After you have delicious German food at Checkers Old Munchen German restaurant in Pompano Beach, there is a lot more to explore in the area, thanks to recent improvements spurred by bad weather 13 years ago.
Pompano Beach has been rebuilding since Hurricane Wilma hit in 2005, but improvements are many.
A 150-room hotel is being built on what was a parking lot, and it is the first to be built in the beachside redevelopment area owned by the city in 52 years, the Sun Sentinel reported.
The City of Pompano Beach has opened a visitor center with helpful staff to answer tourists’ questions seven days a week. Two beachside buildings will hold restaurants and retail space. A parking garage with iconic large sails opened in June 2016.
An artificial diving reef and water taxi also have been added to the beachfront.
“We want to appeal to everybody, whether they want to spend $10 to $15 a person or $40 to $50 a person when they come to Pompano Beach,” said area developer Tim Hernandez.
The eight-year improvement has cost the city $50 million.
Also in the works is the replacement of the city’s pier with one shaped like a fish, expected to be finished by early next year.
The city has already attracted the notice of websites such as Expedia and TripAdvisor. Money magazine last month put it at No. 1 among “Best U.S. Beach Vacations,” per the Sun Sentinel.
There is also more public art showing up around Pompano Beach.
Benches depicting fish and also a mural for the city’s art venue, Bailey Contemporary Arts, have been approved by the city council.
Fort Lauderdale artist Fabio Goncalvez will paint the mural, which will show show a young boy playing a guitar. The artist has already installed works in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Lake Worth.
The city will pay Goncalvez $1,500 for the mural.