National Geographic : 1930 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE ONCE THE HIDE-OUT OF "BLACK CAESAR," A PIRATE OF BYGONE DAYS This coral dot, called Cocolobo Key, is located 25 miles south of Miami. Once, legend says, it was the island lair of a pirate and wrecker who preyed on richly laden ships coming up from Central and South America. To-day it is used as a private club whose members are devoted to sport fishing. Besides all creature comforts, this unique club is equipped with glass-bottom boats for viewing the curious marine growths of the sea floor and it is connected with distant Miami Beach by wireless telephone. Photographs by Richard B. Hoit WHERE A MAGIC RAILWAY RUNS OUT TO SEA Actually, it is built from key to key, tying Florida's mainland tip with far-away Key West; but the illusion is that it runs out into the ocean and disappears. An air view from Lower Matecumbe, looking southwest, to Long Key, four miles distant. These waters are fairly alive with tarpon and sailfish in their season.