Sun Trolley to Launch Guided Tours of Fort Lauderdale in October 2017

 The Sun Trolley is now offering guided tours on the third Saturday of each month beginning Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Whether you are a long-time Broward County resident or are visiting South Florida for the first time, this two-hour guided tour is your ultimate backstage pass to the “Venice of the Americas.” Tour participants will learn about Fort Lauderdale’s rich history, nature, nightlife and some of the most eclectic neighborhoods, as well as Fort Lauderdale’s fast growth and exciting upcoming projects.

“Our charming red and yellow trolleys have become a Fort Lauderdale icon,” said Robyn Chiarelli, Executive Director of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association. “The goal of our new guided tours is to create a fun and educational experience for our guests as they learn more about Fort Lauderdale and all it has to offer.”

The guided tours will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Guests will board the trolley at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale and visit various points of interest such as the FATVillage/MASS District, Historic Sistrunk, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, and many more!

Tour tickets are $38 per person and $24 for each child under 12 years old. Infants under 2 years old ride free. Click here to purchase tickets. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure, as the trolley will leave promptly at 10 a.m. Please note that the tour’s end time might vary due to traffic, events, and unexpected circumstances.

Click here to learn more about Sun Trolley and its guided tours, or call 954-TROLLEY. Like what Sun Trolley is doing? Show it here.

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2017 Great American Beach Party – Sun Trolley Service Hours Extended

GREAT AMERICAN BEACH PARTY
SATURDAY | MAY 27, 2017 | 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Details: www.fortlauderdale.gov/gabp
 
Get ready to kick off the summer with live music, vintage cars, unique art, outstanding entertainment, and fun in the sun for everyone!  It’s all happening on Fort Lauderdale Beach at the City’s Great American Beach Party on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.
Take the Sun Trolley!
The Sun Trolley will be picking up event-goers at the City Park Garage, located at 150 S.E. 2nd Street. Drop-off will be at the Las Olas Marina, 240 E. Las Olas Circle. Fares are $1 each way or $3 for an all-day pass. The Sun Trolley will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Track Sun Trolley in real-time by downloading the app to your Android or iPhone.

Take the Sun Trolley to the July 4th Spectacular on Fort Lauderdale Beach

Have you ever seen a barge full of fireworks launched over the Atlantic Ocean from Fort Lauderdale Beach? It is truly a spectacular family-friendly event that is not to be missed! To avoid the beach traffic on the Fourth of July,  take the Sun Trolley!

The Sun Trolley will expand its hours on Friday, July 4th and run from 9:30 a.m. to Midnight on both the Las Olas and Beach Link Routes. Simply park your car at the city parking garages ($5 flat rate) located at the corners of SE 2nd Street between SE 1st Ave. and SE 2nd Ave. You can also stow your bike on the Sun Trolley.

To learn more about the City of Fort Lauderdale 4th of July Spectacular on Fort Lauderdale Beach click here.

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Fort Lauderdale Named All-America City

Source: The below is an abbreviated version of the media release distributed by the City of Fort Lauderdale on June 16, 2014 

Fort Lauderdale Named All-American City 
The City of Fort Lauderdale has captured the prestigious All-America City Award! The official announcement honoring Fort Lauderdale with the 2014 national title was made last night by the National Civic League at its annual conference in Denver, Colorado. Established in 1949, 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 10 communities nationwide selected as an All-America City,” 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 making Fort Lauderdale an outstanding place to live, work, play, visit, and raise a family.  I would like to congratulate our staff, our neighbors, and all of our community builders on this tremendous accomplishment!”

Additional Communities Recognized as All-American Cities
Joining Fort Lauderdale as a 2014 All-America City are nine other communities from across the United States:Montgomery, Alabama; San Pablo, California; Brush, Colorado; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Chelsea, Massachusetts; Independence, Oregon; Brownsville, Texas; Hampton, Virginia; and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

The Selection Process
For two days, groups of civic leaders and community activists from 25 cities met in Denver to present their stories of positive change to a jury of civic experts and to network and exchange ideas and insights.

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 in Fort Lauderdale that were highlighted as examples of positive meaningful change:

  • The Dillard Innovation Zone Promise Neighborhood, an initiative 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 initiatives 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.

Additional Honors and Awards for the City of Fort Lauderdale include: 

“Top 10 Best Downtowns in 2014” – Livability.com

“Top 10 Most Exciting Cities in America” – Movoto National Real Estate

“Top 10 Greenest Mid-Sized Cities” – MyLife.com

“Top 10 Best U.S. Cities for Small Businesses” – Biz2Credit.com

“Top 10 Best Places to Move in 2014” – SML National Moving

“Top 10 Small American Cities of the Future” – Foreign Direct Investment Magazine

“Top 10 Best Cities for Parking” – NerdWallet.com

“Top 10 Best Places for Veterans to Live” – Best Places for Veterans Report

“Top 10 Great Cities for Family Vacations” – Vacation Critic Travel Planning Guide

“Top 10 Best Places to Retire” – Money Magazine

“Favorite Winter Destination of Canadians” – FlightNetwork.com

“Most Outstanding Green Government” – U.S. Green Building Council South Florida

“Happiest Cities for Young Professionals” – Forbes Magazine

“Best Places for Business and Careers” – Forbes Magazine

“Top 100 Best Cities to Start a Business” – WalletHub

“Certified as a Florida Green Local Government” – Florida Green Building Coalition

“Complete Streets Policy Ranked #1 in Florida and #3 Nationally” – Smart Growth America

“Top 10 Most Affordable Summer Destinations” – GoBankingRates.com

“One of seven areas nationwide cited as an American Dream region” – Xavier University and The Burghard Group