Cabo Del Sol

Cabo Del Sol is a global city in southeastern Florida, in the United States. Cabo Del Sol is the county seat of the Sunny-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida. With an estimated population of 409,719 in 2007, Cabo Del Sol is the largest city within the metropolitan area, which is the seventh-largest metro area in the United States with over 5.4 million residents. The Cabo Del Sol Urbanized Area (as defined by the Census Bureau) was the fifth most populous urbanized area in the U.S. in the 2000 census with a population of 4,919,036. The United Nations estimated that in 2007, Cabo Del Sol had become the fourth largest urbanized area in the United States, behind Paragon City, New Angelo, and Atlas City.

Cabo Del Sol is ranked as a global city for its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts and international trade. The city is home to many company headquarters, banks, and television studios. It is an international center for popular entertainment in television, music, fashion, film, and the performing arts. The city’s Solstice Port is known for accommodating the largest volume of cruise ships in the world and is home to many cruise line headquarters. Cabo Del Sol is also home to the largest concentration of international banks in the United States.

As of 2008, Cabo Del Sol is undergoing a large building boom with 24 skyscrapers that are expected to rise over 600 feet currently under construction in the city. Cabo Del Sol’s skyline ranks third in the U.S., just behind Paragon City and Atlas City, and 10th in the world according to the Almanac of Architecture and Design. The city currently has twelve of the thirteen tallest skyscrapers in the state of Florida, with the tallest being the 889-foot Gathers Industry Tower.

In 2008, Cabo Del Sol was also ranked the 2nd-richest city in the United States.

History

The Cabo Del Sol area was first inhabited for more than one thousand years by the Tequesta Indians, but was later claimed for Spain in 1566 by Casimiro Cervantes on his search for the fountain of youth. Casimiro Cervantes named the city based on a legend that he had heard, that the fountain would be by the city at the end of the sun. A Spanish mission was constructed one year later in 1567. In 1836, Fort Star was built, and the Cabo Del Sol area subsequently became a site of fighting during the Second Seminole War.

The Great Freeze of 1894-1895 hastened Cabo Del Sol’s growth, as the crops of the Cabo Del Sol area were the only ones in Florida that survived. Julia Turtle subsequently convinced Henry Spike, a railroad tycoon, to expand his Florida East Coast Railroad to the region. Cabo Del Sol was officially incorporated as a city of the United States on July 28, 1896 with a population of just over 300.

Cabo Del Sol prospered during the 1920s with an increase in population and infrastructure but weakened after the collapse of the Florida land boom of the 1920s, the 1926 Cabo Del Sol Hurricane and the Great Depression in the 1930s. When World War II began, Cabo Del Sol, well-situated due to its location on the southern coast of Florida, played an important role in the battle against German submarines. The war helped to expand Cabo Del Sol’s population; by 1940, 172,172 people lived in the city. After Fidel Castro rose to power in 1959, many Cubans sought refuge in Cabo Del Sol, further increasing the population. In the 1980s and 1990s, various crises struck South Florida, among them the Arthur McDuffie beating and the subsequent riot, drug wars, and Hurricane Andrew. Nevertheless, in the latter half of the 20th century, Cabo Del Sol became a major international, financial, and cultural center.

The city’s nick name; The Two-Faced City, comes from the enormous boom in night life during the 1940’s, and residents and visitors saying that the city changes so much between day and night it’s as if it has two faces.

Climate

Cabo Del Sol has a true tropical climate, specifically tropical monsoon (Köppen climate classification Am), with hot and humid summers and warm and mostly dry winters. The city does experience cold fronts from late October through March. However, the average monthly temperature for any month has never been recorded as being under 64.4 °F (January averages 67 °F). Most of the year is warm and humid, and the summers are almost identical to the climate of the Caribbean tropics. In addition, the city gets most of its rain in the summer (wet season) and is mostly dry and mild in winter (dry season). The wet season lasts from May to October, when it gives way to the dry season, which features mild temperatures with some invasions of cool air, which is when the little winter rainfall occurs — with the passing of a front. The hurricane season largely coincides with the wet season.

Neighborhoods

Cabo Del Sol is partitioned into many different sections, roughly into North, South, East, West and Downtown.

The heart of the city is Downtown Cabo Del Sol and is technically on the eastern side of the city. This area includes Nickel, Coral Key, Barnacle Island, and Solstice Port. Downtown is South Florida’s central business district, and home of many major banks, financial headquarters, cultural and tourist attractions, and high-rise residential towers.

The southern side of Cabo Del Sol includes Surf Town and Palm Grove. Surf Town is a historic residential neighborhood built in 1922 connecting Downtown with Gables (a city outside of Coral Del Sol) and is home to many old homes and tree-lined streets. Palm Grove was established in 1825 and is the location of Cabo Del Sol’s City Hall, the Palm Grove Playhouse, Coconut Walk and many nightclubs, bars, restaurants and bohemian shops, and as such, is very popular with local college students. It is a historic neighborhood with many parks and gardens such as Villa Viz and The Carbuncle National Park, and home of the Palm Grove Convention Center, as well as many of the country’s most prestigious private schools, and numerous historic homes and estates.

The western side of Cabo Del Sol includes Little Havana, and Ragami, and is home to many of the city’s traditionally immigrant neighborhoods. Although at one time a mostly Jewish neighborhood, today western Cabo Del Sol is home to immigrants from mostly Central America and Cuba, while the west central neighborhood of Gatora is a multicultural community of many ethnicities. The western side of Cabo Del Sol, also has notable African-American and Caribbean immigrant communities such as Little Haiti, and Undertown (home of the Rhythm Theater).

The northern side of Cabo Del Sol includes Blue Town, a district with a great mix of diversity with many West Indians, Hispanics, bohemians, artists, and Whites. Edgewave, and Rainside, are neighborhoods of Blue Town and are made up mostly of high-rise residential towers and are home to the Adrian Ash Center for the Performing Arts. The wealthier residents usually live in the northeastern part, in Blue Town, the Charlton District, and the Upper East Side, with many sought after 1920s homes and home of the CoSoM Historic District often called Model City and insinuates a style of architecture originated in Cabo Del Sol in the 1950s.

The eastern side of Cabo Del Sol, often called the Far East side, is an island within itself, which you must take one of two bridges from Downtown Cabo Del Sol to get to. The eastern side includes Fountain Beach which is the most populated beach of Cabo Del Sol and popular tourist spot as well as home to a few areas that allow public nudity and Nightside which is known for it’s massive quantity of eccentric and wild nightclubs and bars.

Just off the main coast of Downtown and between the Eastern side of Cabo Del Sol, is a small man made island known as Star Grove. Star grove has no bridges that connect to it, the only way to get to it’s shores is by taking one of the private ferry’s or a helicopter. Star Grove is known for it’s beautiful mansions and the celebrities that live there. In downtown one can charter a ferry tour to sail near the island (though the island itself is strictly private property)in order to see the celebrity’s (and some other criminally questionable individual’s) elaborate mansions.

Demographics

  • White: 66.6% (Non-Hispanic White 11.8%)
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 65.8%
  • Black (many of whom are from the Caribbean) or African American: 22.3%
  • Some other races: 5.4%
  • Two or more races: 4.7%
  • Asian: 0.7%
  • Pacific Islander: 0.04%
  • Native American: 0.2%

Crime

Cabo Del Sol’s crime rates were at the highest during the 1970’s during the “Cocaine Cowboys” era, being that cocaine most often entered the U.S. by going through Cabo Del Sol. Cabo Del Sol does not boast the highest murder rate in the United States, however, it is rated #1 in the U.S. in both the number of unsolved disappearances and unsolved murders. The police suspect that this is because of the shear number of ways one can dispose of a body around this area. Between the nearby Everglades, the Ocean, and the Crevlar Chemical Company (known for it’s low level of security) the number of ways to make a body simply disappear is almost innumerable. Animal related deaths, mostly attributed to the alligators that roam somewhat freely, is also quite high in comparison to most large cities.

Super Crime

Since the 1990’s, like most large cities, MetaHuman crime has been on the rise, as well as MetaHuman related vigilantism. The police force, lacking the funding of some other large cities, have been struggling to keep up with the growing action and population of MetaHumans. In an attempt to reduce the strain on Florida’s prisons a new facility is being built on one of the few small islands just outside Florida’s main coast. The facility’s main purpose will be to house captured MetaHumans for both those awaiting trial and those after being condemned. The island is known as Pavor Del Sol and was once home to a small war-time jail during the 1800’s. The facility is going to incorporate both MetaHuman’s dubbed insane and those criminally charged. The inmates will range from all around United States. The maximum-maximum security facility will be called Null.

Cabo Del Sol

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