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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Broward Closes All Condo and Hotel Pools, Tennis Courts and Gyms

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BROWARD COUNTY SHUTS DOWN CONDO AND HOTEL POOLS
Broward County today (4-3-20) issued an emergency order shutting down all condominium pools, hot tubs, party rooms, gyms and basketball and tennis courts.
Click here to see a copy of the order.

GOVERNOR ISSUES SAFER AT HOME ORDER FOR ALL FLORIDA RESIDENTS
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Wednesday (4-1-20) telling all Florida residents to stay at home, except when needing to leave for any essential reason, such as buying food and supplies, exercising or caring for a neighbor, friend or loved one. The statewide order takes effect on April 3, 2020.
Click here to see a copy of the order.

GOVERNOR EXTENDS BEACH CLOSURE IN BROWARD
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Tuesday (3-31-20) extending the beach closures in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Click here to see a copy of the order.

COMPLETE LIST OF ALL ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES IN SOUTH FLORIDA
The Sun-Sentinel has compiled a complete list of all essential businesses.
Click here to see the Sun-Sentinel article with a complete list of all essential businesses.


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GOVERNOR ISSUES TWO MORE EXECUTIVE ORDERS
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued two more executive orders Monday (3-30-20). The first deals with the re-employment of essential retired personnel. The second is a stay-at-home order for Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

The first order deals with the re-employment of essential personnel, including retired law enforcement and first responders.
Click here to see a copy of the governor’s order.

The second is a stay-at-home order for Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, similar to the local and county Safer At Home orders already in place.
Click here to see a copy of the governor’s order.

BASIC GUIDELINES TO STAY SAFE

YOU ARE ALLOWED TO:

  1. Travel to and from your essential workplace.
  2. Travel to and from essential businesses for food and supplies.
  3. Exercise outdoors as long as you keep moving and maintain 6-foot distance from other people.

YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO:

  1. Go to the beach or a park.
  2. Hang out in large groups of people.
  3. Leave your residence for any non-essential reason.

STATE SUSPENDS SHORT-TERM VACATION RENTALS
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday issued an executive order suspending short-term vacations in Florida.
Click here to see a copy of Gov. DeSantis’ order.

TOWN ISSUES SAFER-AT-HOME ORDER
Mayor Chris Vincent today (3-27-20) signed an updated Local Declaration of Public Emergency supporting Broward County’s Shelter-In-Place Order.
Click here to see a copy of the Town’s updated order.

CITY MANAGERS ASSOCIATION MEDIA RELEASE
The Broward County City Managers Association coordinated a joint response among all Broward municipalities supporting Broward’s Shelter-In-Place Order.
Click here to see a copy of the BCCMA’s media release.

TOWN ISSUES GUIDELINES FOR VIRTUAL MeETINGS
Mayor Chris Vincent today (3-27-30) signed a Local Declaration of Public Emergency Order outlining how the Town will conduct virtual (remote) Commission meetings.
Click here to see a copy of the Town’s order regarding virtual meetings.

HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS VIA E-MAIL
To submit a comment to the Town Commission before or during a virtual meeting, please e-mail public_comments@lbts-fl.gov

Click here to see the public notice for the Town Commisison’s virtual meeting on March 31st.

BROWARD ISSUES SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER
Broward County Thursday (3-26-20) issued a Shelter-In-Place order for all residents. The County urges all residents to stay at home unless they have to conduct essential business or personal errands, including buying food, drugs, driving to work and outdoor exercise. The exceptions are too numerous to list. Please read the order.
Click here to see a copy of the order.

BSO TICKETING BEACHGOERS
No one likes the fact that our Town beaches are closed, but they are shut down due to the threat of Coronavirus. Lauderdale By The Sea and the Broward Sheriff’s Office are experiencing an increasing number of daily challenges to enforce our beach closure. Therefore, BSO deputies are ticketing all those who ignore the state’s emergency order to close the Town’s beach. These misdemeanor citations would, when issued, require the ticketed individual to appear in Broward County Court; the maximum fine is $500 pursuant to Florida Statutes Chapter 252. We appreciate your cooperation.

And please support our restaurants by ordering take-out. There is free take-out parking.

Click this link for a list of the Town restaurants offering take-out. 

PELICAN HOPPER
Starting Monday (3-30-20), the Pelican Hopper will only operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9AM to 5:30PM. At this time it’s in the best interest of our riders and bus drivers to reduce operations until further notice. The shuttle will run its normal weekday schedule to Sea Ranch Center, the Galt Ocean Mile and Holy Cross Hospital.

GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
Click here to see a copy of the order.


NEVER NEVER FLUSH THESE ITEMS
Here are some helpful tips to avoid clogging your sewer line.
Click here for a link to the City of Fort Lauderdale’s website with some excellent tips.

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ANGLIN’S PIER CLOSED
Anglin’s Pier is now closed to the public.

COUNTY EMERGENCY ORDER LISTING ESSENTIAL AND NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES 
Click here to see the County’s Emergence Order (Updated)

GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER
Click here to read Gov. DeSantis’ Executive Order Concerning Restaurants and Closing Beaches

GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER
Click here to read Gov. DeSantis’ Executive Order Regarding Local Government Meetings

Patience and Understanding
We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as the Town deals with the Coronavirus pandemic affecting our community and the entire world. The Town has had to make some very hard decisions this week, but we believe they were the right ones in terms of protecting the public, visitors and our families and friends.

  • Town Hall, Jarvis Hall and the Visitors Center are closed to the public until further notice. You can still reach Town staff at 954-640-4200.
  • The Town’s beaches are closed to everyone. If you live in a beachfront condo, you are not allowed to access the beach east of the sea oats.
  • The Town’s restaurants are now closed to serving indoor and outdoor diners. Restaurants are still allowed to provide takeout, drive-thru and delivery service

Broward Health Now Offering Coronavirus Testing

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Town Restaurants Closed
Due to the threat of COVID-19, all Lauderdale-By-The-Sea restaurants were required to close indoor and outdoor dining at 10PM on Wednesday, March 18. They are still allowed to stay open for drive-thru takeout and delivery service. A Declaration of Emergency authorizing the closing was signed by the Mayor of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Click here to see a copy of the declaration

Town Beaches Closed
To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is closing its public beach effective Wednesday, March 18th, at 6:00 a.m. In a meeting held this afternoon with the mayors, city and town managers of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach, these cities have agreed to close their public beaches effective Wednesday, March 18th, at 6:00 a.m. In accordance with Florida Governor Rick Desantis’ new orders, the Town also mandates bars and nightclubs to close at 5:00 p.m., and restaurants to practice distance separation by not allowing groups larger than 10 people to gather.

Beaches Closed To All Residents
The Town’s public beach is closed to everyone until further notice. Even though the property right in front of your condo building may be private, no one is allowed on the public beach, which starts just east of the sea oats (dunes) or high tide line if there are no dunes in front of your building!

The Town is also closing the playground in Friedt Family Park and the downtown public bathrooms in Anglin’s Square.

The Town asks residents not to drop by Town Hall or other offices unless absolutely necessary. Please call instead if possible.

Town Buildings Closed
Town Hall, Jarvis Hall and the Visitors Center are closed to the public. Essential Town employees are still working. Please call 954-640-4200.

LEVEL OF SERVICE CHANGES FOR DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (Building Department)
Click here to see the changes, which are being implemented for everyone’s safety.

Beach Patrols Increased
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea today (March 16) increased patrols on its beaches to monitor the situation with Coronavirus. The Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Volunteer Fire Department on Monday began patrolling the Town’s beaches on all-terrain vehicles to increase our visibility and to discourage large crowds from gathering. BSO is encouraging all residents to call. “If you see something, say something,” Capt. Thomas Palmer said. He asked residents to dial 911 for emergencies. For non-emergencies, dial 954-764 (HELP) 4357. The Town continues to monitor the pandemic and is following the recommendations made by County and State authorities. “Common sense needs to prevail,” Mayor Chris Vincent said. “We will continue to update our residents, businesses and hotels. We will continue to monitor and address changes as we see it.”

Florida Governor’s Order Concerning Bars and Restaurants
Town restaurants are complying with Governor’s Executive Order Regarding Restaurants and Bars

Financial Help For Florida Businesses
Governor Ron DeSantis has activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey to assess the impact of the Coronavirus on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by DEO, will evaluate businesses affected by Coronavirus and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin. Here is a link to the survey.  Here is a link to the Florida Disaster Business website.

Reemployment Assistance
Governor DeSantis has reminded Floridians that if their employment has been negatively impacted because of mitigation efforts to stop the spread of Coronavirus, these Floridians may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance

Small Business Bridge Loans
Governor activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by Coronavirus. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, provides short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses.

Local Declaration of Public Emergency
Because of increased concern about the spread of the Coronavirus, Mayor Chris Vincent on Friday (March 13) signed a Local Declaration of Public Emergency. All events requiring a special event Town permit were cancelled.

Broward County remains under a Local State of Emergency and its Emergency Operations Center is partially activated (Level 2). Containment actions and preventative measures are critical to stopping the spread of the virus. The County is working with the Supervisor of Elections and the Florida Department of Emergency Management to ensure proper hand sanitizing measures are in place so that residents feel comfortable going to the polls to vote on Tuesday (March 17) in the Presidential Preference Primary and future elections. Early voting will continue at designated polling areas until 6PM Sunday (March 15) as planned. Residents should vote early. The closest early voting sites for Town residents are the Coral Ridge Mall, 3200 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, and the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach. For more information on early voting, visit the Supervisor of Elections website.

Until further notice, all Lauderdale-By-The-Sea special event permits have been cancelled, including Farmers Market, Friday Night Music and St. Patrick’s Day. Starting Friday, March 13, the Town will cancel all classes and programs at its Community Center in Jarvis Hall until further notice. Also cancelled until further notice are two ongoing programs: Yoga By The Sea in El Prado Park and Dancing By The Sea at the Ocean Plaza in Anglin’s Square.

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Declaration of Public Emergency

Here are links to websites with helpful information about Coronavirus:

http://www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2020/03/031320-0046-covid19.pr.html 

https://www.broward.org/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx 

https://www.floridaleagueofcities.com/coronavirus-resources 

Mayor Vincent Declaration of Emergency Update

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