Miami Springs, Florida

Miami Springs is a city located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The city was founded by Glenn Hammond Curtiss, "The Father of Naval Aviation", and James Bright, during the famous "land boom" of the 1920s and was originally named Country Club Estates. It, along with other cities in Miami-Dade County such as Coral Gables, Florida, and Opa-locka, Florida, formed some of the first planned communities in the state. Like its counterparts, the city had an intended theme which in its case, was to reflect a particular architecture and ambiance.

In this case it was a regional style of architecture called Pueblo Revival developed in the southwest, primarily New Mexico, and incorporating design elements of Pueblo architecture. Other buildings incorporated Mission style design. In fact, the original Hotel Country Club was designed to resemble a Pueblo village.[5]

Shortly prior to incorporation in 1926, the city was renamed after a spring located in the area which provided parts of Miami with fresh water until the mid-1990s. As of 2013, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 14,316.[6]

Miami Springs, Florida
City of Miami Springs
Official seal of Miami Springs, Florida

At the Heart of it All!
Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
Coordinates: 25°49′11″N 80°17′28″W / 25.81972°N 80.29111°WCoordinates: 25°49′11″N 80°17′28″W / 25.81972°N 80.29111°W
Country United States of America
State Florida
County Miami-Dade
IncorporatedAugust 23, 1926
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorBilly Bain
 • Vice MayorJaime Petralanda
 • CouncilmembersMaria Puente Mitchell,
Bob Best, and Mara Zapata
 • City ManagerWilliam Alonso
 • City ClerkErika Gonzalez-Santamaria
 • City3.00 sq mi (7.76 km2)
 • Land2.93 sq mi (7.60 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
33 ft (10 m)
 • City13,809
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,920.22/sq mi (1,899.77/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33142, 33166
Area code(s)305, 786
FIPS code12-45200[3]
GNIS feature ID0286762[4]
Glenn H. Curtiss House- Miami Springs, Florida (8338415490)
Glenn H. Curtiss Mansion and Gardens


Miami Springs is located at 25°49′11″N 80°17′28″W / 25.819725°N 80.291071°W.[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2). 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (1.34%) is water.

Roughly speaking the core of Miami Springs (excluding the more recently annexed areas) is roughly shaped as a triangle with three definable sides. Northwest 36th Street forms most of the southern boundary whilst the Miami River canal forms the northern/eastern boundary. Finally, the Ludlam Canal and Florida East Coast Railroad Yard delimit the western boundary.

Surrounding areas


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201714,424[2]4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
Miami Springs Demographics
2010 Census Miami Springs Miami-Dade County Florida
Total population 13,809 2,496,435 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +0.7% +10.8% +17.6%
Population density 4,795.4/sq mi 1,315.5/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 93.4% 73.8% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 26.3% 15.4% 57.9%
Black or African-American 1.6% 18.9% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 71.2% 65.0% 22.5%
Asian 1.2% 1.5% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 1.7% 2.4% 2.5%
Some Other Race 1.9% 3.2% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 5,361 households out of which 5.6% were vacant. In 2000, 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.16.

In 2000, the city population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $50,000, and the median income for a family was $56,892. Males had a median income of $37,176 versus $30,823 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,963. About 6.9% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of Spanish as a first language made up 63.21% of residents, while English accounted for 35.49% of the population. Other languages spoken as a mother tongue were well below 1.00%.[9]

As of 2000, Miami Springs had the sixteenth highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, with 31.83% of the populace.[10] It had the thirty-third highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 3.89% of the city's population,[11] and the twenty-second highest percentage of Nicaraguan residents in the US, at 2.06% of the population.[12] It also had the twenty-sixth most Peruvians in the US, at 1.90%,[13] while it had the nineteenth highest percentage of Venezuelans, at 1.01% of all residents.[14]


Miami Springs Florida
City of Miami Springs, Florida

Miami Springs was founded by an aviation pioneer, and thus, the fate of the city has always been intertwined with the aviation industry, particularly since Miami International Airport (MIA) is located just south of the city on the southern border of NW 36th Street. The airline industry brought many residents from airline crew bases, as well as employment opportunities at the airport, which brought much prosperity to the city. This dependence, however, left the city vulnerable. The sudden 1991 collapses of both Eastern Airlines and Pan American World Airways left many Miami Springs residents unemployed and unable to afford living in the neighborhood. Given that the businesses in Miami Springs had always relied upon the large disposable incomes of the employees of the large airline carriers, the bankruptcy of both corporations in the same year created a chain reaction, eventually causing many small businesses to close their doors. Despite the closure of the airlines, from a residential standpoint, Miami Springs remained strong. The city is often seen as blessedly isolated from the perceived turbulence of the rest of Miami-Dade County. This has continued to provide ample replacements for the older residents who are lost over time. Nonetheless the legacy of the airline closures remains. Residential millage taxation rates hover near the state mandated maximum because continued weakness in the commercial sector makes it an insufficient source of tax revenue.


The Consulate-General of Bolivia in Miami is located in Suite 505 at 700 South Royal Poinciana Boulevard in Miami Springs.[15]

Significant historical landmarks

Miami Sanitorium, 1954 postcard
Miami Sanitorium in a 1954 postcard

Curtiss Mansion is a Pueblo style home that belonged to city founder Glenn Curtiss. Beginning in the late 1970s, the house was subject to vandalism and a number of fires. In 1998, a public/private partnership of Curtiss Mansion, Inc., and the city of Miami Springs embarked on a lengthy restoration project, completed in 2012.[16]

Fair Haven Nursing Home is one of the oldest buildings in Miami Springs and is built in the pueblo style favored during the initial development. The building was designed by architect Bernard E. Muller. It was designated a Miami Springs Historic Site in 1984.

Glenn H. Curtiss Memorial Circle
Glenn H. Curtiss Memorial Circle, Miami Springs, Florida

Before becoming a nursing home, the building served as the Hotel Country Club. The hotel was built by Glenn Curtiss and partners, and was intended to promote the development of the then-new Country Club Estates. It was furnished in a Southwestern style, with Navajo rugs on the floor and handcrafted solid mahogany furniture. In 1929, after the crash, Curtiss sold the hotel to his friend John Harvey Kellogg, who renamed it the Miami Battle Creek Sanitarium and operated for many years. During World War II, it served the Air Transport Command as a hospital for recuperating military personnel. Later it became a home for the elderly, which it still is today.[17]


The city of Miami Springs is served by a sizeable number of public and private educational institutions.

The city is part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools System (M-DCPS), and all public schools under this system follow guidelines set forth by the Florida Department of Education. Miami Springs is served publicly by:

Two charter schools serve Miami Springs:

  • Glenn Curtiss Elementary AIE Charter School (Academy for International Education) provides K-8 education.[18]
  • ISAAC Academy (Integrated Science and Asian Culture) provides K-8 education.[19]

Private schools in Miami Springs are largely provided by local religious institutions:

  • All Angels Episcopal Church operates All Angels Academy[20] for children of a similar age group.
  • Blessed Trinity Catholic School[21] is located in nearby Virginia Gardens, Florida, and provides K-8 education.
  • Grace Lutheran Church operates Grace Lutheran Learning Center for children of a similar age group.[22]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 7, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Source: Escape from the Southwest: The Pueblo Style in Minnesota and Florida by Carl D. Sheppard and Stephen D. Schreiber in Pueblo Style and Regional Architecture; Nicholas C. Markovich, Wolfgang F.E. Preiser, and Fred Sturm (Eds.)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "MLA Data Center Results of Miami Springs, FL". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-10-31.
  10. ^ "Ancestry Map of Cuban Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-31.
  11. ^ "Ancestry Map of Colombian Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-31.
  12. ^ "Ancestry Map of Nicaraguan Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-31.
  13. ^ "Ancestry Map of Peruvian Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-31.
  14. ^ "Ancestry Map of Venezuelan Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-31.
  15. ^ "Servicios Consulares Archived 2009-02-19 at the Wayback Machine." Embassy of Bolivia in the United States. Retrieved on January 30, 2009.
  16. ^ Daley, Bill (March 29, 2012). "Curtiss Mansion ready for public". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  17. ^ Hotel Country Club (Fairhavens), history
  18. ^ Glenn Curtiss Elementary AIE Charter School official website
  19. ^ ISAAC Academy official website
  20. ^ | Home
  21. ^ Blessed Trinity - Home
  22. ^ Grace Lutheran Learning Center - Miami Springs, Florida - FL - school overview

External links

Aero Costa Rica

Aero Costa Rica was an airline based in San José, Costa Rica. In 1997 it ceased operations.

Its US offices were in Miami Springs, Florida.

Air Charter Bahamas

Air Charter Bahamas is an air charter airline based in Miami Springs, Florida, which operates in the Bahamas doing Charter Flights.

Carl G. Adams House

The Carl G. Adams House is a historic home in Miami Springs, Florida. It is located at 31 Hunting Lodge Court. On November 1, 1985, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is a work of Curtiss & Bright>

Curtiss House

Curtiss House may refer to:

Reuben Curtiss House, Southbury, Connecticut, listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in New Haven County, Connecticut

Glenn Curtiss House, Miami Springs, Florida, listed on the NRHP

Lua Curtiss House I, Miami Springs, Florida, listed on the NRHP

Lua Curtiss House II, Miami Springs, Florida, listed on the NRHP

Charles G. Curtiss Sr. House, Plymouth, Michigan, listed on the NRHP

Eddie Miles (American football)

Eddie Miles (born September 13, 1968) is a former American football linebacker who played one season with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Steelers in the tenth round of the 1990 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Minnesota and attended Miami Springs High School in Miami Springs, Florida.

In 1992, he began his career with the Minnesota Department of Corrections. He is currently the warden at Minnesota Correctional Facility – Stillwater.

Fred Frink

Frederick Ferdinand Frink (August 25, 1911 – May 19, 1995) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball. Frink was born on August 25, 1911 in Macon, Georgia, and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He played in two games in his major league career, with no at bats. Frink died on May 19, 1995 in Miami Springs, Florida.

Glenn Curtiss Mansion

The Glenn H. Curtiss Mansion and Gardens is a historic home located at 500 Deer Run in Miami Springs, Florida and open to the public as an event space or for private tours by prior arrangement.It is located at the northern edge of Miami International Airport.

Hequembourg House

The Hequembourg House was a historic home in Miami Springs, Florida. It was located at 851 Hunting Lodge. On November 1, 1985, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, but was removed from the Register in January 2011. It was a work of Curtiss & Bright.

John Cangelosi

John Anthony Cangelosi (born March 10, 1963) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, New York Mets, Houston Astros, Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies. Cangelosi was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Miami Springs High School in Miami Springs, Florida.

Lua Curtiss House I

The Lua Curtiss House I (also known as The Alamo) is a historic home in Miami Springs, Florida. It is located at 85 Deer Run. On November 1, 1985, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It was a work of Curtiss & Bright.

Lua Curtiss House II

The Lua Curtiss House II (also known as the Gregory House) is a historic home in Miami Springs, Florida. It is located at 150 Hunting Lodge. On November 1, 1985, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It was a work of Curtiss & Bright.

Miami Springs High School

Miami Springs Senior High School is a secondary school located at 751 Dove Avenue in Miami Springs, Florida, United States; its principal is Edward Smith. The school is part of Miami-Dade County Public School's nationally accredited magnet program, specializing in travel and tourism, the oldest of its kind in the state of Florida (established in 1987).

As of 2011, Miami Springs offers IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) courses and the iTech academy; hosting advanced computer programming and mechanical engineering courses.

Miami Springs serves ninth through twelfth grade students in the city of Miami Springs, the village of Virginia Gardens, the town of Medley, the southern portion of the city of Hialeah (south of 29th Street, and south of 25th Street after Hialeah Park) and a small unincorporated residential neighborhood east of Miami International Airport. It used to serve the western Miami suburb of Doral until 2006, when a new high school was built in that area.

Beginning in the 2007-2008 school year, the opening of Westland Hialeah High School in the southern portion of Hialeah removed the entire portion of southern Hialeah served by the school and located West of Palm Avenue; however, all portions of the boundary located east of Palm Avenue in Hialeah remained served by the school.

Miami Springs Middle School

Miami Springs Middle School is a secondary school located in the city of Miami Springs, Florida, United States. Its mascot is the Eagles.

Millard–McCarty House

The Millard–McCarty House is a historic home in Miami Springs, Florida. In 1986 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is located at 424 Hunting Lodge, within a development by Curtis and Bright.It is a two-story Pueblo Revival-style house which is U-shaped in plan. It was completed in about 1926

The first owner was Ray Millard, who was the first postmasterof Hialeah. From 1947 to at least 1985 it was owned by William McCarty, mayor of Miami Beach during 1948-51.

Osceola Apartment Hotel

The Osceola Apartment Hotel (also known as Azure Villas) is a historic hotel in Miami Springs, Florida. It is located at 200 Azure Way. On November 1, 1985, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Sunshine Women's Open

The Sunshine Women's Open was a golf tournament on the LPGA Tour from 1959 to 1963. It was played at the Miami Springs Country Club in Miami Springs, Florida from 1959 to 1962 and at the LeJeune Golf Club in Miami, Florida in 1963.

Thomas Joseph Kelly

Thomas Joseph Kelly (September 23, 1919 – April 19, 2013) is a United States Racing Hall of Fame trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses as well as an owner and breeder.Born in Pikesville, Maryland, Kelly was known as "Tommy," but commonly as "T. J." In his teens he began working at the Baltimore racetrack, as did his younger brother, Eddie. His learning of the business from the bottom up was interrupted by service with the United States military during World War II in which he received two Purple Hearts. Following his discharge, Kelly returned to Thoroughbred racing and obtained his trainer's license in 1945. From then until his retirement from training fifty-four years later in 1998, Kelly won numerous important races and conditioned sixty-five stakes race winners. He trained several very successful horses for owner John M. Schiff including Plugged Nickle, the 1980 American Champion Sprint Horse, and Droll Role, a top runner on both dirt and grass and a winner of the 1972 Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada and the Washington, D.C. International Stakes at the Laurel Park Racecourse in his native Maryland.

Widely respected in the industry, in 1954, as the new head trainer for the racing stable of Dan and Ada Rice, Kelly saw the potential in a young jockey named Bill Hartack and purchased his contract from a West Virginia-based trainer. The two met with immediate success with a six-year-old horse named Pet Bully. Hartack developed into one of the top riders in the sport and went on to a Hall of Fame career.In 1998, Kelly's final year as a trainer, a colt he had bred in partnership with Joseph and Mary Grant was foaled in Kentucky. Named Evening Attire, he was trained by Kelly's son, Patrick. The Kellys and their partners sent the horse to the track in 2001 and as of 2008 Evening Attire had earned almost $3 million. His July victory in track record time in the 1½ mile Greenwood Cup Stakes at Philadelphia Park Racetrack qualified him to compete in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Dirt Marathon.

A resident of Miami Springs, Florida, Kelly and his wife Francis had four sons and two daughters. Three of their sons are involved in the horse racing industry.

In 1993, Kelly was inducted in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs, New York.

He died in 2013 at a rehabilitation center in Miami.


WJCC (A.M. 1700 kHz) is a radio station licensed to Miami Springs, Florida. It is the expanded band station of WNMA/1210. It broadcasts a world ethnic format.

WJCC 1700 is notable as the first broadcasting home of South Florida sports radio personality Jorge Sedano, who began his career in 1999 as a host/update anchor/producer at the station, then known as WAFN 1700 "The Fan." Jorge would go onto a successful radio career with the Fox Radio Sports Network and is currently a radio and television personality at ESPN.During its time as "The Fan," WAFN 1700 carried programming from New York's "Sports Radio 66 and 101.9 FM" (WFAN (AM) and WFAN-FM), and also carried the controversial Don Imus morning show.


WNMA (1210 AM) is a radio station licensed to Miami Springs, Florida, and serves the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. It is the newest bilingual talk radio station in the South Florida market. The daily programming consists of English and Spanish shows.

The station is owned by Cielo Media.It broadcasts with 47,000 watts in the day, and 2,500 watts at night. The signal can be received from as far north as Jupiter to as far south as the upper Florida keys. The nighttime directional pattern of WNMA protects 1210 in Philadelphia, a Class A 50,000 watt station.

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