The Local Lifestyle: Meet Stef Samson
Name: Stephanie Samson
Occupation: Marathoner, Mom, Military Spouse
Stephanie is originally from North Carolina but as a military spouse, she has moved around a lot. When she moved to South Florida, she and her family settled in Pembroke Pines for a year but decided that ultimately, they wanted a beach town experience. “We wanted to downsize and live life to the fullest – and that meant being on the beach. When we discovered Surfside we were completely in love with all the amenities the Town offered, how safe it is, and the quality of the school for my boys; it’s outstanding.”
Stephanie and her family settled into the The Waverly and as she says, “Honestly, now I never want to leave. I truly feel at home here.” She cites the family feel of Surfside as a one of the things she most loves about the Town, including the events, the accessibility and the splash pad at the Community Center. “We can walk or bike to so many different shops and restaurants.”
She and her family spend the weekend at the beach every weekend. “It’s gorgeous! The water is crystal clear. I feel like we are on vacation every day.” And “vacation” includes more beautiful beach days this summer, including the July 4th fireworks show and the First Friday beach parties.” She says both of those events can’t be missed. (Read more about First Fridays here.)
As a marathoner and soon to be triathlete, Stephanie loves training on the beach. “Surfside is ideal for training – renting a bike or walking/running on the trails alongside the beach is a fitness dream.” She trains along the bike path and the running trail regularly and can also be seen on Instagram posting photos of her workout and diet tips. “It’s a super motivating area, so if you are into fitness you can really enjoy the outdoors and do everything outside.”
Though Stephanie and her family will only be Surfside residents until next summer – her family will have to move for another military installation next summer – she plans on coming back. “This is our ideal home and we will definitely be back!”
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