in the early 30's, channels were dredged across the pristine shoals of biscayne bay to create "safety" valves so hurricane tides would have a way to drain. these channels and shallow shoals made the area very desirable. crawfish eddie anchored the first barge and soon others followed. eventually, there were 27. in 1965, stiltsville was hit by hurricane betsy with winds of 120 mph and a storm serge of 11 ft. 17 houses remained. in the aftermath of hurricane betsy these structures now had to comply with local building codes and only those with less then 50% damage were allowed to rebuild. in 1974, "bay bottom" leases were issued by the state of florida and transfered to biscayne national park with they re-drew their bountry to include stiltsville. in 1992, hurricane andrew's most powerful furry came directly over stiltsville. these seven structures remained while thousands of homes on shore vanished. july of 1999, the "bay bottom" leases were up and biscayne national park wanted these structures removed. due to the tremendous amount of public interest and support and the homeowner's continuous battles to "save" stiltsville these structures still exist.