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Thursday, November 2, 2017

It’s my favorite time of year, when boat enthusiasts from all over the world travel to Fort Lauderdale, the Venice of America, to admire some of the most amazing yachts and watercrafts the world has ever seen! Spanning more than 3 million square feet across seven locations, including Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Marina, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, the 58th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is sure to be iconic!

One big question surrounding the boat show this year, taking place November 1-5, is if attendance and sales will be affected by Hurricane Irma. At this point, the answer seems to be a resounding no, as the five day extravaganza is planned to draw over 150,000 attendees. Additionally, early indicators show that consumer confidence is high and 2017 has already been a strong year for boat sales. In fact, online ticket sales for the show are already 16% ahead from last year, and changes have had to be made to the show because some boats have now been sold! All of this, combined with the fact that people will be looking to replace boats damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma, provide strong evidence that this year’s show will provide quite the boost to the South Florida economy.

This year’s show will feature about 1,600 boats and 1,400 exhibitors from more than 40 countries. Over $4 billion will be showcased in various watercrafts including small vessels, yachts, high-performance boats, center consoles, cabin and express cruisers, catamarans, ski boats, trawlers, electronics, marine accessories, and of course, the multimillion dollar superyachts that always steal the show! Several enhancements have been made to the show this year in an effort to improve attendee experience. This includes a mile of new floating docks, new “cushy” waterproof flooring in most exhibition tents, and new electrical equipment. To help visitors navigate the thousands of boats at such a huge show, directional signage has been affixed to metallic totem poles and color-coded zones added as well. Finally, new digital software now enables visitors to print a downloadable “walking list” of exhibitors and products.

Grab your family and take part in one of the coolest Fort Lauderdale traditions! Expect to pay between $8 and $10 at various lots. Water taxis will also be running from 9 am- 9 pm through the week and until 8 pm on Sunday. Buses, shuttles, and the Sun Trolley are also available.

For more information about the 58th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, please click here!

I wish you all a wonderful and safe time!


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Friday, October 20, 2017
Tags:   Stone Crab Season, fort lauderdale, joann Edwards

One of my favorite times of the year is finally upon us! If you are crazy about crab then you probably guessed that I am referring to stone crab season, which officially began October 15th. A delicacy specific to South Florida, these delicious crustaceans are harvested offshore from Florida’s Panhandle to Key West. An interesting fact about stone crab claws is the fact they are the only renewable resource from the water. Crabbers take only one claw from each crab, which is then able to regenerate itself over time. Recreational and commercial fisherman can hunt for stone crabs until May 15th, when the stone crab season ends. Check out some of the interesting rules that must be followed when trapping stone crabs:

  • When catching catch a crab the claws can be removed, but throw back the crab
  • Crabs must be captured in baited traps, declawed and released
  • Egg bearing females cannot be declawed
  • No hooks or spears are allowed
  • Stone crab claws must be at least 2¾ inches in length to be harvested legally
  • Round entrances (also known as throats or funnels) are not allowed for stone crab traps in state or federal waters off Collier, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties.
  • There is a recreational daily bag limit of 1 gallon of claws per person or 2 gallons per vessel, whichever is less.

One of the biggest questions surrounding stone crab season this year is whether Hurricane Irma will affect the price of the crabs this year. While that has yet to be determined, some believe prices may increase in an attempt to recoup storm losses. Florida’s annual harvest remains steady at roughly 3 million pounds per year.

Here are my 2 favorite places to go in Fort Lauderdale for mouth-watering stone crabs!

Terra Mare, 551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

-With Swedish executive chef Johan Svensson at the helm of the newly opened restaurant, stone crabs will be served Sandinavian style and paired with a refreshing signature drink.

Steak 954, 401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

-Stephen Starr’s boutique steakhouse will be offering daily stone crab specials paired with 27-ounce steak. An amazing surf and turf experience!

I hope everyone enjoys the delightful stone crab offerings this year! Grab some friends, melt some butter, and dive into this delicious Florida specialty!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Tags:   fort lauderdale, Crave GFL, joann Edwards

Crave GFL, once known as Dine Out Lauderdale, is truly one of the most highly anticipated food promotions in the city. Extended this year until October 15, all Fort Lauderdale food enthusiasts should find time in their schedule to enjoy the special menus created by some of the area’s top eateries.

45 restaurants are offering three-course dinners for $37, which does not include tax, tip, or drinks. Now in its 11th year, Crave GFL gives Broward restaurants a chance to boost sales during storm season (the promotion was extended this year due to Hurricane Irma) and also what is a typically slow time for tourism. For locals, it’s a chance to try cuisine that may be at a higher price point than they would normally be willing to spend. Whatever the reason, your taste buds will certainly enjoy the mouthwatering adventure!

Click here to see which Fort Lauderdale restaurants participated in Crave GFL this year. If you plan on taking advantage of the promotion over the weekend, make sure the restaurant you choose offers the Crave menus on Fridays and Saturdays (some do not). Also, check out this culinary calendar and see if there are Crave-related events you would like to attend, such as wine-pairing dinners, chef demonstrations, and mixology classes.

Check Out Some of these Great Participating Restaurants!

Café Maxx

2601 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach. 954-782-0606, CafeMaxx.com

Eduardo de San Angel

2822 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-772-4731, EduardodeSanAngel.com

JWB Prime Steak & Seafood

Margaritaville Resort, 1111 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood. 954-874-4462, JWBRrestaurant.com.


Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. 954-327-7625,SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Luckily for Fort Lauderdale, Hurricane Irma does not seem to have affected approval from the city on major real estate developments planned for the downtown area. As evidenced over the past couple weeks, Fort Lauderdale is continuing its rapid expansion with 3 high profile real estate projects gaining support and approval. Here is a great way to put it in perspective: these 3 developments alone will add 5,002 cars to the nearby roads daily, as well as welcome thousands of residents in over 1,200 condos, apartments, or senior care centers. Continue reading to find out more about the latest projects in Fort Lauderdale’s real estate boom:

Riverwalk Residences of Las Olas:

Riverwalk Residences of Las Olas is a senior living tower that would allow Fort Lauderdale’s growing downtown to cater to an older population. While at first a somewhat controversial idea, senior speakers in the community convinced commissioners that such a project would ultimately be beneficial to all involved, particularly older individuals who want to live their golden years in luxury. The 43-level tower will replace an office building located at 333 N. New River Drive East. The developer plans 401 rooms which would be broken down as follows: 152 assisted-living rooms, 57 memory care rooms, and 192 independent living units. Due to safety concerns brought forth after Hurricane Irma, developers have promised that the tower will have two generators to power the elevators and air conditioning, as well as an evacuation plan for assisted living residents. Amenities include restaurants, hotel rooms, a rooftop bar, a full-service spa, fitness center, virtual sport rooms, a theater, and an outdoor pool.

Las Olas Walk:

The owner of the Riverside Hotel won approval to build Las Olas Walk, 445 residential units in two eight-story buildings located on 200 S. Federal Highway and 116 S. Federal Highway. A 616 space parking garage would be available to residents. Details about this project have been kept fairly under wraps.

488 Residences at Riverwalk:

Described as a “beautiful building” by Ella Parker, a member of the Fort Lauderdale Design Review Committee, this 38-story tower will be located at 488 SW First Avenue. The tower will house 362 residential units, a 363 car garage, and 6,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space. Amenities such as pool, club room, game room, fitness center, conference center will be located on the 10th floor.

I love keeping my readers aware of the great things happening in Fort Lauderdale. Continue to check my blog section to stay on top of the latest projects and trends happening in this great city!

For more information on Fort Lauderdale real estate, contact Joann Edwards at 964-770-8525 or via email at realtor@joannedwards.com.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My latest listing is truly impressive and a great investment!

Located in one of the most desirable Fort Lauderdale locations, Berkley South studio 7C is a stylish condo not to be overlooked. Upon entry, you are immediately greeted by glossy wood floors and an open kitchen boasting stainless steel appliances. High impact glass windows and slider (incredibly important during hurricane season) create an incredibly inviting atmosphere that will make your guests feel right at home. This spacious studio comes complete with a concealed Mahogany Murphy bed unit, hidden behind what appears to be attractive Mahogany cabinetry. The open balcony is the perfect place to unwind with friends and appreciate views of the Ocean and Galt Ocean Mile. As Fort Lauderdale continues to become one of the hottest cities for those looking to invest in real estate, I think studio 7C is perfect for the buyer who wants a tasteful, chic condo in a city that shows no signs of slowing down.

Currently undergoing a $4.5 million renovation project, Berkley South is truly taking luxury to the next level! Upon completion, the price of units in Berkley South will go up, making 7C an even better deal. Renovations include new hallways, a new 2nd floor amenity deck with Infinity heated pool, jogging track, BBQ grill pavilion area, new tennis court, redesigned clubroom, and remodeled fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows. The building also boasts great features such as bike and kayak storage, a full time manager on premises, direct beach access, and garage parking for your convenience. This building is always secure, and a professional front desk person is on the job to greet you at all times.

You must check out this Berkley South studio! For a private showing or for any Fort Lauderdale real estate inquiries, please contact me at realtor@joannedwards.com or 954-770-8525!

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Homeowners/Condo Insurance: Make Sure You are Protected!

As we enter another hurricane season, one thing becomes remarkably apparent: homeowners insurance and condo insurance, especially in South Florida, are an incredibly important factor not to be overlooked. Whether you live in a high-rise condo or a single family home in a gated community, homeowners/condo insurance is one of the best ways to protect one of the biggest investments of your life. In this blog, I would like to discuss the key reasons homeowners insurance can be of great value:

Unexpected Damage can be More Expensive than you Think:

As I stated previously, hurricane season makes homeowners insurance a necessity in South Florida. It’s not uncommon to have broken windows, ripped screens, missing roof shingles, and even more costly home fixes after an intense storm. Homeowners insurance prevents you from being forced to pay for such repairs out-of-pocket. Along those lines, those that own condos should also invest in condo insurance (the condo equivalent of homeowners insurance). It is a common misconception that an HOA will cover condo repairs, however this is not true. While the condo owner is not considered responsible for the outside land, condo building structure, and common building areas, they are solely responsible for the interior of the condo space and all repairs. And just as with homeowners, sometimes the damage to a condo can be of no fault of the actual owner. For example, if a neighbor’s hot water heater were to burst, it could potentially cause flooding and mold damage to individual units down multiple floors! As you can see, the monthly deductible of homeowners/condo insurance is much more affordable than fixing major home repairs, which can easily cost thousands of dollars. Wouldn’t you prefer only having to file a claim in an already stressful situation than also worrying about the financial burden?

It Might be Required:

For homeowners who pay a mortgage, it should come as no surprise that some lenders require buyers to invest in homeowners insurance to ensure that their financial investment is adequately protected should the unthinkable happen. In fact, if their client does NOT have homeowners insurance, the lenders is allowed to buy it themselves and charge you for the cost, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Take that power back into your own hands, and pick a homeowners policy within your budget and with the coverage of your choosing.

It can Offer Protection Beyond Your Home:

For the most part, homeowners/condo insurance typically extends to more than just damage to your physical property. Take a look at the additional protection a homeowner’s policy can provide:

Home and Attached Structures: Homeowners insurance will often cover the home and anything attached, such as a deck or garage.

Other Structures: You can choose a policy that will also pay for repairs to detached structures on your property, such as a fence or shed.

Personal Property: Coverage can include the price to replace certain belongings such as furniture or electronics should they be damaged or even stolen.

You and Your Family: Should you or a family member accidentally damage someone else’s property, homeowners insurance can potentially pay for related repair costs, legal fees, and medical bills.

Guests: If a guest is accidentally injured in your home, your policy may help pay for resulting medical bills.

Additional Living Expenses: If you must leave your home after a covered risk, homeowners/condo insurance may pay for temporary living costs such as hotel bills.

As you can see, homeowners and condo insurance is extremely important. Make the responsible choice, and make sure you, your home, and your family are protected!

Contact Joann Edwards for any of your real estate inquiries!

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