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Skyline of Downtown Fort Lauderdale 2030 Revealed

Long gone are the days when Fort Lauderdale was strictly known as a spring break destination. While its beaches will always attract college crowds from northern universities, the city has developed a reputation as a vacation destination for Europeans while becoming nationally recognized by businesses and professionals.

With downtown Fort Lauderdale growing and transforming with more high-rise condos and office spaces over the last decade, the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority (DDA) recently revealed its proposed 2030 skyline for the area. The rendering calls for more than 20 new developments in the urban core with 13,000 new residential units, 600,000 square feet of retail and restaurant, 1.1 million square feet of office space and 1,000 new hotel rooms to be developed over the next 10 years. 

The city’s business growth and attractive beaches led to a 41% downtown population increase over the past decade. In 2020 alone, 356,948 square feet of commercial/office space was under construction, a nearly 2,000% increase over commercial square footage under construction (17,164 square feet) in 2015. The downtown area also experienced a 33% increase in finance jobs, a 16% increase in professional services jobs, and a 10% rise in technology-related careers.

The recent growth has not gone unnoticed by major corporations with Elon Musk’s The Boring Co. and international developers such as Hines, OKO Group, Related and The Kushner Companies interested in development. 

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.