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Agent51
12-12-2006, 09:57 PM
What the hell are those buildings that are on stilts in the water? I always see them in TV shows or movies set in Miami, like CSI: Miami for example, and they had them in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (aka GTA: Miami). So what are they? I have wondered that for YEARS and I just always forget to look it up.

Coral Reefer
12-12-2006, 10:07 PM
What the hell are those buildings that are on stilts in the water? I always see them in TV shows or movies set in Miami, like CSI: Miami for example, and they had them in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (aka GTA: Miami). So what are they? I have wondered that for YEARS and I just always forget to look it up.


It's called Stiltsville.

A unique little community built in the channels off of Key Biscayne.

Very historic.

Hurricanes have decimated it over the years and as far as I know they aren't able to get insurance coverage anymore. Still since it's so unique and historic many want to preserve the little community.

http://www.stiltsville.org/

http://www.key-biscayne.com/kb/stiltsville/index.shtml

Agent51
12-12-2006, 10:17 PM
It's called Stiltsville.

A unique little community built in the channels off of Key Biscayne.

Very historic.

Hurricanes have decimated it over the years and as far as I know they aren't able to get insurance coverage anymore. Still since it's so unique and historic many want to preserve the little community.

http://www.stiltsville.org/

THANK YOU! That was bothering me for SO long :lol:. I always wondered if they were houses, because they LOOK like houses, but then I was thinking they might not be just because I have only ever seen one or two of them, and because I figured they'd be SUPER exposed to Hurricanes and nobody would live in them.

Coral Reefer
12-13-2006, 12:29 AM
THANK YOU! That was bothering me for SO long :lol:. I always wondered if they were houses, because they LOOK like houses, but then I was thinking they might not be just because I have only ever seen one or two of them, and because I figured they'd be SUPER exposed to Hurricanes and nobody would live in them.


No problem bro.

It's a cool spot and it's in an area that's great for a little relaxing diving and fishning as their are many coral fingers in the area as well. When I lived in Miami I'd head out that way with my boat all the time.

Here's a good story on it I found complete with it's history.

http://www.nationaltrust.org/magazine/archives/arch_story/020405.htm

Mike13
12-13-2006, 12:45 AM
Yeah it is (or was) a small community off-shore.

FINdestructible
12-13-2006, 05:48 PM
Stiltsville is great. We used to have awesome parties there when we were in high school. :D


I really hope they don't tear them down.