Council Corner

CFLCA Voted to Regulate Sober Homes

At the August 8 2017 General Membership Meeting The following resolution passed unanimously

“The Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations requests that the Commission instruct the City Manager to prepare a draft ordinance to regulate Sober Homes and that the draft ordinance be placed a Commission Conference Agenda for discussion as soon as possible”

You can download the the following letter that was sent to the Commission on August 10.   Sober Homes Letter

Zoning for Sober Homes

Delray Beach recently passed an ordinance to regulate Sober Homes. Several neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale have been dealing with similar issues for years. Until recently there seemed to be no hope of regulations. Given Delray’s recent actions, Poinciana Park passed a resolution asking the Fort Lauderdale City Commission to move on similar regulations. You can read their resolution here PPCA Board Action requesting enactment of Governess of Halfway Homes

An easy to understand description of the Delary Beach Ordinance is provided here Explain No 25-17

Sun Sentinel Articles about the issue

Delray and Boynton approve rules to regulate sober homes – Sun Sentinel

One sober home per block? Delray considers new rules for group housing – Sun Sentinel

Proposed Ordinance for Medical Marijuana Dispensories

As mentioned at the April Council Meeting this week, we are posting the full text of the proposed ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensories.

What you will see in the draft ordinance is that it looks pretty much like what we discussed  at the March Council Meeting—so, no surprises.  

It goes to P&Z next week and then off to Commission in early May.  Of course, it could be amended a bit by the time it gets through Commission.

We’ll be watching it closely.

Attached you will find the draft of the proposed Medical Cannabis Dispensing Facility Ordinance for the City of Fort Lauderdale along with the corresponding GIS map. This item is set to appear in front of the Planning and Zoning Board on Tuesday April 18th in the City Commission Chambers at 100 N Andrews Avenue. The meeting begins at 6:30 PM and will be heard as soon as the other planning items are completed. A copy of the April PZB agenda is also attached.

There will also be another open house at the Sustainable Development Department on Monday April 24th from 4 PM to 6 PM to discuss the recommendations. It is anticipated that the item will be heard by the City Commission at the May 5th and May 16th meeting dates.

Should you have any questions or comments call Eric Engmann Department of Sustainability 954 828 5868

Exhibit 1 Proposed Ordinance

Exhibit 2 Siting Map

November 8 General Membership Meeting in ON!

We will have our General Membership Meeting on November 8, even though it is Election Day. By then you will already have voted and need a break before the returns are in. If you haven’t voted by then, go vote, and we will get together at the December 13 Holiday Party/Meeting




Candidates Night August 4

Save the Date! August 4 Is Candidates Night

August 30th is Primary Election Day. You don’t get on the November 8th ballot unless you win your Primary. CFLCA is pleased to Co-Sponsor a Candidates Night on Thursday August 4 at 6:00 PM at ArtServe located at 1350 East Sunrise Blvd. The Lake Ridge Civic Association is organizing this event and has invited all the candidates with primary races for:

*Broward Sheriff * Broward Property Appraiser * Supervisor of Elections * Florida Senate District 34 * Broward County Commission District 9 * County and Circuit Judges *

For more information, you can contact Candidates Night August 4

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Download the Event Flyer August 4 Flyer


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.