As of Monday, November 5, 2012, our address will change ever so slightly. The suite number will change from Suite 207 to Suite 402. The rest of the address is unchanged. We are still at 5353 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308.
As you may or may not know, there was a fire in the suite next to ours. It happened Friday evening, October 26, 2012 at about 5:15 pm. No one was in that office and no one in any other office was injured or imperiled. The alarms worked as they should and everyone that was still in the building evacuated immediately. The Fort Lauderdale fire department responded with an impressive array of equipment and personnel and the fire was put out promptly.
It was a small event as far as fires go. Fire damage was limited to one room in the adjoining suite, but smoke from smoldering insulation and wall materials was dispersed throughout the floor. Our landlord decided that the floor is unusable and must be gutted and redone. Therefore, we were offered an option to move to suite 402 on either a temporary or permanent basis. We chose to make a permanent move. The new offices are being painted, new flooring installed, rewired for phones and computers/servers etc. and should be ready to move in furniture and files next week.
Every dark cloud has a silver lining. The new offices have a much better and more efficient layout and include a full conference room and a smaller “breakout” room (which will facilitate mediations) and an expanded waiting area for clients.
I want to put in a plug also for the building manager, Levy Realty Advisors, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale. Alan Levy and his staff have been supportive and cooperative in the extreme. You could not ask for more helpful people in this situation.
Everything should be back to normal in our new office on Wednesday, November7, 2012