NJDewd saidIndeed Art Deco - the clampdown in FLL came after the riotous 1985 Spring Break and coincidentally right about then I recall reading an article in USA Today about the resurgent Miami Beach...
Fort Lauderdale's senior citizens had been agitating to end Spring Break for years, because of all the traffic and other inconveniences it caused them. And as I recall some leading Evangelical preacher was railing against it, too, because of sex and underage drinking. When the clashes came there was a suspicion the City itself had stage-managed some of it, and certainly exploited it.
But then the Law of Unintended Consequences stepped in. For a while FtL tourism sagged, due to no Spring Breakers and the bad image the City and nearby parts of south Florida acquired. A lot of the old, smaller Mom & Pop hotels suffered, and mega-developers made them offers they couldn't refuse, buying up adjoining low-income apartments & condos, as well. That's when the beach front skyscraper hotels started going up, that now define the Fort Lauderdale shoreline, and neighboring cities to the north & south.
That change in landscape & economy chased out many of the older residents who had worked to end Spring Break. But there was yet another unintended consequence, that benefited gays.
The developers went for the beach front property, but motels a few blocks from the shore were largely ignored. Just then in the late 1990s gays started migrating from South Beach, where they too, like the seniors, were being priced out of the market. The run-down and even closed Mom & Pops were renovated to become gay guest houses and resorts. And today you'll see them along North Birch Road and connecting streets, 2 and 3 blocks back from the FtL beach and in the shadow of these towering modern hotels bordering the shore.