Lauderdale Lakes, Florida
Lauderdale Lakes, Florida
Lauderdale Lakes, a small rural community, has transformed into a thriving city that covers an area of approximately four square miles of the heart of Broward County. Strategically located at the intersection of State Road 7 and Oakland Park Boulevard – one of the busiest crossroads in Broward County, the City of Lauderdale Lakes was incorporated in 1961 and named after nearby Fort Lauderdale.
About the Community
Back in the 1960s, there were approximately 300 residents in the community and the area looked very different from what it is today. The community was rural, with most of the land used for farming and grazing. State Road 7, the main thoroughfare was a two-lane undivided road with cattle and horses often wandering along State Road 7 and Oakland Park Boulevard. In those early years, the Police Chief had his hands full chasing animals off the road. The growth of the city was stimulated largely because of its excellent location on these very roads.
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Through the 1960’s and 1970’s the City along with the rest of Broward County grew into a vibrant community with a culturally diverse population, economic vitality, and beautiful neighborhoods surrounded by sparkling lakes. Lauderdale Lakes has continued to develop economically with new construction, new residents, and an expanding business base. As development in Broward County grew towards the west, Lauderdale Lakes has become not only conveniently central, but also highly desirable.
Today, Lauderdale Lakes has a population of nearly 36,000 diverse multicultural people who have helped create a thriving suburban environment ideal for living, working and playing. There have been many Caribbean immigrants in the recent years, adding to the melting pot of cultures. The City has grown to keep pace with the needs of the community. 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 government adopted a motto, “We Care,” and vision for Lauderdale Lakes: “To be the best City of its size through commitment to safety, quality of life, government, and efficient use of resources.”
Vicinity of Lauderdale Lakes
Lauderdale Lakes has a promising and dynamic future with the City trying to create new jobs, build the tax base and to improve the infrastructure. Local government hopes to boost property values, encourage small business development, attract new businesses, and revitalize the commercial corridor. Once mainly occupied by retirees who loved the leisurely pace of life, excellent weather, and scenic surroundings, today Lauderdale Lakes is popular with younger people with growing families. This has increased the need to beautify the parks and neighborhoods and increase recreational facilities.
Lauderdale Lakes can qualify to be named the Home of the House of Worship. There are twenty-two churches within its square miles. Most homes are multiple family unit condominiums. Residents keenly contribute to the efforts made to improve facilities for them. They have contributed towards and built a modern roomy fully equipped Community Center that is used by young and old.