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It is spelled Opa-locka, not Opa-Locka, not Opa Locka and not Opa locka - click on image to view gallery

Opa-locka is most likely the most misspelled city in America and it is one of my pet peeves. The city's name is a contraction of the native Indian word Opa-tisha-woka-locka that means into the high land north of the little river on which there is a camping place. Opa-locka's founder, famed aviator Glenn Curtiss, removed the four middle syllables off to contract the name to Opa-locka. There is ONE correct way to spell the name and at least three ways to botch it. There is a very interesting article about Opa-locka at http://jjd.pbase.com/image/97088341

The spelling problem is exacerbated when people see it misspelled on every one of our local TV channels when they display images of the area with city and town names depicted on weather maps and when the Florida Department of Transportation and Miami-Dade County erects road signs displaying the wrong spelling. Federal, state and county agencies consistently misspell the name of the city and airport. Numerous websites exist with the incorrect spelling such as Airliners.net and numerous other aviation websites mentioning Opa-locka Airport (new name Opa-locka Executive Airport). It was only recently that the county erected new signs at the airport's entrances spelling it correctly, after years of displaying it with a capital "L" and without the hyphen to the public. You would think that people would research how to spell it before they display it to the public on TV, along roadways or on the internet?

I will continue to post images of misspelled signs, websites, etc. in this gallery in the future.


It is spelled Opa-locka, not Opa-Locka, not Opa Locka and not Opa locka
It is spelled Opa-locka, not Opa-Locka, not Opa Locka and not Opa locka
FlightAware.com now spells it correctly
FlightAware.com now spells it correctly
Miami Executive Aviation has it correctly except they need to add Executive to the name
Miami Executive Aviation has it correctly except they need to add "Executive" to the name
Platinum Aviation spells Opa-locka wrong 2 different ways
Platinum Aviation spells Opa-locka wrong 2 different ways
CNN has it wrong as Opa Locka Airport
CNN has it wrong as Opa Locka Airport
2013 - Miami's CBS-4 (WFOR-TV) still has it wrong as Opa-Locka
2013 - Miami's CBS-4 (WFOR-TV) still has it wrong as Opa-Locka
Miami's WTVJ-TV NBC6 has it wrong as Opa-Locka
Miami's WTVJ-TV NBC6 has it wrong as Opa-Locka
Miami's Channel 10 WPLG-TV (ABC) has it wrong as Opa-Locka
Miami's Channel 10 WPLG-TV (ABC) has it wrong as Opa-Locka
Miami's WPLG-TV Channel 10 fouls it up on news and weather broadcasts and can't get it right on Facebook either
Miami's WPLG-TV Channel 10 fouls it up on news and weather broadcasts and can't get it right on Facebook either
The Florida Department of Transportation has it wrong as Opa Locka on overhead road sign at the end of I-75 southbound
The Florida Department of Transportation has it wrong as Opa Locka on overhead road sign at the end of I-75 southbound
2011 - Opa-locka incorrect on the Florida DOT sign at the interchange at the southern end of I-75
2011 - Opa-locka incorrect on the Florida DOT sign at the interchange at the southern end of I-75
2011 - Opa-locka incorrect on the Florida DOT sign at the interchange at the southern end of I-75
2011 - Opa-locka incorrect on the Florida DOT sign at the interchange at the southern end of I-75
Microsoft Live Search has it wrong with Opa-Locka Airport, Opa-Locka and Opa-Locka Boulevard
Microsoft Live Search has it wrong with Opa-Locka Airport, Opa-Locka and Opa-Locka Boulevard
Even the mighty Google Maps has it wrong as Opa-Locka and Opa-Locka Airport
Even the mighty Google Maps has it wrong as Opa-Locka and Opa-Locka Airport
AOL's Mapquest has it wrong with Opa-Locka Airport, Opa-Locka and Opa Locka Boulevard
AOL's Mapquest has it wrong with Opa-Locka Airport, Opa-Locka and Opa Locka Boulevard
FBOweb.com spells it at OPA LOCKA and the Microsoft map in the middle spells it as Opa-Locka Airport
FBOweb.com spells it at OPA LOCKA and the Microsoft map in the middle spells it as Opa-Locka Airport
Flight Explorer has it wrong as Opa Locka
Flight Explorer has it wrong as Opa Locka
AirNav.com has it wrong as Opa Locka Airport
AirNav.com has it wrong as Opa Locka Airport
The U. S. Department of Defense has it wrong as Opa Locka
The U. S. Department of Defense has it wrong as Opa Locka
The U. S. NOAA's National Weather Service has it wrong as Opa Locka Airport
The U. S. NOAA's National Weather Service has it wrong as Opa Locka Airport
The Weather Channel has it wrong as Opa Locka
The Weather Channel has it wrong as Opa Locka
Weather Underground has it wrong as Opa Locka
Weather Underground has it wrong as Opa Locka
Our own Florida Department of Transportation has it wrong as Opa Locka
Our own Florida Department of Transportation has it wrong as Opa Locka
Boeing has it wrong as Opa Locka Airport
Boeing has it wrong as Opa Locka Airport
Miami for Visitors has it wrong as Opa-Locka repeatedly
Miami for Visitors has it wrong as Opa-Locka repeatedly
Airliners.net has it wrong as Miami - Opa Locka at least 2114 times
Airliners.net has it wrong as Miami - Opa Locka at least 2114 times
Opa-locka Executive Airport helicopter operator has it as Opa Locka Helicopters in their name
Opa-locka Executive Airport helicopter operator has it as Opa Locka Helicopters in their name
Fixed Base Operator at Opa-locka spells it as Opa-Locka Flightline
Fixed Base Operator at Opa-locka spells it as "Opa-Locka Flightline"
Airchive.com spells it as Opa Locka Airport and misspells last name of Glenn Curtiss
Airchive.com spells it as Opa Locka Airport and misspells last name of Glenn Curtiss
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publishes it wrong in the Federal Register
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publishes it wrong in the Federal Register
Michael Prophet's aviation website spells Opa-locka incorrectly
Michael Prophet's aviation website spells Opa-locka incorrectly
The Coast Guard Exchange System gets it wrong not only once but twice in addition to Elizabeth City
The Coast Guard Exchange System gets it wrong not only once but twice in addition to Elizabeth City