A message to the citizens of Plantation from Mayor Diane Veltri Bendekovic
As a resident of Plantation for over 50 years, I have had the privilege of growing up in a community that truly sets itself apart, with its signature brick features throughout the City and beautifully landscaped, tree lined streets. From a dozen one-acre homesteads along a few small streets, into a thriving City, Plantation has grown to become one of the most desirable communities in South Florida. It is located in the center of vibrant, urban Broward County, boasting the warmth of the Florida sunshine, a casual lifestyle, premier recreational parks and facilities within aesthetically appealing neighborhoods, and lively, successful business districts.
In a downturned economy, Plantation is committed to marketing its small and corporate businesses, both locally and globally, monitoring growth management and promoting the uniqueness of our business districts, Plantation Midtown, Plantation Gateway, and Plantation Technology Park. Each district has its own imprint, its own “personality,” if you will.
American Express, National Beverage and DHL Worldwide Express all selected Plantation Midtown for their operational headquarters, and Kaplan University and the University of Phoenix located their educational facilities within Plantation Midtown corridor. Four hundred businesses create the synergy of the Plantation Gateway, and include national automobile dealerships, retail and restaurants, medical offices and professional businesses. The Plantation Technology Park is 160 well-maintained, prosperous and affordable acres directly on Sunrise Boulevard. It is currently home to over 150 thriving businesses. The “hum” from the business bustle creates a welcoming ambiance with greenery spread throughout the district.
Westside Regional Hospital and Plantation General Hospital, two full service healthcare facilities, are situated within Plantation Midtown and Plantation Gateway respectively. With these quality healthcare providers, our community is the beneficiary to a wide range of premier healthcare services and practitioners. Additionally, they partner in countless civic activities and play an integral role in each of the corridors’ enhancements.
From the east side of Plantation to the west side, there are flagship recreational facilities for all ages to enjoy. Located in our Park East neighborhood is the Jim Ward Community Center, which provides residents with many recreational activities: tennis, basketball, exercise classes and a water playground. In addition, Plantation’s Multicultural Park boasts vibrant colored mosaics displayed on the walls and pillars adjacent to playground equipment where neighborhood children play. In our Country Club Estates neighborhood is a tot lot with picnic facilities, and daily, you find residents enjoying the “walking path” which meanders around the Fort Lauderdale County Club.
Located in Historic Plantation, adjacent to the Arboretum and Botanical Garden is the Plantation Historical Museum. The Museum helps preserve the City’s history, and features rotating national exhibits. Its permanent collection includes history on Seminole and Tequesta tribes, memorabilia from the Fire and Police departments, and historically significant families such as the Peters family. Currently, the Museum features “Then & Now,” and exhibit highlighting the history, nostalgia and memorabilia of the City of Plantation. I hope you’ll get a moment to visit this entertaining exhibit. You’re sure to see some of your friends and neighbors among the hundreds of photographs and displays.
Surrounded by the shady oaks, and just a short walk along the brick path, is the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, another jewel of Plantation, with a vast selection of literature, story hours, puppet shows and technology. Just across the way is Kennedy Community Center, featuring Plantation Woods and the Nature Explore outdoor classroom. Plantation Woods is fast becoming a favorite with children with its thematic playground equipment, a water park, decorative mosaic medallions along the walkways and picnic pavilions.
Located in the central part of the City, Central Park has two Olympic sizes pools and a water play area, indoor/outdoor lighted basketball courts, an exercise room, a playground area, jogging track, eight lighted baseball diamonds, three lighted football/soccer fields, a 400 meter running track and a ten acre lake. The Frank Veltri Tennis Center is a nationally recognized tennis facility where tennis enthusiasts can play on one of the 28 courts, visit the pro shop and relax after a match under the spreading oaks.
For man’s best friend, there is Happy Tails dog Park within the expansive Seminole Park located in the southwest portion of the City. Happy Tails provides five acres of leash-free roaming in two designated areas for small and large dogs. An ideal place for canines and residents to make new acquaintances.
Plantation is home to one of the newest golf courses in Broward County, Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Club. It features an Audubon certified, 18-hole championship golf course, a unique multi-use recreation trail that winds it way through the golf course and a club house with a vista view of the sunset. Additionally, Plantation offers golfers many other choices and challenges: Jacaranda Golf Club, Fort Lauderdale Country Club and Lago Mar Country Club.
In the western portion of the City, within the Plantation Acre neighborhood, is Volunteer Park. Within its 88 acres are a wide range of activities. Plantation Equestrian Center offers the horse community two sables, three show rings two practice rings, a turnout pasture, and bridle path. Recreational classes are held in the Community Center’s classroom. Visitors can enjoy a quiet peaceful nature trail and observe the wildlife from the boardwalk, and Camp Everglades, with animal footprints imprinted on the walkways, wind chimes and specialized playground, brings smiles to our young visitors.
The City is steeped in tradition and a hometown lifestyle that began with our founder Frederick Peters’ long range vision, and continues today with the City’s comprehensive plan that looks to the future with an eye to our past. I look forward to working with Team Plantation – the collective partnership of City employees, volunteer organizations, businesses, residents and City Council – to ensure that tradition continues. Plantation provides citizens with an environment unparalleled in Broward County, professional, efficient government services, a lifestyle that is second to none, and a quality business mix that provides residents the services and products they need.