Fischer Island is an exclusive, private island residential community just off the Miami coast.
Less than 10 minutes from Miami Beach, Fischer Island is in a world of its own, the richest zip code in the U.S.
Its residence lead extravagant lives or as F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said: "Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me."
The New York Times described this idyllic paradise:"... from the imported Bahamian sand coating the beaches to the marble and mahogany-encrusted Vanderbilt mansion and the 186-foot, $250,000-a-week chartered yacht bobbing in the marina just outside, everything bespeaks luxury. The gilded trappings are a potent reminder of the great income gap that prevailed when Mr. Vanderbilt used to alight his hydroplane in the inviting waters offshore, in the early decades of the 20th century, a gap that has re-emerged today."
A share in the Fischer Island golf club costs $250,000 and dues run to $20,000 a year.
Yes, Fischer Island is a beautiful place...as long as you don't have to work there.
The workers tending the grounds or washing linens make as little as $8.50 an hour.
Fischer Island's workers, 21st century servants, travel daily to this man made island from Miami which has the highest degree of housing inequality in the country and where one on five children live in poverty.
In February a local organization of religious leaders sent a letter to all residents, alerting them to “serious and tragic poverty within your midst.”
”A great invisible work force, unseen by many, maintains Fisher Island's condominiums, golf courses and tennis courts, prepares and serves food to its residents, cleans their rooms and common areas, and maintains the critical equipment that keeps the air-conditioning and other mechanics of the island running smoothly. Their stories are chilling."
It is time the residents of Fischer island start treating their employees with the same respect they treat their cars. It's time for the plantation mentality to stop!
To see how you can help visit http://www.onemiaminow.org/
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