The Fort Lauderdale Temple, owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or the Mormon Church) was announced at the October 2009 session of the Church’s semi-annual worldwide General Conference. On Sunday, May 30, 2010 the exact location of the structure was announced — a 30-acre triangular plot in Davie, Florida, on the northeast corner of Interstate 75 and Griffin Road on SW 154th Avenue.
Ground will be broken for the temple on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10 a.m. Due to parking constraints, attendance at the ceremony will be by invitation only. However, all are invited to attend a live satellite broadcast of the ceremony at meetinghouses in the area. Once construction is complete and prior to dedication, the public will be invited to tour the new temple during an open house period that is expected to last a few weeks.
The temple, which will not function as an open community worship center, will be home to small-scale ceremonial and educational activities. The gorgeous 28,000-square-foot building was described in permit application materials as “an interpretation of Neoclassicism with arches, columns and a steeple.”
The Fort Lauderdale Temple will be Florida’s second and will serve members living in southern Florida and the Bahamas. Members in this region currently travel to the Orlando Temple, dedicated in 1994, to worship and participate in ordinances.