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Lighthouse Point, Florida

City of Lighthouse Point,  Broward County Florida

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Broward MPO | City of Lighthouse Point Community Background Report 1

Community Background Report

City of Lighthouse Point

Boundaries

North: City of Deerfield Beach

East: Intracoastal Waterway (City of Hillsboro Beach across the waterway)

South: City of Pompano Beach

West: US-1 Federal Highway/City of Pompano Beach

Community Type: Municipality

Report Last Updated: December, 2011

History1

The official history states that the first permanent resident of the area that would become

the City of Lighthouse Point built the first home in 1947. At the time, the surrounding

land was occupied by farms and mangrove swamps. However, it was almost twenty

years earlier that a well-known local figure, Eugene Theodore Knight, also known as

“Cap”, appeared on the scene.

2 In 1928 Cap bought a “spit of land” between the

Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Placid, near the Hillsboro Inlet.3 He built a restaurant

and bar atop a beached dredging barge purchased in Miami.4 Taking advantage of being

in “No-Man’s Land Florida,” Cap turned the property into a rum-running establishment

and gambling casino.5 Legend has it that notables such as Franklin D. Roosevelt,

Winston Churchill, the Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers, and Al Capone visited the

restaurant.6 Today, Cap’s Place is considered the oldest structure in Lighthouse Point

and was listed in 1990 as a historical site on the National Register of Historic Places.7

Cap’s casino and its slot machines were removed in 1954, after a federal investigation

into gambling in Broward County.8 It was around this time, in 1951, that a developer

acquired acreage in the area and built the first home in a new subdivision called Hillsboro

Isles. As the community began to emerge, the area’s residents had to decide whether to

be annexed by the neighboring City of Pompano Beach or to incorporate as a separate

entity. In 1956 the option of incorporation was approved by voters, and the City of

Lighthouse Point received its state charter in 1957. At the time of incorporation, the city

had only about 600 residents. However, the area’s population began to grow quickly as

the subdivisions of Venetian Isles, Lighthouse Manor, and Wooler Heights were added

between 1957 and 1969. In 1970 the city annexed Coral Key and Pompano Waterway

Estates, increasing its population to nearly 9,500.

During the 1970s, Lighthouse Point focused on professionalizing and expanding its city

services. Parks were created, a fire department was established, a fire and police station

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was built, and a municipal library opened its doors. The decade of the 1980s brought the

widening of Federal Highway, the creation of a code enforcement board, and a new

recreation center.

Community Dynamics

Lighthouse Point is a “close-knit” community, characterized by a small-town atmosphere,

which its citizens have a strong desire to maintain.9 The city and its residents define

Lighthouse Point and their vision for the future of the city with words such as

“community” and “charming.”10 Lighthouse Point will most likely remain a low-density

community. It has few remaining vacant lots (approximately 95 percent of the city is

developed) and the majority of the residences (80 percent) are single-family homes, most

of which fall into the upper-medium and top price range. 11 A recent study found that the

city’s housing stock has been maintained and improved and the landscaping enhanced,

adding value to an already well-groomed community– especially when compared to

neighboring municipalities.

The City of Lighthouse Point has 18 miles of waterways, which include numerous canals

within its municipal boundaries, as well as the Intracoastal Waterway. Recently, a

resident of the community partnered with the city to create a blueprint for beautifying the

canals and waterways.13 In keeping with the “community spirit” that built Lighthouse

Point, volunteers landscape the waterways and the city provides the maintenance. 14

Residents have contributed funds for other projects as well, including brick pavers around

a park, construction of the original city library, expansion of the city library, and new

playground equipment.15 City officials take pride in the “spirit of generosity” that sets

Lighthouse Point apart from other cities, where residents might balk at giving extra

funding to government.

Special Events

The City of Lighthouse Point hosts a number of meetings and events for the community.

A sample of the more notable annual events is included below. For a full list of events,

please visit the community calendar:

http://www.lighthousepoint.com/meetings.cfm#events

It should be noted that the city has an official newsletter called “Lighthouse Points” that

is mailed to residents and advertises news and events for the city.

Dog Day in the Park – The City of Lighthouse Point sponsors an event every March for

dog lovers and residents at Dan Witt Park (4521 NE 22nd Avenue). For more

information, contact Recreation Director John Trudel at jtrudel@lighthousepoint.com or

(954) 784-3439; or visit: http://www.lighthousepoint.com/dogday.cfm

Dinner Under the Stars – Every April the City of Lighthouse Point hosts a dinner and

entertainment “under the stars” at Frank McDonough Park (3500 NE 27th Avenue). For

more information, contact Recreation Director John Trudel at

jtrudel@lighthousepoint.com or (954) 784-3439; or visit:

http://www.lighthousepoint.com/dinner.cfm.

Keeper Days Weekend – This annual weekend event takes place in February and

includes a dinner at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club (2701 Northeast 42nd Street) where

select residents are invited to tell stories from the history of Lighthouse Point, as well as a

parade. For more information, call (954) 942-7244, or contact Recreation Director John

Trudel at jtrudel@lighthousepoint.com or (954) 784-3439; or visit:

http://www.lighthousepoint.com/keeper.cfm

Halloween Party– The City of Lighthouse Point sponsors a party for residents of all ages

on Halloween night at Dan Witt Park (4521 NE 22nd Avenue). For more information,

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please visit the city’s monthly calendar:

http://www.lighthousepoint.com/meetings.cfm#events

Lighthouse A ’Glow – The City of Lighthouse Point sponsors this “holiday season kickoff”

every December at Frank McDonough Park (3500 NE 27th Avenue). For more

information, please visit the city’s monthly calendar:

http://www.lighthousepoint.com/meetings.cfm#events

Pops in the Park – Presented by the Lighthouse Point Cultural Arts Committee, this

community concert is held each year in November at Frank McDonough Park (3500 NE

27th Avenue).The music for the event is supplied by bands from local schools– Cardinal

Gibbons High School, Deerfield Beach High School, and North Broward Preparatory

School.

Spring Egg Hunt– Every April the City of Lighthouse Point sponsors an egg hunt for

children 10 years and under at Frank McDonough Park (3500 NE 27th Avenue). For

more information, please visit the city’s monthly calendar:

http://www.lighthousepoint.com/meetings.cfm#events

Business Landscape

The City of Lighthouse Point is mostly residential. However, the city does have a

commercial district that is concentrated along Federal Highway, where shopping centers,

restaurants, and other business establishments dot the corridor. See a zoning map of the

city at: http://www.lighthousepoint.com/images/lhpoint4.pdf

According to the 2007 Economic Census, there were 353 establishments within the City

of Lighthouse Point. Establishments counted by the Census Bureau are defined as

businesses operating with one or more employees.23 At the time of this census, the

majority of the establishments (defined by the North American Industry Classification

System or “NAICS” code) were: professional, scientific, and technical services (87

establishments), retail trade (54 establishments), and health care and social assistance (45

establishments).

Related Links

City of Lighthouse Point

http://www.lighthousepoint.com

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