Miami Beach's Late Afternoon Drownings Raise Question Whether Lifeguards Need Longer Hours

On Tuesday, we reported that Miami Beach drownings have risen recently as the number of lifeguards has lagged behind the tally of tourists.

Lifeguards, public safety committee members, and locals have all asked for more guards working longer hours.

Two cases in particular show how longer lifeguard hours could save lives. Both men drowned just minutes after lifeguards left their towers.

See also: Drownings Rise in Miami Beach as Lifeguards Demand More Resources

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Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.