Venetian Islands in Florida

15 October 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  6 minutes

Westernmost Venetian Islands © Averette/cc-by-3.0

Westernmost Venetian Islands © Averette/cc-by-3.0

The Venetian Islands are a chain of artificial islands in Biscayne Bay in the cities of Miami and Miami Beach, Florida. The islands are, from west to east: Biscayne Island (Miami), San Marco Island (Miami), San Marino Island (Miami Beach), Di Lido Island (Miami Beach), Rivo Alto Island (Miami Beach), and Belle Isle (Miami Beach). Flagler Monument Island remains an uninhabited picnic island, originally built in 1920 as a memorial to railroad pioneer Henry Flagler. The islands are connected by bridges from the Miami mainland to Miami Beach.   read more…

Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach

19 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  7 minutes

Morris Lapidus Fountain © Tamanoeconomico/cc-by-sa-4.0

Morris Lapidus Fountain © Tamanoeconomico/cc-by-sa-4.0

Lincoln Road Mall is a pedestrian road running east–west parallel between 16th Street and 17th Street in Miami Beach, Florida, United States. Once completely open to vehicular traffic, it now hosts a pedestrian mall replete with shops, restaurants, galleries, and other businesses between Washington Avenue with a traffic accessible street extending east to the Atlantic Ocean and west to Alton Road with a traffic accessible street extending to Biscayne Bay.   read more…

Hibiscus Island in the Biscayne Bay

4 January 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  5 minutes

Hibiscus Island entrance © Averette/cc-by-3.0

Hibiscus Island entrance © Averette/cc-by-3.0

Hibiscus Island is a neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach on a man-made island in Biscayne Bay, Florida, United States. Hibiscus Island lies just north of Palm Island. It is an exclusive residential neighborhood with relatively high property values. The island is accessible via the MacArthur Causeway.   read more…

Haulover Park in Florida

30 September 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  5 minutes

Haulover Beach at north Miami Beach © flickr.com - Infrogmation of New Orleans/cc-by-2.0

Haulover Beach at north Miami Beach © flickr.com – Infrogmation of New Orleans/cc-by-2.0

Haulover Park is a 177-acre (72 ha) urban park owned and operated by Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department, located in metropolitan Miami, just north of Bal Harbour, Florida. The park is located on a shoal between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, just north of the Broad Causeway (SR 922) and Collins Avenue.   read more…

Portrait: John S. Collins, the founder of Miami Beach

27 November 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Miami / South Florida, Portrait Reading Time:  4 minutes

John S. Collins © floridamemory.com

John S. Collins © floridamemory.com

John Stiles Collins was an American Quaker farmer from Moorestown Township, New Jersey who moved to South Florida and attempted to grow vegetables and coconuts on the swampy, bug-infested stretch of land between Miami and the ocean, a barrier island which became Miami Beach. John S. Collins died in 1928 at the age of 90. Collins Avenue and the Collins Canal, both on Miami Beach, are named in his honor.   read more…

Portrait: Carl Graham Fisher, the man who built Miami Beach

25 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Miami / South Florida, Portrait Reading Time:  9 minutes

Carl Graham Fisher memorial at Fisher Park in Miami Beach © Tamanoeconomico/cc-by-sa-4.0

Carl Graham Fisher memorial at Fisher Park in Miami Beach © Tamanoeconomico/cc-by-sa-4.0

Carl Graham Fisher was an American entrepreneur. Despite severe astigmatism, he became actively involved in auto racing. He was a seemingly tireless pioneer and promoter of the automotive industry and highway construction, and of real estate development in Florida. He is widely regarded as a promotional genius.   read more…

Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach

1 May 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida, Sustainability Reading Time:  6 minutes

© FoodOfMiami

© FoodOfMiami

Joe’s Stone Crab, also known as Joe’s Stone Crabs, is a restaurant in Miami Beach in Florida. The restaurant was opened in 1913, by Joe Weiss, who began his Miami Beach career by cooking at Smith’s Casino beginning in 1913. Joe’s is the top buyer of Florida stone crab claws, and it plays a significant role in the industry, influencing the wholesale price and financing many crabbers.   read more…

Theme Week Miami – South Beach in Miami Beach

5 June 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  11 minutes

© SOBEJoe/cc-by-sa-3.0

© SOBEJoe/cc-by-sa-3.0

South Beach, also nicknamed SoBe, is a neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach in Florida, located due east of Miami city proper between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The area encompasses all of the barrier islands of Miami Beach south of Indian Creek. This area was the first section of Miami Beach to be developed, starting in the 1910s, due to the development efforts of Carl G. Fisher, the Lummus Brothers, and John S. Collins, the latter of whose construction of the Collins Bridge provided the first vital land link between mainland Miami and the beaches. In both daytime and at nightfall, the South Beach section of Miami Beach is a major entertainment destination with hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants (among others, the internationally known Joe’s Stone Crab), boutiques and hotels. The area is popular with tourists from the Western world and Israel, with some having permanent or second homes.   read more…

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

31 August 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  8 minutes

© Ebyabe/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Ebyabe/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach (also known as Fontainebleau Hotel) is one of the most historically and architecturally significant (Miami Modern architecture) hotels in Miami Beach. Opened in 1954 and designed by Morris Lapidus, it was arguably the most luxurious hotel in Miami Beach, and is thought to be the most significant building of Lapidus’s career. In 2007, the Fontainebleau Hotel was ranked ninety-third in the American Institute of Architects list of “America’s Favorite Architecture“. On April 18, 2012, the AIA’s Florida Chapter ranked the Fontainebleau first on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places. The Fontainebleau Miami Beach is situated on oceanfront Collins Avenue in the heart of Millionaire’s Row and is currently owned by Fontainebleau Resorts. Fronting the Atlantic Ocean, the 1,504-room resort features two new towers, 12 restaurants and bars. a 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) spa with mineral-rich water therapies and co-ed swimming pools, and oceanfront poolscape featuring a free-form pool shaped as a re-interpretation of Lapidus’ signature bow-tie design.   read more…

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