The Florida Scenic Highways Program is a grass-roots effort to heighten awareness of our State's historical and intrinsic resources - cultural, recreational, natural, archeological, historical, and scenic - which collectively, enhance the overall traveling experience. Program participation provides benefits to the community, such as resource preservation, enhancement and protection.
The Broward County State Road A1A Scenic Highway was designated by the State of Florida as a Florida Scenic Highway in January 2009 and is managed by the Broward A1A Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity.
The Broward County State Road A1A Scenic Highway Program will work to preserve, maintain, protect, and enhance the intrinsic resources of the A1A Scenic Corridor through a sustainable balance of conservation and land use. The program will create and promote awareness of the cultural, historical, archaeological, recreational, natural and scenic resources through community-based consensus and partnerships.
The corridor vision states the community's broad aspirations for the corridor and is based on an ideal portrayal of what the corridor will become. The corridor vision is an important element of the entire corridor planning process because it defines the context of all subsequent courses of action.
The corridor vision for the Broward County SR A1A Scenic Highway is:
The Broward County SR A1A Scenic Highway maneuvers its travelers up the eastern coast of Broward County, through the communities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Dania Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Sea Ranch Lakes, Pompano Beach, Hillsboro Beach, and Deerfield Beach. Each of these communities provides distinct elements to the SR A1A corridor and offers miles of beaches for travelers to play, relax, and soak in the sun. Along SR A1A, travelers have the opportunity to catch sightings of ibis, herons, spoonbills, ospreys, kingfishers, plovers, and sandpipers amidst the natural vegetation. The corridor offers sea turtle habitats and at night, travelers spot the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway glistening in the moonlight.
SR A1A offers tremendous vistas and access points to the unique world of the barrier island, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean all along the route that provide opportunities for boating, sailing, and swimming. Piers in Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, and Dania Beach enable visitors to enjoy the timeless pastime of fishing, while awakening their sense with the smell of the salty waters and the sound of the gentle rolling surf.
Along the corridor are elements of Broward County's historical influence, such as the Barefoot Mailman Statue, Hillsboro Lighthouse, Indian Shell Mound in Pompano Beach, and the State Underwater Archaeological Preserve. As travelers navigate the condo canyon, architectural styles such as Art Deco, Mid-Century, Modern, or Mediterranean dot the corridor, adding variety to the traveler's view.
Broward County's Scenic A1A is the ideal destination for pedestrians and bicyclists who access walkways, bikeways, and trails that offer opportunities to view the natural and manmade beauty of Florida. Pedestrians and bicyclists can journey through recreational parks, along the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, or through the Anne Kolb Nature Center to access the Nature Observation Tower. From the nature tower, views of gumbo limbos, sable palms, and other local flowers, grasses, and trees can be seen.
The beach communities along SR A1A exude Southeastern Florida hospitality and offer countless businesses and restaurants that exemplify the local community and cuisine. The communities are waiting for the next SR A1A visitor, offering up a wealth of resources that will continue to guide people to experience and protect Southeast Florida.