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SURFSIDE HISTORY

  • On May 18, 1935, resisting an attempt at annexation by the City of Miami Beach, 35 members of the privately-owned Surf Club incorporated the Town of Surfside and financed the venture with a $28,500 loan.

    - Town of Surfside 75th Year Anniversary
  • Developer Henri Levy of Surfside and Normandy Isle’s hailed from Normandy. He lived with his family not in either of the above communities, but in the rock house on Washington near 10th street and across from the Wolfsonian

    - Dr. Paul George
  • When Surfside was incorporated in 1935, unemployment was near 20 percent. Clearly a brave time to enter the world as a brand-new municipality!

    - Dr. Paul George
  • One of Greater Miami’s first archaeological digs took place in the neighborhood we now know as Surfside. The Tequesta Indian village was uncovered in 1923, when the Tatum Brothers’, early Greater Miami’s preeminent developers, were in the process of clearing land for a residential section to be known as Altos Del Mar, and came across a burial mound containing skulls and bones of humans. That burial mound continued to attract archaeologists who found additional skeletons in the 1920s and 1930s. These fossils may have been as old as 3,000 years. In addition, to the Surfside burial mound, the site included a triangular shaped village. 

    - Dr. Paul George
  • Surfside is an “uncle” to Bay Harbor and Bal Harbour, both of which became municipalities after World War II, and both of which were inspired to move forward since Surfside had taken that step more than 10 years earlier.

    - Dr. Paul George
  • Often overlooked when one observes the building stock of Surfside in the downtown and Collins Ave. sector are the plethora of Art Deco styled apartments, now 80 years of age and older, that dot the famed tourist street on its west side from 90th street to the town limits.

    - Dr. Paul George
  • The Publix Supermarket of today dominates the grocery business seemingly throughout Florida. The mega-supermarket of yesterday, at least in Miami and South Florida was Food Fair, which stood on the site of today's Public at 9400 Harding Ave.

    - Dr. Paul George

POLICE DEPARTMENT

17th Annual Police Academy

The Surfside Police Department is proud to celebrate its 17th Citizens Police Academy. Did you know that many of the Town’s residents are graduates and/or alumni of this program?

New Police Chief

As of July 2018, Julio Yero is the new Police Chief for the Town of Surfside. Have you had a chance to meet Chief Yero around Town or at the monthly Bike with the Chief of Police?

Business District Officer + Neighborhood Resource Officer

Did you know Surfside has a new Business District and Neighborhood Resource Officer starting this month? The officer is responsible for patrolling the neighborhoods and downtown business district, as well as being on-site at community events.

BUILDING

Curious to know how many permits were issued by the Surfside Building Department in FY 2018? That would be a total of 1,455 permits for residential and commercial construction. The Building Department also performed over 3,000 inspections in FY 2018 (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.) This goes to show a lot is happening in Town. Pretty amazing, right?

PUBLIC WORKS

How Much Trash Does Surfside Collect?

Keeping the Town clean and beautiful is always top-of-mind. Surfside collects an average of 6,000 tons of garbage on an annual basis. Surfside residents are proudly committed to disposing of waste where it belongs—in the trash bins.

PARKS & RECREATION

Fall Movie Series + Other Activities

Did you know the Surfside Parks and Recreation Department goes far beyond encouraging you to check out the Town’s parks? They also host an exciting Fall Movie Series. The first session, focusing on Women in the Spotlight, is happening now through October 24th with movies featuring stellar performances by leading actresses. The second session runs from October 31st through December 19th and will screen movies centered around the topics of Teachers, Teaching and Education. For more details on the Movie Series or other Adult Programs offered by the Surfside Parks and Recreation Department, please click here.

More information about Florida City Government week activities.