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1964 - U. S. Coast Guard Air Station at Dinner Key, Miami
1964 Florida State Archives

1964 - U. S. Coast Guard Air Station at Dinner Key, Miami

Miami, Florida

Four HU-16 Albatrosses and a helicopter are visible on the ramp.

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Guest 23-Nov-2010 21:18
I worked at Grove Key Marina in the seventies. Shown here is the Santana Marine with Captian Dicks Bait Shop, selling mainly hot dogs and beer, and more beer.
Guest 22-Aug-2010 13:28
Wayne Comrie
Loved Dinner Key. Used to go there as a boy with my dad, who would rent a little skiff and with a huge metal ice chest full of sodas and sandwiches we would go fishing for snapper out in the mangroves around the bay. When I was in high school I spent many evenings across the street at a public tennis court playing (and getting trounced) by my best friend. Once was on a charity walk with a girl friend who cut her foot on a piece of glass just as we were passing Dinner Key and I gallantly offered to carry her the rest of the way back to the starting point downtown. The joys of being young.
Guest 13-Mar-2010 03:05
Wowsers...just found your site! I worked at Grove Key Marina (the dark roofs center right) in the 1970's launching and hauling boats. What great times....despite Spencer Meredith. Cigarette boats were the rage back then...(motorized razorblades). A number of them set out and never came back.
SB 01-Feb-2008 04:39
My (late) husband's grandfather was an early Miami pioneer, and his lumber yard supplied the material for the barracks here.
Guest 13-Jan-2008 16:28
Bill Smith
Hi Bob. I remember you from Titans.Still keep in touch with a few of the former members scattered far and wide.
John 13-Jan-2008 01:08
My Dad retired out of this very USCG Air Station in 1964, as a Commander, USCG. He flew C123s, which look similar to the aircraft shown in the photo. I'm not sure though. I walked into the hanger many a time during Dad's final stint before his retirement. I can still remember the smell of the aircraft, (included helos too). Dad's retirement ceremony, attended by a lot of people, was conducted across the main drag from the hanger below. (not sure of the road's name). I was 9 or 10.
Guest 07-Dec-2007 22:24
Guest 24-Nov-2007 21:44
We lived South of Bayshore Dr. on Crystal Ct. in the '50s & '60s. The planes would sometimes fly low over the house heading toward the bay to land, er, ah I guess "water". We could be right in the middle of supper and my dad would say "Let's go! Jump in the car, it's coming in!" We'd drive down Bayshore to where Monty's is now (used to be a gas station back then) and watch the plane come in. What a roar they made when they revved up the motors to make it up the ramp! Eventually they moved the Grummans to Opa-Locka and started using choppers more. No more interupted suppers. I haven't thought of that in many years. Thanx! Rob Bean
Carman Nichols 20-Oct-2007 01:57
Carman “Carmie” or “Nick” Nichols CGHS58
Just found your web site and it’s great! The CGAS Miami photo brings back lots of memories, I lived on Blue Rd in the Gables and remember hearing the UF2G Albatrosses warming up to go on a night ops and the sound carrying all the way to my house in the winter time. I guess that was what made me join the Coast Guard (that and my high school fraternity brothers). I was in between 61 and 68 and was TAD to Miami on a number of occasions from the CG Air Station in Savannah. The helicopter on the Pad is an HH52A the CG’s first jet engine and amphibious helicopter now in museums (yes it makes me feel old). Our 50th Class reunion is next year.
Roberta 12-Aug-2007 03:13
My father, William Penn Perry, was stationed here in the 1940's. Sister, Audrey Perry Lane, & brother, William D. Perry, were born @ Miami Jackson Memorial during this era.
My mother's mother, Daisy Dean Marshall Slaughter, & my father's mother, Carrie Bell Conley Perry, were roommates in Miami Jackson Memorial, when my parents were single; that's how they met.
Daddy's mother passed away, & was interred in Georgia. I have several paternal relatives that are interred in Cocoplum Cemetery (my grandfather's parents, as well as his grandparents, & his fraternal twins son & daughter).
Once upon a time, my paternal grandfather (Hamilton Sharpe Perry) was a Keep, @ Fawey Rock Lighthouse.
It's great, to see a picture of the USCG Air Station, @ Dinner Key. Thanks, for putting it in the Gallery.
Guest 30-Jul-2007 08:36
What a neat picture. In the upper left, in front of the marina, was the Pam Am administrative office building later taken over by the City of Miami. The City Commission met there.
We used to have car shows in Dinner Key Auditorium (upper right).
I knew in the 1960's of the historical impact to Miami of this site.
Bobby Z.
Mary E. Pent 11-Jun-2007 21:37
My husband was stationed at Dinner Key in 1942. Before the war it was called Pan Am Airport, and we used to go there in the late 1930,s to watch the China Clipper come in. What a thrill. Then when the war started it was taken over by the Coast Guard. I have spent many a night there, talking to my husband through the wire fence, when he had the duty. We lived just a few blocks from there. As a child my brother and I would swim in the bay, to the south, called The Fill In. And as a teen, parked there at night, aw memories. My brother used to row a small boat over to the island.
Parks Masterson 29-May-2007 04:09
Back in the late fifties I was learning to sail at the Coral Reef Yacht Club. When the big Grumman Albatross airplanes would taxi out, we would sail behind them. The prop blast would make us go like hell or knock us over. Great fun!
The long boat at the dock with its stern to the ramp would lead the planes to open water and clear boats out of their way.
Don Boyd23-Apr-2007 04:40
Thanks for catching that. It's fixed. Don
drburges 21-Apr-2007 13:48
this negative is printed up side down. The coast guard station is north of the convention center and the old Pan Am hangers.