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Dear Neighbors:

Thank you for your interest in Dania Beach, Broward County’s first city. Dania Beach is truly a small town nestled between two major cities adjacent to an international airport and also major seaport. We enjoy a small town charm but are only minutes away from professional sports, world-class night life and metropolitan arts and culture. We can travel by plane or boat and be nearly anywhere in the world without much trouble. We are bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and a major gaming venue, the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, to the west. Those of us who work in Fort Lauderdale or Miami find Dania Beach a convenient place to live.

Like many, I have always loved our award winning beach. It is quiet and passive and has never been commercially developed except for the FAU SeaTech scientific research center. We have a world-renowned fishing pier favored by local anglers, amazing backwater kayak trails, the Dania Beach Bar & Grill, a very rustic little restaurant, and our own public marina. The recently opened Quarterdeck Restaurant on the Dania Beach Pier has been an amazing success. Other than our residents, our beach is our most treasured natural asset. We are currently in the midst of our Waterfront Revitalization Plan to clean up and improve our public beach. Upon completion, I feel that we will have one of the most spectacular public beaches in Florida.

In addition to a huge benefit to our local economy, our local marine industry provides our residents and visitors with many unique opportunities to enjoy marine life and recreational boating. We have numerous boat yards and marinas, back water kayak trails, superb fishing, marine retail stores, and boat dealers. Our local high school, South Broward High School is a marine magnet school and thus providing our local kids with the opportunity to be exposed to many careers in the marine industries and sciences. Nova Southeastern University (NSU) recently completed construction of the University’s Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research, the world’s largest coral reef research center right here in John Lloyd State Park in Dania Beach. We have our own municipal marina which is planned for an entire renovation and we are home to the International Fishing Hall of Fame and American Maritime Officers National Union Headquarters. I have made it a priority to support and promote this amazing aspect of our great little city.

Dania Beach is also bubbling with cultural creativity. Our charming seaside town is home to artists, designers, poets, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, inventors, scientists and decorators, who live, work and play in Dania Beach. The newly formed Dania Beach Arts Council is helping to organize all of the creative juices that make our city great. The Council will help with the economic development of these disciplines in our city that will provide both tangible (jobs) and intangible (beauty/creativity) benefits to our great little city.

It is easy to see why most folks in Broward feel that Dania Beach has more potential than any city in Broward and under the right leadership can be one of the best cities of its size in America. It has all of the positive attributes of a bustling metropolitan area but still maintains a small town charm and sensibility we have come to adore. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of any assistance.

Our city commission meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. I invite you to join us. The meetings can be viewed live on Comcast Channel 78 and also on the web at Just click on the City Cable Channel link. I welcome your input and participation. My cell is 954-854-2044 and my e-mail address is

Thank you,
Mayor Walter Duke