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Dependent Special Districts

    A special district is . . .

    ". . . a unit of local government created for a special purpose, as opposed to a general-purpose, which has jurisdiction to operate within a limited geographic boundary and is created by general law, special act, local ordinance, or by rule of the Governor and Cabinet." (Section 189.012(6), Florida Statutes)

    Special districts are units of local special-purpose government. Special districts are very similar to municipalities, they:

    Have a governing body with policy-making powers
    Provide essential governmental services and facilities
    Operate in a limited geographical area
    The main difference is their purpose, special districts provide local specialized governmental services and have very limited, related, and specific prescribed powers. 

    Fort Lauderdale has several dependent special districts, visit the Dependent Special District page for more information. 
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