There's a small area south of SW 80th street that could become home to new members of the South Miami family. The city is moving forward with resident requests to annex an area just under 0.2 square miles on its south end.
The area is from SW 80th street to the Snapper Creek Canal, and from SW 67th avenue to SW 62nd avenue. The only exception is a small cut out for Fuchs Park which is already part of the city.
Right now the area is part of Miami-Dade County, but residents inside the area approached the city asking to become part of the City of South Miami. One main reason was a concern over public safety. Residents in the area say South Miami police generally respond faster to the area than Miami-Dade police.
The move could be a win-win for residents and the city. Residents would benefit from access to city amenities, programs, and services. The city would benefit by expanding its tax base.
Annexation is a multistep process. Miami-Dade County must study the request submitted by the City, which could take several months. Following the County’s review, there will be numerous public hearings and opportunities for public votes.