Johnson Street is Closing Nights from August to December for I-95 Expansion
The FDOT widening of I-95 over Johnson Street begins on Wednesday, August 2nd and is expected to be completed by December 29, 2023.
Nighttime construction may require a full closure of Johnson Street.
These activities will typically be done Sunday Night through Friday Nights 10pm to 6am, with occasional Saturday Night activities form 10pm to 5:30am.
Vehicle traffic will be detoured around the closure via N 26 Ave and N Park Road to Taft Street.
FDOT crews will do everything possible to minimize noise from this construction zone.
Statement from Mayor Levy Regarding Shooting Incident on Hollywood Beach.
Beach Investigation Leads to All Suspects Arrested.
A Message From :Josh Levy, Mayor of Hollywood .
As you may have been relieved to hear on the news this morning, all five of the South Broward teenagers who were involved in the shooting that occurred on Memorial Day at Hollywood Beach have now been arrested by the Hollywood Police Department.
I want to express my deepest gratitude to the community for assisting law enforcement and showing that we stand united in not tolerating such behavior in our cities and public spaces.
The collaborative response that we saw from the public, law enforcement, good Samaritans, paramedics and medical professionals highlights the power of unity when we stand united against crime and come to the aid of those in need.
Moving forward, let us continue to support one another, remain vigilant against any form of criminal activity, and foster a culture of care and responsibility.
While our law enforcement agencies are diligently working to address and prevent all forms of violence, it is essential to understand that targeted incidents such as this often arise from specific conflicts and underlying issues, which further emphasize the significance of early intervention and community support in preventing, identifying and resolving such disputes.
Remember the “See Something, Say Something” principle in maintaining the safety of our community. If you see something suspicious or know something, say something.
It is crucial that we instill in our youth the understanding that if they witness or hear about any situation that may pose harm to someone, their responsibility is to confide in a trusted adult, whether it be a teacher, a parent, police or any reliable person. Keeping our community safe requires the active participation of each and every one of us, and by empowering our youth with this knowledge, we are fostering a culture of care and vigilance.
I want to express my appreciation for the efforts of law enforcement agencies, including the Hollywood Police Department, FBI, FDLE and U.S. Marshals who worked tirelessly to bring these perpetrators to justice.
Be sure that our city leadership is steadfast in its commitment to providing highly capable police and rescue services in Hollywood. We spare no expense investing in public safety, funding the highest levels of personnel possible and equipping them with advanced technologies such as CCTV surveillance cameras and other tools which aid in crime prevention, detection, and investigation. Leveraging these resources creates a safer environment for everyone in our community.
Let us continue to build upon the strong foundation of trust and unity that we have cultivated in Hollywood. Together, we can create a future where criminals will know to avoid our city and where the well-being of our residents is shared value that we all care for and protect.
Thank you for being an integral part of our community and for your continued support.
Mayor of Hollywood
CBS 4 Report on the Fifth and Final Arrest
I am deeply saddened and angered by the Memorial Day shooting in our city that resulted in injuries to innocent bystanders. Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families during this difficult time and our prayers for a speedy recovery. It is completely unacceptable that innocent people spending time with family on a holiday weekend have been affected by a shooting altercation between two groups who came into our city with guns and no regard for the safety of the law abiding public around them.
Law enforcement agencies are fully engaged in their investigation, and I assure you that no stone will be left unturned in bringing the perpetrators to justice. We will utilize every available resource to apprehend those responsible for these injuries.
I want to emphasize that the safety and well-being of our residents and visitors is always our top priority. Hollywood Police has dozens of officers assigned to the beach on busy holiday weekends and that allowed for an immediate response that resulted in multiple persons detained for this incident.
I am thankful for the many good samaritans and the paramedics of Hollywood Fire Rescue and Beach Safety who rendered quick emergency aid to the injured at the scene, and thankful for the emergency room doctors and nurses at Memorial Regional Hospital and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital for their life saving work year-round.
I urge anyone with information related to the incident to come forward and cooperate with the authorities. It is vital that we all stand united against violence and work collectively to create a safer environment for everyone.In the wake of this event, let us remember that our community’s strength lies in its resilience and compassion. We must support one another, offer comfort to those affected, and work diligently to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
Thank you, and together, let us strive for a safer and more peaceful country.
Sincerely, Josh Levy City of Hollywood Mayor
Audrey Joynt 1937-2023
Hollywood Beach lost one of its true champions with the passing of Audrey Joynt in March. A native of Philadelphia, she is survived by her husband, Joe. Also surviving are children, Joanne Kowaluk, Jacqui Rowley and Marty and Brian Joynt as well as 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Audrey and Joe met on a moonlight cruise on the Potomac River, a meeting they sailed to 67-years of marriage. Audrey and Joe came to Hollywood in 1975 to help move Audrey’s mother. “We were looking to buy a duplex we could share with Audrey’s mother,” Joe recalled. “We saw an ad, ‘Beach Hotel For Sale’ with a phone number in the old Sun Tattler newspaper. We called and after the owner found we weren’t real estate agents, we met and he agreed to carry the mortgage and suddenly we were in the motel business.”
Audrey and Joe lived in their beach bungalow home on Carolina Street, across from the old Howard Johnson Hotel (now the Marriott) just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. Their living room window was always open for view. “You knew when we were home,” Joe laughed. The home was remodeled from the old Aquarius Motel they bought long ago.
“She was the best Mom,” said daughter, Jacqui. “Just kind and good. We always had stray kids hanging around the house. Hollywood Beach meant everything to her, it was her world. It was hard when my folks had to move west into assisted living. They missed the beach so much.”
In 1999, Hollywood began the redevelopment of the beach Broadwalk and Audrey wanted to be sure local residents and business owners had a voice in the changes coming to her beloved home. Remember, this was the time when the popular Broadwalk was black asphalt and most of the beachside businesses were in need of a facelift. With the help of Jimmy Fanning and Tony Provenzano, the Hollywood Beach Business Association (HBBA) was born with Audrey becoming the first President of an organization still going strong today. Many of Audrey’s and HBBA suggestions are part of the Hollywood Beach you see today. The HBBA is active in making for a safer, more attractive Hollywood Beach for businesses, residents and visitors.
Debra Case, former owner of Ocean Alley and Hollywood City Commissioner, learned the ins and outs of Hollywood Beach from Audrey. “I was a mountain girl from Vermont,” Case said. “Audrey taught me how to be a beach girl. She was my mentor and a great friend.” Case followed in Audrey’s footsteps as HBBA President.
The Cahoots cover that garnished the most attention was a 2010 story claiming that Audrey and Joe were the original models for Ken and Barbie and had escaped the entertainment hustle and bustle of the other Hollywood for a quite life on Florida’s Hollywood Beach. Audrey and Joe were great sports. I can still hear Audrey saying, “We’re In!” when I pitched them the silly idea.
Audrey, you are missed! Thanks for what you’ve done for the Beach you loved and loved you back. A life well lived.
Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins March 1
Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins March 1– Lighting ordinances to take effect on the County’s coastline –
BROWARD COUNTY, FL – March 1 marks the official start of sea turtle nesting season. The Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program (BCSTCP) documented a record-setting 3,650 nests on the County’s 24-mile coastline (including the Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park) in 2022. Three species of sea turtles typically nest on Broward’s beaches: leatherbacks, loggerheads and green turtles. Local nesting populations have increased since the BCSTCP began monitoring in 1981.
Artificial lighting is one of the biggest threats to sea turtles in southeast Florida. Hatchlings use natural light from the moon and stars to locate the water after hatching, but artificial lighting near the beach can cause turtles to become disoriented forcing them to crawl toward a roadway and away from the ocean. To reduce the amount of artificial light reaching the beach, local coastal municipalities enforce lighting ordinances during sea turtle nesting season (March 1-October 31). Lighting near the beach should be “sea turtle-friendly” and follow all three criteria established by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC):
Keep it low
Fixtures should be mounted as low as possible to achieve their purpose
Fixtures/bulbs should produce the lowest lumens (light output) necessary for the task
Keep it shielded
The bulb, lamp or glowing lens should be shielded from the beach
Interior lights should not be visible from the beach
Close curtains, shades and blinds after sunset
Apply window tint of 15% inside to outside light transmittance
Keep it long (wavelength)
Fixtures/bulbs must produce long wavelength light (560 nm or longer) without filters, gels or lenses
Amber and red LEDs are good examples of these types of light
Lights from cell phones can also disturb nesting and hatchling sea turtles. If you visit the beach at night during nesting season, keep your cell phone safely stowed in your pocket or bag.
FWC provides a list of certified fixtures that can be safely installed near sea turtle nesting beaches. Alternatively, you can contact the BCSTCP for assistance with light retrofitting or additional information.
About Resilient Environment The mission of the Resilient Environment Department is to further the resilience of individuals, the built environment, natural resources and economy of Broward County. This is accomplished by providing climate mitigation and adaptation planning; natural resource planning, management and protection; planning for appropriate land use patterns and housing mix; enforcing environmental, development and construction regulations; delivering animal care protection and adoption services and providing for consumer protection. For more information call 954-519-1270, visit our website or follow us on Twitter.
February 27, 2023 MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Roche, Environmental Project Coordinator Natural Resources Division 954-519-1255 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheridan Street Bridge is NOW OPEN!
Sheridan Street Bridge is Renewed & Now Open!
An update from the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
Underground Utilities Phase IV and Streetscape Beautification
Construction of SR A1A Complete Street Project from Hollywood Blvd to Sheridan Street
·85% of trench excavation for FPL conduit placement on west sidewalk completed.
·Contractor currently working on the central business district close to Taylor Street
·Pedestrian Light poles are being installed from Taylor Street to the North.
General Contractor is hosting a monthly Coffee with the crew.
·Answer questions from business owners and residents.
·Meet the Subcontractors for any information related to the project.
·Next coffee with the crew is schedule for September 15th at Giorgio’s Bakery
Phase IV- E/W Streets, Streetends and Surf Road from Harrison Street to Magnolia Terrace
·Design phase 90% Completed
·Has been submitted to the City’s Building Department for review
·CM@risk solicitation released
·Evaluation committee to meet 9/2022 to rank CM@risk general contractor
Phase IV- SR A1A from Hollywood Boulevard to the Southern City Limits
·Design phase 50% Completed
·FDOT Landscape variance is currently under evaluation by FDOT
Full Bridge Closure along SR 822/Sheridan Street over the Intracoastal Waterway will extend until October 26th. ***Now Open***
An update from the Florida Department of Transportation ( FDOT) Sheridan Street Bridge
Thank you for your interest in this project and we appreciate your patience as we continue to coordinate with local partners and the contractor to deliver a high-quality facility. Due to state of emergency declared by Governor DeSantis Sept. 23 regarding Hurricane Ian all operations were suspended, and the full bridge closure period will be extended through Oct. 26, to allow for the completion of the bridge rehabilitation. The Department is committed to delivering a safe and successful project to the community as quickly and safely as possible. Again, we appreciate your understanding and patience. To view the updated Detour Flyer Please Click Here. Kind regards, FDOT Broward Construction www.d4fdot.com
Full Bridge Closure along SR 822/Sheridan Street over the Intracoastal Waterway to Begin Monday, June 13
The SR 822/Sheridan Street Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway will be fully for closed for approximately 90 days beginning Monday, June 13, weather and unforeseen conditions permitting. Eastbound traffic will be detoured via US-1, Hollywood Boulevard, or Dania Beach Boulevard. Westbound traffic will be detoured via SR A1A, Hollywood Boulevard, or Dania Beach Boulevard. Access to local traffic and the Anne Kolb Nature Center will be maintained at all times via eastbound SR 822/ Sheridan Street before the bridge. Project updates will be provided as needed.
Project improvements include installing bicycle-friendly/anti-slip walking plates along the bridge’s moveable spans, removing existing curb and adding a 32-inch traffic barrier between the sidewalk and roadway, removing and replacing the outer pedestrian railing, adding new pedestrian gates in each direction, renovating the existing tender house, upgrading electrical and mechanical components, and access platforms on the bridge.
Tropical Storm Warning in effect for Hollywood
The City of Hollywood is under a Tropical Storm Warning
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) continues to monitor the development of a tropical system northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The NHC is now forecasting the storm will become Tropical Storm Alex by 1 p.m. on Friday. South Florida and the Hollywood area are now under a Tropical Storm Warning, which means tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours. The system is moving in a northeasterly direction into the warm waters of the northwestern Caribbean Sea and eventually the Gulf of Mexico. On the forecast track, the system should move across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico through Friday night, and then move across the southern and central portions of the Florida Peninsula on Saturday.
Regardless of tropical development, the Hollywood area is under a flood watch advisory and is expected to experience periods of heavy rain and wind gusts today and over the weekend. With ground saturation following recent heavy rains, there is a potential for localized street flooding, particularly in low-lying areas and portions of Hollywood east of US-1 between Pembroke Road and Sheridan Street. Beach erosion is also a possibility. Residents are encouraged to monitor trusted news providers like the National Weather Service Miami and the National Hurricane Center for the latest information.
Parking Fees Suspended in City-operated Garages To assist Hollywood residents who live in low-lying areas, from 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 3 to noon on Sunday, June 5, parking fees will be waived in the four City garages. Hollywood residents can park their personal vehicles in the garages on a first come, first served basis beginning at 10:00 a.m. today. Proof of Hollywood residency will be required. No commercial trucks or fleet vehicles will be allowed. All vehicles must be parked legally in marked spaces, any vehicles parked illegally or blocking other vehicles will be ticketed and could be towed.
The garages are located here:
Garfield Garage – 300 Connecticut Street
Nebraska Garage – 327 Nebraska Street
Van Buren Garage – 251 S 20th Ave
Radius Garage – 251 N 19th Ave
Pumps Deployed and Storm Drains Cleared To prepare for the impacts of significant rainfall, the City of Hollywood Public Utilities Department has been working to clear storm drains, check stationary pumps and deploy auxiliary pumps in areas prone to flooding. Residents who are able can assist by ensuring that storm drains near their homes remain cleared throughout the weekend.
Flood Safety Tips
Call 911 if flood damage to your home has created an emergency situation such as a fire.
Motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas.
Use caution with electrical appliances, electrical cords and outlets if floodwaters have entered your home.
Residents should not go outside or wade in standing flood water, which can contain contaminants. Following a heavy storm, sharp debris and other items from overturned garbage bins could be hidden in the water and cause injury. Standing water also may contain harmful bacteria that could cause infection.
Health officials remind the public to not let children or pets play in flood water.
Residents should prepare to notify their homeowner’s insurance providers if they have experienced flood damage and seek their advice on documenting the damage and drying out your home. The same applies for contacting your vehicle insurance provider if you find your vehicle has been damaged.
Sign Up for Alert Hollywood Emergency Notifications The City of Hollywood has launched a new emergency notification system called Alert Hollywood. Used by many government agencies throughout Florida, Alert Hollywood notifies residents through phone calls, e-mails and/or text messages to mobile phones of an emergency in the community such as a hurricane watch or warning, flash flood warning, tornado warning, serious police situations and other critical incidents.
SIGN UP for Alert Hollywood – on the registration page, click on the “Sign Up” link located just below the login fields. After you submit your information, you will receive Alert Hollywood notifications whenever an alert is issued. Alerts may be received by phone and/or email address. Severe weather alerts issued by the National Weather Service are automatically issued through the Alert Hollywood system if you elect to receive those notifications.
The Alert Hollywood service is free to the public. Text message fees by your wireless carrier may apply depending on your mobile phone plan.
ALREADY HAVE AN ALERT HOLLYWOOD ACCOUNT? If you already have created an Alert Hollywood account, simply type your username and password in the appropriate fields on the Alert Hollywood registration page and click on the “Sign In” button to log into your account.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR HOLLYWOOD CodeRED SUBSCRIBERS: The City of Hollywood no longer uses the CodeRED emergency alert system. If you would like to receive emergency notifications from the City of Hollywood, you must register for the Alert Hollywood service.
Alert Hollywood is powered by the Everbridge critical event management software platform.
SR 822/Sheridan Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project
Thank you for your interest in the SR 822/Sheridan Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project over the Intracoastal Waterway. At this time, the full closure of the bridge has been postponed due to supply chain issues effecting the deliveries of materials.