Participants will be entered to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (GFLA) has been compiling data from decision makers throughout Broward County for the last nine years. They want to hear your feedback about our county's business environment, including your biggest opportunities and challenges, and how you are meeting them.
The survey results will provide a real assessment of the current economic climate and what you see coming in the next year. GFLA will compare the results to previous years and share the findings.
All responses are kept confidential and tabulated by the independent accounting firm Kaufman Rossin. Participants will be entered to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards.
LauderDeals are special savings for visitors and residents on hotels, spas, dining, and things to do during the summer and beyond. Updated and expanded from last year, LauderDeals invites you to promote your seasonal offers with Visit Lauderdale. There is no registration fee to participate and no gift certificates are required.
Hotel Deals (June through September)
Things To Do (June through September)
DineOut Lauderdale (August and September)
Spa Days (August and September)
And year-round promos like FLorida Resident, Military & First Responder, Cruise Deals, Travel Advisor Perks and more
When you participate, benefits include:
Advertising campaign drives consumers to the LauderDeals web pages where your free deals listing is displayed.
Public relations campaign focused on generating high impact stories in major media outlets.
Targeted social media campaign.
Inclusion in consumer e-newsletter to CVB opted-in database.
Dedicated listing on sunny.org.
Direct link to your website.
What is the deadline to sign up?
Hotel Deals and Things to Do Deals: Sign up by April 16
Dine Out Lauderdale and Spa Days: Sign up by June 25
Your LauderDeals will help make Greater Fort Lauderdale the preferred choice, offering unrivaled value and enticing visitors like never before!
Due to the anticipated increase in visitors to Hollywood Beach and pedestrian traffic on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk during the Spring Break season, the City of Hollywood has modified the Temporary Café Zone. Effective immediately, the distance between the Café Zone area for tables, chairs, etc. and the bike lane will increase to TEN FEET.
We appreciate your cooperation and compliance with these safety measures to protect visitors to the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk and patrons of Hollywood Beach businesses.
In an effort to assist Hollywood businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 safety measures, the City of Hollywood designated a Temporary Café Zone along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk. This Temporary Café Zone provides businesses, that comply with all program requirements, the opportunity to expand their dining areas onto the Broadwalk to allow for additional seating while keeping 6 feet between parties. The Hollywood Beach Broadwalk Temporary Café Zone operates from Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. to Sundays at 11:00 p.m.
Attention Florida General Contractors
The City of Hollywood Department of Development Services, Community Development Division intends to create a qualified pool of State of Florida General Contractors to provide construction services in conjunction with:
The City’s Housing Rehabilitation Program
The Voluntary Demolition/Replacement Program
Demolition and Clearance of City-owned property
The Acquisition/Rehabilitation program
New Construction of Single-Family Homes
The term of the agreement shall be for a period of two (2) years beginning upon date of award or expiration of current agreement, whichever is later. The City may renew the agreement for two (2) additional two (2) year periods subject to vendor acceptance, satisfactory performance, and the determination that the renewal will be in the best interest of the City. The proposer must meet or exceed the following minimum requirement:
Possess a valid Florida General Contractor’s License and maintain proper licensing throughout the course of the program.
Have been in business under the present company name for a minimum of three (3) years and shall not have been declared in default on any construction contract within that time.
Completed at least ten (10) housing rehabilitation projects in the last five (5) years.
To review this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in its entirety, and to submit a proposal via BidSync, please visit the City’s website. The General Contractors for Housing Programs RFQ-4657-21-RL issue date is March 1, 2021. All proposals are due by March 23, 2021.
Notwithstanding the imposition of a Cone of Silence, a potential vendor seeking additional information may contact Robert Lowery, Procurement Services Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 954.921.3552. Potential vendors may also contact Steve Stewart, Assistant Director, Finance Services for Procurement Services at 954.921.3290.
Inquiries may also be submitted in writing by mail to the City of Hollywood, Procurement Services Division, Room 303, P.O. Box 229045, Hollywood, Florida 33022-9045. Such contact is to be for clarification purposes only.
PPP Forgiveness Webinar
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has published a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act. Join the SBA's South Florida District Office to learn more about the PPP Forgiveness process during one of this week's free webinars:
The SBA, in consultation with the Treasury Department, re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.
This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.
Join the South Florida District Office and explore the next steps in the PPP process.
Was your small business affected by Covid-19? Are you looking for small business funding? Join the SBA during their virtual hours and have your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) questions answered by a live person. Participants may call at anytime and are welcome to enter and exit at will.
Tuesday, March 16 • 2PM EST • Join Here Wednesday, March 17 • 2PM EST • Join Here To Join By Phone: Call 202-765-1264 (Conference ID: 191 652 154)
Tuesday, March 16 (en Español) • 11AM • Join Here To Join By Phone: Call 202-765-1264 (Conference ID: 919 146 391)
Identify and prioritize the steps to take now to restart or revamp your business as the economy restarts! Join Broward SCORE every Thursday in March at 6:00 p.m. for this free virtual workshop series. Registration is required.
Thursdays in March • 6:00 p.m. Click here to register for this free online series.
City of Hollywood Adds 3D Interactive Zoning Map and Additional Tools to Optimize User Experience
Virtual Demonstration: Tuesday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m.
The City has launched the Gridics 3D zoning map, text and property data platform. This new online tool brings simplicity, transparency and efficiency for City planners, residents, developers and those trying to research the City’s zoning code and development regulations. All are invited to join the virtual demonstration on Tuesday, March 23rd at 10:00 a.m. Gridics team members will demonstrate the use of each tool and will answer questions from meeting participants. The public may join in the following ways:
A 3D interactive map with zoning code allows users to visualize the buildable capacity of every parcel in the City as allowed by zoning. The interactive map combines a wide range of data layers for a more complete understanding of the parcel. The tool also enables publishing code text changes in real-time.
The online property lookup tool delivers deep, parcel-specific zoning data to help users get the answers they need.
The City’s Code of Ordinances and Zoning and Land Development Code have been digitized into an easily searchable tool.
The Gridics platform aims to make it easier for residents, investors and developers to do business and interact with the City and get the information they need as efficiently as possible. “These new tools developed by Gridics allow Hollywood users to easily and quickly see the City landscape and the options available to them for building and development,” says Raelin Storey, City of Hollywood Director of Communications, Marketing and Economic Development. “The technology is very powerful and provides a quick view and searchable, integrated options for a fast and easy user experience,” says Shiv Newaldass, Director of Development Services for the City of Hollywood. “We’re are extremely excited to be able to offer these tools to our customers.” The City's Code of Ordinances and Zoning and Land Development Code have also been converted into an easily searchable tool for customers’ ease of use.
Click here for more information and to begin using the suite of tools.
Sea Turtle Nesting Season Has Begun
Beach Businesses & Residents: Ensure That Lighting Is "Sea Turtle-Friendly"
The official start of sea turtle nesting season in Broward County has officially begun. Last year, the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program documented more than 3,000 nests on the County’s 24-mile coastline, including the Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park in Hollywood. Three species of sea turtles typically nest on Broward’s beaches each season: leatherbacks, loggerheads and green turtles. While long-term trends suggest increases in local nesting populations, artificial lighting remains one of the biggest threats to sea turtles in southeast Florida.
Hatchlings use natural light from the moon and stars to locate the water after hatching, but artificial lighting near the beach can disrupt this sea-finding process and cause turtles to become “disoriented” or confused. To reduce the amount of artificial lighting reaching the beach in Broward County, local coastal municipalities enforce lighting ordinances during sea turtle nesting season (March 1-October 31). Lighting near the beach should be “sea turtle-friendly” and follow all three criteria below, established by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC):
Keep it low: Fixtures should be mounted as low as possible to achieve their purpose. Fixtures/bulbs should produce the lowest lumens (light output) necessary for the task.
Keep it shielded: The bulb, lamp, or glowing lens should be shielded from the beach. This includes interior lights, curtains, shades, and blinds should be closed after sunset.
Keep it long (wavelength): Fixtures/bulbs must produce long wavelength light (560 nm or longer) without filters, gels or lenses. Amber and red LEDs are good examples of these types of light.
Interior lights can also cause sea turtles to become disoriented. Implement these tips to reduce the amount of light reaching the beach from interior sources:
Close curtains or blinds after sunset.
Move light sources away from windows.
Choose low wattage, warm white bulbs such as those with a color temperature of 3000K.
Use fixtures with shades instead of exposed bulbs.
Apply window tint of 15% inside to outside light transmittance.
FWC provides a list of certified fixtures that can be safely installed near sea turtle nesting beaches. Alternatively, you can contact the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program for assistance with light retrofitting or additional information.
For turtle nesting updates throughout the season and other environmental news, follow @BrowardCountyEnvironment on Facebook and @BrowardEnv on Twitter.
Kick Off Florida Bike Month With A Virtual Bike Challenge