SOUTH MIAMI HISTORY: PART III

1

Part III: GROWING UP, BUILDING COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS  

On June 25, 1927, W. A. Forster was sworn in as South Miami’s first Mayor, and the City began its eight decade journey. In this third part of our five part series we recognize the foundation and development of important community institutions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         -jes

NEW ECONOMIC PROSPERITY
After the World War II boom, more businesses were opening and area residents were enjoying new economic prosperity. In 1954, the City reported that over $2,000,000 in building permits was realized, as private homes and commercial properties bloomed. Despite the usual South Miami political controversy (the sitting and previous mayors lobbied against it), construction of the new City Hall was approved by referendum in 1955 (350 in favor and 339 against). Designed by noted architect Henry George Fink, the governmental hub on Sunset Drive was dedicated in October 1956 by Mayor Paul U. Tevis. Wrote Tevis, “It is the opinion of many that the new City Hall marked the beginning of a new era in South Miami and that the building itself served as a criterion for future buildings of consequence.

 

MANAGING FINANCES LOCALLY
After many years of planning, the Bank of South Miami opened its doors on Sunset Drive, April 3, 1952. Prior to that residents traveled to Miami, Coral Gables or Coconut Grove to conduct their financial affairs. Eleven years later the Bank qualified for a national charter and the name changed to what we know today: First National Bank of South Miami. After 60 years, FNBSM remains the only bank headquartered and managed in South Miami. In addition to the hometown offices, they have offices in Kendall, The Falls, Coral Gables, the Eastridge Retirement Community, and Palace Adult Living Community. The opening of the Coral Gables office on April 3, 2012 was timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the opening of the first office in South Miami. Priding itself as the City’s hometown bank, FNBSM partnered with the community from its inception and continues to contribute time and talent, event sponsorships, and funding to non-profit organizations within the city.


MEDICAL NEEDS MET
To serve the health and well-being of the community, on February 22, 1960, South Miami Hospital opened with a 100-bed facility and 15 patients. In 1969, a medical service center was located on a single campus. Subsequent improvements in the mid-1980s expanded the hospital facilities east of Manor Lane, while creating a linear park for the area’s residential neighborhood. More recent renovations and buildings have come to pass with a new medical arts center, trauma center, doctors’ offices and parking facilities.  The hospital, part of the Baptist Health of South Florida system, offers state-of-the-art medical technology and services; job opportunities; the ability to treat residents and others in the Emergency Center; and increased revenue to the City from medical offices. And in a demonstrable commitment to the care of our children in the community, since 2007, a free neighborhood clinic for uninsured children who live in the city located on the grounds of Murray Park has been supported by the Hospital.  The Emergency Center expansion project presently underway will add 80,000 square feet of space with operating room suites and imaging area. Construction on the $75 million hospital expansion began in July 2010 with a projected opening date within the next three years. Recently, South Miami Hospital was ranked by US News & World Report as the number one Best Regional Hospital in South Florida and fourth in the entire state.

 

RESIDENTIAL GROWTH
To meet the needs of a growing residential community, in 1966 an eight-story residential apartment building, named the Mayan Tower, was built adjacent to the central retail district at 5880 SW 74th Terrace. Concern over the building height gave impetus to the establishment of the South Miami Homeowners Association (recently renamed, South Miami Neighbors). Since that time, height limitations in the area (and elsewhere in the City) have been a focus of much angst and debate among developers, city officials and residents.

 

NO MORE PARKING ON US-1
Other developments in the City’s history at this time include this statement from Paul Tevis, “All parking in the North bound lane of US #1 Highway was discontinued, commencing March 1964.” Parking on US1—something almost impossible to imagine today! In 1967, the jurisdiction of the Fire Department moved to the County. In the decades of the fifties and sixties, schools were built, the library came to town and the constant drumbeat of South Miami politics pounded on unabated as many City Managers and Chiefs of Police were fired or willingly resigned. And in what many might think to be an odd choice in today’s movement to plant native vegetation in the City, the City Council named the Parkinsonia florida (Arizona’s state tree) as the official City tree in 1966.
________________________________
Donna Shelley and John Edward Smith.

Share.

About Author

1 Comment

  1. I look forward to each new installment of the history of South Miami by writer Donna Shelley. As Chair of the South Miami Historic Board, I invite those interested in learning more about our local history to contact me for information on our upcoming South Miami walking tours. plahiff@bellsouth.net

Leave A Reply


  • 2016 Adidas Chaussures Femme
  • 2016 Adidas Chaussures Homme
  • 2016 Asics Chaussures Femme
  • 2016 Asics Chaussures Homme
  • 2016 Converse All Star Chuck
  • 2016 Converse All Star Hi-Top
  • 2016 Converse All Star Low-Top
  • 2016 Converse Fille Chaussures
  • 2016 Converse Flag Chaussures
  • 2016 Converse Jack Purcell
  • 2016 Converse One Stars
  • 2016 Converse Pro Stars
  • 2016 Nike Air Max Femme
  • 2016 Nike Air Max Homme
  • 2016 Puma Chaussures Homme
  • New Balance Nouvelle Homme Nike Air Jordan Homme Nike Air Jordan Femme Asics Chaussures Homme-Femme Prada Mens Bags Womens Handbags Nike Air Max 360 Homme Nike Air Max 90 Carved Homme JORDAN 11 JORDAN 12 Celine Handbags Dior Handbags Hermes Handbags 2016 Adidas Chaussures Femme 2016 Adidas Chaussures Homme 2016 Converse All Star Hi-Top 2016 Converse All Star Low-Top 2016 Converse Basketball 2016 Converse DC Comics All Star Nike Kobe 9 Nike Tn Nike Roshe Run 2014 Femme Nike Roshe Run Suede Homme Nike Air Max Pas Cher 2016 Converse Fille Chaussures 2016 Converse Flag Chaussures 2016 Converse Jack Purcell 2016 Converse One Stars 2016 Converse Pro Stars 2016 Converse Sandales 2016 Converse Star 70 Chaussures 2016 Dossier Hogan Homme 2016 Hogan Femmes 2016 Hogan Homme 2016 Hogan Olympia Femme Louis Vuitton Handbags Miu Miu Handbags Prada Handbags Nike Air Thea 2015 Homme Nike Air Max 360 2011 Homme Nike Air Max 360 2013 Homme 2016 Nike Air Max Femme 2016 Nike Air Max Homme 2016 Nike Free Femme 2016 Nike Free Homme Lunettes Hugo Boss Lunettes Julbo Lunettes Marc Jacobs JORDAN 13 JORDAN 17 JORDAN 2 Air Max 2013 Femme Adidas Pas Cher Homme Air Max 2010 Femme Lunettes Emporio Armani Lunettes Giorgio Armani Lunettes Gucci Mens Bags Hermes Mens Bags Louis Vuitton Mens Bags Nike Roshe Run Slip Femme Nike Roshe Run Slip Homme Nike Roshe Run Suede Femme Lunettes Cactus Lunettes Carrera Lunettes Chanel Lunettes De Soleil Guess Lunettes De Soleil Maui Jim Lunettes De Soleil Oakley Lunettes De Soleil Persol Lunettes De Soleil Ray Ban Lunettes Dior Lunettes Dolce & Gabbana Lunettes Oakley Lunettes Police Lunettes Polo Ralph Lauren Lunettes Prada Lunettes Prada Linea Rossa Lunettes Ralph Lauren Lunettes Ray Ban 2016 Nike Air Jordan Chaussures 2016 Asics Chaussures Femme 2016 Asics Chaussures Homme 2016 Converse All Star Chuck 2016 Puma Chaussures Femme 2016 Puma Chaussures Homme

    Nike Air Max pour Tous @ Foot Locker ? Un vaste choix d'articles homme et femme De nombreux styles et coloris Expédition gratuite dès 69 £ / 85 € boutique nike tn en ligne,foot locker nike requin pas cher 2015. boutique-nike-tn-en-ligne-nike-requin-pas- Une plus grande absorption de choc est offert par les.

    Nike Homme Nike TN Requin 2014 Homme NIke Tn Requin Homme Air Max 90 Nouveaux Homme Nike Air Max BW Homme Nike Air Max 90 Homme Nike TN 2014 Homme

    basket tn requin homme pas cher,tn requin pas cher paiement paypal, ... que donc arrêter les chaussures développent en serrant les orteils ,nike tn paypal Retrouvez les Nike Air Max sur Zalando ?LIVRAISON & RETOUR GRATUITS? choix parmi plus de 100 000 chaussures et articles de mode.Découvrez les plus beaux modèles de Nike air max sur Sarenza. Livraison et retour toujours gratuits !

    Nike Air Max 2014 Homme Nike Air Max 2019 Homme Nike Air Max 2013 Homme Nike TN 2013 Homme

    Amélioration de cerveau avec l'évolution des habitudes Les êtres humains sont des créatures d'habitude ,tn pas cher pour homme . Dès son jeune age.Retrouvez tous les articles Air-max nike sur La Redoute.Dans l'histoire passée de la publicité Tn Requin Pas Cher, pas divers autres basket Air Max Pas Cher ait effectivement eu la possibilité de modifier le visage .

    Nike Zoom Pegasus Femme Nike Air Max 90 2014 Homme Nike Zoom Pegasus Homme Nike Air Max 90 2014 Femme

    Maux de dos et les insuffisances de la chiropratique Lorsque les gens developpent des maux de dos, que font-ils? Ils prennent de l'aspirine, de repos.Ce modèle fait partie de la longue saga ? Air Visible ? de Nike lancée en 1987 par la Air Max 1. Commercialisée sous le nom de Air Max III, ses fans ont préféré

    Chaussures Nike Chaussures Air Jordan Chaussures Timberland Bottes UGG Chaussures puma

    nike tn pas cher 30 euro,holition tn pas cher,chaussures nike air max tn requin.Nike Air Max is a line of shoes first released by Nike, Inc. in 1987. It is worn by the likes of famous superstars such as Charles Barkley, LeBron James

    Nike Free Run 3.0 Homme Nike Free Run 4.0 Homme Nike Free Run 5.0 Homme Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Homme

    Lancée en 1987, la gamme Nike Air Max n'a cessé de s'étoffer depuis ses débuts. C'est le designer Tinker Hatfield qui est à l'origine du premier modèle

    Chaussures Nike Chaussures Air Jordan Chaussures Timberland Chaussures puma Chaussures Adidas Chaussures Asics

    Comparez et commandez en ligne des produits de la marque Nike - Air Max. Vous trouverez de nombreux produits Nike - Air Max sur

    NIKE FREE RUN NIKE AIR MAX NIKE ROSHE JORDAN TIMBERLAND PUMA ADIDAS ASICS

    20 janv. 2016 - Dévoilée en 2015 à l'occasion du Air Max Day, la Nike Air Max Zero nous revient en 2016 dans son colorway “OG” tel qu'imaginé par Tinker.Magasin de detail chaussures requin pas cher,air max tn pas cher,nike tn requin foot locker pas cher france 100% Garantie De Qualite.

    Nike Homme Nike Femme Timberland Nike Free Run New Balance Air Jordan

    CHAUSSURES BASSES HOMME AIR MAX MUSE BLEU MARINE NIKE. CHAUSSURE HOMME AIR MAX MUSE. Cette chaussure comporte une empeigne.nike tn pas cher livraison gratuite,tn requin pas cher femme,tn noir et blanche.

    nike tn pas cher nike tn nike tn nike air max nike air max pas cher Nike TN Requin 2014 Homme Nike TN Requin 2012 Homme Nike Tn Spider Homme Nike TN Requin Homme

    Nous Nous Spécialisons Dans Air Max Femme Pas Cher, Air Max One Pas Cher La Vente En Ligne, Partager Réduction La Plus Compétitive De 70%!tn pas chere de chine,nike air max tn chine, chaussrue tn pas cher. ... Par exemple, la coupe de vos lignes de jambe tout simplement peut-être pas le meilleur ...

    Nike Free Homme Nike Free Femme Nike Free Run Homme Nike Free Run Femme

    baskets nike air max homme,air max 90 hyperfuse usa pas cher. moyens d'acheter des chaussures confortables en ligne Le port de la dimension de chaussure.Diverses autres par rapport à Nike, il ya aussi d'autres fabricants de basket-ball qui ont effectivement développés à haute efficacité et chaussures tn pas cher.

    Homme Nike Air Max Femme Nike Air Max Homme Nike Roshe Femme Nike Roshe

    nike tn pas cher en france,basket tn a bas prix. tn-pas-cher-paypal-nike-tn-noir-et-. Considérant que le lancement de la Nike Free , beaucoup de diverses NIKE W AIR MAX BW ULTRA GAMMA BLUE WHITE. 149,90 €. NIKE W AIR MAX 90 ULTRA LOTC QS "SAHNGAI" NIGHT MAROON. 159,90 € .

    Nike jordan Homme Nike jordan Femme Nike Free Run Homme

    Il y a 2 jours - nike air max 1 noir gris. ... nike air max 1 noir gris. air max nike homme nike air max noir et rouge aire max 1 pas cher nike revolution 2 nike.Nike Tn pas cher vente en ligne!Nous vendons des nike requin tn pas cher chaussures,nike requin Tn,pas cher chaussure,requin tn pas cher,nike tn en ligne .

    The Timberland Fall '14 collection of boots, shoes and accessories is ready for anything. Stylish, versatile and weather-ready, everything Timberland makes New Collection Cheap Timberlands For Men & Women, Discount Timberland Boots Outlet Online, Timberlands For Cheap Now, Take Actions!cheap timberland boots,cheap timberland boots for women,timberland boot wikipedia,timberland boot company,timberland boot sauce,timberland boot au,timberland boot sale,timberland boot company eastern standard,timberland boot,timberland boots

    Men Sandals Timberland Men Timberland Nellie Chukka Boots Men Timberland Roll Top Boots AAA Men Timberland Boots AAA

    Cheap Timberland boots for men and women at Soletrader Outlet with at least 30% off the range, free delivery on orders over £35 and free returns!Today's Hottest Deals · Find Free Shipping Deals · Millions of Products