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Dania Beach, Florida


Dania Beach, Florida had its historical beginning as Broward County‘s first city in 1880. The original settlers of the area, then known as Modello, were of Danish ancestry. When the town was incorporated in 1904, its 35 residents decided to change the name of the town to Dania. In 1999, Dania formally changed its name to Dania Beach . By 2006, 28,802 residents were enjoying the 246 days of sunshine per year. The city is part of the South Florida metropolitan area, which is home to 5,413,212 people. The metropolitan area covers the counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.

Dania Beach , Florida is located between Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood on FL’s southeast coast. Visitors have easy access to Dania Beach, FL by Interstate 95. There are two nearby Amtrak stations that serve Dania Beach, one 4 miles away in Hollywood, FL and one 5 miles from Dania Beach in Fort Lauderdale. Dania Beach is adjacent to Port Everglades, the third busiest cruise port in the world, and the Ft. Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport.

Lined with palms, dunes and sea oats, Dania Beach’s pristine golden beach is a rare unspoiled treasure. Unlike its well-known beach town neighbors, Dania Beach is informal, casual and family-oriented. Its numerous waterways and canals make Dania Beach perfect for boating and fishing. A pier provides fishing in the sparkling clear Atlantic Ocean ; seafood can be obtained at a Five-Star restaurant as well as the cozy Beach Grill. Dania Beach is home to John U. Lloyd Beach State Park,  where you can rent canoes, kayaks, pontoon boats, paddle boats, and sailboats, or pilot your own boat to the park from the Dania Beach Marina. Dania Beach is also home to the International Game Fishing Association Hall of Fame and Museum, and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

The Broward County Public Schools, the nation’s sixth-largest school district, maintains three public schools for the school-age residents of Dania Beach.  Adult education is available from nearby Broward  College, the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and Nova Southeastern University.

Dania Beach, FL is rapidly becoming the undisputed capital of South Florida’s maritime industry. The Florida Atlantic University’s SeaTech is located in Dania Beach , Florida . SeaTech is the University’s new graduate ocean engineering research facility, located on eight acres between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. The American Maritime Officers Training and Research Center, also located in Dania Beach, is the largest union of merchant marine officers in the United States.

Known as the Antique Capital of the South, Dania Beach’s historic Art and Antique District features over 100 antique shops and malls in downtown Dania Beach, FL. Other shopping highlights include a gigantic surf department store called Surf World Surf Shop and the Design Center of the Americas, a “trade only facility” serving designers from all over the world.

Jai-Alai, which originated in southern France and northern Spain , is a popular spectator sport among locals and tourists and Dania Beach is the location of one of the largest jai alai frontons in the United States . The 220,000 square foot Dania Jai-Alai facility offers betting on live jai-alai games, horse racing and harness racing, and Texas Hold’em poker and tournaments.

Dania Beach , Florida is part of Broward County ‘s 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida. The 17th Judicial Circuit serves a community encompassing 1,197 square miles in South Florida and containing a population of 1.8 million. Florida currently operates under a two-tier trial court system of circuit and county courts, established in 1972. In the circuit and county trial courts, disputes are resolved by jury trials or by non-jury trials.  County Courts are courts of limited jurisdiction where misdemeanor and civil cases are heard. In the Circuit Courts, which are the highest state trial courts in Florida, felony, civil, family, juvenile and probate matters are heard.

There are four area courthouses: the Broward County Judicial Complex, 201 Southeast 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301; the North Regional Courthouse, 1600 West Hillsboro Boulevard, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442; the South Regional Courthouse, 3550 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL 33021; and the West Regional Courthouse, 100 North Pine Island Road, Plantation, FL 33324.

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