Friday, June 30, 2006

Ft Lauderdale Overview Part 1

Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood - Boca Raton Overview

Blessed with a semi-tropical climate and outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities, Ft Lauderdale is indeed a great place to live, work, play and raise a family.
Ft Lauderdale offers a vibrant business environment, good jobs and a great quality of life.

From Fortune 500 companies to small Art galleries, Ft Lauderdale is one of the fastest growing areas in Florida. It is also home to a largely upscale, diverse, multiethnic population that helps create its cosmopolitan, international flavor. Its own major international airport connects it to the world. If you never went anywhere else in Florida, Ft. Lauderdale would suffice – it’s that good!

“The Venice of America”
More than 300 miles of navigable inland waterways wind through Ft Lauderdale, accommodating boats of all sizes. Lots of sun and great weather. Take a water taxi, bus service downtown to shop or your favorite restaurant. For schedules and stops go to http://www.watertaxi.com/FortLauderdale/FLLMap.Asp

Ft. Lauderdale is also frequently regarded as the yachting capital of America, at least the East Coast USA variety. It’s a boating “jumping-off” place for cruising the Bahamas, as well as the fabulous American Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), which you can take through protected inland water, all the way to the Keys or the Carolinas.

The Hinterlands
Nobody really thinks about a Ft. Lauderdale “backcountry,” but there is one: the fabulous Everglades National Park. The Park and the preserve areas north of it provide opportunities for hiking, biking, airboating, and driving adventures. There are even Indian reservations and casinos! And while Miami probably wouldn’t be regarded as a hinterland (!), it is if we’re talking about Ft. Lauderdale. Miami complements Ft. Lauderdale’s own impressive list of cultural and nightlife offerings, and adds the dimension of major league professional sports with the NBA football and MLB baseball. Finally, the Florida Keys and Key West are an easy drive south.

General Information.
• Located in the east-central portion of Broward County, 23 miles north of Miami and 42 miles south of Palm Beach. Fort Lauderdale is the seventh largest city in Florida
• Area in Square Miles 1285
• Average Temperature 76°F
• Average Annual Precipitation 53 in
• Average Rain Days 131
• Population projection 2005 -1,793,500
• Average home cost-June 2005-$378,000
• Cost of Living-103-3rd in the state
• Median age-25-44 years old or approximately 1/3 the population

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