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Larry Blustein

Hallandale Beach Continues To Celebrate 90 Years


By Larry Blustein

Special Seniors (90 Years of Age) Event To Be Hosted On Friday Morning

There are so many communities in South Florida that have experienced changes throughout the years.

While progress is always positive - especially with the task of keeping up with the tremendous growth - it is always fun to look back at the past, watching how so many cities got started.

As Hallandale (Hallandale Beach) has celebrates 90 tremendous years as a coastal community that has spread beyond the eastern portion of the community - looking back on how it has become a major destination is something that Mayor Joy Cooper, the Commission and the residents take great pride in.

Even those who have made this community home for much of their lives are excited about how the perception has changed - and continues to change.

“This has truly become a destination, somewhere that people stop at - and not drive through,” said long time resident and former Vice Mayor Bill Julian. “Things have changed since I was a kid here, but that is a good thing. We have our memories - while we have also given way to growth and a better economy for all of us.”

Hallandale Beach has indeed been a place that many began flocking to in the middle 1960’s, leaving the snow behind for warmer weather, beaches and getting the chance to walk around in a pair of shorts 12 months a year.

This slice of paradise is exactly what attracted Mayor Cooper to come south - as she and her family have indeed made this a better place to work and live in.

“No matter where you travel in our community, there is so much to be proud about, and while we know how bright the future is for all of us, we look back at the past 90 years with so much admiration for the path that so many blazed,” Mayor Cooper explained.

There will be a very special birthday being celebrated at the Austin Hepburn Center this Friday between 10-11 a.m. for those seniors who are 90-years-old.

If you are 90 and want to celebrate two birthdays, come by and get a piece of cake.

The Hepburn Center is located at 1000 NW 8th Ave., Hallandale Beach, Fl. 33009. Call 954-457-1460 to RSVP.

One of the early difference makers in the history of this City was railroad magnate Henry Flagler. The owner of the Florida East Coast Railway recruited Luther Halland, a brother-in-law of Flagler's agents, to find a settlement south of the community of Dania. Halland and Swedish immigrant Olaf Zetterlund touted the frost-free climate and cheap land of the settlement (then named Halland, later changed to Hallandale). Halland constructed a small trading post and became the first postmaster of the small community.

Hallandale was incorporated on 11 May 1927, the eighth municipality in Broward County. By that time, a thriving community of 1,500 residents, with electricity and street lights, was in place. In 1947, Hallandale was reincorporated as the City of Hallandale, allowing it to expand its borders through annexation of nearby unincorporated land lying adjacent to the Atlantic shore. On August 27, 1999, the city officially changed its name to Hallandale Beach.