Authorities were on high alert following the June, 1942 landings of Nazi saboteurs at Long Island N.Y. and Ponte Vedra Beach, near Jacksonville.
From the Miami Daily News, Aug. 2, 1942:
Readers were also warned that area beaches would be off-limits after 9pm. The story said if guards encountered anyone on the beach at night, they might "shoot first and ask questions afterwards."All cars were halted, some having their trunks inspected, and all persons were closely interrogated throughout Saturday and Saturday night.
Also from the story:
Reports that negroes were not being stopped or questioned were discounted by eye-witnesses who saw members of the race stopped by border patrol officers on the 79th st causeway.
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