#FBF: What Was Miami Beach's First Real Estate Group?

March 06, 2015 | by chelsea harrington

Before anyone else was selling a dream with an ocean view, there was Ocean Beach Realty Company, Miami’s first full-service realtors.

The Ocean Beach Realty CompanyThe Ocean Beach Realty Company opened in Miami Beach in 1912, paving the way for the development of what is now South Beach.

A snapshot of today’s booming Miami skyline—and the cranes building it—is indicative of the city’s layered history encompassing over a century of real estate development. More than 100 years ago, one real estate firm, the Ocean Beach Realty Company, started it all and helped create the city we know today as Miami Beach.

In 1911, a group of visionaries had converged around the idea that Miami Beach could be the country’s next greatest tourism destination. Land developer, businessman, and agriculturalist John S. Collins had begun developing various orchards along the Miami Beach peninsula; his son-in-law, T.J. Pancoast, relocated from New Jersey to support the developments. >>Read More


The Perfect Saturday in the Miami Design District

March 02, 2015 | by Carla Torres

What do you do when you have a whole day to yourself? Look no further than the Miami Design District where a French breakfast, an afternoon of luxury, and a Turkish-Greek supper awaits.


Buena Vista Deli

Start your day off on the right foot with a visit to Buena Vista Bakery where the smell of freshly baked chocolate almond croissants will greet you. If that doesn’t wake you up, a cup of java from nearby local roaster Panther Coffee might. 4590 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, 305-576-3945 >>Read More


On This Day in Miami History: FDR's Visit That Ended in Tragedy

February 15, 2015 | by matt stewart

An assassination attempt on Franklin Delano Roosevelt more than 80 years ago had dire consequences that threatened to turn the Magic City’s reputation tragic.

FDR Miami
President-elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressing a throng of 25,000 Miamians in Bayfront Park from the backseat of his Buick convertible on February 15, 1933.

Less than a month before his initial inauguration, Franklin Delano Roosevelt paid a visit to Miami following a 12-day fishing trip on Vincent Astor’s yacht, Nourmahal. On February 15, 1933, an estimated 25,000 Miamians, the largest crowd ever to assemble in the city at that time, lined Biscayne Boulevard and filled Bayfront Park to catch a glimpse of the man who they hoped would lead them out of the Great Depression. In this throng of optimistic well-wishers was one whose purpose for being there was much different—an unemployed Italian bricklayer named Giuseppe Zangara was carrying a .32 caliber pistol he’d recently purchased at a pawnshop for $8 in order to kill the president-elect, whom he blamed for the country’s economic woes. >>Read More

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