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Golden Beach

In the early 1920’s, two brothers saw the possibilities of Miami Beach and they could appreciate what Joe Young was starting in Broward County. But they had a different vision. Their dream was not of a large city with hotels and business. Instead, they pictured a small, quiet community along the coast, devoted entirely to family life near enough to the large centers yet far enough away to insure the peace and quiet of suburban life.

They looked around for such site and finally purchased a strip of the beach ridge slightly less than a mile long at the extreme northern end of Dade County. With this narrow ridge, not much over a hundred yards wide at its widest part, went the swamp land to the west as far back as the then narrow canal-like passage which later developed into the Inland Waterway.

Golden Beach is known as a very upscale community, and many of its houses are worth over a million dollars. Several celebrities, including Bill Gates and Ricky Martin, maintain homes there. Eric Clapton’s album 461 Ocean Boulevard was named after the Golden Beach house at that address. The town is surrounded by the cities of Aventura to the west, Sunny Isles Beach to the south, and Hallandale Beach to the north. Another interesting note is that high-rise construction and commercial development are not permitted within the Town limits. The main road through Golden Beach is Collins Avenue, also known as State Road A1A and Beachfront Avenue.