Surfside is a delightful town just north of Miami Beach. With business, residential, and tourism sections, it has the proverbial “something for everybody.” Founded in 1935, Surfside has developed into one of the most highly desirable places to live, work, and do business in South Florida. Although the town is only one square mile in size, its 6,000 residents, along with its innumerable visitors, enjoy the best of Greater Miami’s restaurants, shops, and services. Surfside’s proximity to Miami Beach, Bal Harbour, and the Bay Harbor Islands offers residents and visitors the best of both big-city and suburban life.
Beginning in 1897 with the arrival of Luther Halland, the story of Hallandale Beach is one of steady growth and enduring prosperity. Hallandale became a town during the great Florida boom of the 1920s, and in 1947, when its boundaries expanded to the Atlantic Ocean, Hallandale Beach became a city. Today, this quintessential South Florida community has grown to offer all the luxuries of a big city without losing any of its hometown charm. Balancing world-class restaurants and exciting entertainment with welcoming residential neighborhoods, Hallandale Beach truly has it all. Join South Florida expert Seth H. Bramson as he takes you on a journey through Hallandale Beach's proud past and budding future to show why, for more than ninety years, it has been Broward County's city of choice.
Captain William Fulford first sailed into the Miami area from his duty in the Atlantic in 1881 and found an untamed wilderness of swamp marshes and mangroves awaiting his arrival. He never left. Amid the lowlands and flood plains, Fulford found his higher ground on the banks of the Oleta River and acquired 160 acres with a land patent through the Homestead Act. A few decades later, newspaper magnate Lafe Allen purchased the land and named it Fulford-by-the-Sea with plans to build a "perfect city, "? and the remarkable story of North Miami Beach was well underway. With the help of over two hundred rare and stunning photographs, local historian and lifelong Miamian Seth H. Bramson recalls the amazing story of North Miami Beach, from its humble and uncertain beginnings to the deeply rooted and forward-thinking community we see today.