Miami-Dade County Florida
Plaques .. Monuments
Cuban & Latin Related Names
(Coral Gables Streets not included)
Hialeah, other County municipalities, Dade County (now
Miami-Dade County) and the State of Florida have been
co-designating streets with alternate street
names. The renaming can be one block, two
blocks, the entire street, or just an intersection. Many
streets can have multiple alternate street names. In
some cases only one sign is placed on the designated street,
others have signs every block. This is not a new
concept. The Federal Government has been doing this
for years on a much smaller scale.
The original name of the street remains but another sign is
placed over or under the original name as a co-designated
street name. The County places the signs for the
cities which keeps them all uniform.
(There may be an exception for Coral Gables which has
ground level street names on most streets.)
Usually the state co-designated roads have an ornate sign
which stands alone, such as an historic marker. The city or
county sometimes incorporates the state designation in
There is usually only one of these signs, maybe two, on each
designated roadway by the state.
Most people in the County have no idea who most of these
people are that have streets named after them. This
list was sent to politicians, lawyers, city and county
officials and educators and most had no idea who the people
The local newspapers have written some critical articles
concerning some of these names but have failed to identify
all the names. It use to be simple to get your name on
a street, complete a form, pay a fee, pay for each sign and
your name was on a street. Often the City or County
would pick up the fees, but most co-designated streets were
placed by organizations or groups of individuals.
one case where a street was named for an individual, that individual
convicted of drug trafficking so the rules were
tightened. New rules required that streets be named
for a deceased person. Further rules were later
enacted requiring that the person had to have made a
contribution to the county in order to have a street named
for him/her. (In some cases, such as the "Latin District",
selected names were chosen although they had nothing to do
with the City or County.)
The co-designation does not only occur with
Cuban/Latin/Hispanic names and places.
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Is a small archway placed by the Latin Quarter Association
at the corner of NW 12 Avenue and 1st Street.
WELCOME TO LITTLE HAVANA USA
... Is also a painted
"billboard" on the side of a bank building at SW 8 Street
and Beacom Boulevard which is a block east of SW 27th
Avenue. It use to be Republic National Bank.
In 2001 it was changed.
In 2002 it was changed again!
Changed again sometime around 2007 or before.
Change as of April 2010.
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