Broward lies directly in the middle of Miami and Palm Beach and sprawls over 1200 square miles. Population growth has occurred steadily throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, to close to 1,500,000. Drawn by a healthy business climate and paradise-like weather (Over 3,000 annual recorded hours of sunshine and average year-round temperatures at 77 degrees!), it’s easy to see why so many are choosing Broward county as their home.
Fort Lauderdale stretches for 23 ocean-front miles along the center of Broward County’s famed Gold Coast. After a beginning as primarily an agricultural community, the first Fort Lauderdale hotel was opened in the 1920’s. This one hotel eventually blossomed into a thriving tourism economy. Today, Fort Lauderdale is also a strong financial and commercial center, distinguished as a leader in international trade. At the same time, however, Fort Lauderdale has continued to broaden and strengthen its definition as a premiere vacation locale. Due to the intricate system of canals and waterways, the 150,000 citizens of this city choose boating for their transportation of choice. There are over 165 miles of navigable waterways and inlets in Lauderdale, giving rise to its standing as a major yachting center. Hence, Lauderdale has received the nicknames the “Venice of America” and the “Yachting Capital of the World.”
Nearby Port Everglades, the deepest port in the southeastern United States, is one of the most important shipping ports along the Atlantic Coast and the second largest cruise port in the world.
The ocean-front town of Deerfield Beach is situated along southeastern Florida in Broward County. This thriving community provides strong leadership not only in tourism, but also in everything from agriculture and manufacturing to corporate offices and businesses. Located just 16 miles to the north of Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach is an ideal location for every business need.
For over one hundred years, Miami has been the Sunshine State’s crown jewel. Even in its early years, Miami was known as “America’s Sun Porch”. And for good reason, as Miami offers endless fun for the travel enthusiast. But Miami is so much more. In recent years Miami has become home to people from all over the region. With a population of over 2 million people (living on 2109 square miles), and the influence of cultures from Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean, Miami has developed a truly international flare.
Culturally, Miami is rich with museums and historical sites, tropical gardens and even an ancient Spanish Monastery. Miami also boasts many outstanding golf courses, sports arenas, and professional ball clubs, as well as a wealth of water parks, zoos, and aquariums. The Everglades National Park offers a look at Florida in its original splendor. The park encompasses over 1.5 million acres and is home to alligators, birds and tropical plant life.
Miami Beach is situated on a long seven mile wide barrier island just off the coast of Miami and joined to the mainland by several man made causeways. The area has three distinct sections, North Miami Beach, Central Miami Beach, and South Beach.
At the northern end, Surfside is a favorite spot for surfers. The waves of the Atlantic Ocean are ideal here for the surf enthusiast. The Central Miami Beach area holds a wealth of huge legendary resorts. The streets are wide and the landscaping is meticulous. Beautiful swaying palms line the boulevards and the air is sweet. There is a definite cosmopolitan feel to this area shops are upscale and diverse.
South Beach is a one mile square area located at the southern most point of Miami Beach. The area experienced a resurrection in the 1970s. The lovely old homes of the 1920s and 30s were restored to maximize their intriguing architecture. The structures, now registered on the National Register of Historic Places, have been painted in soft, lush pastels and are alive with vibrant color. This area is also home to over twenty different cultural organizations and museums. And of course, there are also numerous trendy night spots and restaurants.
Though tourism is considered one of the most valuable of Palm Beach County’s industries, agriculture plays an even larger part in the county’s economic growth producing $2 Billion in sales every year. In fact, Palm Beach County is the single largest agricultural county in Florida and ranks fifth in the entire United States. Businesses in Palm Beach County have become far more competitive and sophisticated in recent years. Many national companies have relocated their operations to the area as some of the strengths of Palm Beach County are its climate, potential market growth, image and available transportation. Palm beach county measures 2578 square miles and has a population just over 1,000,000.
Situated in Florida’s prestigious Palm Beach County, beautiful Boca Raton provides residents and tourists alike the opportunity to enjoy Big City life in a small, well-knit community. Through a strong dedication to business and education, as well as volunteer services, this city maintains a very high standard of living for its growing population of 60,000. There are two major misconceptions most people have about Boca Raton. Contrary to popular belief, the name “Boca Raton” does not mean “mouth of the rat.” While this myth has circulated for ages, in truth, the word “Raton” most closely identifies with “rocks”, though the “Boca” does mean “mouth” in the Spanish language. As for the second misconception, while there is a strong resident-base of The Elite, homes can be purchased anywhere from $30,000 to upwards of millions. In fact, according to 1990 figures, nearly 30% of all owned homes in Boca Raton cost less than $125,000.
The town of West Palm Beach, located in Palm Beach County along Florida’s “Gold Coast”, has easily accessible beaches, a thriving business and financial community, and a strong dedication to its school system and community. These strong family and residential qualities, combined with the close proximity to its neighbor-city Palm Beach and average year-round temperatures of 75 degrees, make West Palm Beach a premier destination for vacationers and residents alike. One of the main reasons for the increase in West Palm’s population is its continued financial growth.
Situated on the edge of the Gold Coast of South Florida lies a little gem-replete with sparkling blue waters and crystal white sand beaches. This is Delray Beach, which offers a year-round average temperature of 75 degrees, close proximity to cultural and amusement meccas like Miami and Orlando and a vast selection of places to go, things to do and see. All this makes Delray Beach a first-class resort town and a favorite of visitors, artists, retirees, and businesses for years. Looking around Delray, you can’t help but notice a wonderful sense of community pride. Recent revitalization and restoration projects have attracted many upscale shops, restaurants and art galleries to the historic downtown district.
The Arthur Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife refuge consists of 221 square miles of saw grass marsh, wet prairie and sloughs interspersed with tree islands and his home to abundant bird life, especially the endangered Everglades snail kite. Recreational activities include air boating, boating, canoeing, hiking and fishing.