East Las Olas Boulevard
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In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Las Olas Boulevard connects Florida State Road A1A in Fort Lauderdale Beach to SW 1st Avenue in the Central Business District. The Spanish name “Las Olas” translates to “The Waves.”
Beginning on a barrier island, the easternmost section crosses an intracoastal waterway. The road then enters Seven Isles, Hendricks, and Venice Isles, three residential areas. The road enters a commercial shopping area west of SE 17th Avenue that is referred to as “Las Olas” informally. Low and mid-rise bars, nightclubs, bridal shops, stores, boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants line this stretch of the road. The road enters the city’s financial district after crossing the Henry E. Kinney Tunnel. The westernmost part of the street is predominantly lined by high-rises. Need help with tree removal or pruning in Fort Lauderdale? Service Queen Tree and Landscape Design has the expertise to get the job done right.
History of East Las Olas Boulevard
S.P. constructed the boulevard in 1917. When Las Olas was just a dirt road leading to the barrier island at Fort Lauderdale Beach, Snyder & Son Co. was in charge of it. The Las Olas Isles were dredged in the 1920s to create land for a waterfront residential district. The post-World War II era saw the construction of Las Olas Boulevard’s contemporary commercial section. Since the 1970s, there has been a significant amount of redevelopment of the buildings surrounding the westernmost section of downtown.
Las Olas underwent a significant renovation program to raise property values at the beginning of the 1980s. The value of the land was much higher than the value of the existing houses. Professional tour companies offer tours that take people down the waterways to show off celebrity homes and yachts. It was decided that anyone who wanted to buy property on one of the isles would have to tear down the existing home and build a home of equal or greater value than the land.
The $49 million Las Olas Oceanside Park project, which is located at the intersection of Florida State Road A1A and Las Olas Boulevard, was finished by the city in 2020. This project included a beachfront park and plaza in addition to a parking garage with 650 spaces. The park holds numerous events, such as farmer’s markets, fitness competitions, and art exhibitions. If you want to know more about the Museum of Discovery and Science, click here.
Length: 4.023 km
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Major cities: Fort Lauderdale