Facts about Fort Lauderdale
Located 23 miles (37 km) north of Miami on the Atlantic coast, Fort Lauderdale is one of South Florida’s principal cities.
It relies to a large degree on tourism for its prosperity and is famous for its extensive canal system, as well as its restaurants and nightclubs.
I hope that you enjoy reading my 20 facts about Fort Lauderdale.
1. The city is the county seat of Broward County.
2. The population of the city is 165,521 according to the 2010 census.
3. Fort Lauderdale has been called the “Venice of America”, due to its extensive system of waterways, including a large number of canals.
4. The city is a popular destination for tourists with 10.35 million visitors in 2006.
5. The city has a tropical rainforest climate with relatively little seasonal variation in temperatures. The average temperature is above 65 degrees F all year round. More rain falls during the Summer months than in the Winter.
6. In 1977 snow fell on Fort Lauderdale for the first time since records began.
7. Over the years, there have been three military sites built in the area which have gone by the name of “Fort Lauderdale”. The first was established by a detachment of soldiers under the command of Major William Lauderdale in 1838, during the Second Seminole War.
8. The city is a major yachting center. In 2006 it was estimated to have 42,000 resident yachts and 100 marinas and boatyards.
9. The city’s worst hurricane occurred on 18th September 1926. The resulting damage pushed into an economic depression.
Osborne Reef: An Eco Disaster!
The Osborne Reef is an artificial reef constructed of discarded tires. The original idea in the 60s was that a habitat for fish could be created through the use of tires being dumped in the ocean. It has ended up to be an environmental disaster, however.
The main problem is that straps and cables holding the tires have become rusted and corroded and many tires have broken free and drifted to shore, causing damage in the process. There is now an operation to clear all the remaining tires.
10. The Fort Lauderdale area was estimated in 2006 to possess more than 4,000 restaurants and 120 nightclubs.
11. In 2007 the residents of Broward County were found to be 31% born in Florida, 39% from other parts of the USA, and 30% from outside of the USA.
12. Before the arrival of Europeans, the Ft Lauderdale area was inhabited by the Tequesta Indians for over a 1000 years. Diseases brought by the Spanish, plus conflict with their neighbors, the Calusa resulted in the Tequesta’s sharp decline.
13. Pre-20th Century the Fort Lauderdale area was know as the "New River Settlement".
14. The New River’s name comes from an old legend that it suddenly appeared overnight.
15. The city’s extensive numbers of bars and nightclubs, coupled with its popularity as a destination for college students during spring break were influential in it gaining the nickname of "Fort Liquordale". The city has discouraged college students from visiting the area, however, since the mid-1980s, introducing strict laws aimed at preventing public drunkenness and disorder.
16. The population of Broward County in 2007 was 48% White, 24% Black, and 23% Hispanic.
17. The city’s Lockhart Stadium is the home of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who play in the Second Division of the North American Soccer League.
18. The city's Aquatic Complex, which has two competition pools and a diving well, is located at the International Swimming Hall of Fame on Fort Lauderdale beach.
19. The city also has the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop, a large flea market and site of the largest drive-in movie theater in the world.
20. The city’s main airport is the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, located at Dania Beach. It is the fastest-growing major airport in the USA.
© 2012 Paul Goodman