Deerfield Beach, Florida
The City of Deerfield Beach was named after the lovely deer that once inhabited the area. In the late 19th century, when Henry M. Flagler (the railroad magnate) extended the railway further south, travelers would pass through the area as they ventured toward Miami and Key West. At that time, the area of Deerfield Beach was an expanse of dense vines and saw palmetto, pineapple farms, wild fig trees, pine groves and palm trees. A few homesteads existed along the Hillsboro River and eventually the first Post Office was established on June 22, 1898, serving a population of twenty settlers.
Due to the railroad, the area continued to grow as many more settlers came. These people established farms and grew pineapples, tomatoes, beans, squash and other winter crops. The community remained primarily agricultural but the settlers also fished along the Intracoastal Waterway. The intersection of Hillsboro Boulevard and Dixie Highway had become the area’s civic and business district. There were several stores, a lodge, the Post Office and some hotels. But the success of the district was primarily due to the farmers who shipped their goods north on the railroad. At the time, the Deerfield tomatoes were considered some of the best in Florida.
On June 11, 1925, Deerfield became incorporated and George Emory Butler, Jr. became the first Mayor. At that time, the population had risen to 1,300 residents. In 1939, Deerfield changed its name to Deerfield Beach and the population rose to 1,800 residents. After WWII, many motels and hotels opened up along the shoreline and the tourist industry began to boom. In 1947, the distinguished Lions Club built Pioneer Park on the bank of the Hillsboro Canal. The Park contained a picnic area with barbeque pits and a baseball field with stands for the spectators. In 1957, Deerfield Beach experienced another name change to The City of Deerfield Beach. As tourism grew in the area, farms began to diminish. The economy also saw growth in manufacturing, distribution and office industries. This economic growth was based largely on the rise in population, which was over 50,000 residents.
Today the City of Deerfield Beach is a bustling community with a population of over 75,000 residents. The median income in the city per household is approximately $34,000. About 12% of the population lives below the poverty level. The city is racially and ethnically diverse and has one of America’s largest Brazilian populations. The education level is slightly above the National average with 22% of residents holding a B.S. degree.Deerfield Beach Criminal Attorney Roger P. Foley – Call Today if You Have Been Arrested in Deerfield
The City of Deerfield Beach has a high crime rate, registering a crime index of 18, with 100 being the safest. The city is only 18% safer than all other cities in the U.S. according to the latest annual data. Property crime is the highest, with 2,458 cases being reported. Theft comes in second at 1,680 cases, burglary at 594, violent crime at 360 and motor vehicle crime at 184. Your chance of becoming a victim in Deerfield is 1 in 215 people.
Have you been arrested for theft or burglary in Deerfield Beach? Punishments for these charges, if convicted, vary on what was taken and the value of the item(s). If you have been charged with committing theft, burglary, or another type of crime in The City of Deerfield Beach, it is imperative that you seek immediate legal help. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Roger P. Foley are experienced and adept at handling criminal cases in The City of Deerfield Beach. They will discuss your case and devise an appropriate strategy to destroy every allegation that is held against you. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Roger P. Foley are skilled at reviewing police procedures and determining if any protocols were not properly followed. Call the Law Offices of Roger P. Foley today at (561) 746-7076.