Mrs. Leonard’s Motel
In 1969, the famous author and screen writer Elmore Leonard (Hombre, Get Shorty, 3:10 to Yuma, Freaky Deaky to name just a few) purchased a small motel on Pompano Beach for his mother . It is claimed that this was the inspiration for the Coconut Palms Resort Motel (which had no palms on the grounds) in Leonard’s 1982 novel the “Cat Chaser.” Leonard himself had a home in Pompano, ” and set a quarter of his 45 novels in South Florida. But for some reason he never earned a nickname based on his deep literary connection with South Florida. No one ever dubbed him the Dostoevsky of Dade or the Proust of Pompano.” David Rolland, New Times, 2013.
Ingemar Johansson, the Swedish boxer who won the World Heavyweight Championship in 1959 with a KO of Floyd Patterson (who he subsequently lost to twice) was, after his retirement from the ring, a resident of Lighthouse Point and the owner of the Sea Cay Motel in Pompano Beach.
Washington Senators force Golden Falcon to desegregate in 1964
In 1961, when the Washington Senators began holding its spring training in Pompano Beach, the team’s black players were forced to use separate accommodations. The so-called “team” hotel, the Golden Falcon (1460 South Ocean Blvd.) would accept white guests, only. Prior to the 1964 season, the Senators informed the Golden Falcon that unless it provided rooms for all team members — black and white — the organization would find another hotel that would. Facing the loss of business, the Golden Falcon agreed to house all players. From: http://pompanohistory.tumblr.com/ (For reference: “March on Washington” in Aug 1963. Civil Rights Act passed in June 1964)