Fort Lauderdale

Arts
3:52 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Nationwide Ukulele Craze Takes South Florida By Strum

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The jam session at the Penny Lane Music Emporium in Fort Lauderdale is probably one of the few musical gatherings in South Florida where senior citizens and teenagers play out of the same songbook.

About 20 people of all ages stand or sit in a circle, strumming ukuleles. Each of them has one eye on the sheet music, the other on their host, Ty Olopai.

"Beginners, when they pick it up, learn music in a minute,” says Olopai.

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Transportation
8:26 am
Fri March 28, 2014

It’s That Time Again: Thousands Of Critical Mass Cyclists Take To The Streets

Credit christopherneetz/flickr

 

If you're driving through the center of Miami tonight, you need to take a close look at the map below. 

Cyclists in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale will be riding over 10 miles through their cities as part of a group bike ride called Critical Mass, an event that takes place in cities all over the world on the last Friday of the month. 

RELATED: Show Commemorates Dead Cyclists With Reconstructed Bikes

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Music & Culture
6:46 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Sailing The Sloop With Seeger: A Local Remembers

Pete Seeger and Allen Aunapu in 1969.
Credit Christina Leps

Allan Aunapu was 26 in 1967, when he went north from Miami to work on the Sloop Clearwater, which would be bound for the Hudson River. The sloop came from the imagination of legendary folk singer and anti-war activist Pete Seeger, who died Monday, Jan. 27, at 94 years old.

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Culture
11:00 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Fort Lauderdale's Stonewall Museum Seeks Smithsonian Partnership

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Fort Lauderdale's Stonewall National Museum and Archives is seeking a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

The Stonewall, the nation's largest collection of LGBT literature and periodicals, has applied for membership to the Smithsonian Affiliations program. The program would allow both museums to exchange artifacts among 183 affiliates across 43 states, Panama and Puerto Rico.

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Religion
5:58 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

More Mormons? Time For A Temple

The new temple is located at 3901 SW 154th Ave. in Davie next to I-75.
Credit Courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The first Mormon temple in South Florida is scheduled to open this spring in Davie to serve the region’s growing Mormon population.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ membership in South Florida has almost doubled in the last six years, to around 25,000, according to church officials.

All those Mormons have had to go to Orlando or farther to hold important religious ceremonies, like marriage, performed in a temple.

Tony Burns is a local church representative. He says the new temple’s architecture features South Florida’s natural environment.

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Elevation Zero
7:53 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Fort Lauderdale Ahead Of The State When It Comes To Sea-Level Rise Protection

Fort Lauderdale's State Road A1A suffered serious damages from Tropical Storm Sandy.
Credit Florida Department of Transportation

If not for its patchwork of different shades of asphalt, you would never imagine the stretch of State Road A1A along Fort Lauderdale Beach was all underwater a year ago.

Last November, Tropical Storm Sandy and small storms that followed washed out a four-block section of A1A, north of Sunrise Boulevard. Sandy wasn’t a big storm, so the uncharacteristic destruction it brought has been explained by sea-level rise, which can cause increasingly harmful storm surges.

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City Planning
8:56 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Fort Lauderdale Votes To Extend Sistrunk Boulevard Farther East

About $15 million of city, county and federal funds have been invested in a massive revitalization of the Sistrunk corridor.
Credit FortLauderdale.gov

In most big cities, altering a street sign is not much cause for fanfare.  But Fort Lauderdale’s decision to re-brand one particular street is being hailed by many in the city’s African-American community.

City commissioners decided Tuesday night that the name “Sistrunk Boulevard” will no longer stop near the railroad tracks, a segregation-era dividing line between the city’s black and white communities.  Sistrunk will now appear along with Northeast Sixth Street on signs running through Flagler Village, a section quickly gentrifying into a predominantly white neighborhood.

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Americas
6:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Battling For Brazilians: Broward Challenges Dade For Latin American Tourists

Fort Lauderdale Beach is gaining more Latin American visitors, who previously beelined for Miami's oceans.
Credit Eric Barton

In the 1980s, after the bolívar crashed and Venezuelans suddenly couldn’t fly to Miami every weekend, a gaita band recorded a sardonic song whose chorus lamented, "Qué triste domingo sin Miami Beach."

How sad Sunday is without Miami Beach.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

It's That Time Again: Thousands Of Critical Mass Cyclists Take To The Streets

Credit Karelia Arauz/WLRN

If you're driving through the center of Miami tonight, you need to take a close look at the map below. 

The monthly group bike ride called Critical Mass is taking place again. Cyclists (many in costume for Halloween) will be riding 12.5 miles around Miami starting at Government Center and ending at Grand Central Park.

The Miami event usually draws a couple thousand cyclists and can back up traffic. The route also changes every month.

Cyclists joining in Fort Lauderdale's Critical Mass have a 14-mile route planned that will start at the War Memorial Auditorium.

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City Planning
6:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Why Renaming A Street After A Local Black Hero Scares One Fort Lauderdale Neighborhood

African-American men gather outside a Fort Lauderdale store, circa 1940. During segregation, blacks lived west of the railroad tracks and were forbidden from crossing to the east side after dark.
Credit African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

In every major city, there's at least one street sign that tells black folks they're in the right place, but tells white folks that they probably took a wrong turn.

For decades in Fort Lauderdale, one of those signs has read Sistrunk Boulevard.

The boulevard, which runs through the city’s historically black business district, is currently at the center of a contentious debate between two communities.

And the dispute is raising questions about what it takes for a neighborhood with a troubled past to rehabilitate its image.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

It's That Time Again: Thousands Of Critical Mass Cyclists Take To The Streets

Critical Mass takes place in South Florida on the last Friday of every month.
Credit Tropical Pedicab/Flickr

If you're driving through the center of Miami tonight, you need to take a close look at the map below.  

The monthly group bike ride called Critical Mass is taking place again. Cyclists will be riding 12.5 miles around Miami starting at Government Center and ending at Grand Central Park.

The Miami event usually draws a couple thousand cyclists and can back up traffic. The route also changes every month.

Cyclists joining in Fort Lauderdale's Critical Mass have a 14-mile route planned that will start at the War Memorial Auditorium.

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4th of July
7:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Lift Open-Container Bans On Beach.. For Today

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If you’re hoping to enjoy a beer on the beach this Fourth of July, you’ll be able to do so in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood for one day only.

Both cities have announced a one-day exception to their ordinances banning open containers of alcohol on the beach.

The reason for the ban is to keep beach-goers from disrespecting and disrupting the enjoyment of others while visiting the shore, said Fort Lauderdale mayor Jack Seiler. The city lifts the ban for special events.

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Miami Dish
11:24 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Hukilau: 500 Years of Tropical Cocktails In Fort Lauderdale

The Beachcomber Club in Miami Beach, 1947
Credit Florida State Archives

This weekend, a devoted national and international crowd of devoted tiki-philes descends on Fort Lauderdale for The Hukilau. The annual gathering celebrates the music, history, and, of course, cocktails, associated with American midcentury tiki culture.

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Local Food
8:51 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Lutherans Help Urban Farm Take Root In Fort Lauderdale

Artist rendering of the proposed Flagler Village Community Garden in Fort Lauderdale.
Credit flaglergarden.org

Like many young professionals, 30-year-old Chad Scott had second thoughts about his job.

He was a CPA with accounting giant Ernest & Young for more than six years before becoming an internal auditor with Miami-based Burger King International. But something was missing.

"I wanted a life I could live without anxiety," said the Pembroke Pines native, recalling all the times he was chained to a desk during tax season and wouldn't see the sun for days.

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Sports
7:20 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Is The Swimming Hall Of Fame In Broward Moving To California?

The International Swimming Hall of Fame may leave Fort Lauderdale when its lease with the city expires in 2015.
Credit Victor Martinez/Flickr

If the city of Santa Clara has its way, the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale may move to California.

That's right, Santa Clara, the city that just built a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers and is neck-n-neck with South Florida in a bid for Super Bowl L.

Santa Clara says it plans to raise $2 million for an endowment to support the swimming hall as well as $10 million to move it to the West Coast.

The hall has also received inquiries from England and China.

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