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Who, having faced financial ruin after the 1926 economic bust in South Florida, left Miami, only to return in the mid-1930s, holding, thereafter, many prominent local governmental and civic offices?

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Since the death of his father in 1911, this prominent Miami area resident had run the family grapefruit-growing business. By 1921, he had acquired 3,000 acres of land and, influenced by the area's growing real estate boom, began removing grapefruit trees in favor of a large residential development. By 1926, the development has grown to 10,000 acres and included several notable landmarks. In keeping with the adage "the bigger they are the harder they fall," Ruined by the bust of 1926-27 he and his wife moved to the Keys and operated the Caribbee Fish Camp, until it was destroyed by the 1935 Hurricane. He later returned to Miami, becoming chairman of the Dade County Planning Board, chairman of the Zoning Commission, Miami postmaster, board director of Fairchild Tropical Gardens and, to cap it all off, the founding chairman of the board of the Historical Association of Southern Florida.

Answer: George Edgar Merrick

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