Re the March 18 letter Pricey lifeguard stands: Our lifeguard stands serve two important purposes. First and foremost, they are a critical tool in protecting the life and safety of our residents and visitors.
Second, they have become iconic symbols of Miami Beach worldwide and tourist attractions in their own right.
Unfortunately, because of the harsh elements of the ocean, many of these stands are in poor condition. The new stands were designed by the original artist who came up with the current design. Building them with the strongest materials, including stainless steel, to withstand the elements is expensive.
We scoured the market to find qualified companies offering the best price. Needless to say, lifeguard stands aren’t an ordinary commodity.
Fortunately, the price for these is paid by the resort taxes generated by our visitors.
Investing in these durable and iconic lifeguard stands is an appropriate use of our tourist dollars.
Jimmy L. Morales, city manager, Miami Beach