South Miami politicians passed a resolution to split Florida in half, making South Florida the U.S.’s 51st state. North Florida just doesn’t understand South Florida, South Miami Mayor Mayor Philip Stoddard told the Sun-Sentinel. “It’s very apparent that the attitude of the northern part of the state is that they would just love to saw the state in half and just let us float off into the Caribbean,” he said. “They’ve made that abundantly clear every possible opportunity and I would love to give them the opportunity to do that.” Under the proposed resolution, South Florida would end with Brevard, Orange, Polk, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. That means the 51st state would claim Tampa, St. Petersburg and all of Disney World in addition to the Miami area, the Florida Keys and the Everglades. North Florida — or just Florida at this point — would be left with Jacksonville, the Florida Panhandle and both the University of Florida and Florida State University.
South Florida to become the 51st State?