Help us make dreams come true. The Central City Alliance has sponsored a Toy Giveaway 5 times before this, but this year we are doing something a bit more ambitious:
We're sending 15 kids to Disney World!
We’ve adopted our local elementary school, Thurgood Marshall, on 13th Street and Powerline Rd., and plan on making all of their (400 kids) smile wide this year. The school is comprised of some of our most disadvantaged kids in the City. We've asked the school to identify the exemplary students who worked the hardest, and those will be the ones who get to go to Disney World. Meanwhile we plan to have presents for ALL of the students at the school.
The big giveaway event will be on December 22, 2019, from 2 to 4 pm at Warfield Park, 1000 N Andrews Ave.
We still need more sponsors for the trip; we need $4000 total. Here's a list of those who've committed, so far:
- $500 Marisa and Fradi Valdez from Flashlube
- $500 from Tim and Cindy Smith
- $500 from Kathy Barry from Homes, Inc.
- $200 from Abby Laughlin
- $200 from Joe Price
- $300 from South Middle River Civic Association
So we're halfway there, but we're committed to the project. Please help us make this a huge success.
Make Dreams Come True
Fort Lauderdale's Central City
Fall Festival/Halloween Costume Event for kids in our community.
The event was hosted by Flash Lube located at 400 NE 13 St in Fort Lauderdale and sponsored in part by The Central City Alliance.
Kids enjoyed a variety of free candy, treats, games, face painting and balloon twisted creations.
Special thanks to Marisa Valdez and her husband for organizing the and hosting the event.
Kids had great time.
photos: www.frankpolanco.com www.artthirteen.com
Float8 Wellness Lounge Announces Second Location
Coming Soon to Fort Lauderdale
Relax. Recover. Reset.
Deerfield Beach, FL - Float8 Wellness Lounge, South Florida’s premiere multi-tank float center, has announced plans for a second location in Fort Lauderdale opening in 2020.
Founded by husband and wife co-owners Matt and Destiny Beck, the couple opened the first Float8 Wellness Lounge two years ago in Deerfield Beach. “Floating has had such a positive impact on our lives that we decided to open our own center. It was a scary endeavor, but South Floridians have embraced floationaion therapy as a holistic treatment to feel less stressed, happier, and healthier both mentally and physically,” says Matt Beck.
Since inception, Float8 Deerfield Beach has floated almost 5,000 individuals nearly 10,000 times and has a thriving monthly membership program. “More and more people are looking for a way to unplug from our sensory overloaded society, and our float tanks offer the perfect opportunity to hit the reset button and disconnect,” said Destiny Beck. “It’s a cumulative practice that everyone can benefit from, not just for the body but for the mind and soul.”
Float8 will be located at 714 NE 13th Street in Fort Lauderdale. It’s an energetic and artsy developing neighborhood just north of Sunrise Boulevard tucked between Flagler Village, Victoria Park and Wilton Manors. Neighboring businesses include Warsaw Coffee Company, Milk Money Bar, LoveLee Bakeshop, Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Gulf Stream Brewing Company, SoBar Juice & Brunch Bar, The Deck on 13, House of Art Gallery, Buck & Bear Barbershop and much more.
Floatation therapy is a holistic health and wellness treatment that reduces stress and offers pain relief by restricting sensory input to the brain. By removing light, sound, and the effects of gravity, floaters reach a deep level of mental and physical relaxation ideal for healing and meditation.
Each float tank holds 10” of a 30% Epsom salt solution (180 gallons of water supersaturated with 1,000 lbs of Epsom salt) more buoyant than the Dead Sea, allowing the body to float with zero effort. The solution is heated and maintained to the same temperature of the surface of the skin (95°F) dissolving the perception of where the body ends and the environment begins. The tank is also light proof and sound insulated creating a dark, quiet space. With external sensory input at a minimum, floaters have a profound relaxation response that carries a plethora of benefits.
Originally known as sensory deprivation in the 1950s, floatation has been on the rise in recent years due in part to the advocacy of comedian/social commentator Joe Rogan who speaks about it regularly on his popular podcast the Joe Rogan Experience. Floating not only aides in the recuperation of the body but offers better mental focus and clarity.
An ever-growing body of scientific research shows floating as a promising treatment for afflictions as wide-ranging as high blood pressure, insomnia, migraines, chronic pain/fibromyalgia, PTSD and addiction. It is also used by elite professional athletes and the military to aid physical recovery and increase focus allowing them to perform at their peak potential.
In addition to offering four private float rooms, Float8 has a comfortable lounge with a rotating selection of artwork, kombucha on tap, tea, and healthy snacks, as well as a meditation room and library for quiet reflection and mind expansion.
Membership and Pack float credits will be usable at either location, offering floaters more options. The new location will have two new Pod styles as well as a Suite and a Deluxe Suite (even more space) for a total of four tanks.
Stay tuned for additional announcements including the Founder Annual Membership sale and grand opening party.
Float8 is open seven days a week.
Float8 Wellness Lounge
616 SE 10th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 | 754.666.3588
714 NE 13th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Media Contact: Destiny Beck | firstname.lastname@example.org | C: 215.704.9554
Media Kit: http://bit.ly/float8mediakit
More Information on Floatation Therapy
Time Magazine: http://time.com/floating/
CBS This Morning: http://bit.ly/340xnck
ESPN “Floating with Stephen Curry & Harrison Barnes”: http://bit.ly/2qYE92n
Clinical Research: https://www.clinicalfloatation.com/publications
The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Central City Alliance was held at the Ironworkers Local on Thursday, May 16.
The initial part of the meeting served as a meet and greet with food catered by B’s Specialties as well as an open bar. Up on the screen, a video of the Craft Beer and Wine Festival with Car Show put together by Mark Hartman, played.
Tim Smith called the meeting to order, provided welcome remarks, and acknowledged Mayor Dean Trantalis’ presence. Tim explained that the theme of this year’s meeting is where we came from, where we are now, and where we are going. He showed a video from 1995 which included some footage of crime walks and Middle River Terrace building the sidewalk on Dixie Highway. He then introduced the new Central City Alliance President, Barry Curtis.
Barry welcomed everyone and then introduced the new Board. He and Mark Hartman made a few remarks about Tim Smith and gave him the Marge Anderson Award. Barry then asked the Mayor to say a few words.
Mayor Trantalis spoke about the changes to 13th Street, thanking Ken Zarulli and Abby Laughlin for their investment in the area.
Barry then asked Mark Hartman to speak about the Craft Beer and Wine Festival with Car Show. Mark explained to the audience that we had a profitable event and were able to donate $5,000 to H.O.M.E.S., Inc.
Barry discussed the grant situation and showed a slide show with before and after pictures of the SMRCA clean up and entrance monument project shown to “We Built This City” in the background.
Lorraine Saunders was invited up to discuss crime and to introduce the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Lorraine had done some analysis of the crime statistics from 2011 and said that while crime overall in the city is down, there are certain crimes that are still problematic.
Captain Patrick Hart represented the Department at the meeting and addressed the recent home invasion in Poinsettia Heights, saying that it is still classified as a home invasion however FLPD does not believe that there is a threat to the community at large. A question was also asked about the homeless man living on the street at 1100 N Andrews Ave and the Captain said there are limited things that they can do because being homeless is not a crime. However, he said he would have the outreach staff try to engage with the gentleman.
Marie McGinley introduced Christine Fanchi, who discussed the process on NE 4 th Ave which has been delayed for a period of time. Christine indicated that it should be finished in August. Christine also addressed wrapping the signal boxes and said we are next on the list. She will contact artist Frank Polanco about the artwork and will get back to us if the estimate is not within budget. Christine also indicated that the new infrastructure funding will be designated for the first year to local transportation and that includes the Sun Trolley. We had asked for consideration of changing the Sunrise Trolley to do
a loop onto 13 St.
Freddy from Flash Lube asked about damage to his property due to the NE 4th Ave and 13th St corner and Christine offered to go there to look at the issue. Bear also asked about 13th and 4th corner… then asked Christine about the accusations about her traffic studies. Christine responded that all variables used in her studies, her analysis, etc. were approved by the State. Christine also indicated that the City of Fort Lauderdale is now using a new method of analysis that is considered more progressive.
Katharine Barry thanked Christine for her vision and hard work on 13 Street and then introduced Cija Omengebar from the CRA office. Cija indicated that last year $170K went to Abby Laughlin for improvements to her properties. This year the Pride Factory received $200K for his renovations. Abby Laughlin came up next and showed her video of the Flower in the Gun event and then introduced Oddballs, JJ from the Deck on 13, and Lee Mazur from LoveLee Bakery. Abby mentioned several of her other tenants who had either already left or couldn’t make it. Each spoke for a bit.
Scott Leatherman and other longer term business owners such as McKay Ferrell, Randall Klett, Freddy from Flash Lube, and Bob from Best Rental spoke.
Barry adjourned the 2019 Annual Meeting.