To most modern Miamians, Haulover Park is just another place to barbecue, walk the dog, and sunbathe — ideally while avoiding the sight of pasty, middle-aged tourists taking advantage of its nude beach. But there’s more to Haulover than the chance to get your all-over. Though it’s now flanked by shiny new condo and hotel properties, the site surrounding the manmade Baker’s Haulover inlet near Bal Harbour has history dating back to 1925. The fishing and boating pioneers of those early years left a legacy of maritime activity in their wake — one that still lives on in its marina and charter fishing operations today. It’s an important but often overlooked corner of Miami history. Luckily, it’s also one that author Martha Saconchik-Pytel has captured in Baker’s Haulover: A Maritime Treasure of History and Pioneers. The book presents well-researched stories based on interviews with more than 400 seafaring folk from that period, as well as a selection of historic photos. Saconchik-Pytel, a Barry University graduate, will read from the book, offer signed copies, and share her own stories of its production at the school’s Andreas Hall (11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores) Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 22, 3 p.m., 2013