Sara of the Palm Beaches serves beautiful Florida and we specialize in these areas:
Palm Beach County
Why Palm Beach County?
Palm Beach County is the third most populous county in the state of Florida with a population of 1,345,652 (year round).
Located in Southeast Florida, the 2,000-square-mile region is the largest county southeast of the Mississippi River and is larger than two U.S. states- Rhode Island and Delaware.
Palm Beach County has more golf courses than any other county in the country with more than 160 public and private golf courses – from executive to championship level – designed by the best names in the industry, and with something for golfers of every skill level.
Palm Beach County consists of 38 cities and towns.
The center of the county is approximately 60 miles north of Miami and 150 miles southeast of Orlando.
The Atlantic Ocean touches the eastern half of the county with coastal and beach areas ranging for 47 miles from north to south.
The Northwest part of the county includes Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the United States.
Palm Beach County contains more 1,000,000 square feet of meeting space and 16,000 rooms in more than 200 hotels – 18 with more than 5,000 square feet of space each.
Western Palm Beach County leads the nation in the production of sugar and sweet corn.
Eighteen percent of all sugar in the United States is produced here. Sugar cane covers some 400,000 acres or about one-third of the county’s overall land mass.
Palm Beach County is home to more than 200 theaters, museums, arts centers, indoor and outdoor performance stages, and other cultural venues and is considered among the world’s most celebrated cultural destinations.
In addition to its pristine beaches, Palm Beach County has 125 waterways perfectly suited for kayaking, boating, paddleboarding and every other imaginable water sport; Direct access to The Florida Everglades and its unique exploration via airboat tours and the best bass fishing in the 730 square miles of Lake Okeechobee.
Palm Beach International Airport was voted the third best airport in the U.S. and sixth best in the world by Conde Nast Traveler readers. CheapFlights.com also recognized the airport on the 2011 list of “Top 101 Affordable U.S. Airports.”
The Port of Palm Beach is the 4th busiest container port of Florida’s 15 deep water ports, and it is the 20th busiest container port in the United States. It is also the only South Florida port with on-dock rail. Five miles of port-owned track that is directly linked to the Florida East Coast Rail Company (FEC) and switches to the CSX and NFS.
As the Winter Equestrian Capital of the World, the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington takes place every January through April, while the International Polo Club Palm Beach features high-goal competitions through the January-April.
Palm Beach Facts:
- Ten district schools earned Newsweek’s Best High Schools In America 2013
- The district has 252 award-winning Choice Programs and Career Academies
- Palm Beach County School District is the fifth largest school district in Florida and 11th largest in the continental U.S.
- The district estimates it will serve 94,000 lunches and 45,000 breakfasts on the first day of school
- The average teacher salary is $51,228
- In the district, 146 languages are spoken from 191 different countries and territories of birth
- In 2013, 11,500 graduates garnered $110 million in scholarships
- The district is the top-performing Urban School District in Florida
- “Education Week” recognized the District as having the eighth-highest graduation rate in the nation
- The school district is comprised of 106 elementary schools, 34 middle schools, 23 high schools and 13 other kinds of schools
- Boca Raton Elementary School is the oldest school in the Palm Beach County School system still in existence
- Palm Beach County School District facilities total to 29,361,499 square feet
- Palm Beach County School District is among the nation’s 10 districts that experienced the fastest growing charter school population
- Palm Beach County has more than 12,000 students enrolled in charter schools.
- Suncoast High School, Boca Raton High School and Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts ranked in the Top 100 nationwide on a list released by The Washington Post showing the most challenging high schools in the nation in 2014
- More than 92 percent of district high school graduates pursue college or other post-secondary education
- The Palm Beach County School District is the largest employer in Palm Beach County with approximately 22,000 employees and 37,000 volunteers
- SOURCES: Palm Beach County School District, Floridacharterschools.org, pbcedu.org, pbcgov.com
Why Miami-Dade County?
Miami-Dade County is a community of 2.5 million residents in 35 municipalities with 104 spoken languages.
Miami-Dade County provides a superior infrastructure and strategic location for trade with Latin America and the Caribbean. Miami is geographically situated between North
and South America making it the cargo gateway of the Americas and well situated for
increased trade from Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Miami is a top destination in the U.S. for international tourists and has consistently
ranked among the top preferred destinations for international business travelers.
Miami-Dade County consistently ranks among the top 12 customs districts in the United
States and a top destination for international travelers.
Miami-Dade County is home to over 70 foreign consulates and trade offices and 1,100
plus multinational corporations operate here.
The Port of Miami is Florida’s #1 deep-water cargo container port doing business with
250 ports in 100 countries.
The Port of Miami is the Cruise Capital of the World and is home to 7 cruise lines with 22
Miami International Airport is #1 among U.S. airports for international freight and #2
among U.S. airports for international passengers.
Greater Miami and the beaches is one of the world’s most popular destinations
generating billions to the local economy.
Greater Miami area beaches have been recognized as top picks for recreation and are
among the best beaches in the world.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County serves as a
showcase and laboratory for emerging and developing cultural arts programs.
- Miami-Dade County has 2.5 million people living on more than 2,000 square miles;
- County has 32 municipalities; largest is City of Miami, next is Hialeah;
- Unincorporated Miami-Dade is largest local government in Southeast USA;
- Fourth largest school district in nation.
- Residents come from more than 121 countries;
- Speak 68 languages;
- Students are taught in 16 languages.
- County has eight colleges and universities — including Miami-Dade Community College, nation’s largest community college.
- Miami-Dade County has a workforce of more than one million multi-lingual, multi-skilled men and women;
- More than 100 financial institutions;
- Largest number of custom brokers and freight forwarders in US;
- Florida is number one trading partner of all regional countries, except Mexico;
- More than 300 Fortune 500 multinational corporations have regional and worldwide headquarters in Miami-Dade County;
- 100 foreign consular offices and foreign trade offices;
- Bidding for the site of the Permanent FTAA Secretariat — Home of Temporary FTAA Secretariat;
- Hosted first Summit of the Americas in 1994;
- Sister City and Sister Port agreements with 26 cities in Latin America, Africa and Europe;
- Two-way trade figures with Latin American / Caribbean more than $40 billion in first half of year;
- More tropical vegetables grown than any US county;
- Live flowers importing capital of the US.
Why Broward County?
At the center of the largest metropolitan statistical area in the Southeast, Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County has everything a business needs to succeed. Whether you’re looking for the best and brightest employees, a location with easy access to major international markets, world-class educational opportunities for your employees, business friendly government, or an outstanding lifestyle second to none, Greater Fort Lauderdale should be at the top of your list for your next relocation or expansion project. Here are just a few of the reasons to locate in Greater Fort Lauderdale:
- One of the largest and most diverse labor forces in the state of Florida, along with a growing talent pool
- Access to both domestic and international markets with three airports in close proximity, including significant access to Latin America and the Caribbean
- 43 institutions offering Associate’s Degrees or higher within 30 miles of Fort Lauderdale, eleven of which offer MBA degrees
- Public high schools that have been named among the best in the country
- A gateway to the world with vital international business expertise and the third largest concentration of consular corps in the United States
- As home to more than 150 corporate headquarters, Greater Fort Lauderdale is a major business center
- A highly favorable tax climate for business and no state income tax
- Some of the best weather in the country
Broward County Facts:
- Greater Fort Lauderdale encompasses all of Broward County, Florida, and includes 31 cities and municipalities (Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes, Lazy Lake, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac, Weston, West Park Wilton Manors).
- More than 13.1 million people visit Greater Fort Lauderdale in 2013 spending $10.6 billion in the local economy.
- Twenty-three miles of Atlantic beaches (Hillsboro Beach Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, each with their own personality) and 300-plus miles of Intracoastal Waterway and navigable inland canals make Greater Fort Lauderdale the “Venice of America” and yachting capital.
- Six beaches (Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Dania Beach and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea) are Blue Wave Certified by the Clean Beaches Council.
- A dozen cruise lines sail 45 cruise ships from Port Everglades – carrying some 3.7 million people in 2012.
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which serves 21.4 million passengers each year, is building a six story-high, elevated runway expansion to traverse U.S. Highway 1 and the Florida East Coast Railway.
- In 1986, the city began a transformation process that changed Greater Fort Lauderdale from a spring-time college destination to a year-round, family-friendly retreat. The story of spring break’s history in Fort Lauderdale dates back to the 1930s – and its future is continually being told, retold – and refashioned. Some of the old haunts – from hotels to bars – still are open, with proprietors keen to retell the tales of Spring Break’s heyday in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Success can be seen in the caliber of shops, restaurants and hotels along the beachfront. Your grandparents, parents – even you – might not recognize the Fort Lauderdale beach made famous by “Where the Boys Are.” Spring break has taken on a whole new appearance. Today, visitors include families and couples, meeting attendees and international travelers – and even a few college students.
- The arts and culture scene in Greater Fort Lauderdale has blossomed. Today it includes arts districts, festivals and a county-wide $100 million art in public spaces program.
- Florida has become the third most active gambling state in the U.S. Greater Fort Lauderdale is in many ways the epicenter of that activity. Pari-mutuel betting venues and free-standing casinos combine the excitement of traditional table games; slot machines; horse, dog and harness racing; jai-alai; simulcasting – and all the excitement that comes with them. The short list found in Greater Fort Lauderdale includes the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Gulfstream Park, the Isle of Capri Casino and Pompano Park Racing, and the Mardi Gras Casino and Poker Room offer casinos, thoroughbreds, dog racing and race simulcasting. Jai-Alai (pronounced “Hi-Li”) in Dania Beach features the “world’s fastest sport” and a poker room.
- Sport Lauderdale. For generations, sports fans from South Florida and beyond have enjoyed their home teams here – no matter where their “home” may be. With representatives from every major professional sports league in town, there’s sure to be a tale to be told of the fun of a home-stand in South Florida. The BB&T Center takes on a dual personality of conflicting fan bases when Greater Fort Lauderdale’s own Florida Panthers welcome the Montreal Canadiens or New York Rangers to town. There’s nothing like the raucous time when the Dolphins host the New York Jets, the New England Patriots – or other AFC East rivals. The 2013 NBA world champions Miami Heat NBA franchise plays nearby in the American Airlines Arena – which fills with fans from rivals like the New Jersey Nets or New York Knicks when those teams travel south.
- Dive right in – the water’s better than fine. Just off Greater Fort Lauderdale’s 23 miles of clean, Blue Wave-certified sands is a three-tiered living coral reef system and more than 75 artificial reefs that have made this one of Florida’s most popular dive destinations. Snorkelers can swim a few hundred feet off shore (remember your buddy and dive flag) to reefs that begin at less 15 feet in depth in places like Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, just south of Anglin’s Pier at Commercial Boulevard; Greene Street, three blocks north of Hollywood’s North Beach Park; or John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania Beach (click here to learn about more Greater Fort Lauderdale dive sites).