Departed our Lake Sylvia anchorage at around 8:40 am. Another day of bridges, however, it wasn't as bad as previous days. There is one fixed bridge just north of Miami that has us a little concerned. The height of the bridge and the height of our mast are within a couple feet of each other. We had departed a little later in the morning in order to put us down there around low tide. As it turned ou... Read Full Entry
Anchorage at Marine stadiumA little history on the stadium:
* The 6,566 seat stadium was designed by architect Hilario Candela, a 28-year-old recent immigrant from Cuba at that time.
* At 326 feet in length (longer than a football field), it was the longest span of cantilevered concrete in the world when it was built. Its eight big slanted columns are anchored in the ground.
* The stadium hosted many world-class powerboat events including Unlimited Hydroplane, Inboard, Outboard, Performance Craft, Stock, Modified, and Grand National divisions.
* It was the site of many nationally televised events including the Bill Muncey Invitational and the ESPN All American Challenge Series.
* With a floating stage, the stadium would become host in later years to different events ranging from boxing matches to classical, rock and pop music concerts, even Sunday services.
* The stadium is where Sammy Davis Jr. hugged Richard Nixon in 1972, and the site of a legendary and raucous 1985 Jimmy Buffett concert.
* The 1967, the Elvis Presley movie "Clambake"—about an oil tycoon's heir swapping places with a poor water-skier—was filmed there.
* In the wake of Hurricane Andrew, it was declared an unsafe building under Miami-Dade County building code and shuttered by the City of Miami on September 18, 1992. An engineering study demonstrated it was sound and not damaged by the hurricane but it was closed to the public, nonetheless.
* Since then, the stadium has become a haven for vandals, graffiti artists and taggers.