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South Florida Opens Up

Happy Sunday,

South Florida opens up and I am at an open house at 630 Isle of Palms – so I’m working in between visitors. Just 2 so far.

If you’ve been driving around you know that there are lots and lots of people out and about. With the “opening up” of the entire region tomorrow we should expect the real estate business to also pick up. For more than 2 months most people have been following the rules and mostly sheltering in place. I think a lot of them are ready to get out and go to restaurants and to start looking at, and maybe buying some homes too. I drove down Las Olas last night and most of the restaurants/bars were open and serving drinks (and it looked like food too) on the sidewalks. There were literally hundreds of people taking advantage of the great weather and the opportunity to get out of the house. The Floridian has set up their outside tables and will be open for business tomorrow, and I expect most of the restaurants on Las Olas (and elsewhere) will to. We are also hearing that more of the condominium buildings will start to allow realtors to show apartments now too. Time to check your listings and talk to your customers.
Our first “named” storm hit us this week – remember the rain on Monday/Tuesday? That was Arthur before he had a name. When Arthur went by South Florida he was not only nameless he was not a hurricane, not a tropical storm or even a tropical depression, just a “disturbance”. He is long gone and might make it rain in the Carolinas and Virginia.


Looking for something to tell buyers and sellers? Here is an email from one of our California partners telling customers why Los Angeles is so much better than New York. Ok, they do have mountains and we don’t, but we have everything else and unlike L.A., which is still closed and will be closed at least through July (and probably later), we are open!


Now that our airports are nearly empty, where will our buyers come from? Surprisingly, the overwhelming percentage of our buyers over the past several years have been locals. People who are moving up, moving down, buying condos, or parents buying homes for their children make up the bulk of our buyer pool and we have not lost them.

In fact, we fully expect that beyond these local buyers we will have new buyers coming from the East Coast when travel opens up. New York is so congested that they had to build upwards to accommodate the growing population, while the vast majority Los Angeles is composed of horizontal living. Many people have become fearful of high-rise living and overcrowded streets and offices. Just look at the NYC death statistics, which are so very sad, versus the death statistics in Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip, Bel Air, Brentwood, Palisades, Malibu, which are in the 100’s. The bottom line is that with COVID-19 it’s just safer here.

Given Los Angeles’ weather, our proximity to the ocean, mountains, and the newly underscored importance of remaining healthy, people have and will continue to buy houses here. My advice is to find the one that fits you and make the best deal possible. All things will pass and COVID-19 will as well. Be healthy and stay safe,

What else is opening up? The Bundesliga (German football/soccer league) has restarted it’s schedule. Who knows, maybe basketball, hockey and baseball may start playing games here too!

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New Listing – 2710 NE 18th Street in Coral Ridge. The perfect east side/beach house for your west side customer. Surrounded by large recently built homes this is a smaller home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on 100 feet of waterfront with south exposure to the water. Great for boaters or someone looking to build a new home too. Asking $1,250,000.

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Wise sayings? – who said this: “Sometimes it’s not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don’t mean.”

Broward County Commission to Discuss Reopening


Broward County Commission to Discuss Reopening at Meeting Today, May 12

BROWARD COUNTY PHASED RE-OPENING: The Broward County Commission will hold a special workshop on Tuesday, May 12, beginning at 11am, to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the Broward County phased reopening of businesses and amenities.

The workshop will be held at the Governmental Center at 115 S. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, but only County Commissioners and employees required to attend can physically be present, to avoid the risk of additional community spread of COVID-19.

Members of the public will be able to view the workshop live via webcast on The meeting will also be streamed live on Broward County’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media channels. No public participation will be allowed and no formal votes will be taken at the workshop.

Meanwhile, Broward Mayor Dale V.C. Holness held a teleconference on Monday afternoon with all city mayors in Broward County, according to a news release. The discussion focused on the Phase One reopening, and the results of the Broward County Phase One Survey sent to municipal representatives. Other topics to be discussed included the reopening of Broward County beaches.

The majority of mayors said they support a phased reopening of restaurants, retail, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, drive-in theaters and gyms inside housing developments, all with strict safety protocols. The target date is May 18.

On Monday, Palm Beach County began a Phase One reopening, which according to state guidelines, includes restaurants, retail, hair and nail salons, with social-distancing and sanitation rules in place. It also allows elective surgeries to take place at hospitals.

Beaches in Palm Beach County will reopen on May 18, with restrictions.

Miami-Dade County plans to allow some businesses to reopen on May 18.

For more information regarding COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) website.

Read more about this here

Drive thru testing


Drive Thru Testing

The good news is that the State of Florida has eased the shutdown restrictions – the bad news is they excluded Dade, Broward & Palm Beach . . . for now. But we have our fingers crossed that we will be included soon.

We are open for business and Molly is on the floor this morning. We have measured, and almost all of the desk chairs are more than 6 feet apart, so consider coming in and getting back in the habit of working.

For those of you who want to know the drive thru testing at Holiday Park is now open. Michele was the first to make an appointment and get tested. She said it was fast and easy. The results are in – the test indicates that she is Swiss/French or is it French/Swiss?


If you (or your customers) are hungry there are a lot of restaurants open for takeout and delivery and we hope for sit down soon. Free parking is available on Las Olas too.

From the site:

Many of the restaurants are making themselves available to patrons that wish to enjoy the fabulous food and beverages found only on, and by, Las Olas Boulevard restaurants and eateries. Takeout and/or delivery is available from these businesses – subject to availability and scheduling.


For more info on Las Olas Restaurants and businesses, try their website at

Fort Lauderdale Covid Test Site Open

I just received an email from Mayor Trantalis.  It describes the initial steps towards the city “re-opening” and announces that the city has obtained a testing site.  Be sure to call ahead and schedule an appointment if you have coronavirus concerns.


Fort Lauderdale Covid Test Site Open

Official Statement from Mayor Trantalis:

“the first testing site within our city — at Holiday Park. This centrally located site will allow us to better serve our residents in conjunction with the recently opened facility at the Urban League just outside the city. Most of the other testing sites are located far out in Broward’s western suburbs. This new testing will provide the critical help for business to reopen and allow us to gauge if the infection rate in our community remains low or whether we need to readjust our plans because of a rebound in the virus’ presence. The drive-thru facility will be able to conduct 400 swab tests a day. It will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment only. Anyone over the age of 18 will be able to be tested whether or not they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. No doctor referral is necessary.
Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-209-7919 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Upon arrival, individuals should use the Federal Highway entrance and provide proper identification that has name, date of birth and photo. There will be a separate entrance for first-responders who need to be tested. First-responders may make appointments and would use the Sunrise Boulevard entrance. Tests will be administered by healthcare professionals from American Medical Response. Our team will follow up with the individuals and provide the results.”

Fort Lauderdale to re-open amenities


Fort Lauderdale to re-open amenities starting April 29

The city of Fort Lauderdale has announced the reopening of parks and other public spaces – subject to CDC guidelines (this is primarily “social distancing”).

I have been showing homes over the last month. This afternoon will be my first “in person” open house since this began.  We will be following the CDC distance guidelines.  Bring  your best customers (and your mask!) and come visit 630 Isle of Palms – The owner is ready to sell!

Here’s a list of what’s going to be open:

List of City of Fort Lauderdale Parks, Boat Ramps, and Amenities (Hours 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Bass Park

2750 NW 19th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

  • Tennis Courts (Singles Only) 

Bayview Park
4401 Bayview Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

  • Tennis Courts (Singles Only)

Benneson Park
1330 SW 33rd Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

  • Tennis Courts (Singles Only)

Bill Keith Preserve
1720 SW 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

  • Canoe/Kayak Launch (Single-Rider Only)
  • Nature Trail

Carter Park
1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

  • Tennis Courts (Singles Only)
  • Track (One-Way)
  • Walking Path (One-Way)

Cox’s Landing
1784 SE 15th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

  • Boat Ramps (Parking Fee)

Cooley’s Landing
450 SW 7th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

  • Boat Ramps (Parking Fee)
  • Boat Dock

Dr. Elizabeth Hays Civic Park
3781 Riverland Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

  • Walking Path (One-Way)

George English Park
1101 Bayview Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

  • Boat Ramps (Parking Fee)
  • Tennis Courts (Singles Only)
  • Walking Path (One-Way)

Hardy Park
25 SW 9th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

  • Tennis Courts (Singles Only)
  • Walking Path (One-Way)

Holiday Park
1150 G. Harold Martin Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

  • Pickleball Courts (Singles Only)
  • Tennis Courts (Singles Only)
  • Walking Path (One-Way)

Hortt Park
1700 SW 14th Court
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

  • Tennis Courts (Singles Only)
  • Walking Path (One-Way)

Las Olas Marina
240 E Las Olas Circle
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

  • Boat Dock

Lewis Landing Park
630 SW 9th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

  • Canoe/Kayak Launching (Single-Rider Only)

Mangurian Park
3580 N Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

  • Walking Path (One-Way)

New River Docks
2 S New River Drive E
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

  • Boat Dock

Osswald Park
2220 NW 21st Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

  • Driving Range (Single Player Only)
  • Golf Course (Single Player Only)

Riverland Park
950 SW 27th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

  • Walking Path (One-Way)

Riverland Woods Park
3950 Riverland Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

  • Boat Ramps

Riverside Park
555 SW 11th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

  • Tennis Courts (Singles Only)
  • Walking Path (One-Way)

Riverwalk Linear Park
20 N. New River Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

  • Walking Path

Sailboat Bend Preserve
411 SW 14th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

  • Nature Trail (One-Way)

Shirley Small Community Park
SW 34th Avenue, 1 Block North of Davie Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

  • Tennis Courts (Singles Only)
  • Walking Path (One-Way)

Snyder Park
3299 SW 4th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

  • Bike Trail (One-Way)
  • Disc Golf (Single Player)
  • Nature Trails (One-Way)
  • Parking Fee (Weekends/Holidays)

Warfield Park
1000 N Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

  • Walking Path (One-Way)

Recreational boats fuel update


Good morning,

A couple of weeks ago I sent out a notice that marine fuel for recreational boats was “non-essential”. Well that is now changed. If you sent that out to any customers please give them an update – or use this as an opportunity to connect with all of your boating clientele.

It looks like things may be are starting to open up a little – we think May 1 there are going to be changes.

Rocco’s Tacos (the Mexican Restaurant on Las Olas) has been literally boarded up for a month. They just took all the boards down – Maybe they are planning on a “cinco de mayo” event?

From the website:

Welcome to historic Lauderdale Marina, located along the inland waterway in the yachting capital of the world, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We’re one of the region’s oldest family owned & operated marinas (established in 1948). Lauderdale Marina is prized for its enviable location just minutes from Port Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean. We’re a full service marina on the Intracoastal Waterway featuring the award-winning Fifteenth Street Fisheries restaurant, a massive 365′ fuel dock with diesel, ethanol-free gas and convenient dock store, a Boston Whaler boat dealership, service & parts departments, plus premium boat slips which can accommodate yachts up to 165 feet.

Our large fuel dock is the most popular boat fueling station along the Intracoastal Waterway in South Florida. The convenience of boat trip preparation so close to the Port Everglades inlet to the Atlantic Ocean makes our prime Fort Lauderdale location ideal for all recreational boaters, as well as the many large yachts moored in our marina and nearby.

Our dock cam is one of the most popular on the Earthcam network and received special recognition in 2016 as being a fascinating virtual visit for boaters around the world who check out the live dock scene both night and day.

Click here to visit the Lauderdale Marine Website

Safer than in a bank

Safer than in a Bank
Very interesting!  A story in the Wall Street Journal about a wealthy south American family investing big in NYC real estate as a safer place for their money than a bank!

The family was looking for a safe place to park their cash amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and related economic fallout, she said. “They felt their money was safer in an apartment in New York than in a bank,”

From the Article:

A South American family has paid close to $27 million for eight units at Waterline Square, a new construction residential complex on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, according to the buyers’ agent, Maria Velazquez of Douglas Elliman.

The buyers went into contract and closed on the all-cash deal on the same day, an extremely fast turnaround for the New York market, said Ms. Velazquez. She said her clients received a blended discount of more than 7% from the asking price of the units, which range in size from one to three bedrooms and span a total of roughly 11,000 square feet. Waterline Square, a three-tower project developed by GID Development Group, launched sales in 2017.

Ms. Velazquez declined to name the family who bought the units, but said they hail from Peru and purchased the units as an investment with plans to rent them out. The family was looking for a safe place to park their cash amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and related economic fallout, she said. “They felt their money was safer in an apartment in New York than in a bank,” Ms. Velazquez said.

Click this link to read the story on the Wall Street Journal

-John Beauchamp

Coronavirus Cruise Update

Coronavirus Cruise Update

Coronavirus Cruise Update:

Both the Zaadam and the Roterdam cruise ships were allowed into Port Everglades yesterday.  See message from Broward County mayor below:

The eyes of the world have been fixed on South Florida recently, as elected officials, government administrators, health care professionals, law enforcement and a myriad of other organizations in Broward County have been engaged in an unprecedented fight against COVID-19 – a fight that is requiring tough choices and difficult decisions.

For most of the day Thursday, two Holland America Line cruise ships carrying approximately 1,250 passengers and 1,200 crew lay off the coast of South Florida, awaiting clearance to dock at Broward County’s Port Everglades. Because some of the passengers have tested positive for COVID-19, and four passengers have passed away, the ships have been denied entry at other ports along their route to the U.S.

The Zaandam and the Rotterdam were given permission to dock at Port Everglades late Thursday afternoon, after having been at sea for nearly a month.

“Residents have been understandably concerned about potential impacts in our community,” said Broward County Mayor Dale V.C. Holness. “This is a humanitarian situation, and the County Commission’s top priority is protecting our 1.9 million residents while providing a contained disembarkation option for people on board who need to get safely home.”

South Florida is the epi-center of Florida’s COVID-19 crisis, with more positive cases and deaths from the coronavirus than the rest of Florida combined.

Holland America Line’s parent company, Carnival Corporation, submitted a revised plan that first had to meet the stringent requirements of Broward’s Unified Command, which consists of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Health Department in Broward County, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Broward Sheriff’s Office Departments of Law Enforcement and Fire Rescue, Port Everglades Pilots Association, Broward County’s Port Everglades Department and Broward County Administration.

Highlights of the final, approved plan include:
Nearly all of the guests on board are deemed well and fit for travel per guidelines from CDC and will transfer from the ship, wearing masks, in sanitized, chartered coaches with limited person-to-person contact.
On Friday and Saturday, they will be taken in groups directly to the tarmac at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, to board charter flights home. They have been self-isolated on board the ship since March 22 and will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
Approximately two dozen guests on board have mild illness and the plans calls for these guests to continue to isolate on board until they are recovered. Disembarkation for these individuals will not occur until they meet CDC guidelines for being fit to travel.
Approximately 15 individuals need immediate critical care shoreside, and a local health system partner here in Broward has agreed to accept them for treatment, with a transfer procedure that protects the patient, the health care workers and the community.

Among the passengers are 311 American citizens, including Floridians. Passengers who are residents of Florida will be provided private transportation to their homes.

Read more about this update and the approval plan at this Broward County News Release

Learn Valuable Real Estate Skills Online


Learn Valuable Real Estate Skills Online with these helpful real estate websites!

The Fort Lauderdale Board of Realtors has a bunch of classes available if you want to learn or refresh your skills. There are over 50 tutorials and videos that teach concepts as simple as basic search techniques or as complex as creating virtual open house videos for blogging to facebook premiers.

More info below or view this page on the RABP website:

On this webinar, we will take you step by step on how to create a video from your iPhone and upload it to Facebook Premieres. Whether you are a broker or an agent, this is a must-watch webinar!

This is a LIVE Training. You will be able to watch the computer screen and listen to the trainers from the comfort of your own home!

Registration via the ZOOM link is REQUIRED to reserve your place and join the training session. Computer/Laptop/Tablet with internet access and audio is REQUIRED.

After registering for the training session, you will receive a confirmation (screen and email) containing the Webinar instructions; CLICK “ADD TO CALENDAR” to reserve the time in your personal calendar and save the webinar instructions.
Saving the Webinar reservation to your calendar will provide an automated reminder about the session as well as the webinar instructions to Join the session with the time comes.

When it’s time to join your Webinar training session, simply follow the prompts in your ZOOM calendar reservation.
From your Computer/Laptop/Tablet, click the URL/link to join the session. Make sure your volume is turned up so you can hear the instructors when they start the session.

NOTE All participants will be muted during the training session to reduce distraction and ambient noises, but a live CHAT feature within the webinar will allow you to ask your questions during the training, and our trainers will receive your questions and be able to answer in real time.

-John Beauchamp