The principal city in the South Florida Metropolitan Area (comprised of the three most populous counties in Florida: Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach), Hollywood, Florida, is the shining star along Florida’s southeast sugar-sand coastline.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Hollywood, FL, had a population of 140,768, up 1 percent over the 2001 figures. The city covers 27 square miles of land.
The origins of Hollywood, Florida, date to 1920 when a developer, Joseph W. Young, Jr., bought the first square mile of what would later become his dream of Hollywood-By-The-Sea. Previously a resident of Southern California, Young brought that region’s eclectic style of Moorish and Spanish architecture with him. You can still see the influence of those architectural styles today. Young’s plans for the entire city included elaborate parks, wide boulevards and numerous scenic vistas. Another important component was the trendy 1920′s City Beautiful Movement concept called the Arcade, which joined retail space with apartments and courtyards.
The famous Boardwalk in Hollywood cuts a 30-foot pathway between the pristine Hollywood, FL, beaches and the town itself. This pedestrian walkway is a wide, pleasant way to check out the beaches and navigate between shopping and restaurants on the beachfront. A popular destination in itself, Hollywood’s Boardwalk also hosts a number of events. For example, The Beach Theater has weekly free concerts like the “Gypsy Blue Acoustic Revue ” and “ Dancing Under the Stars.” In addition to the Boardwalk, Downtown Hollywood offers a wide array of unique boutiques, vibrant storefronts, quaint brick-lined sidewalks and a diverse restaurant selection. It’s easy to shop for unique items, but it could take a lot of time with the abundance and variety of retail stores in Hollywood, FL.
Hollywood, FL, also offers exciting gaming opportunities at two Seminole Indian gaming facilities. With more than 1,000 slot machines, the Seminole Indian Casino is also home to more than 40 poker tables, as well as bingo and electronic bingo. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has 2,500 of the most popular Vegas-style slots and 50 poker tables on the casino floor. The poker provisions include high-limit tables and non-smoking poker rooms.
Hollywood, Florida, also offers its residents high-quality schooling at every educational level. With 45 certified preschools, Hollywood’s offerings outnumber what you would expect in urban centers twice the size of Hollywood. In addition to the award-winning public school system, there are a number of private grammar through high schools in Hollywood, Florida. It is also easy to commute to a large number of colleges and universities near Hollywood. Some of these institutions offer business, technical and law degrees.
Broward County’s 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida encompasses Hollywood, FL. The 17th Judicial Circuit serves a community encompassing 1,197 square miles in South Florida and containing a population of nearly 2 million. Established in 1972, Florida’s two-level trial court system includes circuit and county courts. Disputes are resolved by jury trials or by non-jury trials in the circuit and county trial courts. County Courts are courts of limited jurisdiction where misdemeanor and civil cases are heard. Circuit Courts are the highest state trial courts in Florida. They hear felony, civil, family, juvenile and probate matters.
There are four area courthouses: the Broward County Judicial Complex, 201 Southeast 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301; the North Regional Courthouse, 1600 West Hillsboro Boulevard, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442; the South Regional Courthouse, 3550 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL 33021; and the West Regional Courthouse, 100 North Pine Island Road, Plantation, FL 33324.
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