Haulover Park

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Haulover Park
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Trial for world record in skinny-dipping, 2009
Type Municipal
Location Haulover Beach, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States
Area 99 acres (40 ha)
Created 1948 (1948)
Operated by Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department
Website Haulover Park

Haulover Park is a 99-acre (40 ha) urban park in metropolitan Miami, just north of Bal Harbour, Florida. The park is located on a shoal between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, just north of the Broad Causeway (SR 922) and Collins Avenue.

History[edit]

The Dade County Commission procured the beach front property in 1940 following a lobbying effort for a $2 million municipal bond ($34.2 million, adjusted for current[when?] inflation) by county commissioner Charles H. Crandon for the purchases of northern Key Biscayne (what became Crandon Park) and the beach north of Baker's Haulover Inlet, then called Ocean Beach.[1]

Construction began on beach facilities in 1941, halted soon afterward due to funding holds following the onset of World War II. Work on the property resumed in 1945,[2] and park was renamed Haulover Park in January 1947, opening to the public the following year in late 1948.[3][4]

The northern 0.4-mile (0.6 km) of the 1.5-mile (2.4 km) shoreline is a nude beach officially recognized and approved by the government of Miami-Dade County. The clothing-optional section was first designated by South Florida Free Beaches, a local naturist organization, in July 1991. The county at first tolerated but did not sanction the usage; it eventually allowed the installation of permanent signs marking the clothing-optional area, which were installed in December 1993. The clothing-optional area features lifeguards and a food and umbrella rental concession. It is the largest public nudist beach in the U.S. and attracts 1.3 million visitors per year.[5]

Facilities[edit]

The park features a marina, six tennis courts, and a nine-hole 27-par golf course. On the southern end of the park are several picnic recreational areas.

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References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "Dade Owned Ocean Beach Urged in Book". Miami Daily News. 9 May 1940. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Work Begun After 3-Year War Halt". Miami Daily News. 27 August 1945. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "North Beach Park Gets New Name–Haulover Beach". Miami Daily News. 21 January 1947. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Fourth Beach Causeway Proposal is Revived". Miami Daily News. 22 December 1948. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Clothing-optional holidays: Nudists on cruises, economist.com.
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Coordinates: 25°54′40″N 80°07′17″W / 25.911165°N 80.121324°W / 25.911165; -80.121324