Florida’s 27th Congressional District includes large parts of Miami-Dade County, reaching Hialeah and Miami to the North and extending just South of Homestead. This beautiful and prosperous stretch of South Florida contains miles of pristine coastline as well as Miami International Airport which are representative of the robust natural and economic resources in our state.
South Florida is home to several highly regarded higher education institutions including:
- Barry University
- Florida International University
- Miami Dade College
- St. Thomas University
- University of Miami
The 27th District has several historic districts:
- Coral Way – Residential neighborhood connecting Downtown Miami to Coral Gables since 1922
- Coral Gables – Home of the University of Miami
- Coconut Grove – Miami’s City Hall since 1825
- Coconut Grove Playhouse – Built in 1926 designed to resemble a Spanish Rococo Palace.
- Coral Gables Venetian Pool – Formed from a coral rock quarry in 1923, this 820,000 gallon pool is fed with cool spring water daily and features two waterfalls, coral caves and grottos.
- First Coconut Grove Schoolhouse – Built in 1887, this frame vernacular structure originally was used as a Sunday School for pioneers.
- Flagler Station Oversea Railway Historeum – Built from 1905-1912, the overseas railroad served as a route from New York all the way to Key West commenced by Henry Flagler, partner of John D. Rockefeller. The railroad built by Flagler began in Homestead, Florida and cost about $30 million.
- Freedom Tower – Built in 1925, this was originally known as the Miami Daily News Tower and served as the Cuban Refugee Emergency Center in the 1960’s.
- Hindu Temple – Built in 1920, this unusual house was a site of the filming of Miami’s first motion picture called The Jungle Trial.
- Matheson Hammock County Park – Visitors dine inside the historic coral rock building or outside, overlooking the beach and Biscayne Bay.
- Pinecrest Gardens - South Florida's Cultural Arts Park, features over 1,000 varieties of rare and exotic tropical plants and palm trees in a native tropical hardwood and cypress setting.
- Stiltsville – Located on Biscayne Bay, roughly one mile south of Cape Florida at the tip of Key Biscayne, this area is home to seven remaining houses standing on pilings in shallow water.
- The Alamo – Miami’s oldest surviving hospital building built in 1918, and its architectural design is the same as that of the Texas landmark.
- The Barnacle – Overlooking Biscayne Bay, this house stands as a great example of the vernacular architecture constructed during the late 19th century and is the former home of local pioneer Commodore Ralph Munroe.
- Virginia Key Beach Park – In 1945, this historic beach is an example of discrimination and segregation because it was established for the “exclusive use of the Negroes,” and it is preserved for the public’s use today.
- Vizcaya Museum and Gardens - Built by agricultural industrialist James Deering in 1916, Vizcaya features a main house, ten acres of formal gardens, a hardwood hammock, and soon-to-be-restored historic village.
- United States Richmond Naval Air Station – Now the site of the Miami Metro Zoo’s parking lot, this 2,000-acre station once served as a blimp base for the Navy that detected German submarines during World War II but was later destroyed by a hurricane in 1943.
- Miami Children’s Museum - Dedicated to enriching the lives of all children, this museum fosters a love of learning and enables children to realize their highest potential.
The 27th District also contains:
- Historical Museum of Southern Florida
- Jewish Museum of Florida
- Largest concentration of international banks in the United States
- Zoo Miami
- Miami Science Museum
- Miami Seaquarium
- Over 80 parks hosting various events
- Florida International University – houses the National Hurricane Center, which works as the National Weather Service’s Tropical Prediction Center.
- Port of Miami – Site of the largest volume of cruise ships in the world and largest container port in the state of Florida.
- United States Coast Guard Sector Miami – USCG station in Miami, responsible for protecting the maritime and the enviornment and defending America's maritime borders
In the 27th District, the Port of Miami is in an important position:
- “Cargo Gateway of the Americas” – Largest container port in the state of Florida and ninth in the United States making this seaport accommodative to both cargo and passengers.
- “Cruise Capital of the World” – Focal point for cruise ship companies by accommodating the largest volume of cruise ships in the world.
- Both the cargo and cruise ship industries provide approximately 98,000 jobs.
- Economic impact on Miami-Dade County is over $12 billion.
For more information about Miami, visit the websites of Greater Miami’s Chamber of Commerce