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Pinecrest, Florida

Pinecrest is an incorporated village located in Miami Dade County, Florida. The United States Census Bureau reported in 2010 that the population was approaching 20,000.

The original home of one of Miami’s first tourist attractions, Parrot Jungle and Gardens, Pinecrest attracted attention from the 1930s. Another popular tourist attraction, the Miami Serpentarium, was also located in Pinecrest. Instead of birds, this attraction featured serpents, snakes, lizards, and other reptiles, before closing in the 1980s.

The village's park system is crowned with Pinecrest Gardens. It is a large park with over 1,000 types of exotic tropical plants and trees. It is known as South Florida's Cultural Arts Park. Natural streams, sinkholes, caverns, and cracks may be found throughout the park. In addition, the park provides a variety of activities, including summer camps. The Park is built on the location of the old Parrot Jungle.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the area continued to develop with the construction of homes, creating the basis for the area’s residential nature. 

Hurricane Andrew wreaked havoc on Pinecrest and the rest of South Miami-Dade in August 1992. Many of the neighborhood's houses and businesses were damaged. The neighborhood was gradually restored throughout the years.

During the 1990s, locals Evelyn Greer Langlieb and Gary C. Matzner spearheaded a drive to incorporate the neighborhood due to rapid expansion and local concerns. Pinecrest had become a highly affluent neighborhood by the end of the 1990s, with several mansions erected since then. 

On March 12, 1996, the Village of Pinecrest became a legal entity. Greer was elected as the city's first mayor and was followed by Matzner in 2004 after Greer had served two terms. Greer, Cindie Blanck, Barry Blaxberg, Leslie Bowe, and Robert Hingston, together with Village Manager Peter G. Lombardi and Village Clerk Guido Inguanzo, are credited with creating well-respected municipal services such as police, parks, and recreation, building and planning, and public works.

Since 1996, Pinecrest has completed several projects, including the construction of several new parks, the development of Wi-Fi technology, and beautification projects that included the planting of thousands of trees, the placement of unique street signs throughout the Village, and the repaving of roads. Pinecrest was awarded a Tree City USA neighborhood by the Arbor Day Foundation in 1997 after planting over 10,000 roadway trees.

The new Flagler Grove Park and the long-awaited Community Center at Pinecrest Gardens were dedicated by the Village Council in 2008. In October 2008, the Pinecrest branch of the Miami-Dade County Library System opened next to the Community Center.

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