BROWARD COUNTY, FL - On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners officially designated the Goodman Archaeological site in Sunrise and the Link Trainer Building (Museum), in Fort Lauderdale as historic resources. Both properties have significant historical and cultural value, which prompted the County's Historic Preservation Board to make the recommendation for designation in early January.
In the early 1990s, the Goodman Archaeological site was set aside for preservation when developers started to build single-family homes in west Sunrise. It was added to the list of the County's Local Areas of Particular Concern, due to the site's good state of preservation and unique potential for future research.
The Link Trainer Building stands as the only remnant of a once substantial World War II era naval air station. Today, it is a museum located at 4000 W. Perimeter Road in Fort Lauderdale. In 1998, the building was nominated and accepted to the National Register of Historic Places. A year later, it was relocated to its current site and converted into a museum. The museum houses a large collection of military and naval air station artifacts, including one of the few remaining "Link Trainers" (also known as flight simulators) in existence. The Link Trainer Building is one of only 37 Broward landmarks listed in the National Register.
"I am very proud of our Broward County Historical Commission in working on this important symbol of our participation in World War II. I have been a longtime supporter of Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Musem, since meeting a great man: Allan McElhiney, the Museum's founder, and saw his passion. We have come a long way and this building is now under the responsibility of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport thanks to Director Mark Gale. Thank you to the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, William J. Gallo (Chair of the HPB) and Minerva and John D Bloom Jr., for their years of dedication."
-- Chip LaMarca, Broward County Commissioner