Cutler Bay, Florida

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Cutler Bay, Florida
Motto: "An Excellent Place To Live. Work. Play."
Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
U.S. Census Bureau map showing town boundaries
U.S. Census Bureau map showing town boundaries
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Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Miami-Dade
Incorporated November 9, 2005
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor Peggy Bell
 • Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin
 • Councilmembers Mary Ann Mixon, Sue Ellen Loyzelle, and Roger Coriat
 • Town Manager Rafael G. Casals
 • Town Clerk Jacqueline N. Wilson
 • Total 9.84 sq mi (15.84 km km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 40,286
 • Density 4,096.2/sq mi (1,581.6/km2)
Zip Codes 33157,33189
Area code(s) 305, 786

Cutler Bay is an incorporated town in Miami-Dade County, Florida established in 2005, with a current population of approximately 44,300. The borders were established as running from SW 184th Street (Eureka Dr) east of US 1 to the coast, and north of Black Point Marina, at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found..[1] The town includes areas formerly known as Cutler Ridge.[1]

In August 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall near the area and caused much destruction.


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According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2). 4.8 square miles (12 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (2.26%) is water. The total square miles is ten.

Cutler Ridge, an ancient coral formation, stretches from south Miami, where it rises approximately 22 feet, through the Cutler Bay area, at a height of 14 feet, to Homestead, Florida, where it is about 8 feet.[3] Cutler Ridge has been incorporated into the hurricane emergency plans for the area as lands east of the ridge are subject to storm surge, but areas west of the ridge would generally be protected.[3]


The Charles Deering Estate contains the Cutler Fossil Site where mammoths, sabre-toothed tigers and California condors are among the many fossil records; and the park holds archeological evidence of Native American habitation of the land 10,000 years ago.[4] Tequesta burial mounds are also found there.[4] The area called Cutler Ridge had been called the "Hunting Ground" by some of the earliest Caucasian settlers in the area, circa 1825.[5]

In the early 1900s' the Florida East Coast Railway was extended south to an area then known as Cutler, which was located near what is now the Charles Deering Estate. Cutler then served as the place where people settling in the undeveloped Homestead, Florida area went to get their supplies.[1]

A close-up view of houses with evident wind damage
Damage from Hurricane Andrew in 1992 in the area now called Cutler Bay

In 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall near Cutler Ridge.[6] The storm left the area in "almost total destruction".[7] The dense vegetation near the shore and the dense subdivision development of the area are thought to have been factors which mitigated the extent of areas impacted by flood damage caused by Andrew.[8] However, nearly every building suffered major damage from the wind, and the damage in Florida was estimated at $1 billion, the most expensive natural disaster in US history to that point.[9]

In May 2002, the Cutler Bay Steering Committee company met to discuss the formation of a municipal advisory committee, where the committee would advise on the incorporation of the Cutler Ridge area into the city of Cutler Ridge.[10] The decision to incorporate was spurred in part by the efforts to recover from Hurricane Andrew.[11] The proposed incorporation boundaries included Southwest 184th Street on the north and Southwest 216th and 224th streets on the south.[10] In addition, the west boundary would include the Turnpike, U.S. 1 and Southwest 112th Avenue and Biscayne Bay would serve as the east boundary.[10]

In April 2005, the Charter committee members looked at over a dozen names for the city, ranging from Pine Ridge and Cutler Bay to just plain Cutler.[12] They reduced the choices down to Cutler Ridge and Old Cutler Bay.[12] In November 2005, voters approved the charter and chose the name Cutler Bay over Cutler Ridge by a vote of 1,920 to 1,403 for the county's 35th municipality.[13] In the month following the name change, many of those born and raised in the area that had been known as Cutler Ridge since the 1870s refuse to accept the new town name of Cutler Bay.[14]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 7,005
1970 17,441 149.0%
1980 20,886 19.8%
1990 21,268 1.8%
2000 24,781 16.5%
2010 40,286 62.6%
Est. 2014 44,321 [15] 10.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[16]
2013 Estimate[17]
Cutler Bay Demographics
2010 Census Cutler Bay Miami-Dade County Florida
Total population 40,286 2,496,435 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +62.6% +10.8% +17.6%
Population density 4,096.3/sq mi 1,315.5/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 77.3% 73.8% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 28.5% 15.4% 57.9%
Black or African-American 14.2% 18.9% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 54.5% 65.0% 22.5%
Asian 2.3% 1.5% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 3.2% 2.4% 2.5%
Some Other Race 2.7% 3.2% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 14,620 households out of which 8.8% were vacant. In 2010, the population distribution was: 6.8% under 5 years old, 25.8% under the age of 18, and 10.6% 65 years of age or older. Females were 51.7% of the population. The median income for a household was $61.370. The per capita income for the town was $25,193. About 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line.[18]

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 58.89%, while Spanish made up 38.18%, and French Creole comprised 1.31% of the population.[19] According to the latest American Community Survey of 2008-2012 conducted by the US Census Bureau, the percentage of people who spoke English as their main language was of 44.1%, while Spanish speakers were at 50.4% of the population, and other languages accounted for 5.5%.[20]

As of 2000, Cutler Bay had the thirty-fifth highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, with 13.37% of the populace.[21] It had the 151st highest percentage of Puerto Rican residents in the US, at 6.56% of the town's population,[22] and the eighty-second highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 1.90% of its population.[23] It also had the ninety-fifth most Dominicans in the US, at 1.66% (tied with Palisades Park, New Jersey,)[24] while it had the twenty-ninth highest percentage of Nicaraguans, at 1.43% of all residents.[25]

Government and infrastructure

The Miami-Dade Police Department operates the South District Station in Cutler Bay.[26]

In January 2006, Cutler Bay elected former Florida state legislator John F. Cosgrove as its first mayor. Mayor Cosgrove died on April 19, 2006, while vacationing in Zimbabwe.[27] Vice Mayor Paul Vrooman assumed the position of Mayor. In November 2010, Edward P. MacDougall was elected Mayor from Vice Mayor. Prior to incorporation Edward MacDougall chaired the municipal charter committee which set the Town's charter. Cutler Bay is governed by a five-member Town Council and operates under a Council-Manager form of government. Elected in November 2014, the current office of Mayor is the held by former Council member, Peggy Bell.[28]


Colleges and universities

See also


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External links

Surrounding areas

  Palmetto Bay
  West Perrine Up arrow left.svg Up-1.svg Up arrow right.svg Palmetto Bay
Unincorporated Miami-Dade County, South Miami Heights, Goulds Left.svg  Right.svg Lakes by the Bay
  Goulds, Princeton Down arrow left.svg Down arrow.svg Down arrow right.svg Unincorporated Miami-Dade County
  Goulds, Unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Lakes by the Bay