The Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea traces its
roots to the 1920s. In February 1924, developer
William F. Morang, a Boston businessman, purchased and platted the property
of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea from Henry S. Moody and
John C. Gregory. Several years later, Melvin I.
Anglin, a building contractor and real estate
investor from Gary, Ind., bought the land with the
intention of starting a new beachside community in South Florida.
Anglin later became the Town's first Mayor.
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea was first
incorporated on Nov. 30, 1927, but its charter was
revoked by the state in 1933. Fourteen years later,
the Town reincorporated on Nov. 30, 1947 with the
help of Charter Committee Chairman Glenn Friedt Sr.
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea celebrated its 50th
anniversary in 1997.
While numerous other coastal cities
in Florida allowed the development of huge
condominium complexes on the beach,
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea strived to maintain its small
charm and ocean views by severely limiting building heights in 1973,
which it still does to this day.
The Town has undergone dramatic
growth in the past 40 years. In 1960, the Town's
population was 1,300 residents. The number of
permanent residents residing here more than doubled
in October 2001, when Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
successfully annexed the Intracoastal Beach Area, a
coastal neighborhood just north of the Town. The Town's permanent population today is 6,056 residents.
Town resident Martha E. Munzer, who has since passed away, wrote a wonderful history of the Town in 1989. Click here to read A Living History.