Top 5 Things You May Not Know About Pembroke Park
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A proud town that earned its place on the map for its green spaces, optimal location, and maintaining thriving commerce and residential community, Pembroke Park is a small but impactful member of Broward County.
A part of the South Florida metropolitan area, the humble community is nearby Hollywood, West Park, Hallandale Beach, Miami Gardens, and Miami-Dade County's unincorporated community of Ives Estates.
It has a total area of 1.6 square miles, of which 1.4 square miles is land and 0.27 square miles is water, and almost one-half of its residents live in mobile homes.
As tiny a dot as it may seem compared to neighboring cities, Pembroke Park has been making waves for its developing commercial sector and strategic planning that puts residents' quality of life first.
No doubt, this has earned the hearts of locals and tourists alike.
Let's find out more about Pembroke Park and watch it rise to the top as one of the best residential enclaves in South Florida!
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Did you know that before incorporation, the town of Pembroke Park was called "Holly Hill?"
The area comprises nurseries, quarries, and mobile home parks.
Incidentally, you'll also find another city named Holly Hill in Florida, located in Volusia County.
Its city limits lie entirely on the Florida mainland, unlike the larger cities on either side, Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, which encompass both the mainland and the barrier island (beachfront) across the Halifax River.
A Brief History Of Pembroke Park
Pembroke Park was founded by racehorse owner Phil Bryan, who served as mayor for 21 years following incorporation in 1957.
The town was known as Pembroke until 1959 when the subdivision of Hollywood Ridge Farms was incorporated, the two areas merging into the Town of Pembroke Park.
Since it was located close to the Florida Turnpike and I-95, Pembroke Park quickly attracted numerous warehouses and other industrial businesses.
In turn, the town gained more residents, and Pembroke Park slowly became one of the top mobile home communities in South Florida!
The King Of Mobile Home Communities
Yes, folks, you read it right!
Today, Pembroke Park continues to be home to a wide array of mobile home communities.
As of the latest count, the town has 17 mobile home parks, four devoted to recreational camping.
These neighborhoods attract retired and seasonal residents.
In fact, as soon as the leaves fall and thermometers plummet up north, Pembroke Park's population quickly doubles!
It's a hotspot for Canadians fleeing brutal snowy winters, who make the city their home base for days, weeks, or the whole winter season!
Aside from mobile home communities, Pembroke Park has a handful of apartment buildings, villas, townhouses, and single-family homes concentrated on the western edge of town.
A Top Commercial Enclave
Referred to as "The Small Town That Means Big Business," Pembroke Park is home to several corporate and government firms.
Major employers in the town include Coca-Cola Bottling, Grainger, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Mohawk Carpets, Window Classics, Stratton Framing, Marinize Products, Home Depot, Sun-Sentinel Publishing, Home Depot Distribution Center, and ME Productions.
The town is also home to television towers and radio facilities like WLRN (Public Broadcasting), Trinity Broadcasting (religious), and WFOR (CBS network).
Pembroke Park's Big Break(s)
Apart from its thriving commerce, Pembroke Park has also seen success in the Movie and TV Show industry!
The town's facilities have been used for several motion picture productions.
Below are examples of the movies filmed in Pembroke Park:
- "There's Something About Mary"
Most recently, Fox Television Studios chose Pembroke Park as the setting for "The Glades," an hour-long original scripted drama series that debuted on the A&E cable network in 2010.
It is the first scripted series to be filmed in Broward, which beat out Tampa as the chosen location.
"The Glades" drew 3.6 million viewers for its season premiere, making it the most-watched original drama series telecast in network history.
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