This month, the City of Fort Lauderdale and the Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations is offering neighbors a way to get to know each other, as well as City Officials and some of the other departments that serve them. During Neighbor Support Night (NSN), Fort Lauderdale’s City Hall parking garage will be transformed into a warm and inviting setting that provides Fort Lauderdale residents with an opportunity to join together with their City to strengthen community ties, elevate public spirit, and build civic awareness in a casual, fun atmosphere. NSN will be held on February 15, from 5:30pm to 8pm, at Fort Lauderdale City Hall, 100 N. Andrews Avenue.
“By participating in this family-friendly event, residents become more informed about programs, services, and who to call for help; put names to the faces of the City employees dedicated to serving them every day; and have a neighborly good time while learning about the fabric of their City,” said Monique J. Damiano, City of Fort Lauderdale Strategic Communications Specialist. “It’s a way for us let residents know we are here for them and we care.”
Some of the activities will include:
- Learn about your City and meet City officials and Community Builders.
- Take a photo with the Mayor Seiler and City Commissioners.
- Play in the Kids Zone with life-sized games and face painting.
- Take home a free Florida-friendly tree.
- Meet firefighters, police officers, and horses from our mounted patrol unit.
- Explore job and volunteer opportunities.
- Climb aboard emergency response and utilities vehicles.
- Learn about recycling and sustainability.
- Enjoy live entertainment and refreshments.
Most of the City’s departments, as well as many of the divisions within the departments, will be participating. They will set up displays to either promote new projects, new or existing services and programs, or to simply provide education and information. Many of the displays include hands-on interactive games and activities, as well as giveaways and educational opportunities.
Guests can pick up an “Around the City” passport for a chance to win a raffle. To be eligible for a prize, they have to visit 10 exhibits, get their passport stamped, and turn it back in. The drawing will take place at the end of the event and you do not need to be present to win. Past raffle prizes have included tickets to a hockey game, staycations at local beachfront hotels, tickets to performances, a free clubhouse rental at the Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club, gift cards to local businesses and restaurants, and spa gift certificates.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to select the winner of this year’s “Neighbors’ Choice” award with their votes. As they visit all of the displays, they can cast votes for their favorite one. The winner will get a trophy and bragging rights for the entire year. In 2017, the Human Resources won the Neighbors’ Choice Award.
For details, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/nsn, call 954-828-5289, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and updates will also be provided via social media. Follow the City on Facebook /cityoffortlauderdale, Twitter @FTLCityNews, and Instagram /cityoffortlauderdale.