Because the entire Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is located on a barrier island - and in a coastal evacuation zone - all residents and visitors will be ordered to leave their homes, condominiums, apartments and hotels when the National Hurricane Center in Miami issues a Hurricane Warning for Broward County. Please note: The Commercial Boulevard Bridge is never closed to car and other vehicle traffic. However, if you own a boat that requires a bridge opening to move to another location, the bridge at some point will be closed to all vessel traffic.
Before an approaching hurricane strikes the Town and South Florida, all EMS, fire and police personnel and equipment are re-located to Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale for safety reasons. If you ignore the evacuation order to remain in Town and call 911 during a hurricane, EMS, fire and police will NOT respond. Once the storm has passed, all Public Safety personnel will return to Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.
After the hurricane threat is over, it may be necessary for the Broward Sheriff's Office to limit access to the Town if there are unsafe areas in our community. Before leaving, take your license or other identification proving that you are a Lauderdale-By-The-Sea resident.
Deputies will not allow any individual to enter an evacuated area unless proper authority has been given. Individuals will be asked to show their driver license or state ID card before being allowed to re-enter the Town. If a person does not have any identification, a resident with a valid ID who knows the person requesting entrance may vouch for the person attempting re-entry.
Florida Power & Light will work as quickly as possible to restore power once the storm is over. Please be aware there are no critical facilities in Town (hospitals, schools or nursing homes) that often receive priority from FP&L.