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Fort Lauderdale Beach is a 7 mile stretch along the Atlantic coast of Florida, north of Miami by 23 miles. Fort Lauderdale is named after a chain of forts that were built during the Second Seminole War, also known as the Florida War. This conflict from 1835 to 1842, was between a group of Native Americans, known as Seminoles, and the United States. The forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale (1782-1838), younger brother of Lieutenant Colonel James Lauderdale. The first fort was built by the detachment of soldiers, for whom Lauderdale was the commander. The development of the city did not begin until the 1890’s after the forts had been abandoned at the end of the conflict.
As a desirable tourist destination with an average year-round temperature of 75.5 °F, and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, Fort Lauderdale Beach has a strong seasonal population. As “snowbirds” from the north spend the winter and early spring in Florida taking in all that it has to offer.
With its signature beachfront promenade, this award-winning wave wall highlights Fort Lauderdale Beach’s world famous coastline. This $26-million renovation was just recently completed including the brick walkway. Used by residents and visitor for jogging, rollerblading, biking or just quietly taking in all of the serene landscape that surrounds it.
Beachgoers can participate in a wide variety of activities from wind surfing, jet skiing, boating and volleyball to deep-sea fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. The unusually clear waters are very inviting on those sultry beach days. It’s especially peaceful in the mornings, when there are just those out getting in their morning jog or walk, but even at its most crowded time on weekends, the expansive promenade provides a spot for everyone. Freshen up afterward in the refreshing, clean showers and restrooms conveniently located along the strip. Pets have been banned from most of the beach in order to maintain the impressive cleanliness, but a designated area accommodating pets exists away from the main sunbathing areas.
In the southern area of Fort Lauderdale Beach, is an oasis of tropical hammocks, the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Privileged to have such a haven within this area, Hugh Taylor Birch donated this parcel to the future of Florida Nestled between the majestic Atlantic Ocean and the busy Intracoastal Waterways, it preserves four distinct natural communities, From its mile-long freshwater lagoon, special remnant of coastal woods and mangroves, the coastal dune lake, or the seawall of the Intracoastal Waterway, this pristine area is sure to take in bit of relaxation. From fishing, camping, biking, picnicking to the premier bird watching or beachcombing, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is sure to bring out a little nature found in you!
The area is accented by an array of enticing, tasty restaurants and quaint sidewalk cafes. On the north end of Lauderdale Beach, you have the world reknown Shooter’s Waterfront, Chart House along with Shula’s Steakhouse plus Flip Flops Dockside eatery with locations near the intracoastal waterway. Along E. Oakland Park Boulevard, there is Thasos Greek Taverna. Along Ocean Boulevard you’ll find Beef’s Callaway. And in the southern section of Lauderdale Beach, there is the OCEAN2000 in the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, and The Sandbar Grille. With such an assortment of cuisines to choose from, delicious steaks, delectable seafood to burgers, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Lauderdale Beach has a population of 531 citizens with an average age of 53 years old. Most of the residents own their homes and have lived in their homes for over 5 years. Most are married, college graduates with 43% having their Bachelor’s degree. The area is served by the Broward County School District, but 47.8% choose to enroll their children in a private K – 12 school. With an estimated median household income of $58,081, which is 17% higher than that of the Miami Metro area ($49,561), the community is supported by jobs in the food, office, sales, administration and executive positions. This established community is well sought after, being the only Fort Lauderdale neighborhood with single family homes located directly on the beach, and only 49 of them at that!
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