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Agenda February 11, 2014 *Join us for Neighbor Support Night*

Our regularly scheduled General Membership Meeting on February 11 2014 will coincide with the Neighbor Support Night co-sponsored by the Council and the City of Fort Lauderdale. Your members (yes invite them all to come)  can meet face to face with the City Staff from various Departments (think Code Enforcement and Buildings Department). The event starts at 6:00 PM and runs till 8:30 PM and takes place in different places at City Hall. Parking will be tight so car pooling is advised. You can come at any time, have a bite to eat and bring your most pressing issue to the people who are responsible. For more information you can call Junia Robinson in Neighbor Support at 954 828 5289 or email her at [email protected].

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The goal of Neighbor Support Night is to provide an opportunity for Fort Lauderdale’s neighbors to join together with their City to strengthen community ties, elevate public spirit, and build civic awareness in a fun, casual, exciting block party type of atmosphere.

Neighbor Support Night proves to be an interactive, exciting event with fun for the entire family. Those who attend the event will be able to:

  • Learn about their City
  • Enjoy music and light refreshments
  • Discover City programs and services
  • Get a free Florida-friendly tree
  • Play in the Kids Zone
  • Explore job and volunteer opportunities
  • Tour City Hall
  • Meet elected officials and City staff
  • Get acquainted with your neighbors
  • See the Mounted Patrol and K-9 Units
  • Take part in live demonstrations
  • Climb aboard emergency response vehicles

Other highlights and activities include:

  • Hands-only CPR training
  • Great giveaways and educational materials
  • Carnival games for kids
  • Pay by phone demonstration
  • E-billing and automatic bill pay sign ups (See “Save a Tree, Plant a Tree” below)
  • Walker Elementary School Student Chorus

The City of Fort Lauderdale and the Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations encourages neighbors to participate in the fabric of their City by attending Neighbor Support Night. Doing so will help them become more informed about the City of Fort Lauderdale and the professionals who work for them, as well as learn what’s in store for their City in 2014 and beyond.

The link to the City’s Neighbor Support Night web page is:

You can download a pdf of the invitation and email it to your members by clicking on the links below

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Agenda for the January 14 2014 General Membership Meeting

Click on the Link below to download the Agenda

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January 14 2014 7:00 PM

8th floor Conference Room, City Hall









Ms Molly McKay, Project Manager Willdan Financial Consultants

City Of Fort Lauderdale Comprehensive Economic Development Plan


Presidents Report

Membership Report

Committee Reports

Legislative Report

Public Participation

Neighborhood City Hall



Request from the Salvation Army to support a clothes donation ordinance



October 8 2013 Minutes

Fort Lauderdale Council of Civic Associations
General Meeting Minutes
October 8, 2013

City Hall, 8th Floor Conference Room

  1. Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by President Mammano at 7:34 pm.
  2. Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
  3. Roll Call:  First VP Centamore called attendance and declared a quorum.
  4. Review and Acceptance of the Minutes:  Minutes for September 2013 meeting were deferred until the November 2013 General Meeting.
  5. 5.     Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer’s Report Attached
  6. Police/Fire Report: Captain Robert Dietrich gave the Police Report and the Batalion Chief Jo-Ann Lorber of the Fire Department gave the Fire Report. Battalion Chief Lorber reminded us all of the upcoming CERT classes to be held October 26 & November 2. Captain Robert Dietrich discussed crime statistics, upcoming traffic announcements, and opened the floor to questions. Regarding statistics, Captain Dietrich explained the necessity to call in anything and everything a resident is concerned with. Each call is logged and assists the Police Department with crime patterns and trends. He recommended two ways to view online crime statistics in the City. First, he suggested residents go to, hover over Community, and select the Crime Statistics tab. Here is the direct link: The second web site he recommended is Raids Online: Captain Dietrich alerted residents to the upcoming traffic changes and increase is traffic volume due to the Las Olas Art Show, the International Boat Show and the upcoming FDOT work to be done to the Sunrise BLVD Bridge. Questions from the floor came in about shootings, and “smart water.” Captain Dietrich offered to discuss questions outside to clear up information on shootings, and he directed us to the Smart Water web site:
  7. Special Guests & Topic: Tonight’s Special Guests and Topics came from the City’s own Assistant City Manager Susanne Torriente and staff. You can find out more about Susanne at the following link: . Susanne offered a power point demonstration on FEMA Flood Zone Maps, Elevation Certificates and Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Flooding and more. This extensive information can be reviewed at the following link: . The focus of the presentation was to promote “Adaptation Action Areas” that would take sustainability “Planning to Action.”
  8. The City’s Green Your Routine program under the Sustainability Division seeks to teach residents to adapt to a lifestyle of sustainability while we manage to live among 300 miles of coastal waterways and 7 miles of beach. Because we are a city surrounded by water we will experience flooding. The Sustainability Department seeks to build a city for the future; one that has an informed public and enhances the idea that we will be the City you never want to leave. Guest Dr. Nancy Gassman from Broward County also spoke on various Climate Change topics. For in depth research on this topic you can review this web site: . Both speakers expressed that an informed public that adapts to the climate changes and suggestions offered by experts will sustain their properties, the City’s future and will affect the city’s Community Rating System. This rating system ultimately measures the climate of a city, and consequently property insurance. The membership supported adding the Adaptation Action Areas (AAA) Initiative to the Comprehensive Plan and the development of guidelines to assist communities.
  9. For additional related topics, please review: (This will take time to load.)

FEMA Flood Insurance Zones:

Flood Zone Information Maps:

Bio Swales:

Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact:

  1. 10.  President’s Report: President Mammano plans to draft a letter to the City Attorney regarding slap suits against residents speaking on behalf of the community against a developer. There is great concern over the protections of citizens who are executing their civic duty and the threat from businesses against them personally.
  2. Committee Reports: 1) Public Participation Ordinance is still being reviewed and is more a Public Notification Ordinance. This is going to be discussed further at the next General Meeting and this ordinance should also address ongoing public notification, changes in the develop plans, and neighborhood opportunity to response throughout planning at a quasi-hearing before the Commission.  New state law may trump local law. 2) Legislative Committee: Concern over Cluster Housing was brought up for topic to be researched.
  3. Old Business: Mr. Don Zimmer requests that the Council formally address the concerns over the way the code is written regarding trailers in neighborhoods.
  4. 13.  For the Good of the Community: Youth, William Howell set up the Fort Lauderdale Water Ways Clean Up for October 19, 2013 at George English Park. Residents are encouraged to contact William at [email protected].
  5. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 8:34 pm.

Respectfully Submitted, Linda Nugent for Shannon Harmeling Recording Secretary