COVID-19 Photo Exhibit at Galleria Fort Lauderdale

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale presents “The Front Porch Project,” a new month-long photography portrait exhibit by Michael Murphy that chronicles South Florida life during the COVID-19 quarantine. The walk-through retrospective is on display in the space across from Altar’d State, next to Swarovski. Captured by professional photographer Michael Murphy, The Front Porch Project features 32 canvas-style portraits illustrating a cross-section of Fort Lauderdale leaders and community members enjoying life from their front porches, yards and places of business. Local leaders featured in the exhibition include:  Lisa Scott Founds, CEO of Winterfest; internationally recognized entertainers Latrice Royale, Jim Buff (Electra) and Miss Varla Jean Merman; Former Broward County Commissioner and Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish; Brett Rose, CEO of UNCS (United National Consumer Supplier); Kim Vassar, Vice President of Philanthropy at Arc Broward; Jessica Kersey Rodriguez, Director of Major Gifts at South Florida PBS; Alan Goldstein and Robert Hughes of Over the Top; Wilton Manors City Commissioners Scott Newton and Paul Rolli, and others. For details, visit

Water Taxi is Back

Water Taxi service is operating in Fort Lauderdale. Crews on the bright yellow boats are following CDC guidelines using proper personal protective equipment and implementing continuous cleaning and sanitizing of all vessels. Social distancing is in place and capacity is reduced to 25%. The Water Taxi service schedule is Thursday through Sunday. Operating hours are Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.;  Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Masks will be provided upon request. Water Taxi operates open air boats on the water offering connections to more than 11 stops in and around Fort Lauderdale. These include Fort Lauderdale Beach, Las Olas, Galleria Mall, Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Birch State Park, and many other locations along the New River and adjacent waterways. For more information, visit

SBA Accepting PPP Loan Applications

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to accept PPP loan applications from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. For more information about PPP, visit For Frequently Asked Questions about PPP, visit 

Free COVID-19 Testing Continues at Holiday Park

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing continues at Holiday Park, located at 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive in Fort Lauderdale. The site is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., by appointment only. Since its opening, the testing site has served 7,975 people. Testing is available to anyone over the age of 18 with or without COVID-19 symptoms. No doctor referral is needed. Photo ID is required. Appointments may be booked by calling 1-800-209-7919, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. First responders needing tests may make appointments and use the Sunrise Boulevard entrance to the park with proper identification. Tests are administered by healthcare professionals from AMR. Patients will be contacted when test results are available. Patients who do not receive a call after five business days, should contact CDR Maguire, Inc. at 850-583-2419 or email For more details, visit

FAU Offering COVID-19 Contact Tracing Certification Course

Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is offering a 15-hour, fully-online, certificate course designed to help interested individuals gain the essential knowledge and skills required to join the COVID-19 contact tracing/tracking workforce. The course will prepare participants to work alongside medical professionals, public health officials, and community partners to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives as a contact tracer. The class is open to the general public and no prior healthcare experience is required. The cost of the program is $270 and the registration deadline is  June 27. To register, visit For more details, call 561-297-6261 or email

Don’t Let Your Guard Down! Remember to Wear Masks

Facial coverings help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help keep you and those around you safe. According to Broward County Emergency Order 20-12, facial coverings must be worn by: (a) workers in an establishment of any type that is permitted to operate in Broward County while engaged in in-person interactions with the public; (b) members of the public when obtaining any good or service or otherwise visiting any establishment in Broward County, including when entering, exiting, and moving around such establishment; (c) workers in restaurants or other food establishments, regardless of their distance from other persons, while involved in the preparation or handling of food, unless doing so would pose a hazard or health issue. The only exceptions are as follows: (a) children of any age while in the custody of childcare facilities; (b) children under the age of 2; (c) persons who have difficulty breathing or a medical condition that otherwise makes the wearing of a facial covering unsafe; (d) certain public safety personnel; and (e) persons for whom wearing a facial covering is subject to a religious objection. For additional details, see Broward County Emergency Order 20-12 at

Broward County Emergency Order Requires Facial Covering Signage

Broward County has issued Emergency Order 20-17, which requires that beginning Monday, June 15, retail establishments and restaurants must post signage containing information about proper social distancing and facial covering requirements in an effort to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Signs must be conspicuously placed throughout the establishments, including at all entry points. Signs must be at least 8.5” x 11” in size and posted in multiple languages (minimum English, Creole and Spanish). For more information about Emergency Order 20-17, along with sample signs, please visit

Broward Schools Summer Meals Distribution on Tuesdays

The Broward County Public Schools Summer Meals program is underway at 49 school sites throughout the District. Grab-and-go meal service is open from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, providing children 18 years and younger, and adults who accompany them, meals for the entire week. Adults may receive meals for children who are not present by providing identification for the children. Adults wishing to receive meals must be present. Meals may be obtained by walking up or driving up to the designated location on campus. The Summer Meals program is made possible with the help of community partners including Feeding South Florida, Health Foundation of Broward, The Hunger Coalition, United Way of Broward, Miami Dolphins and The Jim Moran Foundation. For more details and a complete list of distribution locations, visit