Q: Where can one get a legal photo I.D. if they don't have a driver's license or passport. Need to know in order to fly back home to New York.
— Julie Gilman, Naples
A: Florida identification cards can be obtained for $25 from the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles offices.
You must visit an office with the necessary documents if you are applying for your first identification card or driver's license. Renewing, replacing or changing an address on an I.D. card or driver's license can be accomplished online at GoRenew.com.
For office visits, you must bring original documents that prove your identity, Social Security number and residential address. Go to this link: www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/geninfo.html, and scroll down for information on I.D. card requirements.
Area offices providing driver's license services are in East Naples, North Naples, Golden Gate, Golden Gate Estates, Marco Island, Immokalee, Bonita Springs and South Fort Myers. For maps to locations in Collier County, go to www.flhsmv.gov/offices/collier.html; for Lee locations, go to www.flhsmv.gov/offices/lee.html.
Photo I.D. cards may become more popular nationwide as more teens postpone getting their driver's licenses. Because the Internet provides a way to socialize via virtual contact without being in the same physical place, the licensed rite of passage is being delayed, reports show.
Q: Why does Dade County, Florida, use a hyphenated Miami-Dade in its name when no other county precedes its name with a city? We are not identified as Naples-Collier. I find it puzzling.
— Audrey Barbera, Naples
A: Dade County's name was officially changed to Miami-Dade County in 1997.
Florida's most-populous county has 35 cities, so it is not as if it's just Miami, but voters changed the name of the county nearly 15 years ago to acknowledge the international name recognition of Miami. Even so, most of its residents still call it Dade today.
The former Metro-Dade Police Department was renamed Miami-Dade Police Department in 1997, as well. You may remember the Metro-Dade name from the "Miami Vice" TV show in the mid-to-late 1980s.
Dade County, created in 1836, was named for Maj. Francis Langhorne Dade, who was massacred by American Indians the previous year in north central Florida at the beginning of the Second Seminole War.
The name Miami comes from the Miami River, which traces its name to Mayaimi, meaning "large lake" or "big water" in the language of the Mayaimi, Calusa, and Tequesta tribes. Mayaimi was the name for an American Indian tribe as well as the initial name for Lake Okeechobee, the state's largest freshwater lake.
At more than 2,000 square miles, Miami-Dade County is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware. One-third of the county is located in Everglades National Park, according to miamidade.gov.
Dave Pfaff of Naples sent in a wonderful reply to last week's light-hearted challenge regarding the historic tale behind the naming of the Fortymile Bend on Tamiami Trail. Enjoy Pfaff's "pure conjecture based on a few facts" about the regional landmark:
"The Tamiami Trail was built from opposite ends toward the middle over a decade's time. The first work was begun by Dade County around 1915 and followed pretty much a due west route — maybe along township lines as did Alligator Alley later in Collier. In a couple of years, it had almost reached the Dade County line, which at that time abutted what was Lee County. Further work stopped to await what was to be built from the west. In 1923, the State Legislature carved Collier County from southern Lee County largely on the promise of Barron Collier that he would see that a road made it to Dade County.
"There had been efforts on the West Coast to build a road south from Fort Myers to Naples and then east. That work had reached nearly to Carnestown, the present intersection of U.S. 41 and Fla. 29, just north of Everglades City. Mr. Collier re-ignited the push to connect with the road Dade County had started and ended near the county line. However, Carnestown to Miami is not a direct east-west shot and so work had to angle some south of east. Plus, the engineering and construction problems crossing the Big Cypress Swamp in Collier were horrendous. (Read the account in Charlton Tebeau's history of Collier County, "Florida's Last Frontier.") Although there are 20-mile straight stretches of the Trail today in eastern Collier, they angle southeastward and needed to bend to link up with the Dade County work at the county line, a point 40-miles due west of Miami. Voila: "Forty Mile Bend"!
"An interesting note of similarity about the construction of U.S. 41 and Alligator Alley. Both were financed and built by the two counties involved, not by the state, although the state eventually took both over. This was not uncommon in early 20th century Florida. Local jurisdictions formed road districts and bonded themselves to build roads. And in the 1960s, when Collier and Broward (Fort Lauderdale) counties felt it was important there be a direct connection between them, they used a somewhat similar method. A toll road plan was devised with the two counties each pledging local funds to support the bonds in case the tolls did not. That was part of the reason Alligator Alley was built despite the vehement opposition of AAA — it was principally a local project, not a state one. By the way, the tolls paid off those bonds well in advance of their schedule and the two counties were refunded money they had advanced to get the work started."
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