MIAMI – Television was the great medium that helped put Miami on the map; indeed whenever the city has needed a boost, television was there to help sell it.
In the early black and white days of television, Surfside 6, the ABC television show, gave the city lots of fame. The Warner Brothers show had Troy Donahue, Van Williams and Lee Patterson as detectives who worked out of a houseboat in Miami.
Also on the show was a Boom Boom Room cha-cha singer played by Margarita Sierra and a socialite played by Diane McBain.
The houseboat became famous as it was the place where killer Andrew Cunanen was captured; in fact the actual houseboat was apparently involved and was no longer in Miami, and spent a time as a restaurant in Brunswick, Ga. Many Surfside 6 boats were made by a fellow named Larry Vita under that name.
Love for some readers to give some history on the Larry Vita boats.