Denny & Dianne,
You can anchor
for a short time (a night or two, not sure what the limit is) in Lake Sylvia which is entered from the intracoastal at Bahia
Mar. The deepest water
is along the sea wall on the east side, but you probably won't need to worry about that with your draft
. The city moorings at Las Olas Blvd. are probably the most reasonable place for a longer duration but if you have a car, there is no parking right there.
behind a house or apartment building on Hendricks Isle or Isle of Venice may be your best bet for going to a job every day. They are both off of Las Olas Blvd. and are legal liveaboard
places, whereas most other docks are not.
When I arrived in Ft. Lauderdale from Annapolis
back in 1983 on my Erickson 30, the Las Olas anchorage was still an anchorage and I anchored there for over a month, but after I landed a job I got a dock
on Hendricks Isle that gave me a place to park my car. Ft. Lauderdale has changed a lot since then, and it's not as easy or cheap
to find a place to live aboard your boat, but there are still a good number of people doing it.
Good luck in your search,