When I started researching Pompano for our Home Issue last month, I became curious about what was coming to this boaters’ paradise filled with strip shopping centers and 1970s apartment complexes. Could this town named after a fish be the place for the gays to add some fairy dust? Yes, Pompano is on the rise and they are ready for us to dive in.
Pompano Beach is located in Broward County just north of Fort Lauderdale and South of Lighthouse Point. The town stretches west to the Florida Turnpike and East to Ocean. Known for fun on the water from coral reef diving to angler tournaments, Pompano Beach has also dropped some lures for the LGBT community.
REASONS TO LOVE POMPANO BEACH
The Pompano Dog Park is hands down the best dog park in South Florida. Located at 1101 North Federal Highway, this gated pooch playground is actually two areas separated by dog size (25lbs) and filled with friendly folks and their furry kids. The park is well maintained and has plenty of running areas and shady tree escapes from the heat. It’s open every day but Tuesdays.
Changes in latitude, changes in attitude. 26 Degrees Brewing Company is making beer right on Atlantic Boulevard. Why 26 Degrees? That’s the latitude location of Pompano Beach. Ask for a flight to sample their best from ales, to lagers to ipas to stouts. Friends meet for games including jumbo jenga and cornhole toss. What could be better? Food is ordered in from local take out and if you can’t stay, they will draw you a crowler to go!
Pompano Public Golf Course
Girls, this golf course is perfect. In off season, you can pretty much get a tee time on demand. With two courses the Palms, and The Pines (Greg Norman designed) you get both long and short hole challenges. With the right gear, you can walk but this is the kind of course that is great to grab a friend or three for a perfect ride around day. Located right off Federal Highway, the course also is home to Galuppi’s restaurant. Stellar menu with a view of the course and the last shot on the 18th hole.
Bailey Contemporary Arts
The creative arts district of Pompano is in downtown Pompano and BaCA (Bailey Contemporary Arts) is the heart of it all. The old Bailey Hotel has been transformed into a contemporary arts space. It houses exhibits, is host to classes from print making to lyrics, and is the nexus of art, diversity, creativity and expression.
Fishing Pier Redevelopment
A new parking garage will change the way you “do the beach.” Last summer, the ground was broken on a Community Redevelopment Association project called the Pompano Fishing Village. The new fishing village will span six oceanfront acres and include 48,500 square feet for about a dozen shops and restaurants, a parking garage for at least 600 vehicles and a pedestrian promenade linking the Pompano Beach fishing pier to the Intracoastal Waterway.