Key Biscayne, Florida, originally uploaded by madcalabrian.
The small structures in the background are part of Stiltsville. Stiltsville is located between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. There were 20 homes here prior to Hurricane Andrew in 1993. The homes were built or imagined during the time of prohibition. The law permitted gambling establishments to be located a mile offshore. Stiltsville is located just a mile offshore.
This was shot from the Cape Florida National Park. When you arrive you receive a pamphlet that reads –
“When Ponce de Leon led the first Spanish expedition in 1513 to the land he called Florida, he visited this area and named it the “Cape of Florida”. It was an area of ferocious storms and uncharted waters. Hidden sandbars and submerged reefs, were a hazard to early sailors, causing hundreds of shipwrecks along the Straits of Florida. For this reason, one of the federal governments’s first actions when Florida became a U.S. Territory in 1821, was to plan for the extension of a network of lighthouses along the east coast of Florida.”