© 2016 by JA Moreno

Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the fourth largest school district in the United States, comprised of 392 schools, 345,000 students and over 40,000 employees. Located at the southern end of the Florida peninsula, the school district stretches over 2,000 square miles of diverse and vibrant communities ranging from rural and suburban to urban cities and municipalities. A truly global community, district students speak 56 different languages and represent 160 countries

Doral, incorporated as a city in 2003, today has an estimated 12,000 businesses in its 15-square-mile area, Doral is home to large employers like Hellman Worldwide Logistics, Univisión, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Carnival Cruise Lines, Badia Spices, Telefutura, Gold Coast Beverage (Pepsi-Cola), Brinks, Walmart, Amadeus, PBS & J Engineering, and the Trump National Doral, which includes four golf courses, a luxury resort and spa.

 

The city’s business population includes manufacturing firms, service companies, regional headquarters that oversee operations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, restaurants, retail outlets and a host of other small and mid-sized businesses.

Many immigrants from Venezuela work in Doral and live in its upscale residential communities, prompting some to call the city “Doralzuela.”

 

One Doral businessman described his city as being located “between Trump and Venezuela.”

 

BY JOSEPH A. MANN JR.

Special to the Miami Herald

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