Source: Sun Sentinel | Author: Arlene Borenstein-Zuluaga | Published: February 8, 2021

The new hot spot: Lauderdale-by-the-Sea draws younger crowds

(John McCall/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

LBTS, that very chill, ocean-kissed location where Commercial Boulevard meets colorful beach chairs, has long been known for snowbirds, seniors and New England Patriots fans.

But like a sexy finger luring in a crowd, several LBTS destinations are bringing a vibe equally attractive to a mix of youthful locals and visitors, and it shows. Stephani Moravi, a server at 101 Ocean restaurant and bar, says she has seen a gradual change of demographic over the past six years.

“There were usually older people between 40 to 60. It was a retirement area I feel like. Now it’s gotten where…you see a lot of younger people here because they work here and a lot of people do go to school in this area,” said Moravi. “I see a lot of 18- to 25-year-olds just hanging out and being part of the area as well.”

These days, sidewalks on weekends are often packed with a multi-generational mix of people. Even teens have claimed the place as a popular hangout, wandering around in TikTok-ing packs.

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