"No one who chances upon the phenomenon
of Stiltsville for the first time will ever
forget the sight of homes that hover above
the waters, miles from any shore, like
structures from a dream."
Les Standiford
Save Old Stiltsville, North Biscayne Bay, Key Biscayne, Florida
The National Parks Service holds the Stiltsville leases.  The current lease with Biscayne National Park expires on July 1, 1999.

A recent attempt at national Historic Designation was shot down by the board.

An objective of the recent petition circulating around town is reconsideration of the Stiltsville district for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.  A process which began 3 years ago.

Back in August 1998, the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources unanimously agreed to recommend the Stiltsville historic district for the National Register of Historic Places.

In March 1999, the National Register denied the application. Owners of Stiltsville homes were notified ex post facto on April 1, 1999.

Stiltsville Petition to Save Stiltsville, Key Biscayne, Florida.
North Biscayne Bay, near Key Biscayne, Save Old Stiltsville homes.
 Special thanks to "Doug the Bug" for 
these beautiful Stiltsville photographs.
Images may not be duplicated without authorization.
There is no formal appeal process.  Thus, a petition is born.

Senator Bob Graham, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Governor Jeb Bush, Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Pinellas and hopefully many more will hop aboard the S.O.S. - Save Old Stiltsville cause.

The Village of Key Biscayne will be presenting a resolution at it’s next regular Councilmeeting (5/11/99) in hopes of sending the message that, as the closest geographic community to Stiltsville, we hope it will be preserved for many future generations of islanders to view and enjoy.

Four other communities have passed resolutions to preserve Stiltsville: Homestead, South Miami, West Miami, and Hialeah Gardens.

Since the 1930’s the Stiltsville houses have provided cultural and historical significance to South Florida.

The Quarter Deck Club, built in the 40’s was featured in Life Magazine. In 1945 NOAA aerial photography proves that the Stiltsville district is over 50 years old.

Save Old Stiltsville near Key Biscayne, Florida
Stiltsville serves as a sanctuary for sea and plant life ecosystem, and is linked to its continued survival.

Stiltsville’s unique design has served as backdrop scenery for many television shows, movies, books, and advertisements including the opening of the popular “Miami Vice” and Carl Hiaasen‘s “Skin Tight.”.

Even the fury of mother nature in the form of Hurricane’s Donna, Betsy and Andrew which ravaged South Florida, were unable to topple the last remaining seven, of twenty five structures.



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