South Florida

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South Florida
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Country  United States
State  Florida
Largest city Miami
Population (2010) 6,695,969

South Florida is a region of the U.S. state of Florida, comprising the southernmost part of the state. It is one of Florida's three most common "directional" regions, the others being Central Florida and North Florida. It includes the populous Miami metropolitan area, the Florida Keys, and other localities. South Florida is the only part of the continental United States with a tropical climate.

Area[edit]

As with all vernacular regions, South Florida has no official boundaries or status and is defined differently by different sources. A 2007 study of Florida's regions by Ary Lamme and Raymond K. Oldakowski found that Floridians surveyed identified "South Florida" as comprising the southernmost sections of peninsular Florida. That area includes the Miami metropolitan area (generally defined as Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties), the Florida Keys, and the interior region known as the Glades. Additionally, Southwest Florida, representing the state's southern Gulf Coast, has emerged as a directional vernacular region. Some respondents from as far northwest as the southern Tampa Bay area identified their region as being in South Florida rather than southwest or Central Florida.[1]

Enterprise Florida, the state's economic development agency, identifies "southeast Florida" as one of eight economic regions used by the agency and other state and outside entities, including the Florida Department of Transportation. Some entities alternately designate this region "South Florida".[2] Its definition includes much of the same territory as Lamme and Oldakowski's report (except the Gulf Coast and much of the interior Glades region) as well as additional area. It includes Monroe County (the Keys) and the three metropolitan counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach, as well as the three "Treasure Coast" counties of Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin to the north.[3]

Culture[edit]

Miami accent[edit]

Main article: Miami accent

The Miami accent is a regional accent of the American English dialect spoken in South Florida, particularly in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties. The accent was born in central Miami, but has expanded to much of South Florida in the past few decades. The Miami accent is most prevalent in younger, native south Floridians.[4][5][6]

Politics[edit]

Lamme and Oldakowski identify several demographic, political, and cultural elements that characterize South Florida and distinguish it from other areas of the state. Many of its differences appear to be driven by its proportionately higher level of migration from the northern US states and from the Caribbean and Latin America, particularly in the densely populated Miami area.[7] Politically, South Florida is more liberal than the rest of the state. While less than 10% of people in either north or Central Florida felt their area was liberal, over a third of South Floridians described their region as such.[8] 38% characterized the area as conservative; 26% as moderate.[8] This tracks with South Florida's demographics, and Lamme and Oldakowski's findings parallel Barney Warf and Cynthia Waddell's research on Florida's political geography during the 2000 Presidential election.[8][9] The economy in South Florida is very similar to that in Central Florida. Compared to the more diversified economy in North Florida, tourism is by far the most significant industry in south and Central Florida, with a much smaller but vibrant agricultural industry.[10]

Cuisine[edit]

Lamme and Oldakowski's survey also found some cultural indicators distinguishing South Florida. South Florida is the only region of the state where ethnic foods are as popular as general American cuisine.[11] Additionally, while there was little geographical variation for most styles of music, there was regional variation for both country and Latin music. Country was significantly less popular in South Florida than in north or Central Florida, while Latin was more popular than in the other regions.[11]

Urban planning[edit]

The Anthony J. Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University notes the unusual growth pattern of South Florida. Unlike many areas with centralized cities surrounded by development, most of South Florida is preserved natural area and designated agricultural reserves, with development restricted to a dense, narrow strip along the coast. The developed area is highly urbanized and increasingly continuous and decentralized, with no particular dominant core cities. The center projects this pattern to continue in the future.[12]

Partition proposals[edit]

The partition of Florida as proposed by Resolution No. 203-14-14297 of the City of South Miami Mayor and City Commission

Over time, there have been numerous proposals for partitioning the state of Florida to form a separate state of South Florida. Such proposals have usually been made as political statement rather than serious attempts at secession. Reasons often stated are cultural, ethnic, economic, and financial frustrations with the state government in Tallahassee, which is in North Florida.[13]

In 2008, the North Lauderdale City Commission passed a resolution calling for a new state of South Florida to be formed from Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.[14][13]

In 2014, the South Miami passed a resolution in favor of splitting the state in half, with a northern boundary drawn to include the counties of Brevard, Orange, Polk, Hillsborough, and Pinellas (roughly the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas). In total, the proposed State of South Florida would have included 24 counties.[15][16][17]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lamme & Oldakowsi, p. 329.
  2. ^ "Charting the Course" uses "the term 'southeast' Florida interchangeably with 'south' Florida" for this region; p. 3.
  3. ^ "Charting the Course", p. 2–3.
  4. ^ Miami Accents: Why Locals Embrace That Heavy "L" Or Not | WLRN
  5. ^ Miami Accents: How 'Miamah' Turned Into A Different Sort Of Twang | WLRN
  6. ^ English in the 305 has its own distinct Miami sound - Lifestyle - MiamiHerald.com
  7. ^ Lamme & Oldakowsi, p. 330.
  8. ^ a b c Lamme & Oldakowsi, p. 336.
  9. ^ Warf & Waddell, pp. 88.
  10. ^ Lamme & Oldakowsi, pp. 336–337.
  11. ^ a b Lamme & Oldakowsi, p. 337.
  12. ^ "Charting the Course", p. 3.
  13. ^ a b Morelli, Keith (May 8, 2008). "2 Broward Cities Plant Seeds of Secession". The Tampa Tribune. 
  14. ^ Huriash, Lisa J. (May 6, 2008). "North Lauderdale wants to split Florida into two states". Sun-Sentinel. 
  15. ^ http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/os-state-of-south-florida-20141021-post.html
  16. ^ http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/gone-viral/os-state-of-south-florida-20141021-post.html
  17. ^ http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/politics/2014/10/21/new-state-south-florida/17673069/

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