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In the heart of downtown Miami between the skyscrapers and hotels lies a mystery. Something extraordinary was recently discovered here. Strange holes in the ground. These holes are worth $27 million. They don’t contain oil or gold. But something much more intriguing. These holes could be the most exciting find in America for decades. Or they could be a costly mistake. Horizon: The Mystery of the Miami Circle, BBC 2001
Below the fill was a layer of ancient refuse, or midden. It was evidence of prehistoric life. But this was just the start. What they were about to find would exceed their wildest expectations. As they carried on digging a bizarre feature came to light. They had found strange round holes pock-marking the surface of the limestone bed-rock. The rock is porous and easily eroded, so these could be normal erosion holes. Or could they be man-made? ibid.
Riggs was right: underneath his line was a complete circle of basins cut into the rock. The archaeologists believed they may have found something truly remarkable. The remains of a mysterious ancient monument. Perhaps it was the legacy of a long-lost people. ibid.
Was the Circle two-thousand years old? Or the most expensive mistake in archaeology? ibid.
Was it really the Tequesta who built the circle? ... Perhaps this was a place of religious significance. So what kind of structure was the Circle? ... A building on stilts made perfect sense ... It is possible to reconstruct what this Tequesta village looked like. ibid.
The remains of shellfish once eaten on the site were carbon dated. The results were sensational. The earliest date is 730 B.C. This means that the settlement could have been founded 2,700 years ago. What has been discovered has changed our entire view of the people who once lived here. ibid.
Miami Beach is where neon goes to die. Lenny Bruce
25th November 1999: ‘My husband found a five-year-old child and he has him on the boat.’ Storyville: Boy Who Changed America, 911 call, BBC 2017
This is the story of a little boy from Cuba whose mother died bringing him to freedom in the United States. ibid.
In Cuba, Elian’s father, Juan Miguel, hadn’t known that his ex-wife and her boyfriend had taken Elian away on a home-made boat, hoping to start their lives over in the United States. ibid.
‘He [Castro] said, Our whole country will take to the streets and demand you son’s return.’ ibid. father
But in Miami the exiles’ fury continued to grow and spilling over into protests that blocked traffic on the highways. ibid.
‘Elian Gonzalez is as we speak being flown to Andrews air force base just outside of Washington where he will be reunited with his father.’ ibid. news
The Warlocks pride themselves on being the hardest partying biker gang in the world. Like most, their drug of choice is Meth. Gangland s3e9: Paid in Blood, History 2008
No Miami gang is more violent. Or more brutal. They’re proud of their Haitian heritage but their cruelty knows no limits. And if violence doesn’t work, they call on the dark power of voodoo. They call themselves Zoe Pound, Haitian to the bone. Gangland s3e12: All Hell Breaks Loose
Its speciality was a new kind of piracy ... The Port of Miami is in the mouth of the river. ibid.
These sadistic gangsters have no fear of the law. ibid.
Zoe Pound has expanded beyond Miami. ibid.
It has long been a drug-smuggler’s paradise. Money, sunshine and drugs come together to make this city the cocaine capitol of the world. Drugs Inc s4e6: Miami Vices, National Geographic 2013
Miami has found it hard to shake the grip of the Crack epidemic that has swept through the city. ibid.
The dope holes in Miami are thriving. The short high [Crack] leaves addicts constantly craving more. ibid.
In 2012 law enforcement detected 772 illegal grow sites in Florida. ibid.
Drug trafficking is evolving: now in Miami with the right contacts anyone can get a piece of the action ... It simply comes down to who you know. Drugs Inc Compilation: Cartel Chaos
It’s just like Pecs and Boobs and Bums everywhere. Sex, Knives & Liposuction s1e2, W 2018
If you did cocaine in America in the ’80s, it almost certainly passed through Miami. Millions of dollars’ worth were smuggled in … Rival gangs battled for their share of the drugs profits making Miami the murder capital of America. Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller s1e2: Cocaine, National Geographic 2020