For the sixth year in a row, the city has
decked lamp posts and trees along beachside roadways with custom-designed LED lighting. This year, more than 50,000 lights shimmered along Las Olas Boulevard and A1A, north and south from where the two roads intersect.
There were 113 white and blue starbursts, 44 snowflakes boasting 300 lights apiece, and 35 palm trees wrapped in 600 lights per tree. The centerpiece, constructed of 20,000 recycled bottles illuminated in colored lights, were two fishes, 20 feet tall, that appeared to be springing from the ground.
AND THEN MOTHER NATURE DECIDED TO VISIT FORT LAUDERDALE—BETWEEN THE MOON AND HIGH TIDES, A1A WAS AWASH WITH WHAT WAS ONCE THE BEACH!
I was planning to take a ride down to the beach to take pictures of the fish and then drive (yes! I have Allen's car! Well for another 2 hours after I post this!) back via Los Olas and get a few more pictures of the ICE skaters outside and the wares and fares being offered by the merchants of the Boulevard. The best laid plans, etc. The police have cut off the Sunrise bridge entrance and there is only one way traffic up to a certain point along the beach.
Efforts to keep the ocean from swallowing up a stretch of A1A continued Friday as high tides and rough waves kept eating away chunks of the beach, including palm trees, a seawall and the sidewalk.
City and state workers kept busy at the eroded section north of Sunrise Boulevard on A1A, where part of the beach side road has been closed off since Thursday.
Crews worked on moving sand from other areas to the depleted spot, primarily located at Northwest 16th Court and A1A. Workers also built a sand dune around a traffic signal pole that was in danger of being toppled.
It seems we will be having some flooding along the beach a couple of more mornings and, at the same time, our parking lot is looking like a swimming pool. Ironically the Gateway swimming pool is being completely redone and there is no water in it! The rest of the city is dry and the weather is perfect 'tourist' weather with a lot of sun and near 80 degrees in the afternoon and high 50s late night/early morning.