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In the early 1900s, Venice obtained a professional baseball franchise, built a new Fraser Pier, hosted a Gran Prix automobile race, and formed an aerial police force. The first bathing beauty contest, sponsored by the Los Angeles Examiner took place in 1912. By 1920, Venice's population reached 10,385 residents. Despite Prohibition, Venice increased it's growth with new and improved attractions on both the Abbot Kinney Pier and the Ocean Park Pier. Speakeasies also emerged in basements of businesses along Windward Avenue. Liquor supplies were smuggled through tunnels leading from the beaches to hotel basements.