The 15,000 acres of land now comprising the City of Weston was first amassed in the 1950’s by a gentleman named Arthur Vining Davis, the original owner of Weston’s primary developer, Arvida. Over the course of the ensuing years, plans were prepared as to how the land would be developed and how that development would be financed, and the area now known as Bonaventure was sold to be developed separately.
The development was originally known as Indian Trace, and in 1978, with the first of what would be many development plans complete, the Indian Trace Development of Regional Impact (DRI) was approved. This permitted in excess of 25,000 dwelling units to be constructed, although subsequent amendments reduced that number to 17,000. Shortly thereafter, in 1981, the Indian Trace Community Development District was created for the purpose of financing and managing the construction, maintenance and operation of water and sewer mains, water management bodies, and arterial roadways. The District was governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors, appointed by the developer.
The name of the Arvida development was changed from Indian Trace to Weston, and in 1984 the first homes were completed in Windmill Ranch and Country Isles, and Weston had its first residents.
In November 1991, with over 5,000 residents in Weston, and with the Indian Trace Community Development District ten years old, it was time for residents to be elected to three of the five seats on the Board of Supervisors. Harry Rosen was elected as Chair, Kim Ballis as Vice Chair, and Mark Myers as Treasurer. In November 1993, residents were elected to the remaining two seats on the Board of Supervisors, adding Eric Hersh and John Flint, giving residents full control of the district.
Seeing Weston develop into what was appearing to be a self-sustainable community, the Board of Supervisors initiated an Incorporation Feasibility Study in April 1994 to determine if Weston should incorporate as a city, annex to a neighboring city, or remain as a part of unincorporated Broward County. In May 1995, the Board appointed a nine member Steering Committee to study the incorporation issue. The committee was comprised of residents and consultants, including resident Alex Muxo, former City Manager of the City of Homestead as Co-chair; resident Renee Smoley, as Co-chair; attorney Donald Hall, representing Arvida and former Assistant City Attorney of the City of Fort Lauderdale; Dennis Giordano, Engineer and former Assistant City Manager of the City of Hollywood; Bonaventure resident, Edwin Jacobson, retired attorney; Brad Orviedo, Basin II landowner; Roy Rogers, Arvida Vice President; resident Glenn Sterling, M.D., President of the Homeowners Association at Weston, Inc.; and resident Richard Weiss, attorney for several south Florida municipalities. In addition to the Steering Committee, the Board solicited Requests for Proposals from the neighboring municipalities of Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines and Sunrise to see if there were any benefits of Weston annexing to another city. In the November 1995 Board of Supervisors election, Eric Hersh and Mark Myers were re-elected, and Cindy Fishbein was elected to replace Kim Ballis.
By November 1995, the Steering Committee and the Board of Supervisors arrived at the conclusion that the residents of Weston would be best served by forming a new city, as the tax dollars generated by the residents would remain in Weston, under the control of and for the use of, the residents. It would also allow planning and zoning matters to be determined by residents. The Board voted unanimously to file a Local Bill with the Broward Legislative Delegation to enable the residents of the Indian Trace Community Development District to vote on incorporation. On May 5, 1996, the State Legislature approved the Bill.