Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is located at 26°11’22 80°5’52? W (26.189561 – 80.097756). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.23 square miles (3 km2). 0.51 square miles (1 km2) of it is land and 0.73 square miles (2 km2) of it (59.35%) is water. The south part of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is situated between Fort Lauderdale and Sea Ranch Lakes, while the north half borders Pompano Beach. The town is on land that is essentially a long narrow island separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal waterway (spanned by drawbridges), stretching approximately one-half dozen city blocks to the Atlantic Ocean. The town is centered on the junction of State Road A1A and Commercial Boulevard. The main industry is tourism; the town has many hotels, motels, and residences used especially during the winter by visitors. At the ocean end of Commercial Boulevard is a long wooden fishing pier.