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Lifeguard stands along Miami Beach are getting a new life. Maybe in your own backyard

Miami Beach is selling some of its lifeguard towers

The City of Miami Beach has put seven of its iconic lifeguard towers up for auction at PublicSurplus.com and prices are starting from $100 to $350.
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The City of Miami Beach has put seven of its iconic lifeguard towers up for auction at PublicSurplus.com and prices are starting from $100 to $350.

How would you like arguably the biggest doghouse on the block — maybe in the whole country?

How about bragging rights to having a most original tree house, backyard tiki bar or a work of art to adorn your pool?

Cue a game show announcer’s voice as you read the following sentence: “These can be yours if the price is right!”

What “these” are are seven old Miami Beach lifeguard towers that have run the course of their useful life on the sands of South Beach and North Beach. They’ve already been replaced.

The towers date to the early 1980s, according to Melissa Berthier, the city’s public relations manager. They are on the auction block now at PublicSurplus.Com.

Opening bids as of Tuesday afternoon were running from $100-$350 per tower — depending on the condition. The structures are marked as “good,” with one being listed as “fair.” Cosmetically, they run from “good” to “fair.”

The styles all differ, but the typical height for the lifeguard towers on auction is 16 feet. The base is roughly 12 feet wide, and the deck (where the hut is) is 14-15 feet wide, depending on the style, Berthier said.

You have the next two weeks, through Aug. 28, to bid on them.

“In the past, towers have sold for as little as $100 and as much as $3,050,” Berthier said.

Proceeds from the auction of these wooden lifeguard stands will go to Miami Beach’s general fund, she said.

If your bid is accepted, it’s up to you to transport your piece of Beach history to your property. You might want to check with your city’s zoning board, though, to make sure you can put one of these cool talk pieces in your yard.

Visit www.publicsurplus.com and search “City of Miami Beach” on the site to find them.

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