The story & the name of Galt Ocean Mile began in 1913, when Arthur Galt, a Chicago lawyer, bought a large 8,000 acre property. The Galt Ocean Mile was only part of this land.
Then in 1953, Coral Ridge Properties, Inc. purchased a tract of land from Arthur Galt. This consisted of what is now Fort Lauderdale north from Sunrise Boulevard, between U.S. 1 and the Intracoastal Waterway north to Floranada Road plus the ocean frontage north of Oakland Park Boulevard, for approximately $19.4 million. This was the largest real estate development deal ever recorded in the sunshine state at the time; and in an interesting twist – the city of Tallahassee struggled with finding sufficient Documentary Stamps for the deed.
As sections were developed, the owners annexed them to the city. The oceanfront land was platted into 22 lots 200 feet wide. The first annex to the city around 1955 was 8 lots at the south end of what became known as the “Mile”.
From there, buildings and hotels began being developed on the Galt Mile. The original building was The Beach Club located where part of the L’ Hermitage Condos now stand. The first oceanfront hotel was the Galt Ocean Mile Hotel. Following suit, Coral Ridge Properties built the Ocean Manor, the first high-rise hotel with beach frontage.
“The Mile” developed rapidly as a local and tourist hot spot as sales began to boom, resulting what we see today. The Fountainhead and The Ocean Summit were the first to boom, followed by the Commodore in 1965.
Many people, young & old, are familiar with the popularity of world famous Galt Ocean Mile.
Our geography is home to the best tropical climate in all of America. With pristine manicured beaches & amazing outdoor activities, it’s no wonder why so many tourists & locals flock to Galt Ocean Mile.
Whether you are discovering another side of summer, escaping the chilly weather, enjoying time off, or cultivating an active or leisurely lifestyle. Galt Ocean Mile offers everything to offer all of your desires!
Galt Mile sports some of the best retail, dining, and entertainment attractions in the entire state.
When given an inch, we encourage you take a MILE!
Sun, Sand, & Retail Services.. at your feet across the street!