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Is this a good infomercial about SOBE?

Question by yaveyamaha: Is this a good infomercial about SOBE?
I have to research the city
find points of interest
events happening
interest, age, demographics
types of tours
(and present it in front of the class, it has to be about 3 minutes long)

“South Beach, Miami”

South Beach is a neighborhood of the city of Miami Beach, Florida, United States. It is the area south of Indian Creek and encompasses roughly the southernmost 23 blocks of the main barrier island that separates the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. This area was the first section of Miami Beach to be developed, starting in the 1910s, thanks to the development efforts of Carl G. Fisher, the Lummus Brothers, John S. Collins, and others. The area has gone through numerous man-made and natural changes over the years, including a booming regional economy, increased tourism, and the 1926 hurricane, which destroyed much of the area.

South Beach started as farmland. In 1870, Henry and Charles Lum purchased 165 acres for coconut farming, and his daughter Taylor named it “South Beach”. Charles Lum built the first house on the beach in 1886. In 1894, the Lum brothers left the island, leaving control of the plantation to John Collins, who came to South Beach two years later to survey the land. He used the land for farming purposes, discovering fresh water and extending his parcel from 14th Street to 67th in 1907.

In both daytime and at nightfall, the South Beach section of Miami Beach is a major entertainment destination with hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants, boutiques and hotels. The area is popular with both American and international tourists (mainly from Europe, Latin America, Canada, Israel, the Caribbean and within the United States), with some having permanent or second homes. The large number of European and Brazilian tourists also explains their influence on South Beach’s lax and overall tolerance of topless sunbathing, despite it being a public beach.

Points of interest:
Lincoln Road: is an open-air pedestrian mall, considered South Beach’s premiere shopping area. It is home to many restaurants and several night clubs, such as Score and Funktion, as well as many retail outlets.
Ocean Drive: is the easternmost street in South Beach, and stems from south of First to 15th Street, running in a north-south direction. Ocean Drive is responsible for the South Beach aesthetic that most out-of-town visitors expect. It is a popular Spring Break and tourist area, including the famous, yet predominantly local, Pearl and Nikki Beach night spots.
Washington Avenue: is one of the best-known streets in South Beach. Running parallel with Ocean and Collins, Washington is notorious for having some of the world’s largest and most popular nightclubs, such as Cameo and Mansion. During “season” (October 15 to May 15) the street is jammed with traffic until early in the morning (as late as 6 am) every night of the week. In the 1990s explosion of South Beach as a nightclub venue, its nightclub moguls included Ingrid Casares, whose investors included the singer Madonna.
South Beach Park: on Ocean Drive and 2nd St
Washington Park: on Washington Av and 2nd St
Historical Museum of Southern Florida
101 W. Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33130

Miami Metro Zoo
12400 SW 152nd Street
Miami, Florida 33177

South Beach has an active club and bar scene. It is host to more than 150 clubs and other venues, most of which close at 5 am. South Beach can be expensive, and access to nightclubs is often difficult for non-locals who do not have connections, or do not plan their evenings.
Nightlife in South Beach is dynamic and ever-changing, although The Clevelander and Mac’s Club Deuce have remained steadfast tourist destinations on Ocean Drive for well over a decade. The average club is only open for about a season or less. Recently, the local government has been taking steps to prevent these short-lived venues from establishing themselves at all.
October 2009

Event: WDNA’s 12th Annual Miami Jazz Film Festival
Dates: 10/1/2009 to 10/4/2009
Description: WDNA-FM 88.9 Public Radio presents its 12th Annual Miami Jazz Film Festival with over twelve documentary films with a focus on jazz and world music. 7 p.m.
Location: Tower Theater ~ 1508 SW 8th St. ~ Miami, FL 33131
Little Havana

Event: 8th Annual Wine on Harvest Moon
Dates: 10-3-2009
Description: Fine wine, fine food and fine art under the golden light of the Harvest Moon over Biscayne Bay at the Deering Estate at Cutler.
Location: Deering Estate at Cutler ~ 16701 SW 72nd Ave. ~ Miami, FL 33157

Event: Italian Film Festival
Dates: 10/8/2009 to 10/13/2009
This award-winning festival features screenings of new films in competition as well as short films, seminars, a tribute to Italian Classic Cinema and closing ceremony awards.
Location: Regal

Best answer:

Answer by MLaw
The info is generally accurate, but a bit dated on the clubs, & those special events are either NOT in Miami Beach or so minor no one has ever heard of them. Also, the reference to the “Lums” is incorrect. The correct name is Lummus.

I don’t think your teacher wants you to just re-state what someone else has written. You should be gathering other info to add to this. Maybe less history & more about the present day city.

One thing your “infomercial” doesn’t mention which is very important to the city’s revival & popularity is that Miami Beach has one of the world’s greatest concentrations of “Art Deco” architecture. Look up the term. You might want to include a paragraph on it.

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