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West Miami is a community in Miami Dade County, landlocked between the cities of Hialeah, Miami Lakes, and Coral Gables. Just about three-quarters of a square mile in area, West Miami is home to a bit more than eight thousand people. Nestled between S.W 8th Street, better known to residents as Calle Ocho and Coral Way, that is S.W 24th Street, the only way the city can now grow is by the annexation of neighboring areas.

Florida started developing after World War II and land and private enterprises were allotted in the area of West Miami by the federal government to attract new residents. Soldiers returning from the war took advantage of the free lots offered and built homes in West Miami earning it the name, town of Veterans.

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Major changes occurred between the 1960s and the 1980s with the arrival of Cuban refugees, who today form 85% of the population with almost 70% born in Latin America. It is now mainly a residential community with a constantly improving standard of living. Though it is a small city, West Miami accomplished many projects such as sidewalk replacement, tree beautification, and park development. Its significant aging population also benefits from a new senior citizens community center.

Funds are being poured into many new projects to improve the quality of life for the residents. The West Miami community possesses recreational parks that are constantly being upgraded. The main parks are Cooper Park, and the West Miami Recreation Center. The city is also improving upon its flooding issues and working to comply with state and federal requirements.

West Miami also offers a Jitney Service to its residents who are willing to move as far north as the Blue Lagoon Area. There are also constant expansions of the routes with funding from the People’s Transportation Plan. The city has also annexed areas to its west, between SW 67th Avenue and the Palmetto Expressway, and southward, between S.W 8th Street and Coral Way. The annexation has increased the population of West Miami by nearly 3,000 residents. The county currently serves these residents with police and sewer operations.

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