Pembroke Pines Florida

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Pembroke Pines is a city that believes in helping itself. The city developed on dairy farm pasture in southern Broward County, about 15 miles from both Fort Lauderdale and Miami and was incorporated in 1960. The name came from its location along Pembroke Road and the many pine trees in the area or perhaps from an early landowner from Britain, the Earl of Pembroke.

The city grew steadily with housing ranging from single family, town homes to condominiums, and apartments. Pembroke Pines has one of the largest parks systems in Broward County, strong youth and seniors services and relatively low taxes. Well-lighted sports fields, special rinks for roller blade hockey and indoor recreation centers encouraged games, art, and music. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew destroyed the area south of Miami and people moved to new subdivisions of Pembroke Pines. The population more than doubled in the nineties, resulting in overcrowded schools and roads. City of Pembroke Pines started its own charter school system to overcome this.

The city developed an Academic Village that includes a huge Broward County institution, Charles Flanagan High School, Walter C. Young Resource Center, a Broward County Library branch, a performing arts center, water sports complex as well as two- and four-year colleges, elementary professional development school started by Florida State University in partnership with the City, a sports complex and Chapel Trail Park Nature Reserve, a 450 acre wetland that is home to birds, deer, marsh rabbits, alligators, snakes, turtles, largemouth bass and insects.

Today over 150, thousand people live in Pembroke Pines, which encompasses 35 square miles and is fondly called The Pines. The ninth largest city in the state, Pembroke Pines was awarded the prestigious civic designation, 2004 All-America City, which honors municipalities where residents, government, businesses and nonprofit groups work together to address issues of crime, education, poverty, housing and race relations. Pines with its track record of partnering with institutions to forge its successful charter school and senior citizen outreach programs is truly deserving of the recognition. It is a city where residents come together to help one another, regardless of race, age or background. The city and its residents believe in fixing whatever is unsatisfactory in the community and there is a strong sense of bonding and neighborliness.

With its development, the city has lacked a Downtown. City Center is a new project that will create a mixed-use downtown area with hotel, housing, office, retail, and restaurants close to City Hall. Pines' residents shop at strip malls lining most main roads and the sprawling Pembroke Lakes Mall. Pembroke Pines is the car capital of SW Broward. Numerous restaurants serve nearly every possible preference and cuisine.

The Memorial Healthcare Hospital is a full-service hospital in the center of town next to the Pembroke Lakes Mall. Seniors in the Century Village retirement community benefit from its services. Century Village is virtually a small town with synagogue, restaurant, tennis courts and swimming pools The residents can watch movies, play cards, learn to belly dance or use a computer at the clubhouse. Visit the Art Festival in the Pines to buy and sell art and fine crafts. Enjoy exquisite foods, live music, a hands-on art area, and demonstrations by local artists.

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