Pompano Beach, Florida
Pompano Beach is the fifth largest city in South Florida with a population of 103,003. The per capita income is approximately $26,000, making it a mixed bag of middle class and upper middle class in Florida compared to the national average. Pompano Beach residents are slightly better educated than the national average with approximately 23 % of its residents holding a B.S. degree. There is a dichotomy of wealthy and poor among its residents and it is a racially and ethnically diverse city. Twenty-five percent of Pompano’s residents were born outside of the U.S. and spoken languages include English, Spanish, French Creole, Portuguese, etc.
The city boasts great beaches, restaurants, a city golf course, excellent shopping, museums and art galleries. Pompano Beach holds annual events that include the Seafood Festival, Saint Patrick’s Irish Festival, Saint Colemans Italian Festival, the Holiday Boat Parade, the Holiday Yuletide Parade and the Nautical Flea Market.
The Tequesta Indians were the original inhabitants of Pompano Beach, eventually being replaced by the Seminole Indians. The building of the railroad and influx of pioneers changed the face of the area. Henry Flagler, the railroad magnate, commenced building the railway further south from West Palm Beach to Miami in 1896. This paved the way for land development along the Atlantic coastline resulting in small settlements and farms being established. As more farmland was needed, the settlers started moving inland. Most of the settlers were from north Florida, other southern states and a few from the Bahamas.
In 1908, Pompano was incorporated as a city in Dade County, and eventually it became a part of Broward County. After WWI, Florida’s population, land development and economy grew swiftly and this was known as the Florida Land Boom. New land developments were planned and platted along the beach and just west of it. One of the developments was a racetrack costing over $1 million. Its grandstand held a capacity of 6,000 people and there were enough stables for 1,000 horses. Soon after its opening, the State of Florida deemed gambling illegal and the racetrack was shut down. It was not until 1950 that horseracing was revived in Pompano Beach. Eventually Pompano Beach became heavily populated and agricultural land was sold off to build housing and golf courses. Industry expanded into boating and tourism leading many beachfront cottages to be replaced by motels and condominiums. Today Pompano Beach is in a redevelopment phase to restore its beachfront and historic downtown district.Have You Been Arrested in Pompano Beach? Criminal Attorney Roger P. Foley Can Help You!
Pompano Beach has a crime rate index of 4, with 100 being the safest in the national average. This low crime rate index illustrates the high crime rate of the area, with Pompano Beach only being safer than 4 percent of all U.S. cities. The highest crime is property crime, with the latest count at 5,562 cases reported. Violent crime comes in second with 1,060 cases reported. Your chance of becoming a victim in Pompano Beach is 1 in 97 people.
Property crimes such as theft and burglary top the list of all property crimes in Pompano Beach. Depending on whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, theft punishments can be as severe as 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
If you are in the unfortunate situation of having been charged with a property or violent crime in Pompano Beach, Florida, you will need immediate legal counsel. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Roger P. Foley are experienced at handling all crime cases in Pompano Beach. We know how to navigate the legal system and best protect your rights and interests. Our lawyers will discuss your case with you and truthfully tell you all your legal options. We will also fight vigorously to defend you and win your case. Call us today at (561) 746-7076.