Nixon's Miami Helipad Is Grounded


Just because you buy a former president's home doesn't mean you'll live like one. That's what happened to the owners of 500 Bay Lane on Key Biscayne, Fla.

Dubbed the Florida White House, Nixon visited the home overlooking Biscayne Bay and the city of Miami about 50 times during his presidency from 1969 to 1974. The former world leader traveled by helicopter, landing on a helipad built and sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Defense for presidential use only.

Once Nixon vacated office and the Florida White House was sold, use of the helipad became a leftover luxury for who ever bought the house, until recently. Since Nixon, the home has had numerous owners. The 1983 Al Pacino film "Scarface" was even filmed there.