What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. A shantytown
of sex offenders, located under a bridge, the Julia Tuttle Causeway.
was such an encampment in Miami, known as "Bookville" or "The
Julia Tuttle Causeway sex offender colony".
It existed because
strict laws about where sex offenders could live prevented them from living
anywhere but in the shantytown under the bridge, where they wound up as
( I believe
StreetView shows a few of the tents to the right of the bridge. )
After the media
reported on the scandal, the shantytown was finally dismantled in April
Where is it supposed to be on the show?
A. The real
Tuttle bridge spans Biscayne Bay, linking Miami with Miami Beach.
When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode
5, of Season 5, "First Blood".
to the encampment, at night, seeking a sex offender who Lumen believes
was one of her abusers.
the man, talks to him (long enough to inject him), and is about to kill
him when he realizes (via a Harry flash) that the man is wearing an tracking
bracelet ib his ankle, meaning that his moves are monitored, and that he
couldn't have abused Lumen.
In a later scene,
Lumen herself goes to the area, during the day, dressed in a hoodie, and
carrying a gun. She spots the man, and is about shoot him when Dexter intervenes
and stops her.
He tells her
that she almost killed the wrong man.
her to agree to use the plane tickets Dexter gave her to leave Miami.
What is it actually in real life?
Where can I find it in real life?
A. This scene
was shot under the south end of the Terminal Island
Freeway, near the Dock Street
exit, on Terminal Island (which lies i between San Pedro and Long Beach,
Island freeway is a short four-lane highway (used mainly by cargo-hauling,
big-rig trucks), that runs from Sepulveda/Willow on the north, to Terminal
Island (and the Vincent Thomas Bridge) on the south.
As freeway traffic
passes over the narrow channel that separates the mainland from Terminal
Island, it travels over the Commodore Schuyler Heim
Bridge, an old drawbridge. And parallel to that bridge runs
the Henry Ford Bridge, which carries
the nearby railroad tracks.
have been seen in several films, including "Transformers", "Terminator
2", "To Live & Die in L.A." and "The Fast &
This scene was
shot just south of that bridge, on Terminal Island, between Dock Street
and the channel. For most of these shots, the camera is looking north.
(In the shot of the white oil tank above, the camera is looking west/southwest.)
shot the photos below in October 2010:
Warning: this is a desolate part of the world on weekends, and sees
massive truck traffic on work days. I don't recommend a visit. ]
Here is an aerial
photo of the bridge area. And here is a map
In this Google
StreetView from the bridge (looking northwest), you can see the white
oil tanks (to the left) which are seen in the background of the daylight
The same bridges
can be glimpsed in the background of another Dexter scene, from
the third season: the scene where Dexter and Debra eat marina coffee
bar. And also nearby is the dockside cafe
where Dexter & Prado had a hostile lunch, and the Coral Cove marina,
where Dexter docks his boat (all from Season 3).
And, of course,
Terminal Island lies between San Pedro on the west and Long Beach on the
east, both cities where Dexter has filmed numerous scenes.
How the heck did you figure out where it was?
bridge's green tower is glimpsed in the background, and I recognized it,
since I'd written about it before. The challenge was pinpointing exactly
where, in the area, they filmed the shot. I was able to do that using the
round, white oil tank seen in the background (particularly in the shot
where one bum recognizes that Lumen is a girl), and then matching the angle
via Bing aerial photos. Finally, I went there in person and shot
the photos you see above..
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