Resentment is growing among English-speaking Americans in Miami. The "Magic City" today is an international metropolis with a heavy dash of Latin flavor brought in by Cuban refugees. But some residents think the move to English-Spanish bilingualism has gone too far.
Now a petition is expected to be on the ballot in November on the issue. It would force Dade County to halt bilingual government publications and services.
Presently the country is 45 percent Anglo, 45 hispanic, 15 percent black. There may be more Hispanics than anyone else within five years. Anglos complain they have trouble getting jobs -- or even being served in some restaurants -- without speaking Spanish.
"This is still the United States of America, where English is the language," says Marion Plunske, a key supporter of the petition.
However, aides to Miami's Puerto Rican mayor, Maurice Ferre, worry that the petition is "divisive" and could damage Miami's business ties to Latin America.m