Mayor Jack Seiler
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It is the county seat of Broward County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 165,521. It is a principal city of the South Florida metropolitan area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census.
The city is a popular tourist destination, with an average year-round temperature of 75.5 °F (24.2 °C), and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. Greater Fort Lauderdale which takes in all of Broward County hosted 12 million visitors in 2012, including 2.8 million international visitors.
The city and county in 2012 collected $43.9 million from the 5% bed tax it charges, after hotels in the area recorded an occupancy rate for the year of 72.7 percent and an average daily rate of $114.48.
The district has 561 hotels and motels comprising nearly 35,000 rooms. Forty-six cruise ships sailed from Port Everglades in 2012. Greater Fort Lauderdale has over 4,000 restaurants, 63 golf courses, 12 shopping malls, 16 museums, 132 nightclubs, 278 parkland campsites, and 100 marinas housing 45,000 resident yachts.
Fort Lauderdale is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War. The forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale (~1782-1838), younger brother of Lieutenant Colonel James Lauderdale.
William Lauderdale was the commander of the detachment of soldiers who built the first fort. However, development of the city did not begin until 50 years after the forts were abandoned at the end of the conflict.
Three forts named “Fort Lauderdale” were constructed; the first was at the fork of the New River, the second at Tarpon Bend on the New River between the Colee Hammock and Rio Vista neighborhoods, and the third near the site of the Bahia Mar Marina.
Fort Lauderdale’s economy is heavily reliant on tourism.
From the 1940s through the 1980s, the city was known as a spring break destination for college students.
However, the college crowd has since dwindled, with the city now attracting wealthier tourists. Cruise ships and nautical recreation provide the basis for much of the revenue raised by tourism.
There is a convention center located west of the beach and southeast of downtown, with 600,000 square feet (55,742 m2) of space, including a 200,000-square-foot (18,581 m2) main exhibit hall. Approximately 30% of the city’s 10 million annual visitors attend conventions at the center.
The downtown area, especially around Las Olas Boulevard, first underwent redevelopment starting in 2002 and now hosts many new hotels and high-rise condominium developments.
The downtown area is the largest in Broward County, although there are other cities in the county with commercial centers.
Office buildings and highrises include Las Olas River House, Las Olas Grand, 110 Tower (formerly AutoNation Tower), Bank of America Plaza, One Financial Plaza, Broward Financial Center, One East Broward Boulevard, Barnett Bank Plaza, PNC Center, New River Center, One Corporate Center,SunTrust Centre, 101 Tower, and SouthTrust Tower.
The Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area foreclosures increased 127.4% from 2006 to 2007, or one filing per 48 households in the quarter. Fort Lauderdale ranks fourth in the list of top 10 metropolitan areas ranked by foreclosure filings per household for the third quarter of 2007.
Fort Lauderdale is a major manufacturing and maintenance center for yachts. The boating industry is responsible for over 109,000 jobs in the county.
With its many canals, and proximity to the Bahamas and Caribbean, it is also a popular yachting vacation stop, and home port for 42,000 boats, and approximately 100 marinas and boatyards.Additionally, the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the world’s largest boat show, brings over 125,000 people to the city each year.
Companies based in the Fort Lauderdale area include AutoNation, Citrix Systems, DHL Express, Spirit Airlines, and National Beverage Corporation. The largest employers in the county are Tenet Healthcare, which employs 5,000 people; American Express, which employs 4,200; The Continental Group, which employs 3,900; Motorola, and Maxim Integrated Products, which employs 2,000.
Gulfstream International Airlines, a commuter airline, is headquartered in nearby Dania Beach. An Online Trading Academy center is also located in the city.
Florida’s export shipments of merchandise in 2014 totaled $58.6 billion.
The state’s largest market was Brazil. Florida posted merchandise exports of
Fort Lauderdale is a coastal city on the Atlantic Ocean in the US state of Florida. It is known as the “Venice of America” due to its expansive canal system. Situated in Broward County in South Florida, the city’s population is over 170,000.
The city is most famous for its beaches and boats, and while the city of Fort Lauderdale is relatively small in area, the term ‘Fort Lauderdale’ is often used to refer to the larger metropolis that has grown up around it.
It is the county seat for Broward county and is part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area, which has over 5.5 million people.
- Fort Lauderdale Beach
The most popular section of beach is where A1A runs alongside the beach, between Las Olas Blvd north to Sunrise Blvd.The “Elbo Room” bar, located at Las Olas Blvd and A1A was featured in the 1960s film Where the Boys Are. The bar anchors the Southern end of the ‘Strip’, a strip of eating and drinking establishments that run along the land side of the beach road.Spring Break peaked in the mid 1980s and the city now attracts a more upscale crowd. Fort
Elbo Room, Las Olas Blvd and A1A. The most famous spring break bar, and one of the few remaining from that period.
- The downtown area, especially around Las Olas Boulevard, has seen dramatic growth in the past decade, and now hosts many new hotels and high-rise condominium developments. Other improvements include a wide array of new boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.
- The entertainment district runs east-west along Las Olas Boulevard. East Las Olas Blvd has a mile of upscale shops and restaurants. Across the railway lines, West Las Olas caters to a younger crowd.
- There are funky nightclubs and restaurants between the railway lines and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. In between East and West, there is a new set of shops called Riverside that sits on the RiverWalk.
- Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave,
Las Olas Boulevard.
- Museum of Art, E Las Olas Blvd,
- Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St,
- Old Fort Lauderdale Village & Museum.
Wilton Manors is a city surrounded by Fort Lauderdale. It is a popular area for gays and lesbians. It has many guesthouses, restaurants, and bars/nightclubs catering to its gay clientèle.
- Greater Broward County is home to 1.8 million people and offers an wide array of activities.African-American Research Library and
- Antique Car Museum, 1527 Packard (SW 1st) Av.Collection of pre-war Packard automobiles and other memorabilia.
- Boomers! Rollercoaster
- Billie Swamp Safari, Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation,
Cypress Airboat Rides, Explore this ecosystem on a heart pounding ride, or a more relaxed airboat tour. Open year round.
- Florida Everglades Holiday Park, 21940 Griffin Rd (west to end of Griffen road). Amazing wetlands and possibly an alligator or two.
- Flamingo Gardens and Wray Botanical Collection, 3750 S.
- Flamingo Rd, Davie, If you are an outdoors person, or just want to see our state bird you have to visit here. Adults $17, Children Ages 4-11 $8.50, Ages 3 and under Free.
- Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop. A large indoor/outdoor flea market with the country’s largest drive-in movie complex (13 screens).
- Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 East Sunrise Blvd
- Sawgrass Mills, Located in the suburburb of Sunrise, some 10 miles to the west.. The world’s largest outlet mall.