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Shero of Miami Beach: The Jane Fisher Story - Speaker: Paula Fletcher

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The Wolfsonian-Florida International University

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Shero of Miami Beach: The Jane Fisher Story - Talk @ Art Deco Weekend 2020

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In honor of Miami Beach’s lecture series on woman who made a difference. Paula Fletcher delves into the story of the wife of Carl Fisher, the founder of Miami Beach. A hard drinking, cigar smoking millionaire Hoosier who carved a city out of a jungle and married for the first time at 35, Fisher brought his new bride Jane Watts Fisher to Miami in 1912. He battled all odds to turn a narrow barrier island of mangroves, coconut and avocado groves into the vibrant tourist mecca that became Miami Beach. Meanwhile Jane entertained the nouveau riche of the time with elegant parties, travelled to Europe and enjoyed a hedonistic lifestyle that rivals that of today. Jane survived tragedy, loss and 3 husbands to eventually return years later to reclaim the throne as Carl’s widow.

Paula Fletcher is a retired business executive from the UK and an MDPL tour guide with 10 years of introducing tourists and locals to the Art Deco pastel palaces that surround us in the Historic District of Miami Beach. During her time as a guide with the Preservation League, she has given tours to over 25,000 people. She now resides permanently back in the UK with her two cats, Ella and Ally who generously allow her occasional visits to her beloved Miami Beach.

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