The Sept. 29 article The Vice effect: 30 years after the show that changed Miami: Like many cities, both Miami and Miami Beach have had their ups and downs. However, the idea that Miami Vice saved anything is a matter of opinion.
When I lived on the Beach in the ’70s and early ’80s, I swam daily in our amazing ocean. I saw hammerhead sharks, barracudas and turtles. The food was affordable, and the population was more ethnically diverse. South Beach was beautiful and quiet.
All that has been replaced by plastic, trash, Botox, mediocre $30 lunches, people with various body-part implants and investment properties. Also, the huge, newer condos may be the reason for the incessant flooding.
One can rewrite the past, but the fact is Miami Beach was way cool then in an authentic and classic way. And remember that how a society describes its elders reflects its true flavor.
Kelly Newman, Miami