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1961 - Pier 5 at Bayfront Park, downtown Miami
1961 Florida State Archives

1961 - Pier 5 at Bayfront Park, downtown Miami

Bayfront Park, downtown Miami


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meyetch 25-Mar-2014 18:35
I used to spend every Saturday and many after school afternoons there when I was 8 years old. I lived at 11 N.E. 8th Street in the Commodore Hotel owned by my grandparents at the time. Truly, the place holds some of my very dearest memories.

Brad M. Kaplan
Sue 29-Feb-2012 16:58
I guess having memories of the pier would be special. I never visited. BUT, I just got my hands on a 16"x20" black and white photo of the entrance. This pic seems more updated than the one I have..for instance...the shelter-like roof on the left...on my pic, it is canvas. Also the Dreamboat sign, etc. are not there. And the marlin looks different (comparing the tail) and there are only 3 wires coming off that electric pole. I am thinking my pic is way older. Anyone seriously interested in purchasing, email me with an offer. I may just hang it in hubby's office.
Parsecsam 17-May-2011 01:48
I posted part of this on another photo, but feel it belongs here too. In 1949 I started my time in Miami working on the boats at pier 5 as a fishing guide. Then started sailing to the Bahamas on sailing yachts. After i got out of the service in 1953 i returned and got a captains license and ran one of the yachts out of Pier 5. That brought back many memories. Two Buddies were Chuck and Ollie. On St. Patty's, after finishing a bottle of Old Bushmill, the three of us went into the restaurant at the end of the pier and and ate 22 lobster tails each, in a contest where, the one who quits first pays. $1.79 all you can eat. We tied. Thank you for the photo. While selling our catch at the pier, we looked for future fishing customers. I have photos and stories on my site about those days. Google (parsec miami 40s) should be first.
Jim Jeffries 02-May-2010 14:57
I worked at Pier 5 as a mate on the charter boat Lucky Lu during my summer vacations in 1955 and 1956. The captain's name was Capt. Marvel. No Joke! A couple of years after I left working there he had a heart attack at sea and fell overboard. What a great time I had working for him and the guests at the pier. We caught so many big fish and sold what our guests did not want. I think the cost was about 25 cents a pound for grouper. Great memories.
Gary Heery 13-Dec-2008 14:15
Just inside of the entrance was a display case that had stuffed fish of all kind in it, how cool it was to see them. One of the first charter boats on the left was "SEA BOOTS". Location was a great thing for these Captains. They would "Hawk" potenial customers as they walked by. There was a sightseeing boat for everything even glass bottomed ones.
Kathy 11-May-2008 16:51
I grew up in Miami in the 50's and 60's, we would go to Pier 5 to see all the fish they brought in. My dad would pick something and we would take it home to have mom cook it, nothing tasted better. My sister and i would take the bus downtown on Saturday's and spend the whole day at Bayfront Park and then meet my mom who worked in the tea room at Richard's Dept Store downtown. I have great memories of grwoing up in Miami.
Teresa 18-Apr-2008 16:04
This was an awesome place! We used to go over to Pier 5 and spend half the day there buying fish and going to the "Garden". Just the other day I was looking through our old pics and I came across the Pier 5 and Garden pics. What a great time those were!
Guest 19-Mar-2008 06:29
I remember the old pier 5 foundly. I was born in 1953 and we use to go their and watch the fishing boats come and go. You could by fresh fish then, shrimp, just about any seafood you wanted. Bayside has nothing on this place, it was a magical time, the old Miami so beautiful. Thanks for the memories, Dave Helmick Jr.
Lou 21-Jan-2008 02:51
It was nice back then. I remember the beautiful garden with a pond and of course you could always buy peanuts and feed the hundreds of pigeons. What a shame that our city is now planning on building on the only open space left in downtown Miami.
Guest 02-Oct-2007 22:59
If you remember Pier 5, you surely remember the beautiful ( and SAFE-at that time!) Rock Garden in Old Bayfront Park. We were so lucky to have had our childhoods in such a "Magic City", and it WAS then!
Guest 27-Jul-2007 17:26
I miss Pier 5. My dad took me there often to watch the fish being unloaded and cleaned from the various charter boats, around 1962 or so. We often went out on some of the head boats near the end of the pier, but I don't recall their names. It was inexpensive entertainment and a good father son bonding opp. It's all gone now, I do miss it. And the times chasing the pidgeons at Bay Front park were great too.
Guest 19-May-2007 13:51
Guest
This sure brings back memories