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With the exception of the of the new pier Dania Beach--John U Lloyd State Park looks exactly as it did when I first saw it in 1956. I lived in Miami Beach at the time working at Picciolo's Restaurant and on my day off a group of us would go up to Dania Beach which, though not officially, had a nude gay beach which was also visited by nongays from Europe. There were rivers west of the beach area separated by high bushes that sort of divided the two areas.

Back in that time Miami Beach was the mecca for tourists who might take a trip up to the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood in the late 1950s, early 1960s, to see top stars perform at night but both Hollywood and Dania Beach were known to be filled with open fields, cows roaming around and as a 'day in the country' for those of us who lived further south. There is now a huge parking lot--back then no meters and you made your own spaces--and, as I reviewed two weeks ago, a new Quarterdeck Restaurant that has quickly become a tourist spot which is at the entrance, and on, a brand new pier. The beach is so pristine it is as if it arose overnight.

The State park offers another way to park and visit the beach plus you will also see the new huge cruise liners that dock at the Everglades Port.

As far as I know Dania Beach is no longer a nude beach but then I haven't been there in awhile--I may just have to check it out in the name of research--just for you, of course!!


Below are some notes from wikipedia.com about the area.

Dania Beach is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 29,639. It is part of the South Florida metropolitan area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census. Dania Beach is the location of one of the largest jai alai frontons in the United States, Dania Jai-Alai. It is also the location for an amusement center named Boomers! , was home to the Pirate's World amusement park and home to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.

Population: 30,183 (2011)

Area: 6.31 sq miles (16.34 km²)

Welcome to John U. Lloyd Beach State Park

Perfect for a day at the beach or a family picnic, this park provides an abundance of recreational activities. Surf fishing, canoeing, swimming, nature study, boating, and picnicking will keep the whole family busy. For those interested in South Florida's underwater beauty, Lloyd Beach has one of the easiest and most interesting shore dives in the area. The park has two boat ramps with easy access to the ocean through the Port Everglades Inlet, which will please those who prefer to fish in open water. The mangrove-lined waterway is a scenic place to canoe, observe bird life, and take photographs.

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