Golden Beach, Florida

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Golden Beach is a town located in the northeast corner of Miami-Dade County, Florida, between the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 919. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 921.[3]

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Geography

Golden Beach is located at 25°57′54″N 80°07′21″W / 25.964869°N 80.122481°W / 25.964869; -80.122481.[4] It is on the barrier island that separates the Intracoastal Waterway from the ocean; the entire town is about one mile from north to south, and four blocks from east to west.

Golden Beach is known as a very upscale community, and many of its houses are worth over a million dollars. Several celebrities, including Bill Gates, Ricky Martin, Benjamin Rose, and Paul Newman, maintain homes there. The Eric Clapton album 461 Ocean Boulevard was named after the Golden Beach house at that address, a photo of which is also featured on the album cover. The town is surrounded by the cities of Aventura to the west, Sunny Isles Beach to the south, and Hallandale Beach to the north. Another interesting note is that high-rise construction and commercial development are not permitted within the Town limits.

The main road through Golden Beach is Collins Avenue, also known as State Road A1A and Beachfront Avenue; Golden Beach is one of the most notorious speed traps in the Miami area - motorists have been pulled over not only for speeding, but for minor equipment issues at night, which may become fishing expeditions (seat belts, etc.).[citation needed] The town has an abnormally large police force for its size, most of which is dedicated to speed control along the main road.

In 1981, all but one of the roads into the town were closed as a means of preventing "criminals, curious tourists from nearby hotels, joggers and Haitian refugees" from entering Golden Beach.[5]

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