Historic Markers Across Florida

Dinner Key

Marker ID: HASF 
Location: In front of City Hall, Dinner Key, Miami
County: Miami-Dade
Waymark: None


Picnickers in sailboat days gave Dinner Key its name. In World War I, it was a base for Naval air action and later for early commercial flights. Pan American World Airways occupied this area in 1930 and erected huge hangars and a terminal for Latin American service. Here for the first time in history the United States government dredged a channel especially for aircraft. As many as 100,000 visitors a month came to see the giant Clipper flying boats.

The .Coast Guard established its seaplane base in 1932. In World War II, the Navy and Pan American continued to use the dredged runway channels, until modern airports built in Latin America for hemispheric defense enabled the use of more economical land planes. The City of Miami bought Dinner Key in 1946.

Historical Association of Southern Florida 1951


City: Miami, FL