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Belle Isle’s first apartments discriminated — like many on Miami Beach

We’ve heard many stories about the old days on Miami Beach, when hotels allowed no blacks or Jews, and discrimination was up front and overt.

A recent postcard find brought that era home for Belle Isle Blog.

The discovery: a postcard from the 1940s for what is now Belle Isle Key Apartments, then Belle Isle Court.

Those apartments (still 120 one- and two-bedroom apartments, though its owner wants to build 180 units on the spot) were renovated Army barracks, and everything else on the island was an estate.

On the card are the code words for discrimination in the era: “Restricted Clientele.”

Read more at the Belle Isle Blog.

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