What & Where
The historic roots of the first city in Broward County date back to the 1880’s, when much of what is now the FEC railroad line was laid through the area. In recognition of this transportation advantage, a pioneer and developer named W. C. Valentine planned a settlement called Modello and 12 Danish families moved from Chicago to settle there in 1898-1899. Three years later, 30 Danes were recruited from Oconto, Wisconsin to colonize the settlement, and the first home was built by A.C. Frost, for whom a park is now named.
Dania Beach is located at the epicenter of the vibrant South Florida MSA, the 8th largest MSA in the US, known as Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area, with excellent access from I-95, I-595, and A1A Blvd.
Dania Beach offers a strategic location within the South Florida landscape: Situated between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami and benefitting from direct access to the beachfront and all major regional thoroughfares, Dania Beach is among South Florida’s best-connected municipalities. These factors are creating a favorable climate for new economic development and public sector investments.
An untapped market with metropolitan assets. Despite it’s macroeconomic benefits, Dania Beach has largely been overlooked from a development perspective by comparison with its adjacent neighbors in Hollywood and Ft. Lauderdale. With South Florida’s economic picture improving and new investment capital coming off the sidelines, new development and new opportunities are in place as the economy rebounds.
New infrastructure investments already taking place: Among the initiatives underway are a series of quality of life enhancements designed to make Dania Beach more desirable in the eyes of residents and businesses. These include a large-scale expansion of the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades, the development of ‘Dania Live’, a 100-acre master development including retail, multifamily, office and entertainment, the creation of a new 120-slip marina, a beautification program along US1, the recent purchase of the Dania Jai Alai by Casino Club a large Argentinean Casino operator, the construction of two new hotels and more.