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Surfside hires new town manager

For Miami Herald.

With a New Year came a new manager for the Town of Surfside.

The Surfside town commission unanimously approved Guillermo Olmedillo, 70, as the seaside town’s next manager. He began on Jan. 5 and will succeed Michael Crotty, who became town manager in March 2013 and resigned last June.

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Surfside baffled over $1 million cost to remove sand from beach

For Miami Herald.

Surfside has been stuck in the sand — or at least it’s how many residents feel.

In March, a developer, Fort Capital, dug up sand from underneath the construction site on 9011 Collins Ave., the site of a hotel and condominium called the Surf Club. Florida law says excavated sand must be placed near the site from which it came. As such, the developer spread the sand over Surfside’s public beach.

But many residents said the sand was completely different, even calling it dirt. To them, the beach was no longer the same. Florida law also says the sand must be compatible with the existing sand.

Residents grew more concerned when toxicology reports indicated levels of arsenic higher than state residential guidelines. Experts hired by town staff and Miami-Dade County Health Department, however, said the sand posed a low risk to human or pet health.

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Surfside gets new veterinary clinic

For Miami Herald.

Residents of Surfside who walk down Harding Avenue may notice a new business that opened earlier last month.

The Veterinary Wellness Center of Surfside is the first of it’s kind in the neighborhood.

“It’s exciting to start something new,” said Dr. David Carmona, 38, who went through various obstacles while pursuing his dream of opening a pet clinic in the town where he’s spent the majority of his life.

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Surfside advertising for new town manager

Surfside town manager Michael Crotty and Vice-Mayor Eli Tourgeman before a town meeting on Sept. 23 at the commission chambers. MATIAS OCNER/MIAMI HERALD STAFF

For Miami Herald.

Surfside commissioners — advertising for a new town manager — will move ahead with a local search firm despite “grave concerns” raised by the vice mayor during a meeting on Monday.

The commission hired Colin Baenziger & Associates to find candidates after Michael Crotty, who became town manager in March 2013, resigned in June.

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