Mayor of Broward County Barbara Sharief and Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis.


Staff Report

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis and the City Commission were joined by local dignitaries as they cut the ribbon that officially opened the Charles F. Dodge City Center.

The building’s namesake, Pembroke Pines City Manager Charles F. Dodge, welcomed the crowd to an opening day presentation in the Great Hall followed by remarks by Mayor Frank C. Ortis, Vice Mayor Angelo Castillo, Commissioners Iris A. Siple, Carl Shechter and Jay Schwartz.

“This is ‘the People’s House’ that will serve our community for future generations,” said Ortis. “We are excited to share this historic day with the residents, businesses and visitors who make Pembroke Pines such a great place to live, work and play.”

Guests were invited to tour the new City Hall, Commission Chamber, the Great Hall state-of-the-art performance/conference space, and The Frank Art Gallery, the multi-disciplinary, two-story art gallery and learning space.

Attendees were also treated to a performance by aerialists and acrobats from Kevin Black Productions. As the Flanagan High School Jazz Band played, residents and visitors were treated to light refreshments and tours.

Designed to accommodate banquets, conventions, meetings, tradeshows and performance events, the 175,000 squarefoot Charles F. Dodge City Center is Broward County’s newest venue.

The largest space is the impressive Great Hall which offers room for more than 3,200 guests seated theater style, 2,400 for concerts, 1,300 classroom style, 1,120 banquet style and more than 100 exhibits for trade shows.

The Charles F. Dodge City Center is located at 601 City Center Way in Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954-392-2130 or visit