Construction at the Vagabond Motel on Biscayne Boulevard has just begun, and the future of the iconic midcentury motel is looking very cool. Tucked in a photo gallery over at South Florida Business Journal of the recent work at the motel is this gem: the mosaic mermaid at the bottom of the recently excavated pool. It's in surprisingly good condition for being found at the bottom of a big concrete hole and covered over with dirt.
UPDATE: The original mermaid (pictured above) was destroyed because the pool was not filled in with mere dirt but with concrete and lots of other crap. Developer Avra Jain commissioned a reproduction.
· The Next Hot Spot: Vagabond Motel [SFBJ]
· Vagabond Motel coverage [Curbed Miami]