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Broward County

Year Founded: 1961


Jack Marqusee was one of the principal developers of Margate. Incorporated as a “town” in 1955, Margate’s charter was changed in 1961 to rename it a “city.” In the late 1960s, with a population of only 5,700, Margate attracted northern retirees to the quiet retirement areas the city offered. The city changed from a council-strong mayor form of government to a council-manager form of government in 1977. The city grew during the mid-1970s and 1980s. Today, people reside in single-family homes, condominiums, apartments and town homes, many of which are lined by canals and waterways, providing a pleasant environment for boating and fishing.

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