If the church is located in Coral Gables city limits, why is it named the First United Methodist Church of South Miami?
The answer lies in its roots, which were planted in a town called Larkins. The church began in South Florida in 1914 at the home of J.P. Dowling in Larkins, where it remained until 1915 when its first church building went up near the current 6000 block of Sunset Drive.
After a marked increase in parishioners, a new sanctuary was erected in 1923 on donated land just north of Sunset Drive and west of Southwest 57th Avenue (Red Road) in the city of Coral Gables. In 1926, the town of Larkins was renamed South Miami.
In tribute to the church’s beginnings, it was decided that the new name would become part of the church’s – even though the church is in Coral Gables at 6565 Red Rd.
Coral Gables Police have arrested a North Miami DJ they say was driving drunk when his car slammed into a vehicle stopped at a Coral Gables traffic light last Sunday, killing both people inside.
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