Construction of the new playground and safety surface at Emerald Hills Lakes Park is now complete and the playground has reopened to the public. Thank you for your patience during this exciting upgrade to your neighborhood park!
New Horizons is Now Available
The latest edition of New Horizons is out. Take a moment to read the latest news from your Mayor and Commissioners, upcoming programs and events, GOB projects update, and other news and happenings in Hollywood. You can read the issue in English and Spanish online.
Florida Licensing on Wheels (FLOW) Unit Heading to Hollywood
Join State Representative Marie Woodson and Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy and Hollywood Commissioners for a Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Mobile Unit Driver's License Service Event on Wednesday, August 9th & Thursday, August 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hollywood Branch Library, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard.
The Florida Licensing on Wheels mobile offices brings motorist services directly to the customer. For your convenience, the FLOW unit accepts cash, check and credit cards as payment methods. FLOW mobiles offer the following services:
First time license ($48.00)
Convert out of state license ($48.00)
Renewals ($48.00 for Class E; fees vary for CDL)
Replacements for lost or stolen license ($25.00)
Address/name changes ($25.00)
ID cards ($25.00)
No FEE Poverty Letter.
Reinstatements (fees vary)
Emergency Contact Information Registration (free)
Vehicle Registration Renewals (fees vary)
Disabled Parking Placard Issuance and Renewals (Permanent free; Temporary- $15.00)
Take the ArtsPark Fence Improvement Project Survey
We want to hear from you. Do you like the palm frond or flying bird pattern for the fence, and which color do you prefer? Take the brief survey today to let us know your choices.
The scope of work for this improvement project includes the installation of 950 linear feet of decorative fence panels and pedestrian gates. The fence will be 6-8 feet tall. The purpose of the new fence is to secure the Amphitheatre main stage, lawn seating and central sidewalk area adjacent to the fountain. The fence will also serve as a flexible enclosure that will allow for enhanced event programming and community entertainment. Take the survey today!
Hollywood Blvd from 24th Ave to the FEC Rail Crossing
Tuesday, August 8th - Thursday, August 10th
The eastbound lane of Hollywood Blvd from 24th Ave to the FEC Rail Crossing Downtown will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8pm to 5am from Tues, Aug 8th through Thursday, Aug 10th for a utility connection project. Traffic will be detoured to Van Buren St.
Pembroke Road Closure at US1
Saturday, August 12th - Tuesday, August 15th
Pembroke Road at the rail crossing at US 1 will be closed to vehicular traffic for a railway grade crossing rehabilitation from Saturday, August 12th at 6 p.m. to Tuesday, August 15th at 11:59 p.m. If necessary to complete the work, this closure will extend to Wednesday, August 16th at 11:59pm. This will allow workers to safely perform necessary repairs to the FEC railway tracks on Pembroke Road, west of US-1.
The FDOT widening of I-95 over Johnson Street began on Wednesday, August 2nd and is expected to be completed by December 29, 2023. Nighttime construction may require a full closure of Johnson Street. These activities will typically be done Sunday Night through Friday Nights 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., with occasional Saturday Night activities from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Vehicle traffic will be detoured around the closure via N 26 Ave and N Park Road to Taft Street. FDOT crews will do everything possible to minimize noise from this construction zone.
Calling All Artists,
Crafters & Musicians
Art in the Atrium is an opportunity for artists, crafters and musicians to feature their creations in Hollywood. The next Art in the Atrium event is planned for Saturday, November 18th at the Fred Lippman Multi-Purpose Center, located at 2030 Polk Street in downtown Hollywood.
Artists, crafters and musicians interested in displaying their wares are encouraged to register for this free event by calling the center at 954.921.3408. Please register your attendance by October 14th.
Charter Review Committee
Since May, Charter Review Committee members meet every month to review the City Charter page by page. Meetings are held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard. All are invited to attend. The first agenda item, following roll call, is public comment. Each speaker has a maximum of three minutes to share their ideas and suggestions. No pre-registration required.
The next Charter Review Committee Meeting is Tuesday, August 15th. Hope to see you there!
A welcoming neighborhood includes a well-lit street that improves pedestrian and vehicle visibility and a sense of personal security. When streets are properly lit, especially at crossings, it encourages residents to get out and walk, it improves security, and minimizes crime or vandalism. Over the past several years Florida Power and Light has been actively replacing traditional high-pressure sodium vapor (HPSV) fixtures with light emitting diode LED lighting. The transition is taking place as a way to improve light quality, increase visibility, and reduce energy costs. Now the City is doing the same with the more than 2,000 City-owned fixtures.
A recent audit by NORESCO of City fixtures determined the number of fixtures, their existing conditions, ownership of the pole, and fixture type. 2,748 fixtures were identified as City-owned and in need of an update to LED. Replacement is set to being this fall, and while the pole itself will not change in most instances, the fixture will change to accommodate LED bulbs. Following the update residents will notice brighter, whiter light directed toward the street.
Lend Your Support for Two Proposed Traffic Calming and Bicycle/Pedestrian Improvement Projects
Community Meetings Planned
The City of Hollywood is applying to the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Cycle 8, Complete Streets and Other Localized Initiative Program (CSLIP) for two traffic calming and bicycle/pedestrian improvement projects. The 2024 Cycle 8 CSLIP Project Application window is currently open and successful applications must demonstrate “community support” for the proposed projects. The projects identified are as follows:
Polk Street Traffic Calming Project from N 26th Avenue to Dixie Highway
Re-purposing one vehicle lane to slow down traffic. The re-purposed lane will be re-configured into either one bi-directional buffered bicycle lane (Option A) or two multi-purpose trails (Option B). The project will also include improved sidewalks, crosswalks, ADA upgrades, and new landscaping.
Learn more at the Community Meeting on August 15th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hollywood Police Department 1st Floor Conference Room, 3250 Hollywood Blvd.
West Park Road Traffic Calming Project between North Park Road and N 56th Avenue
Re-purposing one eastbound/westbound lane to slow down traffic. The re-purposed lanes will be reconfigured into buffered bicycle lanes, improved sidewalks and crosswalks, ADA upgrades, median improvements, and new landscaping.
Learn more at the Community Meeting on August 16th from 6 to 8 p.m. at David Park Community Center, 108 N 33rd Ct.
The goal of these projects is to reduce vehicular traffic speeds and improve overall corridor safety. The City is offering a number of options where you can lend your support for the projects:
The City of Hollywood Department of Public Utilities began its Annual Breakpoint Chlorination, AKA Free Chlorination,” System Flushing Program this week. The free chlorination portion of this program will end August 27, 2023. Water distribution system line flushing may continue across the city for an additional two weeks to achieve optimal system maintenance through September 7, 2023.
For questions, please call City of Hollywood Water Quality at 954.967.4230 (option 2) or the Water Treatment Plant at 954.967.4230. Ask for Luis Montoya, Public Utilities Manager, or Jorge Marin, Water Treatment Plant Superintendent.
Be Water Smart
Tips to Ensure a Safe Summer
Florida leads the country in drowning deaths of children ages 1–4, in can happen in an instant. Learn how to keep safe around pools, lakes and the ocean to ensure a safe summer.
"Dry drowning" can occur after a person is submerged or inhales water through the nose or mouth, causing a spasm in the airway and difficulty breathing. Dry drowning can occur less than one hour after inhaling water. If a person is rescued from a "near" drowning, and they continue to cough or have difficulty breathing, call 9-1-1- and seek medical attention immediately.
Steps you can take for a safe summer around water:
Supervision: Always watch kids closely when they’re in or near the water.
Have a dedicated watcher: When gathering in large groups, assign one adult to watch one or two specific children, so someone is always looking out for kids.
Choose the right location to swim: Swim near a lifeguard. If you’re swimming in areas without a lifeguard, don’t do so alone. Make sure someone knows where you are and is keeping an eye out.
Install perimeter protection: Install fences and gates around pools.
Pay attention to safety warnings. If a beach or pool has “No swimming!” signs, take that seriously, even if things look safe. There’s usually a good reason why you shouldn’t take a dip.
Check out Learn to Swim options available in Hollywood and find coupons for reduced rates for kids’ swim lessons
Watch the swim safety video for helpful hints and tips: YouTube Video
Kids Eat Free this Summer with the Summer BreakSpot Program
Kids ages 18 and under can enjoy a free nutritious meal and/or an afternoon snack during summer break through the “Summer BreakSpot” program. Learn more about where the locations are in Hollywood here.
Did you miss the tax deadline or require an amendment? Are you eligible for the Child Tax Credit (CTC)?
A team of volunteer tax experts is available to help with amendment returns for the tax years 2019, 2020, 2021, and also with your 2022 tax returns.
Construction is underway on the Hollywood Boulevard Streetscape Project. Temporary detours can be expected. Businesses remain open during construction. Visit the project website for additional information.
The Florida Department of Transportation continues working along the Florida Turnpike and I-95. For around-the-clock, real-time, traffic information, visit www.fl511.com. For updated lane closure information, please refer to www.d4fdot.com/bcfdot. You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram @MyFDOT_SEFL, and on Facebook FDOT Southeast Florida.
Grow with Us While Earning a
Top Salary & $3,000 Hiring Bonus
Key Roles Available in the City of Hollywood’s Building Division
Investment is underway and we are growing in the City of Hollywood! We need talented people to exceed expectations and meet the demand in our expanding Building Division. Quality candidates should apply for these available key roles:
Electrical Plans Examiner (Full-Time)
Structural Inspector (Full-Time)
Structural Plans Examiner (Full-Time)
Structural Plans Examiner (Part-Time)
Those dedicated to delivering high-quality services to residents and our business community should immediately apply. We are paying more, have a $3,000 hiring bonus, and are offering the best benefits than anyone else in South Florida to attract the best people to join our team. Apply today, interview this week! Visit the City’s Career Pages and keyword search for each position
It's easy to think that we have enough time to beat a train, but the reality is that we don't. Broward MPO's "Don't Risk It" rail safety campaign is so important because it reminds us that every year, dozens of people lose their lives because they underestimated the speed of a train. So next time you're tempted to try and cross those tracks before the barriers come down, remember that the train always wins. Stay safe, everyone! Visit http://dontriskit.org to learn more.
Stay Alert and Be Prepared
The Atlantic Hurricane Season began June 1st and It's important to stay alert and be prepared! You can find important information on making your hurricane plan, evacuation information, storm surge information and shelter locations on the City's hurricane preparedness website.
Share Your Input
Community Shuttle &
The City is looking to develop a Community "Fixed Route" Shuttle Service for residents in West Hollywood. Enter your route & stop location choices, share your feedback on existing transit conditions/concerns, and tell us what service you want to have. To provide input, visit the Public Comments Transit website.
Report a Water Break, Sewer Emergency or Stormwater Issue
Report a water main break, water outage, sewer emergency, or storm water issue by calling 954.921.3046. This is the same number to call to report urgent utilities issues after hours, on weekends and holidays.
To report street-level flooding that makes roads impassable, please call 954.764.4357.
For police and fire non-emergencies only, please call 954.764.HELP
For the City's General Information line, please call 954.967.4357
Sea Turtle Nesting Season takes place every year from March 1st through October 31st. During this time, Hollywood’s “Turtle Friendly Lighting Ordinance” is in effect, when the City’s Hatchlings are attracted to light.
Single-Use Plastics and Foam are prohibited on Hollywood Beach, at City-owned parks and facilities, and by City vendors
The City of Hollywood is committed to reducing our environmental impact and becoming more sustainable. One step the City has taken in achieving this goal is banning the use of nonbiodegradable containers, like plastics and expanded polystyrene foam (EPS), for serving food products.
If you're planning on going to the beach or park or attending an event or meeting at City Hall, a community center, park, ArtsPark at Young Circle, or other City facility, please don't bring plastic bottles, bags and other single-use plastics and foam containers.