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New restaurant opens in Costa Brava, and Belle Isle residents get a break

We have a new restaurant on Belle Isle.

It’s in the Costa Brava condominium, 11 Island Ave., and it’s open to the public.

It’s open Tuesday through Sunday to eat in and take out, and features a Bistro-style menu. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner is 6-10 p.m. It offers Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For lunch there are salads, crepes, Panini sandwiches, tacos  as well as pasta, fish and meat dishes in the $6-$10 range. Dinners run $12-$28. Take a look at the menu.

Costa Brava community association manager Maria Mijares says it is run by Thierry Bossa, a French chef who previously owned La Cigale restaurant on Biscayne Boulevard.

Mijares says Belle Isle residents will get a 10 percent discount if they mention they learned about the restaurant in the Belle Isle Blog. (we are blushing in Blogland).

There are two other dining options on Belle Isle: the fine waterfront restaurant at the Standard, and the House Cafe at 9 Island Avenue (open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. for dinner). The House Cafe is open for dining to 9 Island residents, and delivers throughout Belle Isle.

 

Sunpass on the Venetian Causeway: transition happens Aug. 29

What Miami-Dade’s causeway folks have been saying would happen for more more than two years is about to become reality: the Venetian Causeway will convert to SunPass for tolls and annual pass use starting Friday, Aug. 29.

That means no one will need to stop at the toll Plaza on Biscayne Island; instead, SunPass will either register their car transponder or bill them toll-by-plate. The county predicts it will reduce the backups at the plaza during busy times.

Even though the county plans to close the easternmost span between Biscayne Island and Miami in the fall for a reconstruction that will take six to nine months, the SunPass conversion is moving forward.

If you are a Venetian annual pass holder (either an island resident or employed on the island) you’ll be getting a form in the mail that will enable you to register your SunPass so you won’t be billed.

You’ll need to provide your transponder number and plate number to link your plan account for the Venetian with your transponder to avoid per-trip fees.

Here’s the notification the county sent to Belle Isle condo managers:

From: Tolls (PWWM) [mailto:TOLLS@miamidade.gov]
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 3:03 PM
Cc: Bauman, Mike (PWWM)
Subject: SunPass Update

Dear Venetian Causeway Neighbors,

We are pleased to announce that the transition to SunPass is tentatively scheduled for Friday, August 29, 2014. When the conversion is complete, drivers will have improved travel time and traffic flow across the Causeway. Please be advised that in order to avoid per trip or Toll-By-Plate charges, each motorist must have a SunPass transponder. For annual plan holders, their account will be linked to their SunPass account so that they will not incur any additional charges.

In an effort to keep you informed of the progress:

– A letter has been sent to all current annual plan holders to obtain their SunPass transponder numbers

– All plan holder accounts will be updated with the SunPass transponder data

– Flyers and other informational material will be distributed in the lanes and available at the Venetian Customer Service Center

– Signage announcing the change will be in place–

E-mail address tolls@miamidade.gov has been established to address questions and concerns

We will provide additional updates as needed.

Thank you,

Causeways Division

Water restored, 3 Belle Isle buildings face boil water order during weekend

The "geyser" on Belle Isle. (photo by Fane Lozman).

The “geyser” on Belle Isle. (photo by Fane Lozman).

Today’s water main break was quickly contained, but three buildings on Belle Isle will have a boil water order for the next two days: 3 Island Avenue, 5 Island Avenue and 9 Island….

Murder, dead body dumping and Belle Isle

So, file this post under “know your neighbors,” and “interesting people who live on Belle Isle.”

Twenty years ago, a woman was murdered, allegedly by her husband, and her body was dumped in Biscayne Bay.

Yesterday in Miami-Dade criminal court, 9 Island Avenue resident Alan M. Gold revealed how he helped dump the body with the accused murderer, Cliff Friend.

He said they put her body, stuffed into a bag, on a boat at the marina docked behind Gold’s Belle Isle condo and motored out to sea.

We don’t want to spoil the rest of Miami Herald reporter David Ovalle’s amazing story. There more to it, for sure.

We live in an interesting place.

Beautiful Belle Isle from the air

Belle Isle, Friday morning, June 20.

Belle Isle, Friday morning, June 20.

Thanks to Belle Isle Residents Association vice chair Charles Urstadt for this great snapshot out our island from a Friday morning flight out of Miami International Airport.

The moon is full for a clear Belle Isle morning

High moon, Belle Isle -- taken about 5:45 a.m.

High moon, Belle Isle — taken about 5:45 a.m.

Early, early Saturday, the moon was high over Belle Isle and downtown Miami. We couldn’t resist sharing these.

Moon over Miami, from the dock at 9 Island Avenue.

Moon over Miami, from the dock at 9 Island Avenue.

Smoky Belle Isle Monday morning

Smoky South Florida morning.

Smoky South Florida morning.

A brush fire in West Broward and South Florida fog gave us a nearly zero visibility morning on Monday.

The view of smoky Belle Isle from the Flamingo.

The view of smoky Belle Isle from the Flamingo.

Miami Beach Human Rights Committee wants feedback on Memorial Day weekend experience

With Memorial Day weekend about to start, Miami Beach is getting prepared.

That means barricades, crowd control and a major police presence along with lots of parties and visitors. For lots of Beach residents, the Memorial Day crush and attendant traffic makes for a less than relaxing holiday.

In years past, the city has been criticized for policing too little and policing too much. The Collins Avenue shooting of a motorist by police three years ago is still under investigation, and subject of a lawsuit. The annual arrest tally has drawn criticism from civil libertarians.

The Miami Beach Human Rights Committee has posted an online survey to get your thoughts (and those of visitors) on how well the city prepared for the festivities — and how it handled the weekend.

It wants to know if you felt safe — and whether the city treated residents and visitors with respect.

 

Road construction outlook: MacArthur overnight closures and a 17th Street stoppage

There isn’t much that can surprise us in the way of road closures and detours, so just use this for road warrior planning for the upcoming week:

– The MacArthur Causeway will be closed overnight Tuesday and Wednesday eastbound starting at Biscayne Boulevard, as more signage and finishing touches go on the Port of Miami tunnel. FDOT says the closures will start a 10 p.m. both nights, but Belle Isle Blog bets Tuesday’s closure will be delayed an hour because the current schedule has the causeway closing to Miami Beach just as the Heat-Nets playoff game will be ending, and that seems like a big mistake.

– 17th Street closing at Alton Road. This is a big one, so get ready for it. On Sunday May 11, between 7:30 p.m. and midnight, 17th Street will be completely closed between Alton Road and Alton Court as reconstruction begins on the west side of the intersection.

– Meanwhile, in the midst of the Alton Road construction and the traffic spillover to West Avenue, our friends with the West Avenue Corridor Neighborhood Association are proud to report that FDOT has installed activated pedestrian crosswalks to make crossing that busy street safer. Hopefully, the blinking lights will help drivers understand that pedestrians have the right of way. Congrats!

Setting the Standard: another Belle Isle sunset

IMAG0896Our friend Herb Frank shared this weekend shot of sunset from paradise, in this case the deck over at The Standard.