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Fort Lauderdale is located on the Atlantic coast of southern Florida, the southernmost state on the Atlantic Seaboard of the US. Since the 1990s, this city has seen rapid development of a performing arts district in the downtown near the New River. There is a River Walk promenade area here with shops and restaurants as well as some bars. Literally thousands of restaurants and more than 100 nightclubs are found in and around this seaside city.
Thirty seven miles of white sandy beaches sink into a generally calm blue sea. While the summer can get fiercely hot and humid, late September through June is almost always pleasant. Temperatures rarely drop below 10 degrees Celsius on the coldest of days in January or February. Other than due to rain or extreme hurricane events (July through October), there may never be less than a week in the entire year when water sports are not a comfortable option.
The city itself is home to nearly 200,000 people, although it is part of a broader southern Florida area of some 5 million inhabitants. 20-25% of the population was born abroad. Of this, nearly 70% is from Latin America. There is a local bus system and 2 stops in this city on the Broward County commuter rail system. It is difficult however, to travel about the sprawling southern Florida area without a car.
The city and the beaches here are popular for College students on spring break coming down from the north east. It is also known as a popular resort area for gays and lesbians as well as a retirement area for northerners seeking to escape from harsh winters.
Between 1835 and 1842, the Second Seminole War was largely fought in this area between local aboriginal peoples and the US. The forts built at that time served to inspire the location’s name. Major Lauderdale oversaw the construction of the first of the fort structures.
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This city and surroundings are home to ongoing events throughout the year. The most renowned annual event however, is the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The show is more than 50 years old. More than 3 million sq. ft. of land and water are occupied by this event which attracts all fashions of sea craft to this yachting city. This occurs every fall. (http://www.showmanagement.com/fort_lauderdale_international_boat_show_2009/event/)
In late June, the Stonewall Street Festival is celebrated to commemorate New York’s Stonewall riots. The riots are credited as the start of the Gay Pride Movement in the US. This 2-day festival has been celebrated for more than 40 years. (http://www.stonewallstreetfestival.com/)
Since 1986, the city hosts the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival from late October through early November. As many as 200 films compete in this event. American Independent films, films from abroad, documentaries and shorts are all judged by industry professionals. (http://www.fliff.com/)
The South East Florida Scottish Festival and Highland Games is held each January, celebrating a little known part of Florida culture. Old country traditions are kept alive and celebrated annually by the Scottish American Society at this event. (http://www.sassf.org/games.html)
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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) has no direct service from Australia. American Airlines service from Sydney (SYD) has several route options. The shortest has 2 layovers. After stopping in San Francisco (SFO) and Denver (DEN) travel time totals 23 hours and 55 minutes.
Delta’s shortest flight lasts 22 hours and 50 minutes stopping in Atlanta (ATL) before the final destination of Fort Lauderdale. All United Airlines Flights are next day arrivals. Qantas has 2 stop-overs and arrives at the final destination in an estimated 23 hours and 10 minutes from Sydney.
The nearest consular services for Australians to this location are provided by the Australian Consulate-General in Atlanta, Georgia. (http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/ContactsUS.html)