Council Corner

Proposed Ordinance to Raise the Seawalls

We all want to be a Sustainable City. What does that really mean? What will we have to do to adapt to rising sea levels? What is the Plan? What will it cost? Who will have to pay for it? We start the discussion with he City’s proposal to require all waterfront property owners and the City itself to raise their seawalls by the year 2035. And that’s only part of the plan.

Cover of Seawall ORdinance

You can download the presentation, prepared by the City, describing the problem of flooding and the proposal to raise the seawalls as well as the proposed ordinance here

Seawall Ordinance Public Presentation

Proposed Seawall Ordinance ULDR 47-19 3 Public Discussion Draft 03312016

You can also view an interactive map of projected sea level rise in south florida. Zero in on Fort Lauderdale

Interactive Map of Sea level Rise

Nominations for Citizen Recognition Awards

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City of Fort Lauderdale Accepting Nominations for Citizens Recognition Awards

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The City of Fort Lauderdale is accepting nominations for the 2015-2016 Citizens Recognition Awards. The nomination form is available online at and submissions are due by Friday, April 15, 2016 at 5 p.m.

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 the community. Award categories include:

Honored Founder – awarded to a courageous citizen who prepared the way for future growth and harmony in Fort Lauderdale

Citizen of the Year – awarded to a Fort Lauderdale resident who, in the opinion of the Citizens Committee of Recognition and the City Commission, has made the greatest contribution to the community in the current year

Distinguished Citizen – awarded to a resident of the community who has contributed to the development of Fort Lauderdale over a number of years (i.e., a pioneer)

Exemplary Former City Employee – awarded to a former City employee who has served the citizens of Fort Lauderdale for a significant number of years and whose service has made a significant impact on the development and quality of life for the community (This person may be retired, deceased or separated from the City.)

The Citizens Committee of Recognition will review the nominations and make their recommendations to the City Commission for final approval. The 2015-2016 recipients will be recognized at the 42nd Annual Citizens Recognition Awards event later this year.

For more information, visit, email [email protected], or call 954-828-5942.


Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday March 12

Saturday morning on March 12 we will gather downtown for the Saint Patircks’s Day Parade. If you want to participate instead of sitting on the sidelines, you can march behind the CFLCA banner. Neighborhoods are encouraged to bring their banners and dress up. For information about where and when to line up come to the Tuesday March 8 Meeting or send us a message at  CONTACT CFLCA


CFLCA Consensus Statement on Density

Download CFLCA Consensus Statement V4

Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations

Consensus Statement to City Commission on Development/Density 

The Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations believes that the City of Fort Lauderdale should encourage human-scaled neighborhoods over urban sprawl, multiple transportation modes over automobile dependence and orderly, predictable development patterns that balance growth with neighborhood preservation.

We feel strongly that Fort Lauderdale should:

  • Encourage transit-friendly office, commercial and multi-family residential development within high density, mixed-use activity centers (ex: Downtown RAC, S. Andrews Ave/SRAC) surrounded by lower density/single-family neighborhoods, parks and natural amenities.
  • Discourage unsustainable, inappropriately-scaled development on the barrier island.
  • Continue to explore new opportunities for growth in the Uptown district and along the major identified corridors. However, until planning for a predictable and acceptable level of density and design is agreed on, new large-scale projects should be discouraged or subject to further review.
  • Provide greater incentives for sustainable development that utilizes solar, wind, and other alternative energy sources to power the projects’ needs once built.

With 3 annual Neighbor Surveys pointing to traffic flow/congestion as the single biggest challenge facing the city, increased large-scale development and density should be encouraged only in sections of the city that either presently have the necessary transportation and self-supporting infrastructure (places of employment, shopping, food choices, etc.) in place to mitigate traffic flow issues or in sections of the city where it is planned and financed for the immediate future. For example, the Council would be generally supportive of density development along the phase 1 route of the Wave Modern Streetcar as it would be conducive to place more housing where residents have public transportation options. We also strongly support more transit options to airport, beach and the port to reduce car trips.

Further, we believe that growth and neighborhood strengthening can be accomplished by committing to the following:

  1. We advocate an acceleration of improving neighborhood streets deemed critical for the movement of people by all methods of transportation; specifically sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks, lighting, street striping, and details outlined in the “complete streets” model.  We would not be supportive of large-scale residential construction moving forward in any neighborhood unless these aspects of planning are either in place or planned and financed in part or wholly by the developer.
  2. We support promoting distinctive, attractive neighborhoods and local business districts with a strong sense of place, including the rehabilitation, re-use, and protection of structures of importance; specifically, we support emphasizing and protecting existing community assets such as community centers, existing or planned parks, waterway access points and vistas, historic structures, etc.
  3. We support responsible, compatible growth in existing neighborhoods. For example, more needs to be done to preserve the general character of established neighborhoods that have developed over time. In-fill residential development (i.e., duplexes, cluster dwellings, etc.) has often become out of character with the pre-existing built environment and we request a review and modification of height and bulk allowances for new construction on existing lots in residential neighborhoods that are mostly composed of older stock, single family homes. Regenerate and implement the recommendations of the ULDR Modifications Plan as outlined in the Neighborhood Development Review Criteria Project (NDRC).
  4. We want development decisions predictable and fair. While the Council supports flexibility from time to time for truly innovative development proposals that will enhance the community, we would prefer that Staff and Citizen Boards either stop or limit exceptions to our building codes and zoning regulations, especially within or nearby highly established and traditional neighborhoods.
  5. Continue to encourage and foster neighborhood participation as early as possible in development and density placement decision-making.

Please Take the Comprehensive Plan Survey

The City of Fort Lauderdale is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan.  The Plan provides the blueprint for orderly and sustainable land development over the next decade and beyond. The Plan’s goals, objectives and policies reflect the City’s vision for its future and how it will meet the needs of existing and future residents, visitors, and businesses.

The City is currently evaluating the current 2008 Comprehensive Plan and identifying topics that should be the focus of the Comprehensive Plan update for 2015.

Please take a few minutes to complete this short online questionnaire on potential topics of interest, and feel free to share this information with your neighbors.  The feedback questionnaire will be available online through March 31, 2015.  Your input matters!   The survey only takes several minutes to complete.  THANK YOU!

For more information on the City’s Comprehensive Plan update, please visit: