About the Town of Surfside
The Town of Surfside is a beautiful pedestrian-friendly oceanfront community located in South Florida’s subtropical paradise. Surfside is home to nearly 6,000 residents who enjoy a tranquil, attractive residential neighborhood featuring multi-family condominium and apartment buildings, and a booming business district, as well as public art, award-winning restaurants, resorts, spas and recreational facilities that welcome visitors year-round.
Surfside, Miami’s Uptown Beachtown, has earned a reputation as both a superb family community and a premier travel destination. It encompasses the area from 87th Terrace to 96th Street, between the City of Miami Beach to the South and the Village of Bal Harbour to the North, offering a mile of pristine public beach, parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities, including a state-of-the-art Community Center and Aquatics Facility. Its three-block business and commercial district is bustling with restaurants, unique shops, boutiques and services, many operated by small business owners.
Residents can also find art sprinkled throughout Surfside, including a mural by Miami artist Douglas Hoekzema, a.k.a. Hoxxoh, and a sculpture by Pablo Atchugarry. The “Tales of the Seaside Turtles” public exhibition features decorated fiberglass turtle sculptures designed by local artists to raise awareness about loggerhead turtles, which return each year to lay eggs on the beach.
Surfside was one of only five Miami-Dade County cities selected to participate in the 2017 Inside|Out USA Program by displaying reproductions of 15 masterpieces from Pérez Art Museum Miami’s collection along its beach jogging path.
Founded on May 18, 1935, Surfside was incorporated through the signatures of 35 members of the Surf Club, a gathering place for the rich and famous. Guests included Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Winston Churchill, and Dean Martin, among many others. The original structure was recently redeveloped into the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club.
Surfside began emerging after World War II and by 1957 had outgrown its original Town Hall. The current Town Hall was renovated in 2001 and serves as a hub of public services, and includes the Town Commission chambers, the offices of the Town Manager, Town Clerk, Solid Waste Department, Water and Sewer Department, Public Works Department and Police Department.
In 1962, the town built the Community Center at 93rd Street. This unique, multi-purpose facility housed the Surf-Bal-Bay Library, the Tourist Bureau and the Recreation Department and features an Olympic size swimming pool, a toddlers' pool, public beach access, a snack bar, meeting rooms and an auditorium for shows, special events and receptions. Surfside recently purchased a lot next to the Community Center to expand its open spaces. Other community and recreational facilities include the Tennis Center, Surfside Park and Hawthorne Park Tot Lot, all of which have been extensively renovated in the last few years.
One thing that sets Surfside apart is its commitment to the quality of life of its residents. Old and new houses are mixed together in harmony, while maintaining that relaxing and charming beach town neighborhood setting.
Mayor Daniel Dietch and Town Commission have enacted zoning policies and ordinances that protect the character of the community. Overdevelopment has been avoided and the condominiums and hotels along the oceanfront on A1A are not permitted to exceed 12 stories in height. In addition to effective growth management and zoning policies, the town's officials have also implemented traffic control measures to ensure peace and protection for residents and visitors.
The efficiency and effectiveness of Surfside's services is at an all-time high. Garbage and trash is collected from all residences, businesses, and public areas five days a week. Emergency police response time is approximately one minute. Entertainment and recreation programs are offered throughout the year. The town operates on a balanced budget, and the property tax rate has not been increased in more than a decade. This has produced pride in the community's record of positive results and achievement in the public interest.
Whether a long-time resident or visiting for the season, Surfside’s world-class amenities and services makes residents feel at home.