West Miami Florida

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West Miami is a community in western Miami Dade County, landlocked between the cities of Hialeah, Miami Lakes, and Coral Gables. Just about three quarters of a square mile in area, West Miami is home to approximately six thousand people of which nearly 85% are Hispanic. Nestled between S.W 8th Street, better known to residents as Calle Ocho and Coral Way, that is S.W 24th Street, the only way the city can now grow is by annexation of neighboring areas.

In 1947 the Miami-Dade County decided to reduce cocktail hours and ban gambling in Miami. Four businessmen, along with a group of residents were not happy about this and decided to incorporate the area west of Miami. Each of the four men invested $400 in bonds and selected the name West Miami over other suggestions of West Haven and West Gate. The population of 700 was too small to incorporate West Miami as a city and it was incorporated as a town. West Miami was one of the first in Florida to elect a female commissioner in 1949.

Florida started developing after World War II and land and private enterprises were allotted in the area of West Miami by the federal government to attract new residents. Soldiers returning from war took advantage of the free lots offered and built homes in West Miami earning it the name, town of Veterans. West Miami saw an influx of Jewish families relocating from northeastern states and northern Miami-Dade in the 1950s. They settled near Temple Zion on S.W 17th street and soon comprised 50% of West Miami’s population.

Major changes occurred between the 1960s and the 1980s with arrival of Cuban refugees, who today form 85% of the population with almost 70% born in Latin America. It is now mainly a residential community with a constantly improving standard of living. Though it is a small city, West Miami accomplished many projects such as sidewalk replacement, tree beautification and park development. Its significant aging population will soon benefit from a new senior citizens community center.

Funds are being poured into many new projects to improve the quality of life for the residents. The West Miami community possesses four recreational parks that are being upgraded. Plans are afoot to improve Lorraine Park, Cooper Park, and the West Miami Recreation Center. The city is also currently addressing its flooding issues and working to comply with state and federal requirements.

In an effort to decongest the city, West Miami also offers a Jitney Service to its residents who are willing to move as far north as the Blue Lagoon Area. There are plans to expand the routes with funding from the People’s Transportation Plan. The city is also attempting to annex areas to its west, between SW 67th Avenue and the Palmetto Expressway, and southward, between S.W 8th Street and Coral Way. The annexation would increase the population of West Miami by nearly 3,000 residents. The county currently serves these residents with police and sewer operations.

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