How Did Fort Lauderdale Earn The Nickname, “The Venice of America?”
Upon our city seal the phrase, “The Venice of America” is engraved. The nickname is most certainly an homage to the 300 miles of canals that run through Greater Fort Lauderdale; 165 of which run directly through Fort Lauderdale.
Much like Venice, our intricate system of waterways has shaped lifestyle, culture, and enterprise. They have guided city expansion, promoted urban sprawl, and attracted millions of visitors each year.
In everything we read about Fort Lauderdale’s association to Venice, writers and historians most often attribute the connection solely to our canals. We believe there is more to it, though.
We are connecting the dots to uncover the various ways that Venice has influenced life in Fort Lauderdale. Yes, it is most certainly in part due to our waterways, but the ways in which we use our intricate aquatic system is strikingly similar.