Post Hurricane Irma Updates on City Operations
UPDATE ON CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE OPERATIONS
Posted Thursday, September 28
PLEASE NOTE: GARBAGE, RECYCLING, AND YARD WASTE COLLECTION HAS RESUMED
The City of Fort Lauderdale has resumed the normal collection schedule for garbage, recycling and yard waste.
OPERATION BLUE ROOF - FEDERAL PROGRAM PROVIDES BLUE TARPS FOR DAMAGED ROOFS
An application center has been set up in Fort Lauderdale for Broward County residents and businesses to apply for free blue tarps to protect exposed areas of homes and buildings from the elements following Hurricane Irma. It is located at a Walmart Supercenter, 2500 W. Broward Blvd, and is open from 8AM to 6PM. The tarps are part of a federal initiative, Operation Blue Roof, that is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For more information, visit: https://goo.gl/ydefAh
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.
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.
Bulk trash pickup remains suspended until further notice.
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.
PARKS AND RECREATION
All City parks have reopened with the exception of the following: Annie Beck Park; Bayview Dr. Canal Ends; Flamingo Park; Lincoln Park Extension; and Synder Park.
PARKS AND RECREATION SPECIAL EVENTS
The City of Fort Lauderdale Big Toy & Truck event that was scheduled to take place on October 7 has been canceled.
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 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 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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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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.
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.
STAY IN TOUCH
The City of Fort Lauderdale offers numerous ways to stay informed:
- Monitor the City's website www.fortlauderdale.gov for updates
- Contact our 24-hour Neighbor Service Center at 954-828-8000
- Download the Lauderserv App on your smartphone or tablet
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- Call the Neighbor Emergency Information Line for recorded updates at 954-828-8888
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