September 24, 2014 | by juliet izon
After nearly six decades entertaining and educating South Floridians, the Miami Seaquarium faces an uncertain future.
Opened on September 24, 1955, the Virginia Key attraction was one of the first marine-life parks in the country.
While seeing all manner of aquatic fauna today may be commonplace for many Floridians, it is hard to overestimate the awe the crowds felt when the Miami Seaquarium first opened its doors on September 24, 1955. The culmination of a 14-year dream of industrialist Fred D. Coppock, the Seaquarium cost $2.3 million to build and required 14 months of construction. When fully realized, the 38-acre Virginia Key compound was one of the first and most revolutionary marine-life parks in America. The star attraction? South Florida’s first dolphin show complete with Atlantic bottlenoses in a 600,000-gallon pool. In fact, many episodes of the beloved 1960s TV show Flipper were shot on the premises at the lagoon. >>Read More
September 18, 2014 | by mercedes vallina
The Fulford-Miami Speedway—then the fastest race track in the world—played host to one single race before its destruction in 1926 by the Great Miami Hurricane.
Earl DeVore in a Miller special race car at the Fulford-Miami Speedway in 1926.
In 1925, Miami was home to the world’s fastest speedway, the Fulford-Miami Speedway, located on what was then Flagler Boulevard (an area now occupied by Greynolds Park in the Sky Lake neighborhood). Conceived by Miami Beach builder and auto enthusiast Carl Fisher and built with the help of Ray Harroun, the first winner of the 1911 Indy 500, the 1.25-mile wood track boasted 50-degree banked turns, which were drastically greater than the 31-degree turns at the Daytona International Speedway. Steep banks dictated driving speeds of 110 miles per hour or more to avoid sliding off the track. >>Read More
September 06, 2014 | by jordi lippe
I Love Lucy Live on Stage brings the Tropicana to life at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
A scene from I Love Lucy Live on Stage.
Fifty-seven years after the final episode of I Love Lucy aired on TV, audiences are still captivated by Lucy’s flamboyant red hair, her latin love, Ricky Ricardo, and their effortlessly entertaining antics. With that infinite nostalgia in mind, the memory and the spirit of these beloved characters come to life in I Love Lucy Live on Stage. >>Read More