Love Where You Live: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Love Where You Live: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

I’m lucky enough to live in sunny South Florida. That wasn’t always the case. I grew up in the Northeast and came to Florida for college, but moved away for law school. After law school, I knew I didn’t want to stay local. Still, I was nervous about leaving since I’d already taken the Bar and worked hard to build a professional network in the area.

Starting from scratch sucks. No ifs, ands or buts about it–having to earn your credentials and establish yourself all over again bites the big one. But I am blissfully happy every single day that I wake up where I live. I never take for granted having 4 radio stations playing reggaeton at any point in time, or having delicious empanadas and croquetas right around the corner!

You should have that same feeling! Maybe you don’t share my passion for Hispanic baked goods, but you should be just as excited to be where you live. So if you’re not happy, move! You’re not a tree! Don’t let the fear of starting over hold you back.

That’s my bit of inspiration for the day, now here are some fun facts about Fort Lauderdale to get you acquainted with this wonderful place that I call home!

  • Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Venice of America” for its extensive system of waterways, including the New River, Intracoastal Waterway and a large number of canals.
  • Of all the people residing in Broward County in 2007, 31% were born in Florida, 39% in other parts of the U.S. and 30% in a foreign country.
  • Snow fell on Fort Lauderdale in 1977, the first time in recorded meteorological history.
  • Broward’s climate is tropical with an average year-round temperature of 76°F (25°C) and 3,000 hours of sunshine. Winter temperatures average a mean of 66° F (19° C); summer, a mean of 84° F (29° C).
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach became ground zero for the college spring break craze in 1961, a direct result of the hit movie Where the Boys Are, starring singer Connie Francis, which debuted at the Gateway Theater in December 1960.

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