Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Sheridan Street on the south, State Road 7 to the west and State Road 84 to the north, Dania Beach is approximately 8 square miles and is dissected by US-1 and I-95. The city has an annual population of 28,000 people that significantly increases with tourists and shoppers during the winter season.
The city is home to the International Game and Fish Association World Fishing Center as well as other prestigious attractions including Dania Jai Alai and Bass Pro Outdoor World. The city is noted for its large collection of antique shops along a 3-block area of US-1 and a blossoming marine industry.
The district includes the residential areas of Maleleuca Gardens, Poinciana Park, The Danians, Meadowbrook North, Dania Highlands, Sheraton Ocean Club, Sheraton Lake Club, Meadowbrook South, South Dania Heights, South Dixie, Dania Heights, College Gardens, Modello Park, Byrd Point, Griffin Park, Key North, Oakbridge, Davis Isles, Avon Isles, Estates of Fort Lauderdale, Ravenswood Estates and Playland Isles among others.
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Assistant Chief Michael Cassano
Michael Cassano started his career as a Paramedic Firefighter with Dania Beach Fire Rescue in 1985. His career in Dania Beach spanned 25 years and allowed him opportunities to work within Emergency Medical Services, Fireground Operations, Administration and Emergency Management. He finished his shift operational assignments at the rank of Battalion Chief, which he held from 1993 to 2001.
Chief Cassano was promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations and Administration in 2001. During the next ten years he authored the Strategic Plan, Organizational Pillars, Mission Statement, and departmental slogan, “Advancing Service Through Caring.” He was tasked with project management for new facilities, fiscal oversight and budget, communications and fire combat readiness.
Prior to Hurricane Andrew, Chief Cassano was given the responsibility to oversee all Emergency Operations and Disaster Planning, authoring the annual Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, designing the Dania Beach EOC and developing communication redundancies to support disaster response initiatives.
He has earned degrees in; Fire Science, Nursing, Emergency Management, and holds his Master Degree in Public Administration.
On January 28, 2011, as part of a newly formed partnership with Dania Beach, he merged into Broward Sheriff Office Division of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services and holds the rank of Assistant Chief currently managing Support Services.