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Weston is a family-oriented, master-planned community that strives to embrace each and every resident. Weston’s well managed growth has given rise to one of South Florida’s most desirable communities, both residential and corporate.

With a culturally diverse population, Weston is comprised of the finest residential neighborhoods, and a diverse corporate, commercial and retail environment. We are a safe community with A-rated public schools, superior parks and recreational facilities, a progressive government that is financially strong and a community-wide appearance that cities around the world wish to emulate.

Approximately 27 square miles in land size, with a population of 65,672, Weston is located in southwestern Broward County, Florida. Initially conceived as a master-planned community, Weston was incorporated in 1996. Well managed growth has given rise to one of South Florida’s most desirable communities, both residential and corporate. Weston’s culturally diverse population enjoys a vibrant community, whose lifestyle, appearance and management style cities around the world wish to emulate.


Weston has the distinction of having:

 

A-rated public schools and excellent private schools;

Outstanding public safety and the lowest crime rate per capita in the County;

Fourteen meticulously maintained park and recreational facilities which play host to cultural and community events and tens of thousands of registrants in organized sports leagues;

A Community Center which offers a variety of year-round enrichment classes and programming for all ages and interests, and a family YMCA within the City’s regional park;

The lowest combined property taxes, municipal taxes and fees in the County;

The lowest millage rate in the County;

The lowest ratio of employees per 1000 population in the County;

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Visually distinctive, Weston’s extensive landscaping is without dispute one of the City’s greatest assets: rows of prestigious Royal Palms and city entry signs surrounded by lush foliage which also lines the berms, medians and rights-of-ways throughout the city.


Weston encompasses a diverse corporate and retail climate that includes Fortune 500 companies, owner-operated retail establishments, restaurants, warehouses and a range of other businesses. World-class healthcare is provided by the Cleveland Clinic Florida, Broward Health Weston and the Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center. Restaurants and clubs, from casual to chic, and the beautiful Mediterranean styled Town Center downtown shopping and office complex, provide residents and visitors with an array of culinary, nightlife and shopping experiences. Weston is also home to five nationally recognized hotels and resorts offering accommodations for every need. The natural environment that surrounds and is encompassed within Weston is as unique as its lifestyle. Weston borders the Florida Everglades and the City maintains over 2,200 acres of wetland preserves, supporting a diverse ecological population.

Weston also offers a supportive social infrastructure -- a vital benefit to the comfort and happiness of our residents. City staff, contract and volunteer partners are continuously working to deliver quality services in every area that our residents deserve in return for their investment in Weston.


How Weston compares with cities around the Country

 

In 2014, top 25 Wealthiest Zip Codes as ranked by wealth indicators from ESRI and the US Census, compiled and published in the South Florida Business Journal:

Weston has three zip codes in the top 10 (33332, 33327, 33331)


33480 Palm Beach

33327 Weston

33332 Weston

33149 Key Biscayne

33076 Parkland

33331 Weston


In May 2013, the City of Weston was given the designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists (Bronze level, 2013-2017).


In August 2012, the City of Weston was ranked #63 out of 100 Best Places to Live – America's Best Small Cities by Money Magazine. Only three cities in the State of Florida were included in the top 100 ranking with Weston ranked highest of the three.


In October 2011, Weston was ranked #1 Nationwide Housing Market in a Businessweek survey of 1,000 largest cities nationwide. Property values had risen 15.1% from February 2009 to August 2011 when most areas declined.


In July 2010, the City of Weston was ranked #19 out of 25 cities across the nation by Money Magazine as a "Top-Earning Town." (CNNMoney.com)


In 2009, Top 25 Wealthiest ZIP Codes as Ranked by wealth indicators from ESRI. (Published in S. FL Business Journal). Weston has three of the Top 25 Wealthiest zip codes in Florida


In 2008, the City of Weston was named "One of America's Best Small Cities" by Money Magazine (July 14, 2008). Only three cities in the State of Florida were included.


In 2007, CityTownInfo.com rated Weston as being a top city for college educated adults.


July 2006: Weston was on Money Magazine's list, ranked 18th, among cities with the highest percentage of job growth and 20th among cities with the highest median household income.


U.S. Census, Aug. 2006, Weston: lowest poverty rate in 2005, just over 1%, among US cities with a population of more than 65,000 Nov. 16, 2006, Weston: named one of the 25 most affordable suburbs in the United States by BusinessWeek.com


A Bicycle Friendly Community

 

Weston is an ideal community for cycling. Whether an avid cyclist, a recreational biker or using a bike to get to and from school, Weston's 46 miles of marked bike lanes assist cyclists in getting where they are going safely.

The Bicycle Friendly Community program recognizes communities for bicycle friendliness and the benefits are coordination, education, recognition, promotion, technical assistance, inspiration and incentives to the communities receiving designation.

This will ultimately result in an improved bicycling experience throughout Weston.

The League of American Bicyclists has announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) in 2013 and Weston has been named a Bronze level BFC.

As bicycling continues to grow in popularity, leaders in cities across the country, like Weston, are embracing the environmental, financial and quality of life benefits that come with a population that likes to ride.

There are now 259 Bicycle Friendly Communities in 47 states across America. The Bronze Level BFC award recognizes Weston’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies


The History of Weston

 

The 15,000 acres of land now comprising the City of Weston was first amassed in the 1950’s by a gentleman named Arthur Vining Davis, the original owner of Weston’s primary developer, Arvida. Over the course of the ensuing years, plans were prepared as to how the land would be developed and how that development would be financed, and the area now known as Bonaventure was sold to be developed separately.

The development was originally known as Indian Trace, and in 1978 with the first of what would be many development plans complete, the Indian Trace Development of Regional Impact (DRI) was approved, which permitted in excess of 25,000 dwelling units to be constructed, although subsequent amendments reduced that number to 17,000. Shortly thereafter, in 1981, the Indian Trace Community Development District was created for the purpose of financing and managing the construction, maintenance and operation of water and sewer mains, water management bodies, and arterial roadways, and was governed by a five-member developer appointed Board of Supervisors.

The name of the Arvida development was changed from Indian Trace to Weston, and in 1984 the first homes were completed in Windmill Ranch and Country Isles, and Weston had its first residents.

In November 1991, with over 5,000 residents in Weston, and with the Indian Trace Community Development District ten years old, it was now time for residents to be elected to three of the five seats on the Board of Supervisors.

Seeing Weston develop into what was appearing to be a self-sustainable community, the Board of Supervisors initiated an Incorporation Feasibility Study in April 1994 to determine if Weston should incorporate as a city, annex to a neighboring city, or remain as a part of unincorporated Broward County. By November 1995 the Steering Committee and the Board of Supervisors arrived at the conclusion that the residents of Weston would be best served by forming a new city, as the tax dollars generated by the residents would remain in Weston under the control of and for the use of the residents, and planning and zoning matters would be determined by residents as well. The Board voted unanimously to file a Local Bill with the Broward Legislative Delegation to enable the residents of the Indian Trace Community Development District to vote on incorporation, and on May 5, 1996 the State Legislature approved the Bill.

On September 3, 1996 the residents of the Indian Trace Community Development district went to the polls, and of those voting, 90% voted in favor of incorporation. The City of Weston was born, and the Indian Trace Community Development District Board of Supervisors became the Interim City Commission, with Harry Rosen as Interim Mayor.

As a part of the Local Bill, the Bonaventure community was afforded the opportunity to vote on April 1, 1997 whether to become a part of the City of Weston, or the City of Sunrise, the result of which was to join Weston by an almost two to one margin.

Weston’s residents returned to the polls on June 3, 1997 to elect their first Mayor and City Commissioners. In July the City Commission hired the City’s first City Manager, John Flint, and appointed the city’s first City Attorney, Ellen Mills Gibbs. The city contracted with the Broward Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services; with the Broward County Board of County Commissioners for Fire Rescue services and Building Code services; with Calvin, Giordano and Associates, Inc., for Planning, Zoning, and Engineering services; and with Gary L. Moyer and Associates, P.A., later to become Severn Trent Environmental Services, for Administration, Finance, Community and Utility services. In October the City Manager and his staff moved into the first City Hall in leased space at the Weston Corporate Center.

The city continued to grow in land area with the annexation of the conservation area along US 27 westward to the L-35 levee from SR 84 to Griffin Road in 1999, and again with the annexation of the I-75/SR 84 corridor to the north in 2004., bringing the city’s total land mass to 16,539 acres, or 25.8 square miles.







 

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