It was the early 1930s. Miami was still a young city, and a community was starting to spring up in the most unlikely of places: the middle of Biscayne Bay. Bait shops. Speakeasies. Gambling halls. Homes. Back then it was known as "The Shacks." Today, we know this community as Stiltsville. Stiltsville: Generations on the Flats is a half-hour documentary honoring this piece of Miami's history. This is the story of Stiltsville - a story of survival. Over the course of nearly a century, the structures battled storms and Washington politicians to stay afloat. First built on barges in the 1920s, it was an icon of the Miami of yesteryear - "Miamuh" - dominated by white, southern fishermen. Elite, and out of reach, these fishermen set up shop off the coast of Miami's shores. Over the years, generation after generation has made Stiltsville its own, shaping and reshaping the structures as the rest of Miami developed back on shore. Meet the Stiltsville historians, caretakers, and families on this journey of intrigue, triumphs, and modern day struggles. Hear stories as we visit the last seven homes, still standing against all odds, including man and nature. Watch as we uncover a Miami community of the past trying desperately to preserve Stiltsville for future generations on the flats.
Visit the Website: http://www.wlrn.org/stiltsville/
Length: 28 minutes