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Fruit and Spice Park in Redland
|• Governing body||Miami-Dade County|
|• Mayor||Carlos A. Giménez|
|Elevation||7 ft (2 m)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||305, 786|
|GNIS feature ID||0285050|
Redland, also known as the Redlands, is an unincorporated community in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, about 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Downtown Miami. Many farms, original clapboard homes of early settlers, u-pick'em fields and coral rock walls dot the landscape. It was named for pockets of red clay once common in the area, on top of a massive layer of oolite rock. Early residents intentionally created the singular community name "Redland" to make it easier to differentiate the town from Redlands, California. The entire area is nourished with pure water from the Biscayne Aquifer.
Many houses built in the area must be on a minimum of 5 acres (20,000 m2) of land, a law put into place to thwart development and preserve the area.
The geographical center of Redland is located at  Redland is generally considered to be the area bounded on the north by the C-102 (Princeton) canal; on the west by the C-111 canal; on the south by the C-113 canal to SW 197th Avenue, SW 296th Street to SW 167th Avenue, and SW 272nd Street to U.S 1; and on the east by SW 197th Avenue to SW 296th Street, SW 167th Avenue to SW 272nd Street, and U.S. 1 to the Princeton Canal., its elevation 7 feet (2.1 m).
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With its tropical climate, many tropical fruit crops are grown in Redland that cannot be grown commercially elsewhere in the United States but South Florida, such as mango, avocado, guava, passion fruit, lychee, jack fruit, canistel, sapodilla, longan, mamey sapote, black sapote ("chocolate pudding fruit"), miracle fruit, jaboticaba, cecropia ("snake fingers") and coffee beans, all of which can be sampled for free at the Fruit and Spice Park, a local attraction.
Redland originated in anticipation of Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway, which arrived several miles to the east in Princeton, Florida in 1905. Pioneer homesteaders in Redland developed a way of working the difficult soil, called scarifying or plow-breaking. This revolutionary method of agriculture allowed the land there to develop into the "winter greenery basket of America" and the "garden capital of the world". In 1926, the Seaboard Air Line Railway came through the center of Redland, building a depot at SW 256th Street and further increasing the ability to ship produce out of the area. At the time, the center of town was located near Redland Road (SW 187th Avenue) and Bauer Drive (SW 264th Street).
Miami-Dade County Public Schools operates public schools.
Points of interest in Redland
- 2010 United States Census
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- About the Redland
- Redland, FL Community Profile
- Map of Redland, Florida
- Redland Community Historical Markers