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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Sun Trolley’s Partnership with AMC Dine-In Theatres = FREE Movie Night for you!

Sun Trolley Invites You!Sun Trolley and AMC Dine-In Theatres Coral Ridge 10 invites you for a FREE movie, entrée and fountain drink on June 25, 2014. AMC has combined a new movie theatre and restaurant into one incredible “movies with a menu” experience – AMC and Sun Trolley want to celebrate that by offering you this great deal.
PLEASE NOTE
Click Here to download the flyer you need to print out and bring with you to the movie theater to redeem your two free movie tickets, entree and a fountain drink for up to two people. You can choose from a selection of movies that include 300: Rise of an Empire, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Lego Movie and more.
YOU MUST ALSO RSVP for the movie of your choice by sending an email to eventRSVP@amctheatres.com.
For more information call 954-761-3543 or visit www.suntrolley.com.

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

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.