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Lauderdale Lakes

Broward County

Year Founded: 1961Founded by: Mayor Turnau and Councilmen Burk, Corn, Diamond, Weiss and ZinnPreviously known as: None

History

The City of Lauderdale Lakes was incorporated on June 22, 1961, by a Charter approved by the State Legislature. The City comprises an area of approximately four square miles in the “heart” of Broward County, with its center at the crossroads of State Road 7 and Oakland Park Boulevard. In the beginning, six founders came together to discuss the incorporation of the City. They went on to serve as the City’s inaugural Council after its formation. The City’s first Resolution served to appoint the officers of the City. The first two positions appointed were the City Clerk and the Chief of Police, who both who served pro-bono, as the City did not have any funding at the time. Likewise, there were only two departments, the Office of the City Clerk and the Police Department.

In March 1998, the residents of Lauderdale Lakes voted for a change from a Mayor/City Council to a Mayor/City Commission/City Manager form of government. The new leadership held a strategic planning and visioning session, in which they identified exciting new goals and objectives that are now being implemented.

At the time of incorporation, there were approximately 300 residents in the area. Today, with a population of nearly 32,000, the original staff of three has grown to 133 full-time employees, 43 part-time employees and a team of 65 Broward Sheriff’s Office personnel. In addition to the two original departments, the City has grown to serve the needs of our community with dedicated departments including Fire Rescue, Parks & Leisure, Community Development, Public Works, Finance and Human Resources.

Story of City's Founding

In the beginning, six founders came together to discuss the incorporation of the City. They went on to serve as the City's inaugural Council after its formation. The City's first Resolution served to appoint the officers of the City which were the City Clerk and Chief of Police.

Little Known Facts

Historical Sites

Name: Jerry's Garage
Location:
Historical Significance: First business opened in 1963

Name: Merrell United Methodist Church
Location:
Historical Significance: First church opened in 1964

Name: Lauderdale Lakes Middle School
Location:
Historical Significance: First school opened in 1969

Key Historical Events

Event: First Black Mayor Elected
Event Description:

Samuel S. Brown was elected the first black Mayor in Broward County.

Event: First female elected to Council
Event Description:

Alice Miner was the first female elected to the Council.

Event: Tree City USA
Event Description:

City of Lauderdale Lakes named “Tree City USA”

Event: Playful City USA
Event Description:

City of Lauderdale Lakes named “Playful City USA”

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