| Hello MPNOD member,|
Here is a fresh update from the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society
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Save The Date - Sunday, March 6 at 2pm
Our March 2022 Meeting at 2pm will take place on Zoom.
Let's gather online for another meeting of Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade members and friends.
Sunday, March 6 at 2pm
Jason Vuic - The Swamp Peddlers
| Our special guest is Jason Vuic, author of The Swamp Peddlers: How Lot Sellers, Land Scammers, and Retirees Built Modern Florida and Transformed the American Dream. |
| Florida has long beckoned retirees seeking to spend their golden years in the sun, but, for many, the American dream of owning a home there was financially impossible. That changed in the 1950s, when the so-called "installment land sales industry" seemingly appeared out of nowhere to hawk billions of dollars of Florida residential property, sight unseen, to retiring northerners. For only $10 down and $10 a month, working-class pensioners could buy a piece of the Florida dream: a graded homesite that would be waiting for them in a planned community when they were ready to build. |
| The result was Cape Coral, Port St. Lucie, Deltona, Port Charlotte, Palm Coast, and Spring Hill, among many others - sprawling exurban communities with no downtowns and little industry but millions of residential lots. |
| As Jason Vuic recounts in this fascinating presentation, these communities allowed generations of northerners to move to Florida cheaply, but at a price: High-pressure sales tactics begat fraud; poor urban planning begat sprawl; developers cleared forests, drained wetlands, and built thousands of miles of roads in grid-like subdivisions, which, 50 years later, played an inordinate role in the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis.|
| Originally from Punta Gorda, Florida, Jason Vuic is a writer and historian from Fort Worth, Texas. He is the author of several books, including The Swamp Peddlers: How Lot Sellers, Land Scammers, and Retirees Built Modern Florida and Transformed the American Dream (UNC Press, 2021), The Yucks! Two Years in Tampa with the Losingest Team in NFL History (Simon and Schuster, 2016) and The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History (Hill and Wang, 2010).|
| Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.|
| Topic: Jason Vuic - The Swamp Peddlers|
Date: Sunday Mar 6, 2022
Time: 02:00 PM Eastern Time
| Meeting ID: 814 1671 7570|
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| Invite a friend who enjoys local history to join our meeting. It's always fun to share your appreciation for local history with a friend, family member or neighbor.|
Restore the Miami Marine Stadium
Contact City Officials NOW!
| MPNOD member Dolly MacIntyre and Preservation Champion Don Worth are urging all who appreciate local historic assets to get involved by contacting city leaders to help save the Miami Marine Stadium. Principally because there is no other building like it in the entire world. It is the epitome of iconic.|
| When constructed in 1963, the Stadium's roof was the largest, cantilevered, poured-concrete slab anywhere on Earth. Although originally intended as a venue to watch boat races in the man-made basin (6,000 feet by 1,200 feet, the length of the National Mall in Washington, DC), the 6,500-seat Stadium hosted a wide variety of events – musical, religious, political, sporting and theatrical – until it closed after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.|
| The property on which the Stadium sits was gifted to the City of Miami by Miami-Dade County, and the deed of conveyance contains a reverter clause: In the event the land is not used for a Marine Stadium, the title to the property shall return to the County. The Stadium, its envelope of land and the basin became locally designated by the City of Miami as historic in 2009, and the Stadium was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2018.|
Please send emails, postcards, letters or phone calls to the five Miami commissioners asking them to restore the funding for the stadium and to halt the demolition by neglect and get busy with restoration.
Miami Commissioners: Mailing Address: 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133
Did You Miss A Meeting?
| View and share some of our previously recorded Zoom interacting online historic programs on YouTube. Use this link to visit the page with all recorded programs. |
Membership Is Open To All
| Join our historical society and support our monthly programs for only $20 a year. Use the Membership Application online, or request one in the mail from our treasurer.|
| We accept online payments via Pay Pal or credit card, or mail your check made to MP/NOD to our Treasurer:|
Marlene B. Carlin
14900 SW 71 Ave.
Miami, FL 33158
$20 Membership Dues
| A Big Thank You! To all our paid members, and to all the new members who joined. Your contributions to support our programs and services to the community are greatly appreciated.|
| The Miami Pioneers is Dade County’s legacy historical organization, originally founded in 1936 by prominent pioneer settlers and business leaders who arrived in Miami before the year 1900. The Natives of Dade was incorporated in 1986 by a group of local history enthusiasts born in Dade County. The groups merged on July 8, 2002.|
| Miami Pioneers and|
Natives of Dade Historical Society
| PO Box 144353|
Coral Gables, FL 33114-4353