Fort Lauderdale Update on City Operations following Hurricane Irma

Fort Lauderdale Hurricane Update.The City of Fort Lauderdale would like to advise neighbors of the following important information as of Saturday, September 16, 2017. We thank our neighbors for their patience and understanding while we work together to get our City back to normal.
 
NEIGHBOR REST & RELAXATION CENTERS OPEN
The City of Fort Lauderdale will open four Rest and Relaxation Centers to provide air conditioning and relief from the heat for neighbors who have not had their power restored. One Rest and Relaxation Center will open in each City Commission District, click here for location details. The Centers will be open Saturday, Sept. 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Centers will be equipped with air conditioning, and ice will be available while supplies last. Please advise any of your neighbors who do not have power and may not have access to this message.

NEIGHBOR DEBRIS CLEAN-UP

Neighbors are asked to 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. 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 1.6 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.
RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE COLLECTION HAS RESUMED
  • The City of Fort Lauderdale has resumed the normal collection schedule for BLACK GARBAGE CARTS ONLY.
  • 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, yard waste, or other carts curbside on your garbage pick-up day.
  • Since we are anticipating busy days, collections will begin early. We encourage neighbors 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.
RECYCLING COLLECTION TO RESUME SEPTEMBER 18
  • Residential recycling collections will resume the regular schedule Monday, September 18.
  • Since we are anticipating busy days, 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.

BULK TRASH AND YARD WASTE COLLECTION
Bulk trash pickup and yard waste collections remain suspended until further notice.
 

PARKING

  • On-street parking and parking lot enforcement have resumed.
  • Garage parking enforcement will resume September 18.
  • Please note that parking lots on the barrier island may be closed periodically for cleaning and restoration.   
PARKS AND RECREATION
Community Centers, afterschool programs, and other outdoor events and activities remain suspended until further notice.



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 helpful tips for 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 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.

 
STAY IN TOUCH
The City of Fort Lauderdale offers numerous ways to stay informed before, during and after a storm:

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