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Doral, Florida
Aerial view of western Doral
Aerial view of western Doral
Official seal of Doral, Florida
Seal
Motto(s): 
"Live, Work, Learn and Play!"
Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
U.S. Census Bureau map showing the former CDP limits
U.S. Census Bureau map showing the former CDP limits
Coordinates: 25°48′29″N 80°21′12″W / 25.80806°N 80.35333°W / 25.80806; -80.35333Coordinates: 25°48′29″N 80°21′12″W / 25.80806°N 80.35333°W / 25.80806; -80.35333
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Miami-Dade
Incorporated June 24, 2003
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
Area
 • City 15.08 sq mi (39.05 km2)
 • Land 13.83 sq mi (35.83 km2)
 • Water 1.24 sq mi (3.22 km2)  3.52%
Elevation
3 ft (1 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City 75,874
 • Density 5,484.60/sq mi (2,117.64/km2)
 • Metro
5,422,200
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip Codes
33122, 33166, 33172, 33178
Area code(s) 305, 786
FIPS code 12-17935
GNIS feature ID 1867137
Website www.cityofdoral.com

Doral is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. One of 34 municipalities in the county, it is 1 mile (1.6 km) from Miami International Airport and 13 miles (21 km) from Downtown Miami. The city regularly hosts more than 100,000 people who work in Miami. Doral occupies 15 square miles (39 km2) bordered on the west by the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, on the north by the Town of Medley, on the east by the Palmetto Expressway and on the south by the City of Sweetwater. It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to 6,012,331 people in a 2015 estimate.

Doral has operated under the mayor-council-manager form of government since incorporation. Policymaking and legislative authority are vested in a governing council consisting of the mayor and four other councilmembers. The council, which is elected at large, is responsible for passing ordinances and resolutions, adopting the annual budget, and appointing the city manager, city clerk and city attorney. The city manager is responsible for carrying out the council's policies and ordinances, overseeing the government's daily operations, and appointing the heads of various departments.

For a city of its size, Doral has many shops, financial institutions and businesses, especially importers and exporters, primarily because of its proximity to the airport. In 2008, Fortune Small Business and CNN Money ranked Doral 51st on a list of 100 cities with the best mix of business advantages and lifestyle appeal. Other recent accolades that attest to the City of Doral's flourishment and success include: being named a 2019 All America City finalist and one of the Best Places to Live in 2018 by Money Magazine.

Downtown Doral, the city's new dynamic urban core
Downtown Doral, the city's new dynamic urban core

History

In the late 1950s, real estate pioneers Alfred and Doris Kaskel purchased 2,400 acres of swampland between Northwest 36 Street and Northwest 74 Street and from Northwest 79 Avenue to Northwest 117 Avenue for about $49,000, intending to build a golf course and hotel. In 1962, the Doral Country Club opened in western Dade County, featuring the blue, red and par-3 golf courses, along with a hotel on Miami Beach. The "Doral" name combined Doris and Alfred. As Doral's very first structure, the Doral Hotel and Country Club became the area's hot spot: guests were transported from the beach to the country club for a day on the golf course.

In the second year of operations, the Kaskels hosted the first Doral Open Invitational, Florida's major PGA event. Alfred offered $50,000 in prize money to attract well-known golfers. According to the South Florida Golf Foundation, at the time only three other tournaments were held in Florida, offering a combined total of $65,000 prize money.

By the early 1980s, Doral started to experience its first residential growth spurt, when Alfred's and Doris' grandson Bill developed Doral Estates, followed by a joint venture with Lennar Corporation to build Doral Park. Both communities were named after the hotel, a trend that was to be repeated many more times. Although younger families started flooding the area, there were no stores, schools, or parks. Initially, most new homes were investment properties or second homes, but early full-time residents started coming together as a community.

From 1983 to 1985, Miami-Dade County imposed a building moratorium to protect the area's water wells. Once the ban was lifted, Doral experienced tremendous growth. In 1989, Morgan Levy helped organize the West Dade Federation of Homeowner Associations to stand strong against any proposals that threatened the community's welfare. Thus, they secured a police station instead of a jail, as well as convinced county officials to implement higher development standards as well as more lighting, roads and landscaping.

In 1995, residents began lobbying for incorporation in earnest, dissatisfied with the high tax rate relative to the services they received, as well as unchecked growth. The county met the first attempt at incorporation with a year's deferral. Some classified Doral as a "donor community," meaning that the taxes paid were more than the cost of operations. With the deferral, incorporation efforts intensified even more. In 1996, the community elected its first community council: Jose "Pepe" Cancio, Sr., Mario Pita and Barbara B. Thomas were elected and three other members were appointed. The council initially met once every month.

In 2002, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Cancio to fill the remainder of Miami-Dade Commissioner Miriam Alonso's term of office. Doral residents hoped that his appointment would bring the community closer to incorporation, and their hopes were realized. Although Cancio endorsed Juan Carlos Bermudez, the City of Doral's first elected Mayor, as his replacement on the Community Council, Bermudez declined the offer, ran for the seat and was elected. At the time, Bermudez was president of One Doral, a civic organization formed to counteract the perceived influence of the West Dade Federation on the new Council. However, both One Doral and the West Dade Federation proved essential to the incorporation process.

In January 2003, following a seven-year battle, 85% of Doral's voters voted in favor of incorporation. In June of the same year, 92% voted to accept the City Charter and elected their first Mayor and City Council.

The City of Doral has attracted positive attention from Fortune 100 corporations, mom-and-pop businesses, young families and retirees. Mayor Luigi Boria, elected in November, 2012, became the second Venezuelan-American mayor in the United States. He was replaced by Juan Carlos Bermudez who successfully won reelection bid in 2016

Geography

Doral is located at 25°48′29″N 80°21′12″W / 25.808145°N 80.353322°W / 25.808145; -80.353322.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.6 square miles (35 km2). 13.2 square miles (34 km2) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) of it (3.52%) is water.

Surrounding areas

 Town of Medley
  Unincorporated Miami-Dade County Up arrow left.svg Up-1.svg Up arrow right.svg Hialeah
Unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Tamiami Left.svg  Right.svg Miami Springs
  Tamiami Down arrow left.svg Down arrow.svg Down arrow right.svg West Miami
  Fontainebleau

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 3,126
2000 20,438 553.8%
2010 45,704 123.6%
2020 75,874 66.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
Doral Demographics
2010 Census Doral Miami-Dade County Florida
Total population 45,704 2,496,435 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +123.6% +10.8% +17.6%
Population density 3,293.4/sq mi 1,315.5/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 88.7% 73.8% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 14.6% 15.4% 57.9%
Black or African-American 2.5% 18.9% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 79.5% 65.0% 22.5%
Asian 3.6% 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) 2.1% 2.4% 2.5%
Some Other Race 3.0% 3.2% 3.6%

As of the 2010, there were 17,785 households, out of which 14.3% were vacant. As of 2000, 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.12.

In 2000, the city population was spread out, with 25.1% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 43.6% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 4.8% who were 65 years of age or older. As of 2000, the median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the CDP was $53,060, and the median income for a family was $57,193. Males had a median income of $46,324 versus $32,827 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $27,705. About 9.5% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.8% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of Spanish as a first language accounted for 74.5%, while English accounted for 16.2%, Portuguese was spoken by 5.0%, Chinese made up 1.0%, Tamil at 0.6%, Japanese at 0.5%, and Arabic was the mother tongue for 0.5% of the population.

As of 2010, Doral had the second-highest percentage of Venezuelans residents in the US, with 8.2% of the population, which is how Doral earned its nickname:”Doralzuela”. It had the thirty-third highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, at 15.2% of the city's population, and the sixth-highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 8.7% of its population. It also had the tenth-most Peruvians in the US, at 3.0%, while it had the forty-eighth-highest percentage of Dominicans, at 2.6% of all residents. It had the thirteenth-highest concentration of Brazilians, with 2.5% of the city (tied with Newark, N.J. and Oak Bluffs, Mass.) Doral's Nicaraguan community had the twenty-sixth-highest percentage of residents, which comprised 1.7% of the population. It is also home to the fifty-first-highest percentage of Ecuadorian residents, which made up 1.18% of the population.

Transportation

The City of Doral Trolley was launched on February 1, 2008 and has been available to residents and visitors alike for a convenient FREE RIDE. The pilot program involved a weekday route that ran from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm with one trolley servicing one route. Since then, the City has added five new trolleys and has expanded service with two additional routes which connect to Metrorail. Currently the system has three routes serviced by seven trolleys.

Parks and Recreation

The city of Doral operates and maintains six parks with an abundance of amenities for every age and lifestyle. Doral Meadow Park Doral Central Park Trails & Tails Park Veterans Park Downtown Doral Park Morgan Levy Park

Economy

Carnivalcruiselinesheadquarters
Carnival Corporation and Carnival Cruise Lines headquarters in Doral

In 2005, Doral had over 10,000 businesses. During that year, Carnival Cruise Lines, Ryder, and Univision had operations in Doral. For years leading into 2005, Doral attracted businesses of various sizes.

Carnival Corporation and subsidiary Carnival Cruise Lines have their headquarters in Doral. In addition, Amadeus North America, AAXICO, Benihana, and Perry Ellis International have their headquarters in Doral.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Miami Branch Office, one of the five Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta branch offices, is located in Doral.

Martinair operates its Americas headquarters in the Doral Corporate Center One in Doral. Avianca operates a Miami-area sales office in Doral. Grupo TACA operates a Miami-area TACA Center in Doral. El Al has its Miami-area office in Doral. Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has its USA head office in Doral.

Before Doral was incorporated, the second (1996–1998) Pan American World Airways had its headquarters in Doral. At one time Ryder had its headquarters in Doral. In 2002 Ryder announced that it would move its headquarters to a new site in Miami-Dade County.

Portions of CSI: Miami episodes were filmed at CBS' Doral studios, which is home to its owned-and-operated affiliate, WFOR-TV, as well as MyNetworkTV affiliate WBFS-TV.

In September 2017, Doral published a comprehensive economic study which noted that "The City is home to 6,802 establishments employing 102,235 workers. The total volume of sales revenue from these companies, concentrated in such a small geographic area, represents $679,634 per worker, or over $1.35 million per resident making Doral one of South Florida's and the State's most productive local economies."

Principal employers

According to Doral's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Carnival Corporation 2,380
2 The Trump Organization 900
3 Univisión 800
4 Leon Medical Centers 760
5 Supreme International 525
6 World Fuel Services 500
7 Amadeus 450
8 Perry Ellis International 420
9 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida 412
10 Brinks Incorporated 366
11 La Fontana Ristorante LLC 65

Education and institutions

Colleges and universities

  • Miami Dade College-West Campus
  • Millennia Atlantic University
  • Carlos Albizu University
  • San Ignacio University
  • Polytechnic University
  • West Coast University
  • Cesar Vallejo College

Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Doral is a part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system.

Residents are zoned to the following education facilities:

Public schools (MDCPS)

  • Eugenia B. Thomas K–8 Center
  • Ronald W. Reagan/Doral Senior High School
  • Dr. Rolando Espinosa K-8 Center
  • Toni Bilbao Preparatory Academy
  • J.C. Bermudez Doral Senior High School
  • Andrea Castillo Preparatory Academy

Charter schools

  • Doral Academy Charter High School
  • Doral Academy Charter Middle School
  • Doral Academy of Technology
  • Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School
  • Downtown Doral Charter Upper School
  • Just Arts and Management Charter Middle School

Private schools

  • Divine Savior Academy
  • Shelton Academy
  • Joy of Learning Child Care Center
  • Kids Corner
  • BridgePrep Academy

Public libraries

Miami-Dade Public Library System Doral Branch
Miami-Dade Public Library System Doral Branch

The Miami-Dade Public Library System operates the Doral Branch, which reopened on July 5, 2003, after an expansion, in the Doral Isles Shopping Center. In addition the system operates the 7,500-square-foot (700 m2) International Mall Branch in Doral. The library was the second to be built after the opening of the Main Library in 1985. In June 2019, the Miami-Dade Public Library System's Doral Branch was moved to Downtown Doral, the city's new dynamic urban core.

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