Flagler Monument Island
Constructed in the early 20th century by John S. Collins, a local farmer and investor, and Carl G. Fisher, a race car pioneer and investor, Flagler Island is different than the other Venetian Islands constructed within the same time period. It is by far the smallest, with a land area of only .2 square miles. With no inhabitants or homes, the primary purpose of the island was to dedicate a memorial to Henry Flagler, Miami pioneer.
For quite some time, Flagler Island was a popular picnic, volleyball, and beach spot, and was considered a hidden treasure of the Miami and Miami Beach areas. However, it fell into disrepair until a bond was passed in the early 1990s to rejuvenate the area. While upkeep and renovation of picnicking, beachfront, bonfire, and volleyball areas remains undergoing, the original Flagler Monument is worth the short boat trip from the mainland or Miami Beach.
The original obelisk monument and sculptures were located at the center of the island and still stand today, resurrected from damage by a 2006 restoration project. Each of the four sculptures at the obelisk’s base are said to represent four signature characteristics of Miami Beach and stand facing each of the four cardinal directions. They represent Education, Industry, Prosperity, and Pioneer, respectively.