As this city was being planned on paper in the early 1960s, residents of Fort Lauderdale and its environs labeled it T.F.O. – Too Far Out. James Hunt, president of Coral Ridge Properties and city developer, first considered calling it “Curran Village” to entice military retirees to move to sunny Florida. Curran and Hunt had been admirals and knew the pensions would cover projected housing costs, but Curran didn’t want to be involved.
Hunt then recommended “Quartermore,” claiming it took only a quarter of an hour to get here from anywhere in Broward County. Starting in Fort Lauderdale, he drove his terrified staff to the area at 80 miles per hour, but failed to prove his point. So he told them to select a better name before T.F.O. stuck.
Since many people didn’t know where the new city was located, they proposed Pompano Springs, implying its proximity to Pompano Beach. When Hunt heard what a pompano was he exploded, declaring he didn’t want his dream city to be named after “any damn fish!” So the team suggested adding “Coral,” from the company name, to “Springs.”
What had been Bud Lyon’s bean farm became incorporated as Coral Springs on July 10, 1963. There was only one access from #441 – Wiles Road, a gravel farm lane that only went as far as Annapu Road, which is now known as University Drive.
After access to Sample Road (another farm lane) was extended into the city in 1964, the first subdivision was built between it and Wiles Road, flanked by Woodside Drive and Lyon’s Boulevard, now Riverside Drive. It was titled “Subdivision No. 1,” to Mr. Hunt’s annoyance. He explained he wanted names evocative of lovely neighborhoods to the employee in charge, who normally labeled things numerically. Thereafter the subdivisions were named “The Hills,” “The Clusters” and so forth.
County roads that crossed city limits of neighboring towns eventually extended through Coral Springs, but like his aversion to Pompano Springs, Mr. Hunt wanted them to have uniquely local names. Pine Island Road became Coral Springs Drive and Nob Hill Road was changed to Coral Ridge Drive, much to the confusion of prospective residents and guests.
In 1979, the Florida Department of Transportation proposed construction of the Deerfield Beach Expressway for direct access to I-95, siting it along Wiles Road. Both Coral Ridge Properties and Coral Springs objected. Hundreds of city residents went to a public hearing to have the location changed so it wouldn’t bisect the town. They were successful. At the same time, Deerfield Beach voters refused to grant FDOT the right-of-way through their city. So the more suitably named Sawgrass Expressway was built one mile north of Wiles Road and ended at Florida’s Turnpike. When it finally opened in 1986, taxpayers complained it was a waste of money considering how few drivers would ever use it,