Pinecrest, Florida

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Pinecrest, Florida
Village of Pinecrest
Flag of Pinecrest, Florida
U.S. Census Bureau map showing village boundaries
U.S. Census Bureau map showing village boundaries
Coordinates: 25°40′N 80°18′W / 25.667°N 80.300°W / 25.667; -80.300Coordinates: 25°40′N 80°18′W / 25.667°N 80.300°W / 25.667; -80.300
Country United States of America
State Florida
County Miami-Dade
IncorporatedMarch 12, 1996
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorJoseph Corradino
 • Vice MayorAnna Hochkammer
 • CouncilmembersDoug Kraft, Katie Abbott, James McDonald
 • Village ManagerYocelyn Galiano
 • Village ClerkGuido H. Inguanzo, Jr.
 • Village7.54 sq mi (19.52 km2)
 • Land7.45 sq mi (19.30 km2)
 • Water0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)  0.13%
3 ft (1 m)
 • Village18,388
 • Density2,467.86/sq mi (952.88/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip Codes
Area code(s)305, 786
FIPS code12-56625[2]
GNIS feature ID1764896[3]

Pinecrest is a suburban village in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States of America. The 2010 U.S. census recorded a population of 18,223;[2] as of 2019, this has increased by over five percent to an estimated 19,155.

Pinecrest is governed by a five-member Village Council[4] and operates under the Council-Manager form of government.[5] 33156, the zip code that encompasses most of the village, has been consistently ranked as one of the most expensive in the United States.[6]


Pinecrest is located at 25°40′N 80°18′W / 25.667°N 80.300°W / 25.667; -80.300 (25.6619, −80.3076).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 7.6 square miles (20 km2). 7.5 square miles (19 km2) of it is land and 0.13% is water.

Community projects[edit]

Pinecrest's projects since 1996 include the addition of several new parks, development of Wi-Fi technology and beautification projects which included thousands of trees being planted, unique street signs being posted Village-wide, and roads being repaved. By planting over 10,000 street trees since 1997, Pinecrest was named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation.

In 2008, the Village Council dedicated the new Flagler Grove Park and the long-awaited Community Center at Pinecrest Gardens. The Pinecrest branch of the Miami-Dade County Library System opened adjacent to the Community Center in October 2008.


During the 1900s, Miami pioneer and railroad tycoon Henry Flagler used the property at U.S. 1 and Southwest 102 Street as a staging area during the construction of the Overseas Railroad to the Florida Keys.

In the 1930s, the area's growth continued and the community began to evolve around one of the first tourist attractions established in the Miami vicinity – Parrot Jungle and Gardens. Parrot Jungle was founded in 1936 by Franz and Louise Scherr on property located at Red Road and Southwest 111 Street and over the years has become a tourist attraction whose visitors included Sir Winston Churchill. The idea for Parrot Jungle began after Scherr, who owned and operated a feed and supply store in Homestead, Florida, became intrigued with the idea of building an attraction where birds would "fly free." To bring his vision to life, he rented 20 acres (8.1 ha) of hammock land for an annual fee of $25 (equivalent to $476.92 in 2021). Parrot Jungle was built as a winding nature trail dug through the coral rock and hammock land, indigenous to the area. All the natural plants were left undisturbed. The entrance was built on Red Road. The attraction opened on December 20, 1936, to about 100 visitors. Each paid 25 cents admission to see and hear Scherr talk about his birds, trees and flowers. Since 1936, Parrot Jungle has attracted over a million visitors. On December 17, 2002, the Village of Pinecrest purchased the Parrot Jungle with the aim of developing the site as Pinecrest Gardens. On March 8, 2003 the Pinecrest Village Council dedicated Pinecrest Gardens and officially opened it to the public as the Village's newest municipal park. The attraction moved to a new waterfront location on Watson Island between Downtown Miami and Miami Beach. It was relaunched as Parrot Jungle Island.

The Miami Serpentarium, another tourist attraction which featured serpents (snakes) lizards and other reptiles and amphibians, was located on US 1 for many decades prior to closing in the mid-1980s.

During the 1950s and 1960s the area flourished with the development and construction of ranch-style houses on 1 acre (0.40 ha) lots which laid the foundation for the community's rural and lushly landscaped residential character.

While still an unincorporated area of Miami-Dade County, what is now Pinecrest was the site of the 1986 FBI Miami shootout. The shootout took place near 12201 Southwest 82nd Avenue.

A close-up view of houses with evident wind damage
Damage from Hurricane Andrew in 1992 in the area

In August 1992, Pinecrest and the surrounding South Miami-Dade area were severely devastated by the effects of Hurricane Andrew. Many of the homes and businesses in the area were destroyed. In the subsequent years, the area was slowly rebuilt.[8][9]

Rapid growth and local issues during the 1990s inspired a movement led by residents Evelyn Greer Langlieb and Gary C. Matzner to incorporate the area. The Village of Pinecrest was officially incorporated on March 12, 1996. Evelyn Greer was elected the first mayor and was succeeded, after serving two terms, by Matzner in 2004. The founding Village Council, including Greer, Cindie Blanck, Barry Blaxberg, Leslie Bowe, Robert Hingston, together with Village Manager Peter G. Lombardi and Village Clerk Guido Inguanzo, are credited with establishing well-regarded municipal services including police, parks and recreation, building and planning services, and public works.[10]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue operates Station 49 Pinecrest.[11]


The Village of Pinecrest has its own newspaper, "The Pinecrest Tribune", which is published bi-weekly and is part of Miami Community Newspapers.[12] The village of Pinecrest is also served by the Miami market for local radio and television.


There are five public parks managed by the Pinecrest Parks and Recreation Department:

  • Coral Pine Park — A 9-acre (3.6 ha) park with a recreation center, six lighted tennis courts, a natural area, an all-purpose field and a tot lot. Coral Pine Park was a former Miami-Dade County park before being transferred to Pinecrest in 1998.
  • Flagler Grove Park — A 3-acre (1.2 ha) facility with lighted youth soccer fields, a playground, parking and restrooms. As mentioned above, the park was dedicated in 2008.
  • Evelyn Greer Park — A 10-acre (4.0 ha) park with multipurpose athletic fields, batting cages, a tot lot, and a recreation center and community gazebo with a Wi-Fi spot. Formerly known as Pinecrest Park, it was re-designated on November 9, 2004 in recognition of Pinecrest's first mayor.
  • Suniland Park — A 10-acre (4.0 ha) park with baseball and football fields, batting cages, a recreation center, basketball courts, a tot lot and a gazebo with a Wi-Fi spot.
  • Veterans Wayside Park — A 4.5-acre (1.8 ha) park with a freshwater lake and open recreation areas.

Pinecrest Gardens[edit]

Pinecrest Gardens has been described as the "crown jewel" of the village's park system.[13] Known as South Florida's Cultural Arts Park, it is a large park featuring over 1,000 varieties of exotic tropical plants and trees. The park landscape features natural streams, sinkholes, caves and fissures. The park also offers various programs including summer camps, and is located on the former site of the Parrot Jungle.[14]


Pinecrest is served by Metrobus throughout the area and by Miami Metrorail at the following stations:


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[15]
Pinecrest Demographics
2010 Census Pinecrest Miami-Dade County Florida
Total population 18,223 2,496,435 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 −4.4% +10.8% +17.6%
Population density 2,448.9/sq mi
1,315.5/sq mi
350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 90.1% 73.8% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 50.4% 15.4% 57.9%
Black or African-American 2.0% 18.9% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 41.3% 65.0% 22.5%
Asian 5.3% 1.5% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 1.6% 2.4% 2.5%
Some Other Race 0.9% 3.2% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 6,619 households, out of which 6.4% were vacant. In 2000, 47.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19% were non-families. 15.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.04 and the average family size was 3.39.

In 2000, the village population was spread out, with 31.4% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the village was $105,557, and the median income for a family was $122,526. Males had a median income of $88,091 versus $35,806 for females. The per capita income for the village was $56,723. About 2.4% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 58.09%, while Spanish made up 35.08%, French and Portuguese were tied at 1.91%, Chinese speakers were at 1.67%, Arabic at 0.89%, and German as a mother tongue consisted of 0.46% of the population.[16]

As of 2000, Pinecrest had the thirty-fourth highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, with 13.71% of the populace (tied with Tavernier, Florida.)[17] It had the ninety-second highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 1.78% of the village's population (tied with Cooper City and the borough of South Bound Brook, New Jersey,)[18] and the thirty-fifth highest percentage of Nicaraguan residents in the US, at 1.20% of its population.[19]


Pinecrest is served by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system.[20]

Public Elementary Schools

  • Pinecrest Elementary School - Opened in 1954[21]
  • Palmetto Elementary School
  • Howard Drive Elementary School (in Palmetto Bay)

Public Middle Schools

  • Palmetto Middle School

Public High Schools

Private Schools:

The Miami-Dade Public Library System operates the Pinecrest Branch.[23]


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  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
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  5. ^ "Village of Pinecrest". © 2011 Village of Pinecrest. All Rights Reserved=2011-05-26.
  6. ^ "America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes - Forbes". Forbes. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
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  9. ^ "Remembering the fury of Hurricane Andrew in South Florida - Hurricane Andrew -". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013.
  10. ^ [1] Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine The History of Pinecrest, Florida
  11. ^ "Stations & Units." Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Retrieved on February 4, 2017.
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  13. ^ Perez, Alana (September 14, 2020). "It takes a village to grow a garden". Miami's Community News. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  14. ^ Welcome to Pinecrest Gardens
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  16. ^ "MLA Data Center Results of Pinecrest, Florida". Modern Language Association. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  17. ^ "Ancestry Map of Cuban Communities". Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  18. ^ "Ancestry Map of Colombian Communities". Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  19. ^ "Ancestry Map of Nicaraguan Communities". Archived from the original on October 17, 2010. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  20. ^ Pinecrest 2010 map." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on January 8, 2017. Use this map for comparison with attendance boundaries and/or full street address locations.
  21. ^ Home page. Pinecrest Elementary School. Retrieved on January 8, 2017. "Established in 1954, Pinecrest Elementary[...]"
  22. ^ "Boundaries." Miami Palmetto High School. Accessed October 30, 2008.
  23. ^ "Pinecrest Branch Library." Miami-Dade Public Library System. Retrieved on February 4, 2017. "5835 SW 111 St., Pinecrest, FL 33156"

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