Miami Beach…What Can I say…

(Sailing on the Atlantic Ocean, Florida coast, photo by FBC)

Miami Beach, what can I say? Well…

I lived there for over thirty years. The best were the first fifteen, in many ways and for many personal reasons. The last few, not to say that they were bad, because I never regret anything I do, but they were not as good, for many personal reasons as well and because the city changed so much…towards what I would say negative progress…that I could not wait to leave.

Miami Beach, as I have previously written, was a great little city. During the 1950’s it was all gold and glitter. Frank Sinatra was singing at the Roney Palace, Jackie Gleason did The Honeymooners at the Miami Beach Theater of the Performing Arts, later renamed in his honour and most of the rich and famous partied there. Later, after the 1960’s it was virtually abandoned. Most of the great hotels, all oceanfront, became dilapidated, ugly, dirty and cheap and no one wanted to even pass by Ocean Drive. Then towards the end of the 1980’s the “Beach” resurfaced again and called itself “South Beach” and once again bars, restaurants and hotels began to pop up, the old Art Deco buildings began too look as good as they once were and the streets were once again filled with tourists and with those who wanted to live there and be a part of the history that was being done there at the time.

I was one of them…

I loved the galleries, the live music venues, the jazz clubs, the blues clubs, the rock clubs, the sushi bars, the Thai restaurants and everything else that suddenly made its way to South Beach that was not there before…

But it is not there anymore. When “South Beach” became “SoBe”, everything changed. No one could afford to have small businesses there or many to even live. The galleries all evaporated. The clubs and music venues, disappeared. In their place are now large dance clubs with electronic music. The small restaurants and bars, vanished in the haze. Now corporate America rules and runs the show with their Nike stores, and all of their symbols of affluence. No one else could afford Miami Beach, not even Crate & Barrel could afford the rents on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.

Since everything I liked and admired about Miami Beach left, there was no other alternative for me than to leave as well…

But there are things that I do remember and that can never leave…

It is a shame, in many ways. Most of my previous Miami Beach friends have left as well. The ones that still live there complain that the City no longer cares about the permanent residents and is only concerned with the tourists and visitors. The City of Miami Beach is also quite interested in their best residents, the great hotels that line Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and other areas. They city does not even allow Air BnB to operate and they will fine you $20,000 if they catch you renting your flat to a tourist! Hotels seem to be the only establishments to get the full attention of the city government, for in residential areas, right on Collins Avenue, construction has torn up the streets and for more than two and a half years, the city has not bothered to complete it. Why? There are no big hotels there so they want to pressure people to sell and leave so that hotels could be built there and the politicians could be happy…

But…I wonder what the Ocean actually thinks about all these atrocious aspects of progress…

In conclusion, the best and only imperishable and immutable aspects of the city of Miami Beach is the great Atlantic Ocean, the perfect climate and the bluest of skies…so glad the city’s politicians cannot change that, so I will keep those memories always…

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  1. pam@ichoosethis · November 8, 2019

    I hate to cities change like this. I wish I could have seen Miami back in it’s heyday!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · November 8, 2019

      I think you would have loved it! It was like living in Soho but with warm weather and in flip flops and a tank top…the Miami Beach of the early 1990’s thru 2001, I would not change for any other city in the US, but after, things changed and it was unfortunate for the permanent residents of the city…

  2. pedmar10 · November 8, 2019

    Oh Miami beach was sleepy retirees home back on late 60’s early 70’s. Then art deck came in famous stop by and it rose. Now it’s a bit nowhere its famous past too many stores. Life is never the same times cities change.

  3. pedmar10 · November 8, 2019

    Art Deco i meant above.

  4. beetleypete · November 11, 2019

    I have never been to America, so have never seen Miami.
    But it looks like a nice place to visit.
    Many thanks for following my blog, Francisco. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. craig lock · November 22, 2019

    Reblogged this on Beautiful Beaches – My Dream and commented:
    “Live each day as if it’s your last…
    and one day you’ll be right!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · November 22, 2019

      You are certainly right about that one! great saying! Thank you so much for re-blogging! I truly appreciate it!

  6. Julie Sopetrán · November 22, 2019

    ConocĂ­ esta playa hace unos años… tengo buenos recuerdos. Gracias por traĂ©rmelos… Mi abrazo.

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