Thousands of people are flooding into Fort Lauderdale Beach Park for Tortuga Music Festival, a three-day event featuring popular country music artists like Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Eric Church. As crowds of people continue to stream into the area, the City of Fort Lauderdale has issued a traffic advisory for anyone commuting in the city this weekend. Drivers are urged to avoid barrier island roadways – particularly A1A and Seabreeze Boulevard. Officials say delays are also expected on Southeast 17th Street and Las Olas Boulevard. There is a designated pick-up/drop-off location for anyone getting to the festival via Uber, Lyft or taxi cab services. That designated location is the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complez parking lot, located at 501 Seabreeze Boulevard. Ride share services are not permitted to pick-up or drop-off at any other location. There will be no official event parking. Instead, officials are advising festival-goers to use the Water Taxi shuttle service … [Read more...] about Traffic Advisory: Tortuga Music Festival Takes Over Fort Lauderdale Beach
On the first evening of Hannukah, the Fort Lauderdale Council of Civic Associations hosted a holiday gathering at City Hall. Candidates in the coming city primary were invited to attend.After snacking and chatting, the council held its December meeting. The top issues that came up: how to address the homeless problem, and complaints of traffic and overdevelopment. … [Read more...] about Photos: Fort Lauderdale candidates celebrate the holidays
The $195.3 million Fort Lauderdale Wave streetcar project was down to its last strike Tuesday when Broward Commissioner Mark Bogen stepped to the plate in a Chicago Cubs uniform and smacked the winning hit to keep the downtown project alive.Bogen cast the deciding vote in a 5-4 commission decision on the Wave, even though he was 2,300 miles away from the commission chambers on a baseball diamond in Arizona.He’s out of town this week at a Chicago Cubs fantasy baseball camp, where he’s playing games twice a day.He phoned into the commission meeting and was on the line for the last 17 minutes of a 3 1/2-hour discussion about the Wave’s future before the vote was taken. It was the only part of the meeting when he participated. Commissioners are allowed to attend and vote by phone if they are out of town.“If the Wave was the first [item] on the agenda, I wouldn’t have been on the phone [for it],” Bogen said, indicating he had no idea how important his … [Read more...] about Wave him in: Bogen scores one for Fort Lauderdale streetcars
Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners could decide as early as 6 p.m. Tuesday night whether to end the regular gun shows at the War Memorial Auditorium.The city-owned space has held the gun show for decades, but the event has come under scrutiny since the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting, and its promoter agreed not to have a March show after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.Critics have derided gun shows for the sales between private dealers that take place at them — the so-called “gun show loophole” that allows buyers to avoid background checks. But the shows at the auditorium require the checks and a waiting period. Local governments are banned under state law from enacting gun control ordinances, but the state constitution allows counties to require criminal history checks and a three- to five-day waiting period for sales of any firearms in the county.Broward County requires the check and the waiting period, but nothing prevents prospective buyers … [Read more...] about Should Fort Lauderdale end gun shows at the War Memorial Auditorium?
Fort Lauderdale City Commission candidate Donna Guthrie campaigned as a Democrat in a race where doing so is against state law. Her campaign also gave voters the wrong election date.Reached Tuesday, Guthrie said she was aware of the problems in a recent campaign email and had asked her campaign helpers to send an email correction."They should have corrected it," she said. " ... I have someone working on that."In the campaign email sent Saturday, voters were told that "your democratic candidate for District 3 is the dedicated Donna Guthrie who has served her community for more than 20 years in the city."The email also said, "Do remember to cast your vote for Democratic Candidate, Donna Guthrie and return them early."It referred to "the upcoming January 18, 2018 election." The election is Jan. 16.(Guthrie's not the only candidate to mistake the date. District 2 candidate Lester Zalewski has a campaign piece that says the election is Jan. 15.)State law says candidates in non-partisan … [Read more...] about Fort Lauderdale candidate touts Democratic label in nonpartisan race