Because the entire Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is on a barrier island - and in a coastal evacuation zone - all residents and visitors must leave their homes, condominiums, apartments and hotels when the National Hurricane Center in Miami issues a Hurricane Warning for Broward County. Please note: The Commercial Boulevard Bridge is never closed to car and other vehicle traffic. However, if you own a boat that requires a bridge opening, the bridge at some will be closed to all vessel traffic.
After the hurricane threat is over, it may be necessary for the Broward Sheriff's Office to limit access to evacuated or unsafe areas. Before leaving, take your license or other identification proving that you are a Town resident.
Deputies will not allow any individual to enter an evacuated area unless proper authority has been given. Individuals will be asked to show their drivers license or state ID card before they being allowed to re-enter the Town. If a person does not have any identification, a resident with a valid ID who knows the person requesting entrance may vouch for the person attempting re-entry.
Florida Power & Light will work as quickly as possible to restore power once the storm is over. Please be aware there are no critical facilities in Town (hospitals, schools or nursing homes) that often receive priority from FP&L.