Dexter Filming Locations: Dex & Deb walk & talk on a pier

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The location: Dex & Deb Talk on a Dock

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A narrow, curving dock, at a marina.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 2, of Season 7, "Sunshine and Frosty Swirl".

    Debra has just recently learned that Dexter is a serial killer, and is trying to deal with it.

    While they're at work, at Miami Metro, she suggests to Dexter that they should go outside and talk.

    We see them walking along a narrow, curving dock, next to a marina. She tells him that she came close to arresting him, and has been thinking about what to do.

    She tells him she has decided to act as his personal rehab clinic; that he is to move in with her, so she can keep a constant eye on him, and make sure he doesn't continue to pursue his bloody pastime.

    He tells her it won't work, because he has tried to quit in the past, without success.  She tells him that this time, he'll have her.

    He asks how much choice he has in this.  She replies: "none".

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A narrow, curving dock, at a marina.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    They are walking on the curving pier/dock on the south side of that marina, which lies just north of the Venetian Causeway.
    (Note the red X in the photo below.)

    The building seen behind them, posing as the Miami Metro police station, is a hi-rise condo known as The Venetia, at 555 NE 15th Street, in Miami.

    In the wide shots, you can also see (behind them and to the left) the Miami Herald newspaper building, at 1 Herald Plaza, and a 400-foot-tall radio tower on the water just offshore.

Below is a photo of the Sea Isle Marina, in Miami.

(The red X marks Dex & Deb's approximate location on the dock.)

Here is a Bing StreetSide view of the pier, as seen from the Venetian Causeway.
Here is an aerial photo of the location.    And here is a map link.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  In the early seasons, I usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the now, though, I've developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know in advance when something was about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode airs, I already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Elaine, Mia, Joel, Susan, Eric, Jeff, Kerry & others. My thanks to all of them.

    This time, though, I was on my own again, since it was a Miami location, rather than L.A.

    Fortunately, it wasn't hard, since you could see the Miami Herald building behind them, as well as that large radio tower in the water nearby.

    And then it got even easier.  As the camera followed them, I realized that the building behind them was the same Miami condo they had previously used for a fake exterior shot of the Miami Metro Police Station.

    My first hunch was that they might have green-screened it, by shooting the footage of Dex & Deb walking on some local dock, and then inserted the Miami scenery behind them.  But when I took a close look at the Miami pier, it didn't look like any local pier I know.  And the pier where they were walking in the scene definitely matched the real pier in Miami.  So the only question was whether they had recreated part of the Miami pier back at the studio (and then used green screen), or whether Michael & Jennifer actually went to Miami for the shoot.

    I checked with someone from the show, and they told me that the actors were indeed in Miami.

    But I must admit that I am still a bit suspicious. The background in the closeup shots seems to rotate, while the actors remain still. And the one distant walking shot is very brief.  Also, I heard nothing in the news at the time of either Michael C. Hall or Jennifer Carpenter going to Miami for the shoot, and their movements are usually tracked fairly well  by the press & fan sites.  So, I'm still not completely ruling out the green-screen possibility.

    But from a location standpoint, the important thing is that the marina we're looking at in the scene is in Miami.

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