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[[Miami?]] Beach - 2 - Miami Beach is built on a series of islands one to three miles off the mainland, with Biscayne bay separating this city from Miami on the west and the broad, blue Atlantic stretching away eastward. Train and plane passengers disembark on the mainland, arriving here by bus or automobile across one of the four causeways spanning the bay. That the air and rail terminals are across the bay, along with all other industrial activity, pleases the officials of this resort capital devoted completely to the care and comfort of visitors. This maintains what always is one of the first impressions a stranger receives in Miami Beach -- the sparkling cleanliness of the city. Smoke, smog and dust are pleasingly absent, as also are most of the pollens that cause hay fever. Many people come here in summer to escape the latter. Miami Beach was founded in 1915, designed from the start as a vacation playland. One of the results is the abundance of recreation areas, including eight oceanfront parks with nearly two miles of bathing beach, numerous playground parks with facilities for various games, and two 18-hole public golf courses, plus a par-three course. The city also operates a year-'round program of music, dances, cards, study groups and related activities at four civic centers where visitors may enjoy themselves at little or no cost. The community's growth, to use an overworked but still appropriate word, has been phenomenal. Of the existing hotels, those more than 30 years old can be counted upon the fingers. Sixty-seven have been erected since World War II, probably as many as in all other resort areas combined. If the present trend continues, there will be no vacant lots in another 10 years. Many older buildings already have been demolished to make way for modern structures. more....
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