Centennial 2 Millennial

1904 –Governor Napoleon Bonaparte Broward launches campaign to drain Everglades

1908 –Pompano Beach incorporated as a town

1911 –City of Fort Lauderdale becomes incorporated area; 1.5 miles

1914 –Stanford University graduate D.C. Alexander visits Fort Lauderdale and determines that the beach is excellent for housing development

1917 –Las Olas Boulevard is constructed, beginning at the beach and ending at the Museum of Art

1919 –The Broward Hotel – the first hotel for tourists – opens; Hugh Taylor Birch gifts 35-acre Bonnet House property to his daughter Helen and her husband, Chicago artist Frederic Clay Bartlett

1920 –First airboat invented; Bonnet House construction begins

1921 –First golf course, all nine holes built on site of current airport

1923 –Idlewyld developed, beginning dredging of swamps to create man-made land, making Fort Lauderdale the “Venice of America”

1925 –Hollywood (“Dream City”) is incorporated by adoption of municipal charter

1927 –Racing offered at Pompano Park; Lauderdale-by-the-Sea first incorporated

1928 –Casino Pool opens; with a blast of dynamite, President Hoover opens Port Everglades channel

1929 –Merle Fogg (site of current airport) opens

1934 –Hollywood Kennel Club opens in Hollywood

1935 –First annual Collegiate Aquatic Forum held at Fort LauderdaleMunicipal Casino Pool

1936 –Riverside Hotel built by The Las Olas Company – originallyknown as The Champ Carr

1939 –Gulfstream opens

1940 – Harbor Beach purchased for development – 200 acres at $10,000 per acre; Sunrise Boulevard reaches the beach

1942 –Hugh Birch deeds property which becomes Birch State Park

1946 –City of Fort Lauderdale acquires Holiday Park

1947 -Lauderdale-by-the-Sea – second incorporation

1948 –Population of Fort Lauderdale – 36,000; Escape Hotel,the first hotel in Fort Lauderdale with a swimming pool, opens

1949 –Fort Lauderdale Symphony Orchestra founded; Andrews Avenue Bridge completed; Bahia Mar finished

1950 –War Memorial opens for cultural events

1952 –The Jolly Roger, the first hotel on the beach to have air conditioning, opens

1953 –Coral Ridge Properties begins development of Galt Ocean Mile – land purchase of $19.4 million is largest single transaction in the U.S. at that time; the New River Queen makes maidenvoyage on the Intracoastal Waterway

1954 –Sunrise Shopping Center (now The Galleria) opens, 42K present

1956 – Florida Turnpike completed through Broward County; Mai-Kai (“the finest”) opens, bringing a taste of the South Pacific to FortLauderdale; 17th St. Causeway opens, connecting southern endof the beach to the mainland; the Yankee Clipper, spring trainingbase for the New York Yankees for many years, opens

1960 -Where the Boys Are is filmed on Fort Lauderdale Beach, resulting in “Spring Break” deluge; U.S. 1 tunnel opens under New River; first Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

1961 –Over 50,000 college students invade the beach during Spring Break; Members of the local African-American community organized in the form of “wade-ins” to overturn segregation laws and customs at the whites-only Fort Lauderdale Beach

1962 –Yankees move their spring training site to Fort Lauderdale.

1963 –First Pompano Beach Holiday Boat Parade

1965 –International Swimming Hall of Fame complex opens; Florida legislature creates Downtown Development Authority to revitalize downtown

1967 –Parker Playhouse opens

1971 –First Fort Lauderdale Boat Parade

1974 –Hollywood Kennel Club reopens as Hollywood Greyhound Track

1975 –First historic district created

1976 –I-95 complete through Broward County

1977 –The “Strikers” members of North American Soccer League become ourfirst professional team

1979 -Seminole Bingo, the high-stakes bingo hallon the Seminole Hollywood Reservationopens (first Indian casino in North America, helping to establish the IndianGaming industry)

1981 –The Galleria opens and remains a premiere fashion statement

1983 - Evelyn Fortune Bartlett deeds Bonnet House to Florida Trust for Historic Preservation; first Winterfest

1984 – Renovation of Fort Lauderdale’s oldest structure, The Stranahan House; The Bonnet House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

1985 –Museum of Art moves from store front into $7.5 million facility;Fort Lauderdale attracts 350,000 college students during “Spring Break”

1987 –Major expansion of Fort Lauderdale Airport

1990 –Sawgrass Mills shopping center opens

1991 –Broward Center for the Performing Arts open in $52 million facility; $49 million Convention Center opens

1992 –Museum of Discovery and Science opens

1994 –Fort Lauderdale “Wave Wall” complete as part of beach face-lift

1997 –Beach Place and Northport Market Place/Seaport Landing open

1998 –Convention Center hosts 500,000; Fort Lauderdale hosts 6.4 million visitors; the following open:  Las Olas Riverfront, National Car Rental Center and Outdoor World/InternationalGame Fishing Hall of Fame

1999 -$1.8 million expansion to Museum of Art; Oasis opens at Sawgrass Mills; Phase I of Old Town, Fort Lauderdale is complete

2000–07 – Beach experiences building boom, numerous hotel/condominium projects are in development

2004 -Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood opens

2006 -Hollywood Greyhound Track is renamed Mardi Gras Casino afterextensive renovation project; Sawgrass Mills “Colonnade” opens

2012 – Broward Convention Center is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)/”green” certified

2014 – New $790 million runway opens at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport; tourism in Fort Lauderdale reaches a record high of 14.1 million visitors with revenues at $11.7 billion

2015 –15 million visitors expected; CVB Millennial campaign launches; Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the State of Florida

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13 Feb 2015


By Casey Sims