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Whether you are planning a vacation, relocation, or setting out to discover the treasures of the paradise we call home, South Florida Bound has you covered. We bring you the best of South Florida: Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and the surrounding areas via the Shout Out Wall, Event Coverage, South Florida Business Directory and one-on-one interviews. Even South Florida natives will discover new and exciting ways to Live, Work & Play here.

We thrive beneath one Sun, bordered by two bodies of water, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, and Live, Work & Play in three main cities on Florida’s southeastern coast. Read more about the anchor cities of beautiful South Florida.

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south-florida-100-logoIncorporated in 1911, the City of Fort Lauderdale is located in Broward County, between Miami and Palm Beach, on the east coast of Florida. Fort Lauderdale measures more than 33 square miles with 7 miles of beaches and a population of nearly 170,000. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean, New River and numerous inland waterways, Fort Lauderdale earns her nickname, the “Venice of America.” Providing an outstanding quality of life for the family-oriented, while proving to be a winning choice for the business-minded, Fort Lauderdale has evolved into a much more than a famous Spring Break location. Fort Lauderdale is a great place to live, work & play!

According to the city’s website, Fort Lauderdale is named after Major William Lauderdale who led a volunteer army along the east coast of Florida to seize land belonging to the Seminole Indians in 1838. Altogether, three forts named after Major Lauderdale would be constructed: at the fork of New River; at Tarpon Bend; and the largest on the beach at the current site of Bahia Mar.

The City of Fort Lauderdale is as an international business center and one of the most desirable locations for new, expanding or relocating businesses. Once known solely for a tourism-driven economy, Fort Lauderdale now supports a wide range of industries: manufacturing, banking, insurance, real estate, technology, and film/television production.

fort-lauderdale-florida-logosNo trip to Fort Lauderdale is complete without a stroll down the tree lined Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale’s center of fashion, dining, and entertainment. Here you find an array of restaurants, boutiques, bars, even  art galleries and office space. The growing downtown area boasts several high rise office buildings, condominiums, as well as Broward Community College, Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University. Another notable point of interest is the Riverwalk area. Located along New River, you will find dining, galleries, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Discovery and Science, and the Museum of Art. Throughout the year, a number of events are held at the spacious Esplanade Park.

The main attraction is, of course, Fort Lauderdale Beach. Visitors have a range of lodging choices—from luxury hotel options to smaller family owned motels—no matter the budget, you can be close to the Atlantic Ocean and her breezes. Along the famed A1A, you will also find restaurants, cafes, the Las Olas Marina (home to the Jungle Queen), and the Fort Lauderdale Aquatics Complex. The most recognizable landmark is definitely the Fort Lauderdale wave wall which was added to the beach walk in 1986. When you visit the beach you will see people enjoying the South Florida sunshine, but there are plenty of activities to enjoy in addition to sunbathing. Our pleasant climate lends itself to hours of outdoor recreation like jogging, jet skiing, cycling, snorkeling, fishing, kite surfing, paddleboarding, and rollerblading. Chances are you will see tourists and locals alike enjoying each one of these activities when you are at the beach.

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Miami Dade CountyMiami, known as the “Magic City”, is located in Miami-Dade County between the Florida Everglades  and Biscayne Bay and has a population of around 5.5 million. Miami is a major financial center and a leader in commerce, culture, entertainment, fashion, the arts, and international trade.

A little history…Miami is noted as the only major city in the United States that was conceived by a woman. That woman was Julia Tuttle, a local citrus grower and a wealthy Cleveland native. She made the city a thriving success after the Great Freeze of 1894–95. Farmers in surrounding areas lost their crops in the freeze, but the Miami area crops survived. Tuttle called on Henry Flagler, a railroad tycoon, to bring his his Florida East Coast Railway down to Miami which greatly benefitted the area and connected them to the North. In July of the following year, Miami was officially incorporated as a city with a population of just over 300 people. Today, the metro area boasts a thriving population of over 5 million.

Miami’s lesser known nickname is the “Capital of Latin America.” Miami is actually the second-largest U.S. city (El Paso, Texas is first) with a Spanish-speaking majority, and the largest city with a Cuban-American population. After Fidel Castro rose to power in Cuba in 1959, many wealthy Cubans sought refuge in Miami. The influence of these cultures can be seen and celebrated throughout the Miami area through dining, art, music and festivals. Most notable, and the most obvious, center for the Cuban community is Little Havana.

If you’ve taken a cruise, chances are you departed from Port Miami, the “Cruise Capital of the World.” Port Miami has been the number one cruise passenger port in the world, accommodating some of the world’s largest cruise ships. Here are a few ships that call Miami home: Disney Wonder, Seven Seas Mariner, Celebrity Reflection and Carnival Breeze. The port is also one of the busiest in the world for cargo. As cargo traffic continues to grow, Port Miami expects to have more business from Asia, but currently Latin America and the Caribbean are the largest trade regions.

If you’re interested in delving a bit deeper into Miami’s districts, check out the Art Deco district, Wynwood Art district, Design district and Jewelry district. Each has a personality of her own worthy of a visit to discover the treasures for yourself.

Is it any wonder students flock to the Miami area to attend college? Miami is home to many prestigious colleges: Miami Dade College, Florida International University, University of Miami, Miami Culinary Institute, Barry University and Miami International University of Art and Design.

Miami offers cultural events, eateries, shopping and a lifestyle like most metropolitan areas. Setting her apart from other cities are the breathtaking beaches, beautiful people and mild climate. In the iconic South Beach area you will find all three–making for some fantastic ‘people watching.’ Lincoln Road is the epicenter of Miami’s South Beach. It’s a great place to walk your pup, grab a bite to eat, do some shopping, or perhaps just sip a cafecito and kick back with the paper (incidentally the Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel and Palm Beach Post are the South Florida newspapers). We’ve provided just a glimpse of what Miami has to offer, but you can appreciate why Miami is second-to-none for the key components of a fantastic place to Live, Work & Play.

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Palm Beach CountyPalm Beach County is the largest county in Florida and hosts a population of just over 1.3 million people. The most populous cities in the county are West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Boca Raton, Wellington, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and Delray Beach. In 1893, Henry M. Flagler declared the 16-mile-long barrier island of Palm Beach as a “veritable paradise” and aptly named the area for the many native palm trees lining the coast. Instead of enjoying life as a wealthy retiree from the Standard Oil Company, Flagler dedicated his earnings into building Florida. From the expansion of his East Coast Railroad, and the legendary Breakers hotel, to his private estate, Henry Flagler’s mark can be seen throughout this South Florida destination.

Another well-known Floridian is Mr. Addison Mizner. He is, perhaps, best known for bringing Mediterranean-style architecture to the area. His influence can be appreciated today at the prestigious Boca Raton Resort & Club. He was also the influence behind the popular downtown Boca Raton shopping, dining and entertainment district known as Mizner Park.

The Palm Beaches is divided into 15 distinct districts: Palm Beach and Worth Avenue, Clematis Street, CityPlace, Convention & Entertainment District, Antique Row, Northwood Village, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter/Juno Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach, Downtown Boca Raton, Wellington, Glades Road – East and West, Lake Okeechobee and Boynton Beach.
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“Established in 1894, The Palm Beaches has perfected the art of hospitality. Visitors enjoy everything from gracious service and luxurious accommodations to celebrity chef restaurants and world-class cultural attractions. Experience total relaxation in one of our time-honored resorts, explore our history at the Flagler Museum, learn about our past on a walking tour of Worth Avenue, and appreciate the splendid architecture named after one of the area’s first developers along Mizner Park in Downtown Boca Raton. “ – www.palmbeachfl.com [/box]

Palm Beach is home to the second largest fresh water lake in the lower 48 states named Lake Okeechobee. Fishermen enjoy the best bass fishing in the country on this 730 square mile lake. Landlubbers can stay on steady ground while exploring the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. If diving or snorkeling interests you, you can explore more than 20 reefs and numerous deep-water wrecks prized by divers worldwide.

There are plenty of family attractions throughout The Palm Beaches: the Palm Beach Zoo, Lion Country Safari, South Florida Science Museum, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Sandoway House Nature Center, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and Loxahatchee Everglades Tours.

Palm Beach proudly claims the title of Florida’s Golf Capital. There are more than 1,400 golf courses in the state of Florida with about 4 dozen located in Palm Beach County. The golf courses range from exclusive country clubs to public par 3 courses, even mini golf. Many professional golfers make their home in South Florida which gives them a short commute the PGA Tour golf tournaments hosted in the Sunshine State. Each spring, Floridians and golf fans look forward to The Honda Classic, held at PGA National’s Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens.

If you prefer a racket over a club, don’t worry. The Palm Beaches are home to approximately 1,100 private and public tennis courts, the Delray Beach Tennis Center, and the acclaimed Evert Tennis Academy.

As the snow begins to fall up north, the population (and appeal) of South Florida grows. People learned long ago that Florida is the perfect place to host outdoor events year round, while much of the country is bundled up and shoveling snow. It’s not surprising that the pleasant winter temperatures of South Florida are conducive to horse training and equestrian activities. Palm Beach, the Winter Equestrian Capital of the World, has world-renowned polo fields and stadiums located throughout the county. The Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington and the International Polo Club Palm Beach are both home here. Throughout the winter, you will find polo, steeplechase and dressage events at facilities around Palm Beach.

Croquet anyone? The National Croquet Center, largest in the world, is located in West Palm Beach.

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South Florida Sports and Gaming

Are you a sports fan? South Florida has every major (and lesser known) sport covered within a few miles. The Miami Dolphins of the National Football League call Miami home and play in the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. On Biscayne Boulevard, you will find the American Airlines Arena where the Miami Heat earned their third National Basketball League Championship. We even have hockey!

That’s right. The Florida Panthers represent the National Hockey League for South Florida. Major League Baseball’s Marlins play their home games in the newly constructed Marlin’s Park.

If horses strike your fancy, South Florida has everything from harness racing, polo, dressage, and the more popular thoroughbred racing. Controversial as they may be, you will find several grey hound tracks here. The lesser known sport played, and even bet on, is Jai Alai. You can catch a match or two in Dania Beach, Florida.

south-florida-event-photosIf you like to play the slot machines or black jack, South Florida has several choices for you: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, The Isle Casino & Racing, Seminole Coconut Creek, Mardi Gras Racetrack and Gaming Center, Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, and Miccosukee Resort & Gaming.

As South Florida continues to prosper, we will bring you event coverage, neighborhood reviews, beach highlights, corporate connections and area updates. If you have a specific topic you would like us to look into, drop us a line.

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Sources: Wikipedia, www.palmbeachfl.com and www.miamidade.gov

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