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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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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.

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. 

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February 21, 2020 – The City of Fort Lauderdale is working with David Mancini & Sons to replace approximately 2,500 feet of sewer main in Rio Vista. Beginning Wednesday, February 26, the following road closures will be in effect:

  • There will be no access across SE 9 Avenue at the intersections of North Rio Vista Boulevard, SE 5 Court, SE 6 Street, and SE 6 Court. Motorists will be detoured via SE 7 Street, SE 8 Street, and SE 11 Avenue.
  • Roads in the immediate vicinity of Virginia Young Park are closed including a portion of SE 10 Street east of SE 9 Avenue, as well as a portion of South Rio Vista Boulevard east of SE 9 Avenue.
  • SE 9 Avenue is closed from south of the intersection at SE 8 Street to Ponce de Leon Drive and between SE 11 Court and SE 12 Street.
  • There is no access across SE 9 Avenue at the intersections of SE 9 Street, SE 10 Street, South Rio Vista Boulevard, and the north side of Ponce de Leon Drive.
  • The intersection of SE 12 Street and SE 10 Avenue is closed. Traffic will be detoured via SE 12 Court.

For more info, see https://www.fortlauderdale.gov/Home/Components/News/News/3945/16?backlist=/home



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