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  • Bird Doctor

    Still practices medicine and looks for towels on the beach
  • Nice Day Phil

    Weight lifter and poet, a South Beach Icon who will be missed
  • Balancer

    Continues to out talk everyone
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Placard Man

1995

Eugene was one of the most reliable coaches with his unkempt raggedy beard, shabby clothes, and hole- filled shoes. He is a fixture on the sands of South Beach. But what is his story?

It is an interesting one for sure.  He was raised to be homeless by his mother in Brooklyn, N.Y. before moving to South Beach in 1966.  Raven remembers him and his mother from those times.  Both mother and son slept on the old pier.  They were a regular site on a bench, or shuffling along.  It was quite a sight, his mother pulling a shopping cart and Placard Man following her with a folding chair. 

He never spoke. His mother did the talking for both of them, but he was always reading and studying everything around him.

When his mother died in 1985, Placard Man was left on his own.  Though he worked sporadically as a desk clerk and had a place to live on and off, by the late 80’s he chose to be homeless on the beach. Because of his age, 77 as of 2007, he receives assistance.  He has been called a homeless role model by the homeless because he doesn’t beg drink, smoke, curse, or cause trouble.

He was an avid reader and constantly gathered knowledge. He often carried a placard with his messages, world political thoughts, requests for a coastal bike paths made of recycled tires, or warnings of the dangers of UV Sun rays.

When Raven and the runners ran by him, Raven called out everyone’s first name (except Ozarks) and Placard Man tried to repeat all of them. He has been able to recall up to nine runner names at one time.

He survived on his small social security check, and slept between 7th and 8th street, by a tree where the lights are just enough so he could  read. Placard Man may have been homeless but he was an intelligent gentle soul. 

Coaches Profiles

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  • 1975

    Christine was a Legal Secretary.  She lived in California and designed astrological charts - died July 6th on her 80th

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  • 1976

    Luis Works in the Miami Post office, married a mail order bride from Honduras

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  • 1977

    Bill died in 1987 - Tripped over heater and asfixiated

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  • 1978

    Henry lives in Surfside and works in the Hollywood Post office. Raven introduced him to his wife in 1973

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  • 1979

    Al died in 1980, 1 year after Raven brought him home from a heart attack

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  • 1980

    Bob is still checking banana prices, cameback to Miami in 2009 but left for cheaper pastures.

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  • 1981

    Anna never married.  She died in 2004 at age of 88 in England

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  • 1982

    Margaret lives in Flagler Beach, Florida raising wolf dogs

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  • 1983

    Earl sold his healthfood store and moved to Thailand with his son

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  • 1984

    Jose was the first can collector in Miami Beach. Last Seen in South Beach around 2004

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  • 1985

    Jack was a F body builder and wrestler, he died in 1998 in his auto repair shop in 5th

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  • 1986

    Heinz was last seen in South Beach in 1989 - if alive may still be in Germany

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  • 1987

    Chuck was a wrestler and workout maniac, died on his motocycle March 11th 1988 at the age of 63

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  • 1988

    Donna lives in chapel Hill, North Carolina with children and grandchildren

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  • 1989

    Eugene died in 1999 at age of 89 - checking auras in heaven

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  • 1990

    Mike is doing 33 years in prison, Riaford, Florida, for murder - due out in 2023

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  • 1991

    George died on April 1993 at age of 47 at the homeless mission in Seattle of a heart attack

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  • 1992

    Henry lives in Milton, Florida with his russian wife

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  • 1993

    Carmen had her circuits crossed. Last seen in South Beach in 1999

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  • 1994

    Don has lived in the Buenavista area of Miami for over 60 years. He met his wife at Raven's

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  • 1995

    Eugene was one of the most reliable coaches with his unkempt raggedy beard, shabby clothes, and hole- filled shoes.

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  • 1996

    Lives in South Beach, still practices medicine and looks for towels on the beach

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  • 1997

    Alan Attempted to kill President Clinton by walking on the beach with a gun towards the hotel where the

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  • 1998

    Died in 1998 at age of 56 of Cancer - His ghostly silloute can be seen at  the 5th street

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  • 1999

    Sandi retired and continues to speak loudly to her husband "Sailor"

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  • 2000

    Phil is still lifting weights and reciting poetry in South Beach.

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  • 2001

    Edwin continues to drinki alcohol out of garbage cans when on South Beach.

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  • 2002

    Ernie is fitted with a pace maker and a diffibrilator. He was last seen in 2004 on South Beach,

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  • 2003

    Gina was found in nursing home on 1st street in South Beach.  She Continues to feed birds and cats

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  • 2004

    Marco's Speedo bathing suit getting smaller around his increasing belly.  He is still in  contact with all law enforcement agencies

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  • 2005

    John replaced Catfood Lady as the bird feeder - Oldest living coach at 91 years of age as of 2013

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  • 2006

    Hyman resides in South Beach, continues to out talk everyone.

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  • 2007

    David became well known with his display of colorful looney tunes underwear, wetsuit and bikini briefs

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  • 2008

    Justin left us in March 2008 for a better beach up above. He lived in the Dunes behind Penrods

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  • 2009

    Cedric continues to sell cold water on the beach.  He offers Raven runners drinks with his one tooth smile.

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  • 2010

    homeless, alcoholic, feeds birds, annoying, colorful and has been around for quite a while. "last time"

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  • 2011

    Lights are on but nobody is home. Nelson Enjoys long conversations with the South Beach Sand.

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