California's gold rush of 1849 and the Klondike gold rush of 1898 pale when compared to the Florida land rush of 1925. As tales of quick profits captured the attention of the nation, the boom in paradise became the greatest speculative frenzy in history. 1 Florida’s climate, new roads, and low taxes had appeal, but the chance of easy money fueled the hysteria. Real estate promoters littered the state with “the joyful and confident devastation of development.” Anything could happen as subdivisions rose from snake-infested mangrove swamps. Not since the days of the carpetbaggers had so many opportunists and swindlers migrated south.
Vickers, Raymond B.
"Addison Mizner: Promoter in Paradise,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 75:
4, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol75/iss4/3