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21 Facts About Miami Beach
Miami Beach is the 26th largest city in Florida based on official 2019 estimates from the U S Census Bureau.
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The Miami Beach peninsula became an island in April 1925 when Haulover Cut was opened, connecting the ocean to the bay, north of present-day Bal Harbour.
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The great 1926 Miami hurricane put an end to this prosperous era of the Florida Boom, but in the 1930s Miami Beach still attracted tourists, and investors constructed the mostly small-scale, stucco hotels and rooming houses, for seasonal rental, that comprise much of the present "Art Deco" historic district.
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In 2015, the Miami Beach residents passed a law forbidding bicycling, rollerblading, skateboarding and other motorized vehicles on Lincoln Road during busy pedestrian hours between 9:00 am and 2:00 am.
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Miami Beach is home to the New World Symphony, established in 1987 under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
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Miami Beach Festival of the Arts is an annual outdoor art festival that was begun in 1974.
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Miami Beach is a magnet for Jewish families, retirees, and particularly snowbirds when the cold winter sets into the north.
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Miami Beach is home to the Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
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Miami Beach has been regarded as a gay mecca for decades as well as being one of the most LGBT friendly cities in the United States.
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Miami Beach is home to numerous gay bars and gay-specific events, and five service and resource organizations.
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In January 2010, Miami Beach passed a revised Human Rights Ordinance that strengthens enforcement of already existing human rights laws and adds protections for transgender people, making Miami Beach's human rights laws some of the most progressive in the state.
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Miami Beach Pride has gained prominence since it first started in 2009, there has been an increase in attendance every year.
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However, a recent study by the University of Miami Beach showed that tidal flooding became much more common from the mid-2000s.
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The island location of Miami Beach creates fewer convective thunderstorms, so Miami Beach receives less rainfall in a given year than neighboring areas such as Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
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Miami Beach has the 33rd highest concentration of Honduran ancestry at 1.
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Metrobus ridership in Miami Beach is high, with some of the routes such as the L and S being the busiest Metrobus routes.
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The building of Miami Beach High was constructed in 1926, and classes began in 1928.
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Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority is a seven-member board, appointed by the City of Miami Beach Commission.
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