What started in the early 20th
century, as a vast bean patch owned by Henry "Bud" Lyons developed into
one of the most desirable residential areas to live in Broward
Renowned for its emphasis of superior designs in landscaping and green
areas along with a family-friendly atmosphere, Coral Springs' 40 years of
incorporation as a city evolved majestically into the premier city in
which to "live, work and raise a
family" in South Florida.
Coral Ridge Properties (CRP) started
to steadily acquire Lyons' "bean patch" in 1960
and envisioned a master-planned community boasting of traditional Southern
living as the "City in the Country".
This investment resulted in an award-winning community drawing residents
at tremendous rates in the 1980s and 1990s. Attracted by the city's
innovative use of technology in its homes and services, young families
moved to Coral Springs to enjoy all it had to offer, from top-rated
schools, athletic facilities and idyllic surroundings to raise their
NEIGHBORHOOD (What it is like):
It has been an emphasis from the beginning
from Coral Ridge Properties to create the flair of country living along
with the practical use of modern and emerging technology in its homes. In
the outside, streets and walkways are cleanly manicured with lavish
landscaping full of trees and foliage. Recognized as a "Tree City, USA"
for already 19 years (http://www.arborday.net/programs/treecities.cfm?chosenstate=Florida),
Coral Springs makes use of this practice by enforcing strict building
codes to enhance the natural beauty found in many of its neighborhoods and
The city now enjoys more and more
neighborhood feeling of accomplishment and progress with many new
celebrations such as the upcoming "Viva!
Springs" extravaganza celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month highlighting the
melting pot that Coral Springs has lately enjoyed.
In addition, Coral Springs' residents enjoy
cultural enrichment through the its Museum of
Art and the Center for the Arts, both recognized as leaders of
contemporary arts in South Florida. The Museum has hosted countless
artists depicting a full range of art in sculpture and paintings. It also
serves as a complement to the Center of Arts by opening its displays 60
minutes before show times. The Center of the Arts has grown from the
simple use as a municipal auditorium and gymnasium to a state of the art
visual and performing arts center attracting big name Broadway shows and
Coral Springs incorporated as a city in 1963
with three residents who were actually employees of the Coral Ridge
Properties. By 1980, the city fully detached itself from CRP into an
independently run government system and by that time, its population
already reached some 34,000 residents. In 2003, this number exploded to
well over 124,000, comprised mostly of white, educated and family-oriented
people. Nevertheless, ethnic diversity has been a priority for the city
in attracting young, upwardly affluent African-American, Hispanic American
and foreign-born professionals.
As the fourth largest city in Broward County
and 11th largest in Florida with 23.5 square miles of area,
Coral Springs contains over 21,000 single-family residences with a median
income capita per family over $50,000. This has been beneficial in
helping it boast a taxable base of over $4.7 billion.
Its public schools are constantly regarded
as some of the best in Broward County with a higher that national average
in high school and college graduation rates.
"City in the Country"
aimed at developing a government that served its residents with
"customer-focus" and a "quality-oriented" ideal.
As the years drew by, the now
independent city experienced an explosive growth rate that even they did
not envision nor knew how to handle in regards to its city services.
With this goal in mind, it
self-imposed a Total Quality Management plan to overhaul and update its
services and operations and create a government system of services that
produced results in the "unconventional" way of a corporation. The wanted
results came to be a success in earning accolades in
1997 with the "Florida
Governor's Sterling Award", the "Neighborhood of the Year" award from
Neighborhoods USA in 1998, and most recently in 2004 by receiving for the
first time the "Florida City of Excellence Designation" by the Florida
League of Cities.
Coral Springs' government is
comprised of a five-member City Commission, all nonpartisan and elected at
large with elections held every 2 years.
The city has been successful
in providing superior service to its residents with full online city
services for permits, licenses and payments. Another innovation, is its
"City Hall in The Mall" providing residents the convenience of service to
their questions and concerns from the Coral Square Mall. In addition,
Coral Springs also produces and broadcasts "CityTV25", an innovative 24
hour television-programming channel aimed exclusively to its residents.
This channel is aired through local cable
PARKS & RECREATION:
The average year-round weather of 76 degrees
Fahrenheit in Coral Springs affords its residents to enjoy all its many
and varied parks and recreation facilities. Ranging from a state of the
art Aquatic Complex (www.aquaticcomplex.com)
who is proud to have sent four of its league swimmers to the
2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, to the very friendly Bark
for dogs to enjoy romping free of their leashes.
Other facilities include the
with its indoor soccer fields, "incredibleICE!"
and its twin skating rinks used for the recreational skater
and organized ice hockey teams, and the Coral Springs Tennis Center (http://www.cstennis.org)
having South Florida's only red-clay tennis courts and hosting the
US Open Team Tennis
Tournament and Seafood Extravaganza in September.
Coral Springs is also proud to take an
active role in preserving a remaining part of land within its city limits
that neighbor the marsh lands in the Everglades National Park. It
is done in an effort to create a legacy for its
children and future residents in environmental preservation, ecology and
wildlife all being such a significant part of the South Florida
Coral Springs' desire of athletics and the
environment are beautifully merged in creating
the healthy outdoor lifestyle that has attracted prospective residents in
droves and its current ones more than proud to call it their home.
originally started as a sleepy "bedroom town" in the northwestern end of
Broward County for families who wanted to get away from the hustle and
bustle of its big city neighbors. With the advent of the Sawgrass
Expressway in the 1990s, it gave way to a population explosion not only in
residents but also in corporate interest.
The Coral Springs
Chamber of Commerce (http://www.cschamber.com/)
expressed this need in creating the Coral Springs Economic Development
Foundation in 1993 to attend to the demand from companies wanting to
relocate or set up additional offices in
Coral Springs. Leading the way in economic interest was a real estate
developing surge of luxurious residential communities like Heron Bay,
corporate relocation within the Coral Springs Corporate Park housing
companies such as First Data and attracting big name hotel chains such as
Marriot. The Coral Springs Marriot Hotel, Golf Club and Convention Center
at Heron Bay is a beautifully designed haven
for both tourists and business travelers containing a championship golf
course that hosted the nationally televised Honda Classic.
Another accomplishment serving as an opening
highlight of the new millennium for the city of Coral Springs is the
superior rating of "AAA" received from Fitch-ICBA and an "Aaa"
rating from Moody's Investor Services, both affirming the city's Total
Quality Management master plan as a successful model to