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                                              Mayor’s Message

                                                      he city continues to make amazing progress in updating our infrastructure – to
                                                      replace old underground pipes at risk of breaking and to enhance our
                                              T capacity, as our population grows and as we seek ways to address the impact
                                              of climate change.
                                              The most recent step the City Commission has taken is to expedite the replacement of
                                              the aging Fiveash Water Treatment Plant. We have agreed to negotiate a deal with a
                                              consortium led by IDE Technologies to build and operate a new plant that will be
                                              located next to our Prospect Wellfield site at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. IDE
                                              comes to the table with major international experience in the development of water
                                              plants. By teaming up with them in this public-private partnership, we can construct the
                                              plant faster than if we had pursued traditional methods.
                                              Once we finalize a contract, IDE expects to be able to build the plant and have water
                                              production underway by 2025. The plant will use state-of-the-art technology, including
                                              nano-filtration and ion exchange, to produce clean, clear, high-quality water for our
                                              residents and visitors. Yes, clear water. There will no longer be any yellowish hue.
                                              Why did the city have to replace the Fiveash plant? We’ve had two major reports tell us
                   Dean Trantalis             that the 68-year-old facility has a real risk of failure. It would likely not withstand the
                   City of Fort Lauderdale    impact of a major hurricane, and the consultant tells us that renovation and upgrades
         are no longer a viable option.
                                              The new water treatment plant is not the only news to share when it comes to
                                              city infrastructure.
                                              This past month, we saw even more evidence of the urgency of that last goal – to ensure
                                              Fort Lauderdale is a resilient community that is as protected as possible from sea-level
                                              rise and flooding. A special task force of the federal government issued the 2022 Sea
                    City Hall, 8th Floor      Level Rise Technical Report, and the data is quite disturbing. The report stated that the
                    100 N Andrews Ave
                  Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311   rise in ocean height over the next 30 years could equal the total rise seen during the
                                              past 100 years.
                                              This means that sea levels along the coastline are expected to rise between 10 to 12
                                              inches above today's current levels by 2050. It also reports an upward trend in the
                                              frequency and intensity of high tide coastal flooding events, such as our annual autumn
                                              King Tides. Hurricane storm surges will also increase and stretch farther inland. This
                                              report should be a wake-up call to all coastal cities, and we need to take the critical
                                               steps necessary to address our vulnerabilities and be prepared for the future.
                                                          This City Commission has taken the lead in prioritizing climate resiliency.
                     Office Contact
                     Scott Wyman                                  The city's infrastructure master plan incorporates sea-level rise
                      Chief of Staff                                      predictions and how they will affect our way of life.
                    Office of the Mayor                                           The city is investing $200 million through
                      954-828-5314                                                        stormwater bonds to alleviate
                                                                                                  flooding vulnerabilities.


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