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New “Scandals” walking tour tackles South Beach's sketchiest moments

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Ryan Pfeffer

If you like your history with a side of salaciousness, the Miami Design Preservation League's new monthly South Beach Scandals walking tour is right up your dark, scary alley. 

The new walking tour began just this month and aims to take its guests on a trip down memory lane—just don't expect those memories to be particularly cheery. The tour is dedicated to South Beach's most notorious illegal moments, from murder to corruption to gambling and more overall debaucherous behavior.  

With stops at the the Essex House Hotel (a former gambling den), the Vercase Mansion and that infamous apartment building from Scarface, this tour is like a field trip that could have gotten your school sued into oblivion.  

The tour will take place on the second Monday of each month and costs $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, veterans and students and is free for children under 12 and members of the Miami Design Preservation League. The tour is 90-minutes long, though—with South Beach's rich and sprawling resume of illegal activity—it could easily be 9,000-minutes long. 

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