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I received an email from a reader yesterday, corroborating my claim that in the 1970s and 1980s and possibly before that, there were no Mangroves along our shoreline.
Of course they could have been there 100 years ago, like most of Florida seems to have had, or maybe they were never there.
Here is the email I received after the story ran, and the photos below. If you click on the photos, they will open larger. The top, color Photo, is a screen capture from the Cocaine Cowboys movie, so it is possibly the early '80s.
Hi Tom, Here are a couple of photos to go with a little blurb for the Grapevine on the Mangroves in the park.
The story I’ve heard from some of the old timers at Coconut Grove Sailing Club was that the city had the club plant all of the Mangroves along the waterfront in reparation for cutting down a big tree. The mangroves died and so they had to be planted again. Here are four pics from pre-1980 that show Peacock Park with palms and at least three pavilions along the waters-edge. The existing clubhouse was built in about 1980. You can see the previous Sailing Club structures in the photos, one of which was said to have been built from recovered parts from Pan Am airplane dock’s gang plank roof. Photos were provided to me by Club's first Rear Commodore Don Smith and John Ayer, who grew up at Sailing Club in the 1960s. I don't know who took them, but there are probably a lot more out there.
Paul van Puffelen
Past Commodore CGSC