My last house in USA!

So now that I took time to remember one nice shopping experience in Florida many years ago, why not bring back and in more details my last house in Florida and the USA. Time to let 2019 go away and start 2020 with nice memories of my globettrotter life that has taken me to lived in 6 countries , work in 5, citizen of 4 and visiting 81! Hope you enjoy this story dear to me. For info I have an early single life in New Jersey with posts here.

My last home in the United States was in Miramar, Broward county, Florida. We had a nice home there. Let me tell you a bit about the State of Florida.

Florida is located in the southeast of the United States, on the so-called Gulf Coast. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. it is the third most populous state in the country. With an area of 151,940 km2, Florida ranks 22nd among the United States. Florida’s coastline stretches some 1,930 km. Considering the bays and headlands, the cumulative length reaches around 13,600 km. No other US state, except Alaska, has a longer coastline. Florida is made up in the east of a peninsula of approximately 630 km long and in the west of a narrow coastal strip of approximately 330 km long in the shape of panhandle. It is subdivided into 67 counties which exercise various local prerogatives. The political capital is Tallahassee, but the most populated agglomeration is Miami.

Since its discovery in 1513 by the Spanish Juan Ponce de León who baptized it “la Pascua Florida” (“Easter flowers” in reference to Palm Sunday). He landed on the eastern coast of the peninsula between April 2 and 8, 1513, probably near the site of the current city of Saint Augustine which in turn is founded in 1565 by Pedro Menendez de Aviles. The Pánfilo de Narváez expedition recognized the west coast of Florida, but the Spaniard died in a Native American attack in 1528. On May 30, 1539, Hernando de Soto landed near the current Bradenton south of Tampa Bay and explore the interior.

St Augustine

Florida has been an issue for the European colonial powers before integrate the United States in 1845. In May 1865, the northern general Edward M. McCook was charged with regaining control of Florida. He challenged Colonel George Washington Scott, hoisted the flag of the United States on the state capitol in Tallahassee and read the proclamation of slave emancipation on May 12. The Civil War is over in Florida, which is officially reinstated in the Union on July 25, 1868.

Florida is becoming a major issue because of its proximity to the communist island of Cuba. It welcomes thousands of Cuban refugees. Miami gradually became one of the main economic centers of Latin America.

The official tourist webpage for Florida : Visit Florida official tourist webpage

And a bit on my last county of Broward

Broward County Its county seat is Fort Lauderdale. It was founded on April 30, 1915. It was intended to be named Everglades County, but then-Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Ion Farris amended the bill that established the county to be named in honor of Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909. In 1915, Palm Beach County and Dade County (now Miami-Dade county) contributed nearly equal portions of land to create Broward County.  Adjacent counties are to the north Palm Beach, south Miami Dade, west Collier, and northwest Hendry.

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport serves as the primary airport of the Broward County area. The airport is bounded by the cities Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach;  three miles (5 km) southwest of downtown Fort Lauderdale  and 21 miles (34 km) north of Miami. The airport is near cruise line terminals at Port Everglades and is popular among tourists bound for the Caribbean. Public transportation available are the Broward County Transit, Tri-Rail, Sun Trolley, and the major roads passing by it are the Interstate 95, I-75 ,I-595 (Port Everglades Expressway), Florida’s Turnpike (SR 91) Florida’s Turnpike Homestead Extension (SR 821) ,and Toll State Road 869 (Sawgrass Expressway).

Broward county tourist office : https://www.sunny.org/

Cities of Broward county:  Official Broward county on cities

Then, my city my last in the USA.

Miramar  is in Broward county, my last town in the USA, and it was name after the city of Miramar in Havana, Cuba (also near where I was born). The city has adjacent towns such as Pembroke Pines,(for shopping) ;Hollywood (for the beach), West Park ,and  Miami Gardens. To the extreme west you find the Everglades!.

Miramar (English is seaview) was founded by A.L. Mailman to serve as a “bedroom community” for nearby Miami and Fort Lauderdale. He bought the original property he was to develop from H.D. Perry, Sr. in 1953.  The city was incorporated on May 26, 1955 bordered by the following cities,Pembroke Pines to the northwest and north,Hollywood to the  northeast, east West Park, and south Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, and a bit of Miami Lakes. My sons went to school here at Silver Lakes Elementary School, memorable last school in the USA and they fondly remember it as well as their teachers! We lived at Silver Lakes Division west of I-75 interstate road on Sapphire Bay sub division our last spot in the USA and very fondly remembered it.

Miramar

This was our homeowners association in Silver Lakes with the different sub divisions: Silver Lakes Homeowners Association

And the city of Miramar FL : have it on parks we enjoyed a lot: City of Miramar on parks

And this is where we lived last/ Description of sub division Sapphire Bay of Silver Lakes: Sapphire Bay is a neighborhood in Miramar, Florida. Sapphire Bay mostly features midsize homes that are competitively priced. This is a well-established community that continues to attract interest from buyers looking in the Miramar area. More info on property values , map, and  living ideas is here: Neighborhoods on Sapphire Bay Miramar

Miramar

Miramar

miramar

There , now you got all you need on Florida,and heck even me lol!!! Love the Sunshine State. We made a decision to move to France and we do not regretted either as it has been a roller coaster of fun and memories. Now ,the French reason (my dear late wife Martine) is gone, but we still very much attach to France thanks to her courage and determination. Never to be forgotten. Enjoy the State of Florida.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

5 Comments to “My last house in USA!”

  1. I visited Florida in the 1990s but can’t say I really liked it or have any earning to go back. EPCOT World Showcase was OK, Germany was fine but I prefer the real Berlin!

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  2. I lived in Florida for many many years, in Dade (now Miami-Dade) County and I loved going to Ft. Lauderdale for dinner, especially restaurants in Las Olas Blvd. There used to be a pretty good jazz club on Las Olas too, O’Hare’s, I think it was called. Spent many nights there eating well and having a great time. Great memories of Florida but I am happier back home in Europe…
    Very nice post and very nice pictures, you’ve a lovely family. My greetings and all the best to you,
    FBC

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