1969 # islanderthrowback… Residents demonstrate against the change of roundabout on Boulevard Crandon | Biscayne Key

The park dedicates the station

The old baggage yard that once helped Henry Flagler’s Railroad get to Key West has been moved from Princeton, Fla. To Crandon Park, where it will serve as the station for the zoo’s miniature train.






Historic railway station moved to Crandon Park


Saved from extinction by the Junior League of Miami, the vintage pinewood resort was moved 30 miles in four night shifts via US 1 and Rickenbacker Causeway. It has been completely redecorated and painted a shiny “Flagler Yellow”. The dedication will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Seth Bramson, local train enthusiast and collector, donated personal memorabilia from Florida’s east coast for display inside the old train station.


Girl Scouts News

Girl Scout Cadette Troop 420 has room for more girls this year. Plans for the year include more overnight camping trips and two-day outings – so girls in grades 7, 8 and 9. Start thinking about joining the Boy Scouts.

Girl Scout Cookies went on sale last week, and now it’s time to stock up on your favorites. The Junior Girl Scouts will be at the Food Fair next Saturday, and the Cadettes at the Winn-Dixie.


Golf course planned

Construction on an 18-hole championship golf course on Key Biscayne is expected to begin in about two years. The Metro-Dade County-owned course will cover 160 acres of land just south of Crandon Park Marina. The estimated cost of the course, which includes a clubhouse, is $ 2.7 million.


A new manager joins the KB hotel






Charles Bremicker

Charles Bremicker


The Key Biscayne Hotel welcomes new manager Charles Bremicker, who took over the reins of the hotel in early December after the departure of Charles Bogdahn.

The Bremicker family – including Charles’ wife Joan and their two daughters, Pamela (10) and Daryl (12) – have moved into a house at 141 Island Drive. Many Key residents will remember the Bremickers from the period between 1956 and 1962, when Mr. Bremicker was assistant to Bob Neale, who was then the hotel manager.

Mr. Bremicker, who began his career in hotel management in 1946 when he joined the staff at the Hollywood Beach Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, said, “It’s great to be at home.


1944 Pan American Airways uniforms

Kitty Strickland stole the show at the Southeast Travel Women’s Club dinner reunion at the Royal Biscayne Hotel when she modeled her 1944 flight attendant uniform.






1944 uniform_

Kitty Strickland, Paulette Gergen and Jean Magnuson


Strickland was a Pan American Airways flight attendant during the days when amphibious planes landed and took off from Dinner Key Bay. Large planes were kept in hangars now used to store ships.

She and her husband, Hamilton, live at 737 Ridgewood Road. The Stricklands were among Key’s first settlers.


Piano student recital






Some of Ms. Horton's piano students who performed at the recital

Some of Ms. Horton’s piano students who performed at the recital


Ms. Martha Horton presented a recital by 31 of her piano students Friday night at the community church. Ten boys and girls received awards for special work during the year.

This is the eleventh year that Ms. Horton has presented her students in recital on Key Biscayne. Among the students who performed were Art & Kathleen Simons, Maria Portuondo, Tricie O’Brien, Lauren Pritchett, Susie Lau, Kim Krogen and Susan Handwerker.


Condominium villas






Villas Club Cap Florida

Villas Club Cap Florida


A new kind of apartment living is coming to Key Biscayne with the ongoing construction of the Cape Florida Club and Villas. Located south of the Key Biscayne Hotel on Seaview Drive, the Club and Villas are two-story condominium residences built in separate groups.

A clubhouse in the center of the complex offers the luxury of a country club with a large swimming pool and sunbeds. The Atlantic Ocean is close by and there is access to a private part of the beach.

Amenities include a dishwasher, fridge-freezer, stove with self-cleaning oven, washer and dryer, garbage disposal and reverse cycle air conditioning.


Save the circle of Boulevard Crandon






Residents protesting against the change at the Boulevard Crandon roundabout.

Residents protesting against the change at the Boulevard Crandon roundabout.


A large banner appeared last Thursday morning on the way to the new road through Crandon Boulevard Circle. It was written: “Stop! Save the circle. A group of Key Biscayne residents sat at the foot of the banner, with comings and goings throughout the day.

According to the development plan, the current circle will be kept as an access route to enter the park. Many believe the circle serves as a useful separation between the park and Key’s commercial and residential areas. Others believe Key Biscayne has passed the circle and needs a more efficient and well-designed entry route.


Zoo overview

Crandon Park Zoo’s “Preview” of the New Elephant House was a resounding success. Refreshments were served and Dr. Gordon Hubbell, Superintendent of the Zoo, gave a short talk on elephants and their origins. Then two elephants were brought to a yard and the children were given the opportunity to take a ride.


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