Thanks, BobDreamz. Well, Ft Lauderdale beach has definitely become upscale since the springbreakers were driven up north to Melbourne and Daytona. On the first picture, the building with the setbacks is the Ritz-Carlton! No spring breakers there, for sure. I noticed during my last visit that there were quite a lot of Europeans, Eastern, mostly, like Serbs, Czechs, Croatians, etc. They say with the favorable exchange rate, it's a bargain to come to the US. Of course, they LOVE the heat and humidity of Florida. I would say that Ft Lauderdale is now a year round destination. The Europeans/Latins come in the summer then the snowbirds take over during the "season".
Once a Cowtown, always a Cowtown!!