The Central City Alliance

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It’s NOVEMBER. The government voting is over but the Central City Alliance voting will happen this month.

And there’s a new Emergency Loan initiative from the city. Check it out below.

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CRA Emergency Business Investment Program

The city of Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Emergency Business Investment Program is designed to provide working capital to local small businesses that have limited access to state and federal assistance.

Details are provided in the image at left and are also available in a downloadable pdf here.


We’ve been in isolation, like everyone else, and although we’ve done quite a bit of work to help people we didn’t make any changes to the website since our highly successful 13th Street Beer and Wine Festival with Car Show. We were lucky to have our festival at all – Fort Lauderdale shut down a week later.

Early in the year, we became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means your donations are tax-deductible. You’re welcome.

Our elections and annual meeting will be in the fall – we’ll tell you the date once it’s set.

We Need You

In addition to the donate button above, we also would love to have everyone in the Central City area (bounded by Sunrise Boulevard on the south, the Middle River on the north, Powerline Road on the west, and Federal Highway on the east) be a member of the Central City Alliance. Attending meetings and volunteering to help on our projects are just two of the ways you can help.

What We’re Up To

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Mayor’s Covid-19 working Group

Our vice president, Abby Laughlin served on the Mayor’s Covid-19 response team. This team advised the Mayor on matters relating to how to reopen Fort Lauderdale. We are very happy to see our neighborhood represented in the working group. Please see this report from the Mayor:

Central City Cares

In its initial stages, several members of the Central City Alliance helped to shop for, put together, and deliver care packages containing needed items such as toilet paper, rice, beans, toothpaste, cookies, etc. to folks in need throughout the community. Our partner H.O.M.E.S., Inc. was able to get funding and the Central City Alliance Secretary, Marie McGinley, who is also the Secretary for H.O.M.E.S., Inc., has now coordinated with H.O.M.E.S. to give out Publix cards and a mask to people in need. Our President, Barry Curtis, is also helping to deliver Publix cards and masks to folks who are unable to get to a centralized location. See more and donate at

Central City CRA – Creating a small business stimulus program

We are partnering with the CRA to request funding for business stimulus forgivable loans. These loans could be for small businesses who have not been able to obtain PPP loans.

Hand Sanitizer Program

Small businesses cannot source hand sanitizer locally. They need this now, in order to reopen. We are working with McKay Ferrell from Gulf Stream Brewery to obtain funding and distribute hand sanititzer for businesses and residents who need it.

HANDY (Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth)

Gulf Stream Brewery is partnering with HANDY to create a “Piece of the Pie” program. Buy one pizza and another is donated to HANDY by Pizzeria Magaddino. We will promote. Please buy your pizza at Gulf Stream! Download the flyer here.


We are exploring the possibility of opening a Farmers Market at 603 NE 13th Street. This would be a fresh food market to help both farmers who need to move their product and neighbors who want local fresh food. We would start with only Saturdays.

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