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About The Book


It all started innocently enough in 1936 in a small seaside town in South Florida. There was a saltwater swimming pool with college swim teams competing over Christmas break for the sake of fun and challenge. By the mid-1950s, the nearby ocean started filling up with collegiates on Spring Break competing for the attention of coeds. Then in early 1961 a movie was released and all hell broke loose for the next 25 years.

The story that Fort Lauderdale Beach has told for many decades is one of beer and wet t-shirts with little regard for how the city once dubbed “The Venice of America” also was known as “Fort Liquordale” among other less flattering monikers. But now, with the release of “Where the Boys (and Girls) Were!” you will truly learn the Fun & Sun history of Fort Lauderdale Beach as it has never been fully researched or told before. Everything from the earliest settlers of the 1800s to the poshest resorts of the 21st century, with insight into how and why millions of people have visited or moved to the city that Glendon Swarthout made famous in his 1960 book “Where the Boys Are” and Connie Francis and her pals made infamous in the movie version of the book.

If you were a Spring Breaker in the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s or a vacationer to Fort Lauderdale at any time, this book is a great way to help you recall those sunburnt days and drunken nights and give you an update on how the beach and its’ cast of crazy characters have fared over the years. See you at the Elbo Room!


1917 ocean bathers

1925 Corner of Las Olas Blvd & A1A


1940s Fort Lauderdale lifeguards


1947 Casino pool bathers


1950's beach attendant

Inside the Elbo Room early 1960s

Paula Prentiss and Connie Francis filming Where The Boys Are May 1960

1961 civil rights protesters wade-in

 1961 civil rights protesters stage their historical wade-in

1962 Elbo Room

1977 lifeguards training

1980 Button courtesy card

1981 Spring Breakers inside The Button

1982 Button Wet T-shirt contestants

1982 FTL beach visitors

Inside The Button 1982

1983 Summers Wet T-shirt contestant

1984 Candy Store bikini contest

1984 Spring Break

1985 FTL Boat Show at Bahia Mar

1985 Spring Breaker

Crazy Gregg soaking up the sun 2002

2014 aerial view of Fort Lauderdale coastline (Photo by Art Seitz)