Articles by Casey Piket

Bayfront Park in 1930s.

History of Bayfront Park – Part 1 of 2

Prior to becoming a park, the eastern edge of downtown Miami was of a jagged coastline consisting of docks, the FEC fair building and Elser Pier. Early Miami residents looked…


Dadeland Mall Shooting in 1979

Crime in South Florida – Part 3

The third part of the Crime in South Florida series begins with high profile murders from 1960 through the 1990s. In 1964, Candace Mossler and her nephew were acquitted of…


Wofford Hotel

Crime in South Florida – Part 2

The second part of the Crime in South Florida series features criminal activity in the 1930s through the 1950s. The Great Depression decade was a time-period when Miami was thoroughly…


Civil War Deserters

Crime in South Florida – Part 1

Despite having a full-time law man, Miami was still largely a frontier city after incorporation. The murder of game warden Guy Bradley and the pursuit of the Ashley Gang were…


Hurricane Donna in 1960

South Florida Hurricanes – Part 2

The second installment of the history of South Florida hurricanes features the most prominent hurricanes to impact southeast Florida from 1950 through 2005. The episode begins with an examination of…


Flooded Street in Miami during 1926 Hurricane.

South Florida Hurricanes – Part 1

This episode is the first in a two-part series on the history of hurricanes in South Florida. Life in the tropics means having to endure dangerous storm. There have been…


Aerial of Downtown Miami in 1980s

The Decades: 1980 – 1989

The decade of the 1980s began with political turmoil and rapid growth due to a large influx of Cuban refugees as part of the Mariel Boat Lift. The decade also…


La Casa Reposada in 1955

La Casa Reposada

A beautiful home with fascinating history. The video takes the viewer on a tour of the residence that was formerly located at 2100 South Miami Avenue. Construction began in 1935…


1972 Perfect Season

The Decades: 1970 – 1979

South Florida was the center of politics in the early 1970s. Both party’s political conventions were held on Miami Beach. Richard Nixon accepted the Republican nomination and Senator George McGovern…


Paul George at Cocoplovis Mansion on Brickell Ave in 1988

Miami’s Walking Encyclopedia

One of the most common requests from our members is to hear the story of how Dr. Paul George became a Florida historian. In particular, people want to know how…