The new stations, two of which are pictured above and below, are the designs of architect William Lane, who began working on them more than 20 years ago. "Hurricane Andrew had pretty much wiped out much of the towers," he said. "I was interested in creating some folly. I saw some opportunity to replace the stands and... make them more playful.”
The new towers include impact windows and aluminum hardware. Lane designed five other towers soon after Andrew struck in 1992. Future lifeguard towers will be based on one of his designs.
Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy L. Morales welcomed the towers. “We are recognized all over the world for the unique and iconic nature of our architecture," he said. "Our lifeguard towers tell a much larger story than just public safety.”