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City of West Park
Coordinates: 25°59′00″N 80°11′11″W / 25.9833333°N 80.18639°W / 25.9833333; -80.18639
Country United States
State Florida
County Broward
Established March 1, 2005
Government
 - Type Commission-Manager
 - Mayor Eric H. Jones, Jr.
Area
 - Total 2.1 sq mi (5.4 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)  4.7%
Population (2000)
 - Total 12,713
 - Density 6,053.81/sq mi (2,337.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Website http://www.cityofwestpark.org/

West Park is Broward County's newest municipality, created March 1, 2005, is located in southeast Broward County and consists of the neighborhoods of Miami Gardens (Broward County), Carver Ranches, Lake Forest and Utopia. A large portion of the city lies west of the city of Pembroke Park, so the new city was called "West Park". With more than 12,000 residents, the new city borders Miami-Dade County on the south, Pembroke Park on the east, Hollywood on the north and Miramar on the west.

History

The previously unincorporated neighborhoods of West Park embarked on the road to incorporation in 2004, after the Florida Legislature approved House Bill 1491, which provided for an election on November 2, 2004. Following a vote of 3,400 to 956 for incorporation, West Park was on its way to becoming Broward County’s 31st city. After the election, residents elected an interim transition committee and held a series of workshops to gain input on the level of municipal-type services to be provided. It was decided that the new municipality would be known as West Park until consensus is reached on a permanent name.

On March 8, 2005, Eric H. Jones, Jr., was elected Mayor and four Commissioners were elected: Felicia M. Brunson, Thomas W. Dorsett, Sharon Fyffe and Rita (Peaches) Mack. They were sworn-in as the municipality’s first elected leaders on March 10, 2005, and will guide West Park from an unincorporated area governed by the County to a fully functioning, independent city.

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