We were staying at a condo in Deerfield in early April 2005. We were advised to visit Pompano Beach. Well, we loved it.
The beach is very wide, there are restrooms available, as well as affordable parking nearby (there is both street parking or a lot where you can park for a day for just $1.50).
The sand is fine and soft. There is a fishing pier. You have to pay to go on it ($1 per person just to walk). We did that and found it very enjoyable. We watched the fishermen, saw huge pelicans, and took some great photos of the shoreline.
There are several homeless kitties living under the pier - I wish we had something to give them.
Near the pier there are several eating establishments and vending machines. This was our favorite beach (we visited Hallandale Beach, Hollywood Beach, Fort Lauderdale beach, and some other small beaches).