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Aventura, Florida
Aventura Skyline.jpg
Official seal of Aventura, Florida
Seal
Motto(s): 
"The City of Excellence"
Location of Aventura in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
Location of Aventura in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Flag of Miami-Dade County, Florida.png Miami-Dade
Incorporated November 7, 1995
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
Area
 • Total 3.52 sq mi (9.11 km2)
 • Land 2.65 sq mi (6.86 km2)
 • Water 0.87 sq mi (2.25 km2)
Elevation
3 ft (1 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 40,242
 • Density 15,197.13/sq mi (5,867.26/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip Codes
33180-33162
Area codes 305, 786
FIPS code 12-02681
GNIS feature ID 1777315
Website www.cityofaventura.com

Aventura is a planned, suburban city in northeastern Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, 17 miles north of the city of Miami and part of the Miami metropolitan area. The city is especially well-known for Aventura Mall, the 5th largest mall in the United States by total square feet of retail space and the largest mall in Florida.

The city name is from the Spanish word for "adventure", and was named "Aventura" after the developers of the original group of condominiums in the area, Eddie Lewis and Don Soffer, remarked "What an adventure this is going to be."

According to the U.S. Census estimates of 2010, the city had a population of 35,762.

History

Aventura began its development during the early 1970s. The area was initially referred to as Turnberry. Aventura became an incorporated city in 1995. The Aventura Police Department was formed in 1997.

Aventura is home to the luxury resort Turnberry Isle, where the yacht Monkey Business was docked during the Gary Hart/Donna Rice incident, which contributed to Hart ending his 1988 bid for presidency.

The Aventura Mall, the fifth-largest shopping mall in the US, is also located here,.

In early 2001, Former President Bill Clinton delivered one of his first speeches after leaving the White House at Aventura-Turnberry Jewish Center.

Geography and climate

Geography

Aventura is located at 25°57′52″N 80°08′09″W / 25.964345°N 80.135818°W / 25.964345; -80.135818.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 square kilometers). Of that, 2.7 sq mi (7.0 km2) is land and 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2) of it (23.08%) is water.

Surrounding areas

  Hallandale Beach
  Hallandale Beach Up arrow left.svg Up-1.svg Up arrow right.svg Hallandale Beach
  Ojus Left.svg Right.svg Golden Beach, Sunny Isles Beach
North Miami Beach Down arrow left.svg Down arrow.svg Down arrow right.svg Sunny Isles Beach
  North Miami Beach

Climate

Aventura has a tropical monsoon climate (Köppen climate classification Am) with hot and humid summers and short, warm winters, with a marked drier season in the winter. The city sees most of its rain in the summer (wet season) and is mainly dry in winter (dry season). The wet season, which is hot and humid, lasts from May to September, when it gives way to the dry season, which features mild temperatures with some invasions of colder air, which is when the little winter rainfall occurs-with the passing of a front. The hurricane season largely coincides with the wet season.

In addition to its sea-level elevation, coastal location and position just north of the Tropic of Cancer, the area owes its warm, humid climate to the Gulf Stream, which moderates climate year-round. A typical summer day does not see temperatures below 75 °F (24 °C). Temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s (30–35 °C) accompanied by high humidity are often relieved by afternoon thunderstorms or a sea breeze that develops off the Atlantic Ocean, which then allow lower temperatures, although conditions still remain very muggy. During winter, humidity is significantly lower, allowing for cooler weather to develop. Average minimum temperatures during that time are around 59 °F (15 °C), rarely dipping below 40 °F (4 °C), and the equivalent maxima usually range between 65 and 75 °F (18 and 24 °C).

Hurricane season begins June 1 and is officially over November 30. Aventura was severely hit by Hurricane Wilma on October 24, 2005 and was still undergoing recovery as of November 2011. The library was decimated and still yet to be rebuilt. Terraces flew off of high-rises and condos on high floors were flooded with many of their walls exploding into next-door apartments and adjacent hallways. Countless high-rise windows exploded and electricity stopped.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 9,698
1990 14,914 53.8%
2000 25,267 69.4%
2010 35,762 41.5%
2020 40,242 12.5%
source:

2020 census

Aventura racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 19,899 49.45%
Black or African American (NH) 1,101 2.74%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 21 0.05%
Asian (NH) 828 2.06%
Pacific Islander (NH) 8 0.02%
Some Other Race (NH) 324 0.81%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 1,836 4.56%
Hispanic or Latino 16,225 40.32%
Total 40,242

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 40,242 people, 18,035 households, and 9,370 families residing in the city.

2010 census

Aventura Demographics
2010 Census Aventura Miami-Dade County Florida
Total population 35,762 2,496,435 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +41.5% +10.8% +17.6%
Population density 13,487.2/sq mi 1,315.5/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 90.4% 73.8% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 57.9% 15.4% 57.9%
Black or African-American 3.9% 18.9% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 35.8% 65.0% 22.5%
Asian 1.8% 1.5% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 1.7% 2.4% 2.5%
Some Other Race 2.1% 3.2% 3.6%

In 2010, there were 26,120 households, out of which 31.5% were vacant. As of 2000, 11.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.2% were non-families. 45.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 23.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.79 and the average family size was 2.45.

Language and culture

As of 2000, speakers of English as their first language accounted for 59.92% of the population, while Spanish accounted for 22.63% of residents. It has a Jewish population; Hebrew and Yiddish speakers were respectively 3.66% and 2.78% of the population. Other languages spoken include Portuguese 2.65%, French 2.40%, Russian 1.75%, and German at 1.46% of city residents.

As of 2000, Aventura had the seventeenth-highest percentage of Brazilian residents in the US, with 1.9% of the US populace. the thirtieth-highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 4.25% of the city's population, and the ninety-second-highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, at 2.89% of the city's population. It also had the twelfth-most Israelis in the US, at 2.4%, while it had the thirteenth-highest percentage of Romanians (tied with Hartford, Ohio and Bern, Pennsylvania,) at 1.8% of all residents. Aventura's Russian community had the twenty-fifth-highest percentage of residents, which was at 12.4%, while it was the thirteenth-highest Venezuelan community in the US, which made up 1.31% of the population.

Transportation

Aventura traffic
Early afternoon congestion in Aventura on Biscayne Boulevard (US 1)

The Aventura Express shuttle bus is a city run public bus service, free to Aventura residents. Miami-Dade Transit's Metrobus and Broward County Transit bus systems also run through the city. Metrobus provide connections to Metrorail and Metromover at Government Center via Biscayne Boulevard/US 1. Over the last 30 years, travel infrastructure in Aventura has been heavily funded and influenced by developers of the many highrise condominium projects near the beach. Efforts to mitigate traffic impacts associated with increased travel demand to and from these projects led to the majority of principal road, bridge and structure designed primarily to accommodate automobile travel. This, coupled with single-use zoning and a general lack of connectivity for pedestrians, cyclists and similar modes has contributed to heavy traffic congestion on and near Biscayne Boulevard (US 1), despite this highway having up to ten travel lanes at points. Moreover, costly road improvements have not effectively mitigated traffic increases. A grade separation at the intersection of Ives Dairy Road and Biscayne Boulevard was constructed to facilitate westbound travel leading to Interstate 95 and free flowing eastbound right turns, but traffic signal phasing of the remaining approaches was unchanged, and the intersection continued to experience regular long queues.

The main north-south road in the city is Biscayne Boulevard (US 1) and the main east-west route is the William H. Lehman Causeway. Although no interstates run through the city, I-95 is just five minutes away.

Brightline, operated by Brightline, is a higher-speed rail service operating on the Florida East Coast Railway line between Miami and West Palm Beach, running parallel to Biscayne Boulevard. Aventura station, located adjacent to the Aventura Mall, is scheduled to open in Fall 2021.

Tri-Rail commuter rail service has also been proposed to run on the FEC line. Another proposal would extend the Miami Metrorail along the US 1 corridor from downtown Miami to the Broward County line, which would pass through Aventura and Hallandale Beach.

Area attractions

The most famous shopping attraction is Aventura Mall, a 2,400,000 sq ft (222,967 m2) indoor shopping center. The outdoor malls are "Loehmann's Fashion Island", "Aventura Shopping Center", "Aventura Commons", "The Promenade Shops", and "The Shoppes at the Waterways".

The city also has its own exclusive parks and recreation department which operate Founders Park, Founders Park Bayside, Waterways Park, Waterways Dog Park, Veterans Park, The Community Recreation Center, and the new Liberal Arts theater.

In the center of the heart of Aventura is The Turnberry Golf Course encapsulated by Aventura's Country Club Drive Circle, a multimillion dollar horticultural three-mile walking/jogging paved promenade which overlooks lakes, opulent residential highrises, yachts and the Atlantic Ocean.

Education

Aventura is served by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) system. Aventura Waterways K–8 Center serves as the public K–8 school of MDCPS which serves Aventura. The school is outside of the city limits but all children that live in Aventura are in the boundary for that school. Dr. Michael Krop High School in Ives Estates is currently the sole MDCPS high school serving North Miami-Dade County residents, including those of Aventura. Krop is considered to be a magnet school because it has a "Students Training in the Arts Repertory (STAR)" program, and has a total student body population of 2,833.

There are also charter schools established with sponsorship from the municipal government, Aventura City of Excellence School (ACES), a K–8 school. It was for years the only public school within the City of Aventura. It is operated by a private charter school company called Charter Schools USA. Built and opened in 2003, ACES was ranked in the top 10 of all schools in Florida in 2006. Construction on the Don Soffer Aventura High School, the other charter school, began in 2018. Opened in August 2019, the Charter School initially accepted ninth grade students in its first year and added grades 10 through 12 in subsequent years.

The Northeast Branch of the Miami-Dade Public Library System serves Aventura as a means of accessing information for all education alike.

Regional universities and higher education institutions include:

  • Florida International University: Biscayne Bay Campus (North Miami)

Notable people

  • Lucille Ball, American actress best known for the television series I Love Lucy
  • James Caan, American actor
  • Jimmy Connors, American tennis player
  • Caroline, Princess of Hanover, Hereditary Princess of Monaco
  • Billy Cunningham, American basketball player and coach
  • Morton Downey Jr., American singer, songwriter and television talk show host of The Morton Downey Jr. Show
  • Vitas Gerulaitis, Lithuanian-American professional tennis player
  • Whitney Houston, American singer and actress
  • Jimmy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys two-time Super Bowl Champion; Cowboys and later Miami Dolphins Coach
  • Alan King, American actor and comedian
  • Sophia Loren, Italian actress
  • Sid Luckman, NFL Hall of Fame football player
  • John McEnroe, American tennis player
  • Howard Metzenbaum, United States Senator representing Ohio in 1974, and then again from 1977 to 1995
  • Carlo Ponti, Italian film producer
  • Carlo Ponti Jr. Italian orchestral conductor, son of Carlo Ponti
  • Edoardo Ponti Italian director, son of Carlo Ponti
  • Sid Raymond, actor and comedian
  • Dennis Rodman, Basketball Hall of Fame, five-time NBA World Champion, and Two-time NBA All-Star
  • Jeffrey Rosen, billionaire businessman
  • Donald Soffer, Real Estate Developer
  • Fred Stolle, Australian tennis player. Two-time major winner
  • Sandon Stolle, Australian tennis plater
  • Frankie Valli, American pop singer
  • Alain Vigneault, Head Coach NHL Philadelphia Flyers

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