Al Capone in Miami – Part 2 of 4

Al Capone & Men at Palm Island Home in 1929

The first full year in South Florida was both hectic and rewarding for Al Capone. While he continued to conduct business in Chicago, Capone was beginning to set roots in Miami. This idea made many of the prominent South Floridians very uncomfortable. The same leaders that were involved in legitimate business, were also very involved […]

Al Capone in Miami – Part 1 of 4

Miami News Headline featuring Al Capone

The legacy of Al Capone holds many labels including: bootlegger, gambler, mob boss and murderer. His legacy also includes a fascinating and turbulent time in South Florida. There are many stories and urban legends that have had Capone everywhere during his time in Miami and Miami Beach. These stories have become more grandiose with time. This […]

Incorporation of Miami Beach in 1915

Ocean Beach Realty Company where Miami Beach was Incorporated

On March 26th, 2015, Miami Beach will celebrate the centennial of its first incorporation date. Since 1915, Miami Beach has become one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the United States. At one time, it was referred to as “America’s Playground”. The land that became Miami Beach began with rather humble beginnings. Prior to […]

Miami’s Pioneer Funeral Home

Comb's Resident Style Funeral Home

William Ewart Gladstone reportedly once said “show me the manner in which a nation or a community cares for its dead. I will measure exactly the sympathies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals”. Although it has been disputed whether or not Gladstone was the […]

Miami Pioneer EA Waddell and the Waddell Building

Waddell Bldg

When Josiah Chaille enacted his plan to rename the streets of Miami in 1920, Flagler Street and Miami Avenue became the center of downtown Miami. Just north of this intersection is a block that was heavily influenced by one of Miami’s earliest pioneers. One can walk north on Miami Avenue from Flagler Street and see […]

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