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
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.
How will we get off our islands when construction causes the closure of the westernmost span of Venetian Way, between Biscayne Island and mainland Miami?
Some members of the Venetian Islands Homeowner Association are actively lobbying the keep the easternmost drawbridge locked down during that time, which will begin some time in the fall.
The Miami Herald’s Cristina Veiga has a detailed look at issues.
Florida Department of Transportation officials held their advertising first meeting on the future of the Venetian Causeway on Wednesday night.
Among the requests — changing the name of the residential link between mainland Miami and Miami Beach from “causeway” to Venetian Way.
Here’s the coverage from the Herald.
We’ve resigned ourselves to the closure of the westernmost Venetian Causeway bridge, expected to begin around September or October so the segment can be rebuilt.
Miami-Dade County last month approved spending $10 million on that project, which they say will take six to nine months. And we know engineering reports say the other Venetian bridges at minimum need repairs, some more significant than others.
We could learn more next week, when the Florida Department of Transportation holds an informational meeting on its Venetian Causeway project development and environmental study.
According to the FDOT press release, “the meeting will provide an introduction to the project and present information regarding the existing conditions and the schedule for the study.”
The meeting happens Wednesday, June 25, at 6 p.m. at the Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 2 St., near the Bass Museum.
There is an FDOT website on the project.
If you bicycle or jog across South Beach, you probably cheered the proposed bike and pedestrian path along Dade Boulevard and the Collins Canal when Miami Beach began work on it two years ago.
And now you think: Will it ever be finished?
The Miami Herald reports that yes, it will get finished. When?
Would you believe 2015?
That’s about two years behind schedule.
For now, there is an asphalt path, no landscaping, and lighting that works along one stretch (between Meridian and Convention Center Drive. Sigh.
You probably noticed that the roadwork that caused the Florida Department of Transportation to close 17th Street between Alton Road and Alton Court didn’t get finished by the original completion date of May 22.
FDOT now says 17th Street should be open to traffic by Saturday morning.
Construction crews closed 17th Street on May 11 so workers could install underground drainage structures and pipe, and then rebuild the roadway. The work was supposed to be done on Thursday, May 22, before the start of the busy Memorial Day weekend.
But “there were some unforeseen conditions that arose that required the closure to be extended,” project spokeswoman Heather Leslie said. “We were required to replace sections of the city’s existing drainage system and water main immediately west of Alton Road that were found to be in deteriorating condition and in conflict with the roadway.
“Also, there were two days of rain that significantly impacted completion of the drainage operations and construction of the roadway base.”