Former Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Carlton Moore, a strong advocate for improving the city’s blighted neighborhoods, died on Wednesday died at the Heartland Rehabilitation Center in Tamarac. He was 60.
Moore’s political career began in 1985 when he took over as president of the Fort Lauderdale NAACP. He fought against discriminatory lending practices by banks, against the closings of black-majority schools and in favor of single member districts in the city to strengthen the power of the black vote.
He would turn that activism into a career on the city commission, where he first joined the dais in 1988.
When the Miami Herald endorsed Moore in 1988, the Editorial Board wrote: “Mr. Moore does have the fire, but needs to harness and channel it. Electing Carlton Moore would be a gamble that he would mature in office, but given the stakes for the city’s minority community, it is a gamble worth taking.”
At age 34, Moore won the race to represent Fort Lauderdale’s predominantly black Northwest section. He defeated Andrew DeGraffenreidt II, who had been the city’s first black commissioner.
Moore served about two decades on the commission until he resigned in 2008 after losing a close Broward County Commission race to incumbent John Rodstrom.
The city’s biography of Moore said he was instrumental in creating the Seventh Avenue Family Health Center, bringing a post office to N.W. 7th Avenue in downtown Fort Lauderdale, a $500,000 Negro Chamber Building on Sistrunk Boulevard, a $550 million sewer project for Fort Lauderdale and passage of a $40 million fire safety bond, which funded construction of new fire stations throughout the city.
Said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler: “Fort Lauderdale has lost a true champion of the people.”
“We are grateful for his many years of outstanding service to Fort Lauderdale and his countless contributions to moving our City forward. Our thoughts, prayers, and support are with his family during this difficult time,” Siler added.
“Commissioner Moore was so much more than an elected official, he was a father to many of us in the Northwest community,” said Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Bobby B. DuBose in a statement. “Our hearts are heavy and we will continue to pray for his family during this time of bereavement.”
State Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, described Moore as “a mentor, a friend, and, above all, a surrogate father for me” and as a “constant political and personal advisor.”
“He taught me the values of hard work, dedication and commitment to my community,” Smith said in a statement.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but will be handled by Roy Mizell and Kurtz Funeral Home, 1305 NW Sixth St. (Sistrunk Blvd.)