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Article posted: 2/10/2013 6:00 AM

Stiltsville shacks evoke past in Miami waters

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One of the seven Stiltsville homes near Miami. The narrated tour tells the colorful story of these homes perched above the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay.

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Karen Clark of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., takes a photo of one of the seven Stiltsville homes near Miami.

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Passengers view Stiltsville, a group of seven homes built on stilts in Biscayne National Park near Miami.

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Historian Paul George narrates the story of Stiltsville, a group of homes in Biscayne National Park.

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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.
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    • One of the seven Stiltsville homes near Miami. The narrated tour tells the colorful story of these homes perched above the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay.
    •  Karen Clark of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., takes a photo of one of the seven Stiltsville homes near Miami.
    •  Passengers view Stiltsville, a group of seven homes built on stilts in Biscayne National Park near Miami.
    •  Historian Paul George narrates the story of Stiltsville, a group of homes in Biscayne National Park.
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