MIAMI and FT. LAUDERDALE TRIVIA
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale metroplex attracts over 12 million annual visitors; half of them are international.
Miami-Fort Lauderdale metroplex has the nation’s 4th largest African American and Afro-Caribbean migration since 1990; today it has over 700,000 African Americans and 18,000 black businesses.
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale metroplex can boast of an inordinately large 6,000 restaurants.
The cruise industry in South Florida is approaching $9 Billion annually.
Despite South Florida’s proximity to the yearly path of hurricanes, it is amazing that the vast majority skip by without major damage. Years of experience have taught locals to build high capacity drainage systems, hurricane resistant structures and heed evacuation warnings.
Fort Lauderdale has a manufacturing base that is a byproduct of Cold War Era government demand for communications and computer firms.
Indicative of Ft. Lauderdale’s surprising concentration of High-Tech companies, Gould Laboratories manufactured the world's fastest mini-computer in the early 1980s.
Natives or those who made a major impact while living here include:
One of the earliest Black homeowners in the city
Dana A. Dorsey
NFL middle linebacker
Entrepreneur, built Lyric Theatre
Famous union leader and martyr
Dance company founder
Attorney activist who of the Miami tourism boycott that triggered public officials to consider the rebuilding of the Royal Palm by a Black-owner/developer – Don Peeples
Builder of the Royal Palm Resort
Dorothy J. Fields
Founder of Miami Black Archives, History & Research Center
Dr. James Sistrunk
Businessman & hospital founder
Dr. Von Mizell
Black hospital founder
South Florida educator and hospital founder
Founder and president of the National Black Hoteliers organization