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Populous Pembroke Pines From Dairy Farms to Progressive Metropolis

Pembroke Pines, the second most populous city in Broward County, and tenth most populous in Florida, grew up around agricultural land once occupied by dairy farms.

Progressive in nature, today’s Pembroke Pines consists of a mix of single-family homes, condominiums, townhomes, and apartment-styled units. The city grew rapidly from its humble agricultural beginnings to house over 157,000 residents.

Pembroke Pines won the National Civic League's coveted "All-America City Award" in 2004 and was a finalist community in 2003. The community also received an "outstanding achievement award" in the "2005 City Livability Awards" Program, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It also received its second designation from BusinessWeek as the top Florida community in which to raise your kids in 2010.

What’s in a Name?

Pembroke Pines was incorporated in 1960. That occurred, according to city historian Gerry Witoshynsky, when 98% of 425 voters cast “yes” votes in Ernon Day’s carport, which served as the first election venue. The less than a square mile property making up the town spanned between Pembroke Road (south), then Hollywood Boulevard (north), SW 72 Avenue (west) and the Florida Turnpike (east). Dr. Walter Seth Kipnis, according to Witoshynsky, was the first mayor, who presided over a seven-member council Board of Aldermen.

The name Pembroke Pines was derived from its location along Pembroke Road, and the many pine trees found in the area. The name Pembroke, however, dates back even further, and may have originated with an early landowner from Britain, who was known as the Earl of Pembroke.

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