I was thinking about buying something in FL by the sea but I am wondering, is the beach safe, and why are

Asked by Kim, MN, Thu Jan 15, 2009

there no life guards there. Where do the kids go to surf.

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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Thu Jan 15, 2009
Hi Kim,

There are so many miles of beaches in Florida it would be literally impossible to station life guards everywhere to protect beach goers. Most municipal beaches are guarded beaches with public swimming/beach areas and do not allow surfing.

Surfing is pretty much allowed any where there is sufficient surf except in the public beach locations.
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Goldteam, , Boca Raton, FL
Wed Oct 14, 2009
Hillsboro Mile has one of the best (unknown) surfing breaks in South Florida, super nice oceanfront condos, great neighbors, & super quite. Check out out website to search these properties if you do not mind being alittle more north.

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405 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, Fl 33432
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Julie Jones-…, Agent, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Wed Oct 14, 2009
Hello, Kim!
I live near Lauderdale by the Sea and love it. In the eleven years that I have been living in the area I have yet to hear of a tragedy. (Not that I am on the beach 24/76 mind you!) The kids surf near the pier or further down the beach. There are some reasonably priced homes in LBTS village and some fabulous new townhomes directly on the sand. LBTS offers a superb lifestyle for anyone wanting a small, incorporated village and seaside living at its best. I do not know if you have small children, but the truth of the matter is, with a parent's attentive eye a child should be safe on any beach.

My buyer's specialist, Maria Seltzer, (954.328.1076) can answer any questions you have on this wonderful village. Hope this information helps!

Julie Jones
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Angela Schra…, Agent, Pembroke Pines, FL
Wed Jan 28, 2009
Thank you so much for your kind comments Lloyd. I very much appreciate it.

Best regards,

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LLoyd Nichols, Agent, Fort Myers, FL
Thu Jan 15, 2009
hello Kim,

I have been to Fort Lauderdale By The Sea and liked it very much.However, Fort Myers Beach on the West Coast is considered one of the safest beaches in Florida.It's a fact. Great area to. Bonita Springs is up there also.Depends what you want.
... When I went to Fort L by the Sea I did see life guards as stated by Angela, who knows what she is talking about.She lives there! As far as surfing you can surf about anywhere..but they should be supervised....and do it near the life guards posts.
Either way, I have followed Angela's comments before and if you are serious about purchasing in FL By the Sea I would highly recommend her. Otherwise, consider Ft Myers Beach. I have basicaly seen every major beaches in Florida and their cities. Its a question of personal taste, jobs, how close you can be to the sand and how good the schools are and for how much.

Happy Hunting!!!

LLoyd Nichols
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Angela Schra…, Agent, Pembroke Pines, FL
Thu Jan 15, 2009
Hello Kim. I was surprised to read your comment about there being no lifeguards at the Fort Lauderdale beaches. I thought it would be helpful to cut and paste from the City of Fort Lauderdale's website on its Ocean Rescue page:

"Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue supervises three miles of continuous public beach from the South Beach Picnic Area up to and including the beach in front of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. In the guarded areas of the beach, there are 20 year-round, permanently staffed lifeguard towers spaced between 200 and 400 yards apart. There are also as many as 10 temporary-auxiliary stands that are used during the peak season, special events and holidays.

In the lifeguard-supervised areas of Fort Lauderdale Beach, drowning is very rare. The most recent incident was more than 20 years ago. Most water-related fatalities occur in unsupervised waters distant from lifeguard towers."

There is a lot of very important information on the subject on this website and I recommend you check it out at http://www.fortlauderdale.gov/oceanrescue/ - I think it will certainly put your mind at rest.

If I can help you with any more information, please don't hesitate to contact me - we have the most beautiful beaches that are safe and family oriented. Lauderdale by the Sea has the pier which is also great for fishing.

This is an amazing time down here for well qualified buyers - current market conditions in this area are extremely conducive to finding a property at a great price and as you know, financial circumstances are such that many sellers are very highly motivated.

I hope this helped!

Best regards from sunny South Florida!

Villa G Realty
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Paula Bean, , Orlando, FL
Thu Jan 15, 2009
Hi Kim,
You ask if the beach is safe, yes if you educate yourself on the issue. There are things to learn if you are not familiar with water that will make it safer. For instance, if I were to want to move to Minnesota, I would have to learn how to drive safer in the snow. There are no absolutes, but education is key.

If your main concern is children who like to surf, find yourself a good buyers agent who knows about surfing and look in those area's for a purchase. If you think you may also want to scuba, snorkle, ski, or any of the other many enjoyable activities you can do, then you should contact the local chapter of the marine patrol who can point you to the safety courses that will help.
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Hi Kim, Lauderdale-by-the-sea is truly wonderful for families. I have lived there for 5 years and enjoyed late night walks on the beach. It has old Flroda feel to it and the property values are very good.
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