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Coronavirus Information and Updates

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Latest Update:

August 6, 2020 5:51 PM

City Parks and Fitness Center Reopening
The City will reopen its parks and fitness center on Monday, August 10, including the Gary B Jones Park for People and Pups. The reopening does not include the pool at the Caporella Aquatic Complex or the Community Farmers Market, which remains canceled.

Park hours will be from 8 am – 7:30 pm, Monday – Saturday, until further notice. You must wear facial coverings and follow social distancing guidelines. Groups of more than 10 are still prohibited. Basketball courts, playgrounds, fitness areas, splashpads and bathroom facilities will remain closed. However, tennis courts will be open.

The Fitness Center will be open from 6 am – 7 pm, Monday – Friday, and 7:30 am – 6 pm on Saturdays. The facility will close for cleaning from 2 – 3 pm daily. Please remember that all guests must follow the Broward County Executive Order that requires you to wear a facial covering at all times, including while working out.

Food Distribution Events
Upcoming Feeding South Florida food distribution events in Tamarac include:

• Saturday, August 8, 8 – 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Wednesday, August 12, 9 – 11 am, Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Saturday, August 15, 8 – 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Monday, August 17, 9 – 11 am, Community Christian Church, 10001 W. Commercial Blvd.

Free Tree Giveaways
Broward County is hosting two events to give away the trees, shrubs, fruit trees and alternatives to sod that would have been distributed at its 18th Annual Water Matters Day 2020, canceled due to the pandemic. Broward families can receive up to two, 3-gallon trees and shrubs, or up to eight 1-gallon plants (select up to two species) while supplies last. There is a limit of one fruit tree per family. To view the list of available species, event details and a link to register, visit https://www.broward.org/waterresources/Pages/WaterMattersDay.aspx. These no-contact, drive-up only events will be held rain or shine and are scheduled at:

• Saturday, August 8, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 NW 11th Pl., Lauderhill
• Thursday, August 13, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100th Ave., Davie

Small Business Support
The City is utilizing CARES Act emergency funds to offer $5,000 grants to eligible small businesses financially impacted by COVID-19 through the Tamarac Small Business Stabilization Grant program. Applications will be accepted online from August 24 – 28. Business owners are encouraged to collect required documentation in advance. For program details, visit www.Tamarac.org/EconomicDevelopment.

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development is offering a virtual meeting titled “Surviving COVID-19: Useful Tips & Success Stories for Businesses” at 10 am on Wednesday, August 19. Register at https://www.broward.org/EconDev/Pages/Events.aspx.

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August 3, 2020 6:29 PM

To help local businesses during the pandemic, Tamarac is launching a Small Business Stabilization Grant program. The City is committing $100,000 in one-time Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) CARES Act funds to provide grants of $5,000 to qualifying small businesses. Open enrollment is August 24 – 28. Information on eligibility, investment criteria, required documentation and the application process is available at www.Tamarac.org/EconomicDevelopment.

State-run COVID-19 testing sites that temporarily closed due to Isaias will be open tomorrow, August 4. A list of Broward County sites, including those run by the state and others, is available at www.Broward.org/Coronavirus. Please remember, the former testing site at the Tamarac Recreation Center has permanently closed.

Upcoming Feeding South Florida food distribution events include:
• Wednesday, August 5, 9 – 11 am, Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Saturday, August 8, 8 – 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.

The South Florida District Office of the Small Business Administration is offering Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) webinars daily from 1 – 2 pm on August 4 – 7. Each session is limited to 250 attendees and Eventbrite access is required to register. Details about these and other events are available on the calendar at www.SBA.gov/Offices/District/Fl/Miami. Click "show more events" to see everything that's scheduled.

July 31, 2020 7:12 PM

Hurricane Isaias

With Broward County now under a tropical storm warning, the City of Tamarac is closely monitoring the track and forecast of Isaias, which is now a Category 1 hurricane. In response to the storm’s approach, Florida’s Governor issued a State of Emergency for all of Florida’s east coast counties.

If Hurricane Isaias continues on its current track, we can receive heavy rain and tropical-storm-force winds this weekend but are less likely to experience hurricane-force winds.

However, the hurricane’s track is uncertain and small changes to the forecast can mean big differences in impacts, so we must remain vigilant. For the latest information, we encourage you to monitor local news and www.nhc.noaa.gov.

In preparation for the storm, the City is monitoring canal levels and has cleaned catch basins, tested all stormwater pump station emergency generators and checked all stormwater discharge gates. City facilities are already closed to the public as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

You are encouraged to finalize your storm preparations at your home and business today before conditions deteriorate. Gather emergency supplies, fill your car with gas and have cash on hand. Secure loose outdoor items and do not put any garbage or bulk waste out for collection until the storm has passed. Now is not the time to trim your trees.

Please note, as we are not a coastal city in danger of storm surge, the City of Tamarac does not give out sandbags in advance of hurricanes or tropical storms.

Saturday Food Distribution Event Canceled

The food distribution event at the Korean United Methodist Church scheduled for tomorrow, August 1, is canceled due to the storm.

Household Hazardous Waste Event Canceled

The Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste collection event in North Lauderdale scheduled for August 1 has been canceled.

COVID-19 Testing Sites Closed

As a reminder, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) closed all state-supported drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing sites yesterday until further notice.

City Communications

Community members are encouraged to sign up for the City’s FREE CodeRED emergency communications by visiting www.Tamarac.org and clicking the Emergency Services button or texting TamaracCodeRED to 99411. You can receive phone calls, emails and/or text notifications.

Updates will also be available on the City’s website and on our citizen hotline: (954) 718-1800. Sign up for City at Large emails at https://www.Tamarac.org/list.aspx and follow the City of Tamarac on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Nextdoor.