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Post Hurricane Irma Updates on City Operations

Post Hurricane Irma Updates on City Operations

Post Date: September 20, 2017 6:28 PM

NEIGHBOR DEBRIS CLEAN-UP

As a reminder, neighbors should separate hurricane debris into five categories and place debris curbside, without blocking roadways or storm drains.  In the event of rain, blocked storm drains could cause flooding in your area.  Click here for detailed information regarding debris separation, removal, and set out guidelines.  Please note that FEMA prohibits the collection of bagged and co-mingled hurricane debris, including leaves.  Bagged debris will not be collected and should not be placed in the public right-of-way.

DEBRIS COLLECTION

Fort Lauderdale debris removal contractors are collecting storm-generated debris in neighborhoods throughout the City.  At this time we estimate there to be approximately one million cubic yards of debris from Hurricane Irma.  The contractor will make multiple passes through all City neighborhoods to collect hurricane debris, neighbors will have more than one opportunity to place hurricane debris out for collection.  Please ensure you are following the guidelines above. We thank our neighbors for their patience as we work together to get our City back to normal.   

DEBRIS COLLECTION IN GATED COMMUNITIES AND ON PRIVATE ROADS

FEMA requires that the City of Fort Lauderdale obtain permission before collecting debris in private, gated communities and on private roadways.  If you live in a gated community or on a private road, please complete the Private Property Debris Removal Form. Click here for instructions to complete the form.

RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE COLLECTION HAS RESUMED

  • The City of Fort Lauderdale has resumed the normal collection schedule for black garbage carts, neighbors will continue to receive service on their regularly scheduled collection day for black garbage carts. 
  • Collection will be limited to items placed in the black garbage cart only, please do not put any bagged trash or yard waste curbside on your garbage pick-up day.
  • Collections will begin early, neighbors are encouraged to place their black garbage carts out early or the night before their regularly scheduled collection day.  The timing of your pick up on your collection day may vary from when you normally receive it. Please be patient and allow the City extra time to complete the routes. We thank our neighbors for their patience and understanding.

RECYCLING COLLECTION HAS RESUMED

  • The City of Fort Lauderdale has resumed the normal collection schedule for blue recycling carts.
  • Collections will begin early. We encourage neighbors to place their blue recycling carts out early or the night before their regularly scheduled collection day. The timing of your pick up on your collection day may vary from when you normally receive it. Please be patient and allow the City extra time to complete the routes. We thank our neighbors for their patience and understanding.

YARD WASTE COLLECTION TO RESUME SEPTEMBER 25

  • Residential yard waste collections will resume Monday, September 25.
  • Please note that green yard waste carts cannot be used for regular household trash, recycling or hurricane vegetative debris.
  • Collections will begin early. We encourage neighbors to place their green yard waste carts out early or the night before their regularly scheduled collection day. The timing of your pick up on your collection day may vary from when you normally receive it. 

BULK TRASH  

Bulk trash pickup remains suspended until further notice.

BEACH CLEAN-UP 

We have begun replacing displaced sand back on Fort Lauderdale Beach.  At this time we estimate that approximately 60,000 cubic yards of sand were displaced by Hurricane Irma.  The City is working closely with appropriate authorities to protect the safety of any sea turtles and their nests.  We thank our neighbors for their patience as we work together to get our City back to normal.

PARKING

Parking enforcement has resumed. Please note that parking lots on the barrier island may be closed periodically for cleaning and restoration.  

PARKS AND RECREATION 

The PLAY After-School program is operating at the following locations: Bass Park, Carter Park, Croissant Park, Lauderdale Manors Park, Osswald Park, and Riverland Park.

The PLAY After-School program at Warfield Park is temporarily operating at North Side Elementary School, 120 NE 11th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, until power has been restored to the Warfield Park Community Center.

The following parks are open to the public. Note: A few small debris items may be left to clear at these parks.   

Ann Murray Greenway, SW 7th Avenue/New River

Benneson Park, 1330 SW 33rd Ter

Coontie Hatchee Park, 1116 SW 15th Ave

Coral Ridge Park, 2401 NE 27th Ter

Croissant Park, 245 West Park Dr

D.C. Alexander Park, 501 Seabreeze Blvd

Earl Lifshey Park, 3054 N Ocean Blvd

Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd St

Floranada Park, 5251 NE 14th Way

Francis L. Abreau Place, 899 N Rio Vista Blvd

Greenfield Park, 2401 NE 8th St

Guthrie-Blake Park, 2801 SW 2nd St

Hardy Park, 25 SW 9th St

Hector Park, 1001 SE 11th St

Hortt Park, 1700 SW 14th Ct

Loggerhead Park, 2690 N Atlantic Blvd

Lu Deaner Park (formerly Dolphin Isles Park), 2125 NE 33rd Ave

Mangurian Park, 3850 N Federal Hwy

Merle Fogg Park, 2600 E Las Olas Blvd

Mills Pond Park, 2201 NW 9th Ave

Osswald Park, 2220 NW 21st Ave

Peter Feldman Park, 310 NE 6th St

Poinciana Park, 401 SE 21st St

Provident Park, 1412 NW 6th St

Riverland Woods Park, 3950 Riverland Rd

Riverside Park, 555 SW 11th Ave

Secretary School Park, 899 SE 4th St

Sistrunk Park, 200 NW 6th St

Stranahan Landing, 500 S New River Dr East

Sunset Park, 3775 SW 16th St

Vista Park, 2851 N Atlantic Blvd

Warfield Park, 1000 N Andrews Ave

Welcome Park, 2402 S Federal Hwy

Willingham Park, 2100 N Atlantic Blvd

PARKS AND RECREATION SPECIAL EVENTS

The Tunnel to Towers 5K has been rescheduled and will take place on Saturday, September 23 at 7:30 a.m.

The City of Fort Lauderdale Big Toy & Truck event has been canceled. 

PERMITTING

To expedite repairs caused by Hurricane Irma, the City’s Building Services Division is waiving certain permit fees and streamlining procedures for others. Click here for a complete list of eligible repairs

WORKING WITH CONTRACTORS

View our brochure pdf for helpful tips if you are working with a contractor to make repairs to your home.  Under Florida Statute 489, contractors performing construction-related work must be licensed and are required to have a certificate of competency to show validation of licensure.  Neighbors should call the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations at 850-487-1395 to report unlicensed contractor activity. 

REPAIRING HISTORIC PROPERTY

If you own a historic landmark or if your property is located within a historic district, you must follow the Expedited Permitting Procedures for Historic Resources pdf when making repairs to ensure you remain eligible for possible Hurricane Irma funding provided by FEMA or through the State of Florida’s Historic Preservation Office. Prior to starting any repairs, please send an email and photos to tlogan@fortlauderdale.gov

FORT LAUDERDALE HURRICANE IRMA FRAUD UNIT

The City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department has set up a hotline for neighbors to call to report fraud related to Hurricane Irma. Please call 954-828-5559. 

AVOID STANDING WATER AND FLOODED STREETS

Avoid standing water.  Do not walk, play or drive in it.  It is dangerous and may contain electrical currents, tree branches, limbs, debris, contamination or other health and safety hazards. Call the City of Fort Lauderdale 24-Hour Neighbor Service Center at 954-828-8000 to report flooding.

Avoid driving through flooded streets; turn around and find another way.

Follow posted road closure and detour signs.

If you drive through flooded areas, please be aware that creating waves can cause additional damage to surrounding landscaping and property.

AVOID DOWNED POWER LINES 

Report downed power lines to FPL at 1-800-4-OUTAGE. Do not walk or drive through standing water.

GENERATORS AND BARBECUE GRILLS

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue reminds neighbors to NEVER operate generators or barbecue grills inside their homes or on a balcony. Review generator safety tips.  

FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared Broward County eligible for individual assistance. FEMA Disaster Assistance can help support your recovery from Hurricane Irma. Visit disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 for more information.

Information on the FEMA Individual Assistance Program pdf

Disaster Assistance Information pdf

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Inscríbase para recibir Asistencia por Desastre pdf

SMALL BUSINESS DISASTER LOAN AND UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

The Irma Damage Assessment Survey form is available at the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center online form

The SBA Disaster Loan Program is up and running. Businesses of all sizes and most private nonprofit organizations can apply for Physical Disaster Loans up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged real estate, equipment, inventory, and fixtures. Apply online or call 800-659-2995.

Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes suffering substantial economic injury may be eligible for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan of up to $2 million to meet necessary financial obligations – expenses the business would not have paid if the disaster had not occurred.  Apply online

DONATIONS

United Way of Broward County and Salvation Army are collecting donations of non-perishable food, water, hygiene and cleaning products.  Call 211 for more information.

BrowardCares.org, a collective relief fund, is accepting monetary donations.

SEA TURTLE SIGHTINGS

If you find a hatchling sea turtle (smaller than your hand) on the beach, please place it in an uncovered shallow container with damp sand and no water.  It can be immediately transported to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center (1801 N. Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, 561-212-8691) or you can call the Broward County Sea Turtle Hotline 954-328-0580 to arrange transport. These turtles likely washed back ashore during the storm and may not have the energy to swim to water on their own.  If you come across exposed sea turtle eggs on the beach, please leave them in place.

TOLLS

The state will resume charging tolls on Florida’s Turnpike and other roads and bridges Thursday, September 21.  

TRANSPORTATION

  • The Florida East Coast Railway has resumed train service. Please be aware that railroad crossings may not have power. Crossings without power are being operated by generators or by flag persons. Please be cautious when approaching a railroad crossing
  • Sun Trolley is running reduced service for the Downtown Link, Galt Link, NW Community Link, and Neighborhood Link 
  • Riverwalk Water Trolley service has resumed 
  • Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) and the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Facility has resumed operations
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has resumed operations. Please call your carrier for specific flight information
  • Broward County Transit has resumed full bus service, including Paratransit and Express Bus

STAY IN TOUCH

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