Monday, October 20, 2008
Progress... yeah right.
Dude, where's the beach? A sliver of light marks the public's right of way to the beach.
The Foutainbleau and Eden Roc Hotels are competing again; side by side punch-listing their respective multi-million dollar renovations, which include additional 600 hotel rooms to add to the resort town pillow tax glut. There was a time when these places were fabulous autonomous entities. Today they are mostly uninviting glorified condo barriers to the sea shore.
Back in the moist old days, when the land grab took hold, swamp salesmen were swamped with buyers. Northerns with visions of a tropical playground for the nouvelle rich were lured to the land of sunshine with a new contraption called air-conditioning. The hook was land speculation and Bunny Yeager girls.
Looking North at Collins and 41 Street before the Fountainbleau Hotel and the Boat Show.
Flagler and Fisher rested on the seventh day... after laying the tracks, trashing the sanctuary by leveling the mangrove and unleashing dredging rigs on the bay to back-fill the barrier island.
Was South Point over-built back then, not really. But today it most definitely is; over-the-top and very avoidable.