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The Miami District encompasses the Florida Turnpike section that travels through Dade and Broward Counties. The headquarters for the Miami District is located in southern Dade County at Post 1 which is located adjacent to the Snapper Creek Plaza. Broward County troopers are stationed at Post 3 which is located just off the turnpike near Fort Lauderdale.

The settlement of this area of South Florida dates back to the Tequesta Indians that resided here before the arrival of the European settlers. The Spanish built a mission at the mouth of the Miami River by 1567 and later constructed a fort that was completed by 1743. In 1821, Florida came under the control of the United States as the Spanish complete their withdrawal from the area.

The Dade and Broward County areas are truly diverse from both business and cultural perspectives. South Florida is renowned for its beaches and recreational opportunities. However, it has recently become a hub for the international business community, travel and the fashion industry. Agriculture also continues to be a key contribution to the rest of the United States, especially during the winter months.

The West Palm Beach District covers Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River Counties for a total of 117 miles along Florida's Turnpike. We occupy an office in Palm Beach County at the 99 mile marker and an office in St. Lucie County at the 145 mile marker.

The Florida Highway Patrol's only K-9 instruction school is located in our district. The K-9 program was organized in 1994 and instructed by Trooper Michael VanLeer. Trooper VanLeer is currently the only K-9 evaluator in the state working for our Department. The K-9 training includes 460 hours ofobedience, agility, evidence recovery, tracking, area and building searches, criminal apprehension, and 320 hours in narcotics detection.

The new dispatch center for the entire Florida Turnpike is located in Palm Beach County. The building was built to withstand hurricane force winds of up to 200 miles an hour. The dispatch center contains state of the art 800 megahertz communication equipment and is scheduled to become operational in June 1998.

South Florida also boasts of fielding several professional sports teams (the Marlins, Dolphins, Heat, and the Panthers), providing educational opportunities for students through several major public and private universities and celebrating its diverse culture through an array of festivals, art shows, and through music.

The Florida Turnpike is a safe, clean and expedient way to travel through this region of the state, whether you are a guest or a resident. Please drive safely and enjoy your stay, whether it's for a day or a lifetime!


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