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'The weather is balmy and so is Fisher'

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Title:
'The weather is balmy and so is Fisher'
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Monuments -- Florida -- Miami Beach   ( lcsh )
Description and travel -- Miami Beach (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
non-fiction   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the monument of Carl Graham Fisher in Miami Beach.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hampton Dunn.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 7, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002220662
oclc - 646190652
usfldc doi - D33-0027
usfldc handle - d33.27
System ID:
SFS0000408:00001


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c16 'THE WEATHER IS BALMY AND SO IS FISHER' By HAMPTON DUNN MIAMI BEACH --An unusual monument to an unusual person at Alton Rd. and 50th St. features the figure of a kindly man with a slouch hat. It's a salute to Carl Graham Fisher and also carries the leg end: "He Carved a Great City From a Jungle." And so he did. Like a hero in a Western movie, he came dashing forward in 1915 with his fortune and rescued John S. Collins and the Lummus brothers, J. N. and J. E., who had run out of money in trying to develo p the beach. Fisher, who'd gotten rich selling Prest O Lite gas auto lights and at one time was owner of the Indianapolis Speedway, loaned the pioneers $200,000. But that was just the beginning of his investment in this tropical isle. He spent six million before selling the first lot and eventually poured $50 million in the development. He was a real promoter. He brought in a pair of India elephants Rosie and Carl, to help clear the "jungle"; offered waterfront lots free to any one who would build. He offe red the oceanfront property where the Roney Plaza later was located to any one who'd build a $150,000 hotel on it. There were no immediate takers. The Fishers built their own home, "The Shadows" on the ocean at Lincoln Road. It later became a gambling pla ce. He built the first luxury hotel, The Flamingo. Although he was flamboyant in his promotion of Miami Beach what he really had in mind was a community similar to Palm Beach. He built polo fields and promoted other sports. Fabulous Miami Beach itself is a monument to Carl Fisher and a rebuke to those who chided: "the weather is balmy and so is Fisher."

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