Established in History, Preparing for Tomorrow
Dania Beach is committed to providing a unique small-town quality of living for all of its residents and guests. We do so by maintaining beautiful neighborhoods and vibrant commercial centers throughout the City while being fiscally responsible and having a diverse population and business community
A City Rich in History
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. Frost built the first general store in 1902 and became Modello’s first postmaster. He also built and donated the Towns first two schools. The following year, Dania Methodist Church was erected, becoming the City’s first place of worship. When the Town was incorporated in November 1904, its 35 residents, most of whom were Danes, changed the name to Dania. By 1912, Dania was a thriving community of almost 1200 people and continued to grow through the 1920ís when the City suffered tremendous setbacks. In 1925, the Dania Hotel caught on fire, and the Bank of Dania failed due to embezzlers in the Bank’s Atlanta home office. The 1926 hurricane with its 200 mile-per-hour winds devastated the Town, destroying the first church building completely, and subsequent damage prompted residents to vote for annexation to the neighboring City of Hollywood. De-annexation came in 1927.
100 W. Dania Beach Boulevard, Dania Beach, Florida 33004
Phone: 954-924-6800 FAX: 954-921-2604
Office Hours 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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C.K. “Mac” McElyea
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Albert C. Jones
Commission meets 2nd and 4th
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Form of Government:
Elected officials serve 4-year terms, top votes become mayor and vice-mayor, changing positions after 2 years.