Pembroke Pines, Florida
The name of Pembroke Pines, Florida, stems from where it was founded on Pembroke Road in the middle of a large grove of Sand Pine trees (Pinus clausa). An early British landowner, the Earl of Pembroke, lent his name to Pembroke Road. Since it was incorporated in 1959 on a tract smaller than a square mile, Pembroke Pines has grown into a 33-square-mile city.
Pembroke Pines officially became a city in 1960. Developer Joseph La Croix annexed his 320-acre property to the city for its northern expansion when the city couldn’t grow northward due to the boundaries of the North Perry Airport. Part of this parcel became the new home of the Broward Correctional Institution in 1977.
The city doubled in size in 1980 when additional land was annexed. The construction of Interstate 75 also added to the growth of Pembroke Pines, FL. There was such a surge in new residents and housing starts that by 1990 the City of Pembroke Pines was third in a list of Fastest Growing Cities in the United States. Pembroke Pines grew again when displaced coastal residents sought new homes after Hurricane Andrew made landfall in 1992, destroying millions of dollars in coastal housing.
The City of Pembroke Pines, FL, has earned a reputation as an innovative and responsive municipal government organization. The city won the National Civic League’s “All-America City Award” in 2004 as well as being the runner-up in 2003. The city received the “Outstanding Achievement Award” in the “2005 City Livability Awards” Program from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Pembroke Pines is the second largest city in Broward County, and it is the 11th largest in the state. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Pembroke Pines, Florida, had a population of 154,750, up 12.6 percent over its 2000 total. Pembroke Pines’ growth has meant a surge in school-aged residents as well. The Broward County Board of Education provides public schools, in addition to a large number of Charter Schools. The Judson A. Samuels South Campus of the Broward College is located in the city of Pembroke Pines and confers degrees including Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science. Keiser University maintains a campus in Pembroke Pines that provides the opportunity to obtain a career-focused education in growing fields, such as business, criminal justice or nursing.
There is a wide variety of cultural, entertainment and recreational events in Pembroke Pines year-round. The Focal Point Senior Center runs an annual and quite successful Antique & Collectibles show. And then there’s the Art Festival in the Pines and the Fall Arts and Craft Show. In addition to shows at the Susan B. Katz Theater of the Performing Arts, the Arts Park also hosts the City of Pembroke Pines’ “River of Grass Arts Park ” and holds art, music, and drama classes in support of aspiring local talent. There are also a number of golf courses in Pembroke Pines, including the Pembroke Lakes Golf and Racquet Club, which recently reopened after a $7 million dollar renovation.
Broward County’s 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida encompasses Pembroke Pines, 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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