Lazy Lake, Florida

Coordinates: 26°9′22″N 80°8′42″W / 26.15611°N 80.14500°W / 26.15611; -80.14500
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Lazy Lake, Florida
Village of Lazy Lake
Location of Lazy Lake in Broward County, Florida
Location of Lazy Lake in Broward County, Florida
Coordinates: 26°9′22″N 80°8′42″W / 26.15611°N 80.14500°W / 26.15611; -80.14500
Country United States
State Florida
IncorporatedJune 3, 1953[1]
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorRichard Willard
 • Council MembersRay Nyhuis,
Carlton Kirby,
Patrick Kaufman,
Jeff Grenell, and
Robert Strusinski
 • Village AttorneyPamala Ryan
 • Total0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
 • Land0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
3 ft (1 m)
 • Total33
 • Density1,434.78/sq mi (554.00/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)954, 754
FIPS code12-39750[3]
GNIS feature ID0285410[4]

Lazy Lake is a village in Broward County, Florida, United States. The village is part of the Miami metropolitan area of South Florida. It has no police department or fire department. The population was 33 at the 2020 census.


In 1946, real estate developer and contractor Hal Ratliff began the process of building the community around an old rock quarry (which later was filled with water and became the village's artificial lake.) He had the help of architect Clinton Gamble, who designed the original homes, and financier and accountant Charles H. Lindfors, who initially bought the land. Ratliff's goal was to build a community that was low-key, with heavy forestry infrastructure, allowing neighbors to keep to themselves and have some anonymity. Lazy Lake received its name when a friend of Hal Ratliff remarked that the lake looked "so lazy and peaceful."[5][6]

When nearby Wilton Manors decided to incorporate as a city, it asked Lazy Lake's residents whether they wanted to be annexed to Wilton Manors.[7] Lazy Lake's residents decided to incorporate themselves as the Village of Lazy Lake instead.[7]

It is the smallest incorporated municipality in Broward County by area. This low population was because the town originally had been composed of single family homes in a small housing development, with a lake named Lazy Lake (its namesake) in the middle of the houses surrounding it. The village started with 13 homes on 13 acres (the maximum allowed by the charter.) The three homes of the three main founders of the village were the first to be built on the property, which was originally platted for a subdivision.[5][6]

As of 1985, the village's annual budget was $7,000.[8]

In 1995, residents agreed to place the entire village up for sale at $15 million, but nobody purchased it. It was on the market for two years, and Sue Carolyn Wise, their broker, went on television news stations and shows like CNN and A Current Affair to help promote the sale. People such as O. J. Simpson and a Kuwaiti prince were interested, but ultimately did not buy the village.[9] After the two years of trying to be sold, Lazy Lake came off the market, and the village decided not to have the broker's contract renewed.[6][10]

During 2008, a few residents on the village's north side wanted to disincorporate, secede and get annexed and incorporated into the city of Wilton Manors. The reason this small movement failed was because most residents on the south part of the village wanted to remain a village, which was due largely in part because the mayor and most council members at that time lived on the south side.[10][11]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.023 square miles (0.06 km2), all land.[12]

The village is a landlocked enclave surrounded entirely within the borders of the city of Wilton Manors.[13]

Lazy Lane is the only road in the village.[14]

Lazy Lake is surrounded by NE 24 Street to the north, NE 21 Court to the south, NE 1 Avenue to the east, and North Andrews Avenue to the west.[14]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[15]

2020 census[edit]

Lazy Lake racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[16]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 23 69.70%
Black or African American (NH) 0 0.00%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 2 6.06%
Asian (NH) 0 0.00%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian (NH) 0 0.00%
Some other race (NH) 0 0.00%
Two or more races/Multiracial (NH) 1 3.03%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 7 21.21%
Total 33 100.00%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 33 people, 8 households, and 1 family residing in the village.[17]

2010 census[edit]

Lazy Lake Demographics
2010 Census Lazy Lake Broward County Florida
Total population 24 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 –36.8% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 1,032.1/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White (including White Hispanic) 91.7% 63.1% 75.0%
Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian 83.3% 43.5% 57.9%
Black or African-American 4.2% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 8.3% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 0.0% 3.2% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 4.2% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 0.0% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 0.0% 3.7% 3.6%

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 24 people, 8 households, and 0 families residing in the village.[18]

2000 census[edit]

In 2000, 41.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, and 41.7% were non-families. 8.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.17 and the average family size was 3.14.

In 2000, the village population was spread out, with 18.4% under the age of 18, 18.4% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 31.6% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 245.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 342.9 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the village was $142,581, and the median income for a family was $41,667. Males had a median income of $31,875 versus $31,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $33,423. There were no families and 15.4% of the population living below the poverty line, including nobody under 18, and none of those over 64 years old.

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language made up 100% of the population. It was the only municipality in all of Broward County that had no other languages spoken as their mother tongue.[19]


Broward County Public Schools operates public schools.[20] Zoned schools are Wilton Manors Elementary,[21] Sunrise Middle School,[22] and Fort Lauderdale High School.[23]

In addition the community is in the service area of the magnet school Pompano Beach High School.[24]


  1. ^ "Broward-by-the-Numbers (pages 3-5)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 10, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Municipal Directory: Village of Lazy Lake". Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Wilton Manors Historical Society Historic Notes, June 2008: Lazy Lake - Independent Village" (PDF). By Benjamin B. Little of the Wilton Manors Historical Society, June 2008. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Jackson, David. "Lazy Lake Residents Go Nowhere Fast". Sun-Sentinel. February 12, 1986.
  8. ^ Misch, Laura. "Privacy is the Priority in Lazy Lake". The Miami Herald. March 25, 1985.
  9. ^ "Lazy Lake | History, Lazy Lane & Residents". Retrieved March 30, 2022.
  10. ^ a b "Little piece of paradise is one of Broward County's best-kept secrets: Lazy Lake shuns the spotlight, despite the fact most people don't even know where it is". By Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel, January 16, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  11. ^ "Some Lazy Lake residents hope to secede". By Juan Ortega, Sun-Sentinel, March 26, 2008. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  12. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Lazy Lake village, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  14. ^ a b Lawther, Kevin. "Lazy Living: The 32 Residents of Little Lazy Lake Enjoy a Peaceful Way of Life in Their Green Oasis in Central Broward". Sun-Sentinel. April 8, 1990.
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  16. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  17. ^ "S1101 HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES - 2020: Lazy Lake village, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  18. ^ "S1101 HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES - 2010: Lazy Lake village, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  19. ^ "MLA Data Center Results of Lazy Lake, FL Demographics". Modern Language Association. Archived from the original on June 19, 2006. Retrieved October 22, 2007.
  20. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Lazy Lake village, FL." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 23, 2018.
  21. ^ "Wilton Manors Elementary." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 23, 2018.
  22. ^ "Sunrise Middle." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 23, 2018.
  23. ^ "Fort Lauderdale High." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 23, 2018.
  24. ^ "Pompano Beach High." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 23, 2018.

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