Facts about Miami Shores

Miami Shores is a village in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. Miami Shores was originally a neighborhood of the City of Miami when it was annexed into the city of Miami in 1925. With the arrival of the Great Depression, the City of Miami gave up its jurisdiction and Miami Shores was incorporated as its own village in 1932. As of 2005, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 10,040.


Miami Shores is an older suburb of Miami, and despite its proximity to downtown Miami, it has a suburban feel. The Miami Shores Thematic Resource is a Multiple Property Submission of residential contributing properties on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes many Mediterranean Revival style and Spanish Colonial Revival Style houses with gardens.


As of the census of 2000, there were 10,380 people, 3,631 households, and 2,432 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,227.6 inhabitants per square mile. There were 3,836 housing units at an average density of 1,562.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 65.06% White (48.6% were Non-Hispanic White,)[5] 24.48% African American, 0.11% Native American, 2.45% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 2.78% from other races, and 5.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.74% of the population.

The village operates under a council-manager system. It has an elected council of five members. The Council members are elected to at-large seats throughout the Village. The Village Charter stipulates that the two individuals receiving the highest number of votes are elected to four year terms. The individual(s) receiving the next highest number of votes is elected to a two year term. The position of Mayor is selected by the Council at its inaugural meeting. Historically, the individual receiving the highest number of votes is selected to serve as the Mayor, and holds this position for two years of the four year term. At the conclusion of their term as Mayor, the individual retains a seat on the Council as a "regular" Council member for the next two years. Each Council Member is a voting member of the Council, with the Mayor serving as the Chair.

The council is responsible for enacting most village laws, approving capital expenditures, and hiring the Village Manager. The Village Manager is in charge of managing the day-to-day functions of the village. The current village manager is Tom Benton. Other administrative boards include Planning & Zoning, Recreation Advisory, Historic Preservation, Code Enforcement, and Personnel Appeals. The village is served by the Miami Shores Police Department, and fire services are supplied by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Station 38.

In 2013 Miami Shores passed a comprehensive rewrite of its Code of Ordinances. One provision of the rewritten Code clarified that vegetable gardens are permitted in backyards, but not front yards. After complaints from neighbors, two residents, Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll, were forced to remove a garden that had supposedly been in place for 17 years, or face a fine of $50 a day. The couple claimed that the garden supplied about 80% of their meals, and had eliminated their need to buy produce. The Institute for Justice has filed a suit on their behalf, claiming that the ordinance violates their rights under the Florida Constitution. The story garnered national attention.


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