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22-NOV-1984 Courtesy of Robert Bowman

1984 - article about the historic South Beach Pier about to be demolished and never replaced

Miami Beach, Florida

Thank you to Robert Bowman for contributing this scan of the Miami Herald article on the demolition of yet another historical landmark in South Florida. The decision to destroy the pier by then-Mayor Malcolm Fromberg and the City Commission, without a public hearing, despite pleas by preservationists was atrocious. Mayor Fromberg's quote at the meeting was "The city can build another pier anytime." So where is the replacement pier? It was never built and hundreds of thousands of people have been denied the opportunity to fish from a pier jutting out into the ocean. This is yet another reason to dislike self-serving crooked politicians, especially in South Florida. The fishing pier that was built alongside the north jetty of Government Cut is not a replacement pier because it is in Government Cut and parking in the area is a considerable walk from the pier and outrageously expensive because it is South Beach.

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ernesto fernandez 11-Nov-2016 17:36
I moved to Miami from Jacksonville Fl in 1980 as an avid kid surfer and was re-located to what is now Pinecrest. First thing I asked my neighbor, is "where do I surf around here?" He soon took me to the concrete Pier and this was my surfspot through it's demolition. Although the area was exceedingly seedy during that period, I fondly remember many days spent surfing and hanging around the beach/Pier and subsequent streets and alleys. We used to grind down pennies on the sidewalks to max out the parking meters so we could stay all day with little funds. Oh what great youthful times those were. I'll never forget the ole pier!!!
Laura B. 14-Feb-2009 18:25
When I was a young girl, my family always went to the beach there. We'd park in the covered parking lot that was part of the racetrack. I remember there were hippies there (oh, well), and a snack shop at one corner of the parking garage, as well. It is a shame that historical landmarks are discarded.
robertbowman22-Mar-2008 14:10
If you scan through Don's great collection of pictures you will see a few of my contributions. Most of my fondest are of the old pier and the surrounding areas. It truly was a travesty the way that the city decided to take this Landmark away and then give the property to a private entity. The view from the Pier was truly remarkable, not to mention the Fishing.