Coronavirus Updates

Tamarac is closely monitoring and quickly responding to rapidly changing information and guidelines to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health and well-being of the community is our highest priority. 

This web page will be updated regularly as new information becomes available. For links to information and resources from the CDC, Florida Department of Health and Broward County, please visit www.Tamarac.Org/CoronavirusResources.

City of Tamarac Coronavirus Update

Update: October 2, 7 pm

As Broward County residents become acclimated to life in Phase 3, the County released Emergency Order 20-27 to clarify local requirements.

The County’s Emergency Order includes the following key points:

• On-premise consumption of food and alcohol must end at 11 pm.
• Restaurants may operate at up to 100% of indoor capacity as long as there is a minimum of six feet between tables, and no more than six people at a table.
• Bars and other establishments that only serve alcohol must operate at no more than 50% of the posted indoor capacity.
• Total combined occupancy of indoor and outdoor areas shall not exceed the existing total maximum occupancy.
• Individuals may remove their facial coverings when working out at a fitness center or gym. However, facial coverings must be worn when not engaged in physical activity, such as moving between machines and around the center.
• Permits hot tubs to open in homeowner association (HOA) communities, but operations are subject to more stringent rules that may be imposed by the HOA.

To read the County’s Emergency Order 20-27 in its entirety, visit https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/EmergencyOrder20-27.pdf .

City Parks and Facilities
Beginning on October 5, playgrounds and outdoor fitness areas will open to the public. To ensure the safety of our residents, all equipment will be sanitized daily.

In addition, the Sports Complex and Tamarac Park will return to regular operating hours, closing at 10 pm. Athletic field rentals will be available. However, picnic shelters will remain closed to rentals.

The Caporella Aquatic Center is currently open on the weekends only, with the sprayground opening tomorrow, October 3. Starting October 12, the pool will be open seven days per week. The waterslide remains closed at this time. The City will continue to operate the fitness center at 50% capacity.

The splash pad at Waters Edge Park will open on October 10 and will operate on the weekends only.

City Recreational Programs
• The City will continue offering virtual programming. Information on classes is available at www.Tamarac.org/Parks.
• Adult Cornhole League registration is open, and the program is projected to start on October 9.
• Registration for youth soccer and T-ball starts October 5.
• The Fast Trac kids Afterschool Program will begin once school is back to in-person classes.
• Swim lessons for children begin October 5. Those interested can call (954) 597-3660 to register.

Red Route Extension Bus Service
On October 6, the Red Route Extension will return to Tuesday operations from 9 am – 2 pm.

Residential Assistance Programs
The City is introducing two new grant programs to assist residents.

The Emergency Repair Grant program will provide emergency repair assistance to homeowners experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Funds can be used for emergency repairs to the roof or any other component that an inspector deems necessary. Projects are reviewed and awarded on a case-by-case basis.

Thanks to a partnership with T-Mobile, the City is launching The Connectivity and Technology for Employment Support program, designed to offer two years of connectivity technology to residents impacted by COVID-19. This program will support job and employment searches.

The application window for both programs opens on October 13. To apply or for additional information, visit www.tamarac.org/housing.

Update: September 26, 2:20 pm

Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-26, conforming to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s Executive Order 20-244 that moved Florida into Phase 3 and reopened all businesses, including bars, nightclubs and other establishments previously closed by local Emergency Orders.

Local jurisdictions retain some rights to impose guidelines and restrictions. The County’s Emergency Order 20-26 clarifies information for Broward County businesses.

The Governor’s Executive Order 20-244 is available at https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-244.pdf.

Broward County’s Emergency Order 20-26 is available at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/EmergencyOrder20-26.pdf.

Update: September 25, 5:15 pm

Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-25 today, which relaxes some restrictions on businesses, athletic events and function spaces. Highlights of the Order include:

• Function spaces (ballrooms, banquet halls, catering halls, other event spaces) and other commercial facilities may operate on a limited basis.
• Spectators are permitted to attend non-professional sporting events such as high school athletic events with certain restrictions.
• Exempts those actively engaged in organized sports from wearing a facial covering.
• Small groups (no larger than 10) can engage in athletic activities at beaches and parks.
• Allows for additional flexibility for homeowner association amenities by relaxing some restrictions related to pool furnishings, common areas, and guests.
• Removes the requirement that children 17 and under must be separated into independent groups of no more than 10 (e.g., child care facilities).
• Allows live entertainment as well as billiards and similar games to operate in restaurants and food establishments.
• Bar counters in restaurants may reopen to patrons for food service only. Alcohol cannot be served at the counter, and plexiglass partitions are required as explained in the Order.

The Emergency Order is effective immediately except the provision allowing banquet halls and other event spaces to reopen, which will be effective on October 2, 2020. For complete information, the full Order can be read at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/DOE-9-25-20.pdf.

New City Parks Hours

Starting this Sunday, September 27, all City parks will be open seven days per week from 8 am – 7 pm.

Food Distribution Events

The following list includes upcoming Feeding South Florida food distribution events in Tamarac. These events will be held during the stated times or while supplies last.
• Saturday, September 26, 8 – 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Saturday, October 3, 8 – 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Monday, October 5, 9 – 11 am, Community Christian Church, 10001 W. Commercial Blvd.
 

Update: September 11, 5 pm

Phase 2 Announcements

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced today that Broward County will enter Phase 2 of reopening on Monday, September 14. However, Broward County confirmed its Emergency Orders remain in effect, with no immediate changes to how businesses can operate on Monday, including bars, which will remain closed.

The County continues to move toward a full Phase 2 reopening, and expects additional openings in the coming weeks.

Food Distribution Events

The next Feeding South Florida food distribution event in Tamarac will be held Monday, September 14, from 9 – 11 am or while supplies last, at the Community Christian Church, 10001 W. Commercial Blvd.

There will be no food distribution at the Korean United Methodist Church this weekend.

Update: September 10, 6 pm

City Pool Reopening on Weekends

The Caporella Aquatic Center will reopen Saturday, September 12, for weekends only, with increased cleaning protocols and new procedures to help keep visitors safe. The pool will operate in three sessions on Saturdays and two sessions on Sundays. In addition, pool use will be restricted to 30 people at a time. Details are available at https://www.tamarac.org/PoolReopeningGuidelines.

Learn, Play, Engage Kids Program (L.P.E.)

The City’s L.P.E. program offers a safe and supervised place for children in grades 3 – 6 to learn, play and engage during the school day. Hours are 7:30 am – 4:30 pm, with virtual learning scheduled between 8 am – 2 pm. After 2 pm, activities and crafts are offered. Students must wear masks and socially distance. Pricing has been adjusted to $90 per week for Tamarac residents and $130 for non-residents, with discounts available for second children. Those interested in more information can call (954) 597-3620. 

Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month. During these times of social distancing, it is important to take care of our mental health and to watch out for others. For information, resources or help, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-8255 or visit  www.SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

School Update

To listen to Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie's update on the district's plans for reopening, Parent University and athletics, visit https://eduvision.tv/l?LegyyD.


Update: September 1, 6:15 pm

Executive Order Extends Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-211, extending the moratorium on mortgage foreclosures and evictions with limitations outlined in Executive Order 20-180. The new Order will be in effect through October 1. The Orders are available at https://www.Flgov.com/2020-executive-orders/.

Enrollment Underway for Residential Assistance Programs

The City of Tamarac and Broward County are both currently accepting applications for programs that help people financially impacted by COVID-19 with residential expenses. These programs have different requirements, parameters and deadlines.

The City’s Residential Assistance Program provides emergency assistance to households impacted by COVID-19. The deadline to apply during this application period is Friday, September 4. This program assists eligible Tamarac residents with mortgage, rent, re-housing/eviction prevention and/or utilities.

Please note, applications submitted during previous enrollment periods are still under consideration. Families that previously applied need not resubmit applications. More information is available at www.Tamarac.org/Housing or by calling the City’s Housing division at (954) 597-3549.

Broward County’s Rental Assistance Program will help qualified residents pay portions of unpaid rents for the months of April – August 2020. The program’s application window is from 8 am – 10 pm daily through Monday, September 6. For further details, visit www.Broward.org/CARES.

Upcoming Food Distribution Events


The following Feeding South Florida food distribution events will be held during the stated times or while supplies last.
• September 2, 9 – 11 am, Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.
• September 9, 9 – 11 am, Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.
• September 14, 9 – 11 am, Community Christian Church, 10001 W. Commercial Blvd.

Census Reminder 

September is the last month to respond to the 2020 Census. Remember, participating is quick, easy and important. It affects federal funding for the next 10 years! You can respond online at www.2020Census.gov, by calling (844) 330-2020 or by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire. In addition, you can respond to census takers who are now following up with households. They will have a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date.
  

Update: August 26, 4:50 pm

Two Residential Assistance Programs

The City will accept applications for the third round of our residential assistance program, which provides emergency assistance to households impacted by COVID-19, starting at 10 am on Monday, August 31, through 5 pm on September 4. Through this program, eligible Tamarac residents are assisted with mortgage, rent, re-housing/eviction prevention and/or utilities. This third round of assistance features a new strategy for re-housing/eviction prevention. Grant assistance will be provided for up to three months and will not exceed $5,000. Checks are sent directly to landlords, mortgage lenders and/or utility providers.

Families that previously applied to the City’s residential assistance program need not do so again. More information is available at www.Tamarac.org/Housing or call the City’s Housing division at (954) 597-3549.

In addition, Broward County announced an online rental assistance program to help qualified residents impacted financially by COVID-19 to pay portions of unpaid rents for the months of April – August 2020. The program’s application window is from 8 am – 10 pm daily between August 31 – September 6.

Under this program, 75% of the amount due for the first two months of owed rent will be paid if the landlord agrees and completes the required documents. The program will also pay 60% of the amount due for months three, four and five. Late fees are not covered. Payments are made directly to landlords. For further details, visit www.Broward.org/CARES.

Learn, Play, Engage Kids Program


The City's Learn, Play, Engage Kids program launches Tuesday, September 8. Held at Tamarac Park, this new program will provide students in grades 3 – 6 the opportunity to complete their virtual schooling under the supervision of City staff. Parents can go to work knowing their child is in a safe place and children can interact with peers while maintaining social distancing. Drop off is between 7:30 and 7:45 am. Learning is from 8 am – 2 pm, followed by activities and crafts offered from 2:15 – 4:30 pm. The fee is $130 per week for residents and $150 per week for non-residents. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (954) 597-3620.

Red Route Community Bus Schedule


Starting on Tuesday, September 1, the City is expanding its Red Route community bus service. The new schedule will be 7 am – 4 pm Mondays through Fridays.

Small Business Stabilization Grant Program

The application window for the Small Business Stabilization Grant Program is now open. Tamarac is utilizing CARES Act emergency funds to offer $5,000 grants to eligible small businesses financially impacted by COVID-19. Applications will be accepted online until August 28. Visit www.Tamarac.org/EconomicDevelopment for more details.

 

Update: August 18, 5:20 pm

Community Farmers Market

 The City is resuming its Community Farmers Market at Veterans’ Memorial Park, which will be open from 9 am – 2 pm on Sundays. Wear your facial coverings and follow social distancing requirements while you get your fresh produce, honey, sauces and other artisanal goodies. 

 As a reminder, other than this event, City parks are closed on Sundays. This includes the Gary B Jones Park for People and Pups that is adjacent to Veterans’ Memorial Park. 

 Food Distribution Events

 The following list includes upcoming Feeding South Florida food distribution events in Tamarac. These events will be held during the stated times or while supplies last. 

  • Saturday, August 22, 8 – 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
  • Saturday, August 29, 8 – 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
  • Wednesday, September 2, 9 – 11 am, Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.
  • Saturday, September 5, 8 – 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.

 Minor Home Repair and Neighborhood Partnership Programs 

Tamarac is now accepting applications for its Minor Home Repair program. This program assists income-restricted Tamarac households with repairs addressing minimum housing code violations, weatherization and health/safety issues in the home. Applications will be accepted through August 28. For details on eligibility and the application process, visit www.Tamarac.org/425.   

 Applications are also being accepted now through August 28 for the City’s Neighborhood Partnership Program. This program offers eligible neighborhood and homeowners’ associations grants to support neighborhood improvements. Details on this program are available at www.Tamarac.org/951

 Small Business Programs

 Enrollment for the City’s Small Business Stabilization Grant Program will be held from August 24 – 28. Business owners are encouraged to collect required documentation in advance. For program details, visit www.Tamarac.org/EconomicDevelopment

Tomorrow, August 19, 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. Register at https://www.broward.org/EconDev/Pages/Events.aspx. 

 U.S. Census

The City reminds you that participating in the 2020 Census is safe, easy and important. The U.S. Census Bureau has moved up the deadline to participate to September 30 and began following up with households that have not submitted responses. If you receive a visit at your home, census takers can be easily identified. They will have a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date. 

If you haven’t participated yet, you don’t have to wait for a census taker to knock on your door. You can still respond online at www.2020Census.gov, by calling (844) 330-2020 or by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire you received. 

 

Update: August 6, 5:45 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.


Update: August 3, 6:30 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.

Update: July 31, 7:05 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.


Update: July 30, 5:15 pm

The City of Tamarac is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Isaias. We urge residents to do the same and to prepare for the potential of heavy rain and strong wind this weekend.

The COVID-19 testing site at the Tamarac Recreation Center will permanently close at the end of operations today. Out of concern about potential impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) will temporarily close all state-supported drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing sites at 5 pm today until further notice. The FDEM is taking this precaution based on current information about the storm. It’s anticipated it will be safe to reopen the sites by 8 am on Wednesday, August 5, at the latest.

When state-supported COVID-19 testing resumes, some of the DOH testing sites convenient to Tamarac include:

• Mullins Park walk-up testing site at 10000 Ben Geiger Dr., Coral Springs
• Mitchell Moore Park walk-up testing site at 901 NW 10th St., Pompano Beach
• Markham Park pop-up testing site at 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise

Please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at (954) 412-7300 for the latest information on hours of operation at these sites. You can also visit www.Broward.org/Coronavirus for a list of all the collection sites in the County.

Florida’s Governor extended the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until September 1. He also extended the Executive Order allowing local governments to host virtual public meetings during the pandemic. These Orders are available at www.FlGov.com/2020-Executive-Orders.

Upcoming Feeding South Florida food distribution events in Tamarac include:

• Saturday, August 1, 8 – 11 am, or while supplies last, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Wednesday, August 5, 9 – 11 am, or while supplies last, Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.

Update: July 29, 5:20 pm

To further safeguard the community and slow the spread of COVID-19, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-23 today. The full Order is effective immediately and is available at https://Broward.org/Coronavirus/Documents/EmergencyOrder20-23.pdf. Some key points include:

Curfew. Broward County’s curfew is extended until 5 am on Monday, August 3.
• Facial Coverings. While facial covering requirements remain in full effect, residents are not required to wear them in their homes, nor are they liable for facial covering violations of their guests.
Signage. All establishments must now follow the signage requirements that restaurants and retail establishments have been operating under. Details are provided in Order 20-23 and files to print these signs are available at www.Broward.org/Coronavirus.
Vacation Rental Registration. Vacation rentals that meet requirements to operate must provide the County with the email and telephone number of their on-site management or security personnel via email to Reopening@Broward.org.
Outdoor Event Requirements. Outdoor, open air events are not allowed unless a reopening or operating plan is submitted to Reopening@Broward.org and approved by the County Administrator.
Schools. Even though schools are excluded from the definition of “establishments” in Broward’s Emergency Orders, they are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidelines. Extracurricular and non-academic activities must comply with Attachment 16 of Broward’s Emergency Order 20-21 (Youth Activities and Summer Camps) available at www.Broward.org/Coronvirus.

Update: July 22, 6:40 pm

Tamarac is issuing Emergency Order 2020 – 06, which extends business relief provisions from previous City Orders for the duration of the COVID-19 State of Emergency. It also details who is authorized to enforce Broward County Emergency Orders. It is available at www.Tamarac.org/TamaracEO2020-06.

The business relief provisions that are extended include:

• Allowing businesses to utilize temporary banners and signs
• Allowing restaurants to use additional outdoor seating beyond the City’s Code
• Waiving fees and certain requirements for Tamarac businesses that want to use a food truck instead of operating out of their permanent brick and mortar location

All of these provisions require advance City approval. Local businesses interested in taking advantage of them are encouraged to email Frank.Zickar@Tamarac.org for additional information.

Broward County is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases, and it is necessary for all residents and businesses to follow the requirements and guidelines in State, County and City Orders. Emergency Order 2020 – 06 clarifies that the City authorizes BSO and other law enforcement agencies including its code enforcement officers to enforce the Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order. These violations may be prosecuted as criminal violations in the same manner as misdemeanors are prosecuted, including fines not to exceed $500 per violation, imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, or both, and/or as civil violations including fines of $1,000 per day per violation or fines of up to $15,000 per violation for a knowing violation that is irreparable or irreversible in nature.

The next Feeding South Florida food distribution event in Tamarac will be held from 8 – 10 am on Saturday, July 25, at the Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd., while supplies last.

Update: July 17, 6:30 pm

Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-22  today in response to increases in COVID-19 cases and positivity rates. It puts into effect a countywide curfew and new restrictions to help curtail large social gatherings, including house parties, street parties and other activities contributing to the virus’s community spread. The new Order is available in the Emergency Order section of www.Broward.org/Coronavirus and includes:

  • Curfew – Effective July 17, until August 1all of Broward County is under a curfew from 11 pm to 5 am. Exemptions include active duty police, fire rescue, first responders, news media, delivery or transportation drivers, government employees, persons seeking emergency medical care, and medical, health care and utility service personnel. Individuals traveling to and from work, returning to their homes after commercial travel, and walking their pets within 250 feet of their residence are also exempt.
  • Private Gatherings – Effective immediatelyprivate gatherings at a residential property, single-family or otherwise, indoors and/or outdoors, are limited to no more than 10 individuals (not including residents, their parents or minor children). Persons present at such gatherings shall be individually liable for violations of this Order and subject to civil and criminal penalties. Residential property owners can also be held liable for violations that occur on their property, whether they are present or not. Whether they own or rent, residents of any private residential property must ensure all persons on their property comply with the guidelines, subject to civil and criminal penalties.
  • Vacation Rentals – Short-term vacation rentals that aren’t managed by onsite owners or companies with 24-hour staffing or security to enforce compliance with COVID-19 requirements are not permitted to accept check-ins from July 20 through August 20.
  • Restaurant Operations –  Ordering food or beverage from a bar counter is strictly prohibited. Effective immediately, restaurant patrons must order and consume food and drinks at a table, following all other requirements outlined in previously issued operating guidelines.
  • Gym and Fitness Center Operations – Effective immediately, all persons shall wear a facial covering at all times while using or visiting a gym or fitness center, including while exercising.
  • Signage Requirements – Effective July 20 at 12:01 am, owners, operators and landlords of commercial property where a retail, restaurant or food establishment is located must ensure compliance by those establishments with the signage requirements of Emergency Order 20-17. They must also ensure the required signage is conspicuously posted in common areas of the property, such as mall entrances, food courts and hallways.

The new Order also updates business guidance for restaurants and food establishments, movie theaters, community rooms, fitness centers, gyms in housing developments, and commercial gyms.

Starting next week, the COVID-19 collection site at the Tamarac Recreation Center, 7501 N. University Dr., will operate from 9 am – 3 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This schedule will continue through July 31, unless otherwise announced. While considered a walk-up collection site, you should drive to it and wait in your car until directed to proceed. Visitors are asked not to get into the car line after 3 pm.

Please be advised the site has a limited capacity for daily testing and will be closed once it is reached. In addition, we are monitoring traffic along University Drive and the progression of people at the collection site. When lines create safety concerns, the site will be closed. When this happens, the site might reopen the same day if enough people are processed to safely allow the car line to reform. These decisions are made on an as-needed basis based on conditions at the site.

If Tamarac’s collection site closes on a day you need testing, there are many other collection sites you can visit. For information on additional sites in Broward County, visit www.Broward.org/Coronavirus.

Upcoming Feeding South Florida food distribution events in Tamarac include:

• Saturday, July 18, 8 – 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Monday, July 20, 9 – 11 am, Community Christian Church, 10001 W. Commercial Blvd.


Update: July 14, 5 pm

With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increasing significantly in Broward County, Tamarac is closing City parks and recreation facilities to the public beginning Wednesday, July 15, to protect the health and safety of residents and staff. The City will evaluate the status of its parks and recreation facilities every two weeks.

This closure includes all City parks, the Caporella Aquatic Complex and the Caporella Fitness Center. In addition, the Farmers Market at Veterans’ Memorial Park is canceled until further notice. The Community Center and Recreation Center will remain closed.

The golf courses at Colony West remains open for play following all guidelines from the County’s Emergency Orders, with the first tee time at 7 am.

Update: July 9, 4:50 pm

South Florida’s continued increase in COVID-19 cases has prompted Broward County to issue Emergency Order 20-21, which primarily addresses dining establishments and vacation rentals. The Order goes into effect at 12:01 am on Friday, July 10. You can view it in its entirety at https://bit.ly/EO20-21.

Restaurants and other eateries must stop the on-premise consumption of food and beverages between 10 pm – 5 am. However, take out, delivery, drive-through and pick up service can still operate when on-premise dining is closed.

In addition to requiring tables to be a minimum of six feet apart and dining rooms to operate at 50% maximum indoor occupancy, seating will be limited to 6 people per table, or 10 people if everyone is from the same household. Face coverings are mandatory for all employees and for customers when they are not eating.

All food and beverages must be consumed while seated at a table. Bar counters must remain closed.

The Emergency Order also mandates that only 10 people will be allowed in a vacation rental. Only those who have signed the rental agreement will be allowed on the property.

The public is encouraged to report business violations by visiting MyBroward.Broward.org or by calling 311. Reports can be made anonymously.

Establishments that violate Emergency Order 20-21 will be forced to close for 24 hours for the first offense and 72 hours for every additional offense.

Update: July 7, 6:30 pm

To help people experiencing financial challenges during the pandemic, the City extended its suspension of water service shutoffs through August 31.

The times for the July 11, 18 and 25 food distribution events at the Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd., are 8 – 11 am while supplies last. This differs from what was previously announced.

The walk up only COVID-19 testing site at the Tamarac Recreation Center, 7501 N. University Dr., has been serving a large volume of people. Please be advised that the site has a limited capacity for daily testing. Once it’s reached, it will close for the day.

As a reminder, testing days at this site are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am – 4 pm, through July. For information on additional testing sites in Broward County, visit https://bit.ly/954TestSites or https://bit.ly/954TestSites1.

Update: July 6, 6 pm

In an abundance of caution, the City is closing the pool at the Caporella Aquatic Complex for the next two weeks, effective immediately. Swim lessons are suspended, and the pool is now closed for open swim. The situation will be reevaluated during the week of July 20.

The City will continue offering FREE walk-up COVID-19 testing in partnership with the Department of Health through July 31. The testing site at the Tamarac Recreation Center, 7501 N. University Dr., is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am – 4 pm. You must wear a mask and show ID. Appointments are not being accepted at this time.

Upcoming Feeding South Florida food distribution events in Tamarac include:

• Wednesday, July 8, 9 – 11 am, Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Saturday, July 11, 8 – 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Wednesday, July 15, 9 – 11 am, Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Saturday, July 18, 8 – 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Monday, July 20, 9 – 11 am, Community Christian Church, 10001 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Saturday, July 25, 8 – 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.

Have you visited a business or establishment where COVID-19 requirements like those for sanitization, social distancing and facial covering are not being followed? To help stop the spread, Broward County urges residents to call 311 to anonymously report violations.

This week, SBA Disaster Recovery Q&A sessions will be offered from 10 – 11 am and 2 – 3 pm daily. You can get your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) questions answered by a live person. For information on these sessions and others offered by the South Florida Office of the SBA, visit www.sba.gov/southflorida.

Update: July 2, 11:45 am

City offices will be closed on July 3 in observance of Independence Day, and City parks will be closed on the Fourth of July to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in South Florida, Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-20, modifying facial covering requirements and limiting the hours restaurants can operate. The Order, which goes into effect at 11:59 pm on Thursday, July 2, includes the following facial covering requirements:

  • Everyone must wear facial coverings when in public spaces outside the boundaries of their home if social distancing of at least 6 feet can’t be consistently maintained from people not from their household.
  • Everyone in any establishment, business or amenity in Broward County must wear facial coverings, including those working in any capacity and members of the public visiting the establishment. It also requires workers preparing, handling and serving food to wear facial coverings, and specifies that all persons in any common area of a multi-family housing development or residential facility must do so.
  • People who don’t need to wear facial coverings include children under 2 years of age, any child at a licensed childcare facility and people with a disability or medical condition that prevents them from doing so. The Order also doesn’t apply to public health and safety, fire and other life safety personnel whose requirements are governed by the agencies for which they work.
  • In addition, people aren’t required to wear facial coverings while engaged in strenuous physical activity or exercise and, for the shortest time possible, while receiving goods or services that preclude wearing a mask, such as when consuming food or drinks in restaurants or receiving facial grooming.

The Order also prohibits onsite dining and onsite alcohol consumption at restaurants/ food establishments between 12:01 am and 5 am. However, restaurants can continue to offer delivery, drive-through, pick-up or take-out services for food and alcohol during those hours.

The full Order which provides additional detail is available at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/EmergencyOrder20-20.pdf.

Update: July 1, 4 pm

Tamarac’s City Manager issued Emergency Order 2020-04, which goes into effect today. It requires all City parks to close on July 4, 2020. Additional highlights include:

• It allows the City’s pool to open to the public on July 6, 2020, in accordance with the rules, restrictions and social distancing guidelines in the Broward County Emergency Order 20-12. Please note, the City’s water playground, slide and splash pad will remain closed.
• It confirms that all City-owned parks will be open to the public as in the previous order with some amendments, including that picnic shelters will remain closed, up to four people may use tennis courts and that City parks will close on July 4. Broward County guidelines must be followed.
• It enables the City to waive fees and certain regulatory requirements for food truck usage by existing restaurants impacted by COVID-19. Requirements for these provisions are detailed in the order. Businesses must submit requests for approval in advance.

Except for these amendments, the new Emergency Order extends and ratifies items in Emergency Order 2020-03 for another 60 days. This includes allowing local businesses to utilize temporary banners and signs and restaurants to use additional outdoor seating beyond the City’s Code, after obtaining City approval. The full order can be read at https://www.tamarac.org/TamaracEO2020.04. Local businesses interested in taking advantage of any of the relief efforts in the Order can email Frank.Zickar@Tamarac.org.

The pool hours that will go into effect on Monday, July 6, include a morning session from 10 am – noon, and an afternoon session from 1 – 3 pm. The pool will be open Monday through Saturday. The City has increased cleaning protocols and is implementing new procedures to keep swimmers safe. Only 30 people can use the pool at a time, only credit card payments will be accepted for admission and swimmers will be allowed to purchase only one session per day. The pool reopening guidelines are available at www.Tamarac.org/PoolReopeningGuidelines, and you can call (954) 597-3660 with questions.

The City will continue offering FREE walk-up COVID-19 testing in partnership with the Department of Health through July 31. The testing site at Tamarac Recreation Center, 7501 N. University Dr., is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am – 4 pm. You must wear a mask and show ID. Appointments are not being accepted at this time.

Upcoming Feeding South Florida food distribution events in Tamarac include:

• Wednesday, July 8, 9 – 11 am, Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Saturday, July 11, 9 – 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Wednesday, July 15, 9 – 11 am, Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Saturday, July 18, 9 – 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Monday, July 20, 9 – 11 am, Community Christian Church, 10001 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Saturday, July 25, 9 – 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.

Update: June 24, 5:50 pm

Broward County Emergency Order 20-18
In response to an increase in COVID-19 cases, Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-18, instituting penalties for businesses not in compliance with COVID-19 requirements in previous Emergency Orders. This includes guidelines for sanitization, social distancing, facial coverings and more. The order goes into effect at 12:01 am on Friday, June 26. All of the County’s Emergency Orders are available at https://www.Broward.org/CoronaVirus/Pages/EmergencyOrders.aspx.

Facebook Live Town Hall June 25
Tamarac Mayor Michelle J. Gomez will join other local mayors and elected officials to discuss concerns about COVID-19, reopenings and resources for residents in a Facebook Live town hall meeting at 6 pm tomorrow, June 25. Watch it live at https://www.facebook.com/tamarac.florida/.

COVID-19 Testing
The City will continue to offer COVID-19 testing next week at the Tamarac Recreation Center, 7501 N. University Dr., in partnership with the Florida Department of Health. The testing site will be open from 9 am – 4 pm Tuesday, June 30, through Thursday, July 2. Appointments are preferred, but not mandatory, and can be made by calling (954) 412-7300. Masks and a form of ID are required.

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

• Saturday, June 27, 9 – 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
• Monday June 29, 9 – 11 am, Community Christian Church, 10001 W. Commercial Blvd.

Household Hazardous Waste
The City is hosting a household hazardous waste (HHW) event from 9 am – 2 pm on Saturday, June 27, at 6011 Nob Hill Rd., for residents of Tamarac and these participating cities: Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, North Lauderdale, Parkland and Pompano Beach. Materials for drop off should be placed in car trunks or in the bed of pickup trucks. Participants should remain in their vehicles with windows up during the drop off. A list of accepted materials is available at https://www.tamarac.org/hazardouswaste.

SBA Disaster Recovery Q&A Sessions
The South Florida District Office of the Small Business Administration is offering Disaster Recovery Q&A sessions this week to answer questions about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Details about these and other events are available in the calendar at https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/fl/miami. Click “show more events” to see all that’s scheduled.

Fourth of July
While Tamarac’s regular Fourth of July celebrations are canceled this year, the City is hosting a patriotic yard decorating contest to celebrate the holiday and showcase community spirit. Residents are encouraged to decorate their front yards, take a photo and share it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #TamaracsMostPatrioticYard. They are also asked to post photos in the comment section of the Tamarac Parks and Recreation Facebook page post about the contest. Two winners will be chosen based on overall aesthetics, originality and effort. Winners will receive a $150 Visa Gift Card. The deadline to submit photos is Friday, July 3. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, July 7.

Update: June 19, 3:15 pm

The City is launching a new residential assistance program on June 29 to help families impacted by COVID-19.

Eligible applicants must live in Tamarac and be able to verify and document an income hardship resulting from the pandemic. Applicants can receive up to three months of assistance with mortgage, rent and utility payments, not to exceed $5,000. Please note, program funds can’t be applied to federally insured loans like FHA or VA loans.

Funds are awarded as a grant and sent directly to mortgage lenders, landlords and/or utility providers. Applications can be submitted online or at City Hall, 7525 NW 88th Ave., from June 29 through July 6.

Previous applicants of the SHIP Temporary Mortgage, Rent and Utility Payment Assistance Program do not need to reapply. Those who didn’t receive funds will automatically be considered for this program.

More information is available at www.Tamarac.org/Housing or by calling (954) 597-3549.


Update: June 16, 5:45 pm

The City of Tamarac and the Department of Health are opening a free walk-up COVID-19 testing site tomorrow at the Tamarac Recreation Center, 7501 N. University Dr.

It will be open from 9 am – 4 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, June 17 – 18, of this week and Tuesday through Thursday of next week, June 23 – 25. Call (954) 412-7300 to make an appointment. Appointments are preferred, but not mandatory. Masks and a form of ID are required.

The City congratulates and wants to celebrate its 2020 graduates. Thanks to the pandemic, it might not be the graduation you expected. But this experience has certainly taught you flexibility and perseverance. You’re invited to take graduation photos in front of a Tamarac Fire Rescue engine at one of the fire stations listed below from 2 – 4 pm on Wednesday, June 17, or Wednesday, June 24.

Station 41, 7501 NW 88th Ave.
Station 78, 4801 W. Commercial Blvd.

Fire trucks will be parked outside the stations. We’d love to see your smiling faces. Please share your photos with us by sending them to Pio@Tamarac.org.

Tamarac is hosting virtual City Commission Workshops about its fiscal year 2021 budget tomorrow, June 17, and Thursday, June 18. Both meetings start at 9 am and can be watched at www.Tamarac.org/CityCommissionMeetings or on the City of Tamarac Facebook page.

Today the SBA reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal for small businesses and non-profits experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19. Learn more at https://bit.ly/SBA-Disaster-Assistance.

The SBA is accepting applications to its federal forgivable loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), through June 30. Read more at https://bit.ly/SBA-PaycheckProtectionProgram.

You can also learn about the PPP by attending a virtual workshop by the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development. It’s from 10 – 11:30 am on Friday, June 19, and will cover PPP loan forgiveness and the new flexibility bill. Read more and register at https://bit.ly/PPP-Workshop.

Update: June 15, 6:20 pm

Effective today, Broward County requires retail stores and restaurants to post signs outlining social distancing and facial covering requirements through Emergency Order 20-17. Also, facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and indoor movie theaters can open in Broward County, with restrictions, according to Emergency Order 20-15. Pari-mutuel facilities were allowed to reopen on June 12 through Emergency Order 20-16. These orders and the required signs are available at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Pages/EmergencyOrders.aspx.

Tamarac will offer swim classes at the Caporella Aquatic Complex this summer starting June 29. Registration is now open. All sessions will offer eight classes and serve 2 – 3 students. The cost is $45 for residents and $55 for non-residents. To register, visit www.Tamarac.org/Parks and click “On-line Activity Registration” in the menu on the left side of the screen. For information, call (954) 597-3660.

The City will host a household hazardous waste (HHW) event from 9 am - 2 pm on Saturday, June 27, at the Public Services Complex, 6011 Nob Hill Rd., enabling people to dispose of HHW and old electronics responsibly. Residents of Tamarac or the following participating cities can participate with proof of residency: Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, North Lauderdale, Parkland and Pompano Beach. Materials for drop off should be placed in car trunks or in the bed of pickup trucks. Participants should remain in their vehicles with windows up during the drop off. A list of accepted materials is available at https://www.tamarac.org/hazardouswaste.

Broward County Public Schools is hosting a very important School Board Workshop tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16, at 10 am. It will include discussions about reopening plans for the 2020-21 school year. Here is the link to watch: https://www.browardschools.com/Page/35670.

Broward College is offering the following instructor-led, online continuing education classes for free to Tamarac residents. Students who successfully complete these courses will earn certificates of completion. For more info or to register, email gklonari@broward.edu.

Lean Six Sigma - White Belt: This 2-day course introduces the basics of the Lean Six Sigma methodology (process improvement and business excellence) practiced by many Fortune 500 corporations and their suppliers. Course dates: June 22-23 from 1:30 -5 pm, or July 13-14 from 1:30 -5 pm.

Microsoft Excel: Whether you have used MS Excel before or are completely new to the program, this 2-day course is designed to teach you the program’s features so you can use it like a pro. Space is limited. Course dates: June 25-26 from 9 am-12:30 pm, or July 13-14 from 9 am-12:30 pm.

Update: June 9, 4:45 pm

The City has opened its turf and baseball fields to groups of less than eight and is allowing field rentals. Requirements include having one coach present for every nine children and social distancing. Games are still prohibited, but this allows for skills training in small groups. The skate park at the Sports Complex will open tomorrow, June 10. Skaters must follow social distancing guidelines and no more than 10 skaters will be allowed in the facility at a time.

Broward County’s Emergency Order 20-15 allowed youth activities, including summer camps, to operate with restrictions starting this week. Please note, the City of Tamarac’s summer camp program is canceled this year because of concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of children.

Starting next Monday, June 15, the Emergency Order allows facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades, indoor movie theaters and pari-mutuel facilities to open, with restrictions. It also allows vacation rentals consistent with the County’s Vacation Rental Reopening Plan and increases museum capacities from 25% to 50%.

The full order can be read at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/2020-06-05%20EO%2020-15%20(executed).pdf.

Upcoming Feeding South Florida food distribution events in Tamarac include:

  • Saturday, June 13, 8 – 11 am. Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 9 – 11 am. Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.
  • Saturday, June 20, 8 – 11 am. Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
  • Wednesday, June 24, 9 – 11 am. Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.
  • Saturday, June 27, 8 – 11 am. Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.

Broward County Public Schools started its Summer Meals program at 49 school sites throughout the district today. Grab-and-go meal service will be open from 10 am through 1 pm on Tuesdays. You can get the names of participating schools and details at https://www.browardschools.com/food-service.

The South Florida District Office of the Small Business Administration continues to offer free and low-cost virtual webinars. For details, visit https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/fl/miami.

Update: May 28, 5:40 pm

As a reminder, the City will reopen the fitness center at the Caporella Aquatic Complex tomorrow, May 29. The hours of operation will be 6 am – 7 pm, Mondays – Fridays, and 7:30 am – 6 pm on Saturdays. The fitness center will close from 2 – 3 pm each day for an electrostatic sanitization and mid-day cleaning. The maximum participant capacity will be 15 people and guidelines on social distancing and face coverings must be followed. The pool at the Aquatic Complex remains closed to the public, although the TS Aquatics swim team has resumed practices.

The Gary B Jones Park for People and Pups, which first reopened to Tamarac residents only, is now open to all. Guidelines for social distancing and face coverings must be followed.

Upcoming Feeding South Florida food distribution events in Tamarac include:

  • Saturday, May 30, 8 – 11 am. Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
  • Wednesday, June 3, 9 – 11 am. Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.
  • Saturday, June 6, 8 – 11 am. Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
  • Monday, June 8, 9 – 11 am. Community Christian Church, 10001 W. Commercial Blvd.

While City Hall remains closed to the public, Tamarac is hosting virtual public meetings for those that cannot be postponed. Visit www.Tamarac.org/Meetings for a list of upcoming meetings. Links are provided for you to view agendas, sign-up for public participation and watch the meetings.

During these uncertain times, many people have concerns about seeking necessary medical treatment for non-COVID-19 related conditions. Delaying care can be dangerous. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Healthcare providers and hospitals are implementing procedures to ensure patient safety. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider if you need care.

In-home COVID-19 testing is available for people who can’t leave their homes. Call (954) 412-7300 for additional information or to make an appointment.

CareerSource Broward is reopening its career centers on Monday, June 1. To promote social distancing, it will continue offering online virtual services and encourages people to schedule appointments. Career Centers will open from 8 am – 5 pm, Mondays – Fridays.

North Center: 4941 Coconut Creek Pkwy., Coconut Creek, FL 33063. (954) 969-3541 
Central Center: 2610 West Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, FL 33311. (954) 677-5555 
South Center: 7550 Davie Road Extension, Hollywood, FL 33024. (954) 967-1010

In addition, CareerSource Broward launched a COVID-19 Dislocated Worker Program, which provides temporary employment (up to 4 months) for workers affected by the pandemic. For information, visit https://disasterjobs.careersourcebroward.com/.


Update: May 22, 8 pm

Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-13 today, extending its Phase 1 reopening guidelines to beaches, commercial gyms and fitness centers, hotels and other commercial lodging, with restrictions, effective Tuesday, May 26. The order is available online at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/EmergencyOrder20-13.pdf.

These reopenings are in addition to those outlined in Emergency Order 20-12, issued May 21, and available at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/EmergencyOrder20-12.pdf.

The City will reopen the fitness center at the Caporella Aquatic Complex on Friday, May 29, although the pool will remain closed. The hours of operation will be: 6 am – 7 pm, Mondays – Fridays, and 7:30 am – 6 pm on Saturdays. We will close the fitness center each day from 2 – 3 pm for an electrostatic sanitization and mid-day cleaning. Maximum participant capacity will be 15 people.

Update: May 21, 4:45 pm

The City of Tamarac will be closed on Monday, May 25, as we observe Memorial Day. While we had to cancel this year’s ceremony, the City will share a video salute to honor those who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. We thank all veterans for their service.  

Tamarac’s next City Commission meeting is on Wednesday, May 27, at 9:30 am and will be conducted virtually. The Commission workshop scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, has been canceled.

Commission meetings can be viewed at www.Tamarac.org/CityCommissionMeetings and via Facebook Live on the City of Tamarac Facebook page. Public participation is welcome. Visit www.Tamarac.org/GovernmentMeetingInformation for details on how to submit comments for virtual meetings, or call the City Clerk’s office at (954) 597-3505.

Earlier today, Broward County issued an Emergency Order consolidating the directives in its previous orders on reopening. It also clarifies business and resident responsibilities for adhering to social distancing, facial covering and sanitation requirements recommended by the CDC. The order is available at www.Broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/EmergencyOrder20-12.pdf.

CareerSource Broward’s professional career development workshops are now online and free to all Broward County residents. If you have suffered a job loss or are looking to advance your career, visit www.careersourcebroward.com/career-seekers/onlineworkshops for information on workshops, schedule dates and links.


Update: May 19, 5 pm

This week’s Feeding South Florida food distribution schedule in Tamarac is as follows:

  • Wednesday, May 20, 9 – 11 am. Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.
  • Saturday, May 23, 8 – 11 am. Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.

The City will resume its two community bus routes on a modified schedule starting Wednesday, May 27. The Red route will run from 7 am – 4 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while the Red Extension route will operate from 9 am – 2 pm on Thursdays. No fares will be collected, and all passengers must wear masks while riding. Only 10 passengers will be allowed per trip.

To protect the health of children and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, Tamarac made the difficult decision to cancel the City-run summer camp program this year.

Update: May 16, 8 pm

Tamarac’s City Manager has signed Emergency Order 2020-03 effective May 18, 2020, related to the Phase 1 reopening. This order adopts the Broward County order and repeals the City’s prior emergency orders (2020-01 and 2020-02).

What does this mean?

  • All businesses and uses shall adhere to the requirements of all of the Governor’s Executive Orders and Broward County Emergency Orders, and everyone shall continue to use facial coverings and follow social distancing requirements.
    • Facial coverings and other disposable personal protective equipment must be discarded properly.
    • Any food preparation worker is required to wear a facial covering, unless doing so would pose a hazard.
  • Groups of more than 10 people are not permitted to congregate in any public space, unless they can practice the required social distancing.
  • All City-owned and operated pools shall remain closed.
  • All active and passive City-owned parks shall be open to the public, in accordance with the Broward County guidelines.
    • Racquet court sports are limited to 2 people at any one time.
    • Basketball courts are limited to individual use.
  • Temporary outdoor seating for restaurants will be permitted for a period of up to 60 days from the date of this order. Pre-approval by the City is required. (See order for details.)
  • Temporary banners and signage will be permitted for businesses for up to 60 days from the date of this order, with advance written approval from the City required. (See order for details.)

Click here for the Phase 1 reopening frequently asked questions.

Update: May 14, 7:45 pm

Broward County Emergency Order 20-10 goes into effect at 12:01 am on Monday, May 18, starting phase one of reopening businesses and entities closed during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Establishments allowed to reopen must adhere to CDC guidelines and the County and Governor’s orders regarding facial covering and social distancing requirements. Essential businesses and individuals must continue to do so as well. The County provides the following highlights for the latest Emergency Order:

  • The list of businesses and services allowed to operate is expanded.
  • Professional services and other businesses located in multi-business office buildings can resume normal operations, to the extent they are designated as essential services pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-91.
  • All businesses are strongly encouraged to perform remote operations and allow employees to utilize telework or other remote working methods that permit social distancing.
  • Restaurants and food establishments can open for dining at a maximum 50% indoor occupancy, with 6-foot distancing and other restrictions. Outdoor seating is allowed with 6-foot distancing, but outdoor seating combined with indoor seating cannot exceed 100% of total occupancy limits.
  • Retail establishments selling goods other than personal services can open at a maximum 50% indoor occupancy, with other restrictions.
  • Businesses that provide personal services by Florida licensed professionals (including barbershops, cosmetology salons and cosmetology specialty salons) can open with restrictions, provided they are licensed with the State of Florida and comply with requirements pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-120.
  • Existing licensed drive-in movie theaters can operate at up to 50% capacity, with restrictions.
  • Community rooms, fitness centers and gyms located within multi-family housing developments or community associations can operate at their option, with restrictions, including 50% maximum occupancy. Residents only, no guests allowed. Hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms and shower facilities shall remain closed.
  • Public pools and private club pools (including municipal pools) can open, with restrictions. The water features at facilities operated by Broward County Parks and Recreation remain closed, as is Tamarac’s Caporella Aquatic Center.
  • Museums can open with a maximum 25% capacity, and restrictions.

The County’s complete Emergency Order 20-10 is available at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/2020-0514-Emergency%20Order%2020-10%20(003).pdf and the Governor’s Executive Orders are posted at  https://www.flgov.com/executive-orders-desantis/.

City of Tamarac buildings remain closed to the public, though City staff continues to serve you, working both onsite and remotely.  

City parks are open from 8 am – 7:30 pm for passive use, and the tennis courts at the Sports Complex are open for singles play. The Gary B Jones Park for People and Pups is reopening on Monday, May 18 for Tamarac residents only. Hours will be from 10 am – 7 pm, Monday – Saturday. Bathroom facilities at City parks remain closed.

While restrictions are easing, we are still in the midst of a pandemic and must continue to wear face coverings and to follow social distancing in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

Update: May 13, 5:10 pm

Starting next Monday, May 18, you can enjoy outdoor playtime with your pooch at the Gary B Jones Park for People and Pups. The park will reopen Mondays – Saturdays, from 10 am – 7 pm for Tamarac residents only. All people at the park must wear face coverings and follow social distancing guidelines.

The Community Farmers Market has resumed at Veterans’ Memorial Park. Get your fresh produce, honey, sauces and other artisanal goodies from 9 am – 2 pm on Sundays. Face coverings and social distancing required. 

On Thursday, May 14, from 10 am – noon, small business owners can join Victoria Guerrero, district director for the SBA South Florida District Office, for a Teams Live event about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and tips for maximizing loan forgiveness.  Visit https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/fl/miami for event details, or to learn about additional webinars and workshops.

This year, in lieu of our annual Memorial Day ceremony, the City will release a special video salute to veterans on Memorial Day. Watch it on the City’s website or on our social media, where your comments thanking veterans for their service will be appreciated.

Update: May 8, 5:30 pm

The time has changed for the May 9 food distribution event at the Korean United Methodist Church (6501 W. Commercial Blvd.) It will now be held from Noon - 3 pm, while supplies last. 

Update: May 7, 4 pm

We thank everyone for following social distancing and face covering guidelines while enjoying the allowed uses of City parks. Starting Monday, May 11, we are extending park hours to 8 am – 7:30 pm.

As part of our continued social distancing efforts, next week’s City Commission meeting will be conducted virtually. It’s at 9:30 am on Wednesday, May 13. The public can watch it on the City’s website at www.Tamarac.org/CityCommissionMeetings or Facebook Live (City of Tamarac page), and participate by submitting comments in the following ways:

  • Email comments to CityClerk@Tamarac.org. Those that take three minutes or less to read out loud will be read into the record. All submissions will be made part of the public record.
  • Submit comments online during the meeting through Facebook Live.
  • Sign up to comment via telephone by registering at https://www.Tamarac.org/SignUp. You’ll be contacted by phone at the appropriate time during the meeting to give your comments.

For additional information about watching or participating in the meeting, contact the Clerk’s office at (954) 597-3505 or CityClerk@Tamarac.org.

Following is a list of upcoming Feeding South Florida food distribution events in Tamarac:

  • Saturday, May 9, Noon - 3 pm. Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.
  • Wednesday, May 13, 9 – 11 am. Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.
  • Saturday, May 16, 8 – 11 am. Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.

The City has received numerous calls about the reopening of pools in multi-family developments. Last week, Broward County issued an order allowing these pools, as well as other recreational venues like parks and golf courses, to reopen with restrictions.

It is the individual housing development’s responsibility to reopen the pools in multi-family developments. They must follow requirements in the County order, which include ensuring that pools are only used by residents of the development. In addition, the CDC’s 6-foot social distancing guidelines must be followed, and pools must be supervised by housing development employees or designated individuals. They must also be sanitized on a regular basis. Pools and pool decks are limited to 50% capacity or less.

For more details on the County’s requirement, read the County’s Emergency Order 20-08 at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/EmergencyOrder20-08.pdf.

Update: May 4, 6:20 pm

The tennis courts at the Tamarac Sports Complex are now open from 8 am – 6 pm for singles play only. As a reminder, all City parks are open for passive uses such as walking, jogging and bike riding during these times. Gary B Jones Park for People and Pups and the Caporella Aquatic Complex remain closed at this time. Social distancing guidelines must be followed, and groups of more than 10 are still prohibited. Bathroom facilities at City parks remain closed.

In addition, the golf course at Colony West is open. Golfers must follow County requirements, available at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/Golf-EmergencyOrder20-08.pdf, including using and carrying their own equipment and having no more than one player per golf cart, unless they reside in the same household.

For those experiencing food insecurity, the following Feeding South Florida food distributions are scheduled in Tamarac for the remainder of the week.

  • Wednesday, May 6, 9 – 11 am. Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.
  • Saturday, May 9, 8 – 11 am. Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd.

On Wednesday, May 6, a new mobile/in-home COVID-19 testing program will be launched by Broward County, the Florida Department of Health in Broward, American Medical Response and Century Ambulance Services. The program is for homebound elderly or individuals with disabilities who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot leave their homes to access a drive-up or walk-up test collection site.

Residents who believe they are eligible should call the Broward County COVID-19 Call Center at (954) 357-9500 for a pre-qualifying assessment. The Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 am – 6 pm.

Business owners can join the SBA South Florida District Office for an upcoming webinar to learn how the SBA is helping small businesses recover from the effects of COVID-19. Registration links are available on their website at https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/fl/miami. 

  • Tuesday, May 5, 9 – 11 am
  • Tuesday, May 5 (Spanish), 11 am – 1 pm
  • Tuesday, May 5, 1 – 3 pm
  • Wednesday, May 6, 9 – 11 am
  • Wednesday, May 6, 1 – 3 pm
  • Thursday, May 7, 9 – 11 am
  • Thursday, May 7 (Spanish), 11 am – 1 pm
  • Thursday, May 7, 1 – 3 pm
  • Friday, May 8, 9 – 11 am
  • Friday, May 8, 1 – 3 pm

Update: April 28, 8:30 pm

Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-08 today, allowing for the reopening of parks, golf courses, pools and recreational facilities in multi-family developments, boat ramps and marinas.

This order, which supports the physical and mental health of the community, goes into effect tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29. There are very specific limitations and guidelines in the order for each type of venue, and cities can establish more stringent restrictions within their jurisdictions. You can review the County’s order at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/EmergencyOrder20-08.pdf.

Tamarac City parks will reopen for passive use such as walking, jogging and bike riding tomorrow, from 8 am – 6 pm. Park restrooms will be closed. In addition, the golf course at Colony West will open with the first tee time at 7 am. 


Update: April 27, 6:45 pm

Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties announced late this afternoon that golf courses, boat ramps, marinas, and pools in multifamily developments will be allowed to open on Wednesday, with some limitations for social distancing in place. Broward County is expected to release an emergency order with details tomorrow.

SBA Virtual Office Hours

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) South Florida District Office will host virtual office hours to answer questions about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. The hours are 11 am – 1 pm and 3 – 5 pm, Monday – Friday. They are limited to 250 callers at one time.

Skype: https://meet.lync.com/sba123/jfhein/DRJCSWGT. Phone: (202) 765-1264; Conference ID - 143765659

SBA Small Business Recovery Webinars

The SBA’s South Florida District Office will also host a series of Small Business Recovery webinars. They are limited to the first 500 callers, unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, April 28, 9 – 11 amDial-in: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0211429
WebEx: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/825110

Tuesday, April 28, 11 – 1 pm. (SPANISH) Dial-in: (202) 765-1264; Code: 247913431
Skype: https://meet.lync.com/sba123/mperezv/F56TR365 Limited to 250 callers.

Tuesday, April 28, 1– 3 pm. Dial-in: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0531103
WebEx: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/825109

Wednesday, April 29, 9 – 11 am. Dial-in: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0245182. WebEx: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/825108

Wednesday, April 29, 1 – 3 pmDial-in: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0994432. WebEx : https://ems8.intellor.com/login/825114

Thursday, April 30, 9 – 11 am. Dial-in: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0676714. WebEx: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/825112

Thursday, April 30, 11 – 1 pm. (SPANISH) Dial-in: (202) 765-1264; Code: 247913431  Skype: https://meet.lync.com/sba123/mperezv/F56TR365 Limited to 250 callers.

Thursday, April 30, 1 – 3 pm. Dial-in: (877)-369-5243 (617) 668-3633; Code: 0866044
WebEx: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/825116

Friday, May 1, 9 – 11 am. Dial-in: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0286172
WebEx: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/825115

Friday, May 1, 1 – 3 pm. Dial-in: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0492585 WebEx: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/825371

Update: April 24, 3:45 pm

The Korean United Methodist Church has extended the hours of its food distribution event tomorrow, April 25. It will now be held from 8 – 11 am or until supplies last.

Today, President Trump signed a $484 billion Coronavirus Relief Bill into law. It includes money to replenish the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Small business owners who are interested in these programs should monitor the web pages below for information.

Paycheck Protection Program 

SBA: https://bit.ly/SBA-PaycheckProtectionProgram
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: https://bit.ly/EmergencyLoansGuide

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

SBA: http://bit.ly/EconomicInjuryDisasterLoanEmergencyAdvance
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: https://bit.ly/EconomicInjuryDisasterLoansGuide

Broward County’s Cultural Division is offering a supplemental grant for Broward-based arts and cultural non-profit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Broward Arts Relief Fund, including eligibility requirements, visit www.Broward.org/Arts/Funding.

Update: April 23, 6:55 pm

To ease the financial burdens and stress caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, the City of Tamarac is offering the following programs and resources to residents:

  • 2020 SHIP Temporary Mortgage, Rent and Utility Payment Assistance Program. This program will provide qualified applicants up to three months of assistance, not to exceed $5,000. It is offered in partnership with the State Housing Initiatives Partnership program (SHIP). Funds are limited; the application process starts April 27. More information is available at www.Tamarac.org/Housing or by calling (954) 597-3549. 
  • Suspended Water Service Shutoffs. To help people experiencing financial challenges during this pandemic, the City suspended water service shutoffs through June 16.
  • Free Virtual Recreational Programs. To help you move your body, exercise your mind and engage with others safely while staying at home to stop the spread, the City is offering online fitness and creative classes. Visit www.Tamarac.org/Parks for a schedule and log-on details.
  • Resource Guide. The City has compiled a list of resources and support offered by different agencies. It’s available at www.Tamarac.org/CoronavirusResources.
  • Social Services. Tamarac’s Social Services department can provide referrals for resources for seniors, people with special needs, those experiencing food insecurities and more. Call (954) 597-3626.

Free continuing education courses and workshops offered in Tamarac through the City’s partnership with Broward College are suspended through June 3. However, those interested in continuing education are encouraged to attend free informational webinars hosted by Broward College every Tuesday and Thursday at noon through the end of May. Topics to be addressed include:

  • In-demand degrees, technical certificates and industry certifications, many are available online or through remote learning and many are free.
  • Credit for years of work experience and prior learning
  • Federal financial aid and scholarship opportunities

Broward County Public Schools is introducing a new, more convenient food distribution schedule starting Monday, April 27, allowing recipients to pick up meals for multiple days at a time. Each of the District’s 51 food distribution sites will be open from 10 am – 1 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. To find a complete list of food distribution sites and other information regarding the District’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic, visit www.BrowardSchools.com/Coronavirus

Update: April 22, 5:40 pm

2020 SHIP Temporary Mortgage, Rent and Utility Payment Assistance Program
The City of Tamarac will start taking applications on April 27 for a new program offering temporary mortgage, rent and utility payment assistance to individuals hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qualified applicants can receive up to three months of assistance, not to exceed $5,000, through the 2020 SHIP Temporary Mortgage, Rent and Utility Payment Assistance Program. This program is offered in partnership with the State Housing Initiatives Partnership program (SHIP).

Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted. Applicants must have a verifiable and documented income hardship and live in Tamarac. Funds will be sent directly to landlords, mortgage lenders and utility providers.

More information is available at www.Tamarac.org/Housing or by calling (954) 597-3549. Applications will be available online at www.Tamarac.org/Housing on April 27.

Small Business Recovery Webinars
The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) South Florida District Office is hosting webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses recover economically from the effects of COVID-19. The following free webinars are limited to the first 250 callers.

Thursday, April 23, 1 – 3 pm
Skype: https://meet.lync.com/sba123/mperezv/C3PHNSC1
Dial-in: (202) 765-1264; Code - 390078285

Friday, April 24, 1 – 3 pm
Skype: https://meet.lync.com/sba123/mperezv/L3KH64QD
Dial-in: (202) 765-1264; Code - 756013619

Virtual Job Fair on May 1
CareerSource Broward is hosting a free virtual job fair from 9 am - 5 pm on Friday, May 1. Unlike traditional job fairs, this virtual event will be open for 8 hours at no cost to allow job seekers unlimited access throughout the day and evening.

Companies interested in participating may register at bit.ly/2zlABMF. There is no cost for employers to participate but space is limited, so register today.

For additional information, job seekers can visit www.careersourcebroward.com.

Update: April 21, 6:45 pm

The demand for food assistance has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are now two drive-thru food distribution sites here in Tamarac where those experiencing food insecurity can get assistance. These sites are hosted in partnership with Feeding South Florida and local churches.

  • Wednesdays, 9 - 11 am, Christian Life Center, 2699 W. Commercial Blvd.
  • Saturdays, 9 - 11 am, Korean United Methodist Church, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd. 

To ensure the health and safety of volunteers and community members, everyone must adhere to the COVID-19 CDC guidelines. Please remain in your car and open the trunk when it’s your turn in line.

Food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. If you’re unable to get food, please visit www.FeedingSouthFlorida.org/covid19  and use the agency locator to find another food pantry in your zip code.

For those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 who wish to be tested, here is a listing of sites in Broward County. Information is subject to change; call in advance to confirm.  

C.B. Smith Park  
900 N. Flamingo Rd./Main Gate Entrance Only. (954) 276-4680
Note: First Responders only should call (954) 276-5862
Testing Hours: 9 am – 5 pm. Individuals eligible for testing include first responders with COVID-19 symptoms, people aged 65 and over and individuals who meet testing criteria. This site is operated by the Florida National Guard in cooperation with Memorial Healthcare Systems and the Florida Department of Health, at the direction of the Office of the Governor.

Central Broward Park and Broward County Stadium
3700 NW 11th Pl. (954) 320-5730
By appointment only. Call to preregister. Prospective patients must meet CDC and DOH testing guidelines and have a written prescription. For screening to obtain a prescription, call (844) 733-3627 or use the Broward Health Telehealth App. This site is operated by Broward Health. https://amwell.com/landing.htm?practiceId=JRTTRLPMJLVOeKCBaVKaFNWPTNSCQFCXGODYBZPRXXYReCKZRBbYOSFNEeRZfTJFSOHXHWbFQPMDU 

Cleveland Clinic Florida
3250 Meridian Parkway. (954) 659-5951, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/landing/preparing-for-coronavirus.
By appointment only. Potential patients should call (954) 659-5951 for screening between 7 am – 7 pm, Monday – Friday and to schedule an appointment.

Festival Flea Market
2900 W. Sample Rd./Enter from NW 27th Ave. (954) 320-5730
Tests by appointment only.  Prospective patients must meet CDC and DOH testing guidelines, be pre-screened and have prescriptions. Those who need prescriptions may be screened via Broward Health Nurse Connect at (954) 320-5730. This site is operated by Broward Health.  

Mitchell Moore Park – Walk-Up Testing Site
901 NW 10th St. (954) 412-7300
Testing Hours:  9 am - 6 pm. NOT OPEN ON THURSDAYS. People with COVID-19 symptoms should call to make appointments. No car required. This site is operated by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County.

Urban League – Walk-Up Testing Site
560 NW 27th Ave. (954) 412-7300
Testing Hours:  9 am - 6 pm. NOT OPEN SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS. Appointments are preferred. People experiencing symptoms of COVD-19 should call for an appointment. No car required. This site is operated by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County and the Urban League of Broward County.

Walking Urgent Care
10308 W. Sample Rd. (954) 210-5097, https://www.walkingurgentcareinc.com/
Testing Hours: Mondays – Fridays, 8 am - 9 pm; Saturdays, 9 am – 6 pm; Sundays, 10 am – 6 pm. No appointment needed. Limited tests are available at this site.  Prospective patients must have symptoms or have been exposed. Call (954) 210-5097 for details and costs. 


Update: April 16, 5:30 pm

As part of our social distancing efforts to stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the City will conduct its next City Commission meeting virtually. The meeting will be held at 9:30 am on Wednesday, April 22, and will follow Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-69 regarding conducting local government public meetings while under the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The public may watch the virtual meeting on the City’s website, http://www.Tamarac.org/CityCommissionMeetings or on Facebook Live, and can submit public comments in the following ways:

  • Email comments to CityClerk@Tamarac.org. Those that take three minutes or less to read orally will be read into the public record. All comments submitted by email shall be made part of the public record.
  • Submit comments online during the meeting through Facebook Live.
  • Comment via telephone by registering online at https://www.Tamarac.org/SignUp. Individuals who register will be contacted by telephone at the appropriate time during the meeting to offer their public comments.

For additional information about this meeting and how to submit comments, please contact Jennifer Johnson, City Clerk, 7525 NW 88th Avenue, Tamarac, FL 33321, (954) 597-3505, CityClerk@Tamarac.org.

The City has canceled its Household Hazardous Waste and electronic waste drop off event scheduled for May 2.

The Small Business Administration is unable to accept new applications for its Payroll Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance, based on available funding. In addition, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is currently not accepting applications for its Emergency Bridge Loan Program.

Update: April 13, 5:45 pm

Are you dealing with a financial loss, stress or food insecurity caused by the pandemic? Trying to keep a business afloat? The www.Tamarac.org/CoronavirusResources webpage has been updated with links and phone numbers to provide information and resources that can help.

Update: April 10, 6 pm

The City of Tamarac gives a big THANK YOU to the Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) which donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to Tamarac Fire Rescue as part of the #Bstrong Bethenny Frankel initiative. The respiratory masks, surgical masks and hazmat suits received will be put to good use by our first responders as we continue to serve you through these challenging times. For more information on GEM and its COVID-19 relief efforts, visit www.GlobalEmpowermentMission.org.

Broward County issued two new Emergency Orders.

Update: April 9, 5:45 pm

Are you suffering from mask confusion? Get CDC information on why you should wear one, and watch a video of the U.S. Surgeon General explaining how to make one at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html.

The City reminds everyone that the 2020 Census is still underway. Participating online, by phone or by mail is fast, easy and important. It’s something else you can do for the good of the City while staying home to stop the spread of COVID-19. Remember, Everyone Counts in Tamarac, and getting an accurate count of residents helps the City get its fair share of federal funds and fair representation in state and federal government. Visit www.2020Census.gov for more information or to get started.

Now is also a good time to sign up for the City’s CodeRED emergency notifications. In addition to important updates on this pandemic, it’s used to reach people quickly with boil water notifications and other emergencies. Just click the Emergency Services button on the home page of www.Tamarac.org to sign up, or call (954) 597-3800.

Update: April 8, 7:15 pm

Tamarac City Manager Michael C. Cernech issued an emergency order that all citizens and residents of Tamarac, as well as all visitors to the City, are strongly urged to use cloth face coverings while utilizing essential services or engaging in essential activities, in addition to other recommended social distancing measures, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission, including, but not limited to grocery stores, hardware stores and pharmacies. This order is effective immediately and available at https://www.tamarac.org/DocumentCenter/View/8200/Tamarac-EO-2020-02.

City Updates

City flags are currently flying at half-staff in honor of BSO Deputy Shannon Bennett who passed away due to the pandemic.

All City of Tamarac magistrate hearings, red light camera hearings, planning board meetings, development review committee meetings and public art committee meetings in May are canceled.

Wellness Resources

As we adapt to a new normal of staying at home, the uncertainty and stress caused by the pandemic can take a toll mentally and physically. Here are some resources that can help you take care of yourself.

Online Fitness Classes: 

The City has introduced additional online fitness classes and a creative writing class that allow you to move your body, exercise your mind and engage with others safely. Visit www.Tamarac.org/Parks  for an updated list.

Crisis Intervention, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resources:

Broward County’s 2-1-1 Broward is a live, 24-hour comprehensive helpline, providing all people with crisis support and health and human services. Call 2-1-1 or visit http://211-broward.org/service/.

Those suffering with mental health or substance abuse issues can call Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at (800) 662-HELP or visit www.Samhsa.gov.

The Broward Addiction Recovery Center, or BARC, provides addiction recovery services for the residents of Broward County. Call (954) 357-4880 or visit https://www.broward.org/AddictionRecovery/Pages/Default.aspx.

There are concerns that a combination of pandemic-related stress, people staying at home and economic impacts from the situation will lead to an increase in domestic violence. Any victims or witnesses to domestic violence are encouraged to call law enforcement or Florida’s Abuse Hotline, available 24 hours a day at (800) 962-2873.

Update: April 7, 6:45 pm

While staying home is vitally important to stop the spread of COVID-19, doing so may have financial repercussions for many. If you find that you may be in that category, we have compiled a list of programs and resources that are available for individuals and small businesses. Here are some suggestions to get started!

Personal Financial Resources and Assistance:

Reemployment Assistance:

Tax Stimulus Checks:

Bill Deferment:

Avoiding Scams:

 Small Business Resources and Assistance

Webinars This Week:

  • “How to Navigate Small Business Resources” webinar on Thursday, April 9 at 10 am by the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development. It will be live streamed on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BrowardCountyOESBD and Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/404673176
  • Small Business webinars by the SBA South Florida District Office are limited to the first 1,000 callers. Dial-in information for meetings below is (888) 251-2949 or (215) 861-0694.

Wednesday, April 8, 9 – 11 am. Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/824072. Code: 1671546
Wednesday, April 8, 1 – 3 pm. Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823970. Code: 5550236

Free Broward Small Business - Virtual Webinars/Consultation (April 6-17): Through a partnership with Microsoft, Citi and Axis South Florida, gener8tor is hosting emergency one-week virtual programs for Broward small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Register at www.axishelps.org/generator.

Small Business Financial Resources and Assistance

U.S. Small Business Administration: https://www.sba.gov/
Paycheck Protection Program: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp
U.S. Chamber of Commerce-PPP Guide and Checklist:
https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/023595_comm_corona_virus_smallbiz_loan_final.pdf
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL): https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance
Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at FAU http://www.fau.edu/sbdc/consulting/
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity:

Update: April 6, 6:40 pm

This week we remain under a statewide order to stay home as the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 continues. Additional information explaining the order is available at https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/covid19/Exec%20Order%2020-91%20FAQs.pdf.

The pandemic requires us all to make changes to our daily routines and has created financial hardships for some. Even though we are social distancing, there are resources available that will help our community get through this challenging time, together. 

Those experiencing food insecurity can contact Tamarac’s Social Services division at (954) 597-3620 for information and referrals, or reach out to the following organizations:

The following food pantries are offering food on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • St. Malachy Catholic Church (Tamarac residents only): 6200 N. University Dr., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 - 11 am 
  • Korean United Methodist Church (6501 W. Commercial Blvd.), Saturdays, 9 -11 am
  • Calvary Chapel (2401 W. Cypress Creek Rd.), Saturdays, 3 -5 pm

*Together4Broward is a taskforce of Broward service organizations supporting and sustaining our community during extraordinary times. To join the taskforce, visit https://tinyurl.com/browardfoodsites.

Update: April 2, 5:45 pm

The reported number of Coronavirus cases in Florida reached more than 8,000 today. This emphasizes the critical need for everyone to follow the statewide executive order from Governor DeSantis (effective at 12:01 am tomorrow, April 3) and stay home.

Cancellation and Postponement Notices:

  • All City special events have been postponed through the first week of May.
  • Tamarac’s Community Shuttle services are canceled effective Friday, April 3, until further notice. Call (954) 597-3649 for additional information.
  • The 9th Annual P.A.R.O.T. golf tournament, scheduled for Friday, April 24, has been postponed.
  • The April 25 Household Hazardous Waste Event hosted by the City of Fort Lauderdale is canceled.

We urge everyone, especially seniors as well as individuals with significant underlying health conditions, to only go out in public for the bare minimum of essential services and activities as defined in the executive order. For more detail, you can read the order at https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-91-compressed.pdf.

We’d like to thank essential workers for all you are doing during these challenging times. THANK YOU to our first responders, law enforcement officers, doctors and nurses. We’d also like to thank those who are often overlooked but are taking care of our essential needs. THANK YOU to our pharmacists and medical staff, grocery store workers, cleaning people, home health aides, childcare workers, delivery people and restaurant staff, utilities employees, government employees, IT professionals and all the many unsung heroes that keep our community together.  

Important reminder! CareerSource Broward is hosting a FREE virtual job fair on Friday, April 3, from 9 am – 11 pm. Companies scheduled to participate include Amazon, Walgreens, GEICO, Walmart, Broward County Government and ShipMonk. Visit www.CareerSourceBroward.com.

BIG NEWS for SMALL BUSINESSES! You can apply for the Small Business Assistance/ Paycheck Protection Program starting Friday, April 3. The forgivable SBA loan application and related guidance for lenders and banks are now live. You can get information and download a sample application now at www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp.

Update: April 1, 4:20 pm

To help fight the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis, issued a statewide Stay at Home executive order today. The order goes into effect at 12:01 am Friday and continues through April 30. For more details, the complete order can be viewed at https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-91.pdf.

As news and guidelines for the Coronavirus pandemic continue to evolve, one message remains constant: stay home. One of the most critical steps we as individuals can take to prevent community spread is to stay home and, when we can’t, to practice social distancing and hand washing.  

Everyone Counts in Tamarac, and we want everyone to be counted. Today is officially Census Day. That means today is the day on which you base your response. So, while staying home, please take a few minutes to respond to the 2020 Census.

Completing the census is quick, safe, easy and translates into real dollars used to provide services right here in your community.  You can respond online, by phone or mail, and the questionnaire is available in more than 12 different languages. So, whether you are a citizen or not, own or rent your home, it is important that everyone in your household, including young kids, are counted. The privacy of your census information is protected by law for 72 years.  For more information, visit www.2020Census.gov  or www.Tamarac.org/2020Census.

Update: March 31, 6:15 pm

Urging people in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-89 emphasizing the importance of all four counties being under a uniform policy. The order, which will remain in place until April 15, is available at www.FLgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-89.pdf.

Tamarac buildings and facilities remain closed, and the City has canceled the April 6 City Commission Workshop and April 7 City Commission Meeting.

There is virtual help available for people whose employment or small businesses have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.

Employment Assistance:

CareerSource Broward is hosting a virtual job fair on Friday, April 3, from 9 am – 11 pm. Companies scheduled to participate include Amazon, Walgreens, GEICO, Walmart, Broward County Government and ShipMonk. FREE. Visit www.CareerSourceBroward.com/.

Small Business Assistance:

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at FAU is offering virtual consultations for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Get advice on the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, the US SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and more. Visit http://www.fau.edu/sbdc/consulting/.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s South Florida District Office is offering seminars in English and Spanish on recovering from the effects of COVID-19. These calls are free to attend; each is limited to the first 750 callers.

English:

Wednesday, April 1, 9 – 11 am. Call: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0329536 Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823652

Wednesday, April 1, 1 – 3 pm. Call: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0849083 Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823654

Thursday, April 2, 9 – 11 am. Call: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0368196 Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823655

Thursday, April 2, 1 -3 pm. Call: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0915149 Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823656

Friday, April 3, 9 – 11 am. Call: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0420385 Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823448

Friday, April 3, 1 – 3 pm. Call: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633; Code: 0698553 Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823657

Spanish:

Spanish-language webinars are available April 1, 2 and 3, from 11 am – 1 pm. Free to attend. Limited to the first 250 callers. Skype: https://meet.lync.com/sba123/aaharris/S7BA3WKK. Phone: (202) 765-1264; Conference ID – 892635472

Update: March 30, 5:30 pm

We thank community members who are staying home and doing their part to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Unfortunately, there are always those who to try take advantage of others – especially during times of emergency.

In addition to remaining healthy, BSO Tamarac District wants everyone to stay vigilant for COVID-19 related scams and price gouging (unreasonable price increases for essential products during an emergency).

BSO warns there are fake online offers for “CORONAVIRUS TESTS,” “CURES” or “GREAT DEALS” for Coronavirus protective products, such as face masks, gloves and face shields and asks you to be wary of products touted as preventatives or cures. According to the Better Business Bureau, there aren’t any FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent Coronavirus.

If you suspect a COVID-19-related website is not legitimate or if you encounter price gouging, please call BSO’s non-emergency line at (954) 764-4357, or visit the BBB website at www.BBB.org/Council/Coronavirus. There are also numerous tips to help you recognize and avoid scams at www.BBB.org/Council/Coronavirus.   

Parks and Recreation added two classes to its roster of free virtual fitness classes. Just download the Zoom app or visit www.Zoom.us and enter the information below to join the class of your choice. Please do so 10 minutes before the start time, instructors can’t authorize participants once classes begin!

  • New! Zumba Kids classes on Wednesdays, 4 – 4:45 pm. Enter meeting ID, 402-780-1889. Password: zumbalove.
  • New Starting April 6! Strength and Stretch classes on Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Enter meeting ID: 952-568-678. No password required.
  • Zumba classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Enter Meeting ID, 402-780-1889. Password, zumbalove.
  • Yogaletes classes on Saturday mornings at 9 am. Enter Meeting ID: 413-083-794. No password required.
  • Zumba classes on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am (scheduled through May 2). Enter meeting ID: 361 782 315. No password required.

Update: March 27, 6:45 pm

Tamarac Emergency Order Supplements Broward County Order

With the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases surging in South Florida, everyone must stay home to stop community spread. Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-03 directing a safer at home policy this week. Tamarac joined other Broward cities in issuing a Safer at Home Emergency Order supplementing the County’s order.

Tamarac’s order, which goes into effect at 12:01 am on Saturday, March 28, 2020, includes a requirement to remain at home. Exceptions are made to allow residents to visit essential businesses, seek emergency assistance, care for family members and more. Tamarac’s order is available at https://www.tamarac.org/DocumentCenter/View/8190/Emergency-Order-2020-01-Safer-At-Home-Order.

The County’s Emergency Order 20-03 is at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/BC-EmergencyOrder20-03.pdf.

In other news, Tamarac’s Community Shuttle schedule will change effective Monday, March 30. The Red Route will operate Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only from 7 am to 4 pm. The Red Route Extension will operate Thursdays only from 9 am to 1 pm.

Update: March 26, 5 pm

Broward County issued Emergency Order 20 – 03, implementing a safer at home policy that strongly urges individuals to stay home except when engaging in essential activities or exercising outdoors following CDC social distancing guidelines. The order updates the list of essential businesses and clarifies certain provisions. Residents and business owners/operators should read the full emergency order for details and consult with their attorney for further clarification if needed. All businesses that continue to operate throughout the COVID-19 crisis must operate in full compliance with CDC social distancing guidelines. The order also defines “essential employees.” For complete information, read the order at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/BC-EmergencyOrder20-03.pdf.

This initiative by the County confirms the seriousness of the pandemic and how paramount it is for everyone to stay home to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

If you are not already receiving the City’s CodeRED notifications, now’s the time to visit the City’s homepage, www.Tamarac.org, and click the red Emergency Services button to sign up. You can opt to receive automated phone calls, emails and/or text messages during critical situations such as this pandemic, hurricanes and more. 

City Parks will be closed effective Friday, March 27, but the Parks and Recreation department is offering online fitness classes to provide fun and engaging opportunities to exercise at home. Just download the Zoom app or visit Zoom.us and enter the information below for the class of your choice 10 minutes before the start time. Don’t be late; instructors can’t authorize you once classes begin! Here’s what’s available with log-in details:

Our Parks and Recreation department also offers transportation and social services. Residents who need social services, such as assistance with food, can call (954) 597-3620 for information and referrals.

Tamarac’s community shuttle fares have been suspended until further notice. During this time, we’re implementing measures such as a reduced schedule, barriers, increased sanitizing and social distancing to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. The Red Route schedule is Monday – Friday, from 7 am – 4 pm and the Red Extension Route is only operating on Thursdays, 9 am – 4 pm.

Finally, our Economic Development division wants local businesses to be aware that the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at FAU is offering virtual consultations for those small businesses impacted by COVID-19. You can get advice on the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, the US SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and more. Visit http://www.fau.edu/sbdc/consulting/.

When ordering food for takeout or delivery visit www.Tamarac.org/Food for a list of Tamarac restaurants providing these services.

Update: March 25, 4:15 pm

As we continue to fight the Coronavirus pandemic, the City urges all residents to stay at home as much as possible. Social distancing is critical for our senior community and those with certain health conditions. Please do your part to protect yourself and others by limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Tamarac’s Public Services department continues to ensure that essential services are unaffected by the pandemic. Our water is still safe and tasty, and garbage, recycling and bulk collections are following the regular schedule. However, Waste Management’s call center is temporarily closed. Call Public Services at (954) 597-3750, submit a ticket using the trackEZ portal, or report an issue directly to Waste Management via email at flswcs@wm.com, if you have questions or concerns.

As a reminder, the March 28 Household Hazard Waste drop off event in Lauderdale Lakes has been canceled.

If you start spring cleaning or home projects during this time, Public Services reminds you that standard bulk collection guidelines apply. The allowed quantity for single-family home pickup is 3 cubic yards per week. Loose items like lumber and tree limbs must be cut, tied and bundled, so they are no longer than 4 feet and no heavier than 50 pounds. General contractors doing work on your property are responsible for the disposal of debris from their work. Visit www.Tamarac.org/SolidWaste for more information.

Finally, you should have received your 2020 Census letter and are encouraged to take the opportunity to respond during this time at home. You can do so online, by phone or email.  Visit www.Tamarac.org/2020Census for information on the census and how it helps the community. Remember, Everyone Counts in Tamarac!

Update: March 24, 4:15 pm

Health experts warn that the Coronavirus pandemic is going to get worse before it gets better. Now is the time to do all we can to stop the spread in our community by social distancing and staying home as much as possible, even if you’re feeling well.

The City is doing its part to follow social distancing guidelines while continuing to meet your needs.  While City buildings are closed, we are still working for you.

Need assistance with a building permit? Building department employees are available at (954) 597-3420 and Permit@Tamarac.org. Our ePermits electronic permitting system is always open for you to submit permits online, view plan reviews, pay permit fees and schedule inspections, when possible. Visit www.Tamarac.org/Building or call or email for details.

The City changed the schedule for community shuttle service and suspended fares until further notice. Effective today, the Red Route will operate Monday – Friday, from 7 am – 4 pm.  The Red Extension Route will only operate on Thursdays, 9 am – 4 pm. 

Playgrounds, basketball courts, fitness equipment, bathrooms and other amenities are closed at the City’s parks. However, the parks are still open from 8 am – 6 pm for passive use of green spaces and walking paths.

Don’t miss a beat in your exercise routine due to social distancing! Zumba classes are now being offered online on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Just download the Zoom app to your phone or computer, enter the ID, 4027801889, and password, zumbalove. The instructor will authorize everyone starting 10 minutes before each class.

Public Services asks residents to follow normal restrictions on our weekly bulk waste collection for single-family homes. The allowed quantity is 3 cubic yards per week. Loose items like lumber and tree limbs must be cut, tied and bundled, so they are no longer than 4 feet and no heavier than 50 pounds. General contractors are responsible for the disposal of debris from their work. 

For updates from Broward County visit www.Broward.org/Coronavirus, and visit www.BrowardSchools.com for the latest from Broward County Public Schools.

Update: March 23, 1 pm

Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-01, closing non-essential retail and commercial businesses effective today. Read the order for details on which businesses are considered essential and directed to remain open, such as healthcare providers and equipment suppliers, grocery stores and pharmacies, banks, gas stations and many more.

Broward County established a new COVID-19 call center number, (954) 357-9500, to assist the Florida Department of Health in Broward County. It is answering public questions about the Coronavirus and providing over-the-phone pre-screenings to determine eligibility for testing. This call center will be open from 8 am – 8 pm, seven days a week.

City of Tamarac buildings, including City Hall, remain closed. Residents can call or email departments for services. For a list of all City department phone numbers, visit www.Tamarac.org/ContactUs

Residents who need to set up new utility services, make payments or ask questions can call (954) 597-3590 or visit www.Tamarac.org/CustomerService. Please continue to pay your bill by mail, online or by dropping it off at drop boxes in the City Hall parking lot at 7525 NW 88th Ave., the parking lot behind the Community Center, 8601 West Commercial Blvd., and at the City’s Water Treatment Plant parking lot, 7803 NW 61st St.  To help people who may be experiencing health or financial challenges during this pandemic, the City suspended any water service shut offs for 90 days at the Special Commission meeting on Thursday, March 19.

FPL has also suspended service shut offs, and asks customers who are experiencing COVID-19 related hardships to visit https://www.fpl.com/help.html to learn about available resources.

While most Tamarac City parks remain open, all outdoor fitness equipment areas, basketball courts, playgrounds, the skateboard park and the splash pad are closed. The Caporella Aquatic Complex is closed. The Colony West golf course closed today, March 23, and the Gary B Jones Park for People and Pups will be closed as of Tuesday, March 24.

All Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) are closed through April 15. This week (March 23 – 27) is spring break so district phone services and food services are suspended. Spring break camps have been canceled.

BCPS classes resume ONLINE March 30 and the school district announced two free months of Internet access for qualified low-income households are available through COMCAST. For details and eligibility requirements, visit www.internetessentials.com  or call (855) 846-8376.

BCPS academics updates are available here and updates on State testing and other requirements are here.

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Details are available on the IRS website.

Those who have questions regarding unemployment claims/benefits can visit www.FloridaJobs.org or call (800) 204-2418.

Update: March 20, 6:45 pm

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-70 and 20-71 restricting activity for certain businesses, including bars and restaurants, and places that promote large gatherings of people such as gyms, movie theatres, bowling alleys and beaches. Read Executive Orders

The Florida National Guard opened a testing site at CB Smith’s Park and Ride lot in Pembroke Pines in collaboration with Memorial Healthcare System. The test will be provided only to those who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and are either first responders, over age 65, have traveled internationally to affected areas or immune-compromised. Click here for details.

In addition, Broward Health opened a mobile testing unit in Pompano Beach for registered patients only, call (954) 320-5730 for details. Cleveland Clinic in Weston also opened a site for patients with scheduled appointments. Call (954) 659-5951 for information.

Many grocery stores, including Publix and Winn Dixie, are dedicating specific shopping hours for individuals over the age of 60. Please contact stores directly for details.

The City Commission Workshop Monday, March 23, and City Commission Meeting, Wednesday, March 25, have been canceled.

Tamarac is modifying our community shuttle service hours. Starting Monday, March 23, the red route will operate Monday – Friday from 7 am - 5 pm. The red extension route will only run Thursdays from 9 am - 5 pm.

The March 28 Household Hazardous Waste/E-Waste drop-off event in Lauderdale Lakes has been canceled.

Blood drives are being canceled throughout the county, but the need for blood remains. On March 23, the American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at its Broward Chapter, 600 NE 3rd Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, from 9:30 am – 5 pm. To book an appointment, click here.

Update: March 19, 3:15 pm

Tamarac is suspending its weekly Community Farmers Market starting Sunday, March 22, and the Caporella Aquatic Complex, including the pool, will be closed effective Friday, March 20. City parks remain open, but basketball courts, playgrounds, the skateboard park and the splash pad will be closed beginning Friday, March 20.

While you can still respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or mail, please be aware that the U.S. Census Bureau has suspended all field operations for two weeks.

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) announced an initiative to distribute computer devices for students in need starting Friday, March 20. BCPS also added new distribution sites for its food and nutrition services program. Information on all this and more is available at www.BrowardSchools.com/Coronavirus.

People over age 60, who need information about food assistance, transportation services and more can call the Aging & Disability Resource Center at (954) 745-9779, email them at helpline@adrcbroward.org or visit www.ADRCBroward.org.

In a recent update, Broward County asked residents ages 60 and up who don’t participate in meal programs but are experiencing a food shortage due to COVID-19 to call the Area Agency on Aging of Broward’s helpline at (954) 745-9779. The County also confirmed that South Florida Meals on Wheels service will continue. People who normally take meals at a congregate meal site or senior center that has closed, will receive home-delivered meals until their regular facility re-opens.

Big news for small businesses! The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has begun offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Florida small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted since January 31 may qualify. Details are available at https://DisasterLoan.sba.gov/ela. Those who are interested can also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@SBA.gov.

Eating out? Consider supporting a Tamarac restaurant; visit www.Tamarac.org/Food for a list of restaurants in the City. Make sure to call to confirm they are open.

Update: March 18, 5 pm

As a reminder, a Special Commission Meeting is taking place at 4 pm on Thursday, March 19 in the Commission Chambers at City Hall. This meeting is open to the public, but you can watch it live on Facebook and at www.Tamarac.org/CityCommissionMeetings. If you plan to attend the meeting in person, please make sure to follow the CDC guidelines recommended for social distancing.

The City’s Planning Board meeting on April 1st has been postponed.

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County offers a wealth of information and resources about COVID-19 for people over age 60 at www.ADRCBroward.org

The Florida Governor issued an executive order that all bars and nightclubs in Florida must close. It also instituted requirements on restaurants, which include limiting customer entry to 50% of capacity.

Publix has announced that its adjusting store hours to 8 am – 8 pm, to allow additional time for sanitation and restocking.

Tamarac reminds the community that our drinking water is safe and great tasting. Individuals who want to set up new utility services, make payments or ask questions can call (954) 597-3590 or visit www.Tamarac.org/CustomerService.

Waste Management is continuing trash and recycling services at this time, but its call center is temporarily closed. If you have an issue to report, please submit a ticket using their trakEZ portal, or use their Virtual Assistant at www.WM.com. Residents can also contact Public Services at (954) 597-3750 with concerns.

The wastewater division asks that everyone be careful what they flush. Items that should not be flushed include paper towels, disposable cleaning rags, dust rags and diapers. “Flushable wipes” really aren’t. All these products get tangled in impellers at the pump stations, slowing their capacity and, in some cases, disabling them completely until repairs are made.

To keep the City’s updates at your fingertips, download the free Tamarac To Go Mobile App from your App store. There is a convenient link to this page, and you can also send questions, comments or concerns to City staff through the “How Can We Help” feature.

Update: March 17, 2:30 pm

All City of Tamarac buildings will be closed effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 5:30 pm. Employees will be working, and available by phone, during normal business hours. The City encourages residents to use our available web services at www.Tamarac.org when possible.

The City’s parks and pool will be open until further notice. 

There will be a Special City Commission Meeting, in Commission Chambers, Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 4 pm. City Hall is located at 7525 NW 88th Avenue, Tamarac, FL. 33321. City Commission meetings are broadcast live at www.Tamarac.org/CityCommissionMeetings or on the City’s Facebook page.

March 25, Broward College Land that Job Workshop at Tamarac Park Recreation Center (Postponed)

Florida has activated the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. Here is the link for businesses: https://FloridaDisasterLoan.org/

New guidelines from the White House. https://www.Whitehouse.gov/Briefings-Statements/Coronavirus-Guidelines-America/

Update: March 16, 3:30 pm

To help stop the spread of Coronavirus, Tamarac is canceling, postponing and suspending the following activities.

All City Parks will close at dusk.

Canceled: 

Spring Break camp
Vita Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program
Youth Recreation Classes
Adult Recreation Classes
Adult Trips
Senior program activities
Fitness classes
Adult Open Gym Sundays
March 20 Concert in the Park
March 21 Garage Sale
March 28 Wet & Wild Egg Splash
April 3 Movie in the Park
April 4 Springfest

Postponed: 

All magistrate hearings for red light camera, code and building cases
Public Art Committee meeting
Waters Edge Park Grand Opening
Youth basketball and baseball programs
Savor the Flavor TAMARAC
Tamarac University

Suspended:

Adult co-ed softball
Adult men’s basketball
Facility rentals

Update: March 16, 11:45 am

Information is rapidly evolving regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, but the need for people to continue following personal hygiene guidance and practicing social distancing remains. Following are some important updates for the community.

Election Information:

Florida’s primary election on Tuesday, March 17, will continue as planned. A statement from Florida’s Chief Elections Official and additional information is available at www.BrowardSOE.org.

Broward County Public Schools Programs:

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) updates can be found at www.BrowardSchools.com/Coronavirus. Recent announcements include details about a food and nutrition services to students and families, which include breakfast between 8 – 10 am and lunch between 11 am – 1 pm on regular school day closures this week, which are: March 16, 18 and 19. These meals will be available at Taravella High School, Boyd Anderson High School and a number of other schools throughout the county.

BCPS is also offering free child care assistance for first responders, medical personnel and essential BCPS personnel this week, and posted an update about fee-based spring break camps.

Florida Department of Health: 

The Florida Department of Health recently released helpful information on the Protection, Planning and Care for Older Adults and how to Protect Yourself in Gatherings & Crowds.

Business Resources:

Local businesses can get guidance to plan and respond to the Coronavirus from the CDC, and help the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity assess the impact of COVID-19 on local businesses by participating in the Business Damage Assessment Survey.

Update: March 14, 4:30 pm

Tamarac City Manager, Michael C. Cernech, declared a State of Emergency Friday, March 13, in response to the nationwide pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19). The declaration enables staff to continue preparations and enables the City to take additional measures to protect our vulnerable populations.

Broward County Public Schools announced they will be closed for two weeks effective Monday, March 16. For additional information from the school district, visit https://www.browardschools.com/coronavirus.

Update: March 13, 1:30 pm

Tamarac is closely monitoring the rapidly changing conditions and information about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our highest priority is the health and well-being of the community. While the City remains open for business, we are following recommendations from the State Director of Emergency Management and postponing or canceling a number of events and activities. 

Effective immediately, unless otherwise noted, the following activities and events are canceled or postponed. 

Activities:

  • All magistrate hearings for red light camera, code and building cases (postponed until further notice)
  • All senior program activities, effective Monday, March 16 (canceled)
  • Youth soccer closing ceremonies and championship games on Saturday, March 14 (canceled)
  • Youth basketball and baseball programs (postponed until further notice)
  • Fitness classes, effective Monday, March 16 (canceled)
  • Adult open gym, starting Sunday, March 15 (canceled)
  • Tamarac University (postponed until further notice)
  • Adult co-ed softball, effective Saturday, March 14 (postponed until further notice)
  • Adult men’s basketball (postponed until further notice)
  • Public Art Committee meeting (postponed until further notice)
  • Savor the Flavor TAMARAC (postponed until further notice)
  • Waters Edge Park Grand Opening on Sunday, March 29 (postponed until further notice)

Special Events:

  • March 20: Concert in the Park (canceled)
  • March 21: Garage Sale(canceled)
  • March 28: Wet & Wild Egg Splash (canceled)
  • April 3: Movie in the Park (canceled)
  • April 4: Springfest (canceled)

We urge everyone to follow healthy habits that prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory diseases, including:

  • Washing your hands frequently.
  • Maintaining at least a 3-foot distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Seeking medical care early if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you have returned from ANY international travel or a cruise within the past 14 days and are sick, call the Florida Department of Health’s Broward County office at (954) 412-7300 BEFORE traveling to any healthcare facility.
  • Staying home from work if you are sick, so you don’t spread your infection to others.
  • Social distancing when possible, especially for the senior and high-risk communities.

The following websites provide detailed information about the Coronavirus and its spread.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Coronavirus Updates: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Coronavirus Disease and You:
English:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf
Spanish: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/315446-B_FS_ShareFactsAboutCOVID-19.pdf
Simplified Chinese: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet-chinese.pdf 

What to Do if You are Sick with COVID-19 Flyer:
  English:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf
Spanish: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet-sp.pdf
 Simplified Chinese:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet-chinese.pdf 

Stop the Spread of Germs Flyer:
  English:   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf
Spanish:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs-sp.pdf
 Vietnamese: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs-vietnamese.pdf
  Simplified Chinese:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs-chinese.pdf 

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Flyer:
  English:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19-symptoms.pdf
  Spanish: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19-symptoms-sp.pdf
  Simplified Chinese: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19-symptoms-chinese.pdf 

Information for Higher Risk & Special Populationshttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

Handwashing Guidancehttps://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

Mitigation Strategies for Communities: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strategy.pdf

Florida Department of Health:

http://www.floridahealth.gov/

COVID-19 Prevention Flyer:
 English:  https://s33330.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/covid19_resp_prevent_11x17.pdf
Creole:    https://s33330.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/covid19_resp_prevent_11x17_hc.pdf
Spanish:  https://s33330.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/covid19_resp_Span.pdf

Broward County: 

https://www.broward.org/Pages/coronavirus.aspx