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President's Visit to Miami, FL 11/18/63

December 30, 1963

Mr. James J. Rowley

Chief, U.S. Secret Service,

Washington, D.C.


RE: .President's Visit to Miami, Florida on
November 18, 1963, to address the Inter-American Press Association

Reference is made to Final Survey Report dated December 11, 1963, submitted by Special Agent L. F. de Freese (Office 1-16), relating to the captioned visit of the President to Miami, Florida.

Submitted as an appendix to the referenced report is the following information relating to Protective Research.


Upon receipt of official notice of the President's scheduled visit to the Miami, Florida, on November 18, 1963, a representative of the Miami office personally met with official representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami, as well as the Central Intelligence Agency, and discussed with them those areas of intelligence pertinent to the general security survey, and established liaison for the free flow of intelligence information of interest to the United States Secret Service.

Official contact was also established with intelligence units of local police departments, as well as with source of confidential information integrated within the Cuban community of Miami, Florida.

On November 5, 1963, Mr. Richard E. Yager, Public Service Coordinator, The Miami Herald, Miami, Florida, made available to this office a list of members of the Inter American Press Association expected to attend the scheduled function, including the head table and near-head table guests, as well as the IAPA delegates, associates, observers, and invited guests. A copy of the above list was forwarded to the Protective Research Section.

Through Mr. Charles A. Bogdahn, General Manager of the Americana Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida, a list containing 61 names of permanent employees of the Americana Hotel, as well as a list containing 20 names of extra employees furnished by the Hotel Employees Union Local 255, all of whom were expected to have access to areas in the proximity of the President, were furnished to this office for appropriate clearance. All of the permanent employees of the Americana Hotel were found to have police clearance. (See attached list). From the list of names submitted by the Hotel Employees Union Local 255, Joseph Sestock and Jose Triana were found to have police records and they were removed from the list. They were replaced by Jack Schamis and Leon Freedman, who were subsequently cleared.

From a confidential source, whose reliability is unknown, information was received indicating that two dissidents, unidentified members of Cuban Brigade 2506 were planning to embarrass the President by demanding that the flag of Brigade 2506, which was presented to the President at the Orange Bowl, be returned to them by the President. (The above information was subsequently confirmed by 3-11-14).

The last unknown information regarding the flag of Brigade 2506 is that it was returned by President Kennedy several months ago by donating it to the Cuban Officers at Fort Benning, Georgia, for the Officers Club.

Investigation disclosed that the dissident Brigade 2506 member planning to demand the return of the flag was Carlos Miranda (LNU), commonly known as "El Soldado Miranda" (Soldier Miranda). Miranda allegedly was being directed by Dr. Felipe Rivero, 1602 Micanopy Avenue, Bay Heights, Miami, Florida and was receiving instructions from Dr. Rivero in learning, in English, the exact speech which Miranda should use in demanding the return of the flag.

Conferences were held with Juan Jose Peruyero Rodriguez, President; Andres Aurelio Bassols Pozo, Vice-Director of Organization; and Rodolfo Corondo Quintana, Director of Foreign Relations, officers of Brigade 2506, relative to the purported intentions of Carlos Miranda and they advised that Miranda was not authorized to represent Brigade 2506 in any capacity and that they would utilize the services of approximately 900 members of the Brigade to locate Miranda and prevent him from representing himself as a spokesman for the Brigade.

Repeated efforts to contact Dr. Felipe Rivero for interview were unsuccessful. Continued efforts by sources of this service, as well as CAS and members of Brigade 2506 failed to disclose the whereabouts of Carlos Miranda, and it was later disclosed that Miranda had remained in hiding. Members of Brigade 2506 were present during the President's speech at Miami International Airport, as well as outside the Americana Hotel at Miami Beach, and Miranda was not known to have made an appearance during the President's visit.

From a confidential source of this Service, a publisher of anti-Castro propaganda, it was learned that Diaz Lanz, a Cuban political extremist and former Brigade 2506 member, might attempt to approach the President Kennedy verbally at a Cuban rally in New York on November 3, 1963. The latter could not be verified.

Diaz Lanz was subsequently identified as Pedro Luis Diaz-Lanz, born in Cuba on November 8, 1926, a pilot, who currently resides at 120 SW 71 st. Ave., Miami, Fla. His Immigration Service number is A 10 176 250.

Through Mr. Charles Yeager, Intelligence Officer, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Miami, Florida, arrangements were made to have Diaz-Lanz report for interview by that agency during the time the President was in Miami. Mr. Charles Yager subsequently confirmed that when Diaz-Lanz was requested to report to their office for interview on November 18, 1963, he informed them that he was leaving for New York City on the morning of November 18, 1963, the same date of the President's scheduled arrival at Miami, Florida.

On the evening of November 17, 1963, Dr. Emilio Nunez Portuondo was a guest speaker at a Cuban rally held in Bayfront Park, Miami, Florida, in honor of Jose Ignacio Rivero now an exile in Miami, and the former owner and publisher of Diario La Marina in Havana, Cuba. The above rally was attended by approximately 6,000 to 8,000 Cubans. The above rally was covered by this Service in an effort to determine whether there would be any adverse reaction pursuant to the pending visit of the President on the following day.

During his speech, Dr. Portuondo bitterly attacked the United States, stating, among other comments, that the blood of the people who have been shot at the "wall" will remain forever as a black mark for this hemisphere and "that the cry of pain of all those who suffered in Cuba will be heard from the mountains of America to the Andes, and will be recorded in history as proof that once America was cowardly". It was observed that Pedro Luis Diaz-Lanz was seated among the guest speakers at the above rally. Diaz-Lanz was not observed in any areas the President visited on November 18, 1963.

From a confidential source of this office, information was received that Orlando Bosch, head of the Movimiento Insurecional de Recuperacion Revolucionaria (MRR), was planning to picket the President by using widows of Cuban fighters dressed in black. The above information was confirmed in a telephone call received from the Chief's Office on November 14, 1963, wherein was stated that "Orlando Bosch Avila, Chief of Movimiento Insurreccional de Recuperacion Revolucionaria, is planning to picket President Kennedy on 18th November. Pickers plan to use widows of Cuban resistance fighters dressed in black and carrying placards." (Message NBR 6225)

Orlando Bosch Avila, born in Cuba on August 18, 1926, entered Miami, Florida, on July 28, 1960, and is assigned Immigration Service No. A 11 881 810. He is currently employed as a pediatrician for the Dade County Public Health Service, and resides at 2121 SW 11th Street, Miami, Florida.

Orlando Bosch Avila was personally interviewed at his residence relative to the information received and he denied the allegations. Bosch was informed that he would be held personally responsible for any adverse incident which might result due to their planned demonstrations. He gave his assurance there would be no picketing or other demonstrations by his organization. No representation by the MIRR was observed during the President's visit.

In the Miami Herald on November 14, 1963, a brief article appeared under the Latin Section indicating that a group of Cuban refugees would demonstrate at the American Hotel when the President arrived to address the Inter-American Press Association.

The information alleged in the newspaper article was traced to Manuel Artime's Revolutionary Recovery Movement (MRR), formerly Civilian Head of Brigade 2506. Personal interview of Sixto R. Mesa, Financial Secretary of MRR, failed to confirm the newspaper article. Mr. Mesa gave his assurance that no demonstrations or other representation had been authorized by his organization and none would occur.

From an unidentified source information was received that widows of deceased Cubans, and wives of Cuban political prisoners, would hold a rally at Bayfront Park, Miami, Florida, during the President's visit on November 16, 1963, where one would be selected to sacrifice herself by burning in protest of President's policies toward Cuba.

The above information was subsequently confirmed through information received from 3-11-14, which indicated that a telephone campaign was being carried out by unknown persons who have requested that Cuban women proceed to the Miami Friendship Torch on the afternoon of 18 November where certain Cuban widows plan to set themselves afire in protest to the inactivity of the Kennedy Administration in the Cuban case.

The persons planning the above demonstration remained unidentified, and the alleged demonstration was not held .

From the Intelligence Unit of the Miami Police Department, information was received that Enrique Maca, Jr., as well as Roberto Torres Fernandez, Antonio Franco, Rene Gutierrez Quintanilla, and Raul Artiles, all dissident members of Brigade 2506, were planning to recruit Cubans to demonstrate during the President's visit. The above information was subsequently confirmed by 3-11-14, who reported that Enrique Llaca, Jr. is behind the move to harass the President at all possible points on his local itinerary by having Cubans show up dressed in mourning for the "broken promises of the Orange Bowl." Maca allegedly was engaged in a house to house campaign in an effort to recruit volunteer demonstrators.

Enrique Llaca, Jr. and Rene Gutierrez Quintanilla were summoned into the intelligence Unit of the Miami Police Department and they were admonished to refrain from any hostile demonstrations.

Official members of Brigade 2506 were re-interviewed relative to Enrique Llaca, Jr. and his dissident group and they advised that Llaca was not authorized to use the name of Brigade 2506 in any manner, and added that the Brigade members would utilize their own resources to admonish and prevent Llaca from adverse demonstrations during the President's visit. Llaca or any of his group were not observed at any of the sites the President visited during his stay in Miami, Florida.

A typewritten Postal Card, dated and postmarked at Miami Beach, Florida, November 16, 1963, addressed to the Chief of Police, Miami, Florida, was received by that department and subsequently surrendered to the Intelligence Unit of the Metropolitan Police Department for investigation. The post card reads: "The Cuban Commandoes have the BOMBS ready for killing JFK and Mayor KING HIGH either at the AIRPORT or at the Convention Hall. A Catholic PADRE is going to give instructions at the Cuban Womens Broadcast at 8:45 tonight by "RELOJ RADIO" and then all are invited to dance at Bayfront Park Auditorium and take along a BOTTLE of wine, Wiskey, ETC., to decide who will throw the bombs. At King High because he did sign the Ord. About taxi drivers being only American Citizens and sending refugees away, ETC. Mary".

On November 19, 1963, the Criminal Intelligence Section, Public Safety Department, Miami, Florida, reported the studies of the typewriting on the card reveal that the typewriting was executed on a Royal Typewriter, pica type, with serial numbers near the 4,000,000 series. On November 22, 1963, the same Department reported that the card was written on a Royal Typewriter manufactured between 1:47 and 1:49. Nothing further has been developed leading to the identity of the person writing the card.

During the week prior to the President's scheduled visit to Miami on November 18, 1963, the Spanish language radio commentators over Radios ________________ Miami, as well as the Spanish language reporter over Channel______Miami, began exhorting the Cuban people to demonstrate during the President's visit by carrying ___or by wearing black dress or armbands as a sign of mourning; others asked that an attitude of silence and mourning be adopted to show disgust for unfulfilled promises.

As reports of contemplated adverse demonstrations began to increase, received from sources of this Service, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency, arrangements were made for a conference with representatives of CAB and this Service in order to avail this office with the assets as their disposal.

On November 15, 1963, a conference was held in this office with representatives of 3-11-14. They advised they would utilize all of their assets in the areas to be visited by the President, as well as for surveillance of Enrique Maca and his group and Pedro Luis Diaz-Lanz.

The 3-11-14 representatives also advised that they would use their resources to reverse the trend to demonstrate as suggested by the Spanish language radio commentators.

On November 16, 1963, Mr. G. Harvey Summ, Acting Director Office of the Coordinator of Cuban Affairs, Miami, Florida, advised that he had contacted Arthur G. Gilbert, Federal Communications Commission, Miami, Florida and requested him to admonish the responsible authorities of Spanish language radio in Miami to restrict their Spanish language radio in Miami to restrict their Spanish language commentators from making irresponsible comments or suggestions to the Cuban people during their broadcasts. The above was subsequently discussed further with Mr. Gilbert by a representative of this Service.

On November 17, 1963, 3-11-14 reported that responsible Cuban exile organizations in Miami have urged their compatriots to refrain from unruly demonstrations when President Kennedy arrived on November 18. They further reported that Radio ____, Miami called on refugees to turn out to applaud the President, saying that although there have been differences in opinion, now is the time to demonstrate unity for democracy. Radio Station WFAB on a commentary by Manolo Del Canal, stated that he is opposed to hostile demonstrations against the President, and does not exhort the exile in that direction.

3-11-14 further reported that the exile community is calm, and massive demonstration was unlikely.

In reversing the trend to demonstrate, as previously contemplated by the exiled Cubans, the significance of the change is attributed to the efforts expounded by 3-11-14. It had been previously estimated that approximately 20,000 Cubans would make an appearance at the Miami International Airport at the President's arrival. An unofficial estimate of approximately 3,000 persons, including Cubans, were present at the President's arrival at Miami International Airport.

No hostile demonstrations by Cubans, either as individual groups or representatives of organizations, were held during the President's visit to Miami on November 1st, 1963.

Enclosed for PRS is photograph of Pedro Luis Diaz-Lanz, as well as lists of hotel employees of the Americana Hotel.


Very truly yours,

John A. Marshall

Special Agent in Charge

Ernest I. Aragon

Special Agent



White House Detail Washington, D.C.

December 11, 1963


RE: President's visit to Miami, Florida, on

November 18, 1963, to address the Inter-American Press Association

Mr. James J. Rowley

Chief, U.S. Secret Service

Washington, D.C.



This survey was conducted by Sas L. F. de Freese and J. Walter Coughlin, White House Detail, and SA Talmadge Bailey, Miami, at Miami and Miami Beach, Florida, from November 11 through November 18, 1963.

Approximately 3000 persons attended a rally on the President's arrival at Miami International Airport, and approximately 1200 delegates to the Inter-American Press Association convention attended the dinner at the Americana Hotel where the President spoke.


5:10 p.m. USAF #26000 arrived concourse #$1, delta apron, Miami International Airport.

5:15 p.m. The President deplaned and "Ruffles and Flourishes" and "Hail to the Chief" were rendered. The President was greeted by Mr. Lee Hills, Editor in Chief, Miami Herald, and Mr. Romulo O'Farrell, President of IAPA.

The President was then escorted to the speakers' stand by State Senators Cliff Herrell and George Hollahan. Appropriate dress was business suit.

5:20 p.m. Congressman Fascell introduced other U.S. Congressmen and Senators on the speakers' stand, including Congressman Pepper.

5:22 p.m. Congressman Pepper introduced Governor Bryant, who introduced the President. The President spoke for approximately 10 minutes.

5:30 p.m. President left speakers' stand and, after shaking hands with many in the general public area and guests in the VIP section, boarded helicopter.

5:35 p.m. Helicopter departed airport.

5:45 p.m. Helicopter arrived heliport, Haulover Beach Park.

5:48 p.m. President departed helicopter by automobile. [ photo of route ]

5:50 p.m. President arrived Americana Hotel, was greeted by Mr. Charles Bogdahn, General Manager, and Mr. Alvin LeFaivre, Vice-President of the hotel, and was escorted to his suite.

6:40 p.m. President departed suite and proceeded via elevator to Suite 1169-1170-1171-and 1172 to greet selected local Democrats.

6:50 p.m. President proceeded via elevator to lobby floor, was greeted by officers of IAPA, including Mr. Hills and Mr. O'Farrell, and escorted to reception for head table guests near main ballroom.

7:10 p.m. President proceeded via elevator to lobby floor, was greeted by officers of IAPA, including Mr. Hills and Mr. O'Farrell, and escorted to reception for head table guests near main ballroom.

7:10 p.m. President proceeded to head table and, following invocation by Rev. Robert W. Shaw, dinner was served. Approximately dress for head table guests was black tie.

8:30 p.m. The President, after being introduced by Mr. O'Farrell, spoke for 28 minutes.

9:00 p.m. The President departed the hotel via automobile.

9:02 p.m. President arrived helicopter.

9:04 p.m. Airborne in helicopter.

9:13 p.m. Arrived Miami International Airport.

9:20 p.m. USAF #26000 airborne.


Miami International Airport to Haulover Beach Heliport and Return:

Via Helicopter Flight Time – 10 minutes

Helicopter to Americana Hotel: South on Collins Avenue to employees entrance to hotel

Distance –1 mile Travel Time –2 minutes


Miami International Airport

This is a recently completed and improved airport serving both overseas and domestic flights of major airlines, the runways of which are capable of receiving any type of aircraft flying today. Arrangements were made to restrict air traffic on the East-West runway used by USAF #1 during its arrival and departure. Maj. Charles Nedbal, representing the U.S. Air Force, assisted in Arranging aircraft security at the airport.

The terminal building, 7/8 mile along and semi-circular in shape, utilizes protruding concourses to service arriving and departing aircraft. The area east of Delta Airlines concourse #1, southern most of the concourses, was used for arrival ceremonies. A diagram of this airport is attached.

Uniformed officers of the Dade County Metropolitan Sheriff's Office were stationed in waiting rooms overlooking the restricted and public areas, and on the roof of this concourse commanding an excellent view of the entire area. Entrance to the restricted area through the concourse and through a gate at the east side of the apron was controlled by uniformed officers. Officers were also placed around three tanks containing aviation fuel approximately 200 yards east of the public area. A permanent fence also separated the public from the tank area.

A temporary chain link fence, supported by tubular scaffolding and aircraft tow trucks, was constructed across the apron to separate the public and restricted areas. Uniformed officers were stationed every 10 feet along the fence. In addition, plainclothes Spanish-speaking officers were placed in the public are near the speakers' stand.

Individuals invited to sit on the speakers' stand, with others invited to stand in a VIP area near the speakers' stand, were assembled in the concourse, issued identification tags, and were escorted to their proper places in a body.

Uniformed police, plainclothes officers, and agents of this Service were posted near the ramp to USAF #1, around the speakers' stand, press and VIP areas, and at helicopter #1.

Americana Hotel

The Towers section of the Americana Hotel was completed in 1959 of concrete block and reinforced concrete. The first five floors contain enclosed auto parking areas. Atop this are seven floors of 22 sleeping rooms each. The presidential suite (see diagram) was on the top floor overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The suite immediately beneath President's was secured and used for the Democratic party reception. The presidential suite was inspected by agents of this Service and Metropolitan bomb squad detectives and was secured prior to his arrival.

One bank of two Otis elevators serves the Towers section. These elevators were inspected by qualified servicemen prior to the President's arrival. Normally self-service, for this occasion they were controlled manually by operators cleared by this Service.

Entrance to the Banquet Room, head table reception room. Democratic reception suite, employees entrance area, and routes of travel in the hotel were controlled by agents of this Service, with plainclothes and uniformed officers of cooperating police agencies. A Coast Guard patrol boat cruised the beach area adjacent to the hotel.

Lists of dinner guests and head table reception guests were screened, and hotel employees necessary to function in the vicinity of the President were cleared by SA Aragon, Miami.

These lists, as well as identification tags (see attachment), were used by agents in admitting guests to their specific area.

Officers of the Bal Harbour Fire Department inspected areas of the hotel that the President visited and were positioned strategically throughout the hotel.

The attic area above the Banquet Room, as well as the basement areas below, were inspected and secured by local police officers.

Haulover Beach Heliport [ see photo ]

This heliport, located adjacent to Collins Avenue, one mile north of the Americana Hotel, was approved safe for landing by Capt. Bruce Colbert, USMC. Uniformed officers of the Metropolitan Dade County Police, with agents of this Service, provided security. A roped area immediately north of the landing area was provided for the public. A fire truck with foam equipment and an ambulance was stationed at the helicopter for use if necessary.

Motor Route [ see photo ]

Uniformed officers of cooperating police departments controlled all intersections along this route, and a police boat cruised the waters under and near the only bridge along the route. Six motorcycle police were utilized as an escort, a Florida Highway Patrol car was used as lead car, and two motorcycles followed to prevent traffic from overtaking the motorcade.

In the event weather conditions had prevented use of helicopters, arrangements had been made to motor from the airport to the hotel and return. This route was not publicized.


Miami International Airport

1. Ramp. USAF #1

SA de Freese

1 Metro. Detective

2 Uniformed Off

2. Front of speakers' stand.

SA Aragon

2 Metro. Detectives

2 Uniformed Offs.

3. Front of speakers' stand.

SA Blaine

4. Rear steps - speakers' stand.

SA Bailey, 1 Det.

2 Uniformed Offs.

5. West steps - speakers' stand.

SA McIntyre

1 Metro. Detective

1 Uniformed Off.

6. Press area

SA Bennett

1 Metro. Detective

6 Uniformed Offs.

7. Press area.

SA Kollar

8. VIP area.

ATSAIC Roberts

2 Metro. Detectives

4 Uniformed Offs.

Americana Hotel

1. Point where presidential limousine stops.

SA Coughlin

1 Metro. Detective

2 Uniformed Offs.

2. Elevator landing - basement.

Curry (3-11)

2 Uniformed Offs.

3. 12th floor elevator landing - suite entrance S

A Lawton

1 Metro. Detective

4. Lobby floor elevator landing.

SA Lawton

2 Metro. Detectives

5. Entrance to Medallion Room (check-point)

SA Jamison

1 Metro. Detective

1 Uniformed Off.

6. Entrance to head table reception room

(check-point) SA Zboril

7. Seated - ballroom.

ATSAIC Roberts

8. Seated - ballroom

SA Blaine

9. East end head table

SA Zboril

1 Metro. Detective

10. West end head table

SA Bennett

1 Metro. Detective

11. Departure ramp.

SA McIntyre

1 Metro. Detective

2 Uniformed Offs.

12. Hotel lobby.

SA Aragon

2 Metro. Detectives

5 Uniformed Offs.

13. Hotel lobby.

SA Kollar


1. Heliport.

SA Howell

2 Metro. Detectives

15 Uniformed Offs.

In addition to the above assignments for Special Agents of this Service, officers and plainclothes detectives of the Metropolitan Department of Public Safety, Miami, Bal Harbour, Surfside, Miami Beach, Hialeah, and Coral Gables Police Departments, Florida Highway Patrol, were positioned as needed throughout areas the President visited.

Representatives of the Metro-Dade County and Bal Harbour Fire Departments were utilized as necessary at Miami International Airport, the heliport, and Americana Hotel.


Sas Zboril and Lawton arrived aboard the press charter, were furnished transportation directly to the hotel, and were posted by SA Coughlin. ATSAIC Roberts, McIntyre (Sas), Bennett, Kollar, and Blaine were posted at the airport. Following the President's departure from the airport, these agents proceeded to the hotel with Sas Bailey and Aragon and were posted.

SAS Greer and Rybka, arriving on USAF #1, rode helicopter #1, Sas Sulliman, Berger, and Morey rode helicopter #2 and worked the follow-up car from the helicopter to the hotel and return. SA Jones, following the President's departure from the airport, was transported by SA Bailey to the hotel and was posted. SA O'Leary, with the President's luggage, came directly from Palm Beach to the Americana Hotel by automobile.

Sas Jones, O'Leary, and Lawton departed the hotel at 8:00 p.m. with SA Bailey and proceeded to the airport to effect departure security.

ATSAIC Roberts, with Sas Blaine, Zboril, McIntyre, Bennett, and Kollar departed the hotel at 10:00 p.m. with Sas Aragon and Jamison and proceeded to the airport for departure aboard the press charter.

ASAIC Boring, arriving on USAF #1, rode helicopter #1 and remained with the President on all movements.

All Special Agents wore their permanent lapel bars.

Security arrangements were supervised by ASAIC Boring and Sas de Freese, Coughlin, and Bailey.

Hotel employees necessary to function in secured areas wore orange ball lapel clips. All plainclothes police officers wore silver ball lapel clips.

In the event a motorcade had become necessary from the airport to the hotel, all agents arriving aboard the press charter would have been furnished transportation and gone directly to the hotel to be posted by SA Coughlin. Follow-up would remain the same with SA Jones being furnished transportation in the motorcade.


All cars used for the motorcade were furnished by the Ford Motor Company through the cooperation of Mr. James Golden, area representative. Cars used were those already assigned to Palm Beach. The presidential car, a Mercury convertible on arrival, and a Continental hardtop on departure, was driven by SA Greer. The Secret Service follow-up car, a Ford convertible, was driven by SA Rybka.

Wire service car was furnished by Bell Telephone Company. Vehicles used by the press were arranged for by Mr. Ed. Jones, press coordinator.


SAIC Bouck, Protective Research Section, was notified of the President's intentions to visit Florida on November 8, 1963, who said that he would keep the Miami office advised of any PRS activity in the area. SA Aragon was in touch with PRS, Washington D.C., and will submit a separate report regarding the Miami Cuban Situation. SA Bailey, Miami, will submit reports of PRS significance under file #3-11-601.0 (ROHINSKI), and #3-11-5573-5 (DERBER).


The following communications arrangements were made for the visit of the President to Miami on the 18th day of November, 1963. White House switchboard was installed in the Americana Hotel with direct facilities to Washington and other points to be visited by the President. Local White House lines were installed to the Miami Airport, the helicopter pad, and the Americana Hotel. Alternate routing and equipment were provided. Radio communications facilities for continuous motorcade contact were installed. Secure teletype communications from Miami Beach and courier service were located in the Americana Hotel.


All press activities were under the direction of Assistant Press Secretary Kilduff, coordinating with Mr. Ed. Jones, local press representative. Press areas were established at the airport, hotel arrival area, and in the Banquet Room.

The President's speech was taped for television release at a later hour, with live closed-circuit telecast to the hotel press room, locate in the Caribbean Room.


Cooperating in this survey were:

Mr. Lee Hills, Executive Editor, Miami Herald

Mr. Edward Eicher, Sales Manager, Americana Hotel

Mr. E. V. W. Jones, Press Coordinator, IAPA

Mr. J. Skip Shepard (representing Congressman Fascell)

Mr. William Jibb (representing Senator Smathers)

Mr. Milton Herlong, Delta Airlines, Station Manager

Chief W. T. Norton, Dade County Port Authority

Maj. Floyd Alsbury, Dade County Sheriff's Office

Sgt. Charles Black, Dade County Sheriff's Office

Capt. F. S. Napier, Miami Police Department

Chief Rocky Pomerance, Miami Beach Police Department

Chief D. C. Kenneth, Miami Beach Fire Department

Chief D. C. Wayne Thurman, North Miami Police Department

Chief G. W. Owens, Bal Harbour Police Department

Chief Richard E. Creelman, Bal Harbour Fire Department

Chief Wiley Barefoot, Surfside Police Department

Sheriff Jesse Barkett, Metropolitan Dade County Sheriff's Office

Capt. J. K. Sox, (Airport), Metropolitan Dade County Sheriff's Office

Acting Chief Walter E. Foden, Bay Harbour Islands Police Department

Chief William E. Kimbrough, Coral Gables Police Department

Cooperating in the over-all security measures were:

White House Detail Agents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Miami Agents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

* Uniformed Patrolmen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

* Detectives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

* Firemen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12


* Uniformed and plainclothes officers listed above were enlisted from the city of Miami, city of Miami Beach, city of North Miami, Bal Harbour Village, town of Surfside, Metropolitan Dade County Sheriff's Office, Bar Harbour Islands, and city of Coral Gables.

Attached to this report are the following:

1. Local Press Credentials

2. Head Table Identification

Dinner Admission Ticket

3. Airport and Democratic Reception Identification

4. 12th Floor Plan, Americana Towers

5. Miami International Airport, Arrival Area

6. Ground Floor, Americana Hotel

7. Automobile Assignments

8. Helicopter Assignments

Very truly yours,

L. F. Freese

Special Agent


Gerald A. Behn

Special Agent in Charge

Attachments (8)

2 ccs Miami


Heliport to Hotel

Lead Car

SA de Freese

Dr. Burkley

Presidential Limousine

The President

Senator Smathers

Mr. Boring

Mr. Greer - driving

SS Follow-Up Car

Sas Rybka - driving





Wire Service

Mr. Salinger

Car #1

Mr. O'Donnell

Congressman Pepper

Congressman Fascell

Car #2

Mr. Powers

Congressman Gibbons

Mayor High

Car #3

Governor Bryant

Mr. Kynes

General Mcbugh

Car #4

Mrs. Lincoln

Miss Camp

Mr. Baltimore

Mr. Jibb

Car #5

Congressman McDonald

Congressman Green

Mr. Vessels

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