Letters to the Editor

No swampland peddling

I was perturbed by the Aug. 31 article Old INS eyesore in Miami to get makeover, regarding the old Immigration Building. Long before the INS moved in, it was headquarters for the Gulf American Corp., which the story described as the infamous peddlers of swampland to the unwary.

I worked for Gulf American in the early 1960s in Cape Coral, which was developed by Gulf American when the population was fewer than 100. Today, Cape Coral has a population of more than 100,000. And, how about Golden Gate Estates, also among the many successful developments of Gulf American? I would also like to remind everyone that Miami Beach, as well as Star Island and Palm Island, were once swampland.

Ed Herder, Miami Beach