Our History

Known at one point as “the City in the Country,” Coral Springs has become a premier South Florida community, known for its abundant parks, quality schools, numerous athletic programs, and attractive neighborhoods.

Prior to its incorporation as a City in July 1963, the area that was to become Coral Springs was acres of marshy wilderness. During the 1980s, it was one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. Coral Springs, located in the heart of South Florida, is now home to more than 132,000 people. A master planned community, the City is 24 square miles and 98 percent of the land is developed. Families find Coral Springs appealing due to its family-oriented feel, local facilities and close proximity to Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

The City’s organization is run by a council-manager form of government. The City Commission, which consists of five members, is responsible for making policy, passing ordinances, authorizing appropriations, and having overall supervisory authority of the City. The Mayor performs ceremonial duties and acts as a presiding officer of the Commission. The City Manager supervises all government operations and implements the policies adopted by the Commission.

Since 1993, management has used a business model to run the City, taking customer input and data analysis into consideration as we map out the year’s initiatives in our Strategic and Business Plan.

Now the recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and already a two-time Florida Governor’s Sterling Award winner, Coral Springs has achieved national recognition as a leader in government quality, including Money magazine’s Best Places to Live and one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise in 2006 and 2007. For more information, please visit www.coralsprings.org/history/