Incorporated in 1929, Golden Beach is actually one of the area's older municipalities. Founded five years earlier as a place to devote to family life, much work had to be done to prepare for development. Islands were dredged, mangrove swamps were drained, and bridges, waterlines and electricity were added. The town survived the 1926 hurricane, but homes did not begin to pop up until 1928. Steel barons from Pittsburgh were some of its early residents. Even First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was attracted to the tranquility of Golden Beach and often rented a villa there in the 1940s. Gambling tried to get a foothold in the area, but law enforcement and citizen opposition soon put an end to that.
Today, after putting a strangle hold on gambling and commercial activity of any kind, Golden Beach remains the same idyllic sanctuary it was since its incorporation. Yet, progress has exploded around both Golden Beach and Sunny Isles Beach. Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale International Airports are a mere 20 minutes away. Port Everglades and the sophisticated excitement of Miami Beach are also nearby. Popular attractions include a cruise on Biscayne Bay, a boat ride in the Everglades, a water show at the Seaquarium, not to mention the ballet, Broadway shows and street festivals in Little Havana. Of course, professional sports are second to none with the Florida Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins, world class horse racing, dog racing, Jai Alai, and the Miami Heat nearby.
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