The electrical service to the City street lights along State Road A1A, between Balboa Street and Evans Street (approximately 9 blocks) are not working as of yesterday.
Evidently, the FPL transformer that feeds the A1A street lighting was inadvertently removed as part of an FPL project along State Road A1A. Additionally, all associated wiring from the transformer to the City street lights was also removed. Because there is no overhead feed or transformer, there is no electrical service to the City-owned street lights between Balboa Street and Evans Street along State Road A1A.
In discussions with FPL, they acknowledged the issue and problems they have created, and have agreed to have a transformer installed on an existing FPL pole, at the intersection of Franklin Street and A1A, where there is a City street light circuit and supporting infrastructure located. Once the transformer installation and any additional wiring has been completed, electrical service should be restored to the City street lights, and Public Works staff will be able to ensure the lighting system has been restored.
However, FPL has also advised that they have deployed significant resources to the Panhandle to assist with the aftermath/recovery from Hurricane Michael. Consequently, FPL advises they will not be able to install the transformer and restore the service until the end of next week. In speaking with Ben Wesley, External Affairs Manager for FPL, we have communicated to FPL the urgency for resolution to this situation to ensure the safety of our residents. Mr. Wesley understands the City’s concerns, and will attempt to repair the issue ASAP. Mr. Wesley also advised that he can be contacted via his email (Ben.Wesley@FPL.com), if needed.
Public Works will remain in close contact with FPL until this situation has been resolved.
Hollywood Beach made #8 on TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Beaches in the U.S. for 2018
Hollywood Boulevard / A1A Ramps to Close August 17th and on August
20th for Paving.
We received a copy of this e-mail yesterday from Rick Mitinger, an
engineer who works for the city and is helping mitigate the A1A
construction. Please advise your staff and anyone else who may need
to know this. Here are Rick’s comments and advisory from his message:
Tomorrow (Friday, August 17th), they expect to close the southbound to
westbound ramp from A1A to Hollywood Boulevard and the eastbound to
southbound ramp mentioned above. On Monday,(August 20th) they plan to
close the ramp from eastbound Hollywood boulevard to northbound A1A
and the ramp serving northbound traffic on A1A wishing to go west on
Hollywood Boulevard. No closures will be implemented during the
It is recognized that this work is extremely disruptive and better
motorist guidance should have initially been provided, but it is one
of the more critical paving aspects of this project and the work must
be done. The project staff was well aware of the associated impacts,
but made a conscious decision to do the work now rather than during
the upcoming “tourist season” which would have had a much more severe
impact on the community.
I fully understand how frustrating this must be and how your business,
and others, has been impacted but I believe that all will be pleased
with the final results upon the project’s completion. I have been in
close contact with FDOT since this project began and will continue to
do so. Therefore, if any additional related issues arise, please do
not hesitate to contact me directly and I will do everything I can to
Rick Mitinger, P.E.
Traffic Update and Impact:
Traffic has been shifted into a new pattern consisting of one lane in
each direction of A1A and a dual left turn lane in the center of the
Oklahoma Street at A1A will be closed beginning Monday, August 13 at 7
a.m. through Wednesday, August 22 at 7 a.m. for side street paver
installation. Motorists traveling north or south on A1A to Oklahoma
Street will be detoured via Cleveland Street and North Surf Road.
Oklahoma Street will be accessible for westbound and eastbound local
traffic only. To access A1A, motorists will be detoured via North Surf
Road and Nebraska Street.
Two lanes in each direction of A1A from Monroe Street to Hollywood
Blvd will be closed Wednesday, August 15 through Wednesday, August 22
between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Every October we see huge luxury yachts cruise up the Intracoastal to dock at the Fort
Lauderdale International Boat Show. The show is not passing us by however as many of
our hotels host the attendees and dealers who come from all over the world. We’re
preparing to roll out the welcome mat since many people who go to the show want to
enjoy a night on the town or entertain their clients and Hollywood Beach offers an
incredible experience. Stay tuned via our Facebook page and Website on plans to
welcome our boating friends. If you want to participate in our association please visit our
website at hbbafl.com for more information.
Google 360 Tour of Broadwalk
You may have seen those live maps where you can click and take a tour of your favorite attractions or your hometown streets on Google. You can also do just that for the beach broadwalk. Filmed using a camera mounted atop a backpack, Google let’s you click and tour the broadwalk. You can try it by typing in any address on the beach such as: 101 S. Broadwalk, Hollywood. FL 33019. Beach businesses can extend the tour into their stores – contact the HBBA for details.
We’re happy to embrace the recycling plans that are being formulated by the city.
Residents have been able to earn rewards from for using the blue recycling cans. Since September 19, 2016, all City of Hollywood Sanitation Customers are able to register for Recycling Perks, to earn reward points for placing their recycling carts out for weekly collection. Registered participants can earn up to $25 in discounts a month and $300 in discounts each year. Participants may redeem their earned rewards for coupons, discounts and special deals with local vendors, retailers, restaurants, grocers and more. We encourage local businesses to participate in the rewards program and for everyone to sign up at www.recyclingperks.com.
Summering on the Beach
A busy July Fourth saw thousands of people on the sands and under the stars for an amazing fireworks display. Even after long waits in traffic and a threat of rain everyone had a great time. Hopefully the A1A construction will be complete by next year’s celebration. Independence Day brings locals and visitors together for one of the biggest celebrations on the beach. Many others watched the pyrotechnics from the shores of North and South Lake as well as from the top levels of the downtown parking garages. Labor Day is the next big beach weekend and we look forward to welcoming you to our area for another great day of sun, fun and food.
Hollywood Beach businesses scored 3 of the 10 Sunsational Service Awards presented this year by the Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. That’s the most of any area in the county and shows that Hollywood is a leader in service! More than 130 people were nominated for providing exceptional guest experiences across all sectors of the tourism industry. Take a look at these three amazing staff members from the Diplomat, Billy’s Stone Crabs and GG’s Waterfront Bar and Grill who love their jobs and enjoy serving the guests who come to our community. Congratulations to them and the businesses they represent for a job well done!
Click on the Winners below to watch their videos.