Structure of the city authorities
Fort Lauderdale has a government form of an elected committee, which determined the city operation policy. The city committee comprises five members: the mayor and four committee members on behalf of the city counties, which serve in office for 3 years. The administrative responsibility lies on the city director-general, who is appointed by the city committee.
General information and unique characteristics
Fort Lauderdale is known for its beaches spreading over 10Km and the most beautiful promenade in Florida. The Atlantic Ocean offers a perfect environment for marine sports activities, diving and snorkeling. In addition there are plenty of parks and recreation sites in the city.
A unique communal characteristic in the city is the college of neighborhood leadership. Its goal is to provide the local inhabitants with an opportunity to receive more information as to the local administration and be more involved in it, by means of free lessons throughout the year, which engage in diversified issues relevant to subjects regarding the city and its management. The program's central role is to encourage and support the citizens' efforts to engage in active and productive civic life.
Fort Lauderdale adopted professional and active economic development programmes in order to respond to the needs of companies operating in the area. In cooperation with local, regional and government organizations the city provides technical assistance and support services to businesses and industries in the city.
There are many festivals and events in the city, among them Sun Trust - midday jazz on Sundays, music nights every week downtown, the Globe Festival in April, a Fish Festival, the Blues Festival, which takes place in the city every year, Sun Sentinel boat festival and others.
Among the many museums in town are the Marine Museum, the Fort Lauderdale Historic Museum, the Art Museum, the Discovery and Science Museum and others.
The alliance of twin cities Haifa-For Lauderdale was signed on March 2002.