Star Island (Miami Beach) facts for kids
|Neighborhood of Miami Beach|
Star Island, as seen from South Beach
|• Total||0.134 sq mi (0.35 km2)|
|• Land||0.134 sq mi (0.35 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0 km2) 0.0%|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-05)|
|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.
Celebrities who own or have owned homes on the island include Sean Combs, Gloria Estefan, Don Johnson, Rosie O'Donnell, Xuxa and Shaquille O'Neal. 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.
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. Some scenes from the 1994 movie The Specialist were filmed there.
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