Million Dollar Round Table Insurance Award,  and the Silver Sextant Award.

Until his recent illness, Commissioner Moore remained very active in the community serving on the Fort Lauderdale Community Development Corporation Board, Blue Ribbon Task Force for Community Housing, and the NAACP.

Commissioner Carlton Moore leaves a legacy of service to the common man and his voice will be missed by those he worked with and served.  The City of Fort Lauderdale has lost a tremendous leader.

Funeral arrangements are pending, but are being handled by Roy Mizell and Kurtz Funeral Home, located at 1305 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.