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According to Arva Moore Parks, the current state of Coconut Grove would make Ralph Middleton Munroe "heartsick." With the ubiquity of chain establishments, and big-box retailer Home Depot knocking on the door, the Grove has changed immeasurably since Munroe took his first photographs in 1883. "Ralph Munroe really did not want Coconut Grove to become more developed than it was when he found it. He liked the wilderness. When Julia Tuttle brought [Henry] Flagler down to woo him to bring his railroad, Munroe said, öFine, bring the railroad to Miami. But don't bring it to Coconut Grove,'" laughs Parks. The amazingly beautiful new edition of The Forgotten Frontier shows a photograph of Flagler's fancy boat docked in Coconut Grove the historic day these two pioneers butted heads. Parks presents crisp digital scans of Munroe's antique images of unspoiled woods, native Indians, and the original Bahamian settlers, alongside enchanting prose that reveals the rich history of the Biscayne Bay area. Hear stories of old Florida from a dedicated preservationist tonight at 8:00 at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Call 305-442-4408, or visit (PEGY)

Old-school Grove living
Ralph Middleton Munroe
Old-school Grove living

By Lyssa Oberkreser and Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik

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