MAYOR JOY COOPER
Mayor Joy Cooper was first elected to the Hallandale Beach City Commission in 1999. She has served as commissioner, vice mayor and is the first directly elected mayor in the history of Hallandale Beach. She was born in Trenton New Jersey and grew up as one of six children in Levittown Pennsylvania. Mayor Cooper has owned property in South Florida since 1985 and made Hallandale Beach her full time home in 1991. She has been married to Dr Harry Cooper for 27 years. They are the proud parents of three children, Jaime 34, Alana 25 and Matt age 21. She and Harry are the proud grandparents of Justin age 4.
Currently Mayor Cooper serves as the Chair of the Broward County Fire Rescue Council, President of the EMS Coalition and a member of the Broward County School Oversight Committee. She is Chair of the Hallandale Beach Housing Authority, Hallandale Beach Community Development Agency, Golden Isles Safe Neighborhood District and Three Island Safe Neighborhood District.
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City of Hallandale Beach - City of Choice
Hallandale officially became a town on May 14, 1927. By that time, there were 1,500 residents, street lights, and electricity in the community. In 1947, Hallandale was reincorporated as a city, and was allowed to annex land to the east. In August of 1999, the city officially changed its name to Hallandale Beach.
The area that is now known as Hallandale Beach was not even settled until the late 1800's, when Henry Morrison Flagler expanded the Florida East Coast Railway to Palm Beach in 1895. Before then, there wasn't much to Hallandale Beach except swamp and a gray, sandy soil called marl. The Seminole Indians would hunt in the area and gather cootie root, which was used to produce starchy dough.
First Settlement - (See HISTORY Page Here)
Flagler recruited Luther Halland, son of a Swedish minister and brother-in-law to one of Flagler's agents, to start a Swedish settlement south of the Danish settlement of Dania. With the assistance of an immigrant named Olaf Zetterlund, Halland began promoting the frost-free subtropical climate and cheap land of Halland (later to be named Hallandale). Halland set up a small trading post in the new community and became its first postmaster. - (See HISTORY Page Here)