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Post Depression Years

Although Miami Beach entered into an economical decline two Years before the worldwide crash of 1929, it also began its recovery sooner.
    1868 - 1911
The Farming Period

1911 - 1920
The Early Development Years

1920 - 1925
The Boom Years

1925 - 1930
Post Boom Years

1930 - 1941
Post Depression Years

1942 - 1945
War Years

1945 - 1965
The Post War Boom
The 6,500 permanent population of 1930 doubled to 13,350 by 1935, and doubled again to 28,000 by 1940. The winter population in 1935 swelled to 60,000 and in 1940 reached 75,000. This new surge in the seasonal population was not limited to the elite, as in the 20's. Tourism rather than land speculation became the major attraction.

The new wave of tourists sought to forget their gloomy, Depression-ridden northern cities. Architects for the new hotels responded by designing buildings with Mediterranean and abstracted ornaments. These structures from 1930 -1935 form the transition period on the Beach from Mediterranean-eclectic to the three dimensional, Streamline, Moderne brand of Art Deco

In 1935 the city of Miami Beach purchased the recreation grounds of the Flamingo Hotel for $300,000 to create a city park called Flamingo Park.

In 1936, 38 hotels, 110 apartment buildings, and 320 houses were constructed. In 1937, another 150 hotels and 508 apartment buildings opened.

In 1939 Carl Fisher died. The city dedicated a bronze bust memorial to him near his home on North Bay Road.

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