Here are some random facts about our wonderful city and county. Read below and enjoy…
* The word “Miami” comes from the Tequesta word “Mayaimi”, which has been translated as “sweet water”.
* The city of Miami was planned by Julia Tuttle, making it the only MAJOR city in the U.S. to be planned by a woman.
* Miami is also one of the very few cities where its local government went bankrupt, in 2001.
* Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream in 1944. He accomplished this development by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot on his wife’s stove.
* In Miami, a unique accent, commonly called the “Miami accent”, is widely spoken. It developed mostly by second- or third-generation Hispanics whose first language was English. It is very similar to accents in the Northeast, but contains a rhythm and pronunciation heavily influenced by Spanish. However, a Miami accent is not Spanish-accented English, as many Miami residents who are not Hispanic, or do not speak Spanish, speak with the Miami accent as well. However, not all Miamians have the accent. The accent is acquired in some areas, but not others.
* Real estate developer, Edgardo Defortuna, owns President Richard Nixon’s former Miami vacation home. The home has been remodeled, but the Presidential Seal still remains on the front door.
* Miami installed the first bank automated teller machine made especially for rollerbladers.
* In Miami Beach, laws are in the books where hot dog stands can cost you up to 30 days in jail (plus fines).
* Also in Miami Beach, persons face up to thirty days in jail for selling oranges on the sidewalk and skateboarding is not allowed at any police station.
* Random Pinecrest law: In order to operate a burglar alarm, a permit must be obtained.
* In Miami, Florida it is illegal for a man to wear any kind of strapless gown. *law not confirmed*
* Should you visit the actual City of Miami, please be aware that there is a law in the book stating that it is forbidden to imitate an animal. *law not confirmed*
* Miami Shores, has for years required that all goods made in Communist countries and offered for sale in Miami Shores Village be clearly marked as such. The ordinance notes that such goods are often marked in a “false, misleading or inadequate manner, to hide their Communist origins.”
* Miami has acted as the backdrop for many movies, including There’s Something About Mary, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Wild Things, Marley & Me, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Out of Time, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Bad Boys & Bad Boys II, Transporter 2, The Birdcage, The Substitute, Blow, True Lies, Police Academy 5, Reno 911!: Miami, Quick Pick, Miami Vice (based on the 1980s television series of the same name), Red Eye, The Bodyguard, Any Given Sunday, Cocaine Cowboys, Scarface, Miami Blues, and the James Bond films Goldfinger, Thunderball, and Casino Royale.
* As of 2000, speakers of Spanish as their first language accounted for 66.75% of residents, while English was spoken by 25.45%, Haitian Creole by 5.20%, and French speakers comprised 0.76% of the population.
* According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Miami had the third highest incidence of family incomes below the federal poverty line in the United States, making it the third poorest city in the USA, behind only Detroit, Michigan (ranked #1) and El Paso, Texas (ranked #2.)
* Miami is home to some of the nation’s best high schools, such as Design and Architecture High School, ranked the nation’s best magnet school, MAST Academy, Coral Reef High School, ranked 20th-best public high school in the U.S., Miami Palmetto High School, and the New World School of the Arts.M-DCPS is also one of a few public school districts in the United States to offer optional bilingual education.
Some famous people that you may not know where originally from or grew up in Miami
* Wilmer Valderrama, That ’70s Show, Yo Momma
* Andy Garcia, born in Cuba, but moved to the United States at the age of 5.
* Eva Mendes, actress
* Dwayne Johnson, current wrestler, former UM linebacker, and current actor
* David Caruso, CSI: Miami
* Garcelle Beauvais, The Jamie Foxx Show, NYPD Blue; She attended both North Miami Beach Senior High School and Miami Norland High School
* David Archuleta
* Tego CalderÃ³n, rapper born in Puerto Rico who moved to and attended high school in Miami.
* Stevie B, freestyle music singer
* Jessica Sutta of the girl group, Pussycat Dolls.
* Steve Aoki, DJ
* Barry Gibb, lead vocal in Bee Gees
Populations in the past and in the future for Miam9-Dade County
* 2030 Projection 3,196,805
* 2025 Projection 3,019,785
* 2010 (about) 2,551,284
* 2006 Estimate 2,402,208
* 2000 Census 2,253,485
* 1990 Census 1,967,000
Top Employers in Miami
* 1 Publix Super Markets 11,000
* 2 Baptist Health South Florida 10,826
* 3 University of Miami 9,874
* 4 American Airlines 9,000
* 5 Precision Response Corporation 6,000
* 6 Bellsouth 5,500
* 7 Winn-Dixie Stores 4,833
* 8 Florida Power & Light Company 3,900
* 9 Carnival Cruise Lines 3,500
* 10 Macy’s Florida 3,368
* Sun Life Stadium- Miami Dolphins (football), Miami Hurricanes (football), and Florida Marlins (baseball)
* Florida Marlins’ new ballpark – Miami Marlins (baseball) – in construction
* American Airlines Arena- Miami Heat (basketball)
* Tennis Center at Crandon Park- Sony Ericcson Open
* FIU Stadium- FIU Golden Panthers (football)
* Pharmed Arena- FIU Golden Panthers (basketball)
* University Park Stadium- FIU Golden Panthers (baseball)
* BankUnited Center- Miami Hurricanes (basketball)
* Tropical Park Stadium
* Homestead-Miami Speedway
* Calder Race Course
* Hialeah Park Race Track
* Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field- Miami Hurricanes (baseball)
* Domino Park
* Tropical Park
* Bayfront Park
* Bicentennial Park
* Crandon Park
* Cape Florida State Park
* Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve
* Oleta River State Park
* Everglades National Park
* Biscayne National Park
* Rickenbacker Causeway Brickell and Key Biscayne – 1947
* Venetian Causeway Downtown and South Beach – 1912-1925
* MacArthur Causeway Downtown and South Beach – 1920
* Julia Tuttle Causeway Wynwood/Edgewater and Miami Beach – 1959
* 79th Street Causeway Upper East Side and North Beach – 1929
* Broad Causeway North Miami and Bal Harbour – 1951