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The Protect Rio Vista program utilizes your subscription funds to hire off-duty Fort Lauderdale police officers to patrol in the neighborhood.  The officers are in uniform when on duty and have full authority to take official action action should a crime take place while on patrol.  The officers patrol in a marked car leased by the civic association and will be dispatched by FLPD for any 911 call recieved from the neighborhood.  Members also recieve a cell phone number by which they may contact the patrol officers directly while they are on duty.  Members also recieve the opportunity to request a vacation check of their home when they are out of town. 

 

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The Protect Rio Vista program utilizes your subscription funds to hire off-duty Fort Lauderdale police officers to patrol in the neighborhood. The officers are in uniform when on duty and have full authority to take official action action should a crime take place while on patrol. The officers patrol in a marked car leased by the civic association and will be dispatched by FLPD for any 911 call recieved from the neighborhood. Members also recieve a cell phone number by which they may contact the patrol officers directly while they are on duty. Members also recieve the opportunity to request a vacation check of their home when they are out of town.

We currently have 325 households out of the 1,000 homes in Rio Vista participating. This allows us to schedule the patrol for approximately 8 hours per day 365 days per year.

 

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POLICE WORK IN RIO VISTA AND LOOKING AT THE RECORDS

POLICE WORK IN RIO VISTA AND LOOKING AT THE RECORDS

SUBMITTED BY CHRISTINA CURRIE, ESQ.

15 MONTHS & 52 ARRESTS!! THANK YOU FLPD & PROTECT RIO VISTA!!

Recently I have witnessed and heard of some Rio Vista residents questioning the seriousness of the work the Protect Rio Vista Patrol/Fort Lauderdale Police officers are doing in our neighborhood. In an attempt to quantify the work FLPD does for our neighborhood I performed a public records request where I requested “a list of individuals who were arrested in Rio Vista in or arrested outside of our neighborhood from 8/24/2017 to 12/5/2018 where the arrest was stemming from "alleged criminal acts" that took place in Rio Vista”.

The result was 52 arrests in the past 15 months (as of 12/5/18). Here is a summary of the arrests, recognizing arrestees are innocent until proven guilty:

  • 11 arrests were for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol and 1 of those was a 2nd offense
  • 7 arrests were for Burglary Related Charges
  • 5 arrests were for Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle or for Grand Theft $300 - $5,000
  • 12 of the 52 arrests were of a person 17 or under, the youngest being 13.
  • The month with the highest number of arrests was January 2018 with 7 arrests.
  • 2 arrests were for Domestic Violence Related charges
  • 15 of the 52 arrestees were Female

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Latest News and Events

Burglary Bust in Rio Vista

   On 3/27/20 in the early morning hours, ROC detectives were conducting surveillance in Rio Vista (73 zone) in reference to a rash of vehicle burglaries that occurred over the last two days.  ROC detectives observed two males walk eastbound into the neighborhood from US-1 at a time when most people are home due to the recent quarantine and State of Emergency.  The males were wearing long pants, hoodies and gloves even though the weather was warm.  The males began acting suspicious walking into driveways, walking up to vehicles and concealing themselves in the shadows.  ROC detectives maintained visual of the suspects while they continued to conduct themselves in a manor consist with burglary activity.
     At one point while conducting surveillance, one of the suspects attempted to burglarize a police vehicle with a detective inside of it. At that point detectives coordinated with the Papa Unit, K-9 and patrol.  The Papa unit then observed the suspects make entry into a vehicle in the 1700 block of SE 7th St. The suspect attempted to gain entry into several other vehicles. A perimeter was then established by patrol while K-9 and detectives made contact with the suspects who then attempted to flee and hide from police. After a short foot pursuit one was detained and the other was apprehended hiding in a backyard on a dock.
Both suspects were charged accordingly and transported to JAC.

If you are not yet a member of the Protect Rio Vista patrol, please visit our membership page to sign up.

City of Fort Lauderdale Issues Emergency Safer at Home Order

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean J. Trantalis today issued an Emergency Declaration requiring residents of the City to Fort Lauderdale to stay at home in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“Today, Fort Lauderdale and cities across Broward County came together to take unprecedented action to protect the people of our communities. This mandatory order is critical because we are at a tipping point in the fight against this deadly and contagious virus,” said Mayor Trantalis. “Now is the time to stay at home. If we do not do so, the virus could spread rapidly through our community and overwhelm our hospitals. Without concerted action, people are at risk and lives at stake.”

Under the Emergency Declaration, travel in the City of Fort Lauderdale is restricted to visiting essential businesses only, including but not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, healthcare providers, gas stations, and childcare facilities. Residents and visitors may also support restaurants offering drive-thru, delivery, and take-out services.

Essential businesses are strongly encouraged to remain open provided that they follow the employee screening guidelines and cleaning protocols outlined in the declaration. Screening guidelines include, but are not limited to, prohibiting employees from entering work premises if they have returned or been in contact with someone who has returned from international travel or been on a cruise in the last 14 days; been in any gathering of 50 or more people in the last 14 days; traveled to any cities with high numbers of COVID-19 cases; or exhibited any of the COVID-19 symptoms.

In addition, essential businesses will be required to follow strict cleaning guidelines, including but not limited to: disinfecting check out areas, cash registers, and credit card areas; hourly disinfection of public door handles; disinfection after each customer uses a pen, stylus or screen to sign a receipt; and daily disinfection of all areas of a business that customers may touch or come into contact. Employees will also be required to wash and/or disinfect their hands at least once per hour.

The declaration also includes specific criteria for social distancing in public including requirements that individuals stay at least six feet apart whenever practicable. Additionally, individuals exhibiting flu or COVID-19 like symptoms should not enter any public place; should contact their medical provider by phone before visiting the medical provider’s office; and use the drive thru or delivery service to receive their prescription or medications.

The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Emergency Declaration will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2020 and will remain in effect up through and including April 16, 2020.

To read the entire order, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/coronavirus.

-Read the Declaration of Emergency and Safer At Home Regulations

-Read the Press Release Announcing the Safer At Home Regulations

RVCA Board Communication to City Leaders

The RVCA board approved the following communication to city leaders at their meeting on March 26, 2020.

 

3.26.2020 COVID19 RVCA STMT

Update on Rio Vista Road Closings

UPDATE TO PROJECT.

The pull-back between SE 7 ST and SE 12 ST is COMPLETE! Therefore, everything north of 7th st is back open as shown below.

Over the next month Open Cut installations between 7th and 8th along 9th and along SE 12 ST between 9th and 10th will take place.

We are currently on schedule to have the new pipe in service by end of April, at which point we can disinfect and dismantle the bypass piping along 9th between 8 st and Ponce De Leon.

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Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis Announces Additional Proactive Measures in Response to Coronavirus

 
March 17, 2020 – Today at a press conference at City Hall, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean J. Trantalis announced additional proactive measures the City is taking in response to COVID-19.
 
The measures are being put in place for the protection of the community, visitors, and employees to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the healthcare system is not overwhelmed. The City will continue to assess the situation and make changes as necessary. The updated Declaration of Emergency Regulations is available on the City’s website atwww.fortlauderdale.gov/coronavirus.
 
The following measures are effective immediately and will remain in effect through April 16, 2020:
 
  • All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 persons are prohibited. Exemptions include grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, hardware stores, auto supply stores, hospitals, healthcare and medical facilities, pharmacies, drug stores, medical supply companies, as well as land or facilities owned and managed by Broward County, the Broward County School Board, the North Broward Hospital District, the State of Florida, and the Federal Government.
 
  • All bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and other like entertainment facilities and businesses, including but not limited to those contained within a hotel or other enclosed facility or structure, shall close.
 
  • All gyms, fitness centers, fitness studios, dance studios, and gymnasiums shall close. This regulation shall not apply to gymnasiums, fitness centers, and fitness studios which: (a) are amenities of hotels or office buildings and which have a capacity of 10 persons or less; and (b) are an amenity of residential buildings.
 
  • All restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments are mandated to cease all on-premises service. However, such establishments may continue to operate their kitchens for drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pick-up food services.
 
  • All City parks, including recreational facilities, are closed.
 

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Ft Lauderdale Beaches Closed, restrictions on Restaurants

Today, the city of Fort Lauderdale acted in concert with the city of Miami Beach to take additional measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. We join together because of the need to address the large Spring Break crowds gathered in both communities.
 
Last night, Gov. DeSantis and state health officials announced that positive cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. The state of Florida now has more than100 cases, a third of which are in Broward County.
 
The number of local cases has tripled since Friday and now includes adults of all age ranges and people with no travel history. Health officials indicate these are signals that our community is now experiencing social spread of the virus.
 
If we are to continue to be serious about flattening the curve of the spread of the coronavirus, we have to take bold, yet responsible measures to limit large gatherings.
 
As I said on Friday, this is not a time to panic, nor is it a time to sit idly by. This is a time for clear and decisive action.
 
Beginning today and continuing through April 12, the city of Fort Lauderdale will close the dry sand portion of our public beach from Harbor Drive north to Oakland Park Boulevard. 
 
Closing our beaches decreases the amount of public safety resources needed to interact with the high-density Spring Break population. That reduces exposure for our police and first responders so they can continue to carry out their important life-saving duties should the situation become more widespread. It also increases social distancing, a key deterrent to the spread of the virus.
 
We are also requiring all bars and restaurants close at 10 p.m. In addition, all public gatherings of any type of more than 250 people will be prohibited with the exception of retail establishments, grocery stores, Broward County government, the Broward County School District, the North Broward Hospital District, and agencies of the state and federal government.
 
Bars and restaurants must operate at no more than 50 percent of their allowed capacity, again no more than 250 people total.
 
These measures are being put in place for the protection of our community, residents, visitors and employees in a continued effort to stay ahead of this pandemic and help stem the tide of its spread. 
 
These decisions were made in close consultation with surrounding communities – in particular Miami Beach. I would like to thank Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber for this coordinated approach. Both of our cities face similar challenges given the tremendous amount of national and international visitors we host this time of year.
 
I also spoke to Gov. DeSantis. He is supportive of these measures, and I appreciate his efforts on our behalf.
 
Let me emphasize that we are all in this together. The key to fighting the coronavirus lies with everyone doing their part to be responsible and supportive neighbors. Our strategy is to limit the spread of the virus by limiting public gatherings and practicing social distancing.
 
We must do everything possible to minimize crowds. Unfortunately, our beaches must be part of our plan. I want to be clear that this is not an overreaction, but a way for us to help stop further cases of coronavirus in our community. We must all do our part to save lives, and that includes protecting our residents, visitors and first responders.
 
We remind everyone that if you are concerned that you have been exposed to coronavirus, please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and your healthcare provider before going to any healthcare facility.
 
If you have questions related to the coronavirus, please call the Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 which is available 24 hours a day seven days a week or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Additional information is also available at www.coronavirus.gov or www.floridahealth.gov.
 
Sincerely,
 
 

Dean

Mayor Declares State of Emergency

 
March 13, 2020
 
State of emergency declared
in response to coronavirus epidemic
 
This afternoon, I signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in the city of Fort Lauderdale in response to the growing nationwide coronavirus pandemic.
 
It is extremely important that we act now as a community to stem the spread of this dangerous virus. We must be prepared to change our way of life for a while in order to combat and control this outbreak.
 
We continue to see the number of cases rise locally and throughout the world. There are now more than 125,000 confirmed cases of the virus globally with close to 7,000 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. We have at least 11 cases of coronavirus in the greater Fort Lauderdale area with an unknown number of people awaiting testing or test results.
 
Health experts are predicting the widespread transmission of the virus in the United States without immediate, emergency action, and there is no current vaccine to cure or combat the illness.
 
I want to emphasize that this is not a time to panic, nor is it a time to sit idly by. This is a time for clear and decisive action. It is a time for us to come together as a community and follow the advice of health experts.
 
At my direction, the city is implementing guidelines laid out by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to limit the spread of the disease. This strategy is aimed at reducing close contact and public gatherings as much as possible. We are also acting in concert with Gov. DeSantis’ recent decision to declare a public health emergency in the state.
 
Under the declaration, the city is prohibiting all organized public gatherings of more than 250 people. This includes all city events, all approved special events, all city recreational programs and all organized sports leagues. We also are canceling upcoming meetings of the City Commission, all city boards and committees, all special magistrate hearings and all Code Enforcement Board hearings.
 
City management and my office have been in close consultation with our partners in the community. They share our concerns, and I appreciate everyone working together on behalf of the public's health.
 
As a result of these restrictions, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts has suspended all performances effective immediately. The St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival and the inaugural game of the Inter Miami soccer game were scheduled to occur this weekend and have been canceled. Pride of the Americas, which was set for April 21-26, is being re-scheduled.
 
The NSU Art Museum informs us that they will remain open with normal operating hours for visitors, but that they will postpone all large events through April 17 including Starry Night First Thursday. The Museum of Discovery and Science also will also remain open, but is cancelling its food & wine event scheduled for tonight.
 
Please note that this order does not impact Broward County government, the Broward County School District, the North Broward Hospital District or agencies of the state and federal governments. They are independent of the city and in charge of their own operations.
 
Chief Judge Jack Tuter of the 17th Judicial Circuit asks that I pass along the following: All jury obligations are suspended for the next two weeks -- March 16-20 and March 23-27. All other court operations are continuing as normal. A decision will be made later regarding future juror responsibilities. For updates, Judge Tuter asks that people contact the jury room hotline at 954-831-7051.
 
In addition to the steps being taken regarding public gatherings, I am also ordering that every public place, including businesses, restaurants, bars and retail establishments, have alcohol-based hand sanitizer at every entrance for the use of patrons and employees. The hand sanitizer should be used upon every entry and exit for each patron and employee. These rules are to be strictly enforced.
 
This declaration has gone into immediate effect and covers the next 30 days – through April 12. We will continue to assess the situation and make changes as necessary.
 
Again, we are implementing these proactive measures for the protection of our community, our visitors, and our employees to help slow the spread of the virus and ensure that
we do not overwhelm our healthcare system.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Dean
 
How Does coronavirus Spread?
Coronavirus can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract coronavirus by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
Symptoms of coronavirus
Symptoms of coronavirus may appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Prevention
The CDC recommends taking everyday preventive actions, including:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw the tissue in the trash immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, please seek medical attention.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
 
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for  health workers  and  people who are taking care of someone in close settings  (at home or in a health care facility).
 
Should I be tested for Coronavirus?
If you are concerned that you have been exposed to C\coronavirus, please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and your healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.
For More Information
The Florida Department of Health has established a dedicated Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 that is available 24 hours a day seven days a week, as well as a dedicated email address at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. which the public can use for questions or clarifications on issues related to the coronavirus.
For additional information regarding Coronavirus, please visit www.floridahealth.gov or www.cdc.gov or www.fortlauderdale.gov/coronvirus .
Neighbors are encouraged to stay up to date by following the city on social media at:
 
Neighbors may also call the city’s 24-hour Neighbor Call Center at 954-828-8000.
 
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