Islandia, Florida

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Islandia was a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, located on Totten Key south of Elliott Key. The population was 6 at the 2000 census; it was estimated to have stayed the same by 2004,[3] Since 2002, the city no longer had an active government.[4]

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History

During the middle of the 20th century, the coral reef islands east of Homestead were seen as potential high income development. Monroe County was so certain that this would be the next boom area that it offered all of mainland Monroe County in exchange for these islands, but Dade County (now Miami-Dade County) declined the offer. At the same time, many Florida environmentalists were lobbying to avoid what happened to other sensitive areas in South Florida happening to these sensitive coral reefs. The state legislature allowed the community to incorporate, but did not allow any further development until the issue could be resolved. As the decades passed, Islandia's chances of becoming a resort waned, and the laws to protect the reefs increased. Eventually Biscayne National Monument became Biscayne National Park and any hope of an Islandia boom disappeared. The city is still incorporated.[5][dead link]

Geography

Islandia is located at 25°23′18″N 80°14′10″W / 25.38833°N 80.23611°W / 25.38833; -80.23611 (25.388299, -80.236180).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 66.4 mi² (171.9 km²). 6.4 mi² (16.7 km²) of it is land and 59.9 mi² (155.2 km²) of it (90.28%) is water.

Surrounding areas

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