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The Post War Boom

The War changed the outlook of Miami Beach. In earlier Years, hotel owners and shopkeepers catered to the rich patrons who composed the majority of the winter population.
    1868 - 1911
The Farming Period

1911 - 1920
The Early Development Years

1920 - 1925
The Boom Years

1925 - 1930
Post Boom Years

1930 - 1941
The Post Depression Years

1942 - 1945
The War Years

1945 - 1965
The Post War Boom

However, during the War Years the transient population changed radically. When promoters resumed their campaigns at the War's end to sell the "lure of the Beach" they broadened their scope to include middle America.

Middle America responded in ever increasing numbers. The Beach answered by building more and more hotels. In less than two decades, Miami Beach was transformed from a place with a low skyline to a city with high-rises and a vanishing shoreline.

In 1952 Ben Novak bought the one-block Firestone estate and commissioned the controversial architect, Morris Lapidus, to build the Fontainebleau Hotel.

The building and tourist boom continued causing the elimination of "Millionaires Row" which was replaced by the current image of Miami Beaches "Hotel Row."

By 1950, the population had increased to 46,300 nearly doubling from 1940. In 1960 the population was 63,200 and in 1970, 87,000.

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