I was 11 years old when the Mariel boatlift changed the face of Miami forever.

Next week will mark the 29th anniversary of the boatlift that brought more than 125,000 Cubans to Miami during a five-month span. How times flies.

It wasn’t easy. It was a cultural shock for all of us. But we got through it.

Today, Miami Beach 411 published a piece I wrote about the boatlift. It’s recommended reading if you want to know the story of Mariel beyond the movie Scarface.