Broward Trust for Historic Preservation

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2022 Pioneer Heritage Award Winner...

Donald Schlichtmann,
moved from New Jersey to Broward County in 1970 to enjoy the peace, vast farmland, and large parcel of land to house his horses. He served as Coconut Creek’s first Volunteer fire chief in 1972, establishing a department of approximately 20 men. In1973, he served as an advisor to the builders of the City’s first community center, known today as the Rowe Activity Center. In addition, he helped organize and participated in parades in South Creek, the only developed area in Coconut Creek at the time. Mr. Schlichtmann was the original owner of his home in South Creek, where his daughter Diane still resides.

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