Welcome to the Lake Ridge Civic Association


TONIGHT, JUNE 20th, 2015 from 5-11

@flaglergarden has joined forces with the City of Fort Lauderdale's Green Your Routine program to offer FREE Wildlife Habitat gardens at #NightOwlMarket this Saturday. @homedepot of #FortLauderdale has graciously donated over $10,000.00 worth of materials (planters, plants, soil, etc.) for the DIY construction of 75 habitats!! Funds are also being contributed by Flagler Village Civic Association to cover the expense of official certification with the National Wildlife Federation. Once these 75 habitats are complete, the City of Fort Lauderdale will officially be recognized as a Community Wildlife Habitat -- a designation that has been years in the making! 75 Fort Lauderdale residents can take advantage of this $150+ value DIY activity at Night Owl Market Street Festival this Saturday, June 20th from 5-11pm (first come, first served). Not only are you helping your community, but your own home will be considered a certified wildlife habitat! Pretty amazing!

2015 Board Sworn In

On February 19, 2015, Broward County Mayor, Tim Ryan swore in LRCA's 2015 Board.  

Left to right: Ted Spilotes, Lynn Elsasser, Derek Manigot, Erin Keenan, Juliette Rocque, Michael Albetta, BC Mayor Tim Ryan


If you wish to vote by absentee ballot and have not already arranged to do so, you may go to http://www.browardsoe.org using your favorite web browser. You can also find your polling location on the Browardsoe.org site by clicking on the red tab at the top of the page marked "Precinct Finder." You may also obtain an absentee ballot by clicking on the blue tab at the left of the page marked, "Voting Methods," from there, follow the instructions, and you are good to go!o

Please don't lose this opportunity to help shape the future of your City - Thank you for voting!


There will be prizes for the neighborhoods with the most members in attendance... visit the Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Assoc  Booth and sign in for a chance to win.  There will be FREE food, Fun and Trees while they last.  Visit with city departments and learn what they do

Congratulations Lake Ridge, you have a new Board!

Lake Ridge you have a new Board! In one of the quickest elections that I have ever witnessed, Lake Ridge General Membership vote in the entire slate; Michael Albetta, Lynn Elsasser, Erin Keenan, Derek Manigot, Bob Oelke, Juliette Rocque and Ted Spiliotes. The Board is scheduled to be sworn in at the February 19th General Membership meeting by Broward  County Commissioner, Time Ryan. 

We are hitting the ground running! On Thursday, January 22nd we are looking for Lake Ridge residents to show up in force at the Joint Neighborhood HOA Crime Meeting.  it starts at 6:30 pm and will be held at 1340 Chateau Park Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 333311.  We have been silent and complacent so our issues are not translated and we need to change that.  

Next on the immediate agenda is Neighborhood Support Night.  It will be on February 12, 2015 at City Hall, 100 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale,FL 3330.  This is your opportunity to meet and talk to City officials and staff, learn more about the various departments, programs and services. Lake Ridge will have a table so come and say hello!

Tonight, tonight, tonight!

What can you expect? fun, food, raffle prizes and happy hour drink prices. Admission $20 pp or free with a New and Renewed memberships.

Its time to Spruce it up!

The Holiday Season is here and Lake Ridge needs a little sprucing up.  Join us for bit of cleaning and decorating on Sunday December 7, 2014 @ 9:00am.  Many hands make light work so bring a friend, bring a neighbor and lets knock this out!


The holiday season is upon us.  Join us Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 7pm and hear Broward County Crime Stpoppers, Gilbert Montalvo  and also get a better understanding of SmartWater.

Want a safe Trick or Treating environment for your children?  No worries, just bring them by ArtServe at 6pm on October 16, 2014.  It's a win-win. They get to dress up and get candy and you feel safe. 

The "Taste of Italy" is here!  Join us

@ Cafe Vico,

Thursday, August 21, 2014 fro 6-9pm


Maria Lorts Sachs will be our guest speaker this evening.  Please join us at ArtServe @ 7pm

TASTE OF ITALY - AUGUST 21, 2014 @ Cafe Vico

TICKETS-TICKETS-TICKETS!  Get your tickets for the 2nd Annual Taste of Italy at tonight's meeting or on Friday July 18th at the Starlight Musical Series (Holiday Park) for just $15. These will be your only opportunity to receive the discount. 

This fundraising event is sponsored by Marco Vico, of Cafe Vico @1125 Federal Highway.  It will be a fun-filled event. If you enjoyed last year's Taste of Italy, then you will remember the great tasting food, the exuberant atmosphere and the wonderful raffle and auction items. If you weren't there, then this is your chance to get in on the action!

Admission on the day of the event  will be $20. Each paid admission entitles you to one (1)free glass of wine or beer. 

General Membership Meeting - Thursday, June 19, 2014, 7pm at ArtServe

Brenda Baily from SmartWater CSI  will be the guest speaker at this month's General Membership Meeting.  Come join us and get more information about SmartWater, the latest in crime fighting technology. SmartWater is already being used by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department - see the video below. 

Unity in the Community @ the Melting Pot

 In lieu of our regularly scheduled General Monthly Meeting we are gathered  at The Melting Pot last Thursday, April 24, 2014.

The gathering was intimate and provided opportunity for great conversations. Thank you Melting Pot! The staff was more than wonderful - and did they take care of us? yes they did! 



      Chris Picotte, Michael Albetta, Will Moscaritolo, Commissioner Dean Trantalis

Additional News

***Breaking News***

Lake Ridge Resident Chuck Black elected to the Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Association (CFLCA) Board of Directors as the Commissioner District 2 Representative! Congratulations!

In this role, Chuck will connect with all neighborhoods in Commissioner Dean Trantalis' District 2. Monthly the Council meet for all neighbors to attend and each District has a Board representative who makes a point to pay attention to the Commissioner Districts and their concerns. Chuck has this new honor representing us. Congratulations, Chuck!

Congratulations to the New 2014 LRCA Board of Directors: 

President - Michael Albetta -- CONGRATULATIONS, MICHAEL!!!!
Vice President – Juliette Rocque 
Secretary - Open
Treasurer – Lynn Elsasser 
Board Member At Large – Theodore Spiliotes 
Board Member At Large – Bob Oelke 
Board Member At Large – Greg Brintlinger


2014 LRCA Board of Director's Election Results:
Thank you to the 2014 Election Committee Chairman Chris Blanar and Committee Member Theodore Spiliotes for managing this year's Annual Elections. We appreciate the hard work!
The new 2014 LRCA Board of Director's are in alphabetical order are:

Michael Albetta

Greg Brintlinger
Lynn Elsasser
Shannon Harmeling
Robert "Bob" Oelke
Juliette M. Rocque
Theodore "Ted" Spiliotes 

2014 LRCA Board of Director's Elections:
Election Committee Chairman Chris Blanar and Committee Member Theodore Spiliotes. 
The confirmed candidates for the 2014 LRCA Board of Director's in alphabetical order are:

Michael Albetta, 
Barbara Bennet, Greg Brintlinger, Ana Sofia Del Alamo, Lynn Elsasser, Ruben Franco, Shannon Harmeling, Robert "Bob" Oelke, Juliette M. Rocque, Theodore "Ted" Spiliotes 

Items of Note:
There are Seven positions for the Board of Director's. 
Only Voting Member can vote. 2014 Dues must be current in order to vote. 
You may pay your dues by 7 PM at the door.

Please be sure to attend this Thursday night's meeting so that you have an opportunity to hear from each candidate that has been nominated. Each candidate will have one minute to express their intended contributions to the Board.

Any absentee ballot requests must be made and sent to Election Committee Chairman Chris Blanar at chris.blanar@gmail.com. 

Thank you, 
2014 Election Committee

About This Site

For the most up to date information, visit out Agenda, Minutes & Updates link here: http://lakeridgecivic.org/minutes

In the spare time of our Leadership Team, we have begun building a new website. Most of it is in place structurely, but we need to load content and pictures and continue building out ideas that have come in from our active residents. So if you come across a page that is going back to the home page, that means we're not done yet. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

So who are we? The Lake Ridge Civic Association, Inc. (LRCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale known as Lake Ridge. Our neighborhood is  located on the north side of Sunrise BLVD, east side of Flagler RD, southside of NE 13th Street, and west side of Federal HWY. We work with with everyone possible from residents at the street level on up to the Fort Lauderdale Commission and even higher if necessary. We are trying to meet all the public safety needs, the "green" needs, the infrastructure needs and the needs of neighbors by connecting with each other at special events, responding to concerns, proactively seeking out problematic issues, and by building great relationships with each other, our neighborhoods all around us and with those at City Hall. Lake Ridge is a great place to live, work and play. We promote Unity in the Community, and we walk the talk.

If you wish contact us, you may do so here online, send an email to lakeridgecivic@gmail.com, or call 954.372.5679. Thank you for visiting our web site, and have a great day!

LRCA Webmasters



Mobility Master Plan Workshop Update

41 Lake Ridge residence showed up to speak up, impressive! City Staff laid out the proposed plans then turn the workshop over to us.  Suggestions on possible crosswalks, bicycle lanes and sharrows, trolley stops,  ADA compliance and so much more were discussed in length.  Participants were able to place their ideas on maps of the community provided by City Staff which they will review and incorporate and in a subsequent workshop present to community.  Now that is what I call progress.   

     Maria Lorts Sachs

A Democratic member of the Florida State Senate, representing the 34th District, which stretches from Hollywood to Boynton beach in northeastern Broward County and south Palm Beach County, since 2012

Brenda Bailey, SmartWater CSI

Jo-Ann Lorber, Battalion Chief

Fort Lauderdale, Fire Rescue, Battalion Chief J-Ann Lorber will be our guest speaker at our May 15, 2014 General Membership Meeting.  

The Latest & Greatest!

Happening Now!!!


Remember - To come out and   "Get Social!" on this Thursday, April 24th @ The Melting Pot.

What can you expect?  Raffle Prizes, Light Fare & Fondue, not One, but Two,  Complimentary Glasses of Wine and most importantly, FUN, FUN, FUN,  all for just $15.00/pp!


What's Been Going On!

March 8, 2014 was the St. Patrick's Day Parade! The LRCA NIC(T) Committee Chairman Ted Spiliotes drove the 13th Street Alliance float and the LRCA banner road with. Thank you to Ted, Gail, and neighbor Diane Edie who represented Lake Ridge with the 13th Street Alliance, Sundays At Five Band and H.O.M.E.S., Inc.

March 11, 2014 our very own Chuck Black was elected by the Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Association Board of Directors to represent District 2 for the Council. Thus, the CFLCA now has two Board Members out of our great neighborhood. Shannon Harmeling as Recording Secretary and Chuck Black as District 2 Representative. 

March 6, 2014 LRCA Board of Directors Meeting. 

February 20, 2014 is the LRCA General Meeting at The Art Serve at 7 PM! County Commissioner Ryan & our very own Commissioner Trantalis swore in most all of the LRCA 2014 Board of Directors. Michael Albetta, President, Shannon Harmeling, Secretary, Board Members at Large, Ted Spiliotes, Bob Oelke, and Greg Brintlinger.

February 11, 2014 Neighborhood Support Night at City Hall at 6 PM - 8 PM. Lake Ridge had a table to show off our neighborhood! 

February 6, 2014 LRCA Board of Directors elects Officers President, Michael Albetta, Vice President, Juliette Rocque, Lynn Elsasser, Treasurer, and Secretary, Shannon Harmeling

Thursday, January 16, 2014: Annual LRCA Business Meeting, Robert Lochrie on New Developments, Transportation & Mobility's Diana Alarcon, and Voting for 2014 Board of Directors.

2014 Board of Director's Candidates:

Michael Albetta
Barbara Bennett
Greg Brintlinger
Ana Sofia Del Alamo
Lynn Elsasser
Ruben Franco
Shannon Harmeling
Robert "Bob" Oelke
Juliette M. Rocque
Theodore "Ted" Spiliotes 

Arrive Early! See you there!


Thursday, December 12 at 6 PM at J Marks for the Lake Ridge Civic Association Holiday Party!

Thursday, December 19 at 7 PM at The Art Serve for the Public Safety Forum with LRCA, the 13th Street Alliance, CERT and FLPD.

Sunday, December 22 from 2 PM to 6 PM at Middle River Terrance Park for the "Miracle on 13th Street" courtesy of the 13th Street Alliance.

Don't Miss Out!