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North Miami Beach, Florida

Located halfway between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, North Miami Beach, Florida, is part of Miami-Dade County. The city is situated near where I-95, Florida’s Turnpike and the Palmetto Expressway meet at the Golden Glades Interchange. North Miami Beach, FL, is within a 20-minute drive to Miami Beach, Downtown Miami and Fort Lauderdale. You can reach both the Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport and the Miami International Airport within a 15-minute drive.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, North Miami Beach, FL, has a population of 41,523, up 1.8 percent over 2000. There are 16,402 housing units, with an average of 3.05 persons per household. North Miami Beach has an ethnically diverse population. Nearly 51 percent of the people living in the City of North Miami Beach from 2005-2009 were foreign born. Among the residents of North Miami Beach City that were at least 5 years old, 64 percent spoke a language other than English at home.

First known as Fulford By-The-Sea, North Miami Beach, Florida, was settled by Captain William H. Fulford in 1897. The federal government’s offer of 160 acres of free land attracted Fulford to the area. The town was incorporated as the City of Fulford in 1927. When the state legislature authorized a new charter for the city in 1931, the name was changed from Fulford to North Miami Beach to take advantage of that city’s growing reputation as a vacation spot.

St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church, an authentic Medieval Spanish monastery, is located in North Miami Beach, FL. Built in Sacramenia, Spain, in the 12th century, this stone building was purchased by William Randolph Hearst in the 1920s. It was dismantled and shipped to the United States, where it was reassembled after Hearst’s death in North Miami Beach in the 1950s. The building’s reassembly took 19 months and cost almost $1.5 million. It is now a popular attraction and a frequent spot for weddings.

The City of North Miami Beach, FL, is served by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools System. Residents have a choice of three institutions of higher learning located in North Miami Beach — Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University and the Union Institute and University. There are also seven other colleges and universities located less than 20 miles away.

The North Miami Beach Leisure Services Department’s parks, community centers, pools, and a performing arts theater provide many recreational opportunities for city residents. The Greynolds Park Golf Course is a municipal golf course in North Miami Beach, and the Presidential Country Club is home to the Presidential Course.

North Miami Beach, Florida, is part of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, which serves Miami-Dade County. The largest in the state and the fourth largest trial court in the nation, the 11th Judicial Circuit has 123 Circuit and County Court judges. Established in 1972, Florida’s two-level trial court system includes circuit and county courts. Disputes are resolved by jury trials or by non-jury trials in the circuit and county trial courts. County Courts are courts of limited jurisdiction where misdemeanor and civil cases are heard. Circuit Courts are the highest state trial courts in Florida. They hear felony, civil, family, juvenile and probate matters.

There are four main and several satellite courthouses in the 11th Circuit that house circuit and county court judges. Most circuit and county criminal cases are heard at the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building, located at 1351 N.W. 12th Street, Miami, Florida 33125. The Dade County Courthouse, located at 73 West Flagler, Miami, Florida 33130, is where most circuit and county civil and probate cases are heard. Family and domestic violence cases are heard at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center, located at 175 N.W. 1st Avenue, Miami, Florida 33128. The Juvenile Justice Center, located at 3300 N.W. 27th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33142, is where juvenile delinquency and dependency cases are heard. In addition to these four main courthouses, there are five other satellite courthouses in the county. All 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida courthouses can be found here.

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