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ARTICLE: Hurricane Andrew

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Early in the morning of August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew roared into South Florida.  The huge hurricane slammed into the east coast with winds gusting to over 200 mph. Devastating to the lives and property of South Florida residents, more than 170,000 homes were destroyed and 250,000 people were left homeless. Millions felt the consequences of the storm. It was by far the most crushing hurricane of the 20th century and its impact lasted decades.

Surfside was spared the total destruction that occurred in south Miami-Dade. However there was extensive damage to homes, roads, and utilities. The Town Commission, Vice Mayor Alan Rubin, Commissioner Mitchell Kinzer, Commissioner Eduardo Rodriguez, and Commissioner Melba Manero, unanimously decided to place Mayor Paul Novack in direct command of all town employees, resources, and volunteers. Novack went to work along with Town Manager Hal Cohen, Police Chief Terrill Williamson, Public Works Director Chip Cohen, and Recreation Departm…