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‘Stiltsville’ shacks off Miami evoke history

Perched above the shallow turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay are shacks on stilts that have hosted some of Florida's wildest parties, from the days when alcohol and gambling were outlawed to a bachelor party for a member of the Kennedy clan.

Seven homes still stand in Stiltsville, as the community is called, located about a mile out in the Biscayne channel in Biscayne National Park, just a short boat ride or kayak trip from the Key Biscayne coastline.

"When are you out there and there's nobody there, it's one of the most desolate settings imaginable," said Paul George, a history professor at Miami-Dade College. "And yet in other ways it's one of the most striking."

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