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From the dreams of early South Florida settlers more than 100 years ago, what is now known as Port Everglades first emerged as a means for local farmers to ship their produce. Visionaries of the late 1800s and early 1900s sowed the seeds for what would some day develop into one of the nation's most vital centers of trade and tourism. Efforts for port development focused around a shallow lake that was separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a low sand ridge. This body of water, known as Lake Mabel or Bay Mabel, was soon called Bay Mabel Harbor. In 1911, the same year of Fort Lauderdale's official incorporation with William H. Marshall as its first mayor, members of the Florida Board of Trade passed a resolution calling for a deepwater port so farmers could ship produce to the north and west.

In 1913, Marshall and Frank Stranahan (who had arrived in 1893 to operate a ferry service and later added a camp and trading post on the banks of the New River) formed the Fort Lauderdale Harbor Co., which eventually opened the New River to the sea for small boats by digging out the Lake Mabel Cut. And in the late 1910s, King conducted a survey for the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) indicating that Lake Mabel was an ideal site for a rail and harbor operation to enhance trade with Cuba.

It was the founder and major developer of the City of Hollywood, Joseph Wesley Young, who, in the 1920s, played the most integral role in the ultimate development of a deep harbor at Lake Mabel. On Christmas Eve of 1924, Young bought 1,440 acres of land adjacent to the lake with a $2.075 million mortgage and he created the Hollywood Harbor Development Co. At this time, Hollywood was just coming into existence, Fort Lauderdale had fewer than 3,000 residents and all of Broward County had a population less than 30,000, but Young was convinced a deep harbor with ready ocean access would promote the area's growth and prosperity. More history below...

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Ft. Lauderdale Days Inn
2201 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
Nightly Rates (89.00 - 449.00)   2 Star
Welcome to the 'Venice of America! Located in tropical Fort Lauderdale the Days Inn is perfectly located for the business traveler as well as those looking for some well deserved rest and relaxation. Located just 2 miles from Fort Lauderdale beach a
Riverside Hotel
620 East Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Nightly Rates (225.00 - 275.00)   3 Star
The hotel was built in 1936 with a European ambience and Mediterranean style. There are Terra Cotta tile floors, 3 fireplaces, lush tropical gardens and nice landscaping. The New River is in the back of the hotel. There is antique Jacobean furniture
Best Western Oceanside Inn
1180 Seabreeze Boulevard (A1A)
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Nightly Rates (224.99 - 224.99)   3 Star
Shuttle to and from hotel Fort Lauderdale International Airport is included with Rack Rate only. Reservations at no charge. At the Best Western Oceanside Inn, in the heart of Fort Lauderdale where outdoor cafes, shopping and nightlife awaken your sen
Fort Lauderdale Bahia Cabana
3001 Harbor Drive (A1A)
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Nightly Rates (159.00 - 199.00)   1 Star
Bahia Cabana is located in the heart of the Venice of America directly across from Fort Lauderdales famous white, sandy Beach on the Atlantic Ocean and on Floridas Intra-Coastal Waterway overlooking Fort Lauderdales largest Boat Marina. Must Be
Comfort Inn Ft. Lauderdale
3551 W. Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Nightly Rates (169.99 - 184.99)   3 Star
Located in the Business District of Fort Lauderdale. Close to shopping and restaurants. 6 miles to beaches. NOW OFFERING FREE WIRELESS HIGH SPEED INTERNET!
Ramada Plaza Beach Resort
4060 Galt Ocean Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Nightly Rates (157.00 - 179.00)   3 Star
PINNACLE AWARD WINNING PROPERTY The Ramada Plaza Beach Resort is a beach front resort. Each guest room has its own open air balcony where you will enjoy breathtaking sunrises and spectacular views of our private beach and aquamarine ocean. Take a di
Best Western Oakland Park Inn
3001 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
Nightly Rates (159.99 - 159.99)   2 Star
Stay at Fort Lauderdale's best kept secret. Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale is the Best Western Oakland Park Inn. The Best Western Oakland Park Inn is conveniently located near Fort Lauderdale Beach. Relax during the day at out lushly landsc
Fort Lauderdale Beach Travelodge
4011 North Ocean Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Nightly Rates (129.99 - 129.99)   3 Star
Walking distance to the beach, shopping and restaurants Las Olas Blvd, Port Everglades and Convention Center - minutes away Complimentary Continental Breakfast Heated outdoor pool Microwaves in all rooms Refrigerators in all rooms Internet Acce
Fort Lauderdale-Days Inn Oakland Park/Interstate Highway 95
1595 W. Oakland Park Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Nightly Rates (124.00 - 129.00)   1 Star
The Days Inn Ft. Lauderdale / Oakland Park Hotel is conveniently located at the Oakland Park Boulevard Exit Interstate Highway 95 and parallel to two major business thorough fares - Commercial Boulevard and Sunrise Boulevard, This newly renovated hot
Ramada Inn Ft. Lauderdale Airport
2275 State Road 84
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Nightly Rates (102.00 - 102.00)   3 Star
Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast Buffet FREE SHUTTLE TO PORT EVERGLADES & BROWARD CONVENTION CENTER 5am-12:30am FREE SHUTTLE TO AND FROM FT. LAUDERDALE/HOLLYWOOD INTL AIRPORT 5am-12:30am Port of Miami Cruise Package available pre- and p
Fort Lauderdale Ramada Plaza Hotel & Resort
5100 N. State Rd. 7
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33319
Nightly Rates (89.00 - 89.00)   2 Star
The Ramada Plaza at Fort Lauderdale is a beautiful hotel that is only minutes away from downtown and the beach. We have many different tupes of hotel rooms such as King and Double Bedded rooms, Oversized rooms, Poolside rooms and Suites. Our standar
La Quinta Ft Lauderdale Cypress Creek/I-95
999 W Cypress Creek Rd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Nightly Rates (118.80 - 152.00)   3 Star
The La Quinta Inn-Fort Lauderdale Cypress Creek sits just minutes from the sunshine-splashed beaches of the "Venice of America." Walk from here to Lockhart Stadium (Miami Fusion Soccer), and Palm-Aire Country Club. Drive to Boomers Thrillpark and Bat
Fort Lauderdale-Days Inn I-95/Broward Blvd
1700 W Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Nightly Rates (139.00 - 139.00)   3 Star
This hotel is located about 1 mile from Downtown Ft Lauderdale, which makes it convenient to Government offices, the Performing Arts Center, the Convention Center and many other area attractions. With easy access and plenty of parking, we are sure yo
Ft. Lauderdale International Airport
1251 E. Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Nightly Rates (107.99 - 119.99)   2 Star
All rooms have microfridges, hairdryers, coffeemakers 25 inch TV with 60+ cable channels Free local calls Outdoor Pool Public Park across the street; tennis courts, jogging trails, etc.. Beach - 1.5 miles Easy drive to Galleria Mall, Sawgrass O
Baymont Inn & Suites Ft. Lauderdale
3800 W. Commercial Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Nightly Rates (67.50 - 100.00)   3 Star
Located just minutes from area beaches and Lockhart Stadium (Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Camp), make the Baymont Inns & Suites-Fort Lauderdale your choice when visiting south Florida. There are plenty of unique things to do here. Hit the Swap S
Marriott Harbor Beach Resort And Spa
3030 Holiday Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Nightly Rates (799.00 - 799.00)   4 Star
Marriott's Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, tucked away on sixteen acres of secluded oceanfront property, offers the ultimate in casual elegance and outstanding service on South Florida's largest private beach. A recently completed thirty-two million dol
The Atlantic
601 N. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Nightly Rates (409.00 - 519.00)   4 Star
Fort Lauderdale's premier luxury hotel, The Atlantic, is set amidst 23 miles of pristine sun-splashed golden beaches in the heart of Florida's Gold Coast. Our modern luxury ideals keep us devoted to the pursuit of service, elegance, and a seamless bl
Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six
2301 South East 17th Street Causeway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Nightly Rates (289.00 - 414.00)   4 Star
Fort Lauderdale's landmark resort set amidst a 22 acre tropical paradise on the famed intracoastal. This luxurious resort offers a world-class marina and features the fine services and amenities of an aquatic center, a European spa, and five restaura
Marriott Fort Lauderdale North
6650 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Nightly Rates (169.00 - 359.00)   3 Star
The Fort Lauderdale Marriott North is the only fully renovated suburban hotel in the center of the Cypress Creek business district. Located five miles north of downtown and adjacent to an aquatic nature preserve, the hotel is just one quarter mile fr
Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Hotel
1617 Southeast 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Nightly Rates (349.00 - 349.00)   3 Star
The Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Hotel is a luxurious boutique-style hotel with an island colonial decor. Located in Quay Center two miles south of downtown, this full-service property is across the street from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention a
Sheraton Yankee Trader Hotel
321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. (Route A1A)
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Nightly Rates (295.00 - 295.00)   3 Star
With its prime oceanfront setting on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Sheraton Yankee Trader Hotel boasts the area's best location. We are just a short drive from Fort Lauderdale's downtown, offering dining, entertainment, museums, and performing arts venues.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Air/Sea Port
1150 W. STATE RD 84
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Nightly Rates (224.11 - 269.00)   3 Star
The newest hotel in Ft. Lauderdale is the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. Centrally located to Ft. Lauderdale Int®l Airport, Port Everglades, the Convention Center & downtown - the perfect choice for a business or leisure stay. Easily accessi
The Westin Fort Lauderdale
400 Corporate Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
Nightly Rates (269.00 - 269.00)   3 Star
Overlooking a sparkling three-acre lagoon, The Westin Fort Lauderdale is the perfect retreat for business groups. Luxuriously appointed guest rooms offer our signature Heavenly Bed® and Heavenly Bath®. Spacious meeting rooms are highlighted by outdoo
Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek Ft. Lauderdale
555 N.W. 62nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Nightly Rates (269.00 - 269.00)   3 Star
In the heart of South Florida, the Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek Ft. Lauderdale is the ideal destination for business and leisure travelers alike. Just minutes from the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, we are located in the middle of
Holiday Inn Express Ft. Lauderdale-Conv Ctr, Fl
1500 SE 17th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Nightly Rates (228.00 - 239.00)   3 Star
Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express Fort Lauderdale Hotel! We are located in the heart of it all! We offer a 24 hour complimentary airport shuttle to and from Fort Lauderdale International Airport . We are located one block from the North entrance
Marriott Fort Lauderdale Marina
1881 Southeast 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Nightly Rates (98.10 - 199.00)   3 Star
Located two miles south of downtown, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Marina is nestled in an upscale marina on Florida's beautiful Intracoastal Waterway: a series of residential canals leading to the ocean. The Broward County Convention Center and Port
Towneplace Suites By Marriott Fort Lauderdale West
3100 Prospect Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Nightly Rates (131.00 - 174.00)  
Welcome to the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Fort Lauderdale West! We provide extended stay lodging near Crystal Springs and Lambda Physic and are located just one mile from the Cypress Creek business district and seven miles northwest of downtown Fo
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Ft Lauderdale North
5727 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Nightly Rates (159.00 - 159.00)   3 Star
Fairfield Inn is Marriott's award winning economy lodging chain featuring clean, convenient quality accommodations - all for a great value! Our guest rooms are equipped with thoughtful amenities including a remote control television with free cable s
Courtyard By Marriott Fort Lauderdale East
5001 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Nightly Rates (115.00 - 151.00)   3 Star
The hotel designed by business travelers, Courtyard surrounds you with all the conveniences that make business and pleasure travel easy. The Courtyard Fort Lauderdale East is conveniently located two tenths mile from Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church,
Holiday Inn Ft Lauderdale Beach, Fl
999 Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Nightly Rates (120.00 - 150.00)   3 Star
Each of our 240 guestrooms has an ocean view. All rooms offer complimentary in-room safe ,irons,data port, tea/coffee maker,hairdryer, remote controlled color TV and in room movies and voicemail. This hotel is committed to providing accessible faci
Premiere Hotel
3110 Belmar Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Nightly Rates (159.00 - 199.00)   2 Star
Conveniently located a few steps from the ocean, this family owned and operated property, has 20 fully renovated rooms offering complimentary in-room movies, VCR, unlimited Internet access, heated pool, bicycles, parking on premises, iron/board. Sit
Irelands Inn Beach Resort
2220 North Atlantic Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
Nightly Rates (89.00 - 283.80)   3 Star
Irelands Inn Beach Resort is a family owned and operated complex. The Main Building was built in 1964 by the Ireland family. Additional land and buildings were acquired over the next 40 years making it one of the few privately owned and operated prem
Best Western Marina Inn & Yacht Harbor
2150 Southeast 17th Street Causeway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Nightly Rates (89.00 - 139.99)   3 Star
The Best Western Marina Inn & Yacht Harbor is located directly across the water from Port Everglades with the most convenient and comfortable accommodations for your explorations. Located at the center of a variety of activities and scenic attractio
Courtyard By Marriott North/Cypress Creek
2440 West Cypress Creek Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Nightly Rates (152.00 - 229.00)   3 Star
The hotel designed by business travelers, Courtyard by Marriott surrounds you with all the comforts that make business and pleasure travel easy. Relax and get ready for the day ahead in one of our newly renovated guest rooms featuring cable televisio
Waterfront Inns Beach Resort
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Nightly Rates (89.00 - 449.00)   3 Star
The Waterfront Inns Beach Resort is located across from the beach on beautiful Ft.Lauderdale Beach Promenade, within walking distance to stores, nightlife and restaurants. The guest suites feature separate bedroom, living room and fully equipped kitc
Best Western Ft. Lauderdale Inn
1221 State Road 84
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Nightly Rates (179.10 - 199.00)   3 Star
Welcome to the Best Western Ft. Lauderdale Inn - a "best kept secret" - a small intimate inn located in the heart of the Ft. Lauderdale Air and Cruise Port. Within minutes from all major highways (I-95, I-595, Turnpike), the Convention Center, beache
Amerisuites Fort Lauderdale 17Th Street
1851 S.E. 10th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Nightly Rates (116.00 - 178.00)   3 Star
The AmeriSuites Fort Lauderdale is located on beautiful 17th street 1/4 mile from the Causeway. It is a new six story building set off the main street with easy access to all of Fort Lauderdale and Miami. We are close to beaches, business and college
Comfort Suites Airport & Cruise Port
1800 S. Federal Hwy.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-1853
Nightly Rates (134.99 - 249.99)   3 Star
Pre and post cruise accommodations with free van service to Port Everglades Cruiseport and FLL Airport (0500-2400). In-room 25in TVs; Showtime and Pay-per-View. FREE daily Continental Breakfast. Tuesday night managers reception (5:30 - 7:00pm).
Ft Lauderdale Oceanfront
440 Seabreeze Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Nightly Rates (59.49 - 349.00)   3 Star
Ideally Located On Beautiful Ft. Lauderdale Beach Bordered By The Sparkling Atlantic Ocean And The Intracoastal Waterway The Ft. Lauderdale Oceanfront Hotel Is Your Perfect Seaside Retreat. Just 10 Minutes From The Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Internatio
Howard Johnson Plaza-Hotel & Resort
700 North Atlantic Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Nightly Rates (89.00 - 299.00)   3 Star
Our Howard Johnson Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach is a picture book setting on the unspoiled sandy stretch of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Every room has a private balcony, refrigerator, double vanity, cable television, and individually controlled air-conditi
Best Western Pelican Beach Resort
2000 N. Atlantic Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
Nightly Rates (268.00 - 490.00)   3 Star
Welcome to our intimate oceanfront paradise in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Best Western Pelican Beach Resort is a family owned and operated resort nestled directly on Fort Lauderdale's fabulous sandy beach where there is truly "nothing betwee
Holiday Inn Lauderdale By The Sea-N Bch, F
4116 N. Ocean Dr.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Nightly Rates (107.99 - 119.99)   3 Star
<P>The <B>Holiday Inn Hotel Lauderdale By the Sea-N Beach</B> is directly across the street from white sandy beaches, in the quaint village of Lauderdale by the Sea. Denny's restaurant on premise. <P>Oceanview and kitchenette
Wellesley Inn Fort Lauderdale
5070 N. State Road 7
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33319
Nightly Rates (120.00 - 120.00)   3 Star
Wellesley Inn Ft. Lauderdale /Tamarac is designed for the value-conscious benisnes and leisure traveler, providing an exceptional levle of service and amenities at very afforable rates. Tropically landscaped comtemporary hotel with a main lobby entr
Sheraton Yankee Clipper Hotel
1140 Seabreeze Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Nightly Rates (175.00 - 260.00)   3 Star
A spectacular oceanfront hotel, the Sheraton Yankee Clipper Hotel is a favorite for family vacations and carefree getaways. Our location right on the beach is just moments away from Fort Lauderdale's fashionable downtown shopping and cultural centers
Residence Inn By Marriott Fort Lauderdale Weston
2605 Weston Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33326
Nightly Rates (169.00 - 249.00)   3 Star
Residence Inn by Marriott is designed to make you feel at home for a day, a week, a month or more. Our suites give you fifty percent more space than a traditional hotel room. The Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Weston is located within one mile of AndR
Ocean Manor Resort
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Nightly Rates (59.49 - 1,006.50)   3 Star
The Ocean Manor Resort is conviently located on the beautiful coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. We are one of very few full service hotels located directly on the beach.Ocean Manor Resort is approximately three mile
Tropical Hideaway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33062
Nightly Rates (109.00 - 559.00)   4 Star
Tropical vacation properties are fully furnished townhouses ideal for family vacations with waterfront views, pool, jacuzzi, boat dockage within close proximity to the beach located in Pompano Beach, Florida.They include a 40 foot boat dock and are 0
Schubert Hotel At Victoria Park
855 Northeast 20th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Nightly Rates (109.00 - 559.00)   4 Star
Fort Lauderdale's finest small luxury hotel. With just 30 rooms and suites, the Schubert Hotel at Victoria Park combines the sophistication and luxury of a much larger resort with the intimacy and charm of a quaint historic inn.
Inverrary Plaza Hotel
3501 Inverrary Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33319
Nightly Rates (109.00 - 559.00)   4 Star
The Inverrary Hotel, a 207-room sports hotel of value, is located only minutes from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, famous beaches and limitless shopping at Sawgrass Mills. Our 54 holes of championship golf have been host to the Jackie
Beachside Convenience Suites
2019 Ne 4TH Court
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33441
Nightly Rates (109.00 - 559.00)   2 Star
Beachside Gardens Suites convey an atmosphere of comfort and casual elegance. Our outstanding staff takes special care to make each apartment shine like a diamond. All of the guest rooms are comfortable and nicely equipped to give a relaxed atmospher
Marriott's Fort Lauderdale Beachplace Towers
21 South Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Nightly Rates (141.00 - 301.00)  
Marriott Vacation Club International resorts feature spacious villas designed to provide high quality accommodations within a relaxing resort atmosphere. Each villa has a fully equipped kitchen, spacious living and dining areas and well-appointed bed
Beachcomber Resort And Villas
1200 South Ocean Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33062
Nightly Rates (152.10 - 259.00)   3 Star
An intimate full service oceanfront resort nestled on a quiet, pristine beach. Offers exclusive Service and peaceful retreat amid all Fort Lauderdale?s many attractions. Brand new rooms, suites and villas, decorated in Island Plantation style. This S
Horizon By The Sea Inn
4229 N. Ocean Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Nightly Rates (210.00 - 210.00)   3 Star
A place to relax and refresh right in the heart of Lauderdale By The Sea, only 50 yards from the ocean. Centrally located along the Florida Gold Coast in the quiet community of Lauderdale By The Sea. Once you are here, you will find a quiet and res
Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort
909 Breaker Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Nightly Rates (179.00 - 199.00)   2 Star
A jewel on Floridas Atlantic Coast, Fort Lauderdales twenty-three miles of beach will immediately put you at ease. This seaside city sports the perfect combination of exciting nightlife, unique excursions, bountiful shopping, and coastal charm. Wheth
Inverrary Hotel
3501 Inverrary Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33319
Nightly Rates (89.00 - 169.99)   3 Star
The Inverrary, located close to all South Florida attractions, offers tastefully furnished rooms overlooking either our tennis courts or the famous Inverrary Golf Course. Our restaurants offer South Florida regional cuisine and the lounge and poolsid
Tropic Cay Beach Resort Hotel
529 North Atlantic Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Nightly Rates (129.00 - 139.00)   3 Star
Located in the heart of palm lined Fort Lauderdale, Tropic Cay Beach Resort hotel is in the center of all the attractions and is the place for a sun filled vacation at an affordable rate. Nearby Airports* Ft Lauderdale Airport - 4 miles* Palm Be
Sans Souci Hotel
618 N. Birch Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Nightly Rates (64.00 - 105.00)   3 Star
The Sans Souci Hotel is a charming, family owned and operated hotel, offering guests a quiet and relaxing family atmosphere. We are a small proeprty that prides ourselves on offering personal service to both our business and leisure guests. Business
Fort Lauderdale Plaza Hotel And Suites
3711 N. Ocean Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Nightly Rates (99.00 - 109.00)   3 Star
This 66 room hotel offers well-appointed rooms within walking distance of the beaches. Relax in our large pool or sip a refreshing cocktail while you soak up the beautiful Florida sun. The warm and friendly atmosphere of -Our Place- makes you feel ri
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Fort Lauderdale Hotel Chains

  • AmeriSuites
  • Baymont Inn & Suites
  • Best Western
  • Comfort Inns
  • Comfort Suites
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Days Inn
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott
  • Holiday Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Howard Johnson Plazas, Hotels, Inns, and Express Inns
  • Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
  • InnPoints Worldwide
  • La Quinta
  • Lexington Services
  • Marriott Hotels, Resorts, and Suites
  • Marriott Vacation Club International
  • Ramada Inn
  • Renaissance Hotels and Resorts
  • ReservHOTELs
  • Residence Inn by Marriott
  • Sheraton Hotels and Resorts
  • St. Regis Luxury Collection
  • Sterling Hotels and Resorts
  • TownePlace Suites
  • Travelodge
  • Unirez
  • Utell
  • VIP International
  • Wellesley Inn and Suites
  • Westin Hotels and Resorts

  • Fort Lauderdale POI

  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International 4.35 miles
  • Fort Lauderdale Executive 4.67 miles

  • Hospitals/Medical Care Facilities
  • Holy Cross Hospital 3.78 miles
  • Kidney Stone Center-South Florida 2.29 miles

  • Museums
  • Bonnet House 2.21 miles

  • Stadiums, Arenas & Athlectic Fields
  • Lockhart Stadium 4.28 miles
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    In 1925, Young began harbor development, at one point having 35 lumberjacks brought from Vermont to clear a mangrove jungle. By the following year, with the nation in economic crisis, Young, who had become Hollywood's mayor, sought the support of Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale voters in harbor bond referenda. The sale of $2 million in improvement bonds was overwhelmingly approved in each city, with voters celebrating with a band-led, torch-lit procession to Young's home.

    A major hurricane struck South FloridaSept. 18, 1926, killing 243 people and causing damage (in today's dollars) of more than $1.5 billion. This slowed progress on the port and, combined with the Florida real estate crash and hard times into which the nation's economy was sinking, led to Young's departure from the project. By 1927, the harbor became a project of its financiers and a special act of the Florida Legislature established the Broward County Port Authority.

    On Feb. 22, 1928, with schools and businesses closed, some 85 percent of Broward's residents gathered for a harbor dedication event promoted as the "Wedding of the Waters." President Calvin Coolidge was to press a button at the White House detonating explosives to remove a rock barrier separating the harbor area from the ocean -- but when (and if) he pressed the button, nothing happened. The barrier was removed shortly thereafter and, by the end of 1928, some $100,000 a year of cotton products were passing through the port to Cuba and elsewhere in the Caribbean and Latin America.

    Fort Lauderdale's first airport was dedicated in 1929, the same year the port project was officially deemed "completed" and certificates were obtained for construction of a port railroad linking to the FEC. Also in 1929, the port welcomed its first cargo ship (the 385-foot SS Vogtland carrying sheet metal for construction) and first military ship (the USS Antares, carrying personnel of the 2nd Battalion of the Fleet Marine Force).

    In the late 1920s and early 1930s, flour, feed, fertilizer, sugar, fruits and vegetables were commodities with the most promise. To promote the seaport's potential regional impact, several women's clubs conducted a name contest in 1930 and the regional moniker of "Port Everglades" was chosen to represent "the gateway to the rich agricultural area embraced in the four million acres at the port's very back door."

    Warren T. Eller, manager of the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, became the port's first manager in 1932, and he quickly realized one of the port's strongest advantages was its open storage space. Targeting bulk commodities such as petroleum products, lumber, cement and scrap metal, he approached firms requiring large areas to store such materials as well as shippers to carry scrap metal to Japan and other Far East destinations.

    In the 1940s, Port Everglades burgeoned as a military operation and by the 1950s it was already a port of call for various around-the-world cruise itineraries. It was at this time that the Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club began a tradition of greeting ships and serving Florida orange juice to passengers -- a tradition that would continue for two decades. In 1958, full harbor tugboat service began, with a new port charter created the following year by the Florida Legislature reflecting the seaport's growth.

    The 1960s yielded several milestone events in port land development. Florida Power & Light Co. brought four operating units on-line at its Port Everglades Plant. Petroleum products reigned as the port's predominant commodity and the storage tank farm kept growing. In 1965, the Broward County Port Authority was renamed the Port Everglades Authority. And, in 1967, 300 acres were bought for development of what would become the thriving Southport cargo terminal several decades later.

    The late 1970s brought the opening of Foreign Trade Zone No. 25 and the first rail-mounted container gantry crane (owned by Sea-Land Service), followed by the first port-owned gantry crane in 1981. By the late 1980s, a third gantry crane was in place, the eighth cruise terminal opened and 30 berths were operational.

    Development in the 1990s included the 1991 opening of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center at Northport, opening of two parking garages, further cruise and cargo facility enhancements and, in 1994, the transfer of seaport governance from the Port Authority to Broward County government. This decade has seen a further diversification in port activity, with a boom in container traffic making Port Everglades one of the nation's top container ports.

    As history has proven that careful planning pays off, the port is again updating its master plan to ensure continued growth and success through the coming years by staying at the cutting edge of technology and service.
    From: porteverglades.org