IMHO, the influx of immigration did not improve the area over the years. It increased crime, neighborhood blight, and the building boom used every square inch of open land.
The "we are taking over" mentality is very prevalent here. It really illustrates the reason Miami has declined. I really don't understand that kind of comment because Miami and Cuba before Castro were close neighbors. Hispanics were always a part of South Florida.
The difference now is that most are too lazy or ignorant to speak English. I speak some spanish and I have dated some fine Cuban, Mexican, Colombian, and Panamanian women in my 20-30's...in the 70's and 80's...and they all spoke perfect English as well as Spanish. I was accepted into their families and sat at their dinner tables.
As a kid, we could drive to the beach and park on the sand, now you are lucky to get a glimpse of the ocean between condo towers...
It is not the same. The beauty is for the most part gone, and the arrogant attitude "calling everyone a racist who disagrees" is not isolated to few.
But when you are from South Florida, we tend to be very seperated and many people from Broward consider once you cross that "Welcome to Miami-Dade county" line, you are in Miami and once you see that welcome to "Palm Beach county" sign, you are in Palm Beach.
That's a uniquely Miami thing. I live in the only state where whites are the minority. Even with that, no one expects you to be bilingual, despite the fact that a large portion of the people speak Spanish as a primary language. You get paid more for the same job if you are bilingual, but very rarely do you get disqualified from a job because of it. Although I find you pick up the language the more you are around it. I wouldn't call myself fluent by any stretch of the imagination, but I know and understand enough Spanish that I can get my meaning across to in the language...
I just point out the obvious. I agree that "South Florida Metro Area" is a better way to describe the area.
All I know is, the "Miami Metro" area runs from Miami-Dade all the way up to parts of Palm Beach County and that's just how it is. If it didn't include parts of PBC, then it wouldn't be one of the top 10 metro areas in the country. But this is how all "metro areas" are. Parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania are in the New York metro area. That's how metro areas work.
At least your still close to the ocean dude. i miss that the most.