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Monday, June 30, 2014

Are you an angler itching to compete?  Here's a round-up of some of the summer's most exciting watersport/fishing events being held throughout the Greater Fort Lauderdale Area!

July 10: Capt. Bouncer Smith presents "Bottom Fishing: From 20 feet to 2,000 feet" from 6:30-8 p.m. at Dusky Sports Center, 110 N. Bryan Rd., Dania Beach. Cost is $15 and redeemable for merchandise in the store. Call 954-922-8890.

July 12: A JD's Custom Baits Snakehead Round-Up is safe light to 2 p.m. out of the boat ramp on the C-14 Canal at Rock Island Road and Southgate Boulevard in Margate. Entry fee is $20 per two-angler team or individual. Fishing is allowed in all legal waters. The angler catching the biggest snakehead wins all the money, but each team must bring in a minimum of five snakeheads for its biggest fish to count. Visit

July 19: The Saint Coleman's Men's Club has its 14th annual "Walk On Water" Salt Water Fishing Tournament. Entry fee is $200 per boat for up to four anglers ($225 after July 16). Proceeds benefit The Special Olympics of Broward County. Kickoff party is 6-9 p.m. July 18 at Saint Coleman's at 1200 S. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach. Fishing starts at 7 a.m. with weigh-in 2-4 p.m. at the Alsdorf Boat Ramp Park, followed by the awards party and dinner at the church at 6 p.m. For information and to donate prizes or raffle items, call Jerry Squadrito at 954-682-2128 or visit

July 19: The seventh annual Internationally World Famous Treasure Trove Fishing Tournament is out of the Treasure Trove on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Entry is free, with awards given in at least 20 categories, including junior angler and lady angler. A free fish fry, party and raffle follow the weigh-in. The captains’ meeting is July 17. Proceeds benefit Foundation Fighting Blindness ( Call or text 754-245-6062, email, follow @IWFTT on Twitter and Instagram or visit the Treasure Trove at 2933 SE 5th Street.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Have you purchased your Summer Savings Pass yet?  It’s a great way to experience four of South Florida’s most popular attractions with a significant savings off their regular prices.  With the purchase of The Summer Savings Pass, you are provided unlimited admission to Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Discovery and Science, Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, and Zoo Miami all summer long through September 30, 2014!   Passes can be purchased for $56+ tax for adults and $46+ tax for children ages 3-12.  Annual pass holders/members at The Museum of Discovery and Science, or any of the other locations, can purchase the pass at an even greater discount at $31+ tax for adults and $21+ tax for children. 

4 attractions…4 months of fun…1 low price!

Monday, June 16, 2014

What is there to do this week in Fort Lauderdale?  So much!  Our exciting city always seems to offer something for everyone, with this week being no exception.  Here are just a few of the things that we recommend…

On Tuesday, June 17, support a new local business at the grand opening of Rhino Doughnuts & Coffee (107 Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea), a creative new dining concept bringing chef-made doughnuts and craft-brewed coffee to South Florida.  From 7am to 9pm on Opening Day, Rhino will offer one free doughnut per person!  Guests will have their pick of 3 delicious flavors: Glazed, Miami Crème or Death by Chocolate; then, show off the delectable doughnuts on social media by tagging Rhino and using the hashtag #DoughnutsforChange.  For every post or share on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram on June 17, Rhino will donate $1 to Feeding South Florida, the leading domestic hunger relief organization in the area. 

Wednesday, June 18 is International Picnic Day!  The city of Fort Lauderdale is encouraging everyone to break out of their office routine by stepping out into the sunshine and enjoy each other’s company in the setting of a local park.  Celebrate our beautiful city parks with a lunchtime respite at Peter Feldman Park in the Flagler Village neighborhood (NE 6th Street and NE 3rd Avenue).  If you can’t make it there, you can still participate anywhere by grabbing a blanket and taking your lunch to the nearest park.  No matter where you are, you can enjoy the fresh air and share the fun on social media: #PicnicDayFTL!

If you’re a Beatles fan, you won’t want to miss Classic Albums Live, Abbey Road at The Parker Playhouse (707 NE 8th Street), on June 20.  Classic Albums Live is a series of concerts that takes the classic rock albums you love and recreates them live on stage -- note for note, cut for cut. These events have become the ultimate destination for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums performed live without all the gimmicky impersonations.  This show will present the landmark Beatles album Abbey Road, featuring such favorite songs as "Come Together," "Here Comes the Sun," "Oh Darling," and many more classic Beatles hits from their later recordings.  The concert begins at 8:00pm and tickets are available starting at $49.

Don’t miss the Stonewall Pride Street Festival in Wilton Manors on June 21.  Starting at Noon and continuing throughout the day until 11:00pm, the festival will include 3 stages of concerts and shows set up along Wilton Drive, a karaoke stage, hundreds of exhibitors, bars and a twilight parade, plus a larger-than-ever Kids Zone with bounce houses, slides and many arts & crafts activities.  International recording superstar Sheila E will be the headlining act of this year's festival, with additional acts including The Jai Rose Band, Philip Alexander, Jayquan & Rych Niel, plus other local favorites.  Following the 7pm Twilight Parade, will be an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the Longest Line of Dancing Drag Queens! 

Be sure to check in with us on our blog and facebook page as we continue to share the many events Fort Lauderdale has to offer.  And to learn more about our great city, or to get information on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, visit us at or contact The Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Painting is set to begin on Monday on the SE 3rd Avenue Bridge that spans across the New River in Fort Lauderdale.  Broward County has advised the Coast Guard that they will be painting the bridge from June 9 through July 15, 9:30pm to 6:30am. There will be a barge in the waterway which can be moved upon request with advance notice to the tug operator.  The work should not affect traffic over the bridge.  Happy boating!

Monday, June 02, 2014

The popular B Oceanfront Hotel, located on A1A and Sunrise Blvd on Fort Lauderdale Beach, will be undergoing a change.  As of this Friday, June 6, it will officially be known as The Sonesta Fort Lauderdale.

The 240-room hotel opened in 2011 after extensive renovations, and will now be Sonesta’s first Fort Lauderdale property.  Hospitality Properties Trust entered into an agreement in March to buy the hotel for $65 million with plans to convert it to a Sonesta.  This location will be the brand’s 26th hotel in the United States, which includes one in Coconut Grove.  They have 55 properties around the world.

Though you may see some minor changes to the property, including updating the décor in the common areas and adding some additional amenities within the rooms, few physical changes to the property are expected.  Management also maintains they will retain most of the existing staff as they transition from the B Oceanfront to The Sonesta Fort Lauderdale. 

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