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Fort Lauderdale Beach, Ft Lauderdale, FL

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 responsible skating."

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 Memorial Fund.


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