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Miami Beach to replace two lifeguard stands; give the rest a facelift

Designed by William Lane, this $77,000-lifeguard stand will be built at 14th Street by March 20.
Designed by William Lane, this $77,000-lifeguard stand will be built at 14th Street by March 20. Courtesy of William Lane and the city of Miami Beach

Miami Beach will replace two weathered lifeguard stands with brightly colored models designed by local architect William Lane and refurbish the others before it celebrates its centennial later this month.

A round, turquoise tower with blue and green accents will be built at 10th Street at a cost of $88,000. A boxier lime-green one with some yellow and blue will be erected at 14th Street with a price tag of $77,000. Both will open by Friday, March 20.

The remaining 27 stands between South Pointe Park Pier and the 86th Street will be spruced up by this weekend.

Lane designed some of the current stands after Hurricane Andrew destroyed older structures in 1992. Several more stands designed through contests or commission were subsequently added, and they’ve since become iconic landmarks along the sands of Miami Beach.

Weather and the salty sea breeze have led to natural wear and tear. The city will have the new stands and improvements on the others done by the beginning of the week-long centennial celebration that starts March 22.

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