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Victoria Park Times June/July 2020

JUNE/JULY 2020
Early Voting and Census Information
Creating Your Own Backyard Sanctuary
Kids Corner - Coloring Contest
and more...
Early Voting and Census Information
Creating Your Own Backyard Sanctuary
Kids Corner - Coloring Contest
and more...
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You’re Invited!
Join Us At Our Upcoming VPCA General Meetings
July 1, 2020 - 7pm to 8pm ET
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE JULY MEETING
We will be holding the monthly general meetings via
Zoom until further notice. Check Facebook for details or
sign up for email updates to vpnews@vpca.org.
The Victoria Park Civic Association
newsletter is the ofcial publication of the
Victoria Park Civic Association providing
our local homeowners, residents, businesses
and professionals in the Victoria Park area
with relevant local news, civic updates
and events information specifically and
exclusively focused on our own area.
Written and produced by the Victoria Park
Civic Association, it is published quarterly
and mailed directly to residential and
business addresses in our area. Additional
free distribution is provided via the Victoria
Park Civic Association member network,
advertisers and special events.
VICTORIA PARK CIVIC ASSOCIATION
PO Box 4472
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33338
Please note: The views and opinions stated
in this newsletter are solely those of the
authors and do not necessarily represent
the views of the Board or the members of
the Victoria Park Civic Association
Editorial & Photo Contributors
Chas Adams, Steven Glassman,
Rebecca Kendig-Rohrbach, Chip LaMarca,
Catherine Maus, Steffi Paskow,
Pratima Raju, Kip Reynolds, Casey Sims
Dean Trantalis, Scott Wyman
Published on behalf of
The Victoria Park Civic Association by
S.MARK Graphics, Inc
500 NE 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tel: 954.523.1980
www.smark.com
Publisher
Mark Budwig
publisher@smark.com
Creative Director
Nick Scalzo
nick@smark.com
Cover Photo
John Jolley
CONTENTS
Copyright 2020, S.MARK Graphics, Inc., Publisher, and The Victoria Pork Civic Association. All rights reserved. This publication may
not be reproduced in whole or in port, regardless of technology used, without express written consent from publisher. The Victoria
Park Civic Association and publisher reserve the right to reject any editorial submissions, advertising or copy either moy deem to be
unacceptable or inappropriate for ony reason at their sole discretion. Every effort has been mode to ensure the accuracy and timeliness
of this publication and no liability can be attached to or be accepted by the publisher or The Victoria Park Civic Association for any
errors, omissions or inaccuracies.
4 VPCA Presidents Message
Steffi Paskow, President, VPCA
5 Minute-by-Minute
Draft minutes from the VPCA 5/6/20 General Meeting
7 Mayor’s Message
Mayor Dean Trantalis
8 Commissioner’s Message
Fort Lauderdale District 2 Commissioner Steven Glassman
9 COVID-19 / Unemployment Update
District 93 State Representative Chip LaMarca
10 Community Announcement
12 Feature
Create A Backyard Sanctuary
By Casey Sims
14 Development Update
Planning Committee Chair Catherine Maus reports
15 Word Find
16 Kids Corner
17 VPCA Member Discounts
VPCA members’ discounts & special offers from local businesses
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YOU DO! YOU DO!
Make a difference in YOUR neighborhood through VICTORIA PARK CIVIC ASSOCIATION membership
Victoria Park is a diverse collection of residents who enjoy a special place in our rapidly growing city. We all
desire and deserve a safe, clean, and well-maintained community in which to live and raise our families.
The Victoria Park Civic Association is dedicated to giving you a voice to make that happen.
Make your voice heard on vital issues concerning YOUR neighborhood
Neighborhood Safety, Crime and Traffic School Zoning • Planning and Development
Recreational Amenities Code Violations and Zoning Enhancement of Neighborhood Parks
Help strengthen and support YOUR neighborhood
Your membership helps maintain the beauty of our neighborhood parks and entranceways
Your membership supports popular neighborhood events throughout the year.
Shop local using your VPCA Member Card and receive special discounts from over 50 businesses.
Membership Levels:
Individual: $25 (Age 62+ $20) Family: $35 (Age 62+$30) Business: $35
Additional contributions to the Green Space Maintenance Fund and/or the Capital Improvement Fund
to help defray ongoing neighborhood improvements are greatly appreciated.
To JOIN or learn more, visit us online at:
www.vpca.org/join-vpca
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OFFICERS
President Steffi Paskow 
president@vpca.org
Vice President Catherine Maus 
vicepresident@vpca.org
Secretary Rebecca Kendig-
Rohrbach 
secretary@vpca.org
Treasurer Joseph Evancho 
treasurer@vpca.org
COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Aesthetics 
Nick Caporella, Jr.
aesthetics@vpca.org
Children 
Nicollette Hagey 
children@vpca.org
Communications 
Rebecca Kendig-Rohrbach 
vpnews@vpca.org
Crime Watch 
Krystyn Skrinak 
crimewatch@vpca.org
Membership 
Kip Reynolds 
members@vpca.org
Planning & Zoning 
Catherine Maus 
planning@vpca.org
Recycling 
Don Gillin 
recycling@vpca.org
Safety 
Krystyn Skrinak 
cert@vpca.org
Social 
Maria Benitez 
social@vpca.org
Traffic 
Jilan Bruce
traffic@vpca.org
Utilities 
Sandy Leiper 
utilities@vpca.org
Liaisons to Fort Lauderdale
Council of Civic Associations 
Barbara Weinstein 
Daniel O’Connor 
Jonathan Silver 
CFLCA@vpca.org
COORDINATORS
Meetings 
Myrna Pototsky
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Victoria Park Civic Association
In just a few short months, and despite the pandemic,
I am pleased to report that we have accomplished
a lot and have continued working on championing
issues and matters that affect our community, including
the War Memorial/Panthers and other development
projects as well as the sidewalk installation plans that
hopefully can begin this year.
We have also retooled our communications and
messaging frequency, including how we leverage
social media (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram), sending emails, and began
utilizing surveys all to provide more and better ways to send out updates, get
your feedback, and encourage sharing fun ideas and thoughts with fellow
neighbors. In addition, a new website is being developed and is coming soon
as well. If you have any suggestions or questions, please reach out to Rebecca,
our Communication Chair. She has been a fantastic leader in the effort to bring
awesome content to our members.
Another top priority continues to be growing the VPCA membership. I cannot
emphasize enough the importance of having a strong membership. As one
of the largest neighborhood associations in Fort Lauderdale, our community is
often involved in many important discussions and decisions that directly impact
our neighborhood. And we mustn’t overlook the wonderful benefit of special
discounts and offers our members receive at many fantastic local businesses!
So, if you are already a member, great, and thank you! And, if you know
someone that is not yet, please share with them all the good we do so they join,
too. If you have any questions, Kip, our Membership Chair, is always eager to
assist and very responsive.
Lastly, we are excited to bring more engaging content in our print and
e-newsletter and are extremely excited about working with our new publisher
with over 36 years publishing experience, S.MARK Graphics, Nick Scalzo & Mark
Budwig. We added a section the Kid’s Corner as well as featured articles that
you won’t want to miss.
If you are interested in getting more involved with the VPCA, please reach out
to me directly. I would love to hear how you would like to get involved and am
happy to share with you the exciting direction we are heading and how you
can help in our community.
In closing, I wish you and your families all good health and positive change now
and in the future.
Steffi Paskow
President
Victoria Park Civic Association

















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MINUTE BY MINUTE By Rebecca Kendig-Rohrbach, Secretary
May 6, 2020 - 7pm to 8pm
Location: Zoom Virtual Meeting Room
Attending Board: President, Steffi Paskow
Vice President, Catherine Maus
Secretary, Rebecca Kendig-Rohrbach
President Steffi Paskow Opened the Meeting
at 7:05pm ET
Fort Lauderdale Police Update: Lieutenant Ron Magno
13 incidents in April – down from 20 in February and 19
in March
Main concern continues to be vehicle burglaries and
thefts. Direction to focus in Victoria Park, especially
during the midnight hours, has been relayed to team
and residents are encouraged to lock their vehicles
and avoid storing valuables in vehicles. Officers are
monitoring businesses and vacation rentals to ensure
compliance as complaints are being reported. Direct
ofce line for Lieutenant Magno: 954-828-6625.
Vice Mayor Steven Glassman
Addressed public response to COVID-19 and gave
kudos to the City Manager for navigation of guidelines
in response.
Commission has until May 27th to request a call up for
the 333 NE 7th Ave project and Vice Mayor Glassman
has plans to execute.
The Holiday Park staging area west of Parker Playhouse
will be in place for the next 12 to 14 months. The project
manager is: Krishan Kandial, 954-828-4019, kkandial@
fortlauderdale.gov. The concerns regarding the Holiday
Park staging area at NE 7th St and NE 7th Ave have been
addressed with the contractor including overflowing
dumpsters, increase of rats and pest infestation, and size
of footprint of area. The project manager is Daniel Fisher,
954-828-5850, dfisher@fortlauderale.gov. Waiting to hear
back regarding an end date.
The Holiday Park testing site is established to issue 400
COVID-19 tests per day and currently averaging 380
per day. Thank you to the VPCA and Steffi Paskow for
coordinating community feedback.
The YMCA is facilitating a fundraising campaign
for 5 million dollars to build on Federal Hwy. Lease
agreement between the City of Fort Lauderdale
and YMCA gives through November of 2021 for the
construction to begin. The YMCA development
team has been closely communicating with Parker
Playhouse and War Memorial Auditorium regarding site
plans, but the project is moving forward.
Update on opening Broward County – Mayor Trantalis
has two orders moving towards expiration: one order
set to expire 5/8 and another 5/18. There is a workshop
scheduled for Monday to discuss reopening phase plans.
Waiting to find out what Governor DeSantis directs to
determine what happens in our county/city. If you are
not receiving Vice Mayor Glassmans email notifications,
please contact Pratima Raju at praju@fortlauderdale.gov
to be added to the distribution list. First responsibility is the
health and welfare of the public, but please understand
that there are a lot of individuals in our community that
are suffering economically.
Questions:
Any updates on the concerns regarding application
delays or denials for reemployment? The DEO
reemployment system is under investigation per
Governor DeSantis. Locally you can gain assistance
through Career Source Broward.
Some members of our community have witnessed
organized group activities in Holiday Park. Is this
permitted at this time? Organized groups are not
permitted in Holiday Park or any of our public parks. If
you witness such activity, please report to 954-828-8000
or directly to a park ranger.
What are the requirements for us to meet the 5th
requirement phase of reopening? It is not the number
Draft Minutes of May 6, 2020
General Membership Meeting
It’s only one hour...on the first
Wednesday of every month!
(except August when no meeting is held)
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of test sites but number of tests. High threshold and
unlikely any other county has met threshold. It is broken
down by percentage of people testing positive and
negative. We have increased testing and our percent
positive is decreasing, which is encouraging. For
statistics on testing broken down by zip code:
FL Health Dept. COVID19 Dashboard,
https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/
96dd742462124fa0b38ddedb9b25e429
Comment regarding lack of signage near soccer fields
that Holiday Park is closed. Will be addressed with Parks
& Recreation.
Attention to short cut through Holiday Park to get to
testing areas.
FL Panthers Project Presentation
John Milledge - Attorney for FL Panthers
Sean McCaffrey - COO of FL Panthers
Dan Soleski - Architect
Hugh Johnson - Landscape Architect
Greg Brewton - Consultant
Since the site plan presentation, team has brought
in contractor. Improvements to the plans include:
reducing the footprint by 11,500 sq ft to lessen
disruption into Holiday Park, reducing the size of the
building whereas the 2nd story on South side of the
building being removed (about 13,000 sq ft), and the
green roof deck element has been fully designed
and integrates on East side of the building. Reviewed
project plan details.
Welcome New Members: Please say “hi” in the chat
box or if you are calling in. State your name and
where in the neighborhood you live.
Maintenance of Landscaping: Hal Barnes, Neighborhood
Liaison Update as reported by Steffi Paskow
Funds cannot be distributed for assistance for entrance
ways; however, can aid with planting, mulching, some
routine maintenance, and repaint decorative street signs.
Change of Chair, Aesthetics
Thank you to Jeanne Lalli for serving in role and
welcome to Nick Caporella, Jr. Nick has been a
resident of Victoria Park for the last few years.
Sidewalks Installation: Catherine Maus, Chair Zoning
and Planning
There is a pool of money left from the transportation
tax dedicated to pedestrian initiatives. City has agreed
to add sidewalks within Victoria Park at no cost to the
neighborhood. Vote not necessary since it does not
involve any VPCA funds, but any concerns can be
emailed to secretary@vpca.org. Project will begin at
Holiday Park on public property. More information on
project plans will be coming in next few months.
Code Enforcement: Inspector Paulette DelGrosso
Duties have been modified to have Paulette assist with
public safety and monitor non-essential businesses
that may be operating so she has not been in Victoria
Park on a daily basis since the office has decided to
focus on safety and nuisance matters. Residents can
still make a code complaint, but Paulette may not be
able to cite for it until further notice. Minor situations
are delayed due to possible financial burden and until
daily activities resume. The cases will not be closed, just
not acted upon until a date further in future.
The signage for businesses along Federal Highway has
been more lenient as some businesses have little to no
choice in advertising that they are available for take-
out and/or curbside sales.
The damaged decorative street sign at NE 6th St and
8th Ave has been reported and will be addressed.
The manager of the Hustler store has assured Paulette
that someone will be on-site to address trash and
clothes hanging on fencing in back parking lot. Code
cannot remove trespassers, but the suggestion was
made to trim the trees along the line to discourage
campers in the area. Vice Mayor Glassman’s office
indicated the City Manager has been made aware
and involved in the situation for options.
Paulette has addressed the bulk piles that were out a
week early from pick-up.
Paulette suggested confirming that your vial has your
information, so it is sourced to the right location and not
rejected by the lab.
Committees Chairs: Updates
Aesthetics: Nick Caporella Jr, Chair
No additional updates.
Children: Nicolette Hagey, Chair
as reported by Steffi Paskow
Will know in August if we’ll be able to hold Halloween
Event
Communications: Rebecca A. Kendig - Rohrbach, Chair
Social Media: Facebook (1053 likes, up 157% in last 30
days), Instagram (16 followers, up 14 since inception in
February), LinkedIn (7 followers, up 6 since inception in
February), Twitter (12 following, up 10 since inception in
February).
Facebook: Spent $26 to push ad for May meeting
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MAYOR’S MESSAGE
Our community has been shaken recently as we continue to suffer the effects of
the COVID-19 virus as well as the devasting impact of the death of George Floyd
in Minneapolis.
His death was disturbing not only in its brutality and lack of humanity but also in the
abuse of a police officer’s power. Our collective conscience was shaken, and the
public outpouring of emotion hit home locally as people took to the streets in protest.
So many of our community are angry and grieving at the loss of too many black lives.
Like my colleagues on the City Commission and across the country, I recognize
the need to do more to combat racism within law enforcement and to retool use-
of-force policies with common-sense limits. We also need to look at ourselves and
consider how racism permeates our own way of life.
There is no question we have fallen short in our guiding principle of equal justice
for all in America.
The discussion that we must undertake may make some uncomfortable and
others defensive, but answers must be found if we are to live up the standards that
we hold dear as citizens of a civilized society.
As mayor, I recently signed the Obama Foundation’s pledge to undertake
meaningful reform to ensure the deaths of people like George Floyd, Breonna
Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are not in vain.
I was proud to join mayors from Atlanta and Dallas to Chattanooga and
Reno in this pledge. The group of mayors is promising to review use-of-force
policies, engage the city in discussion by including a diverse range of input and
experiences, report findings for review and feedback, and then reform existing
policies based on the findings.
The vast majority of police officers who serve our community do an outstanding
job. And, we have a great base to build from locally as we look at the issues
in front of us. In recent years, the city made progress in establishing a good
department and instituting some strong, forward-thinking policies, but we know
we still have work to do.
Recent events illustrate there is room for improvement.
It was reprehensible for a police officer to shove a kneeling protester who had
her hands in the air. He escalated a tense situation that was developing after a
peaceful protest ended downtown. I also apologized to LaToya Ratlieff, a Delray
Beach resident attending the protest. Although she is seen in videos conducting
herself peacefully, Ms. Ratlieff was seriously injured when she was struck in the
head with a rubber bullet fired by a police ofcer.
The efforts we are beginning to undertake do not involve abolishing or defunding the
Police Department. The work of law enforcement is vital to a civil society – whether it
is preventing a drunk driver from causing mayhem or catching a person who robbed
a convenience store or helping restore order after a devastating hurricane.
What we seek is meaningful reform. Let’s work as a community so we can create better
practices and policies and improve recruitment, training and retention programs.
The police chief has taken a first step by adding to his departments rules an
obligation that ofcers must intervene if they see bad conduct by a colleague.
Other critical measures have been in place for some time.
The Police Department currently requires job candidates to undergo
psychological reviews, screening them for bias and a propensity for violence.
Fort Lauderdale PD even employs a full-time
Dean Trantalis
Mayor,
City of Fort Lauderdale
Dean J. Trantalis
Mayor
dtrantalis@fortlauderdale.gov
City Hall, 8th Floor
100 N Andrews Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Ofce Contact:
Scott Wyman
Chief of Staff to the Mayor
954 - 828 - 5314
swyman@fortlauderdale.gov
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RELAUNCH LAUDERDALE
Most of Florida has begun to reopen and many Fort Lauderdale residents, like me,
are anxious to return to more of our daily routines and experience our beaches,
restaurants, businesses and everything our beautiful city has to offer; however, we
need a smart plan to reopen. The Mayor and his Reopen Fort Lauderdale Working
Group developed excellent guidelines and advocated to the State that our city
is ready to implement actions to Relaunch Lauderdale and help our city recover
with proper safety measures.
Our City took the lead by closing Fort Lauderdale Beach during the heart of
Spring Break when no one else in Broward would take any measures and we
are continuing to work hard to protect the health of our residents. Sadly, each
day I hear from so many business owners, especially restaurant owners, who are
running on fumes. Some small businesses have shuttered completely, many have
no idea if they will recover or ever open again, and I hear from neighbors who are
desperate to get back to work in order to provide for their families. We have all
made the sacrifice in order to protect the public’s health, but now we must begin
to find the balance while still remaining smart and safe.
Businesses and neighbors are eager to get back to work and guidelines have
been established to implement proper steps and procedures to Relaunch
Lauderdale in a safe and smart way. All businesses should be able to open – some
at the recommended reduced capacity levels while maintaining health and
distancing guidelines. In addition, there are many creative and safe opportunities
to form open festival spaces in parking lots and alleys for both restaurants and
retailers in order to decrease our density in public spaces; City Code regulations
will need to be temporarily relaxed.
In the meantime, it is vital that we continue to adhere to all CDC guidelines,
maintain social distancing, limit large groups and wear masks; this is our new
reality for the foreseeable future. It is also imperative that each of us behave in a
way that does not imperil our future. Every citizen must take personal responsibility
for his/her actions and must realize that if we do not conduct ourselves in a
responsible fashion, then we risk relapse and the loss of all of our Relaunch
Lauderdale initiative. Only if you are able to do so, please help our community
Relaunch Lauderdale and support your favorite local restaurants and businesses.
Complete your 2020 Census Today!
As a reminder, please make sure to fill out the 2020 census! Less than half of our
community have responded to the census so far and it takes less than 10 minutes
to complete. We need, more now than ever, for everyone to be counted for our
share of Federal dollars. Visit my2020census.gov for more information!
A complete and accurate census count is important for everyone.
Help Fort Lauderdale get its fair share of federal funding for public safety for the
next 10 years. Complete your census today and encourage others to do so too!
Steven Glassman
City Commissioner
District II
City Hall, 8th Floor
100 N. Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954.828.5003/5004
SGlassman@fortlauderdale.gov
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COVID-19 AND UNEMPLOYMENT UPDATE
Broward County’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of our residents and
visitors. Hotels, beaches and all businesses have reopened for visitors. The wearing
of masks in public spaces and rules for social distancing are required. Rules are in
place to ensure safe and clean experiences throughout Broward.
Broward County has also opened most county-owned parks, nature trails, golf
courses and marinas for outdoor recreation. Social distancing rules are in place
for these activities. Each of Broward County›s 31 cities has its own rules for city-
managed parks and recreation. Check each city›s website for specific information.
You may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) if your
job was lost or interrupted as a direct result of COVID-19, if one or more of the
following occurred: you became unemployed, you were scheduled to begin
work but no longer have a job or you became the primary breadwinner due to
the death of the head of household, and if you would not ordinarily be eligible
for state Reemployment Assistance. This includes individuals who are gig workers,
self-employed or contract employees, who were not eligible for regular state
unemployment assistance.
DEO has also announced the Federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment
Compensation program. This program provides up to 13 weeks of benefits to a
claimant who has exhausted their Reemployment Assistance benefits, or PUA
benefits. Floridians will need to apply for PEUC benefits once the balance of their
current claim is exhausted. Floridians who have already exhausted their benefits
or have a Reemployment Assistance claim that expired after July 1, 2019, will also
have to apply. Through PEUC, Floridians may be eligible for up to $275, in addition
to the $600 through Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), in
weekly benefits.
Frequently asked in questions on unemployment:
If your claim is backdated and you are eligible, the maximum duration of state
Reemployment Assistance benefits is 12 weeks. You will have to apply for the FPUC
in order to be granted additional weeks. If you attempted to apply and were
not able to file a claim between the weeks of March 9, 2020, to April 9, 2020, your
claim date can be adjusted to the date you originally tried to apply. If you are
eligible, you will be paid all benefits due.
If your claim date is adjusted, and you are eligible, any weeks of benefits paid out
for claim weeks beginning March 8, 2020 through March 22, 2020, will not have
the additional $600 included. Based on the dates in this example, you will be paid
two weeks without the additional $600 and 10 weeks with the additional $600. If
your claim effective date is March 29, 2020, or later and you are eligible, you may
receive 12 weeks of RA benefits plus an additional $600 per week for each of the
12 weeks.
If you have any questions or if our ofce can assist you in any way, please feel
free to contact me at: Chip.LaMarca@myfloridahouse.gov. As always, it is a
tremendous honor to serve you in Tallahassee.
Chip LaMarca
District 93 State
Representative
Rep. Chip LaMarca
1827 Northeast 24th Street
Lighthouse Point, FL 33064
Capitol Office:
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: 850-717-5093
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Primary Election
Early Voting Dates, Hours,
and Sites
AUGUST 8TH THROUGH AUGUST 16TH
Monday to Friday
August 10th through August 14th
11am to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday
August 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th
9am to 5pm
For a list of voting sites, visit: https://www.browardsoe.org/
Voting-Methods/Early-Voting-Dates-Hours-and-Sites
For more information on how to vote, visit the Broward County
Supervisor of Elections at https://www.browardsoe.org
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT
VOTE-BY-MAIL - FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
Vote-By-Mail (VBM) is one of three options for voting
in Florida, created by the Legislature a few years after
the state’s electoral problems in the 2000 Presidential
election. However, the current “vote-by-mail” system
was only made ofcial in 2016. Because of this relatively
recent history, long-time Florida residents as well as
new residents are at times unclear about Florida’s VBM
option and are skeptical of its use. This article describes
five key things voters need to know about this option.
SOE refers to Supervisor of Elections.
What is Florida’s VBM ballot? It is a “no-excuse”
option: no reason need be given to receive it, unlike
the traditional “absentee” ballot Florida used to have
and some states still use. The ballot is counted in
ofcial election results, again unlike the “absentee”
ballot that was counted only if an election was
so close these absentee ballots could affect the
outcome. Think of VBM as an insurance policy in
case you can’t get to the polls for ANY reason. You
do not need to use it if you can and want to vote
in personsimply turn it in at the voting site and
vote by machine.
How to request the ballot. First, you must already
be a registered voter. You can request the ballot
for specific elections or for all elections through two
general election cycles. In Florida you must renew
your request at the end of these two cycles.
There are multiple ways to make the request, but
the easiest are by phone (954-357-7055) or the SOE
website: www.browardsoe.org. Request your VBM
now: VBM ballots for the August 18 election will be
mailed beginning July 9. A VBM ballot cannot be
forwarded, so make sure the address on file with the
SOE is correct. You can request the ballot be sent to
an address not on file, such as a summer home.
Completing the ballot. Follow the instructions for
voting, especially the colors of pen ink allowed and
how to fill in the bubble next to a candidates name.
Returning the ballot. Place the ballot in the security
sleeve, then place this sleeve in the postage-paid
return envelope. Print and sign your name; include
the date. A primary reason VBM ballots are not
counted is because voters don’t sign the return
envelope! Use your Florida ID/driver’s license as a
guide for your proper signature. If there is more
than one VBM voter in your household, make sure
you use your return envelope—it is bar-coded for
you. Mail the ballot at least 7-10 days before Election
Day so that it can be received in the SOE ofce by 7
pm. on Election Day. The postmark date does not
count. Alternatives to mailing: drop off the ballot in
the safe box at any early voting site during the early
voting period or take it to the SOE ofce.
Tracking the receipt and counting of your ballot.
Your personal voter registration page is the site for
tracking your ballot, verifying the accuracy of your
information, making updates, requesting a VBM ballot,
and much more: www.browardsoe.org; then select
the tab “Check Your Voter Status/Update.” The SOE will
contact you if there is a problem with your signature.
[Anthony Ginsberg is a member of the REV Coalition,
an informal group of non-partisan third party voter
registration organizations dedicated to enhancing
Registration, Education, and Voter turnout in Broward.
Members include the Broward League of Women
Voters, ACLU, Divine 9 Sororities and Fraternities, Urban
League, and Voter Participation Project, among
others. He can be reached at (cell) 646-662-8378 or
anthony3300@comcast.net]
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TAKE THE CENSUS
#BeCountedFTL
#FortLaud
erdaleCounts
What is the Census?
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a
population count, or census, of every person living in
the United States and in the U.S. territories, as required
by the U.S. Constitution. Not only does the census count
people, it also collects information on where they live
to provide accurate population numbers for counties,
states, and municipalities like Fort Lauderdale. The 2020
U.S. Census is ofcially underway.
Why the Census is Important
The first census was conducted in 1790. Since that time, a
census has been conducted every 10 years to collect basic
information about the people living in our households. The
data collected is used for statistical purposes only, and the
information collected is used to help:
Guide how more than $675 billion in federal funding is
distributed to states and communities each year.
Determine how many seats each state gets in the U.S.
House of Representatives.
Ensure public services and
funding for schools, hospitals,
fire de par t me nts, a nd road s.
Communities plan bus routes, draw school district
boundaries, offer community services, plan new
homes, and improve neighborhoods.
Businesses decide where to put stores, offices, or
plants to create jobs, support the economy, and to
decide what to sell in stores so communities get what
they need.
Redraw the boundaries of congressional and state
legislative districts, as well as school and voting
districts.
How to Complete the Census
Residents can self-respond to the 2020 Census now
through August 14, 2020 online, by phone, or by mail.
https://www.fortlauderdale.gov/departments/city-
manager-s-office/office-of-neighbor-support/2020-u-s-
census/complete-the-2020-census
SOURCE: City of Fort Lauderdale - https://www.
fortlauderdale.gov/departments/city-manager-s-
office/office-of-neighbor-support/2020-u-s-census
MAYOR’S MESSAGE Continued from page 7
staff psychologist. Each year, the city mandates
compliance training for all ofcers.
All ofcers wear body cameras to record their
interactions with the public. Choke holds have long
been banned. Many ofcers are trained in crisis
intervention to help them recognize people in distress
and locate services for them. And, our department is
more diverse than ever in its stafng.
The City Commission and city manager have agreed
to create a working group to study reform, and we
will ensure it is comprised of a cross-section of our
community. A good place for the group to begin their
discussion is to review an in-depth assessment of the
Police Department undertaken five years ago.
It found significant room for improvement and
concluded that the agency needed to address a
perception among many residents that police officers
did not treat citizens equally.
I’d suggest the upcoming work group determine how
well the Police Department implemented the 2015
recommendations. They also should undertake an
updated analysis to find what additional measures
are needed.
One area that I’m particularly concerned about is how
civilian complaints are investigated.
The 2015 report concluded that the role of the
Citizen Police Review Board is unclear and that
the department has had major challenges in
addressing complaints. I’d like the board to have more
independence and greater authority.
I urge calm and patience as we strive to do better. Fort
Lauderdale is our city, and violence gets us nowhere.
In closing, please enjoy your summer and as always,
remain safe and healthy.
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FEATURE
In challenging and stressful times, we all need a place to relax where we can restore personal balance and
harmony and reconnect with self, nature, and spirit. A place where we can go to quiet the constant surge
of thoughts which courses through our minds and focus on what is truly important. A place that nurtures
and heals body and soul. With the above in mind, here are some simple guidelines for creating your own
backyard sanctuary.
Create A
Backyard
Sanctuary
By Casey Sims
Above: Before, Right: After
PHOTO BY CASEY SIMS
PHOTO BY CASEY SIMS
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Set your intention for your sanctuary
Before you begin any kind of planning, take some time and sit quietly in your intended space. Don’t do anything,
just feel the space. Give some quiet thought to the purpose you’d like it to serve, how you want to feel when you
step into it and move about in it. Let your thoughts wander. If you are of a mind to do so, perform a meditation or
imaging exercise and indulge your creativity. Most importantly, listen to your intuition. All too often chaos, stress
and our busy schedules distract us from being truly attentive to the small, quiet, powerful voice inside us which
knows exactly what feels best, what resonates for our spirit, and what nourishes our body and soul. Take the time
to listen to that voice and ask yourself the question, What is the purpose I want this sanctuary to serve? Then let it
go, and you will find that the answers naturally present themselves.
Plan your sanctuary
Practical planning will help you save money and time and will permit you to gain a concrete picture of what
your backyard sanctuary will ultimately look like. Sketch your ideas on paper, allow yourself to make mistakes,
give yourself room to be wrong, and again, let those creative juices flow! After all, this is YOUR little urban oasis.
Think about the kind of environment you want to create, the feeling you’d like to evoke. For example, how will the
ground feel beneath your feet? Will you walk barefoot on it? Will the ambiance be bright and cheerful or dark
and alluring? Will you enjoy a solo cup of coffee or a glass of wine shared with friends there...or both? Make the
conscious choice to engage each and every one of your senses – touch, sound, smell, sight, and taste.
Choose the elements of your sanctuary
When we create any space we are in fact infusing our own energy into that space, so be sure that energy is
positive, nurturing and uplifting. Think carefully about the elements you choose to include – plants, lighting,
color, objects, textures – and take your time. Surround yourself with things you love that have positive, nurturing
memories or associations. Remember, no decision is wrong, and if your intuition tells you it feels good and feels
right, then it probably is.
Most importantly, make it beautiful!
© Copyright Casey Sims 2020
Resources
Inside Out: Decorating Ideas for an Outside Living Space by Gilly Love
Sacred Space by Denise Linn, Sensual Home by Ilse Crawford
Above photos submitted by Victoria Park residents
PHOTO BY JESSICA BERMAN
PHOTO BY ANONYMOUS
PHOTO BY BRUCE AND LISA CAPON
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DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
Two projects have been occupying the time of the
planning committee for Victoria Park recently. The first
has been discussed at meetings, in the newsletter,
and on Facebook extensively: 333 N.E. 7th Avenue, a
14-story tall, 53-unit condo project. VPCA members
voted overwhelming to oppose this project at the
June general membership meeting but I am sorry to
report that the project was effectively approved. On
Tuesday, June 16, a city resolution to call the project
up and hold a public hearing was defeated. As the
project goes forward it will include a raised crosswalk
at the intersection of 7th Avenue and 4th Street, as we
had requested.
The other project is located at 1770 East Sunrise
Blvd. and is proposed to be a 9-story ofce/medical
ofce building. The concern with this project is that
all activity takes place on the south side of this
building which backs up directly to Victoria Park.
The delivery drop off is on the south side, as well as
two external staircases. This building also contains a
large terrace area which is also on the south side of
the project and parking spaces for six motorcycles
for some reason. This project is being reviewed by the
city’s development review committee and will be
approved once the DRC finds that it meets the code.
The neighborhood has requested that the entrance
and exit to the building, which is on Victoria Park
Road, direct the trafc out towards Sunrise Boulevard
with a curved curb cut.
By Catherine Maus, Planning/
Zoning Chair for VPCA
1770 East Sunrise Blvd.
C M C P D R A V N R P Z K B Y D R R
V W Y T I N U M M O C M U V P N S Q
I I A H F A I R Y G A R D E N S O F
C T B V E E U M K V Y F Y T D N C X
T C W T S W T A A P A A A Z A A C C
O F B S U S W F H O V R P K B G E I
R O D P O I P G I H N N O S Y M R L
I H W R H U O J P P
K T P L A L J Q
A N P I Y J H B X T F L O W E R S L
P B M N A W Y Y Q P V M P Q B B R T
A L W G L K R A P K C E B E I N N A
R M A V P Q R U N A W C O U P A V E
K O T J R J Y S Q W V H M F O D M W
Z D I H E P L Z Q A D I R O L F T U
O H Y A K B O D A N K V E F S V V E
I D
B R R H P H O L I D A Y P A R K
Y V B M A S Q O R C H I D S G F M Z
L V A X P C O K F U W U A P C I W Q
B O U G A I N V I L L E A T E L K L
F P I O Z K G E H O N C H J K A B J
anniebeckpark
bougainvillea
community
fairygardens
florida
flowers
holidaypark
orchids
parkerplayhouse
soccer
spring
victoriapark
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WORD FIND
MINUTE BY MINUTE Continued from page 6
and increasing engagement (up 65%) with various
campaigns (rocks, flowers, fairy gardens).
Website Launch: Estimated launch date of June 15,
photo contest to be announced for header shots.
Call for Volunteers: Serve on communications
committee, seeking neighbors with creation of
e-newsletters experience, seeking neighbors with
graphic design experience to assist with reformatting
of logo for website.
Membership: Kip Reynolds, Chair
Membership continues to grow – both family and
business. Business discount list has been updated.
Creating personalized, digital membership cards. If
you don’t get a new membership card in the next few
weeks, please contact Kip at members@vpca.org.
Thank you letters have been sent to 20 individuals/
businesses that have donated to our green space
and capital improvement fund. Steffi emphasized the
importance of all of us encouraging membership.
Planning/Zoning: Catherine Maus, Chair
No additional updates.
Additional Business: Steffi Paskow, President
Thank you to everyone for completing the surveys. We
appreciate your input and will be using this medium for
feedback throughout the year.
Please contribute where you are able during this time.
Whether donating blood or food, participating in
virtual activities, and/or submit photos to the social
media pages for VPCA.
Meeting adjourned at 8:07pm ET
Next Meeting:
July 1, 2020 7:00PM – 8:00PM ET
via Zoom
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE JULY MEETING
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Homemade Playdough
Submitted by Robert Everson
Time: 10-15 minutes
Ingredients:
1 cup flour
½ cup salt
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup water
2 teaspoons cream of tarter
Optional: food coloring, glitter
Instructions: Put all ingredients in a non-stick frying pan over
medium heat. Mix with spoon until dough forms and color is
mixed (if food coloring added). Turn onto a table and knead until
cool. Store in a covered container.
VPCA Coloring Contest
Color the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk and submit via
the VPCA Facebook page by July 6th for entry into
the VPCA Coloring Contest! The top three winners
selected by member vote will be featured in the
August VPCA printed newsletter. Questions can
be submitted to vpnews@vpca.org.
Click here to download the contest picture
Deadline for Entry: July 6th
CONTEST IMAGE COURTESY OF THE CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE
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VPCA MEMBER DISCOUNTS
Thank you to our local business community for
your discounts and exclusive special offers to
our Victoria Park Civic Association members!
VPCA Members receive valuable discounts and special offers from our local business community.
Featured below are local business community members who offer discounts and special offers to
VPCA members! Just present your VPCA membership card and start saving!
ANN’S FLORIST WINE BAR & CA
1001 E. Las Olas Blvd.
954.761.3334
annsfloristlasolas.com
10% off floral orders
BIG LOUIE’S PIZZERIA
1990 E. Sunrise Blvd.
954.467.1166
biglouiesfortlauderdale.com
$5 off order of $35+
(at this location only)
BIG WHEEL CYCLES
1001 E. Sunrise Blvd.
954.523.2453
bigwheelcycle.com
10% off any accessories
BROWARD SIGNS
525 E. State Rd. 84
954.320.9903
browardsigns.com
10% off any vinyl signage
CAFFÉ EUROPA
910 E. Las Olas Blvd.
954.763.6600
caffeeuropalasolas.com
Complimentary cappuccino with entree
CHRISTINA WAN’S
664 N. Federal Hwy
95 4.527.0228
christinawans.com
FREE glass of house wine with purchase
of entree
COOKIES BY DESIGN
1141 N. Federal Hwy
954.565.8522
cookiesbydesign.com
15% of f
DOWNTOWN CHIROPRACTIC
CENTER
1601 E. Broward Blvd.
954.463.1166
fortlauderdalechiro.com
$99 first visit; 45-minute consult ($250
value. Some exclusions apply.
EXOTIC EYEWEAR OPTICAL
2501 N. Federal Hwy.
954 567 4488
exoticeyewearoptical.com
20% off prescription frames
FRIENDSHIP CAFE & FALAFEL
1306 E. Las Olas Blvd.
954.999.9676
friendshipcafefl.org
10% of f
GRAN FORNO BAKERY
1235 E. Las Olas Blvd.
954.467.2244
granforno.com
10% off order
GRAND CENTRAL STATIONERY
1227 E. Las Olas Blvd.
954.467.2998
grandcentralstationery.net
10% discount on all “in store”
merchandise
HOTWORX FITNESS STUDIO
130 NE 4th St.
954.547.7457
hotworx.net/studio/ftl-flaglervillage/
Bring in our ad for an exclusive discount
JADE OCEAN CLEANERS
608 N. Federal Hwy.
954.462.6677
jadeoceancleaners.com
10% off dry cleaning services
JASPER KANE VINTAGE FURNITURE & DÉCOR
4361 N. Dixie Hwy.
954.440.4866
etsy.com/shop/JasperKane
15% off all merchandise
JENNY CRAIG
100 N. Federal Hwy., Ste. C1
954.462.2651
jennycraig.com
New members only: free 30 day mem
bership, not valid with other promotions
(restrictions may apply)
LAS OLAS CHABAD JEWISH CENTER
1302 E. Las Olas Blvd.
954.780.6770
jewishfll.com
10% off all merchandise
LUIGIS COAL OVEN PIZZA
1415 E. Las Olas Blvd.
954.990.8647
luigiscoalovenpizza.com
$5 off bill of $30+, dine-in only
MATHNASIUM
2990 N. Federal Hwy.
954.947.3434
Fortlauderdale@mathnasium.com
One assessment and two weeks of math
tutoring for $99
MATTHEW PARKES SALON
420 SE 6th Ave. (in Echo Salon)
954.918.0797
matthewparkessalon.com
New clients: FREE cut with color service.
MODERN SIXTIES WINE LOUNGE
1828 E. Sunrise Blvd
954.616.5216
facebook.com/modern60swinelounge
10% off nonhappy hour bill
MONSTER SUBS
1978 E. Sunrise Blvd.
954.463.7997
10% off any order, including platters
O-B HOUSE
333 Himmarshee St.
954.530.7520 | o- bhouse.com
Free cupcake with lunch M-F
OFFSHORE POOLS
12717 W. Sunrise Blvd.
954.980.1910
New clients: third month FREE
OPTICAL SPECTRUM
804 E. Las Olas Blvd.
954.463.1566
facebook.com/opticalspectrumlasolas
$100 gi- certificate toward any full pair of
prescription eyeglasses, clear or sunwear
PEAK PERFORMANCE PHYSICAL
THERAPY
634 N. Federal Hwy.
954.302.7717
peakperformance.rehab
Ask about our free ‘discovery visit’ for
VPCA members
PURE BARRE FORT LAUDERDALE
2408 N. Federal Hwy.
954.566.2202
purebarre.com/location/fort-lauderdale-fl
Ask for VPCA member special offer!
SERAFINA RESTAURANT
926 NE 20th Ave.
954.850.9959
serabythewater.com
$10
off dinner for two
SHOE DOCTOR
1930 E. Sunrise Blvd.
95 4.76 9.116 0
bestshoedoctor.com
10% off any service and/or product
SILK LASER + AESTHETICS CENTRE
924 N. Federal Hwy.
954.462.7455
thesilklasercentre.com
$15 B12 Injection or FREE B12 with
service for VPCA members
SIP JAVA CO.
638 N. Federal Hwy.
954.990.5597
sipjavaco.com
10% off coffee drink
SUAN THAI & JAPANESE RESTAURANT
290 N. Federal Hwy.
954.870.6169
suanrestaurant.com
10% offcheck, dine-in only
SUNSET PET GROOMING
& BOUTIQUE
929 N. Federal Hwy.
954.525.6988
sunsetpetgrooming.com
10% off grooming for VPCA members
SWEET NECTAR CHARCOAL
GRILL & SPIRITS
1017 E. Las Olas Blvd
954.761.2122
sweetnectarbuzz.com
20% off bill
THE BOTOX LADY
918 NE 26th Ave.
954.829.5557
thebotoxlady.com
Ask about our special offer for VPCA
members.
THE MINDFULNESS METHOD, LLC
1007 N. Federal Hwy., #1008
954.232.8422
Ask for our special offer for VPCA
members.
THE WINDOW GUY WINDOW CLEANING
1851 SW 25 St., Unit 3
954.588.4034
15% off all services
TROPICAL CAFÉ
915 N. Federal Hwy.
954.828.1234
$1.00 off any Sandwich/Lunch
UPLOAD FITNESS
928 N. Federal Hwy.
954.617.6468
uploadfitness.com
FREE 30-day all-inclusive membership
for Victoria Park residents
VICTORIA PARK ANIMAL
HOSPITAL & DOGGIE DAY CARE
626 N. Federal Hwy.
95 4.617.8724
victoriaparkanimalhospital.com
10%
off services with groomer Jesse
WAGNER TIRE & AUTO
1740 E. Sunrise Blvd.
954.463.7588
wagnertireinc.com
$18.95 oil change & tire rotation (5
quart); additional charges may apply
Color listings denote
VPCA Business members
and our Ad Sponsors who
provide discounts or special
offers for our VPCA members!
Our thanks to all of you for
your participation and
for support of VPCA!