Latin Quarter nightclub fire
The Palm Island Club opened in 1922 at 159 Fountain Street on Palm Island in Miami Beach. Prohibition? Not here. Booze flowed. But 159 Fountain Street’s most famous identity came in 1939 when New York producer Lou Walters (father of Barbara Walters) reopened the venue as The Latin Quarter. A ritzy nightclub, the venue drew performers Sammy Davis Jr., Sophie Tucker, and Milton Berle. In 1959, the Latin Quarter burned and never reopened. Its blackened, battered remains sat tattered until the city ordered their removal in 1968.