Fort Lauderdale Beach, Ft
Sun, surf and skating! Skaters can
ride the 1.5 mile promenade which
lines the beach while they take in the sights and sounds of the beach
scene. There are plenty of restaurants and bars located along the
promenade to refuel or people watch after a skate, and the seven miles
of beach tempts you to take a dip and cool off.
Free braking clinics and skate information provided by the Ft.
Lauderdale chapter of the National Skate Patrol as well as the New
River Rollers, one of the premiere skate clubs in the US.
Fort Lauderdale Beach is known for its 1.5-mile beach front promenade,
which offers inline skaters a spectacular ocean view along with an
array of sidewalk cafes, restaurants, shops and entertainment
facilities. The decorative coastal walkway also gives skaters the
opportunity to take in the sites and sounds of the beach or enjoy a
refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean.
"It's an honor to be recognized as one of the top 10 places in the
United States for infine skating," said City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor
Jim Naugle. "We're proud to be able to provide a skater-friendly
environment that emphasizes the importance of safety, education and
In addition to its picturesque beach front promenade, Fort Lauderdale
offers numerous programs, activities and services which encourage safe,
responsible and law-abiding inline skating. In fact, Fort Lauderdale
became the first city in the world to utilize a uniformed police
officer on inline skates when Sgt. Bill Johnston began regular patrols
of Fort Lauderdale Beach.
In March 1995, Fort Lauderdale became the second city in the United
States to establish a local chapter of the National Skate Patrol. The
National Skate Patrol is a group of 30 trained and certified volunteer
inline skaters which seeks to ensure safe and enjoyable skating.
Members patrol on weekends in Birch State Park and along Fort
Lauderdale Beach. The group informs and educates skaters about the
rules of the road, discourages irresponsible skating, administers minor
first aid and teaches beginners proper skating techniques to avoid
accidents and injuries.
Fort Lauderdale is also home to the New River Rollers, one of the
largest and most progressive inline skate clubs in the country. Founded
in October 1992, the New River Rollers are a registered non-profit
organization with an active membership of more than 500, which hosts an
array of inline skating activities and events throughout the year. The
New River Rollers are also active in a number of civic and charitable
endeavors for organizations including the American Lung Association,
American Cancer Society, United Way and the Fort Lauderdale Employee