public parks

Las Olas Beach Park
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Where Las Olas Boulevard meets A1A in Fort Lauderdale, construction workers are smoothing sand, building benches, and planting. 

Things are coming together at the new Las Olas Beach Park. The design process began more than five years ago, according to the Project's Manager at the City, Tom Green. 

Fort Lauderdale
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More parks, more parks management, and more resiliency against sea-level rise might be the key to Downtown Fort Lauderdale's future development, according to The Urban Land Institute.

The real estate research group presented its big ideas to improve the city to residents and development leaders Friday, after an advisory panel of experts spent a week studying the city's downtown core.

The plan involves more parks, hiring more staff and updating existing green space to adapt to a hotter climate.

No Vaping In City Parks, Miami Beach Says

Oct 17, 2019
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On the same day Florida’s attorney general launched an investigation into vaping companies in the state, Miami Beach officials opted to ban vaping in public parks in the city — effective immediately.

The city’s decision Wednesday beefs up the existing prohibition on smoking in city parks.

“Nicotine has documented detrimental health effects, especially on adolescents, and e-cigarettes are rapidly becoming an emerging health care crisis in our schools and have no place in our parks,” Mayor Dan Gelber said in a statement released by the city.


A city predisposed to paving paradise is at it again, this time giving the concrete treatment to a soothing pocket of bayfront green called E. Albert Pallot Park.

Is a park still a park if one-quarter of the land is covered by pavement, if the grass is buried under a hard, gray slab, if the shoreline is bordered by what looks like an airport runway?