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VIDEO: Surfside Officials Save Haulover Beach from corrupted plans of commercial development (2001)

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In 2001, Surfside Mayor Paul Novack and active citizens stopped Miami-Dade County from putting commercial development into Haulover Park. County officials had been "sold" on converting a regional public park into a headquarters for an out of state gambling company, including a gambling administration building in the park and a special marina for "trips to nowhere" gambling vessels. Their plan also included shops and restaurants to be built along the park's waterfront, and relocation of a major fire-rescue station to over a mile farther away from its service area. The details are incredible; Mayor Novack put together a timeline of all the dates and events that is MOST revealing even today. The Haulover timeline" exists still, on the internet.

VIDEO: Surfside Military History, Local Stories; Surfside, Florida Remembering people and events, WWII.

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Surfside officials commemorated the importance of the public beach and how it once fulfilled a role in the defense of America. During WWII, Surfside's beach was used to train troops, and the waters offshore were full of friendly - and enemy - vessels. In 2001, town officials took note, and saluted the service of America's veterans.