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1950 - the South Beach fishing pier
1950 Courtesy of Robert Bowman

1950 - the South Beach fishing pier

South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida view map

Thank you to Robert Bowman for contributing this great old image. This pier was popular with fishermen, visitors and locals for decades. It was torn down in 1984 because it was unsafe due to deteriorating concrete and being described as an "eyesore" and it was never replaced.

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John J Masucci23-Jan-2013 08:46
I remember fishing with my father in the 60's we'd park at the greyhound track and walk to the pier saw my first shark in the open water there ..
It's really disappointing to hear all the myopic comments from people who are clueless as to who and what had anything to do with the redevelopment of many areas all over Miami, bigotry and prejudice have no place on here
Guest 12-Nov-2011 05:45
football games and worthless selfish interests took precedent over fighting to save history. That is just the ignorant nature of most people nowadays.
Guest 12-Nov-2011 05:43
true that much of the great Miami Beach (and Miami) was lost when the outsiders (and you know who you are) infested it and decided not to keep the landmarks because they had no sense of value for something they never had ties to. It is MUCH easier to come in to town and wreck it all for your own selfish goals than if you had LIVED there prior. AND just as much to blame too were the so called people who spent useless time in selfish activities (such as doing drugs) who COULD HAVE done more to stop the other idiots. In any case, we see the result.
Guest 28-Mar-2011 18:09
As a native born Miamian, and being of Cuban descent, I must say that it is very sad to hear comments such as these. Miami is my past and my present and I love it equally as much as anyone who happened to be born here before me. Furthermore, I did have the wonderful opportunity of creating my own memories at the wonderful pier, even when the beach was dead.
Guest 14-Nov-2010 03:31
The Cubans might not have had anything to do with the pier being torn down but they DID have EVERYTHING to do with ANYTHING ELSE that wasn't CUBAN being torn down. Like Bayfront park, The ORANGE Bowl, & THOUSANDS of other things that are GONE now. If it wasn't for the CUBANS, Miami would STILL BE GREAT.
Don Boyd03-Jul-2010 04:13
Thank you Guest for bringing up the deteriorating concrete problem, I had forgotten about that but now I remember it since you mentioned it. I've changed the description to include that. And I agree with you, the Cubans were not involved with the decision to remove the pier and not replace it.

Guest 03-Jul-2010 02:45
I disagree with the first Guest. The pier had deteriorated due to poor quality concrete, which started to disintegrate making the pier unsafe. Not only that, the pier was left completely on the sand after the beach was dredged and expanded in the 70's. The end of the pier was now far from the water's edge. It had become too dangerous to allow people to even walk on.
You can't blame the Cubans for that unless you are a total prejudiced jerk.
Gary Heery 13-Dec-2008 03:11
The pier was about 25 feet longer before hurricane Donna came through. The southside of the pier was the only place you could go surfing. We used to snorkel under the pier, lots of Sea Urchents and Starfish. You would hang out under the dry portion (on the sand) with your girlfriend under a blanket and make-out. ;-)
Guest 07-Dec-2008 16:37
what happened to Miami/Miami Beach is that the Cubans who had little (if any) respect for "what was" good, decided that things like this, werent worth saving because they had no memories of it. It is a classic example of how the residents of Miami Beach didnt care enough to stop the destruction of a landmark like this. It is VERY sad to see it gone.