Tamarac Florida Real Estate
In the early 1960s a young developer named Ken Behring came from the Midwest and bought land where he could, creating an active adult community of two-bedroom maintenance-free homes. He called his new city Tamarac, named after the first business owned by Behring, a chain of car washes called Car-A-Mat. Tamarac is Car-A-Mat backwards.
In 1963, Behring built the city’s first development east of State Road 7, Tamarac Lakes Section One and Section Two. Next came two neighborhoods of homes built on a former orange grove called Tamarac Lakes North and The Boulevards. Three of Behring’s last developments were Tamarac Lakes South, then the Mainlands of Tamarac Lakes just west of State Road 7, and finally, the Woodlands community.
The city’s early leaders, hoping to preserve Tamarac as a bedroom community, allowed Fort Lauderdale to annex commercial pockets, forever losing land that might have bolstered the city’s coffers. In the late 1970s, the city de-annexed a long line of commercial buildings from State Road 7 all the way to Northwest 31 Avenue, but it went along with Behring’s vision of Tamarac as a bedroom community. The boundaries were wherever Behring decided to build homes. The city’s current eastern boundaries narrow to a sliver from Northwest 31 to 37 Avenues, then widen to the south. The city’s easternmost boundary extends below Commercial Boulevard to Northwest 16 Avenue. Many newcomers do not even realize there is an east side to Tamarac – including those who live there. In the early years, neighbors might have preferred being in neighboring Fort Lauderdale who received more attention from them at the time. Things changed when Walter Falck was elected mayor. Falck, who served from 1976 to 1984, helped lead the city with an eye for his pals on the east.
Behring also named a subdivision he founded in the Pinellas Park area, the “Mainlands of Tamarac By-the-Gulf”.