A grand opening will be held Wednesday morning for the new Haulover Lifeguard Station.
Marked by a landmark tower which is reminiscent of the historic lighthouse that once stood at the south end of the park, the new two-story, 10,500 square-foot facility accommodates the needs of MDFR’s Ocean Rescue with office space, training room, lounge, male and female lockers, restrooms, beach observation station and a 5-bay garage for storing lifeguard vehicles and equipment.
The ground floor lobby is open to the public and showcases memorabilia on the history of lifeguarding; as well as, current efforts and accomplishments of Ocean Rescue. There is also a conference room that will be available for public meetings and educational classes.
In October 2003, the County transitioned the MDPROS lifeguards to MDFR, who also specialized in lifesaving and safety issues.
The group emerged as MDFR’s new Ocean Rescue Bureau. Since then the bureau has grown and presently patrols Miami-Dade’s public beaches, Crandon Park and Haulover Beach, 365 days a year.
The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at 10800 Collins Ave. Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman is expected to attend.