Fort Lauderdale

Hurricane Sandy
7:30 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Drill, Baby, Drill: Post-Sandy Restoration Work Begins On Fort Lauderdale's SR A1A

Workers begin drilling along a section of State Road A1A in Fort Lauderdale.
Credit C. DiMattei

A four-block stretch of State Road A1A in Fort Lauderdale that got a pounding from Mother Nature last fall is now getting a drilling by construction workers.

Between October and November, crashing waves, high tides and storm surge from Hurricane Sandy destroyed parts of the beach, seawall and roadway just north of Sunrise Boulevard. 

This week, an enormous rig positioned along the beach will drill about 40 feet down, to prepare the way for the installation of a new seawall.

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Sawgrass Mills
6:30 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Sawgrass Mills And The Luggage Phenomenon

Credit Kenny Malone

Listen to radio story here.

If you had to distill the Sawgrass Mills phenomenon into one image, it would be this: a lieutenant colonel in the Brazilian army weaving through a river of humanity while tugging around a tiny purple piece of carry-on luggage.

About 13 miles west of Fort Lauderdale, on the edge of the Everglades, is a place widely considered Florida’s second-largest tourist destination. It’s not a theme park. It’s not a beach. It’s not the Everglades. It is, according to the owners, the largest collection of outlet and retail value stores in the country.

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Airport Art
10:23 am
Thu November 29, 2012

How Your Art Can Really Take Off

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Terminal
Credit hanneorla

Lots of us would rather steer clear of construction, but Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is actually embracing it. 

The new runway and terminal expansion project will not only allow for more flights, it also creates more space for art.

So, the Broward County Public Art and Design Committee is looking for an artist, or perhaps artists, in residence.

And the art is supposed to be about the airport construction project itself.

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Airport Work Conditions
11:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Fort Lauderdale Airport Workers Rally For Higher Pay Just Before Busy Thanksgiving Travel Days

Airport service workers gather outside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Monday to rally for higher wages.
Credit C. DiMattei

Many of the service workers at South Florida's busiest airport for Thanksgiving holiday travel say they can't afford a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year.

About 60 members of a local airport workers' union held a rally Monday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to try to persuade airline contractors to pay them higher wages.

The Workers

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Orbitz's lists of most and least busy airports
11:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Why Some South Florida Airports Will Be Busier Than Others Over Thanksgiving

Nationwide, flights on the busiest travel days, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Wednesday and the Monday after Thanksgiving, are expected be 90% full.
Credit Matt Hurst/flickr

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport will be a very busy airport this Thanksgiving holiday.

In fact, it's going to be the 10th busiest in the country, according to booking data from the travel company Orbitz.

Every year Orbitz releases lists of the busiest and least busy airports for Thanksgiving.

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News
6:28 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Fort Lauderdale Welcomes Air Show Back To Town

A SEAL on the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, flys an 800-square-foot American flag
Flickr/Official U.S. Navy Imagery

At Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Banyan Air Service is getting ready to host some high-flying guests. And Bruce Woodrell says he's ready.

"It's good to have the crowds back,” says Woodrell, Banyan’s Customer Relations Manager.  “You know, you’ve got three-million people out to see the Air Show. It benefits everybody." 

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Under the Sun
2:32 pm
Mon January 19, 2009

Taste A Miracle

Alicia Zuckerman holds a miracle fruit seed
Mark Opatow

A tiny berry called a “miracle fruit” transforms your taste buds for about two hours.  The fruit is from a tree originally grown in West Africa.  The grower who ships them across the U.S. is based here in South Florida.  His name is Curtis Mozie and he calls himself the Miracle Fruit Man.  Alicia Zuckerman went to the Fort Lauderdale farm for a tasting.

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