Articles by Casey Piket

Dade County Sheriff and men approaching 93 Palm Avenue in 1930.

Al Capone in Miami – Part 2 of 4

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…


Miami News Headline featuring Al Capone

Al Capone in Miami – Part 1 of 4

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…


Ocean Beach Realty Company where Miami Beach was Incorporated

Incorporation of Miami Beach in 1915

On March 26, 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…


Miami’s Pioneer 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…


Waddell Bldg

Miami Pioneer EA Waddell and the Waddell Building

When the City of Miami enacted the Chaille 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…