The connection between Miami/Miami Beach and Hollywood goes back to its earliest days as evidenced by this photo of the cast and crew of “The Palm Beach Girl” during a break from filming somewhere in Miami in 1926. Continue Reading »

In 1932 a borscht circuit busboy, Wolfie Cohen, came to Miami Beach and opened one successful Miami Beach restaurant after another, including his original “Wolfie’s” on the corner of Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road. He also came up with an innovative approach to local dining that revolutionized the restaurant industry and Continue Reading »

The Carillon was one of the premier hotels on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach during the early 1960s and is still lovingly remember by former visitors for its lavish nightlife productions and stage shows.  Continue Reading »

Carl Fisher is generally considered to be the father of Miami Beach, and one of the best biographies of him I’ve ever read appeared in Coronet in 1949. Here are a few excerpts from that biography:

THAT MAN FISHER must be crazy! The Hoosier fool is trying to make a tourist resort out of that crocodile hole.” Continue Reading »

HENRY M. FLAGLER’S Florida East Coast Railroad kept Mrs. Julia Tuttle of Fort Dallas in a fever heat of excitement. She knew it would eventually open up all south Florida to northern commerce and she was keenly aware of the boon it would be to the country once it reached the Biscayne Bay region. Continue Reading »

Miami by the Sea

Here’s an interesting advertisment from 1923

Miami, the city of adventure and tropical wonderland, where business cares and worries vanish under the spell of glorious sunshine, invites the world to enjoy the magic of fun in myriad forms, in 4 the most Continue Reading »

The Nikko was a sightseeing tour boat that operated from the lagoon across from the Roney Plaza Hotel at 24th and Collins Avenue during the 1940s and 50s. Continue Reading »