Fla. mayor's push for bilingual city gets rebuffed

Posted at 12:21 PM, Feb 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-14 12:21:00-05

DORAL, Fla. (AP) - In many parts of Miami, Spanish is used as frequently - or more often - than English.

But when the mayor of a predominately Hispanic enclave called Doral tried to make Spanish the official second language on Wednesday, he was rebuffed by every council member and numerous constituents.

Nationwide, the Latino population has ballooned and the number of Spanish-language services has grown as a result. When Florida Sen. Marco Rubio delivered the Republican response to the president's State of the Union address on Tuesday, he gave speeches in both languages.

But few cities have responded by declaring themselves officially bilingual. In Doral, many native Spanish speakers said they didn't come to the U.S. expecting the country to adapt to them.

Far more states, and politicians, have adopted English-only policies.