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South Miami

The citizens of today’s South Miami call it “The City of Pleasant Living”. In fact, it was honored with the All-American City award in 2001. But, the City of South Miami’s recorded history actually began as early as 1896. An early pioneer, W.R. Larkins, brought his family into the area, and in 1906, he bought the land east of 57th Ave. and south of Sunset Drive. Larkin established the first grocery and general store. After the US government opened the post office within the town, the area was officially named Larkins. Over the next 20 years, the area and population grew quickly; as did the Larkin citizens desire to have their community incorporated into its own municipality. In 1926, the citizens had their way, and a 6 sq. mile area was incorporated into the Town of South Miami.

Between the destruction caused by the hurricane of 1926, and the lack of State and Federal assistance and attention to the Town’s needs, its citizens set out to have the “Town” officially changed to “City” by the Florida Legislature. The “City” of South Miami was established in 1927.
Managing the land and number of citizens of such a large area proved overly burdensome. As such, over the next 10 years the City of South Miami was reduced in size twice, to its current size of 2.309 sq. miles.
Despite its early evolution, enormous growth, and continuing redevelopment, the City has striven to keep to the vision of the early pioneers, a town with a small town feeling regardless of its size. Live here among the 12,000 or so South Miami citizens and you too can feel the love.
There are many other amenities to serve its community:

 

Library

  • South Miami Branch Library
    6000 Sunset Drive
    South Miami, FL 33143
  • (305) 667-6121
    Open Mon-Sat

Community Center

  • Perrine Community House
    900 Perrine Ave.
    Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

Parks

  • All-American Park
    6820 SW 64 Ave
  • Brewers Park
    6300 SW 56 St.
  • Dante Fascell Park
    8700 SW 57 Ave
  • Dison Park
    8021 SW 58 Ave
  • Dog Park
    6380 SW 78 St.
  • Fuchs Park
    6445 SW 81 St.
  • Jean Willis Park
    7220 SW 61 Ct
  • Marshall Williamson Park
    6125 SW 68 St.
  • Murray Park
    5800 SW 66 St.
  • Murray Park Aquatic Center
    6701 SW 58 Pl.
  • Palmer Park
    6100 SW 67 Ave
  • South Miami Park
    4300 SW 58 Ave
  • Van Smith Park
    7800 SW 59 Ave

Recreational Center

  • Gibson-Bethel Community Center
    5800 SW 66 St.
  • South Miami Senior Center
    6701 SW 67 Ave.

Schools

Public

  • Ludlum Elementary
  • South Miami Elementary
  • Sunset Elementary
  • J.R.E. Opportunity Center
  • Somerset Academy SoMi
  • South Miami Middle
  • South Miami Senior High

Private

  • Epiphany Elementary
  • Gulliver School South Miami Campus
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Academy
  • South Miami Christian Academy
  • Sunset Montessori School
  • The Alexander School
  • The Children’s House
  • The Learning Experience School Elementary
  • Sunrise School of Miami

Transportation

  • SoMi Free Shuttle Service
    Tuesday-Saturdays
    More information


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