Plantation is nestled between South Florida's three major interstate highways ? the Florida Turnpike, Interstate 95 running north and south and Interstate 595 running east and west. Its excellent location, educated workforce and excellent quality of life has attracted companies such as American Express, Citibank, Kemper Insurance and Motorola.
Schools in the city are excellent with a mix of public and private institutions providing instruction for K-12 students. Plantation is adjacent to the South Florida Educational Center, which is comprised of Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University and Broward Community College campuses.
The city offers a wealth of shopping. The Broward Mall has more than 1 million square feet of indoor shops including department stores, specialty stores and restaurants. The Fashion Mall at Plantation is a three-level mall with more than 660,000 square feet of indoor shopping and restaurants. There are over 110 specialty stores. Other local centers include The Fountains Shoppes of Distinction, an open-air 450,000 square feet complex featuring shopping, entertainment and dining and the East Sawgrass Shopping District.
The city's parks are varied and offer a wide assortment of activities and programs. Plantation Central Park offers several athletic and recreational amenities. It is centered by a 10-acre lake, which is surrounded by a jogging trail with exercise stations. The lake is adjacent to a multi-purpose athletic complex featuring soccer, football and baseball fields. The football field is surrounded by a running track. The Roller Hockey Complex features four lighted regulation rinks used for competitive and recreational use.
The Plantation Acres Equestrian Facility features two lighted rings for practices and competitions. The Plantation Botanical Gardens is a passive park that provides a variety of flowering trees. The Hoffman Plantation Library is situated to the east of the park. The Plantation Historical Society Museum is nestled within the park's trees.
The City of Plantation was officially founded on April 30, 1953 with a population of less than 500 and with a budget of only $1,288. The residents of Plantation incorporated to provide control over building and to keep other cities from coming in and annexing the area. Despite the city's tremendous growth, Plantation remains a small town at heart that offers its new residents a wonderful place to call home.
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