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Aventura, Florida

A planned community in northeastern Miami-Dade County, the suburban Miami city of Aventura, Florida, was named Aventura (Spanish for adventure) after one of the developers of the original group of condominiums in the area said to the others, “What an adventure this is going to be.” The city of Aventura, FL, saw its first development during the late 1970s and the early 1980s, when the land was still a swampy area known as Biscayne Gardens. The first housing consisted of a high-rise development created by the Oxford Development Company. The City of Aventura was incorporated in November 1995, and Founders Park was dedicated to the city’s founders. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Aventura, Florida, had a population of 35,762, marking an increase of 41.5 percent over 2000.

“The City of Excellence” is the motto for Aventura, FL, and the city has spent millions of dollars on infrastructure improvements, including park development, sidewalks, streets, lighting, beautification projects, drainage, pedestrian and safety improvements. Aventura is a diverse city, with 40.6 percent of the people living in Aventura in 2009 foreign-born and 48.4 percent speaking a language other than English at home.

The Aventura Express shuttle bus runs routes in the city, and it is free for Aventura, Florida, residents. Aventura, FL, is also served by the Miami-Dade Transit and Broward County Transit bus systems. Biscayne Boulevard is the city’s main north-south road, and the main east-west route is the William H. Lehman Causeway. Interstate 95 is also near the city. Aventura is situated between South Florida’s two main airports — the Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport and the Miami International Airport.

The Miami-Dade County Public Schools System serves Aventura, Florida. The Aventura City of Excellence School is a charter public school, and there are two main private schools in Aventura: the Tauber Academy and Biscayne Academy.

Aventura Mall, a high-end regional mall featuring upscale shopping and dining, is located in Aventura, FL. Residents enjoy several parks provided by the Community Services Department. These include the SplashPad, the Arthur I. Snyder Memorial Park, the Don Soffer Exercise Trail, the Founders Park, the Veterans Park, the Waterways Park and the Waterways Dog Park. Aventura, Florida’s outstanding climate has made it popular with travelers. Because it is situated near two bodies of water, Aventura has an extremely pleasant tropical climate that is not too hot even in the summer.

Aventura, 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.

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