The Museum is closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
FTL Today reader 'Neal', was kind enough to send some information and pictures for use on the blog. To summarize:
-Trump Ft. Lauderdale Beach is getting landscaping. By the tone of his comment, the landscaping might not improve the 'ugly' exterior. I must say I do kind of agree. The color of the building is a bit odd.
-Louie Louie Italian Bistro on Las Olas appears to be closed. The sign says 'On Vacation'...but we all know what that means.
-H2O Restaurant on Ft. Lauderdale Beach...server was bitter over tips, but food sounded good. The view - spectacular. H2O is located at the Las Olas Beach Club Condo's.
-Locals special at Casablanca on Ft. Lauderdale Beach.
Lots of great information. Thanks Neal! See his actual e-mail below:
"1,642 new condos (actually most are what they call hotel condos) are scheduled to be completed in 2007/2008 along a 2 miles stretch along A1A from Las Olas Blvd. south to Sunrise Blvd. This number includes the Las Olas Beach Club (148 units), Trump Towers (293 units), St. Regis (187 units), The Atlantic (124 units), The W (517 units), and Hilton Resort (373).
These numbers do not include the 20 story Orion Resort which has already begun preliminary construction. Demolition of the Nachez and St. Tropez Hotels next to the Bonnet House started in mid October (2007). These properties are across the street from the old Howard Johnson's which is also scheduled to be demolished to make way for this new property.
If the average asking price is $1 million per unit (I am sure it is higher) the total value would be $1,642,000,000. This will generate over $40 million of new tax revenue for Broward County annually ... which hopefully they will use to replenish the sand on Ft. Lauderdale Beach! "
The W is below (Nov 2007) ... With the new Hilton Next Door, and the Trump Towers.
Trump Towers below (Nov 2007)
Hallandale casino goers can now drink later! (well pending city commission approval) The 2 new casinos (Las Vegas style slots at the race tracks) can now sell alcohol until 6 AM. Gulfstream Racing and Casino and Mardi Gras Gaming and Dog Track have longer hours now (Mardi Gras Gaming stays open around the clock on weekends) so they of course wanted to be able to sell liquor later.
The city commission needs to approve this motion by the city planning and zoning board...but I don't think that will be a problem. I don't know when they will be able to start selling liquor though. Like if Mardi Gras Gaming is open 24 hours Friday thru Sunday...do they have to stop Saturday morning at 6 AM...and then start at 7 or 8 AM? If they build a hotel...maybe they will offer free drinks like Vegas! Nah...I don't think that will happen. But free soda and water would be nice.
Ocean's 11 Bar and Grill on N. Federal Hwy also is included with this change.
2 hotels are now planned east of I-95 just south of the 'Boomers' amusement center (you know the place with the wooden roller coaster). The 7.7 acre site will be home to 'Hyatt Place' and Summerfield Suites. Both properties are under the 'Hyatt' brand and will have a swimming pool, gym and upscale dining facilities. Each is planned to be 6 stories high.
'Hyatt Place' is a "new kind of Hyatt for today's relaxed lifestyle" with Summerfield Suites being an "upscale extended stay brand". Hyatt Place will be competing with the Hilton Garden Inn and the Courtyard Mariott, while Summerfield will be competing with Homewood Suites by Hilton and Residence Inn by Marriott.
Airport area hotels haven't really been high on the 'must stay' list..in any city really, so it will be interesting to see if Hyatt Place will be poised as a destination. It seems to be a new trend to build hotels now that the condo market has slowed down so much. The only thing I really don't like is the cookie cutter hotels that always spring up. You know...the onces that look the same no matter where you are in the US? While I understand that many of them go for 'consistency', you need to stand out in a high tourist traffic area like Florida. Think about the hotels in Miami Beach and Orlando that stand out. They all have something unique. Be it design or amenities....give us something new.