BROWARD COUNTY


County Offices
115 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale 954-357-7350
www.broward.org

Chamber of Commerce
1640 W. Oakland Park Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale 954-565–5750
www.browardbiz.com

Boasting 23 miles of spectacular coastline, Broward County is home to a growing population and the major metropolitan center of Fort Lauderdale. Tourism continues to be a steady source of revenue for Broward communities, while new industries such as communications, high technology, interstate banking, and manufacturing have broadened and strengthened the county’s economic base. The region’s prime location makes it a natural port for international trade, and goods exported from Fort Lauderdale reach global destinations. In fact, Port Everglades is distinguished as the deepest seaport on the southern Atlantic coast and one of the world’s largest ports for cruise ships.

Services
Mobility is a top priority for Broward County residents, who are served by a well-planned network of highways that include Interstates 95 and 595, Florida’s Turnpike, the Sawgrass Expressway, and Interstate 75. Broward County Division of Mass Transit provides public transportation alternatives, operating nearly 150 buses each day and covering a 300-square mile area. In addition, Amtrak and Tri-Rail stations offer daily passenger service. The latter runs between West Palm Beach and Miami, connecting the major business, shopping, educational, and residential centers within a three-county region. Tri-Rail features shuttle buses to major airports, as well as a special feeder system that transports visitors to exact business and tourist destinations at no extra charge.

As Broward County’s largest employer, the school district is proud of its proven track record for high achievement test scores and overall academic success. In addition to a full spectrum of educational programs, the district has developed innovative programs in conjunction with area businesses that better prepare students for a highly competitive world. Broward County is also home to a number of colleges and universities, including Nova Southeastern, the nation’s first institution to offer both law and medical degrees. Quality healthcare facilities are equally prolific throughout the county, providing a wealth of services that include community outreach and wellness programs that include health screenings. The county enjoys one of the finest emergency medical systems in Florida, supported by a comprehensive network of facilities from nursing homes and hospices to outpatient treatment centers.

Lifestyle
Proud of its multicultural harmony and colorful diversity, Broward County invites newcomers to discover the celebrated African American Research Library and Cultural Center, the heritage of the Seminole Indians, salsa dancing in downtown Hollywood, jazz beneath a canopy of stars, the strains of island music, and international cuisine. Everything from high fashion in exclusive districts to farm-fresh produce can be enjoyed in abundance throughout this beautiful coastal region with miles of magnificent palm-fringed shoreline and picturesque scenery. North of Miami, the county is dotted with unique attractions like the butterfly aviary at Coconut Creek, fine beach resorts, and world-class golf courses. “Something for everyone” is the hallmark of Broward County, encompassing everything from urban sophistication to resort communities or tranquil towns with a Western flair.

Broward County’s 300 miles of inland waterways and 23 miles of ocean access, with an average temperature of 77 degrees, makes outdoor recreation and boating an enviable way of life for residents. Fort Lauderdale, the county seat, is crisscrossed by 165 miles of navigable waterways that serve as avenues of transportation. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park consists of 180 acres that includes waterways and lagoons, diving facilities, and nature trails. Port Everglades supports both tourism and industry as a leading international shipping port, while Bahia Mar Yacht Basin is distinguished as one of the largest marinas in the world. More than 200 parks are located throughout the county and provide hours of organized and supervised athletic and recreational opportunities for children and adults. Scores of golf courses, extensive bike paths, and countless tennis courts set the scene for countless hours of fun. The list of festivals held in the county is extensive.

Entertainment and the arts are also well represented by art galleries, museums, botanical gardens, and special libraries. The $50 million Broward Center for the Performing Arts is a premier center for the cultural arts. Theater, music, and dance—ranging from nationally acclaimed productions to original works—fill the calendar with spectacular special events. The Museum of Art features its own collections and attracts exhibits from around the world, while the Museum of Discovery & Science offers children of all ages “hands on” experience. Throughout the major cities and small towns of Broward County, newcomers will find a wide selection of architecture, environments, and lifestyles. From elegant waterfront estates to tree-shaded homes in welcoming neighborhoods, Broward County offers an idyllic home.


Coconut Creek
Municipal Offices
954-973-6700
http://www.coconutcreek.net

Chamber of Commerce
954-633-8800
www.cschamber.com

Incorporated in 1967, the community of Coconut Creek is a comparatively new city that has experienced rapid growth in recent decades. Commercial, residential, and industrial development is expected to continue at a steady rate as families and developers are drawn to the tropical surroundings, convenient location, and quality lifestyle. In the midst of this planned expansion, town leaders and residents are making strong efforts to retain the city’s natural landscape. Open green space, waterways, parks, and lakes currently combine to offer a scenic backdrop for commercial and residential areas in the “Butterfly Capital of the World.” In addition, housing costs in Coconut Creek are some of Broward County’s most affordable. Handsome multi-family developments and single-family homes are available in a wide spectrum of prices and styles, including a number of waterfront properties. Boat ramps, golf courses, and parks and playgrounds are all components of the city’s multi-million-dollar park program.

Coral Springs
Municipal Offices
954-344-1000
www.coralsprings.org

Chamber of Commerce

954-752-4242
www.cschamber.com

As one of the largest communities in the county and the state, Coral Springs has experienced explosive growth by solidifying its reputation as an economic and business hub. Consistently ranked among America’s “Fifty Fabulous Places to Raise a Family,” Coral Springs has blossomed into a vibrant city of fine homes shaded by a canopy of trees, complemented by the expansive spaces of numerous parks, broad avenues, and lush golf courses. Unlike many of Florida’s cities, Coral Springs is a magnet for attract permanent, year-round residents. Its attractions are many-faceted, including a reputation for some of the finest schools in Broward County. State-of-the-art healthcare, exceptional services, a county library, a myriad of parks and recreational choices add to the endless list of advantages. In spite of impressive economic growth, Coral Springs remains a residential haven, offering single-family dwellings in a wide range of styles and prices. From secluded wooded lots to open green spaces, Coral Springs boasts some of Broward County’s finest homes. Coral Springs offers hundreds of acres of parkland for recreational use as well as an aquatic center and the multi-purpose City Centre. Golf, tennis, hiking, picnicking, fresh-water swimming, and a host of special community events throughout the year guarantee excitement for residents.

Cooper City
Municipal Offices
954-434-4300
www.coopercityfl.org

Chamber of Commerce

954-581-0790
www.davie-coopercity.org

The area known as Cooper City began as a few acres of orange groves and cattle grazing before business tycoon Morris Cooper began his development. Although the city population was once officially recorded at 85, it has demonstrated a consistent growth pattern since its incorporation in 1959. Proud of its grassroots character, ecological balance and appearance, Cooper City has repeatedly been awarded the title of “Tree City USA.” Homebuyers are drawn to the family-oriented community and all it has to offer including an exceptional school system, an adult center, nearby shopping and services, and ample recreational facilities. Parks in the area feature playgrounds and picnic facilities, numerous lakes and waterways, and tennis courts are strategically placed throughout the community. Adjacent to the thriving community of Davie, Cooper City contains the same Western flair, natural friendliness, and casual lifestyle so prevalent in its neighboring town. Located just 25 minutes from Fort Lauderdale, commuters may drive on one of four major highways and interstates.

Dania Beach
Municipal Offices
954-924-3601
http://daniabeachfl.gov/

Chamber of Commerce

954-926-2323
http://www.daniabeachchamber.org/

Incorporated in 1904, Dania Beach is distinguished as the oldest city in Broward County. The community is proud of its historic legacy and the name “Dania,” which reflects the strong Danish roots of its founders. For Dania Beach residents, preserving nature takes precedence over the conveniences and sophistication of a more urbanized lifestyle. Despite its growth potential, a large percentage of the area remains undeveloped. This attitude is evident in the environmental preservation of Dania’s wetlands, some of the very few mangrove swamps left in the nation. A plethora of antique stores is scattered throughout the community, attracting antique buyers from all over the nation. Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are just minutes away. A number of regional attractions bring visitors to Dania Beach, from family amusements to golfing, playing Jai Alai, boating, and fishing. Two miles of sandy beach allow residents to take advantage of outdoor recreation along the Atlantic seashore. Boating, swimming, picnicking and other activities are available within the 253-acre expanse of John U. Lloyd State Park.

Davie
Municipal Offices
954-797-1000
www.davie-fl.gov

Chamber of Commerce

954-581-0790
www.davie-coopercity.org

Although Davie’s population has skyrocketed over the past four decades, the area has retained the charm and friendliness of a Western atmosphere. This appealing “Old West” theme is immediately evident throughout the downtown business development. As the city matures, continued growth and development are likely to transform the former “ranch and horse racing” community into one of the largest municipalities in Broward County and the State of Florida. Providing a model of conservation, Davie’s open-space program preserves an expanse of natural land within the town, linking it to commercial, residential, and recreational facilities. The town is also home to the main campus for Broward County Community College, enriching the region with cultural and educational resources. Regional recreational options are diverse and first-rate, including programs and amenities developed by the Davie community services department and those available at the campus of neighboring colleges. Boasting a bright future, the Davie area’s proximity to interstates and major highways enhances the appeal to newcomers.

Deerfield Beach
Municipal Offices
954-480-4263
www.deerfield-beach.com

Chamber of Commerce

954-427-1050
www.deerfieldchamber.com

From its beginnings as open space covered with farm fields, Deerfield Beach was named after the herds of deer that formerly wandered the area. Today, the community’s industry has flourished into a vital component to the area’s economy and its population has grown steadily over the past three decades. The beach, though only one mile in length, remains a fundamental part of the community. Locals take pride in their clean and peaceful beach, as well as the 722-foot fishing pier that remains open 24 hours a day. Boat ramps, three golf courses, tennis courts, and a generous number of verdant, shaded parks contribute to the broad realm of things to do in Deerfield Beach. Residences are available in an array of options including apartments, condominiums, and single-family dwellings, a large portion of which are newer and located along the waterfront. Notable municipal services and a stable economy further enhance the area known as Deerfield Beach.

Fort Lauderdale
Municipal Offices
954-828-8000
http://www.fortlauderdale.gov/home

Chamber of Commerce

954-462-6000
www.ftlchamber.com

Often called the “Venice of America” with more than 165 miles of navigable waterways, Fort Lauderdale is the largest of Broward County’s municipalities. Countless canals with boats moored at the docks and seawalls add the flavor of Old World romance to the city’s natural charm and modern beauty. Water taxis transport both visitors and residents to key destinations and offer their customers “Frequent Floater Miles.” Recreation has always been a highlight of living in Fort Lauderdale; and residents spend a good deal of time dining at waterfront restaurants, swimming at the beach, boating, sailing or deep-sea fishing. The price of the downtown district is the Riverwalk, a panoramic connection between the arts and science, business, shopping and historic districts. Intellectual and cultural activities have long been a mainstay of Fort Lauderdale life. Nature lovers will thrill to the $40 million New World Aquarium, while aficionados of the arts will enjoy the magnificent Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Shoppers can browse through malls such as the Galleria, nearby Sawgrass Mills and Dania Antique Row or the famous Las Olas Boulevard Shops. Residents enjoy more than 50 golf courses, hundreds of tennis courts, and lush parks both large and small.

Hallandale Beach, Pembroke Park
Hallendale Offices
954-458-3251
https://hallandalebeachfl.gov
Pembroke Park Offices
954-966-4600
www.townofpembrokepark.com

Chamber of Commerce
954-454-0541
http://hallandalebeachchamber.org/

The serene neighboring communities of Hallandale and Pembroke Park share an advantageous location between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Well known for handsome condominium developments that command spectacular ocean views, Hallandale also features beautiful single-family homes, a manufacturing and industrial district, and a financial district that is often referred to as the “Wall Street” of the South. The Gulfstream Park Race Track in Hallandale offers the thrill of thoroughbred horseracing as well as diverse entertainment from concerts to festivals. Nearby Pembroke Park is known as the “small town that means big business,” boasting some of Florida’s largest and most prestigious companies including Coca-Cola and Home Deport. The antique district lines the town border with multi-million-dollar inventories. Many of the finest attractions of Miami and Fort Lauderdale are convenient to both communities, from world-class cultural attractions to shopping malls.

Hollywood
Municipal Offices
954-921-3474
www.hollywoodfl.org

Chamber of Commerce

954-923-4000
http://hollywoodchamber.org/

Although the community is well known as a resort town, Hollywood draws many new residents each year with its exceptional recreational opportunities and convenient location. Not only is the close proximity to two major airports one of its primary assets, but the city forms the midpoint between two major ports and the two major financial centers of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Services are outstanding. Convenient to Hollywood are a large number of exceptional schools and medical centers. Since its incorporation 1925, Hollywood’s population has continually grown. Among the myriad of parks that enhance the city’s recreational offerings is John Lloyd Beach State Park, fast becoming the favorite for boating and water-skiing. Locals not only utilize the six miles of public beach, dotted with hotels and motels, but also frequent the many lush parks, golf courses and fresh-water swimming facilities that grace the community. The acclaimed favorite among the city’s 20 parks is Topeekeegee Yugnee Park.

Lauderhill
Municipal Offices
954-730-3000
www.lauderhill-fl.gov

Chamber of Commerce

954-462-6000
www.ftlchamber.com

Located just one mile west of the City of Fort Lauderdale, the family oriented community of Lauderhill enjoys a strategic location near major metropolitan amenities from culture to entertainment. Commuters enjoy easy access to major thoroughfares including the Florida Turnpike; Interstates 75, 95 and 595; and the Sawgrass Expressway. Balancing businesses with residential communities, the city benefits from a strong tax base. Residents enjoy an abundance of social, recreational, and educational opportunities. Two libraries, beautiful parks, tennis courts, sports fields, swimming pools, and sports venues add to the quality of life. Through four decades of growth and development, the city has transformed from open grazing land to an urban setting. The phenomenal growth between 1970 and 1980 was largely due to the promotion of the Jackie Gleason Inverarry Golf Classic and the “Inverrary lifestyle” of tropical landscaping, towering trees, and cascading waterfalls. These high standards also set the guidelines for many of the city’s subsequent developments.

Lighthouse Point
Municipal Offices
954-943-6500
https://city.lighthousepoint.com/

Chamber of Commerce

954-427-1050
www.deerfieldchamber.com
Nestled among other communities in the greater Pompano Beach area, Lighthouse Point is a refuge for people who prefer a slow and tranquil, leisurely lifestyle. With virtually no room for expansion, the small town will undergo little major development as the decades unfold. Many newcomers consider this stability one of the major advantages of Lighthouse Point. The overwhelming majority of homes are single-family dwellings, either located on the waterfront or along tree-lined streets. Restaurants and service shops are located primarily on one side of Lighthouse Point directly on Federal Highway; the opposite border on the Intracoastal Waterway is home to numerous boats and yachts. Parks and mini-parks expand across more than 18 acres, offering biking/hiking paths, picnic areas, tennis and basketball courts. Major facilities include a number of wonderful parks, a tennis center, and a yacht club. Neighboring communities are just a short drive away, and Fort Lauderdale is a mere 20-minute drive. Children and teenagers attend school in nearby cities under the Broward County School System.

Margate
Municipal Offices
954-935-5300
www.margatefl.com

Chamber of Commerce

954-941-2940
www.pompanobeachchamber.com

Springing from the roots of a farming hamlet, Margate has blossomed since its founding in 1959 into a progressive, full-service city. The mix of residents in this comfortable residential environment includes families, professionals, and retirees. The wide spectrum of community members reinforces Margate’s reputation as being an ideal place to live, raise a family, or work. Margate boasts its own marina, 19 parks, and the Margate Sports Complex—a premier 12-acre, $1.9 million facility. Margate residents enjoy a relatively low tax rate, affordable housing, and a municipal complex featuring state-of-the-art facilities and programs for all ages. Children receive a quality education at local schools, and reputable institutions of higher learning are in close proximity. The beach is only a 15-minute drive from home, and Margate is one of several communities to house its own marina. A wide range of goods and services are offered through a number of local retailers. As one of the hubs of the Gold Coast, Margate is 35 miles north of Miami. Fort Lauderdale or Pompano and Deerfield Beaches are only minutes away.


Miramar
Municipal Offices
954-602-3000
www.miramarfl.gov

Chamber of Commerce

954-432-9808
www.miramarpembrokepines.org

Incorporated in 1955, Miramar remains a predominantly residential area where single-family homes are available in a variety of architectural styles and price ranges. Residents and planners share in the pride of an award-winning streetscape. Miramar earned the national recognition of “Tree City USA” for its accomplishments in landscaping and beautifying the City. Equally distanced between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Miramar is a young community with families dominating the demographics. Stringent development laws require builders to plant at least three six-foot trees on each lot, another indication of how important preservation is to the community. The dedicated efforts of town officials and community members to enhance the city’s image over the past 15 years have resulted in a charming environment. Multi-colored flowers and plants embellish the area, and Miramar’s many gazebos, ponds and canals are an aesthetic, visual delight to all. Community members participate in planned programs and activities throughout the years, as well as utilize the many sports facilities in the city: baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, recreation centers, parks and playgrounds.

Oakland Park
Municipal Offices
954-630-4200
www.oaklandparkfl.org

Chamber of Commerce

954-568-7755

Historic Oakland Park is committed to preserving its small-town flavor while developing attractive neighborhoods, outstanding parks, and a thriving local business community. The Oakland Park Main Street organization actively assists the city in promoting historic preservation, making architectural improvements, strengthening community relationships, and stimulating economic growth. Retaining a vintage “Old Florida” town center, the city is actively revitalizing and beautifying the downtown district for a pleasing mix of shops, services, and outdoor dining. This long established community is proud that several generations of families continue to call the city home, and the local library is one of the few in the few “city owned” in the county. Oakland Park Elementary School is the oldest school still in use in Broward County and a National Landmark. The city was named for the tall oaks that still provide shade along tranquil neighborhood streets.


Parkland
Municipal Offices
954-753-5040
www.cityofparkland.org

Chamber of Commerce

954-937-0232
http://theparklandchamberofcommerce.org/

One of the newer communities in Broward County, Parkland was incorporated in 1963. Since the early 1980s, the area has welcomed an influx of homebuyers—a trend of steady growth that shows no indication of slowing down. If Parkland was once ranked among the county’s “best kept secrets,” it has definitely been discovered. Preserving the area’s natural beauty and charm as a semi-rural community, civic leaders and residents have taken a cautious approach to development in this family-oriented setting with an equestrian flavor. Their conservative attitude reflects a desire to protect cherished traditions, quality of life, and the small-town flavor. Families enjoy the recreational and cultural opportunities that abound in Parkland or within very close proximity. Plans for land use emphasize further residential development, with only a small portion designated for commercial and industrial expansion. Loxahatchee Reserve, as well as Terramar Park and Quigley Park offer acres of additional natural beauty and countless options for rest and relaxation.

Pembroke Pines
Municipal Offices
954-435-6500
www.ppines.com

Chamber of Commerce

954-432-9808
www.miramarpembrokepines.org

From its genesis as a two-square-mile subdivision in 1960, Pembroke Pines has grown into a sprawling residential community comprised primarily of young families. Named for the area’s towering pines, Pembroke Pines remains a panoramic, serene community with little commercial or industrial development. One of the more unique aspects of this bedroom community is the tradition of celebrating the city’s birthday each April. Festivities include a parade, fireworks, delicious food, and games and activities for all ages. C.B. Smith Park is one of the region’s largest recreational destinations, offering a host of facilities with an emphasis on water sports. New residents will discover an expansive list of housing options on the market in every price and style, from townhomes and condominiums to single-family homes. Providing a major regional shopping destination, Pembroke Lakes Regional Shopping Center is a mecca of eateries, boutiques, and leading department stores. A variety of respected schools serve the area.

Pompano Beach
Municipal Offices
954-786-4600
http://pompanobeachfl.gov/

Chamber of Commerce

954-941-2940
www.pompanobeachchamber.com

Located along the heart of the Gold Coast between Miami and the Palm Beaches, Pompano Beach is only nine miles from Fort Lauderdale. Although community members favor a slow and easy-going style with an emphasis on recreation, local businesses play an important role in the activities and vitality of the city as well. North Broward Medical Center anchors the healthcare services. Water sport opportunities abound: boating, swimming, and utilizing the many piers, landings, wharves, and marinas along the Intracoastal. Tennis fans also enjoy a myriad of well-kept courts. For the more serious-minded, Pompano offers a number of public libraries and ample opportunities for education. A large number of excellent schools, colleges, and universities are available within the city or within a very short distance. Aficionados of the performing arts will delight in the top-name artists and entertainers featured at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre. Housing is available to suit every taste and budget, allowing newcomers to choose from a variety of styles from waterfront condominiums to single-family homes.

Plantation
Municipal Offices
954-797-2200
www.plantation.org

Chamber of Commerce

954-587-1410
https://plantationchamber.org/

One of the most prestigious cities in Broward County, Plantation has long been known as a pre-planned, rigorously zoned area with refined residential and commercial areas. Although growth is encouraged at a steady rate, town officials and residents carefully control development. The economy relies heavily on thousands of businesses that include retail, industry, healthcare, professional services, and financial institutions. Several corporate giants have chosen Plantation as the headquarters for their Southeastern region, and the community is also the site of two of the southeast’s largest regional shopping centers. Central Park is a favorite among the areas many parks. Residents can enjoy the serenity of jogging or participate in a number of competitive sports. In spite of new residential developments and upscale housing projects, real estate costs continue to remain competitive. Convenient services include two libraries and numerous private and public schools that ensure a wide range of options for a quality education.

Sunrise
Municipal Offices
954-741-2580
www.sunrisefl.gov

Chamber of Commerce

954-835-2428
https://sunrisechamber.org/

Sunrise has grown and matured from an undeveloped, two square-mile parcel to more than 20 square miles of thriving community. In addition to the beautiful golf courses that grace the area, Sunrise is the home of GameWorks. This state-of-the-art facility inspired by the genius of Steve Spielberg offers visitors of all ages a spectacular virtual-reality experience in a kaleidoscope of games. An ever-growing city, Sunrise has worked diligently to keep pace with change, upgrading services and constructing new facilities to meet the needs of residents and commercial citizens. In fact, Sunrise houses the largest retail facility in the entire Southeast, Sawgrass Mills, featuring more than two million square feet of discount shopping. Although a large percentage of Sunrise development remains residential, major companies have chosen to construction regional offices or headquarters in the city. The city of Sunrise is also a secure place in which to live and raise a family, dedicated to maintaining quiet streets and tranquil neighborhoods. Markham County Park and a number of city parks are located close to home. The beautiful civic, recreation, and cultural arts center adds to the options for relaxation and entertainment.

Weston
Municipal Offices
954-385-2000
www.westonfl.org

Chamber of Commerce
954-389-0600

Crystal blue lakes, spacious green parks, and impeccable lush landscapes are just a few of the many reasons that newcomers decide to settle in the city of Weston. Only 20 minutes away from Fort Lauderdale and centrally located to several major highways, Weston offers suburbia in its most attractive form. In addition to the area’s expansive economic growth and ideal location, Weston offers beautifully designed homes in a wide range of styles and prices. Equestrians appreciate the spacious acreage possible in many Weston developments, providing a true taste of rural living with all the amenities of a progressive economy. Numerous equestrian and golf facilities only add to the area’s beauty and allure. Locals, regional residents and out-of-state visitors travel to Weston each year for two of its more prominent cultural and sports events. Weston residents are eligible to apply for membership to exclusive community clubs, while youngsters and adults alike enjoy the facilities in local parks and a county park. With its quality schools, recreational amenities, shopping convenience, and excellent location in Broward County, Weston offers an ideal living environment.

Wilton Manors
Municipal Offices
954-390-2100
www.wiltonmanors.com

Chamber of Commerce

954-568-7755

“The Island City” of Wilton Manors has become a hotspot for growth and development, with upscale enclaves transforming even the older, outdated areas like Highland Estates. Beautiful homes that feature Key West styling as well as handsome condominiums now complement the city’s well-kept established neighborhoods. Other feathers in the Wilton Manors cap are exciting new shops and restaurants along Wilton drive, a recently renovated library, and the Island City Park Preserve. Residents enjoy live stage productions at the Stage Door and a medley of recreational facilities and programs close to home. Athletic programs for all ages, summer camps, special events, and holiday celebrations are just a few of the many amenities. Once considered a tranquil blue-collar community, Wilton Manors is emerging with an entirely new identity as a highly desirable address in Broward County and Southeast Florida.

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