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Deerfield Beach, part of Broward County, is located on the Atlantic Ocean about three miles south of Boca Raton and 20 miles north of Fort Lauderdale. Incorporated in 1925, the town of Deerfield was named for the large number of deer that once grazed along the Hillsboro River. In 1939, the name of the town was changed to Deerfield Beach. Although chiefly an agricultural community until the late 1940s, the town soon began to be discovered by tourists attracted to the town’s scenic oceanfront. The burgeoning tourism industry spawned a proliferation of new hotels and motels along the shoreline, and in 1951 the town became the City of Deerfield Beach. Although still heavily influenced by tourism, the city's economy today is more diversified and includes manufacturing and office services among its industries.
The Deerfield Beach Arboretum, also known as the Tree Zoo, contains more than 200 different species of trees and palms from around the world. Although closed for five months following heavy losses sustained from Hurricane Wilma in 2005, the Arboretum is back in business with an assortment of palms, tropical fruit trees, exotic flowering and canopy trees, bamboos, and miscellaneous exotic trees. Another Deerfield Beach attraction is Quiet Waters Park, a 430-acre venue which includes a freshwater swimming beach, a lake for cable water-skiing, and Splash Adventure, a high-tech water playground for kids. Fishing, camping, and picnicking are also featured in the Park. Deerfield Island Park, another of the city's attractions, is an "urban wilderness area" located on an island bordered by the Hillsboro Canal, and the Intracoastal and Royal Palm Waterways.
Annual events in Deerfield Beach include the Deerfield Beach Mango Festival. Held in June, this three-day celebration is one of South Florida's largest multicultural festivals. Kicked off by a gala ball and dinner, the festival draws more than 120,000 people who come to enjoy a festive parade, arts and crafts, international food and beverages, and two stages with live continuous entertainment. The Florida Renaissance Festival, held on five weekends during February and March, features sights and sounds of court jesters, jousting knights, games of chance and gala 5-course feasts.
Sports fans can travel a few miles to the city of Sunrise to catch National Hockey League action played by the Florida Panthers. Less than an hour further south are other Miami-area major league sports teams, including Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins, the National Football League's Miami Dolphins, and the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat.
HISTORY: The Citys history begins in 1877, when the first non-native glimpsed at the swamps, dense vines, saw palmetto, wild fig trees, cabbage palms, and pine groves along Hillsboro River which empties into the Atlantic. To the south, Key West andMiami were flourishing villages. To the north, Palm Beach was gaining renown as a fashionable winter resort. By 1890, a few houses appeared along the meandering Hillsboro River, which was named after the Earl of Hillsborough who was granted this land by King George III of England in the late eighteenth century. By the spring of 1896, Henry M. Flagler had extended his Florida East Coast Railroad down the coastline into Miami. The railroad opened up the tropical wilderness, pressing parallel against the Atlantic shore, which until then had been inhabited primarily by local fauna and Seminole Indians who lived inland.
On June 22, 1898 a post office was established at Deerfield, Florida to serve a population of 20 settlers. It is said this name was chosen because of the numerous deer that grazed along the Hillsboro River. This river formed the northern boundary of Deerfield. A narrow wooden bridge crossed the stream west of the railroad, leading to another blossoming settlement:Boca Raton.
The intersection of todays Hillsboro Boulevard and Dixie Highway was the focus of Deerfields businesses in 1910. Dixie Highway was only a nine-foot wide dirt trail. The community was home to four or five stores, a lodge, the post office and the Australian and the Pioneer Hotels. But the key to the villages economy lay at the produce shed adjacent to the railway depot. The farmers brought their vegetables and fruits there for shipment north. Deerfield tomatoes were ranked among the finest harvested in the state. The depot doubled as a site for civic activities. In 1911, the Hillsboro River was dredged and became the Hillsboro Canal, linking Deerfield to Lake Okeechobee 45 miles to the northwest.
The Town of Deerfield incorporated on June 11, 1925. George Emory Butler, Jr. was elected as the first mayor. 1925 also saw the opening of the first public library, which was serving a population that had climbed to 1,300 residents. In 1939, the name of the town was changed to Deerfield Beach and the population numbered about 1,800.
Although primarily an agricultural community until the late 1940's, after WWII tourists began to discover Deerfields scenic oceanfront. The burgeoning tourism industry was evidenced by the new proliferation of hotels and motels along the shoreline. 1947 marked the formation of one of Deerfield's most influential civic organizations, the Lions Club. Its first project was establishing Pioneer Park along the banks of the Hillsboro Canal. The Lions cleared the scrub growth and fashioned a picnic area and a baseball diamond complete with stands and barbecue pits. The park has been expanded since to include recreational buildings, boat ramps and lighted tennis courts. To raise funds, the club held several chicken and rib barbecues. The fund-raiser became so popular that it became an annual celebration, now known as Founders' Day.
In 1951 the town name was changed to the City of Deerfield Beach. The economy gradually continued to evolve away from agriculture toward tourism. Now the economy is heavily diversified and includes distribution, manufacturing, and office industries in addition to tourism. The sustained year-round population of over 50,000 evidences the strength of the local economy. The City is host to the Womens Professional Volleyball Association Tour and Superboat Power Race and features great recreational programs and green space. The City of Deerfield Beach provides customer-oriented services, which create a quality of life that, encourage residents and employers to enjoy South Florida and prosper in an ever-growing international economy.