The character of Coral Springs in 1971 is perfectly captured by its new chronicler, The Forum newspaper. All the elements and energy of a new City are reported with youthful enthusiasm - the editor and some reporters were high school students. They described everything from the failure of the City to obtain a second liquor license (the population of 3,000 was too small) to the first Fireman’s Ball held at the Galt Ocean Mile Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, as there was no accommodation for it in Coral Springs. (Tickets were $7.50 a couple and a room for the night was $12.) Many activities involved the entire population either as participants or spectators. Every ground breaking, horse show and hayride was listed in the paper, covered and reported with zest.
Independence Day began with the grand opening of the first library in the Village Green on the northeast corner of W. Sample Road and University Drive. A parade then assembled led by the single City fire engine followed by Vietnam veterans, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, decorated bicycles and the Saddle Club on horseback heading west on Sample Road. The images of the event taken from the north side of the street show no buildings at all on the south side, only cars parked on the diagonal and people sitting on the hoods to watch the procession. Later at Lions Park there were picnics, ball games and contests with prizes of Westinghouse transistor radios. Fireworks followed in the City that had no problem finding open space to shoot them off safely.
The Teen Association, which spawned the staff of the paper, had an active social calendar including pool parties, car washes, dances and a softball team. There were also monthly dances for adults such as the Shipwreck Party at the Coral Springs Golf and Tennis Club. Costumes were to be worn for the bon voyage cocktail party (60 cents a drink) plus free rations thereafter of chowder and biscuits. The first home game of the Electras Little League flag football team was a B.Y.O.C. event (bring your own chair) and kicked off with a homecoming parade from Publix at the Village Green to Lions Park. All the players were treated to free chocolate milk from the local T. G. Lee Dairy.
Parents rejoiced at the opening of an elementary school in portables where the Coral Springs Medical Center is now. Unfortunately the county expected 300 children and 700 appeared, immediately throwing the school into double sessions. Around the corner phase one of the City’s first<