Jan01

Montauk's Brush with Greatness- Long Island NY

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Montauk developer, Carl Fisher.
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Carl Fisher lived a riches to rags story which included big plans for Montauk to be transformed into the Miami Beach of the North.
A confluence of events, including the financial rigors of the Great Depression, ended these plans and extinguished Fisher's vast fortune.
 
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Views of Montauk Manor.
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Hailing from modest heartland Indiana, self-made multi-millionaire entrepreneur Carl Fisher had big plans to turn Montauk into a world class resort, that which would rival his first creation, Miami Beach.
 
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Lake Montauk, shown here in the present and the past in front of Montauk Manor. The lake was a freshwater body until Fisher connected it to the Block Island Sound.
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Fisher had great success first in the automobile industry and then in enacting his vision of turning the pristine Miami barrier reef into a bustling scene. Ready for his next extravaganza, he dove head-first into the transformation of Montauk, activating his plan with the purchase of 10,000 acres for the sum of $2.5 million dollars.

For the next two years he oversaw the design and construction of his Miami in the Northeast, which included a 250 room hotel called Montauk Manor, in addition to a beach club, health spa, golf course, yacht club, ranch, boardwalk extending for over half a mile along the ocean, glass enclosed tennis courts and polo fields. In June, 1927, at the height of prohibition, Montauk Manor opened its doors to society's elite, becoming an illicit playground for politicians, entertainers, socialites, gangsters and other movers and shakers.

Fisher's dreams were short-lived and came to a grinding halt with the 1929 crash of the stock market and the subsequent Great Depression. By 1938, his corporation had gone into receivership, and Fisher was penniless, living in a small cottage in Miami Beach. Despite a last-ditch attempt to revive his fortune with the creation of a modest "poor man's retreat" called The Caribbean Club in Key Largo, Fisher met an early demise in 1939, dying from complications of alcoholism.

Although Fisher's plans for Montauk came to an abrupt end, vestiges of his influence can still be seen today, including the resurrection of the Montauk Playhouse, the rehabilitation of Montauk Manor and the preservation of other properties that have been rescued from disrepair.


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