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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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   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.

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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

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


3.26.2020 COVID19 RVCA STMT


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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