Saturday, April 17, 2010

Moving to Miramar, Florida: Getting Started

I moved to Miramar, Florida back in October, 2004. Let me help you get started with some numbers that I wish I'd have had handy upon my move. This is surely not a complete list and will not meet every person's needs. Feel free to add new resources and comments for all the new people moving to our city!

City of Miramar. This official website will help you with official city departments and interests.

Utilities. Think Water.

Miramar Parks: Miramar has lots of parks.

Broward County Property Appraiser: This is Lori Parrish's office. If you bought a house, this is where you're going to want to go to establish your Homestead exemption, if eligible. I wish I'd have known about this exemption right away upon moving! This office was also nice enough to put together an awesome list of other related Broward County Offices, such as Sheriff, Parks, Hospitals, Airports, etc. You will also find other State Offices and Broward County Chambers of Commerce links there.

Miramar Police: Of course you should dial 911 for emergencies, but (954)765-4321 is their non-emergency number. Check out their site for much more information. BTW. Slow Down!

Miramar Fire-Rescue: Emergency information including lots of great tips.

Miramar Schools: This is not a complete list, but could be a good start for you. Please comment if you have further information. My children go to Somerset Academy Miramar, but that won't be convenient for everyone.

Miramar Hospitals: Memorial Hospital Miramar is one excellent hospital, but there are many local to our city, including several others from Memorial. My son was born at Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines, and my wife got a tetanus shot there too after being bitten by a dog, so there are several others that are very conveniently located to our city.

Child Safety: Information including babysitting and poison control.

Recycling Bin: Yes, these guys will even deliver one to your home. The link tells you how to make the order.

Bus Schedule. Routes, fares.

What I recommend you do is to make a list of the most important numbers for you, print that out, and put it on the refrigerator. If you have stainless steel appliances, just tape it there! Because having those numbers handy is super important, and the internet IS NOT always available here in South Florida.

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