Having local art shows, live theater, concerts, family festivals, food trucks, car shows, unique restaurants, and more activities are the things that I would look for when rating a city. It's nice when a city has a style of architecture it's known for. Whether it's Bay Windows in San Francisco or Art Deco in South Beach these little things that distinguish a city along with well known landmarks can make a big difference on a great city versus a mediocre.
Having both local alliances that help put on events as well as private and motivated companies that work on getting permits and building out events really makes a difference. I remember when I was growing up in Baltimore and going to a kite festival, The Maryland State Fair, The Enchanted Forest and Renaissance festivals.
I hope that other Florida entrepreneurs that are also part of the FLVEC connect to put together great events that make a lasting impact on the residents and visitors in their area. Fort Lauderdale has been burgeoning with new great restaurants and events happening in and around the Las Olas area. I've compiled a list of activities, museums, attractions, and things to see in South Florida from Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties.
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