Broward Co. considers name change to Fort Lauderdale Co.

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Posted at 9:03 AM, Jan 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-10 05:01:20-05

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Some tourism officials are suggesting that Broward County change its name to Fort Lauderdale County to capitalize on the international fame of its largest city.

The one-time Spring Break mecca is a popular beachside haven for tourists year-round. A handful of other counties around the country are also pondering name changes as experts say it's better to market the most recognizable name in a region to tourists. The state's largest county changed its name from Dade to Miami-Dade about 15 years ago.

A panel is set to discuss the topic Thursday morning.

Broward County was named after a popular early 20th century governor, Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, who tried to drain the Everglades and died suddenly as he ran for the U.S. Senate.