Who We Are

Doral Community History

Who We Are

1950-1980

In the late 1950s, real estate pioneers Alfred and Doris Kaskel purchased 2,400 acres of swampland between NW 36 Street and NW 74 Street and from NW 79 Avenue to NW 117 Avenue for about $49,000 with the intention of building a golf course and hotel.

In 1962, the Kaskels' dream came true when they opened a hotel and country club that featured the Blue, Red and Par 3 golf courses.  They named it Doral - a combination of Doris and Alfred.  By the early '80s, Doral started to experience the first spurts of growth when Alfred and Doris' grandson Bill developed Doral Estates, which was followed by a joint venture with Lennar Homes to build Doral Park.

Both communities were named after the Hotel, a trend that was to be repeated many more times.  Younger families started flooding to the area, but they had to travel to purchase even the most basic essentials, because there were no stores - or schools or parks.

Although the majority of the original homes were investment properties or second homes, the early fulltime residents believed that the quality of life and the low housing costs far exceeded the lack of amenities and started coming together as a community.  Traffic problems were nonexistent, except for the occasional escaped cow.  There were more farms with cows, horses, and chickens than people on NW 107 Avenue; NW 87 Avenue was just two lanes, and NW 41 Street ended at NW 104 Avenue.

From 1983-85, the county imposed a building moratorium for the area to protect the well fields.  Once the ban was lifted, Doral experienced tremendous growth.

The West Dade Federation of Homeowner Associations was formed in 1989 under the leadership of Morgan Levy and Jesse Jones to stand strong against any proposals that threatened the community's welfare.  As a result of their efforts, a police station instead of a jail was built, higher development standards were implemented, and more lighting, roads, and landscaping appeared in the area.

Incorporation began in earnest in 1995 with the realization that residents were paying a very high price for services received, and they wanted more services at reasonable prices.  The County met the first attempt at incorporation with a year's deferral.

Doral had been classified as a "donor community," meaning the taxes paid were more than the cost of operations. With the deferral, incorporation efforts intensified even more.  The County was allowing unchecked growth that was detrimental to the residents.  In 1996, the first election of the Community Council was held, and soon-to-be County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Cancio, Sr., Mario Pita, and Barbara B. Thomas were elected and three other members were appointed.

The Council met every month to work on different projects and to address the needs of the community.  In 2002, the Governor appointed Cancio to fill the remainder of Commissioner Miriam Alonso's term of office, as she had been suspended after an arrest on felony charges.

Doral residents hoped that his appointment would be the impetus to bring the community closer to incorporation, and Cancio did not let his community down.  In the meantime, Cancio named Juan Carlos Bermudez, who would be the City of Doral's first elected Mayor, as his replacement to the Community Council.

Bermudez declined the offer, ran for the seat, and was elected.  At the time, Bermudez was president of One Doral, a civic organization formed to counteract the perceived influence of the West Dade Federation on the Council.  The Miami Herald reported that Bermudez intended to create a transparent government in Doral by bringing a balance to the table.  Both One Doral under Bermudez's leadership and the West Dade Federation under Jesse Jones's leadership were instrumental in the incorporation process.

In January of 2003, following a seven-year battle, 85% of the voters in Doral voted in favor of incorporation.  At long last, they had their own new city with a local government and more service for their tax dollars.  In June of the same year, 92% voted to accept the City Charter and elected their first Mayor and City Council.  In August, Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez and the City Council took their Oath of Office.     

In 2010, the City of Doral had become one of the fastest growing cities in America, highly rated for its schools and living conditions, with parks that rate extremely high among its peers and residents who all felt proud of the achievements.  Like any fast growing organization, in the future, the City will face challenges.  The two organizations mentioned above, West Dade Federation and One Doral, united to form a single one, the Doral Community Coalition, to support the continuance of good governance in the City of Doral, be an active participant in the resolution of the City's important issues, and be a liaison between the elected officials and the residents in addressing their needs.

It was with that purpose that the Doral Community Coalition was founded by Jesse Jones, Juan Carlos Bermudez, Morgan Levy, Chris Mazzolla, Linda Scott, Alberto Ruiz, and other members of the original organizations.    In the First Quarter of 2010, with support of the two founding organizations, West Dade Federation and One Doral, the Doral Community Coalition was formed as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated under the law of the State of Florida.

 Doral Community Coalition

Directors First Name Last Name email Address
DCC - Chairman Alberto Ruiz AlbertoJRuiz@msn.com
DCC - Vice Chairman J.R. Steinbauerjrs@steinbauer.com
DCC - Secretary Linda Scott lsdoral@gmail.com
DCC - Treasurer Norberto Spangaro spangaro@mac.com




 

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