As if there needed to be another status symbol for South Florida’s beaches…
Cities are turning out artsy new lifeguard stands meant to turn heads with statement styles and striking colors.
The spearhead might be Miami’s Coastline, which began the trend in 2015 after winning honors as well as making headlines with its famous Art Deco-style designs.
One tower appears to be a lighthouse with red and white red stripes.
Another, motivated by The Jetsons cartoon, is rounded and painted hot pink. A third looks more like a Mardi Gras float painted in green, purple and yellow.
Hollywood will now get curvacious new Art Deco-inspired lifeguard stands come 2018. The brand-new towers will be blue and white, with a porthole window and a wrap-around deck.
The 20 new stands will run $ 1.5 million overall.
“They looked at Miami Beach and other nationally known beaches to see what would make us unique,” Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy said of the design team. “It’s just another way for our beach to stand out.”
Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein says he wants to replace his lifeguard stands with a great new design too.
Hallandale Beach has brand-new lifeguard stands that showcase a cheerful aquatic motif.
Mayor Joy Cooper claims they’re kind the towers “you’re going to remember. They’re cute.”
Miami Beach’s lifeguard stands are becoming iconic. Visitors and residents alike are rushing to snap selfies in front of their favorite stand. The Travel Channel has a slide-show of the stands with articles and commentary.
Not all cities are embracing fancy brand-new stands.
Boca Raton as well as Fort Lauderdale are opting for a more timeless appearance.
“Ours don’t look like Miami Beach’s,” said Breck Ballou, who oversees Fort Lauderdale’s ocean rescue team. “But it doesn’t matter what they look like, as long as we can see the ocean.”
Fancy stands or not, the gem-like ocean will always be the star of the show.