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Pompano Beach

Broward County

Year Founded: 1947

History

One version of the city’s naming is that a survey party from the Florida East Coast Railway was treated by the local folk to a pompano dinner. To let future survey teams know about the delicious fish, they jotted the word “pompano” on their charts. Another version credits Franklin Sheehan, a surveying engineer with the Model Land Company, with naming the town after the delicious fish. The “Beach” portion was added after 1940.

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