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Purpose

To establish a minimum standard for the official recognition of Neighborhood Organizations by the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Definition

A Neighborhood Organization must meet the following criteria to be officially recognized by the City of Fort Lauderdale:

  1. The Neighborhood Organization must occupy a geographically distinct and specific area that does not overlap with any other Neighborhood Organization’s defined boundaries.
  2. The Neighborhood Organization must have a current written set of bylaws approved by its membership.
  3. The Neighborhood Organization must have a Board of Directors and/or Officers elected by its general membership.
  4. The Neighborhood Organization records and saves minutes from all board and general membership meetings for at least four (4) years.
  5. The Neighborhood Organization must have a general election at least every two years where it elects its board of directors and/or officers.
  6. The Neighborhood Organization must have an established mechanism to communicate with its Directors and the general membership.
  7. The Neighborhood Organization must be in good standing with the City of Fort Lauderdale.

All Neighborhood Organizations that have been in existence over the past year are welcomed to apply for official status with the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Only one Neighborhood Organization will be recognized as official in a distinct geographic area. In the event two or more Neighborhood Organizations purport to represent the same geographical area, or portion thereof, the City will request that the residents in the contested area work through the existing Neighborhood Organization to solve their differences on a neighborhood level. If at the end of the City’s fiscal year there has been no resolution, the historically existing Neighborhood Organization will remain the officially recognized Neighborhood Organization.

During the initial recognition process, the historically established Neighborhood Organization will be recognized should there be two or more organizations purporting to represent one geographically defined area.

List of Perks for Officially Recognized City Neighborhoods

  • Officially recognized neighborhoods will be noted on the City web page with a specially created city logo
  • A numbered badge will be issued to each recognized association for identification purposes.  These may be used for discounted printing, copies of documents, etc.
  • City maps, zoning information and other requested documents be made available at no cost to recognized associations
  • City facilities can be reserved for meetings on an as-available basis (Commission office will be central contact)
  • Discount printing services are available through the City Printing Office
  • Parking Permit will be made available to each recognized association for parking in the City Employee Parking Spaces
  • Mailings will be made to officially recognized neighborhoods only
  • Seminars/special events/trainings/education/grant-writing advice/information and workshops offered by the City
  • Official paperwork kept in central file and used for programs for which the neighborhood is eligible provided they are in good standing with the City
  • Mentoring available through City Departments and Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Association
  • 1000 NCIP points -- one time only; when recognized
  • CVC project participation -- 500 points per neighborhood per project in the new grant cycle

How to Apply

Download an application, fill it out, and return it as instructed to City Hall.

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