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s tate of the cit y
city of foRt LauDeRDaLe

                          city commission

                            John P. “Jack” seiler
                                     Mayor

                           charlotte e. Rodstrom
                             Vice Mayor, District II

                              Bruce G. Roberts
                            Commissioner, District I

                              Bobby B. DuBose
                            Commissioner, District III

                              Romney Rogers
                            Commissioner, District IV



                                Lee R. feldman
                                  City Manager


                                  John herbst
                                   City Auditor


                                 Jonda Joseph
                                    City Clerk


                                harry stewart
                                  City Attorney
    table of contents
overview ...................................................................................................... 2

business development ......................................................................... 4

finance ......................................................................................................... 8

public safety ............................................................................................ 10

public places.............................................................................................12

neighborhood enhancement .......................................................18

infrastructure ......................................................................................22

future ..........................................................................................................26

boards and committees ...................................................................27

awards ........................................................................................................28




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          overview
on the right track
A heightened sense of optimism and excitement permeates Fort Lauderdale
as economic indicators confirm the City’s sound fiscal management, progressive
economic development initiatives, and long-term investment strategies are paying off.

Recognizing that a sustainable economy requires modern, quality infrastructure,
the City of Fort Lauderdale is proactively making smart, calculated investments in
our tourism assets, water and sewer utilities, fire stations, parks, streets and road-
ways, marinas, aviation and parking facilities.

The completion of several major capital improvement projects coupled with a 5-
year, $700 million Community Investment Plan is sending a clear signal of strength
and confidence about Fort Lauderdale’s future, while generating millions of dollars
in private and public sector investment for the City.

This astute business strategy is strengthening Fort Lauderdale’s position as the
epicenter of the region and fueling our economic resurgence.

Impressive gains are being made in key industry sectors including tourism, trans-
portation, marine commerce, housing, employment and capital investment.

tourism
A record-breaking 11.1 million visitors came to our area during the past year, spending
over $9.1 billion and continuing 28 consecutive months of tourism growth. Passenger
traffic at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport reached a record 6.41million.
Port Everglades cruise passenger traffic increased 7.6% to an historic high of 3.6 million
passengers in 2011.

marine industry
A $7 million dollar dredging project is underway in Port Everglades to accommodate
mega-yacht access to inland maritime businesses for docking, fueling, enhancements
and repairs.




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                                          overview
property values
Property values are on the rebound in Fort Lauderdale, with the total taxable value up
1.5% to $23.7 billion. The median year-over-year sales price of single-family homes is
up 17%, while high demand has helped lower residential real estate inventories by 34%.

Jobs
New businesses are offering high paying jobs again. Unemployment in Fort Lauderdale,
at 7.2%, is now lower than the state average of 8.6% and the national average of 8.2%.

capital investment
Seven massive infrastructure projects are underway, investing $6.5 billion inside or
adjacent to the Fort Lauderdale City Limits:
• Airport Expansion - $1.24 billion
• I-595 Express Corridor - $1.8 billion
• Port Everglades Expansion - $2.0 billion
• FPL Plant Replacement - $1.2 billion
• FEC Railway and Intermodal Container Transfer Facility - $73 million
• Eller Drive Overpass - $42.5 million
• Broward County Courthouse - $178.8 million
• Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, CRA Projects and The Wave - $240 million

The City of Fort Lauderdale’s right track approach to financial management, capital
investment and economic expansion serves as a model for the state. This strategic lead-
ership plan is endorsed by the nation’s top two credit rating agencies -- Moody’s Inves-
tors Service and Standard & Poor’s. Both firms give Fort Lauderdale strong bond ratings
and a favorable outlook, signaling continued confidence in our City.

Through bold ideas, advances in technology, and innovative partnerships, we are re-
shaping Fort Lauderdale for the next generation. Through citizen engagement we will
continue to strengthen democracy, build community, and create a vibrant, inclusive and
sustainable city.




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          Business development




open for business
Fort Lauderdale is a City well-equipped to provide businesses with the facilities, resources and services necessary to compete and succeed in today’s highly competitive
global business environment. A pro-business government, favorable tax structure, array of business assistance and incentive programs, and outstanding quality of life make
Fort Lauderdale an unbeatable location where large and small businesses can prosper.

By leveraging its assets, the City is seeing a new influx of national corporations and regional businesses that are diversifying our economy, expanding our market share and
creating new, well-paying jobs for our residents.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, Fresh Market, Sonic, Save-A-Lot, CTS Engines, Aldi Supermarkets, iCare, Advisory Financial Group and Private Jet Charter are just a few of the
companies establishing operations in Fort Lauderdale and strengthening the City’s reputation as an outstanding place to do business and an exceptional place to call home.




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                                                                                        business development
investing in our future
Massive infrastructure projects are pumping more than $6.5 billion into the local
economy and creating thousands of construction jobs:

Airport Expansion: Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport is undergoing
a $1.24 billion runway and facility expansion that will create 11,000 jobs.

I-595: $1.8 billion in improvements to the I-595 Express Corridor will extend from
the I-75/Sawgrass Expressway east to I-95.

Port Everglades: A 20-year, $2 billion expansion that includes upgrades to four
cruise terminals, 1,000 new construction jobs and an economic impact of $40.7
million.

FPL Port Everglades facility: A new $1.2 billion plant powered by natural gas
will lower operating costs by $469 million over 30 years, reduce carbon emissions
by 90%, and create 650 construction jobs.

FEC Railway: A $73 million project is underway to connect Port Everglades to the
FEC Railway line and construct an Intermodal Container Transfer Facility.

Eller Drive overpass: A $42.5 million overpass will carry traffic on Eller Drive from
I-595 directly into Port Everglades to reduce truck cargo traffic on area roadways.

County Courthouse: A new $178.8 million county courthouse in downtown Fort
Lauderdale will create an estimated 800 jobs.                                            Fort Lauderdale Beach Redevelopment: A $70 million project to upgrade, en-
                                                                                         hance and beautify the beach from Fort Lauderdale Beach Park to Sebastian Street.
The Wave: A $140 million, 2.7 mile downtown streetcar system that will create
1,200 construction and related jobs, as well as 50 full time permanent positions.        FAA Air Traffic Control Tower: A new $16 million FAA air traffic control tower at
                                                                                         Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) will enhance safety and operations.
Sistrunk: A $15 million infrastructure, beautification and enhancement project
along Sistrunk Boulevard from Federal Highway to N.W. 24 Avenue.




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    Business development
                       three cheers for ‘tourism’
                       It was a banner year for tourism, with hotels, airports and the seaport all posting gains.

                       •	 Greater Fort Lauderdale hosted a record-breaking 11.1 million visitors in 2011
                          and continued 28 consecutive months of tourism growth.

                       •	 Visitors spent in excess of $9.1 billion.

                       •	 Hotel occupancy averaged 71.0%.

                       •	 Tourism generated tax revenues of $40.4 million.

                       •	 One job was created for every 85 visitors.

                       •	 Fort Lauderdale attracted 2.6 million international visitors, including 921,034
                          from Canada, 625,241 from Latin America, 378,242 from Europe, 235,617
                          from Scandinavia, 189,572 from the United Kingdom and 244,100 from other
                          foreign countries.

                       •	 Passenger traffic at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport was up .9
                          percent last year to 6.41 million with 30 scheduled airlines making over 600
                          daily arrivals and departures daily.

                       •	 Port Everglades cruise passenger traffic increased 7.6% to an historic high
                          of 3.6 million passengers in 2011. Multi-day passenger activity increased by
                          349,895 passengers and passengers per average vessel increased from 2,300
                          to 2,700.

                       •	 Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport’s total contribution to the local economy
                          surpassed $815 million, making it the number one general aviation airport in
                          Florida in terms of total economic output.




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                                                                                      business development
                                                                                       Fort Lauderdale was selected as the host city for the 2013 and 2014 Florida Police
                                                                                       and Fire Games, which will feature 3,500 men and women from police, fire, and
                                                                                       public safety agencies across Florida competing in 40 different sports.

                                                                                       The City is in discussions for the inaugural “Fort Lauderdale Grand Prix,” an IndyCar
                                                                                       race that would take place on Fort Lauderdale beach in the fall of 2013. Plans
                                                                                       are also in the works to host a special “Welcome Home” event to honor the men
                                                                                       and women serving in our Armed Forces who are returning home from active duty.

                                                                                       These diverse, high profile events foster community spirit and enhance quality of life.

                                                                                       •	   A Walk Through History
                                                                                       •	   Bank of America Starlight Musicals
                                                                                       •	   City of Fort Lauderdale Centennial Celebration
                                                                                       •	   David Deal Playday
                                                                                       •	   Dolphins Day
                                                                                       •	   Downtown Countdown
                                                                                       •	   Earth Day
                                                                                       •	   4th of July Spectacular
building value with special events                                                     •	   Fleet Week
Fort Lauderdale launched an array of popular special events to showcase the City,      •	   Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
promote goodwill and build community.                                                  •	   Great American Beach Party
                                                                                       •	   Kwanzaa Kuumba Festival
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Winterfest Boat Parade and other          •	   Lauderdale Air Show
signature events bring tremendous international exposure to Fort Lauderdale,           •	   LauderScape
attract thousands of visitors to our City, generate millions of dollars in economic    •	   Light Up Sistrunk
impact for our businesses, and strengthen our City’s position as a premier destina-    •	   Light Up the Beach
tion for travel and tourism.                                                           •	   Memorial Day Ceremony
                                                                                       •	   St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
This past year marked the return of the Lauderdale Air Show. For the first time in     •	   Sun Trust Sunday Jazz Brunch
five years, tens of thousands of residents and visitors packed the beach to enjoy      •	   Winterfest Boat Parade
a one-of-a-kind aerial spectacular headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
along with top civilian and military acts.




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          finance




lowering taXes; preserving services
As the urban hub of a tri-county area with a population in excess of 5.5 million,      “right-sized” our workforce, reducing it by 15% through the elimination of 376
the City of Fort Lauderdale serves a huge influx of commuting workers, tourists and    positions. Organizational “silos” have been replaced with “cylinders of excellence”
business travelers. In addition to more than 165,000 residents, the City provides      and performance measures have been established to track our progress and en-
police, fire-rescue, water, sanitation and other municipal services to a daytime       sure accountability on every level.
population that more than doubles in size to over 360,000.
                                                                                       To encourage teamwork, collaboration and innovation, interdepartmental teams
While the population and service needs of the community continue to rise, revenue      have developed strategic plans for core service areas that include Infrastructure,
declines during the recession required an action plan to eliminate budget shortfalls   Public Places, Neighborhood Enhancement, Business Development and Public
and provide property owners with much-needed tax relief.                               Safety along with an Internal Support platform. The strategic plans will guide our
                                                                                       long-term operations while reflecting Fort Lauderdale’s citywide vision.
To meet this financial challenge, the City decreased spending, implemented cost
saving measures and explored new, non-taxable revenue streams. An organiza-            This disciplined financial approach resulted in the adoption of a fiscal year 2012
tional restructuring streamlined operations by reducing the number of City depart-     budget that included no property tax increase, no fire assessment fee increase, no
ments from 15 to 9. Through attrition and an early retirement program, the City        reductions in vital City services while maintaining more than adequate reserve funds.



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                                                                                                                                     finance
Residents, businesses and visitors are benefiting from measures that build com-        In addition, earlier this year, Standard & Poor’s raised its rating on the City’s water
munity, preserve programs and services, and make long-term investments in the          and sewer system revenue bonds from “AA” to “AA+” citing the system’s “consis-
infrastructure of neighborhoods, business districts and community amenities.           tently strong financial profile” and noting the system’s finances “continue to be
                                                                                       healthy, characterized by strong debt service coverage and good liquidity margins.”
Fort Lauderdale’s millage rate of $4.1193 per $1,000 of taxable ranks as the sec-
ond lowest among Florida’s 20 largest cities and is the seventh lowest of Broward      Higher bond ratings enable the City to borrow and repay money at a much lower
County’s 31 municipalities. In addition, the City provides the lowest water rates in   interest rate which translates into millions of dollars in savings for taxpayers.
Broward County at both the 3,000 and 5,000 gallon per month residential use level.
                                                                                       Our fiscal discipline and vigilance have been instrumental in building a strong
As a result of our conservative fiscal management and operational efficiencies,        financial foundation and positioning Fort Lauderdale for a bright future.
the City is projected to maintain a $49.8 million General Fund balance, which
equates to 19.3% of the annual operating budget, well above the national stan-
dard for municipal governments.

The City’s approach to budget planning remains both transparent and inclusive.
Citizens have numerous opportunities to provide input and feedback about the
budget at City Commission meetings, public hearings and throughout the year by
communicating with elected officials and staff.

While we have faced many challenges, the City has established a stable foundation
upon which we can continue to build a strong, cohesive community and ensure a
sustainable future for our next generation.

bond ratings signal financial strength
Validating its success in sound financial management, the City has scored high
marks from the world’s leading credit rating agencies – a virtual “Seal of Approval”
from financial experts.

Moody’s Investors Service has assigned an “Aa1” rating to the City’s general obliga-
tion bonds, recognizing the City’s “demonstrated ability to implement appropriate
cost control measures and budget monitoring procedures to maintain long-term
financial stability.”

Standard & Poor’s assigned its “AA” long-term rating and stable outlook “based on
the City’s strong historical financial position.”




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          public safety




public safety
With a focus on public safety, the City of Fort Lauderdale has committed the         Accomplishments:
resources, technology, training, equipment and facilities to fight crime, respond    • The Special Investigations Division made 1,752 arrests
quickly to emergencies and protect and preserve quality of life.                       • Major Narcotics Unit - 151 arrests
                                                                                       • Street Crimes Unit - 1,590 arrests
police                                                                                 • Strategic Crimes Unit - 11 arrests
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department implemented important new initiatives to
improve public safety:                                                               • Homicides have decreased 30% and violent crimes are down 3% over the past
                                                                                       five years
• Creation of the Neighborhood Action Team for each police district
                                                                                     • 218 illegal dumping cases were investigated resulting in arrests, vehicle
• Initiated District Sector Crime Meetings to facilitate the sharing of crime data     seizures and monetary restitution
  with citizens and enhance neighborhood dialogue
                                                                                     • 356 cases of graffiti were addressed with areas cleaned up in an average of 24
• Launched the Intelligence Led Policing Unit to target prolific offenders              hours or less

• Expanded computer capabilities to track pawn and metal recycling transactions      • Homeless Outreach Officers made 14,780 contacts resulting in 10,637 placements

• Acquired an armored vehicle from the Brinks Corporation for $10.00 and converted
  the vehicle into a marked mobile surveillance unit which is deployed in high
  crime areas


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fire rescue
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, recognized as one of the nation’s premier providers of fire,
rescue, medical and community services, launched new programs to enhance safety:

• Triptix Patient Care Report System improves access to patient information and
  allows paramedics to spend more time tending to the patient

• STEMI, an advanced pre-hospital care program, enables paramedics to send
  EKG information for heart attack victims from onboard computers directly to
  hospitals, reducing and often eliminating Emergency Room delays

• A new device for neck stabilization, the “X-Collar,” enables first responders to
  prevent a patient’s neck from moving following an accident, allowing responders
  to apply the device and assist with other rescues

• The LUCUS-2 chest compression device, acquired with grant funding, is now
  deployed in every rescue unit to perform precision CPR before and during transport

• “Safe Sleep,” a multifaceted action plan to protect infants, trains personnel
  for on-site sleep environment evaluations, one-on-one education with parents
  and other caregivers and the distribution of Safe Sleep kits.

Accomplishments:
• Two new fire stations are opening this year

• Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to 42,241 calls for service last year with
  an average response time of four minutes and forty-one seconds

• Fires, Ruptures and Hazards - 1,396

• EMS/Rescues - 30,582

• Ocean Rescues - 54

• Fire Prevention inspections - 16,653



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     public places
                     parks and recreation
                     As the basis for both our economy and our quality of life, our natural surroundings
                     and leisure activities play an integral role in ensuring a healthy future for the City.

                     The City’s Parks and Recreation Department provides opportunities to experience
                     fun and rewarding recreation programs, events and leisure activities. Programs
                     are offered to children, teens, adults and seniors in modern, aesthetically pleasing
                     facilities that are accessible to both residents and visitors.

                     By strategically planning parks, greenways, trails and public open spaces, as well
                     as providing recreational opportunities, the City is enhancing healthy lifestyles for
                     our children, families and retirees.

                     Demonstrating our commitment to invest in neighborhoods, the City opened seven
                     parks last year:

                     •		 Bill Keith Preserve
                     •		 Coral Ridge Park
                     •		 Dolphin Isles Park
                     •		 Harbordale Park
                     •		 South Middle River Park
                     •		 Stranahan Landing
                     •		 Twin Lakes North Park

                     The additional park space allows the City to preserve our natural resources and
                     provides an opportunity for passive recreation to meet the needs of our less mobile
                     residents such as young children, the elderly and people with disabilities.




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                                                                                     •		 17,750 participated in adult programs at the Beach Community Center

                                                                                     •		 The Jimmy Evert Tennis Center had over 121,000 visitors; the George English
                                                                                         Tennis Center had over 20,000 visitors

                                                                                     •		 11,260 participants played basketball at Osswald Park

                                                                                     •		 Over 5,600 visitors were logged at the Osswald Park Golf Course

                                                                                     The Orange Bowl Committee is teaming up with the City of Fort Lauderdale on a
                                                                                     $3 million project at Carter Park to install an eight-lane track and other track-and-
                                                                                     field amenities, an artificial-turf football field, covered aluminum bleachers and an
                                                                                     electronic scoreboard.

                                                                                     fort lauderdale named ‘playful city usa’
                                                                                     Thanks to the efforts of the Parks and Recreation Department, the City of Fort Lau-
                                                                                     derdale has earned national recognition as a 2012 Playful City USA community
                                                                                     from the non-profit organization KaBOOM! The City earned the national title for
                                                                                     efforts to increase play opportunities for local children.

                                                                                     parks and recreation department
                                                                                     earns national accreditation
The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs and initiatives     The City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department has earned
to promote healthy, active lifestyles.                                               national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and
                                                                                     Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). Our department is one of only 104 agencies in the
Accomplishments:                                                                     country to receive national accreditation, which confirms an agency’s commitment
•		 1.3 million hours of recreational programming were provided to children, youth   to quality and efficiency.
    and adults
                                                                                     CAPRA recognizes park and recreation agencies for excellence in operation and
•		 3,440 youth participated in swimming programs                                    service while providing assurance to the public that the agency meets national
                                                                                     standards of best practice.
•		 2,965 youth participated in sports programs at Holiday Park

•		 43 softball tournaments were held at Mills Pond Park




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a sustainable city
The Department of Sustainable Development is on the front line of the City’s            • Increasing the tree canopy to cool, shade, and beautify paths, parks, and roads
mission to protect and enhance neighborhoods, improve property values and plan
for the future. While the needs of our neighborhoods differ, all neighbors desire       • Keeping our open spaces clean
quality of life. Proper planning and zoning, cleanliness, aesthetics, and communi-
cation networks are all components that build strong neighborhoods.                     • Reducing homelessness in public places

The City is implementing multiple plans designed to enhance the health of our           • Strengthening the City’s community image and enhancing its identity though
neighborhoods while creating a sense of place.                                            history and unique attributes

Objectives:                                                                             • Enhancing the enjoyment of public places through activity centers
• Increasing the enjoyment of our City’s natural amenities outside through greenways,
  blueways, and bikeways                                                                • Providing community focused recreational programs

• Creating and nourishing public/private partnerships to leverage resources and         • Integrating art and culture elements into public places
  increase activities and amenities


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                          public places
riverwalk district master plan
Several development plans are underway to activate the Riverwalk District and
generate significant economic and social value for the City.

The Broward Performing Arts Center recently submitted plans for a $44 million
capital replacement and renewal program which includes interior renovations, a
new education wing and a Riverwalk pavilion, that would be located adjacent to
the New River.

The new facilities will bring more activity to the area by connecting the community
to this valued arts and performance venue.

Several mixed-use residential projects are also being proposed along downtown’s
New River including:

•	 New River Yacht Club (248 units)
•	 New River Village Phase III (209 units)
•	 Marina Lofts (1,031 units along with retail, restaurant and marina space)

Master plans play an important role in setting the stage for future development.
The Riverwalk plan serves as the foundation for smart growth by transforming
downtown Fort Lauderdale into a livable, walkable, pedestrian friendly community
featuring a variety of destinations and exceptional public spaces that connect both
sides of the River and surrounding neighborhoods.

The consensus-driven vision in the Riverwalk plan was defined by a set of planning
principles and design guidelines that establish clear goals to encourage exceptional
urban design. The plan provides a sense of place and promotes quality investment
in the future of our Downtown.




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     public places

                     a world-class beach
                     Maintaining a healthy and attractive living environment is essential to building a
                     strong, sustainable community for the future. Several projects and initiatives are
                     underway to build upon our City’s unique assets, strengthen our visual identity,
                     and enhance our natural beauty.

                     Foremost among these is the Fort Lauderdale Beach Redevelopment initiative,
                     which is designed to strengthen our Beach’s position as a dynamic, mixed-use,
                     pedestrian-friendly destination.

                     The proposed designs for the beach include: adding green space; creating
                     visually appealing public plazas and gathering spaces; upgrading beach entry-
                     ways; widening sidewalks; constructing bicycle and pedestrian greenways; creat-
                     ing uniquely designed parking garages that incorporate commercial and retail
                     space; and establishing a pedestrian vista linking the Atlantic Ocean with the
                     Intracoastal Waterway.

                     The project places a priority on preserving and enhancing the unique architec-
                     tural resources in the Central Beach area while adding numerous amenities to
                     create a world-class destination.

                     The City is also moving forward with plans to transform the International Swim-
                     ming Hall of Fame and Aquatics Complex into a world-class facility for swim-
                     ming, diving, entertainment and recreation. The proposed new design would
                     place one of the facility’s main pools alongside Seabreeze Boulevard, creat-
                     ing a one-of-a-kind visual destination. The project would also incorporate new
                     public plazas to create pedestrian connections from the Intracoastal Waterway
                     to the beach.




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creating connectivity
This year, the City sponsored the first Transportation    of a landmark initiative to create scenic greenways       reducing portions of the roadway from four lanes to
Summit in partnership with Florida Atlantic University.   that connect our neighborhoods with downtown Fort         three; placing overhead utility lines underground; up-
The event provided the public with an opportunity         Lauderdale and the Riverwalk. Encouraging residents       grading water mains, sewer lines and storm drains;
to learn about major transit projects, many of which      and visitors to leave behind their vehicles and climb     adding on-street parking; widening sidewalks; install-
may reshape the City’s visual landscape, including:       onto bicycles will help create a healthy, active, liv-    ing decorative pedestrian lights, new traffic signals
The Wave light rail system, passenger service on the      able, and pedestrian-friendly community.                  and bus benches; and adding extensive landscaping.
FEC railway, multi-modal transportation hubs, “Com-
plete Streets,” B-cycle, and other mobility and sus-      In the coming weeks, the City will celebrate the          As the City moves forward, it will continue to work
tainability solutions.                                    completion of the Sistrunk Boulevard Enhancement          in partnership with citizens, HOAs, businesses, aca-
                                                          Project, a major capital improvement initiative to up-    demic institutions and other groups to develop the
In March, the City broke ground on the Flagler Green-     grade and beautify Sistrunk Boulevard.                    strategies necessary to ensure a safe, secure and sus-
way, a landscaped pedestrian and bicycle pathway                                                                    tainable community.
that is being constructed from Sunrise Boulevard to       The project, which stretches along Sistrunk Boulevard
Andrews Avenue. The project marks the beginning           from Federal Highway to NW 24th Avenue, includes




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          neighborhood enhancement




northwest-progresso-flagler heights community redevelopment agency (npf cra)
Stunning change has come to Historic Sistrunk Boulevard over the past year and        African-American Tennis Association. This summer, the organization will host its
a half. With approximately $15 million invested in infrastructure improvements,       95th National Championships in Fort Lauderdale. The week-long event will bring
Sistrunk Boulevard is reveling in its new found resurgence as a leading destination   more than 3,000 participants and visitors to our City to enjoy the game of tennis,
for business and entertainment.                                                       tennis history and a new entertainment endeavor - Midtown Summerfest on Historic
                                                                                      Sistrunk Boulevard.
Appropriately dubbed “Midtown,” Sistrunk Boulevard is now home to the Midtown
Commerce Center, a LEED Certified Building, the Eula Johnson Welcome Center           As part of Midtown’s transformation, the NPF CRA has invested over $2.6 million
                                                                  ,
and Headquarters for the Fort Lauderdale Branch of the NAACP Mount Olive              in housing development, infrastructure, education and outreach, streetscape
Development Corporation Mack King Carter Enrichment Center and the future             improvements, business development, and grants and loans to ensure that no
home of Shoppes on Arts Avenue, which will house national chains including Save-      neighborhood or business district is left behind.
A-Lot grocery, Family Dollar and Bank of America.
                                                                                      In partnership with Minority Business Development Agency, the NPF CRA has
Leading the way for national recognition for the newly upgraded Sistrunk Cor-         helped 46 companies develop business plans and loan packages to secure financing
ridor is the American Tennis Association (ATA), the world’s oldest and largest        valued anywhere from $50 to $250K.


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neighborhood enhancement
            npf cra programs and outreach:
            Façade Grant Program
              •	 Burrows Electric
              •	 Walker Grocery Store
              •	 JAB
              •	 Bass Brothers Grocery
              •	 Ray’s Salon

            Business Education Seminar Series
              •	 Free business seminars offered to residents in
                 South Florida (Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm
                 Beach Counties)
              •	 Assisted participants with website creation,
                 business plans, marketing and branding

            NPF CRA E-Newsletter
              •	 A marketing and communications tool to keep
                 the community, developers, and businesses
                 up-to-date on current and future CRA initiatives,
                 projects, meetings/seminars and events

            Neighborhood Enhancement Projects
              •	 Dorsey Riverbend
              •	 Home Beautiful
              •	 Sweeting Estates

            Light   Up Sistrunk Initiative
               •	   Toy Giveaway to over 1,000 children
               •	   Promotion of Sistrunk Boulevard businesses
               •	   Highlights development opportunities

            Living up to its mission to reduce blight and facilitate
            desirable redevelopment activities, the NPF CRA has given
            birth to a new era in the Northwest community and along
            Sistrunk Boulevard.


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                      beach community redevelopment agency
                      A resurgence in stay-cations and the return of seasonal visitors has increased the
                      tourism dollars spent on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Fort Lauderdale Beach is a major
                      economic engine for the City and is doing its part to position our City as a must-
                      see tourist destination featuring 5-star hotels, great restaurants, local shopping
                      and pristine beaches.

                      The Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (BCRA) is supporting this effort
                      through numerous initiatives to improve and enhance the beach. The BCRA
                      completed renovations to the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park Parking Lot, which
                      included extending the City’s signature wave wall and constructing a new entryway.
                      The project also included the installation of prototype turtle-compliant light fixtures
                      developed in conjunction with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and
                      the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC).

                      To meet the goal of enhancing the resort image and improving the visual and physical
                      image of the Central Beach, the Beach CRA implemented the following initiatives:

                      •	 Developed a program to monitor the beach for maintenance issues and generate
                         and forward repair reports to the responsible city, county, and state agencies.
                         Over 230 repair reports were generated with repairs typically completed in 48 hours.

                      •	 Developed a program using GIS and GPS to identify and map the location of
                         turtle nests on Fort Lauderdale Beach. The information generated by this program
                         allows the City and Broward County to quickly re-mark the nests, and limit
                         interruptions in the cleaning of the beach. Over 380 turtle nests have been
                         documented.

                      •	 Entered into a contract with B-Cycle, LLC for bicycle sharing stations on the
                         beach for easy travels and less wear and tear on our environment.

                      •	 Funded portions of two Sun Trolley routes that partially encompass the
                         Community Redevelopment Area boundaries on the beach.




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                                                        neighborhood enhancement




The beach was transformed into an outdoor entertainment venue highlighted by           The Beach CRA is committed to providing a mix of land uses that will foster family
the following events:                                                                  activity and recreation in the Central Beach area, and provide opportunities for the
                                                                                       expansion of tourist-related facilities and activities.
•	 Saturday Nite Alive - A free live entertainment series with street vendors, hotel
   and restaurant specials, reduced parking and special Sun Trolley rates              Over the past year, the Beach CRA has worked diligently to improve the circulation
                                                                                       for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians; make Fort Lauderdale Beach an integral
•	 Light Up the Beach - An annual holiday lighting celebration kicking off the         part of the City for use by local residents; and stimulate the redevelopment of the
   holiday season on the beach                                                         core area as a catalyst for the revitalization of the entire Central Beach area.

•	 Great American Beach Party - A summer kick-off event that attracts over
   50,000 revelers and visitors

•	 A Four Day Splash - The Swimming Hall of Fame’s Centennial Celebration
   honoring the history of swimming and diving in Fort Lauderdale



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     infrastructure

                      public works
                      The Fort Lauderdale Public Works Department, the largest provider of infrastruc-
                      ture service in Broward County, ensures essential, fully operational services for our
                      water supply, wastewater treatment, storm drainage and solid waste.

                      The Public Works Department has completed landmark infrastructure improve-
                      ments and has taken a high-profile leadership role in launching comprehensive
                      environmental and sustainability initiatives while maintaining water and sewer rates
                      that are among the lowest in South Florida.

                      Accomplishments:
                      •	 Completed the $689 million WaterWorks 2011 program on schedule and on budget

                      •	 Created the City’s Sustainability Action Plan

                      •	 Managed construction of two fire stations, improvements of 19 parks and
                         installation of turtle-friendly lighting on A1A

                      •	 14.85 billion gallons of potable water distributed

                      •	 12.87 billion gallons of wastewater collected

                      •	 Conducted 108,141 lab tests to monitor the water supply and waterways

                      •	 Responded to 83,000 calls for service in the 24-hour Customer Service Center

                      •	 Responded to 2,400 service requests received online

                      •	 Introduced LauderServe, the City’s first Android application for mobile devices

                      •	 Planted and distributed 2,200 trees




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•	 Sponsored 15 environmental outreach events, including Earth Day, Water Matters
   Day and the Annual Medication Take Back Event
                                                                                    lauderscape participation up 268%
                                                                                    The Public Works Department hosted the second annual Lauderscape Florida-
                                                                                    Friendly Workshop, which attracted more than 300 area residents and vendors.

                                                                                    Participants packed the Holiday Park gym to learn how to how to transform water-
                                                                                    thirsty landscapes into beautiful, colorful, sustainable yards through the nine
                                                                                    “Florida-Friendly” principles:

                                                                                    •	   Right Plant, Right Place
                                                                                    •	   Water Efficiently
                                                                                    •	   Fertilize Appropriately
                                                                                    •	   Mulch
                                                                                    •	   Attract Wildlife
                                                                                    •	   Manage Yard Pests Responsibly
                                                                                    •	   Recycle
                                                                                    •	   Reduce Stormwater Runoff
                                                                                    •	   Protect the Waterfront

                                                                                    The event, which was free to residents, included live Florida-Friendly plant displays,
                                                                                    free tree giveaways, educational displays and several eco-friendly prize drawings.

                                                                                    new miX it. curb it. recycling program
                                                                                    The new “Mix It. Curb It.” program, launched in June, introduces a great opportu-
                                                                                    nity for residents to increase the amount of materials they recycle and improve the
                                                                                    quality of their recycling through a single blue 65-gallon recycling cart.

                                                                                    The City expects recycling participation to improve because the program makes
                                                                                    recycling easier, cleaner, more convenient and more environmentally-friendly. Last
                                                                                    year, the Public Works Department recycled 7,890 tons of material, collecting
                                                                                    $444,639 and saving $782,755 in avoided disposal costs.




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          infrastructure
building for tomorrow
According to a new U.S. Census Bureau report, the downward population migra-
tion trend seen during the recession is reversing. Last year, approximately 92,000
residents moved to the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area, a 1.7%
increase. Forecasters expect the trend to continue as the economy improves and
baby-boomers retire to South Florida.

Decision-making that is both responsible and forward-looking will safeguard our
prospects by laying the groundwork for sustained growth and ensuring that our
increasing population and forthcoming development simultaneously preserve our
diverse, close-knit, community.

Just as those before us were inspired to build a tunnel, port and airport, our com-
munity leaders today are analyzing and planning investment options for substantial
projects that will serve as future assets to our community.

transportation summit
The City’s first Transportation Summit, produced in partnership with Florida Atlan-
tic University, attracted hundreds of residents and community leaders interested
in the future of transportation in Fort Lauderdale and throughout the tri-county
region. Participants had an oppurtunity to interact with transportation experts to
learn about major transit projects, many of which may reshape the City’s transpor-
tation network, including: The Wave light rail system, passenger service on the FEC
railway, multi-modal transportation hubs, “Complete Streets,” B-cycle, and other
mobility and sustainability solutions.

fort lauderdale wave streetcar gets green light
Funding has been approved for the first phase of a project that will eventually
have streetcars running along a 2.7-mile corridor in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
An $18-million grant for The Wave is aimed at promoting transit-oriented devel-
opment by enabling our residents to use a street car in place of single passenger
vehicles to travel through downtown Fort Lauderdale. The Wave has community
partnerships with Broward County, The South Florida Regional Transportation
Authority (SFRTA), the State of Florida (FDOT), City of Fort Lauderdale, Downtown
Development Authority, and the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization.


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                                                                                                      infrastructure
the sun trolley ridership increases
More residents and visitors are discovering that the Sun Trolley provides convenient   • Completing renovation of the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park Lot including wave
and affordable access to businesses, world-class shopping, sparkling beaches,            wall, sidewalk, and ADA improvements
health care facilities and endless options for entertainment.
                                                                                       • Receiving a $1 million Enhancement Grant for the NW 9th Avenue (Broward
Sun Trolley ridership is up 55.2% over last year, to 228,600 riders including:           Blvd. to Sistrunk) streetscape project

Beach Link - 69,100 up 106%                                                            • Receiving Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) design funding totaling
Las Olas Link - 39,200 up 56%                                                            $1.2 million for A1A greenway project
Galt Link - 21,000 up 36%
Downtown Link - 40,500 up 11%                                                          • Receiving Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) funding totaling $800,000
Northwest Link - 58,800 up 58%                                                           for the Broward Boulevard Gateway Implementation project, the Downtown
                                                                                         Walkability Study, and the Downtown Hub study
The Transportation Management Association’s City Housing Authority Passenger
Ridership increased 32.5% with an average of 6,340 passengers per month.               complete streets in the city of fort lauderdale
                                                                                       Complete Streets are coming to the City of Fort Lauderdale. Designed to create
all aboard florida                                                                     a thoroughfare that provides access to a variety of users, Complete Streets safely
Fort Lauderdale will be one of four stops along the proposed Florida East Coast        move pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities
Railway’s “All Aboard Florida” passenger train service which could begin as early      along and across a redesigned roadway.
as 2014. The service would link Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and
Orlando with connections to major airports, seaports, Tri-Rail and Metrorail.          Plans are underway for the 13th Street Streetscape Improvement Initiative, a $5.6
According to FEC projections, the $1 billion system would create 6,000 construc-       million capital improvement project ($253,000 per block) to upgrade infrastruc-
tion jobs and more than 1,000 operations positions.                                    ture and use Complete Street principles to create a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere
                                                                                       along NE 13th Street.
infrastructure improvements
Fort Lauderdale’s infrastructure improvements include:                                 The project area encompasses NE 13th Street from NW 9th Avenue (Power-
                                                                                       line Road) to the FEC Railroad tracks and includes wider sidewalks, landscape
• Breaking ground on a new state-of-the-art $9 million Air Traffic Control Tower       enhancements, curb cutters, improved lighting, more parking and creates well-
  at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport                                                 defined bike lanes, traffic lanes and medians.

• Constructing Airport improvements totaling $1,471,784

• Receiving $5 million funding for 180 bus shelters

• Breaking ground on the Flagler Greenway project



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          future




our city, our vision
An ambitious citywide visioning initiative, Our City, Our Vision, is underway to
help identify priorities and generate a shared vision that will provide direction for
future policy and decision-making. Through the leadership of the Visioning Com-
mittee, this resident-driven initiative focuses on garnering widespread participation
to ensure the vision reflects input from and representation of the entire community.
Moving forward, a comprehensive public outreach phase will culminate with a
citywide neighborhood summit and adoption of a vision plan in 2013.

As the City of Fort Lauderdale moves forward, we will continue to work in partnership
with our most important asset – our citizens – to develop the strategies necessary to
ensure a safe and secure community; provide quality programs and services; en-
hance the quality of life; protect the environment; promote smart growth; maintain
fiscal responsibility; and ensure a bright future for all.




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                                                         boards and committees
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee                       Economic Development Advisory Board

Audit Advisory Board                                        Education Advisory Board

Aviation Advisory Board                                     Fire-Rescue Facilities Bond Issue Blue Ribbon Committee

Beach Business Improvement District Advisory Committee      General Employees Retirement System, Board of Trustees

Beach Redevelopment Board                                   Historic Preservation Board

Board of Adjustment                                         Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale, Board of Commissioners

Budget Advisory Board                                       Insurance Advisory Board

Cemetery System Board of Trustees                           Marine Advisory Board

Centennial Celebration Committee                            Northwest-Progresso-Flagler Heights Redevelopment Board

Charter Revision Board                                      Nuisance Abatement Board

Citizens Committee of Recognition                           Parks, Recreation and Beaches Board

Citizens Police Review Board                                Performing Arts Center Authority

City Attorney Search Committee                              Planned Unit Development Zoning District Advisory Committee

Civil Service Board                                         Planning and Zoning Board

Code Enforcement Board                                      Police and Firefighters Retirement System, Board of Trustees

Community Appearance Board                                  Sustainability Advisory Board

Community Redevelopment Agency                              Unsafe Structures and Housing Appeals Board

Community Services Board                                    Utility Advisory Committee

Downtown Development Authority                              Visioning Committee




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         awards
national accreditation                                                                 achievement of eXcellence in procurement
Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies                           National Purchasing Institute
Parks and Recreation Department                                                        Procurement Services


national title                                                                         crystal award for national fleet certification
KaBoom! “Playful City USA”                                                             Fleet Counselor Services, Inc.
Parks and Recreation Department                                                        Fleet Services


tree city usa                                                                          ranked 14th among the nation’s top 100 fleets
Arbor Day Foundation                                                                   Government Fleet Magazine
Parks and Recreation Department                                                        Fleet Services


blue wave award                                                                        distinguished budget presentation award
Clean Beaches Council                                                                  Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
Fort Lauderdale Beach                                                                  Office of Management and Budget


distribution system of the year award                                                  certificate of achievement for eXcellence
Florida Chapter of the American Water Works Association                                in financial reporting
Public Works Department                                                                Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
                                                                                       Finance Department




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