||On August 28, 1998, the Florida
National Register Review Board voted unanimously to
recommend the Stiltsville site to the National Register of Historic Places.
Seven months later, on March 18, 1999, application was
declined claiming that the remaining seven houses were
under 50 years old. The National Park Service (NPS), owner of the land since 1980
and overseer of the National Register, said it would
not renew the bay bottom leases after the leases that the houses have had with the
State of Florida since 1976 expired on June 30, 1999. However, 10 days before the
lease expired, the NPS granted Stiltsville a 5 months stay while talks continued. On
November 22, 1999, the NPS granted a further 1 year stay to allow time to find a way to
the NPS claims to have no legal device to provide new leases and wants to issued a
mandatory removal of all structures, there are established laws, such as the National Omnibus Management Act of 1998, that enable
the NPS to enter into leases with private parties.
The Stiltsville homeowners are
appealing the denial of Stiltsville's placement in the National Register of Historic
Places. There are over 2,000 structures that were less than 50 years old when placed
in the National Register. Of those, 30% are there for cultural reasons only.
Stiltsville more than qualifies.
The community support for
recognizing Stiltsville as a South Florida "water"mark is mounting. You can support
Stiltsville by Signing the Online Petition.
Click here for
information on National Park Service Leasing Programs
Click here to see a similar house on Florida's West Coast
that is privately owned, is listed in the
National Registry of Historic Places, and just had its lease renewed for 20 years.
Click here to see the seven Stiltsville houses.
Why is Stiltsville historic?
- The Florida Department of State, Division of Historical
Resources and Miami-Dade County Historic
Preservation Board unanimously recommended that Stiltsville be listed on the National
has the support of the Florida Trust for Historic
Preservation and Dade Heritage Trust, Miami-Dade
County's largest historic preservation organization
- Biscayne National Park's own cultural
resource specialist, Jim Adams, wrote in a paper in 1996 titled, The History of
Stiltsville, that, "Stiltsville has a unique and colorful history. The
sixty years that Stiltsville has existed may not seem long in one respect. When you
consider that the City of Miami is only now celebrating its centennial, and when placed in
context with the development of Miami Beach and the resort period, which began in earnest
in 1916, Stiltsville has always been a
part of Miami's history."
- Stiltsville historic
district documented by NOAA photography in 1945 to be over 50 years old. Individual
structures in exact locations for over fifty years.
historic district began in the 1920s and at its height in the 1950's haut 27
structures. Crawfish Eddie Walker
became a legendary Stiltsville figure.
- The Quarter Deck Club
built in 1940s and featured in Life Magazine in 1941.
- By 1945,
twelve houses and two clubs existed.
of Hurricanes Donna, Betsy and Andrew, only seven houses remain
today in the Stiltsville district.
existing seven homes are regularly part of the Historical Association
of Southern Florida historic tours.
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Why is Stiltsville unique?
Who supports Stiltsville?
- Petitions from the community - over 55,000
- The Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources unanimously
recommended Stiltsville historic district for the National Register of Historical Places
on August 29, 1998
- Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
- Miami Dade County Historic Preservation Board
- Dade Heritage Trust
Senator Bob Graham's letter to the Secretary of the Interior
Senator Connie Mack's letter to the Secretary of the Interior
Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Representative Carrie Meek
Representative E. Clay Shaw
Representative Alcee Hastings
Governor Jeb Bush
- Florida House of Representatives
- Miami-Dade County Commission
- City of
- City of Miami Beach
- City of Coral Gables
- City of Hialeah Gardens
- City of Homestead
- City of Miami Springs
- City of South Miami
- City of West Miami
- Village of Key Biscayne
- City of Sweetwater
- City of Virginia Gardens
- City of Opa-Locka
- The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce have had outings since 1941
- Coral Gables Chamber of
- Greater Miami Convention & Visitors
- Miami Beach Rod and Reel Club going out to Stiltsville
- University of Miami
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
- University of Miami
- Coconut Grove Times Editorial
- Miami Daily Business Review
- South Florida Letter Carriers
- The Rotary Club
- Coral Gables Community
- Dade County Firemen's
- Boy Scouts of America, South
- Girl Scouts of America, South
- Arva Moore Parks, noted Florida
- Becky Matkov, noted Florida historian
- Margot Ammidown, former
director of Dade's historic preservation dept.
- Dr. Paul George, noted Florida
- Ambassador Richard Capen, former publisher of the Miami Herald
- Alfred Browning Parker,
Distinguished Professor of Architecture, Univ. of FL
- Susan Claire-Lauredo, architect and writer
- Caren Rabbino, writer
- John Underwood, writer
- Carl Hiaasen
- Carol Garvin, artist
- Alan S. Maltz, photographer
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How can you help? - Contact the
following people asking:
1.) that Stiltsville be
added to the National Register of Historic Places,
2.) and that the National Parks Service extend the existing
leases for another 25 years.
- Senator Bob Graham,
524 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC, 20510
- Senator Connie Mack,
517 Hart Senate Office BIdg., Washington, DC, 20510
- Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Rayburn House Office Bldg. Room
2240, Washington, DC 20515
- Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Cannon House Office BIdg. Room 404,
Washington, DC, 20515
- Representative Carrie P. Meek, Cannon House Office Bldg. Room 401,
Washington, DC, 20515
- Governor Jeb Bush, The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Marilyn Harper, National Register of Historic Places, Dept. of Interior, P.O. Box 37127,
Washington, DC. 20013.
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