THE FOLLOWING IS AN UPDATE FROM THE CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE ON THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Following is an update from the City of Fort Lauderdale on the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Mayor Trantalis Announces Opening of COVID-19 Testing Site at Holiday Park Starting April 30
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis announced today that a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will open at Holiday Park (1150 G. Harold Martin Drive) beginning Thursday, April 30 at 9 a.m. The testing site will be open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., by appointment only. Testing is available to anyone over the age of 18 with or without COVID-19 symptoms. No doctor referral is needed. Proper ID is required with name, date of birth, and photo. First responders needing tests may make appointments and use the Sunrise Boulevard entrance to the park. Please have badge or proper identification ready. Tests will be administered by healthcare professionals from AMR. Patients will be contacted when test results are available. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-209-7919, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. To read the Mayor’s announcement, visit https://bit.ly/35gel2A To view the Mayor’s media briefing, visit https://bit.ly/35hDRV0. For more details about the testing site, visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19testing.
City Reopens Certain Parks, Boat Ramps, and Amenities with Social Distancing Requirements
The City of Fort Lauderdale has reopened certain parks, marinas, boat ramps, and golf courses to help promote physical and mental health in the community. The parks and amenities listed on our website at bit.ly/35d14Id are open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Passive recreation is permissible including bicycling, boating, running and walking (paths will be marked as one-way), singles-only pickleball and tennis games, and launching of single-rider canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. Park users are required to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) personal hygiene guidelines which include using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; avoiding close contact with people who are sick; maintaining six feet of distance between yourself and others; wearing a facial covering over mouth and nose if social distancing cannot be maintained; and staying home if you are sick. To read the full Declaration of Emergency Regulations, visit bit.ly/35dSQPX. To see the complete list of selected parks and amenities that have reopened, visit bit.ly/35d14Id.
Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Launches Virtual Recreation Center
Fort Lauderdale understands the power of parks and recreation more than anyone. During this time of social distancing, the Parks and Recreation Department is providing virtual recreation opportunities for you and your families. Our Virtual Recreation Center offers free, fun, and educational activities and resources for all ages. Visit this page often or follow us on our social media channels for a variety of free instructor-led classes, at-home activities, updates, and ideas to keep you and your loved ones healthy, entertained, and informed. For details, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/recreation.
U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Offering Business Assistance
The U.S. Conference of Mayors Small Business and Entrepreneurship Task Force is pleased to announce that individual business assistance is now available at no cost to small business owners. Small business owners impacted by the economic consequences of the pandemic can call 855-876-5561 to receive one-on-one help. Owners will be connected with experts who can assist them in developing strategies for their businesses, including personnel management, operations, and liquidity. Additionally, specialists will help owners navigate funding options at the federal, state, and local levels. For more details, visit bit.ly/2Vhvqoo.
Report Price Gouging to 1-866-966-7226
During the COVID-19 outbreak, neighbors are reminded to be on the lookout for scams and guard against price gouging. For a list of items covered under the state’s price gouging laws during the COVID-19 state of emergency, visit bit.ly/2wAxiA4 . Individuals who have experienced price gouging or scams related to COVID-19 can report them by calling Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline toll-free at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226). Complaints may also be submitted online at www.myfloridalegal.com. Violators of the price gouging law are subject to civil penalties of $1,000 per violation and up to a total of $25,000 for multiple violations committed in a single 24-hour period. For more information on price gouging, visit bit.ly/2K2pWsi.
Online City Services
Neighbors are encouraged to utilize Fort Lauderdale’s online services to conduct business. Please visit the Lauderserv page on the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv for information about a variety of online services including utility billing, parking and transportation, code compliance, building permits, human resources, and more.
Utility billing staff will be available by phone at 954-828-5150 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Neighbors can call utility billing to ask questions, open a new utility account, or make a payment. Utility billing payments may also be made online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/utilitybilling and at the drive-thru kiosk on the east side of City Hall, which is located at 100 North Andrews Avenue.
For Additional Information
For additional information regarding Coronavirus, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended protective measures, please visit:
Ways to Stay in Touch
The City of Fort Lauderdale offers numerous ways for neighbors to receive important information and updates:
- Monitor the City website at www.fortlauderdale.gov
- Register for CodeRED alerts
- If you live in Fort Lauderdale, join NextDoor
- Follow us on Twitter @FTLCityNews
- Like us on Facebook @CityofFortLauderdale
- Get E-news delivered to your inbox
- Download the Lauderserv App on your smartphone or tablet
Contact our 24-hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000
Coronavirus Hotline for Broward County
In addition to the Florida Department of Health’s 24/7 Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121, Broward County has launched a new COVID-19 telephone line at 954-357-9500 to assist the public with answers to questions about the virus. In addition to providing information, call takers are also conducting over-the-phone pre-screening for testing eligibility. The Broward County COVID-19 call center is operational from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., seven days a week.