Retire in Fort Lauderdale

Meet John

Want to know what it's like to retire in Fort Lauderdale?

I recently retired from Impact Broward, Inc. as President and CEO had an influential and well respected career in both the corporate and non-profit arenas. My corporate career fast tracked to senior management in Fortune 500 corporations with numerous awards for outstanding service as a National spokesperson, sales trainer, and motivator. For the past twenty-four years, I have been in the non-profit arena and was responsible for developing older adult programs, including HIV/AIDS education, older adult job placement services, and volunteer services. I have been nationally recognized for senior issues by ABC 20/20, Good Morning America, and CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and CNN. I am a published writer, quoted in Time magazine plus many local radio and television broadcasts and media publications. I am a member of Broward Chamber of Nonprofit Organizations, the Planned Giving Council of Broward, Leadership Broward, Florida Council on Aging, Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, and Broward Coalition On Aging. I have been married to my wife Dee for the past 35 years and they have one daughter, Nicole. I earned my Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Florida International University in Miami and my Bachelor of Health Services degree from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. I was also awarded The Bronze Star Medal while serving in the United States Army in Vietnam in 1967-1968.

So John, what about Fort Lauderdale initially appealed to you?

The weather and easier way of life were very appealing to me, and were both major factors in my move.

What is an aspect of the area that you, or other retirees may dislike?

Getting too many new residents that are causing some congestion, and the cost of living is increasing.

What is an aspect of your daily life in the area that you weren't expecting before you moved?

I always expected to be employed at least part time after retirement. However, I found that I am satisfied even without the additional income.

If you ever left Fort Lauderdale, what would you miss the most?

I would definitely miss the weather, the beach and my friends that I have grown close with since moving here.

What advice would you have for people moving to this community?

Evaluate the cost of living (click the Taxes/Cost of Living tab above!) as there are many other places that have the same comforts with less expense.

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