Lauderdale-By-The-Sea takes its name and location seriously. While other cities in greater Fort Lauderdale enjoy oceanfront location, this quaint town weaves tropical living into everyday life. Spanning a half-dozen city blocks and bordering Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, and the Village of Sea Ranch Lakes, the entirety of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea resides on the narrow, beachfront barrier island that is separated from mainland Broward County by the Intracoastal Waterway.
Though residents love life in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, tourism is the driver here. It’s home to hotels and motels, with older properties still reflecting the mid-century modern architecture design [MiMo] common during its founding in the mid 20th century.
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea was recognized by the Florida Legislature in 2016 and known as “Florida's Beach Diving Capital.” Divers and swimmers can enjoy near-shore coral reefs as close as 100 yards offshore.
The town’s permanent population is a little over 6,000 and roughly doubles each winter when snowbirds and tourists arrive. A streetscape project completed in 2013 widened sidewalks and enhanced landscaping. Anglin’s Square, named for the first mayor and the city pier, features new public plazas with fish-shaped Adirondack chairs, benches, and bike racks.