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Fort Lauderdale is a popular tourist destination because of its scenery, warm weather, and sandy beaches—the average year-round temperature is 77 degrees and the region boasts an annual 3,000 hours of sunshine. The city also offers students the opportunity to see national sports teams in Miami—while living in a region with a hometown atmosphere.
Fort Lauderdale is known for its high-end shopping, theatres, restaurants, outdoor festivals, water sports, and international flare. Fort Lauderdale is also a busy port for cruise ships.
The downtown area including Las Olas Boulevard began a revitalization project in 2002. The project involved construction of new hotels and high rise condominiums.
Major employers in the region include AutoNation, Citrix Systems, HL Express, Spirit Airlines, National Beverage Corporation, The Continental Group, Motorola, and Maxim Integrated Products.