Miami Beach United launches speaker series

The civic group Miami Beach United is starting a speaker series on what makes a great American city with a debate.

Former Miami Beach Mayor Neisen Kasdin, a prominent land-use lawyer, will debate Adam Kravitz, of counsel with the law firm Becker and Poliakoff. Kravitz is president of the Alton Road Residents Associaton.

The topic: Changing the way we vote on Miami Beach.

It happens at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Miami Beach Community Church, at the corner of Lincoln Road and Drexel Avenue. To RSVP, call 305-609-4288

17th Street to close again, starting Sunday evening

FDOT's recommended detours at 17th Street.

FDOT’s recommended detours at 17th Street.

Starting Sunday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., the Florida Department of Transportation’s Alton Road reconstruction will mean closing eastbound and westbound 17th Street.

The closure is supposed to last until Monday, Oct. 20.

In addition, traffic north and south in the area on Alton Road will be squeezed to one lane each way. For island residents, Dade Boulevard likely will be your best bet.

 

Be prepared — Friday’s Critical Mass bike ride will cross Dade Boulevard, Venetian Way

Critical Mass, the massive monthly bike ride, happens Friday night and is sure to shutdown traffic around our islands.

The ride starts at 7:15 p.m. on the mainland, and is expected to reach North Beach (over the 79th Street Causeway) at about 7:45 p.m.

From there, riders will head east to Collins Avenue, south to 23rd Street, and then west on Dade Boulevard to Venetian Way and across the islands to mainland Miami.

Plan on being home before the bike traffic, or travel on foot — or get caught in gridlock.

Tonight’s the night Venetian toll booth converts to SunPass

Starting tonight at 10 p.m., the Venetian toll booths (and the Rickenbacker) finally convert to no-cash, Sun Pass-only tolls.

If you don’t have a Sun Pass, you’ll be charged toll-by-plate for passing through the plaza.

The change has been planned for more than two years, and delayed several times.

Venetian Island residents who pay $24 a year for C-Pass are required to have a Sun Pass and provide the Miami-Dade Causeways Division with their Sun Pass number so it can be activated for Venetian use. Otherwise, they will be charged the usual toll.

You may not want to see the rat on Belle Isle

Mrs. Blog and I have been arguing all afternoon about this post.

Belle Isle rat

Belle Isle rat

There’s a big dead rat on the pink sidewalk in front of Costa Brava and Belle Towers — really, right on the border between the two properties.

It’s big, gross and dead. Too gross to post? Certainly too intimidating to put up or clean up. Who’s responsibility is this? The city? Animal Services?

You may not want to enlarge this photo. If you do, be prepared.

 

 

Miami-Dade restores South Beach Local bus service to Belle Isle

Miami-Dade Transit just announced that the Belle Isle stop on the South Beach Local bus route is back in service, as of 6 p.m. today.

Service was restored after the Florida Department of Transportation increase the weight allowed on the bridge between Sunset Harbour and Belle Isle.

The county stopped South Beach Local service to Belle Isle in April, due to structural issues with the bridge. The South Beach Local connects Belle Isle with Sunset Harbour, Collins Park, and the rest of South Beach along Washington Avenue, Alton Road and West Avenue.

Is Google’s former boss bulding a house on San Marino Island?

Curbed Miami, a website that specializes in real estate and architecture, has an interesting post on elaborate home plans submitted for a 12,700 square foot home on San Marino that reporter Sean McCaughan tracks back to ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Curbed says the plans, submitted to Miami Beach’s Design Review Board for a hearing today, is a series of cubes designed by Leroy Street Studio.