Tourists and passersby may have to reset their GPS units to take notice of where they are as they zoom along a one-mile stretch of Northwest 36th Street in Miami Springs that is currently called Doral Boulevard.
City leaders passed a resolution, with a 4-0 vote, at the March 11 council meeting in hopes that county officials would rename the road known for its red-light cameras and confusing street names.
The proposed name, Miami Springs Boulevard, would run from Northwest South River Drive up to Curtiss Parkway, which is also known as Northwest 57th Avenue and Red Road. Tens of thousands of vehicles travel along this road daily, according to state records. It hugs the northern boundary of Miami International Airport.
“We have been talking about this for three years,” said Councilwoman Jennifer Ator, who is running for the mayoral post against incumbent Mayor Zavier Garcia.
Ator sought clarification as to whether that portion of road would still be referred to as Doral Boulevard.
“It will not be Doral Boulevard once we change it,” Garcia said.
As the city ramps up momentum for another annexation bid, it is trying to create name recognition for the commercial area it hopes to develop.
“It’s a strange situation,” said city attorney Jan Seiden. “We are trying to develop Miami Springs, and you look around and see Doral Boulevard.”
Seiden called the name change a good idea.
A couple of miles to the west, the cities of Miami Springs, Medley, Virginia Gardens and Doral are scrambling to annex land.
“There is movement,” said City Manager Ron Gorland, who plans to conduct outreach sessions with business owners west of the airport to discuss the "pros and cons" of the city’s annexation plans.
The county could start reviewing annexation applications starting in April.