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The Fort Lauderdale destination gained another great group of hospitality professionals in the closing weeks of 2016. We know they look forward to meeting you, and from all of us, to all of them, welcome to Fort Lauderdale Beach. The Board of Directors of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is pleased to announce that it has…
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Christmas 2016 on Fort Lauderdale Beach

Christmas Eve Beauty & The Feast Located within the Atlantic Resort & Spa 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard Phone: (954) 567-8070 BEAUTY & THE FEAST invites families to come together and share this Italian Christmas Eve tradition with a special “Feast of the Seven Fishes” multi-course seafood menu or delight with their favorite dishes from…
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Counting Down the Days to #FTLMajor

International beach volleyball bursts back on the scene when the Fort Lauderdale Major lands on Fort Lauderdale Beach’s golden sands in February. It sounds a long time. And it seems even further away when you calculate that it’s about 2,000 hours before the drama begins. That’s a mind-boggling 120,000 minutes of waiting. Okay, okay, sorry,…
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Be A Part of the SWATCH Volleyball Majors Team

This February, beach volleyball season returns with a bang as the FIVB World Tour returns to Fort Lauderdale for the Fort Lauderdale Major! The Swatch Major Series’ epic return to this beach volleyball paradise promises to be the biggest, brightest and best tournament the United States has ever seen – and YOU are invited to be a…
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Travel Inspired Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Planning to surprise your sweetie with plane tickets for a fabulous getaway to Fort Lauderdale Beach as a gift this holiday season? Theme out your stocking stuffers or create a tower of treats to give each of the 8 days of Chanukah before the big ticket (pun intended) reveal, with these unique and fun travel related…
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FUNKY FUN RUN – FORT LAUDERDALE

If you go down to the beach today you’re sure to find a surprise. Well, Thursday evenings to be exact. The current vogue for combining a good run with a glass of beer and convivial banter with sweaty friends afterwards is gathering momentum in South Florida. So called beer runs are popping up everywhere…but, for…
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SOBEWFF Returns with 2nd Annual Taste Fort Lauderdale Series

The 16th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) is pleased to unveil its line-up of more than 90 events taking place February 22 – 26, 2017. Widely recognized as one of America’s most prestigious gourmet gatherings, the Festival has raised more than $24 million to date for the…
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New Nightly Rum Pairing Dinners at Burlock Coast

Burlock Coast, the eight-month-old Fort Lauderdale restaurant that pays homage to the city’s historic reputation as a rum-runner’s refuge, is now offering nightly multicourse pairing dinners with a new angle. No, you won't get a meal paired with wine or beer, but instead with the place's favorite spirit: rum. Chef de cuisine Gavin Pera and…
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Tortuga Music Festival Announces 2017 Line Up

Tortuga Music Festival returns for its fifth installment April 7, 2017 and Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, and Chris Stapleton will head down to Fort Lauderdale Beach to headline. The spring weekend will be one of the few places fans can catch format superstar Chesney in 2017. A rep for Chesney recently confirmed that the 48-year-old…
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Emirates to launch new daily service from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale

Emirates will launch a daily service between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on December 15, 2016. The new service will serve the South Florida area, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach. This will be Emirates’ 11th passenger route in the United States. The airline will operate a GE-powered US-built Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in…
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FLIBS Win a 2017 Boat Raffle

Most people come to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to buy a boat, but this year, one lucky visitor will win a boat through the generous partnership of Bay Cat Twin Vee, Magic Tilt and Suzuki. The smooth-riding prize is a 2017 170 Bay Cat Twin Vee powered by Suzuki, the perfect bay power…
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Ten Reasons Fort Lauderdale Beach Is the Best Beach in Broward

http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/arts/ten-reasons-fort-lauderdale-beach-is-the-best-beach-in-broward-8023789 We certainly saved the best for last in our search for the best beach in Broward County. We must say that we've enjoyed our stroll through some of the quieter, less-populated beaches Broward has to offer. It's been a legitimately tough choice deciding on our favorite beach, but in the end, our search for…
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A Weekend in Fort Lauderdale

It doesn’t really matter what time of the year you head to the beach in Fort Lauderdale. I can’t think of any month that I have visited and not found State Road A1A (AKA Ocean Boulevard) to be one of the most entertaining beach strips in Florida. In the morning its serpentine path is bathed in a…
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Free meditation class on Monday

Pam Butler wants to help others find inner peace. The Fort Lauderdale resident found healing through meditation after months of suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder from a near death childbirth and the death of her father five days later. Now, the Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor wants to help others at the free "Mindful Monday Sundown Meditation" at Hilton Fort…
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SOBEWFF Announces New TASTE FTL Line Up

When South Beach Wine & Food Festival launched its inaugural Taste Fort Lauderdale Series last February, culinary celebrities like Robert Irvine and the cast of "Chopped" took to the town. Now that the festival has released its 2017 lineup, we can get excited about even more celebs coming to Fort Lauderdale for the 16th annual…
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Tortuga Music Fest. Announces 2017 Dates

HUKA Entertainment, leading creator and producer of large scale destination-location music festivals, proudly celebrates the return of Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival for its record-breaking fifth year. This one of a kind biggest 3-day country music beach party will take place Friday, April 7, Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, 2017 -- on the…
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Gzella Collection Drives Boutique Hotel Movement On Fort Lauderdale Beach

Leading a new era in boutique lodging in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Gzella Collection is launching three beachside boutique hotels – Fortuna, Ikona and Mirra, following multi-million dollar renovations that combine modern interior design, smart technology and stylish amenities with historic architecture. Collectively, the properties showcasing individual charm and unique personalities, will introduce South Florida travelers…
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Bring a Friend to #FLIBS Contest

Organizers of the 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show have announced a call for entries for the show’s first travel contest, “Bring a Friend to FLIBS,” in partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Boat Show Hotels, the show’s official travel partner. The 2016 boat show takes place on Nov.…
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Contest: relax, restore and indulge in greater fort lauderdale

It feels so good to be pampered and September is the time to do it! Relax in luxe accommodations, restore yourself at the spa, and indulge in the area's top dining during Spatember and Crave GFL! From savory, signature dishes created by top chefs, to relaxing treatments at Greater Fort Lauderdale’s most sublime resort & day spas, Crave GFL & Spatember provide visitors…
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Village Design To Host “How To” iPhoneography Series With Andy Royston @FtLauderdaleSun

North Beach Village Resort has invited internationally renowned iPhoneographer Andy Royston to take over Village Design, located at 600 Breakers Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, to host a one-of-a-kind, hands-on, iPhoneography Series. Four intimate workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Saturday, August 6,…
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Boutique Adagio condo project in Fort Lauderdale Beach launches

A new boutique condo building is coming to Fort Lauderdale’s North Beach Village. Adagio Fort Lauderdale Beach, a 31-unit luxury project on the Intracoastal Waterway, has launched sales and opened its on-site sales gallery. The Venezuelan developer behind Adagio on the Bay is also building this project, sales agent Brogan Farrell told The Real Deal.…
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New Fort Lauderdale Condo 321 Watersedge Gears up for Groundbreaking

Jeffrey and Samuel Sobel’s upcoming 321 at Water’s Edge condo project in Fort Lauderdale Beach is aiming to break ground this fall, with pre-sales at the boutique building already well underway. The developers announced that they’re expecting to break ground sometime this fall after recording strong pre-sales following their launch event earlier this month. About…
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Iconic Hotels Pumping Millions Into Property Upgrades

A handful of iconic and popular Broward County hotels are undergoing multimillion-dollar upgrades this summer to keep their offerings fresh, as newer properties get set to open in the destination in a few years. Among those sprucing up in major ways, as the destination's luxury hotel market heats up, are the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor…
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Find Your Oohs & Ahhs at Fort Lauderdale Beaches Best Spas

Fort Lauderdale Beach has become one of the world's most popular vacation destinations. It is here where sun worshipers come to play on Blue Wave Certified Beaches, Foodies dine ocean-side at the eclectic mix of casual to fine dining restaurants, and Adventurists take in its plentiful water activities. However, for those seeking serenity, relaxation and…
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A “Waterful” Way to Discover Fort Lauderdale’s History

Water Taxi, in partnership with The Historic Stranahan House, Bonnet House Museum and the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, have launched The District’s Heritage Tours through September 30, 2016. A “Waterful” Way to Discover Fort Lauderdale’s History, the District’s Heritage Tours family include the visitor’s choice of two out of three heritage sites plus an all-day…
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THE GALLERIA AT FORT LAUDERDALE DONATES $25,000 TO FIVE LOCAL CHARITIES

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, recognized as one of South Florida's premier shopping destinations for its sophisticated level of merchandising and ambiance, awarded $25,000 to Bryant Peney Scholarship Foundation, HANDY, Heart Gallery of Broward County, Henderson Behavioral Health and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. This contribution was a result of an exclusive parking arrangement with…
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FAMILY-FRIENDLY FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH

Don't let planning your next family summer vacation time intimidate you. Pack up the kids and spend time at one of the many family friendly resorts and hotels on Fort Lauderdale Beach. The Atlantic Resort & Spa Select from an intimate 124 rooms, from traditional guest rooms at 600 square feet, one-bedroom suites with kitchenettes…
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4th of July Spectacular 2016 on Fort Lauderdale Beach

Celebrate America's Independence Day at the City of Fort Lauderdale's free 4th of July Spectacular presented by Zimmerman Advertising! The Independence Day Celebration will feature a patriotic extravaganza featuring live bands, a kids zone, beach games, contests, family activities and a dazzling fireworks display. The 4th of July Spectacular takes place on Monday, July 4…
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Best Beach Wedding Dresses

For summer wedding season, beaches are the epitome of where to say “I do.” Just think: sharing your vows as the waves crash in the background, the ocean breeze blowing through your hair, and dancing in the sand all night long. Here, cohesion is essential, and each detail is worth paying close attention to (these…
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It’s a Dog’s Life on Fort Lauderdale Beach

Whoever coined the phrase “It’s a dog’s life” must have been a guest at one of Fort Lauderdale Beach's luxury hotels. Whether you’re bringing the family lab along with your children, or your chihuahua is your child, each of these properties goes way beyond merely allowing pets. They treat them like guests in their own…
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SONESTA FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH CELEBRATES ARRIVAL OF SUMMER WITH SPECIAL OFFERINGS AND SAVINGS

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach is welcoming the warm summer months and saying “Hello Sunny!” to the Florida sunshine with sizzling new food and beverage programs and special seasonal rates. The 240–room hotel’s new Cocktail of the Month Program, updated Daily Delights menu, live music and discounted nightly rates make this oceanfront property the ideal hot…
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The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale Launches T-Shirt Design Competition for “Dog Days”

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, recognized as one of South Florida's premier shopping destinations for its sophisticated level of merchandising and ambiance, is calling all artists to create a one-of-a-kind design that will be featured on an exclusive t-shirt. This effort builds momentum for The Galleria's "Dog Days," a series of events during August that…
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Air Show Boat Viewing Area Announced

Viewing of the Fort Lauderdale Air Show is permitted in a limited area on the eastern perimeter of the United States Coast Guard Safety Zone. The eastern perimeter extends 14,000 feet parallel with the flight path of the performing aircraft and is approximately one mile away. The depth along the eastern perimeter is approximately 50…
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Check Your Chakra at The Yoga Expo, Fort Lauderdale

Imagine a Saturday that's relaxing yet challenging, a day filled with live music, sustainable food and unlimited yoga and meditation classes. A day like this at most yoga retreats may cost at least a few hundred dollars, but the Yoga Expo will change that when it makes its Fort Lauderdale debut on Saturday, April 16,…
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GET READY TO ‘JAM’ ON THE BEACH IN APRIL

In 2002, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), to promote jazz through concerts, lectures, educational materials, and exhibitions. Each year organizers select a theme and featured musician with 2016 dedicated to the exploration of jazz itself is a form of democracy – as a form of communication…
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Shireen’s Favorite Things: Bonnet House

The first time I saw the Bonnet House, I was in complete awe of its beauty. The bright yellow, sprawling, open-air Spanish-style house, snuggled into 35 acres of lush South Florida greenery in Fort Lauderdale, isn't just unique, it's incredibly captivating. Perhaps it has something to do with its history and the people who once…
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Pizza Academy at Beauty & the Feast

Think you know pizza? Here’s a good way to know for sure. Beauty & the Feast Bar/Kitchen at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa in Fort Lauderdale on March 28 will introduce its Pizza Academy that will feature group, private and corporate team-building courses in the art of Neapolitan pie making. Beauty & the Feast’s two-hour…
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Hidden Gems: Birch State Park

Last week I traveled to Fort Lauderdale to speak about Ocean Country at the Broward Library Foundation’s literary festival. Every year authors speak to high school students, mingle with guests at a large gala reception, and then each author is hosted at a separate dinner. As I perused the advance schedule, I noticed my dinner…
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