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Fort Lauderdale
- The "Venice" of America


fort lauderdale florida   Fort Lauderdale is known as the "Venice of America" because of its 165 miles of waterways within the city limits. Located in sunny southern Florida 23 miles north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale is the perfect place to enjoy beautiful weather, great golf, gorgeous beaches, and constant activity. The city is a major yachting center, with 42,000 resident yachts and over 100 marinas and boatyards.

  The area in which the city of Fort Lauderdale would later be founded was inhabited for more than a thousand years by the Tequesta Indians. Fort Lauderdale's first major development surge began in the 1920s, during the Florida land boom. The 1926 Miami Hurricane and the Great Depression of the 1930s caused a great deal of economic dislocation.  But when World War II began, Fort Lauderdale became a major US Naval Air Station to train pilots, radar operators, and fire control operators. When the war ended, service members flocked back to the area, spurring a population explosion which continued until the mid-1970's when the town was essential built-out with growth thereafter in suburbs to the west.

  The most prominent attribute of Fort Lauderdale, other than its nearly constant sun, is the seemingly never-ending beaches. The town, itself includes 7 miles of beaches while the metropolitan area in total boasts more than 23 miles of beaches. There is something for everyone on Fort Lauderdale beaches from surfers to casual sun bathers to volleyball and kayaking.

  The Fort Lauderdale area is a great place to live as well as to visit. There are shopping malls, restaurants and galleries of every type throughout the area.

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