recently introduced a bike-share program that allows visitors to rent bikes for a small fee and return them to any of 26 stations around Greater Fort Lauderdale.
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Construction is well under way on the 349-room Margaritaville hotel, to open in 2014 in Hollywood Beach. The $130 million property on the city's boardwalk will include a rooftop pool, 35,000 square feet of meeting space, a boat dock and a café.
The 296-room Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale-a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel completed a renovation of its guest rooms and 8,200-square-foot ballroom last December. The property, which offers bike and boat rentals, scuba diving and snorkeling lessons, has about 28,000 square feet of meeting space, complimentary wireless Internet and a 250-slip marina.
The 250-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sunrise-Sawgrass Mills completed a $4 million renovation and rebranding this past April. The property offers 11 flexible meeting spaces and one ballroom, as well as an outdoor pool and whirlpool, complimentary Wi-Fi and some 2 million square feet of retail offerings in the Sawgrass Mills Mall, directly across the street.
The gaming floor at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek has been doubled and now spans approximately 100,000 square feet after the completion of a $150 million expansion. The project also added more than 2,300 slot machines, 65 table games and an upscale high-limit area. The casino has six dining options, including NYY Steak.
The Port Everglades cruise terminal began a $54 million renovation project in March that will modernize four berths by the end of June 2013. Upgrades include Florida-themed artwork, larger baggage halls and improved ground transportation.
The Young At Art Museum, a children's arts-education complex, unveiled its new location in nearby Davie, Fla., in May. The 55,000-square-foot LEED-certified facility is available for events.
A package of perks awaits groups that book one of the six hotels in the city's Convention Collection, including free event space at the Broward County Convention Center; a one-hour welcome reception; a one-hour board-of-directors reception; a 10 percent discount off food and beverage, A/V, Internet and security staffing; and assistance with marketing materials. Participating properties are the Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale, Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel and Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach.
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n Fort Lauderdale, properties include the 637-room Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa; 589-room Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina; 517-room W Fort Lauderdale; 486-room Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach; 433-room Westin Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale; 384-room Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six; 358-room Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale; 293-room Westin Fort Lauderdale; 240-room B Ocean Fort Lauderdale, and 225-room Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel.
The city of Hollywood offers the 1,000-room Westin Diplomat, 500-room Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino-Hollywood and 311-room Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Resort.
Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center; exhibit space, 200,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 39; (954) 765-5900
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, about six miles south of Fort Lauderdale. Transfer cost by taxi to Port Everglades and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, $10-$15; to Fort Lauderdale Beach, $18-$22; by shuttle to Port Everglades, $7-$10; to Fort Lauderdale Beach, $11-$18
Fort Lauderdale/Broward County: room tax, 6%; sales tax, 5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 11%
Attendees can chill out at a new restaurant and event venue called Tundra. The place goes through some 10,000 pounds of ice each week creating decorative ice sculptures and dry ice garnishes for drinks. The venue can seat about 65 people indoors and 85 on an outdoor patio. The focus here is on new American cuisine, such as Kobe beef meatballs and fennel-dusted sea scallops. Some meals are served on plates made of ice, and for private parties, the restaurant can have ice sculptures made with the organization's logo. (954) 761-2122
The Gulf Stream Racing & Casino Park in Hallandale offers a unique playground for groups, including horse racing, gaming and more than 15 food-and-beverage outlets. The venue's 350,000-square-foot clubhouse can be used for exhibitions, events or banquets, while guests can enjoy a day at the races in private trackside suites. (954) 454-7000
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, (954) 765-4466