Star Island (Miami Beach)

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Star Island
Star Island, as seen from South Beach
Star Island, as seen from South Beach
Star Island is located in the United States
Star Island
Star Island
Location in the United States
Coordinates: Coordinates: 25°46′38″N 80°09′01″W / 25.7773°N 80.1502°W / 25.7773; -80.1502
CountryUnited States
CountyMiami-Dade County
CityMiami Beach
 • Miami Beach MayorDan Gelber
 • Miami-Dade County CommissionerBruno Barreiro
 • House of RepresentativesCynthia A. Stafford (D)
 • State SenateGwen Margolis (D)
 • U.S. HouseDonna Shalala (D)
 • Total0.134 sq mi (0.35 km2)
 • Land0.134 sq mi (0.35 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0 km2)  0.0%
 • Total98
Time zoneUTC-05 (EST)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)305, 786

Star Island is a neighborhood of South Beach in the city of Miami Beach on a man-made island in Biscayne Bay, Florida, United States. The island is south of the Venetian Islands and just east of Palm and Hibiscus islands.


Completed in 1922 by the Army Corps of Engineers by dredging sand, the land was initially owned by developer Carl Fisher, who purchased several land parcels of what would become the city of Miami Beach. It is accessible by land and barrier islands via the MacArthur Causeway.[1]


Students from Star Island are served by the following schools of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools:

Celebrity residents[edit]

Celebrities who own or have owned homes on the island include Sean Combs,[2] Emilio and Gloria Estefan,[2][3] Don Johnson,[2] Rosie O'Donnell,[2] Xuxa[4] and Shaquille O'Neal.[2][3][5] Tour guides and realtors have made false claims of some other celebrities having homes on Star Island, such as LeBron James, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Julio Iglesias, Madonna, Sylvester Stallone and Elizabeth Taylor.[2]

In a 1979 trial, prosecutors alleged that members of the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church ran a marijuana smuggling ring in the Star Island house purchased 20 years later by O'Donnell.[6][7] Some scenes from the 1994 movie The Specialist were filmed there.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Miami Marathon Mile by Mile Tour (Star Island is on Mile 2)" (PDF).
  2. ^ a b c d e f Barrionuevo, Alexei (March 1, 2012). "The Sun Shines Again in Miami". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b "Forbes - The Ten Most Expensive Homes in the U.S. - 2005". Archived from the original on 2012-09-06.
  4. ^ Barrionuevo, Alexei (March 1, 2012). "Passeio mostra mansão da Xuxa". Folha de S. Paulo.
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  6. ^ "CNN - Showbuzz - May 4, 1999". Archived from the original on April 18, 2001.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  7. ^ "O'Donnell buy Star Island home". The Vindicator. May 4, 1999.