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Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to near-endless sunshine, great getaways - and countless compelling tales to be told and story angles to be spun.

Below is a list of story ideas that highlight the richness, activities and diversity found in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Feel free to use these ideas to seed your stories or blogs, feed your mind or add extra sources or resources to your reporting.


First, some fast facts:  

  • Greater Fort Lauderdale encompasses the majority of all metropolitan Broward County, Florida, and includes 31 cities and municipalities.
  • Twenty-three miles of beaches and 300-plus miles of Intracoastal Waterway and navigable inland canals make Greater Fort Lauderdale the "Venice of America." Of our eight municipal beaches, five (Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea) are Blue Wave Certified by the Clean Beach Coalition.
  • Some 14 million people a year visit Greater Fort Lauderdale spending $11.4 billion in the local economy.
  • 9 cruise lines sail 40 ships from Port Everglades - carrying some 4 million people in 2014 and employing more than 100,000 people.
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which serves 24.6 million passengers on 34 airlines each year, is building a six story-high, elevated runway expansion to traverse U.S. Highway 1 and the Florida East Coast Railway - and bring millions more to Greater Fort Lauderdale.

 

BEACHES: In Greater Fort Lauderdale, we brag about our beaches - and for good reason. With 23 miles of Atlantic coastline, eight cities have a unique stretch of beach to call their own. Each has its own personality and quaint surrounding communities with restaurants, four-star hotels or mom-and-pop lodging, attractions, and one-of-a-kind shopping - or plenty of space to sit and do nothing at all. One tour of our unique beach communities and you'll discover why we're able to cater to so many different audiences. More info...


SELF-ENRICHMENT - LEARNING & LEISURE: What do deck shoes, a sand wedge, camera, wetsuit and a butcher's block have in common? All can be part of an engaging, enriching and educational vacation experience in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Educational excursions here combine learning with leisure in the sunshine. More info... 


‘FIT' LAUDERDALE: Greater Fort Lauderdale partnered with SELF magazine to showcase the fitness options available to visitors hoping to keep or regain their pre-holiday physiques. These options make great content for writers focusing on active lifestyle, sports and outdoor topics. More info...


SPRING BREAK TRANSFORMED: Spring Break has been transformed in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Your grandparents, parents - even you - might not recognize the Fort Lauderdale beach made famous by "Where the Boys Are." Spring break has taken on a whole new appearance. Today, visitors include families and couples - and even a few college students. More info...


ADVENTURE TRAVEL & OUTINGS: Adventure travel achieves new lengths and depths in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Whether by bike, foot, kayak, surf board or Scuba tank, adventurers will find much to explore and do in South Florida. Be sure to bring your camera - except when waterskiing, of course. More info...


FRESHWATER, DEEP SEA AND SPORT FISHING: Get hooked with fresh or salt-water fishing in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Within 20 minutes, beginner or professional anglers can find world-class fishing - whether for bass or blue marlin. The area also is a leader in catch-and-release sustainability programs - including "replica" taxidermy, so anglers can get a trophy likeness of their catch. From a boat or a pier, there's fishing for all. More info...


GETTING AROUND AND SEEING IT ALL: Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to various - uniquely South Florida - ways of getting around. From self-guided bicycle riding to professional run land and water tours, vacationers and locals alike can enjoy discovering the area. More info...


WORLD-CLASS GOLF & TENNIS: Where did tennis pros Chris Evert and Jennifer Capriati learn the game? Why is South Florida home to scores of golf courses? With year-round sunshine and appealing conditions, Greater Fort Lauderdale's long been home to championship tennis and golf - and the facilities that helped pros hone their play. More info...


PORT EVERGLADES / FORT LAUDERDALE CRUISING: Named 2010 "Port of the Year" by Seatrade Insider,  Port Everglades "Port of the Year," Port Everglades in 2014 saw 4 million passengers pass through its gangways to 40 cruise ships run by 9 cruise lines. And that's just the beginning. More info...


FAMILY FRIENDLY: Fun for all ages, Greater Fort Lauderdale is a family-friendly experience full of natural wonders, seasonal getaways, shopping excursions and experiences sure to delight the five senses - and then some. More info...


PET FRIENDLY FORT LAUDERDALE: Greater Fort Lauderdale is as pet friendly as a city can get. The "pet set" will find no problems keeping Fido or a feline happy here. More info...


GET INSIDE SPORTS: For generations, sports fans from South Florida and beyond have enjoyed their home teams here - no matter where their "home" may be. With representatives from every major professional sports league in town, there's sure to be a tale to be told of the fun of a home-stand in South Florida. Sports journalists are certain to find a unique angle when traveling south to cover their home team. More info...


ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, CIVICS & CULTURE: The arts and culture scene in Greater Fort Lauderdale has blossomed. Today it includes arts districts, festivals and a county-wide $100 million art in public spaces program. More info...


GAY TRAVEL: Called America's "Favorite Gay Resort Town," according to gay.com, Greater Fort Lauderdale is an inclusive and welcoming community with a thriving resident and tourist lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) community. More info...


WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS: Greater Fort Lauderdale is a matrimonial delight. With a moonrise or ocean as your backdrop, or a striking botanical garden or five-star resort as the setting, a Fort Lauderdale wedding is unmatched in conjuring unforgettable romance - matched only by the area's role as a honeymoon destination. More info...


LAUDERDALE LUXE: Upscale hotels are highlighting Greater Fort Lauderdale's new luxury living story - bringing upscale living to the beachfront. Greater Fort Lauderdale's upscale hotels have arrived, placing a luxury stamp on an already casually sophisticated destination. More info...


‘FORK' LAUDERDALE DINING: In Greater "Fork" Lauderdale, dining aficionados and foodies of all kinds will re-discover the top restaurants that make dining here so Lauderlicious. The new luxury hotels and top names in culinary delights are bringing a windfall of elegant eating to Greater Fort Lauderdale. Those who want to enjoy a uniquely Fort Lauderdale approach to dining can take a boat or Water Taxi to their dock-side restaurant of choice. More info... 


LAS OLAS CHIC: Rodeo Drive, Fifth Avenue, Worth Avenue - and Las Olas Boulevard. Only one of these venerable shopping destinations can truly wear the slogan, "Where the Beach Meets Chic." Translated to mean "the waves" in Spanish, Las Olas Boulevard has historically been the road that connects the beach with the city.  Today it's known as Greater Fort Lauderdale's "style mile," lined with boutiques. At night, restaurants come alive with bands and dancing. More info...


SERIOUS SHOPPING: For those keen for serious shopping, Greater Fort Lauderdale takes its shopping very seriously. Domestic and international travelers are known to visit area shopping centers and mega-malls and buy suitcases just to bring home their new purchases. Find out why.


GAMING IN GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE: Florida has become the third most active gambling state in the U.S. Greater Fort Lauderdale is in many ways the epicenter of that activity. Our pari-mutuel betting venues and free-standing casinos combine the excitement of traditional table games; slot machines; horse, dog and harness racing; jai-alai; simulcasting - and all the excitement that comes with them. More info...


MEMORABLE MEETINGS: With a world-class convention center and thousands of nearby hotel rooms to accommodate organizations of all sizes, Greater Fort Lauderdale is a leader in the conventions, meetings and trade show business. Backed by its signature "SUN-Sational Service" program, meeting planners are sure to appreciate every amenity and attention to detail found nowhere else. More info...