Bathing pavilion, Miami Beach
The beach always has been Miamiís leading tourist attraction.
The tropical waters and sandy beaches have drawn everyone from sailing
enthusiasts like the Munroes to those seeking improved health and rejuvenation
like the Tuttles.
The peaceful nature of its untrammeled beaches has lured
tourists of all ages, from college students to retirees, and from all parts
of the globe. Yet the rise of a tourist economy in South Florida also has
threatened the survival of local beaches.
Coastal development, the dredging of deep channels to
accommodate commercial and recreational boating, and tropical storms have
contributed to the erosion of local beaches. In the early 1980s, Miami
Beachís ten miles of shoreline were restored through a $65 million project
of beach nourishment, whereby new sand was pumped onto the beach from an
off-shore source. The project enabled Miami Beach to be labeled the
"hottest" beach in the country by Surfrider Magazine (2002) and one of the
top ten beaches in the world by the Travel Channel (2001), further enhancing
Miami Beachís reputation as a top tourist destination.