Whether you're a long-time resident or you're planning on relocating to North Lauderdale, the City is always looking for innovative ways to serve its residents better. Not only is North Lauderdale a great place to visit, it's been named one of the Top 100 Communities for Youth by America's Promise Alliance.
Where We've Been
North Lauderdale wasn’t always at the center of things. At its creation in 1963, it was a new frontier – literally and figuratively. At that time, it was largely farmland on the western edge of development in Broward County. North Lauderdale was originally grazing pasture for cows and horses of the Anderson Dairy Farm and also an agricultural area for the Lena Lyons Stringbean Farm.
Recognizing a rare opportunity to work with a blank slate, famed architect Morris Lapidus turned his attention to planning a city that would become North Lauderdale. Lapidus gained international notoriety for launching the 1950's “Miami Beach” style resort hotel. His design of the Fontainebleau Resort, the Eden Roc and Americana helped create the style of Miami Beach.
The flamboyant, curvy, idiosyncratic and immediately recognizable style became lodged in the American conscience when the Fontainebleau appeared in the 1964 James Bond classic Goldfinger. After hotels, Lapidus turned to designing cities. North Lauderdale, “The City of Tomorrow”, was the first city he laid out. Fifty years later, residents still benefit from his influence and vision, which can be seen in the whimsical “beacons” lending the city prominence and in the distinct, amoebic shape of Boulevard of Champions.
In the late 60's, recognizing the growing demand for single-family homes, the Osias Organization, headed by Colonel Nathan Rood, who was also the first appointed Mayor, purchased most of the land and began the development of North Lauderdale proper. In April 1969, by straw vote, Michael Saraniero became the City's first elected Mayor.
The First Development Boom
Once the city was laid out, the promise of affordable homes near the seaside ushered in a 10-year development boom in the 1970's. Where the rich and famous flocked to Miami Beach, regular families enamored with the Sun Belt, moved to North Lauderdale. Thousands moved in and neighborhood after neighborhood came to life. The city’s character took shape of a younger, family-oriented community where most social interaction took place after work around a softball field. North Lauderdale is a city where a week of hard work is rewarded with sunshine-filled weekends and family barbecues.
Where We're Going
In recent years, Broward County has faced another development boom, but one that is quite different. While most growing areas in the country develop by sprawling outward, Broward County is building inward. The desire to move to Broward from Europe, the Caribbean, South America and the rest of the United States has never been greater. That demand has spurred Broward to rebuild itself in order to accommodate more and more people. And because of that, North Lauderdale, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale has seen one exciting project after another open its doors, making the city a more and more attractive place to live. The City may be a cozy five square miles, but its current growth spurt is just getting started.
The City wrapped it's 50th Anniversary year of celebration Dec. 31, 2013 by burying a time capsule on the front lawn of City Hall. The capsule contained numerous items, including copies of the local newspaper, notes from the elected officials, credit cards, etc., all reflecting operations at City Hall today.