Press Release updated: Jul 30, 2020 13:00 EDT


The City of Tamarac is assisting local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic with the “Tamarac Together: Support Local Business campaign.

Launched by the City in partnership with the Tamarac North Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, the economic development campaign encourages residents and businesses to buy goods and services from Tamarac-based businesses. This can be done safely when businesses and their patrons follow the guidelines set forth in local Emergency Orders, including facial coverings and social distancing.

“Our businesses, large and small, are doing their part to safely deliver goods and services. I see the efforts store owners and employees have put into making their businesses CDC compliant so that our residents and guests feel comfortable, safe and confident to shop in their stores,” said Tamarac Mayor Michelle J. Gomez. “Our local businesses are an integral part of our economy and community, and right now, many are struggling. We need to do our part to help them by buying local whenever possible so we can get through this together.”

“The Chamber looks forward to working in partnership with the City, to strengthen our economy and together help see our businesses through this trying time,” said Peter Mason, Executive Director of the Tamarac North Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

The campaign includes community-wide signage and an ongoing social media campaign featuring local small businesses and encouraging people to eat, shop and buy locally. It was announced in the City’s Tam-A-Gram newsmagazine, mailed to every household and business in the City. In addition, the City is providing local businesses with an information and resource guide and “Tamarac Together: Support Local Business” window decals to display.

“This campaign is part of an ongoing economic recovery effort from the pandemic; it’s so important that we come together as a community to help our small businesses get back up and running as soon and as safely as possible,” said Tamarac Economic Development Manager Lori Funderwhite. “We can also help save our economy by socially distancing and wearing face coverings to stop the spread.”

The “Tamarac Together: Support Local Business” campaign was launched in concert with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance “Supporters of Broward” campaign to not only encourage individuals to buy local but to encourage companies and organizations to reroute spending to local firms and to engage Broward County certified small businesses as new sources for goods and services. 

To further assist our small businesses, the City enacted COVID-19 business assistance emergency provisions to temporarily allow additional commercial signage and outdoor seating at restaurants and to ease restrictions on established Tamarac businesses using food trucks during the pandemic. Businesses must apply to take advantage of these provisions; the form is available at www.Tamarac.org/368/Planning-and-Zoning.   

Supporting local businesses through the pandemic will remain a priority in the days and months ahead. Additional business assistance programs will be forthcoming.

Source: City of Tamarac