Fort Lauderdale is a city in the U.S. state of Florida, on the Atlantic coast. It is the county seat of Broward County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 165,521.
The city is a popular tourist destination, with 10.35 million visitors in 2006. Fort Lauderdale is sometimes known as the "Venice of America" because of its expansive and intricate canal system. The city is a major yachting center, with 42,000 resident yachts and 100 marinas and boatyards in 2006. The city sits 23 miles north of Miami. Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area hosted over 4,000 restaurants and 120 nightclubs in 2006. The city, known for its large LGBT community, is also a popular vacation spot for gays and lesbians.
As is true of many parts of Florida, the city's population has a strong seasonal variation, as snowbirds from the north spend the winter and early spring in Florida. The city is also sometimes referred to as "Fort Liquordale" because of its beaches, bars, nightclubs, and history as a spring break location for tens of thousands of college students. However, the city has actively discouraged college students from visiting the area since the mid-1980s, passing strict laws aimed at preventing the mayhem that regularly occurred each year. The city had an estimated 350,000 college visitors for spring break 1985; by 2006, that number had declined to about 10,000.
In recent decades (starting around the 1980s), the city has become known for having a large gay community and being a popular vacation spot for gay and lesbian tourists. Even though the LGBT presence is noticeable all over Fort Lauderdale, the highest concentration of gay and lesbian residents is in the townships of Oakland Park and Wilton Manors, with the latter often being called the 'Gay-borhood' or the 'Gay village'.
Fort Lauderdale skyline, featuring Las Olas River House, completed in 2004.
Fort Lauderdale's economy is heavily reliant on tourism. From the 1940s through the 1980s, the city was known as a spring break destination for college students. Cruise ships and nautical recreation provide the basis for much of the revenue raised by tourism. Fort Lauderdale now attracts a more sophisticated and affluent tourist, while largely ignoring the dwindling college crowd.
The median income for a household in the city was $37,887, and the median income for a family was $46,175.
Despite the fact that it is both far removed from the equator and located just outside the tropics, Fort Lauderdale features a tropical rainforest climate with little seasonal variation in temperature. Typically, tropical rainforest climates are found near the equator, but Fort Lauderdale is an exceptional case. Average monthly temperatures are always above 18.0 °C and average monthly precipitation is above 60 millimetres.
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(BPRW) AHF to Launch “Keep the Promise Concert & March” in Ft. Lauderdale Featuring Award-Winning Gospel Artists Yolanda Adams and Erica Campbell in Recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
(Black PR Wire) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will partner with Mount Olive Development Corporation in Fort Lauderdale to present the Keep the Promise (KTP) Concert & March to create greater awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS in Broward and Miami-Dade counties and encourage the community to answer the “call to action” in addressing the rising HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The Keep the Promise Concert & March will kick off Tuesday, February 7th at 6:00 p.m. with a short march from New Hope Baptist Church, located at 1321 NW 6th St., to New Mt. Olive Baptist Church, located at 400 NW 9th Avenue. The march will be followed by a moderated community conversation on how stigma and judgment encourage the spread of HIV/AIDS and the role of the faith community in fighting the epidemic. Award-winning gospel artists Yolanda Adams and Erica Campbell of gospel duo Mary Mary will perform live following the discussion.
The Keep the Promise Concert & March is free and open to the public, but registration is required at usakeepthepromise.org. Marchers will begin gathering at 5:30 p.m. at New Mt. Olive Baptist Church; shuttles will be provided to the beginning of the march at New Hope Baptist Church. Space is limited for the concert and march participants will be given priority seating.
According to most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), African-Americans account for 12% of the U.S. population, but account for 45% of new HIV cases across the United States. Florida ranks #1 in the nation of newly diagnosed HIV cases with Miami/Dade and Broward counties ranking top in the state of newly diagnosed HIV cases.
“The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to have devastating impact on the South Florida community and specifically among African-Americans,” said Michael Kahane, AHF Southern Bureau Chief. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Mount Olive Development Corporation in presenting the Keep the Promise Concert & March on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to serve as a potent reminder to our local leaders and neighbors that the fight against HIV/AIDS continues. It’s essential that the faith community plays a critical and visible role in helping to reduce stigma and judgment towards those impacted by the disease.”
Created by AHF, the “Keep the Promise” (KTP) campaign brings together local and national advocates along with spiritual and political leaders to remind elected officials and the community-at-large that the fight against HIV/AIDS and for other social justice issues is not yet won.
The Fort Lauderdale “Keep the Promise” is the eighth in a series of similar KTP events spearheaded by AHF since 2012, with the inaugural event in Washington, D.C., in July 2012, followed by KTP events in Atlanta (Nov. 2012); Brooklyn, N.Y. (Apr. 2013), Cleveland, OH (May 2013 and July 2016), Durban, South Africa (July 2016), and Los Angeles (Dec. 2016).
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 605,000 individuals in 35 countries worldwide in the U.S., Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare.
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Businesses in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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All Dolled Up - Category: Black Hair Salons - 6364 West Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (954) 428-6678
A Natural Hairstylist Braider & Loctician Mahasin - Category: Black Hair Salons - 2510 NW 19th Street Suite 4D, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 (770) 895-1783
Black Star Unisex - Category: Black Hair Salons - Suite D, 1270 Northwest 31st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 (954) 316-0036
Diamond Girl Beauty Supply - Category: Black Beauty Supply - 3224 W. Broward Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 581-9561
Discount Beauty Supply - Category: Black Beauty Supply - 3400 W. Broward Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 318-0245
Diva's Day Spa - Category: African American Spa - 600 West Las Olas Boulevard - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (954) 309-0003
East African Hair Village - Category: Natural Hair Salon - 3911 Davie Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33312 (954) 792-0570
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