Early Evening at Miami Beach

Dotting the shore in vivid  contrast to the sparkling blue ocean, stands an array of bright colored lifeguard towers, each with a very unique art deco design and its own piece of history. The popular structures besides providing support to the Miami Beach Patrol Lifeguard staff, have become a cherished symbol of Miami Beach. The towers started popping up shortly after Hurrican Andrew hit in the early 1990s.  The first towers were designed and built by Architect William Lane, whose donation quickly became a hallmark of Miami associated with its revival after the devastation.   Many more followed, some as a result of design competitions, and some commissioned by local entrepreneurs. There are now 31 Lifeguard Towers just along the coastline of Miami Beach  from the very tip at South Pointe Park up to 87th Street.