Galveston residents are alarmed that a lack of height restrictions and some recently announced beach front high rise developments may lead to the emergence of a Miami Beach-like skyline along their shores. It’s rather interesting to see that they draw the Miami Beach parallel. It demonstrates that Miami Beach is the country’s quintessential urban beach. Miami Beach has consistently been considered the top urban beach in the country. Comparable beach front skylines can be found in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, but not so much in the U.S.–possibly with the exception of Atlantic City, New Jersey and Waikiki, Hawaii. There are some respectable urban beaches in Florida, but they lack the luster of Miami Beach’s impressive assortment of high rises. Galveston should be excited and flattered by this turn of events not concerned.