Coral Springs History

The City of Coral Springs is 24 square miles nestled in the north-west corner of Broward County. Coral Springs is known for its family atmosphere, thriving businesses, advanced recreational facilities, and top-rated schools. As one of the fastest growing cities, and now considered fully "built-out", it is hard to believe the very same land was merely a green bean farm and cattle field just over 57 years ago.

Coral Springs has been unique from its inception as it is one of the first truly planned cities in Florida. Just 55 years ago successful Fort Lauderdale builders, James S. Hunt and Joe Taravella of Coral Ridge Properties, had the vision to create a planned city from the ground up. Purchasing the first parcel of land from the Lions family, 3,860 acres that were once a green bean farm and cattle field. The Coral Springs pioneers wanted homes on ample lots and public buildings in a brick colonial style. They called for strict city code to maintain aesthetics. Hunt was a showman. To draw interest in the land that was sometimes considered "too far out", they constructed a covered bridge and recruited talk show host Johnny Carson for a land sale BBQ. The event was a huge success, and later Carson himself purchased an investment plot of his own. Westinghouse purchased Coral Ridge Properties in 1966. They brought modern style and innovation to Coral Springs, with top-of-the-line appliances and features that were cutting edge. Though Hunt died in 1972 and Taravella in 1978, their vision lives on with continued innovative leadership and a community dedicated to progress. The succeeding leadership that has followed has been key to achieving those efforts.

Museum of History

Step 1.Building Used As Real Estate Office 

Originally built by Coral Ridge Properties in 1964 as a 30´x 20´ real estate sales office, it sat at the northwest intersection of Wiles Road and SR441. The location was not even in Coral Springs at the time, but Wiles was the only access into the City, which did not have a paved road, and only a Covered Bridge as architecture. Coral Ridge employees would market property using the City’s Master Plan, neighborhood plats and house models from builders´ brochures. By 1966, Coral Ridge had constructed a large administration building (now City Hall) and asked if the City of Coral Springs wanted the “old building”.

Museum of History

Step 2.Coral Springs Police Station In 1968

The City moved it to 6500 Woodside Drive to use as its first administration building and in 1968, the first police station. When it was no longer big enough for their needs in 1972, the police moved out and the Jaycees used it as a clubhouse. The structure had been on borrowed land (and time) and had to be moved again to make way for construction in 1976.

Coral Springs Police Station in 1968

Step 3.Burnt Out Museum

Landmark Restoration committee members from left to right: Vice Mayor Carl Zeytoonian, Brian Hansen, John Cassidy, Sandy Cugno, unidentified, John Trout, John Lynch, Jack Lotsey, Bill Sayers and Chuck Connor.

Next stop was the City dump at 12700 NW 39th Street. While using it for smoke rescue drills, the volunteer fire department accidentally set it on fire. People took notice that the little building seemed indestructible, as it survived even this assault. The Landmark Restoration Committee formed to raise funds to restore the structure. On October 20, 1977, the building was moved yet again but this time with an accompanying parade as a flatbed truck towed it to its permanent home in Mullins Park. By March 4, 1978, it was fully restored and opened as the Mini Museum.

Step 4.Burnt Out Museum  

Step 5.Mini Museum with Mayor Edward Heafy

As the Bicentennial surge of interest in local history waned, people forgot about the Mini Museum and it closed within a couple of years. It sat empty for over twenty years, used occasionally as a meeting room. In 2000, (another year of resurgent interest in local history) the City formed the Historical Advisory Committee, which identified the building as a landmark that should be restored to its prior status as a museum. Years of neglect had left the building in need of total restoration.

Step 6.Mini Museum  

Step 7.New Museum Is a Renovation of the Original

It has now been renovated and is designated a Florida Heritage Site. The museum presents the master plans, subdivision plats and maps showing the how the City grew from a population of five to over 123,600 in 50 years. There are model buildings and historic items of interest on display.

New Museum

The Museum is open by appointment. Please call 954-344-5970 for details.

Covered Bridge

Elected Officials

1963

HARRY W. WILSON
Mayor

GEORGE W. HAMMERER
Vice Mayor

KENNETH W. PEZOLDT
Commissioner

THOMAS J. ALEXANDER
Commissioner

HARVEY W. OLSEN
Commissioner

1965

HARRY W. WILSON
Mayor

ROBERT J. FULLER
Vice Mayor

HARVEY W. OLSEN
Commissioner / Vice Mayor

KENNETH W. PEZOLDT
Commissioner

THOMAS J. ALEXANDER
Commissioner

DALE HIATT
Commissioner

E. O. KNIGHT
Commissioner

1968/1969

LEWIE M. MULLINS
Mayor - DIED 10/18/69

ROBERT J. FULLER
Vice Mayor

WILFRED NEALE JR.
Commissioner

PETER GIORDANO
Commissioner

RICHARD J. HUNT
Commissioner

RAYMOND LOPEZ
Commissioner / Mayor

1970

GEORGE MACGREGOR
Mayor

WILFRED NEALE JR.
Vice Mayor

RICHARD J. HUNT
Commissioner

JAMES E EDWARDS
Commissioner

EDWARD L. HEAFY
Commissioner

1972

JAMES E. EDWARDS
Mayor

EDWARD L. HEAFY
Vice Mayor

WILFRED NEALE JR.
Commissioner

GEORGE MACGREGOR
Commissioner

WALTER R. BLAKE
Commissioner

1974

O.B. GEIGER
Mayor

JOHN R. NORDLUND
Vice Mayor

JAMES E EDWARDS
Commissioner

WALTER R. BLAKE
Commissioner

EDWARD L. HEAFY
Commissioner

1976/1977

WALTER R. BLAKE
Mayor

CARL ZEYTOONIAN
Vice Mayor

EDWARD L. HEAFY
Commissioner / Mayor

JOHN R. NORDLUND
Commissioner

O.B. GEIGER
Commissioner

1978

EDWARD L. HEAFY WALTER R. BLAKE
Mayor

O.B. GEIGER
Vice Mayor

CARL ZEYTOONIAN
Commissioner

HELEN G. TACHE
Commissioner

WALTER R. BLAKE
Commissioner

1979

O.B. GEIGER
Mayor

EDWARD L HEAFY
Vice Mayor

CARL ZEYTOONIAN
Commissioner

HELEN G. TACHE

Commissioner

WALTER R. BLAKE
Commissioner

1980

O.B. GEIGER
Mayor

HELEN G. TACHE
Vice Mayor

CARL ZEYTOONIAN
Commissioner

EDWARD L. HEAFY
Commissioner

DONALD H. SANDERS
Commissioner

1981

EDWARD L. HEAFY
Mayor

HELEN G. TACHE
Vice Mayor

O.B. GEIGER
Commissioner

CARL ZEYTOONIAN
Commissioner

DONALD H. SANDERS
Commissioner

1982

O.B. GEIGER
Mayor

EDWARD L HEAFY
Vice Mayor

CARL ZEYTOONIAN
Commissioner

TIMOTHY D. CROSS
Commissioner

1983

O.B. GEIGER
Mayor

EDWARD L HEAFY
Vice Mayor

JAMES K. GORDON
Commissioner

HELEN G. TACHE
Commissioner

DONALD H. SANDERS
Commissioner

1984

O.B. GEIGER
Mayor

DONALD H. SANDERS
Vice Mayor

HELEN G. TACHE
Commissioner

EDWARD L. HEAFY
Commissioner

JAMES K. GORDON
Commissioner

1986

O.B. GEIGER
Mayor

EDWARD L HEAFY
Vice Mayor

HELEN G. TACHE
Commissioner

DONALD H. SANDERS
Commissioner

JAMES K. GORDON
Commissioner

1987

O.B. GEIGER
Mayor

EDWARD L HEAFY
Vice Mayor

JAMES K. GORDON
Commissioner

HELEN G. TACHE
Commissioner

DONALD H. SANDERS
Commissioner

1988

O.B. GEIGER
Mayor

JAMES K. GORDON
Vice Mayor

DONALD H. SANDERS
Commissioner / Vice Mayor

JEANNE M. MILLS
Commissioner

JANET E. OPPENHEIMER
Commissioner

1990/1991

JEANNE M. MILLS
Mayor

WILLIAM D. STRADLING
Vice Mayor

DONALD H. SANDERS
Commissioner

JAMES K. GORDON
Commissioner

JANET E. OPPENHEIMER
Commissioner

ALAN J. POLIN

Commissioner

1993

JEANNE M. MILLS
Mayor

MAUREEN BERK
Vice Mayor

ALAN J. POLIN
Commissioner

DONALD H. SANDERS
Commissioner

WILLIAM D. STRADLING
Commissioner

1994

JOHN SOMMERER
Mayor

ALAN J. POLIN
Vice Mayor

MAUREEN BERK
Commissioner

WILLIAM D. STRADLING
Commissioner

RHONDA A. CALHOUN
Commissioner

1996

JOHN SOMMERER
Mayor

RHONDA A. CALHOUN
Vice Mayor

ALAN J. POLIN
Commissioner

MAUREEN BERK
Commissioner

WILLIAM D. STRADLING
Commissioner

1998

JOHN SOMMERER
Mayor

WILLIAM D. STRADLING
Vice Mayor

MAUREEN BERK
Commissioner

ALAN J. POLIN
Commissioner

RHONDA A. CALHOUN
Commissioner

2000

JOHN SOMMERER
Mayor

MAUREEN BERK
Vice Mayor

RHONDA A. CALHOUN
Commissioner

ALAN J. POLIN
Commissioner

WILLIAM D. STRADLING
Commissioner

2002

JOHN SOMMERER
Mayor

MAUREEN BERK

Vice Mayor

ALAN J. POLIN
Commissioner

RHONDA A. CALHOUN
Commissioner

SCOTT J. BROOK
Commissioner

2004

RHON ERNEST-JONES
Mayor

RHONDA A. CALHOUN
Vice Mayor

SCOTT J. BROOK
Commissioner

ROY GOLD
Commissioner

TED MENA
Commissioner

2006

SCOTT J. BROOK
Mayor

ROY GOLD
Vice Mayor

VINCENT BOCCARD
Commissioner

CLAUDETTE BRUCK
Commissioner

TED MENA
Commissioner

2008

SCOTT J. BROOK
Mayor

VINCENT BOCCARD
Vice Mayor

CLAUDETTE BRUCK
Commissioner

TOM POWERS
Commissioner

ROY GOLD
Commissioner

2010

ROY GOLD
Mayor

CLAUDETTE BRUCK
Vice Mayor - 11/09 to 11/11

TOM POWERS
Commissioner / Vice Mayor -11/11 to 11/12

VINCENT BOCCARD
Commissioner

LARRY VIGNOLA
Commissioner

2012

VINCENT BOCCARD
Mayor

TOM POWERS
Vice Mayor

LARRY VIGNOLA
Commissioner

CLAUDETTE BRUCK
Commissioner

DAN DALEY
Commissioner

2013

VINCENT BOCCARD
Mayor

LARRY VIGNOLA
Vice Mayor

CLAUDETTE BRUCK
Commissioner

DAN DALEY
Commissioner

TOM POWERS
Commissioner

2014

WALTER "SKIP" CAMPBELL
Mayor

LARRY VIGNOLA
Vice Mayor

DAN DALEY
Commissioner

LOU CIMAGLIA
Commissioner

JOY CARTER
Commissioner

2015

WALTER "SKIP" CAMPBELL
Mayor

DAN DALEY
Vice Mayor

JOY CARTER
Commissioner

LOU CIMAGLIA
Commissioner

LARRY VIGNOLA
Commissioner

2016

WALTER "SKIP" CAMPBELL
Mayor

DAN DALEY
Vice Mayor

JOY CARTER
Commissioner

LOU CIMAGLIA
Commissioner

LARRY VIGNOLA
Commissioner

2017

WALTER "SKIP" CAMPBELL
Mayor

LOU CIMAGLIA
Vice Mayor

JOY CARTER
Commissioner

DAN DALEY
Commissioner

LARRY VIGNOLA
Commissioner

2018

WALTER "SKIP" CAMPBELL
Mayor - Died 10/23/18

LOU CIMAGLIA
Vice Mayor/
Mayor Pro Tempore - 10/24/2018

JOY CARTER
Vice Mayor /
Mayor Pro Tempore
11/28/2018 - 03/12/19

DAN DALEY
Commissioner

LARRY VIGNOLA

Commissioner

JOSHUA SIMMONS
Commissioner

2019

SCOTT J. BROOK
Mayor

JOY CARTER
Vice Mayor /
Mayor Pro Tempore
11/28/2018 - 03/12/19

DAN DALEY
Commissioner

LARRY VIGNOLA

Commissioner

JOSHUA SIMMONS
Commissioner