Remembering John Collins

Collins and Pancoast Family in 1921

Collins and Pancoast Family in 1921

South Florida lost a pioneer when John Collins passed away on February 11, 1928. Along with Carl Fisher and the Lummus Brothers, Collins was a founder and developer of Miami Beach. He was a farmer, horticulturalist and innovator. While many people saw a desolate peninsula, Collins saw opportunity for farming and was later convinced of the opportunity to develop the land for a tourist resort.

His partnership with Fisher helped Collins complete the his bridge and later led to the development of the land to the area that was dubbed “America’s Playground” in the mid nineteen teens and early 1920s. John Collins accomplished a lot for a man who began his Miami Beach endeavors after the age of 70.

Collins Avenue and Collins Canal are named for him. He was 90 years of age when he passed away.

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Read more about John Collins at An Unlikely Partnership – Fisher Meets Collins