Plantation, Florida
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Plantation, Florida
City of Plantation
Plantation Historical Museum
Plantation Historical Museum
Official seal of Plantation, Florida
Motto(s): "The Grass is Greener" and "E Vasitate Haec Urbs"[1][2]
Map of Florida highlighting Plantation.svg
Satellite view of Plantation
Satellite view of Plantation
Coordinates: 26°7?28?N 80°14?58?W / 26.12444°N 80.24944°W / 26.12444; -80.24944Coordinates: 26°7?28?N 80°14?58?W / 26.12444°N 80.24944°W / 26.12444; -80.24944
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Logo of Broward County, Florida.svg Broward
Incorporated April 30, 1953
 o Type Mayor-Council
 o Mayor Diane Veltri Bendekovic (D)[3]
 o Council President Robert A. Levy
 o Councilmembers Ron Jacobs, Lynn Stoner, Peter S. Tingom, and Chris Zimmerman
 o City Manager Mayor Diane Veltri Bendekovic
 o City Clerk Susan K. Slattery
 o City 21.93 sq mi (56.81 km2)
 o Land 21.64 sq mi (56.04 km2)
 o Water 0.30 sq mi (0.77 km2)  0.87%
Elevation 9 ft (2.75 m)
Population (2010)
 o City 84,955
 o Estimate (2016)[5] 92,706
 o Density 4,284.80/sq mi (1,654.36/km2)
 o Metro 5,564,635
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 o Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes 33311, 33313, 33317-33317, 33322-33325, 33388
Area code(s) 754, 954
FIPS code 12-57425[6]
GNIS feature ID 0289024[7]

Plantation is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census the population was 87,496. It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, with an estimated population of 6,012,331 in 2015. The city's name comes from the prior owner of the land, the Everglades Plantation Company.[8]

Historical timeline

  • 1838 - Battle of Pine Island Ridge - part of the seven-year Seminole War.
  • 1906 - Captain Walter Holloway unsuccessfully attempts to drain the Everglades for farming; major canal runs north-south through Plantation.
  • 1911 - Sewell Locks, first wooden locks in the state, are built on the New River Canal next to State Road 84.
  • 1941 - Frederick C. Peters purchases 10,000 acres (40 km2) for $25 per acre; land had been owned by the Everglades Plantation Company (origin of the city's name); Broward Boulevard is a two-lane road.
  • 1947 - First homes built by Chauncey Clark; property valued at $200 an acre; two hurricanes completely flood the area.
  • 1948 - 12 homes in the area; population reaches 36.
  • 1949 - Plantation Women's Club founded; Plantation Homeowners organization founded by Dr. Abram Hoffman; 40 homes in the area.
  • 1950 - Population reaches 200; Plantation Golf Club built.
  • 1953 - Ellsworth D. Gage appointed first Mayor on April 30; Plantation incorporated as a city; first City Council meeting on May 11; Broward Boulevard grows to a four-lane street; population reaches 475.
  • 1955 - S. Robinson Estey elected Mayor. He had previously been Deputy Sheriff; Plantation Police Dept. organized.
  • 1957 - First industrial plant in Plantation - Airpax Products, Co. on Sunrise Blvd; City of Plantation Volunteer Fire Dept.
  • 1958 - Population reaches 1,600.
  • 1959 - James Ward Jr. elected Mayor. First school, Berenice T. Peters Elementary School, dedicated.
  • 1961 - The Plantation Library is founded with Mrs. Helen B. Hoffman as chairwoman.
  • 1962 - Edwin Deicke donates $100,000 for the expansion and renovation of Hoffman Building, later renamed the Deicke Auditorium; Chamber of Commerce founded.
  • 1963 - Community Center, designed by Russell Pancoast, built and dedicated on city's tenth anniversary.
  • 1965 - Population reaches 6,500.
  • 1969 - Motorola opens facility in Plantation.
  • 1970 - Gulfstream Land and Development Company purchases 5,400 acres (22 km2) for Jacaranda community development; population reaches 23,000.
  • 1973 - Plantation City Hall opens and Deicke Auditorium dedicated.
  • 1974 - Plantation Historical Society founded by Genevieve Veltri, Dorothy O'Hare, Lois Brickhouse, and Marilyn King.
  • 1975 - Frank Veltri elected Mayor for first time; American Express moves Southern Region Operations Center to Plantation. Population 40,200, budget $4,229,569.
  • 1978 - Broward Mall opens (1 million square ft).
  • 1980 - The Plantation Historical Museum is founded; population 48,653.
  • 1981 - Plantation Library is renamed the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library.
  • 1982 - The population reaches 50,000; city budget reaches $12 million.
  • 1985 - Plantation Historical Museum built.
  • 1988 - Fountains Shopping Mall opens (450,000 sq ft); Fashion Mall at Plantation opens (660,000 sq ft).
  • 1990 - The population reaches 65,000; city budget reaches $64 million; Central Park Elementary School opens.
  • 1991 - Hartford's Cornerstone, Phase 1 opens.
  • 1993 - Kemper National Services opens operations in Plantation.
  • 1994 - Population reaches more than 73,500.
  • 1996 - Olympic Torch Run weaves through Plantation.
  • 1997 - Population reaches 78,000; city budget is in excess of $80 million.
  • 1999 - Rae Carole Armstrong elected as Mayor of Plantation; 11,500-square-foot (1,070 m2) Volunteer Park Community Center dedicated.
  • 2000 - Population 84,500 and 55 diverse cultures; Presidential election delayed; Plantation Elementary moves to new school site; ground broken for Jim Ward Community Center.
  • 2001 - Ground broken for Happy Tails Dog Park; Multicultural Garden opens in Park East. Community Bus Service in operation.
  • 2002 - Jim Ward 16,000 sq ft (1,500 m2) Community Center opens; Jack Carter Harmony Park dedicated; Happy Tails Dog Park dedicated.
  • 2005 - Hurricane Wilma hits Plantation on Monday, October 24, 2005 causing significant damage.
  • 2006 - The Fashion Mall closes
  • 2008 - Plantation named one of the nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance.[9]
  • 2015 - Judge John K. Olson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Florida rules on the auction sale of the Plantation Fashion Mall.
  • 2016 - Demolition of Fashion Mall begins.[10]


Plantation is located at 26°7?28?N 80°14?58?W / 26.12444°N 80.24944°W / 26.12444; -80.24944 (26.124354, -80.249503).[11]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.80 square miles (59 km2), of which 21.74 square miles (56 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0 km2) (0.87%) is water.

Plantation is located in central Broward County. It is bordered by Lauderhill to the northeast, Sunrise to the north and west, Davie to the south, and Fort Lauderdale to the east.

An aerial panoramic shot of Plantation, Florida and beyond. (The camera is facing Eastbound from Sunrise, Florida.) Note: The first road on the bottom is Flamingo Road which divides the two cities of Plantation and Sunrise, Florida.


DHL's World Headquarters for the Americas is located in Plantation. American InterContinental University is located in the area, along with the University of Phoenix, located on North Pine Island Road. The Esperanto language institute headquarters are located in Plantation. Avianca operates a Fort Lauderdale-area sales office at 262 South University Drive in Plantation.[12]

Plantation was home to two malls, situated across the street from one another: the Westfield Broward Mall (south of Broward Boulevard), and the Fashion Mall (north of Broward Boulevard). The Fashion Mall/Executive Pavilion was sparsely occupied for many years and closed in April 2007. The vacant former mall was in line to be put up for auction in 2010, but the auction was cancelled after the property owner paid a court judgement.[13][14] The estimated $350 million project is a major part of Plantation Midtown, an 850-acre (3.4 km2) urban center that is intended to help turn Plantation into a regional destination. Plantation has embraced mixed-use in its master plan for the Midtown area. The city is home of TradeStation broker.


Plantation Demographics
2010 Census Plantation Broward County Florida
Total population 84,955 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +2.4% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 3,907.4/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 69.9% 63.1% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 53.7% 43.5% 57.9%
Black or African-American 20.3% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 20.4% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 3.9% 3.2% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 2.9% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 4.2% 3.7% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 37,587 households, with 9.0% being vacant. As of 2000, 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.02.

As of 2000, in the city the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $66,135, and the median income for a family was $80,434.[2] Males had a median income of $44,838 versus $32,360 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,250. About 4.3% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, English as a first language was spoken by 78.00% of the population, while Spanish was at 13.00%, French Creole at 2.24%, French speakers made up 1.30%, Hebrew comprised 0.72%, Portuguese speakers comprised 0.71%, Italian was at 0.58%, German at 0.54%, and Arabic was the mother tongue of 0.46% of all residents.[16]


An aerial shot of American Heritage School

Plantation is served by Broward County Public Schools.

Public high schools

Plantation middle schools

Public elementary schools

  • Central Park Elementary School
  • Mirror Lake Elementary School
  • Peters Elementary School
  • Plantation Elementary School
  • Plantation Park Elementary School
  • Sawgrass Elementary School (serves parts of Plantation)
  • Tropical Elementary School

Private schools

Higher education


Plantation is part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood media market, which is the twelfth largest radio market[17] and the seventeenth largest television market[18] in the United States. Its primary daily newspapers are the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Miami Herald, and their Spanish-language counterparts El Sentinel and El Nuevo Herald.

The city has been used as a filming location for many popular movies. The high school in There's Something About Mary is actually Plantation City Hall, located at 400 NW 73rd Avenue and NW 5th Street.[19]

Notable people


  1. ^ "History Misspells Itself In Plantation Seal's Latin Motto". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2015. 
  2. ^ "Out of the Wilderness, This City: Plantation's History". Retrieved 2015. 
  3. ^ Nevins, Buddy (2 March 2011). "GOP and Democrats Fight For Control of Plantation". Retrieved 2016. Bendekovic is a Democrat 
  4. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008. 
  7. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved 2008. 
  8. ^ City of Plantation. "Historical Timeline of the City of Plantation". Archived from the original on April 15, 2006. Retrieved 2006. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 28, 2010. Retrieved 2009. 
  10. ^ Demolition of Plantation Fashion Mall begins - Sun Sentinel
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  12. ^ "Offices rest of the world." Avianca. Retrieved on January 27, 2009.
  13. ^ Bandell, Brian (April 19, 2010). "Plantation's Fashion Mall set for auction". Florida Business Journal. Retrieved 2011. 
  14. ^ Bandell, Brian (May 3, 2010). "Judgment paid, Fashion Mall auction canceled". 
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved 2015. 
  16. ^ "MLA Data Center Results for Plantation, FL". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007. 
  17. ^ "Top 50 Radio Markets Ranked By Metro 12+ Population, Spring 2005". Northwestern University Media Management Center. Archived from the original on August 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007. 
  18. ^ "Top 50 TV markets ranked by households". Northwestern University Media Management Center. Archived from the original on August 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007. 
  19. ^ "There's Something About Mary film locations". Retrieved 2015. 
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ Sturgess, Kylie (March/April 2015). "Behind the Magic: An Interview with James Randi". Skeptical Inquirer Vol 39 No. 2, pp. 38 - 42.

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