Backwards, the city's name spells Car-A-Mat, the name of a chain of car washes once owned by developer and city founder Kenneth A. Behring.
But this city of about 56,000 residents is far from washed up.
Tamarac offers 649 acres of freshwater canals and lakes, a $250,000 roller hockey rink, nine private golf courses and an expanding industrial park with access to the Sawgrass Expressway.
National and regional businesses such as Convergys, Culligan Water Bottling Company and City Furniture are making Tamarac their corporate home.
The White House has designated Tamarac a "Millennium Community", and the U.S. Conference of Mayors named it one of Americais most livable cities through its "City Livability Award" program.
Known as a haven for retirees, Tamarac is grappling with changing demographics.
The city offers a sophisticated mini-bus system that provides retirees with rides to doctors and grocery stores and a variety of parks and recreation programs for its growing young population.
But the mix of young and old has also been the source of neighborhood clashes as young families move into homes in neighborhoods once limited to seniors only.
Property taxes are fairly low, and the city is striving to broaden its tax base by developing Land Section 7 into an upscale commerce park. The 500-acre stretch west of Nob Hill Road along the Sawgrass Expressway is already home to several major corporations.
The city contracts with the Broward Sheriff's Office for police protection and has one of the lowest crime rates in Broward County.
The city is chock full of condo-dwellers who pay little, if any, property taxes after claiming the $25,000 homestead exemption. To spread out the rising cost of funding emergency medical services, the city levies nearly $80 a month in fees.
City officials are struggling to satify both age groups: retirees in the city want a senior center and the younger residents want a community center.
Tamarac elects four city commissioners by district and the mayor is elected at-large. A city manager is appointed by the commission. City Hall is at 7525 Northwest 88th Avenue.
Web site: www.tamarac.org