People have many reasons for moving to Miami including the sunny skies, diverse culture and interesting employment opportunities. No matter what the reasoning behind their moves, everyone runs into the same logistical challenges. This article pulls together a variety of resources to help you bypass the red tape and get your new life off to a smooth start.
Finding Housing in Miami
Most likely, your first priority is choosing a place to live. Whether you plan to rent an apartment or purchase a luxurious mansion, your search for shelter is probably best started by selecting a neighborhood. The Neighborhood Guide from the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau is a great place to start to find the right area for you.
In South Florida, your electric power will be provided by Florida Power & Light. They provide an online system for opening or reopening your electric service account. Water service is provided by the Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department. You can apply for water & server service online. AT&T/BellSouth provides primary telephone service to most homes in Miami and you can establish new service on their website.
Trash and Recycling
Type your address into the county's Service Finder and you'll learn a number of interesting details like your trash collection days and representatives in government. Dade County also has mandatory recycling. If you don't have them already, you'll need to request recycling bins.
Unless you came to South Florida with a job offer in hand, your next concern will probably be finding gainful employment in Miami. Get your job hunt off the ground by checking out opportunities at the largest employers in the Miami area.
Miami's home to a large number of educational institutions. If you have school-age kids, Miami-Dade Public Schools is the fourth-largest public school district in the nation. It's also home to the University of Miami, Florida International University and a number of other colleges and universities. If you love to read, you'll also want to apply for a library card.
Once you've selected a job or school, you're going to need a way to get there. There are a number of the mass transit options in Dade County. If you're going to drive, you'll need to obtain a Florida driver's license and Florida tags for your vehicle. You also might want to check out some maps of the area to help get your bearings.
There are a few other miscellaneous items you'll need to take care of with the various branches of government. You probably want to fill out the online form to change your address with the U.S. Postal Service. It's also your civic duty to register to vote in Florida. You've probably already heard that the State of Florida has no income tax. However, if you own a significant amount of stocks, bonds, mutual funds or similar assets, you may be subject to the state's intangibles tax.
Hopefully, this will help you get your new life in Miami started on the right foot.