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June 5th, 2024

George Merrick's Vision: Coral Gables, the University of Miami and the Biltmore Hotel

  1. George Merrick's Vision: Coral Gables, the University of Miami and the Biltmore Hotel Bill Monty 13:18

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In the second episode of “The Men Who Built South Florida” we delve into the life and legacy of George Edgar Merrick, a man whose vision shaped the very landscape of Coral Gables, leaving an indelible mark on history. Despite his pivotal role in designing iconic institutions, roads, cities, and hotels, his name remains obscured to many living in the shadows of his accomplishments.

Join us as we unravel the complex narrative of Merrick's life, exploring how he transitioned from a visionary dreamer to a controversial figure in the annals of history. For some, Merrick is hailed as a hero, credited with the creation of Coral Gables, the majestic Biltmore Hotel, and the esteemed University of Miami. Yet, for others, his legacy is tarnished by accusations of racism and exploitation.

We invite you to weigh the evidence and decide for yourself: Was George Merrick a hero or a villain?

NOTE: Listener discretion is advised.  In this episode, we reference terms and phrases used to describe persons of color in the early 1900s, quoted directly from laws and speeches of the era. Some people may find these terms offensive. They are presented solely for historical accuracy and not with intent to create harm or embarrassment.

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William Montgomery Podcaster, Entertainment professional, Senior expert. Florida native

Bill Monty, an entertainment veteran with over 30 years of experience in stage, commercial/film voice overs, radio broadcasting, and host of the podcasts Bill Monty's Guide for Getting Older and Tales from South Florida, brings his diverse background to a fun and informative look at the aging experience as well as the place he has called home for 60 years.

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