Sun Trolley Board Chair Alan Hooper Nominated For Non-Profit Board Leader of The Year

Alan Hooper, Chair of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (TMA) Board of Directors, has been selected as one of three finalists for Non-Profit Board Leader of the Year in the 7th Annual Community Care Plan Non-Profit Awards presented by 2-1-1 Broward.

The winner will be announced Friday, February 24, 2017 at an awards ceremony and luncheon at Signature Grand in Davie, Florida. Winners will receive a $1,000 grant to their organization, and up to two finalists will each receive a $500 grant. Finalists will also receive awareness and publicity for the mission of their organization through media materials, social media coverage, event press and newsletters.

“We are extremely proud of Alan for making it so far in the award selection process,” said Robyn Chiarelli, Executive Director of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale TMA. “We at the TMA feel that Alan embodies the qualities of a strong, accomplished and outstanding community leader.”

Since Hooper joined the Sun Trolley Board of Directors 12 years ago, the Sun Trolley fleet and service has grown substantially to 20 vehicles and eight routes. As part of fostering the growth of the system, Hooper helped launch the Riverwalk Water Trolley, the first on-demand boat shuttle service in Broward County. Also, Hooper’s leadership incited a new private charter service, launched last year, which is projected to provide a steady source of income for the TMA for years to come.

“Alan is a smart and strategic thinker with a deep-rooted connection to and passion for greater Fort Lauderdale,” said Chiarelli. “He figuratively and literally invests in his community.”

This is apparent through his 1991 founding of Hooper Construction, which has overseen 1.2 million square feet of redevelopment. He is also co-founder of The Restaurant People, a dining, entertainment and hospitality firm that owns and operates several venues and restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, including YOLO, Vibe Las Olas and Tarpon Bend Food & Tackle. In 2014, Hooper won the Sun Sentinel’s Excalibur Award for Small Business Leader of the Year in Broward County.

Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Downtown Fort Lauderdale TMA administers community transportation services via the Sun Trolley’s seven routes and the free Riverwalk Water Trolley. To track the trolleys in real-time, download the free Sun Trolley Tracker App. To learn more visit http://www.suntrolley.com/ or call 954-TROLLEY. Like what Sun Trolley is doing? Show it at facebook.com/sun-trolley.

Bridge Maintenance: SW 4th/7th Ave Bridge & Andrews Ave Bridge

Broward County Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division is performing bridge maintenance on the SW 4th/7th Avenue Bridge and Andrews Avenue Bridge to coincide with FEC’s temporary closure of the adjacent rail bridge over the New River from Saturday, February 11, 2017 to Thursday, February 23, 2017. By completing this maintenance during FEC’s rail bridge closure, future impacts to New River boat traffic will be eliminated.

During the course of the scheduled bridge repairs the Downtown Link trolleys will be following designated detours.

Scope of SW 4th/7th Avenue Bridge Maintenance
· Night Work (Feb 15-16, 2017, 9 pm – 6 am)
· Replace critical components which reduce noise and movement due to vehicles.
· Work requires bridge to be partially open.
· Road will be closed 9 pm-6 am.
· Vessels requiring full opening will not be able to pass.
· First responders to be notified.
· Off-duty enforcement will secure approaches to the bridge.

Scope of Andrews Avenue Bridge Maintenance
· Day and Night Work (Feb 11-23, 2017, Times Vary)
· Replacing temporary power and communications conduit with new 24″ conduit. Barge will block river and normal boat traffic during excavation and placement. Closed to boat traffic (Feb 11-23, 10 pm-9 am).
· Replace pedestrian gate equipment (Feb 13-15 and 20-21, 9 am – 4 pm). One of two northbound lanes closed. Flagger in place to control pedestrians.
· Perform critical repair of vehicle resistance barrier and deck welding. Road closed (Feb 22-23, 9 pm -6 am). Closed to boat traffic during welding. Traffic detoured to SE 3rd Avenue. First responders to be notified.
· Temporary closure of South New River Drive (one-way east) on February 10, 16, and 23, 2017 for mobilization, lifting operation, and demobilization respectively.

Downtown Road and Waterway Closures
Beginning Saturday, February 11, 2017 to Tuesday, February 21, 2017, from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. each day:
(1) The New River will be closed to normal boat traffic under the Andrews Avenue Bridge to coincide with FEC Railway’s closure of the adjacent rail bridge over the New River.

Beginning Monday, February 13, 2017 to Wednesday, February 15, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day:
(1) One of two northbound lanes on Andrews Avenue Bridge, over the New River, may be closed at times.
(2) Pedestrians may be delayed from crossing the Andrews Avenue Bridge, over the New River, for short periods of time.

Beginning Wednesday, February 15, 2017 to Friday, February 17, 2017, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day:
(1) SW 4th/7th Avenue at the New River will be closed from SW 5th Street to Las Olas Boulevard.

Beginning Monday, February 20, 2017 to Tuesday, February 2t, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day:
(1) One of two northbound lanes on Andrews Avenue Bridge, over the New River, may be closed at times.

Beginning Wednesday, February 22, 2017 to Friday, February 23, 2017, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day:
(1) Andrews Avenue at the New River will be closed from SE 5th Street to Las Olas Boulevard.

On February 10th, 16th, and 23, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day:
(1) South New River Drive (one-way eastbound) will be closed.

42nd Annual Citizens Recognition Awards

The City of Fort Lauderdale

42nd Annual Citizens Recognition Awards

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Fort Lauderdale City Hall, 100 N. Andrews Avenue

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Join the Fort Lauderdale City Commission and the Citizens Committee of Recognition to celebrate the 2015-2016 Citizens Recognition Awards honorees. This year’s ceremony is set for Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at Fort Lauderdale City Hall, 100 N. Andrews Avenue. Click here to view the invitation.

The Citizens Recognition Awards recognize Fort Lauderdale citizens whose efforts and achievements foster civic pride and responsibility, encourage public service, develop appreciation of the City’s heritage, and significantly contribute to the development of this community.

Since the program’s inception in 1972, Fort Lauderdale has recognized approximately 130 outstanding citizens.

For more information about the Citizens Recognition Awards or to RSVP for the ceremony (by September 27th), please email the Public Affairs Office or call (954) 828-4750.

 

 

Cross the New River for FREE Starting Saturday, October 18th

The Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (DFLTMA), in partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale and Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, will begin operation of the Riverwalk Water Trolley on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The new water trolley will operate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 11 p.m. daily and stop at eight locations along the north and south side of the New River.

WaterTrolleyMapThe four designated stops on the north side of the river are:

  • Esplanade Park
  • Riverfront Plaza
  • Huizenga Plaza
  • Riverwalk Laura Ward Park

The four designated stops on the south side of the river are:

  • Smoker Park
  • Downtowner Saloon
  • New River Yacht Club
  • Tarpon River

image4The Riverwalk Water Trolley, operating on an environmentally friendly diesel electric engine, has seating for 48 passengers, is wheelchair accessible and offers bike stows.

Click HERE to read more about the new Riverwalk Water Trolley.

Let’s Talk Transportation with Speak Up Broward

The Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Jade Alexander invite you to Speak up Broward! They will be hosting a live eTownhall series called “Let’s Talk Transportation” where you can take part in the discussion about the future of the transportation system. Tune in and join the conversation as groups of panelists discuss the current status of transportation in Broward and how that could change in the future based on our actions today.

eTownHall Meetings

  • Wednesday, September 17, 7-8pm
  • Thursday, October 2, 7-8pm
  • Thursday, October 9, 7-8pm
  • Wednesday October 15, 7-8pm

Join the discussion!

Here is how you can join in the discussion:

  • Watch live on BECON TV (WBEC Channel 63 and Channel 19 for Comcast users)
  • Stream online at SpeakUpBroward.org
  • Call in and listen live at 877-353-4701
  • Join us in person at the Broward MPO office at: Trade Centre South, 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 850,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

For more details or questions, please call (954) 641- 8141.

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All Aboard Florida Announces Fort Lauderdale Station Location

SOURCE: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131122005443/en/Aboard-Florida-Announces-Fort-Lauderdale-Station-Location 

All Aboard Florida, the highly anticipated passenger rail line, announced today plans to develop its Fort Lauderdale station on parcels of land adjacent to the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) corridor on NW 2nd Avenue, between Broward Boulevard and NW 4th Street. Located in the northern portion of downtown Fort Lauderdale, the station will catalyze growth, spur job creation and stimulate underutilized areas.

Sun Trolley“The announcement of our Fort Lauderdale station is just the start of All Aboard Florida’s overall program to revitalize the area north of Broward Boulevard”

Planning and design is underway for the Fort Lauderdale station – one of four planned along the All Aboard Florida route. The station development will include a multi-story lobby which will accommodate ticketing and luggage handling. The lobby will connect to an elevated passenger lounge with comfortable seating and food and beverage offerings for customers. The facility will also accommodate other transportation systems so passengers can conveniently reach their end destinations. The selected station location was chosen to provide convenient connections to the Sun Trolley, Broward County Transit system and the future Wave Streetcar.

“For decades, Broward County’s residents and businesses have advocated for passenger rail in the FEC corridor, and soon that vision will become a reality with All Aboard Florida,” said Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief. “The downtown Fort Lauderdale station will help stimulate our economy and boost our tourism industry.”

“This is an exciting day for the City of Fort Lauderdale. All Aboard Florida’s station will be an ideal complement to the forward-thinking transportation initiatives and development we have planned for our city and aligns with our `Fast Forward Fort Lauderdale’ vision,” said City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler. “This intercity passenger rail system, station and transit oriented development will continue to solidify our city as a world class destination and a great place to live, work and play.”

“The announcement of our Fort Lauderdale station is just the start of All Aboard Florida’s overall program to revitalize the area north of Broward Boulevard,” said P. Michael Reininger, President and Chief Development Officer of All Aboard Florida. “We have plans to develop additional parcels surrounding our station as a mixed-use transit oriented development, encouraging the increasingly popular social, cultural and business environment. We selected this area since it’s strategically located in close proximity to cultural, entertainment and employment centers and connections to other transportation options.”

“We continue to make significant progress to develop this privately funded intercity passenger rail system,” said Don Robinson, President and Chief Operating Officer of All Aboard Florida. “This announcement is another major step forward as we advance the rail infrastructure and station designs. All Aboard Florida will transform the way Floridians move and do business by connecting the major central business districts within the South Florida region and with Central Florida.”

“All Aboard Florida will be a great asset to Broward County and the entire state of Florida,” said Bob Swindell, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. “Having seamless travel service as an option to and from Orlando will make Broward County and South Florida an even more competitive business location as the new service provides efficiencies for business people traveling around the state. Another benefit will be the private investment surrounding the FEC stations that will drive large capital investments and create numerous new jobs.”

All Aboard Florida’s three other stations will be located in Orlando, as part of the International Airport’s new Intermodal Station; in downtown Miami on 9 acres bordered by NW 1st Avenue and the elevated MetroRail tracks between NW 8th and NW 1st Streets and on two acres of land bordered by NW 1st Court and NW 2nd Avenue between NW 7th and NW 6th Streets; and in West Palm Beach on two acres of land bordered by the FEC corridor and Rosemary Avenue between Datura and Evernia Streets.

The architect for the stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach is Florida-based Zyscovich Architects in association with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, who are leading the overall design and planning efforts for the All Aboard Florida program.