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20 Signs You Grew Up In Miami During The '90s

Way back in the city where the heat is on.

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1. You divide your life into "pre-Hurricane Andrew" and "post-Hurricane Andrew."

As if this 1992 hurricane itself wasn't scary enough on its own, parts of South Florida were (/are) reeling from the devastation decades later.
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As if this 1992 hurricane itself wasn't scary enough on its own, parts of South Florida were (/are) reeling from the devastation decades later.

2. You can sum up a LOT about your childhood in two words: Dan Marino.

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Lucky number 13 and a Dolphins legend.

3. And in three more words: Miami Dolphins Zubaz.

Zubaz pants were the '90s way to show your team loyalty while giving your ass and any other assorted bits lots of room to hang out and chill.
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Zubaz pants were the '90s way to show your team loyalty while giving your ass and any other assorted bits lots of room to hang out and chill.

4. Everyone you knew had a firm opinion regarding the Elián González situation from the moment he arrived in Miami in 1999.

The boy at the center of one of the most fraught custody battles ever arrived in Miami from Cuba (after possibly maybe definitely having been saved by dolphins) right before the turn of the millennium.
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The boy at the center of one of the most fraught custody battles ever arrived in Miami from Cuba (after possibly maybe definitely having been saved by dolphins) right before the turn of the millennium.

5. You were all about Miami Subs' sandwiches and fries.

God, those fries. A re-vamped version of the chain still exists (and, fun fact, is now co-owned by Mr. 305 Himself), but it was far more popular and ubiquitous in the '90s.
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God, those fries. A re-vamped version of the chain still exists (and, fun fact, is now co-owned by Mr. 305 Himself), but it was far more popular and ubiquitous in the '90s.

6. You vividly remember being shaken by Gianni Versace's 1997 death.

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His senseless murder shook the entire fashion world, and especially his Miami Beach neighbors.

7. You still can't get used to the fact that Parrot Jungle is no longer in Pinecrest.

Imagine transporting all those flamingos across the Bay!
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Imagine transporting all those flamingos across the Bay!

8. Even if you weren't into baseball, you could be proud of the Marlins' big 1997 World Series win.

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And you still can't get used to saying "Miami Marlins" instead of "Florida Marlins."

9. And you have fond memories of this dude, outside the museum of science.

He's a giant, old-timey sloth and he just wanted you to learn about science and stuff.
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He's a giant, old-timey sloth and he just wanted you to learn about science and stuff.

10. You felt a surge of pride when hometown girl Gloria Estefan's song "Reach" was named the official theme of the 1996 Summer Olympics.

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Before DJ Khaled's snapchats, there was Gloria.

11. You became VERY upset when the Miami Seaquarium replaced its terrifying shark sculpture you remember from childhood with some basic-ass dolphins.

Sharks >>>> Dolphins

12. The Jock Jams compilations were INEFUCKINGSCAPABLE.

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If you were in school in Miami at any point during the '90s, this was your soundtrack. 🎶 "Now lemme see you Tootsee Roll..."

13. Nothing beat the rush of trying to participate in (or completely avoid) couples' skate at Hot Wheels.

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Wheeeeee! The venue has been called "Super Wheels" since 2009, but to '90s kids, it'll always be Hot Wheels, a place for pizza and faceplants.

14. Burdine's was the department store.

R.I.P to "The Florida Store"
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R.I.P to "The Florida Store"

15. You still think of the '90s as the time Miami became overrun with celebrities.

16. Club wear consisted of cycle skirts, spaghetti strap camisoles, and platform heels.

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This also went for school dances, unless you went to a Catholic school that had rules about spaghetti straps. Ugh.

17. You recall '90s Miami as being 97.3% body glitter, especially this stuff:

And those Body Shop gift baskets filled with soap and body wash were THE item to endlessly re-gift throughout the '90s.
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And those Body Shop gift baskets filled with soap and body wash were THE item to endlessly re-gift throughout the '90s.

18. You remember imagining how your entire social life would change when Sunset Place first opened.

"Meet me by the tree," established in 1999. (R.I.P., of course, to the Bakery Center.)
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"Meet me by the tree," established in 1999. (R.I.P., of course, to the Bakery Center.)

19. Chuck E. Cheese's? No way. You had Pirates, Discovery Zone (Remember those?), Castle Park, and Mark's Twain's Riverboat Playhouse!

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This truly glorious Miami New Times article from 1993 delves into all of these indoor play areas, kicking things off by noting that "These are the Nineties. The playground, as you knew it, is gone."

20. And, of course, Will Smith's "Miami" seemed to be playing every 3 seconds.

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Sigh.

What else do you remember?

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