Stand Up Paddle Board on Hollywood Beach

The Hollywood Beach Safety Division is registered as an Advanced Lifesaving Agency with the United States Lifesaving Association. It is only 1 of 2 Advanced Agencies in Broward County. The Beach Safety Division guards 4.5 miles of public beach and protects an estimated 7 million beach visitors annually. Beach Safety operates 365 days a year, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Octer through April and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. April through October.

The primary function of the Beach Safety Division is to protect the public by minimizing hazards and risks associated with recreational water use. The Division applies best practices and recognized safety standards to maximize public safety, minimize risk and perform due diligence in protecting the public from harm. 
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
In response to community requests to review the City's rules regarding Stand Up Paddle Boarding on Hollywood Beach, in early 2019 the Beach Safety Division surveyed all guarded beached in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties to look at size, attendance, length of guarded areas vs. unguarded areas, and what activities are allowed and where.  Below is a chart of the survey comparisons.
City Length of Beach Lifeguard Towers Guarded beach Unguarded Beach Beach Visitors in 2018
Miami Beach 7.5. miles 36 lifeguard towers 6 miles 1.5 miles 15.7M
Fort Lauderdale 6 miles 20 lifeguard towers 3 miles 3 miles 3.7M
Hollywood 4.5 miles 28 lifeguard towers 4.5 miles 2 miles 7.2M
On March 6, 2019, the Beach Safety Division presented to the City Commission a proposal for the expansion of the current City of Hollywood Ordinance Chapter 99: Municipal Beach to expand the use for paddle boarders. REVIEW THE PRESENTATION

Current City of Hollywood Ordinance Chapter 99: Municipal Beach:
•Swimming Swimming in an area within 150 feet from the shore, except in designated vessel launching areas. Beyond 150 feet swimmers must have a "Diver Down Flag".
•Surfing from Franklin to Meade Street and Georgia Street to Azalea Terrace. Other areas of the beach may be designated for surfing at the discretion of the Fire Chief or his/her designee. Such areas will be designated by the appropriate Black Flag being posted in the area.
•The launching of non-motorized vessels is permitted between Meade Street and Custer Street, between Bougainvillea and Azalea Terrace and eastward of the beach access walkway south of 3101 South Ocean Drive and north of 3505 South Ocean Drive.  
The City Commission approved a 6 month Expansion Pilot Program. The pilot program is to include:

  • Establishing two new designated launching zones
  • Establishing two newly designated recreation areas
  • Expanding the hours these types of activities are allowed in guarded beach areas - Paddlers will now be allowed to remain in the ocean until 10:00 a.m. in any area of the beach unrestricted, and to launch after 6:00 p.m.
  • Reducing the distance to shore requirement in non-recreation areas 
Proposed North Recreation Area
Proposed Additional Kayak and SUP Launch Area
Proposed Additional Kayak and SUP Launch Areas
Proposed South Recreation Area
During the pilot program, staff will monitor activities to evaluate safety, impact and effectiveness. Additional public safety resources, signage and educational outreach will also be provided during this time period. Upon completion of the evaluation period, the City Code of Ordinance will be amended, if required.   
Estimated Cost of the Pilot Program:
  • 2 PRWC (Jet Ski) - $24,000
  • 2 PRWC Trailer - $2,000
  • 2 Rescue Sleds - $4,000
  • 3 Rescue Boards - $3,000
  • Launch Channel Buoys - 30 x $75 = $2,250
  • Supply and installation of Vessel Exclusion Buoys - 29 X $1,300 = $37,700
  • Signage and Safety Public Outreach - TBD
  • Consultant Services, Engineered Drawings, Surveys, Inspections, Soil Samples, Density Testing, Permits - TBD
For additional questions regarding this Pilot Program, please call Hollywood Fire Rescue and Beach Safety at 954.967.4248.