Enjoying Water Sports 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. 
Beach Conditions Hot Line
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 City of Hollywood Ordinance Chapter 99: Municipal Beach. The proposal included expanding the use for paddle boarders and launching a pilot program.

After studying the results of the pilot program, on March 4, 2020, Beach Safety staff presented their final recommendations to the City Commission which were approved on first reading. The item will come before the City Commission again for a final vote in the coming weeks.

The new recommendations are as follows: 



  • Introduction of rules, limits, distance requirements, and boundaries into the City Code of Ordinances that standardizes launching areas, and the use of paddle and other water craft
  • Establishing recreation area boundaries
  • Listing the activities allowed within the recreation areas to include launching of kayaks and stand up paddle boards
  • Establishing surfing zone boundaries
  • Rewriting the current surf fishing ordinance
  • Establishing a safe area and time for kite boarding on the beach
  • Rewriting the vessel launching ordinance to reflect changes made to kayaks and stand up paddle boards 

SPORT RECOMMENDATIONS



SURFING:
•Expand the areas where surfing is allowed from the current two areas (800 yards) to 1.36 miles
•Add a leash requirement
•Allow for ability to open up other areas to surfing when conditions allow
KITE BOARDING
•Specify where and when kite boarding is allowed
•Kite boarding will still be allowed at the Meade Street launching area
•Kite boarding will still be allowed Monday through Friday, holidays excepted
SURF FISHING
•Surf fishing will be allowed after 6:00 pm and before 9:00 am
•Areas of the beach may be opened by Beach Safety for surf fishing if the conditions allow
PADDLECRAFT
•Expand the areas where paddlecraft (stand paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes) can launch and land from current launch zones and surfing areas to more than three miles of coastline.
•Allow for paddlecraft to utilize the entire length of coastline before 10:00 am and after 5:00 pm
•Allow for paddlecraft to traverse the ocean in the central beach area during the hours of 10:00 am and 5:00 pm
•In the central beach area, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., paddlecraft is required to enter and exit in one of the recreation areas and remain 100 yards (300 feet) from shore.
paddle board boundary
For additional questions, please call Hollywood Fire Rescue and Beach Safety at 954.967.4248.
 
Stand Up Paddle Boarding