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Happy Monday, Belle Isle!

Another Belle Isle sunrise -- from Sunset Harbour

Another Belle Isle sunrise — from Sunset Harbour

As the sun rises, let’s hope for a great week. Despite the traffic, the construction, the this and that.

Remember, we do live in paradise.

Belle Isle on Miami Marathon morning

Runners cross Belle Isle (Herb Frank).

Runners cross Belle Isle (photo by Herb Frank).

It’s a beautiful morning for a marathon. We’ll have more photos later!

Here’s a link to the Herald’s coverage.

Belle Isle neighbors cheer on the runners.

Belle Isle neighbors cheer on the runners. (photo by Steve Neifeld)

Thanks to photogs Herb Frank and Steve Neifeld!


Here comes the Alton Road West trolley

trolleyResponding to the concerns from West Avenue residents and Alton Road businesses, the city of Miami Beach launches its new trolley service for the west corridor of South Beach on Monday.

The trolley will provide free rides to residents during the Alton Road construction project, which has disrupted traffic throughout the West Avenue neigbhorhood.

The trolley was proposed by Mayor Philip Levine at the Dec. 11 city commission meeting. The West Avenue Corridor Neighborhood Association (WAVNA) has pushed hard for solutions to the painful byproducts of the construction project.

The Alton/West Loop will take passengers north along Alton Road, from Fifth Street to Lincoln Road then south on West Avenue back to Fifth Street.

Here’s a Miami Herald story on the loop.

Good morning, Belle Isle

7 a.m., looking south from 9 Island Avenue

7 a.m., looking south from 9 Island Avenue

How lucky are we to live in the land of fiery sunsets and pink horizons at daybreak?

Get ready for ING Miami Marathon 2014 — it’s coming up

Route for ING Miami 2014

Route for ING Miami 2014

The 2014 ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon — and its 25,000 runners — will be crossing Belle Isle and the Venetian Causeway in only three weeks, on Sunday, Feb. 2.

IMG_4712That’s Super Bowl Sunday for those of your paying attention, and you know what the marathon means: Lots of running to cheer on in the early morning, and basically no way to drive off the island if you aren’t interested.

Our advice:

–Get out and cheer the runners. The race starts at 6:05 a.m. for wheelchair competitors and 6:15 a.m. for runners. We’ll see the leaders pass Belle Isle (mile 8)  around 6:30 a.m., and we’ll see people who have trained for months crossing until 9:30 or 10 a.m. They range from elite athletes to average folks who committed to goal and are on their way to achieving it. Make signs to motivate the runners. Your enthusiasm will help lift them to success.

– Plan your morning around the race. From about 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., you’ll only be able to go east on Venetian Way by car, and quite slowly. If you want to go to breakfast, you might want to walk. That way, you can cheer the runners as you go along. IF you HAVE to go to the mainland in the morning, plan to ease your way east on Venetian Way, then south on West Avenue, and east on the MacArthur Causeway, where westbound lanes will be open.

–Take pictures of the runners and your neighborhood and share them with #belleisle and #miamimarathon.

If you have questions or concerns, the race organizers want to hear from you. Contact Meryl Leventon at

MacArthur closures planned again tonight

There will be more eastbound lane closures on the MacArthur Causeway tonight as part of the Port Tunnet construction. Most of the work will involve installing signage for the tunnel

On Thursday, the closures are expected on the I-395/MacArthur Causeway bridge starting at 10 p.m.. The entire eastbound bridge is expected to be closed between 1 a.m. and last until 5 a.m.

The FLorida Department of Transportation is telling drivers heading to the beach to exit at Biscayne Boulevard, head north to I-195 (the Julia Tuttle Causeway) and then go east, but inevitably, some will add to the overnight traffic on Venetian Causeway.


MacArthur Causeway eastbound to close Wednesday night

The massive Port of Miami tunnel project will cause the closure of the eastbound lanes of the MacArthur Causeway starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday  to 5:30 a.m. Thursday — and it might have to close overnight Thursday as well.

The closure will also impact Interstate 95′s connection to Interstate 395. If you are heading north or south on I-95, you’ll have to take the Julia Tuttle Causeway (I-195) to Miami Beach. You won’t be able to go east, even to exit on Biscayne Boulevard.

The blog is back from the sunset

Belle Isle sunset, Jan. 5, 2014

Belle Isle sunset, Jan. 5, 2014

I know, the Belle Isle Blog has been on hiatus. I’ve heard from some of you that you’ve missed. Okay. As we head out of the long holidays and into the work of 2014, we are back.

New Sunset Harbour ice cream parlor planning soft opening Sunday

IMG_2247Emack & Bolio’s, the high-end ice cream joint with roots in New England, plans a soft opening in the Shops at Sunset Harbour on Sunday.

IMG_2248The owner, Mohamed Elgayar, and his family were getting everything ready at the 1915 Purdy Ave. storefront Saturday afternoon, offering visitors tastes of such deliciousness as Grasshopper Pie (creme de menthe with chocolate chips and oreos), Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and a fabulous Peach.

Elgayar said folks in the neighborhood could stop by Sunday afternoon while he trains his counter staff, and more goodies could be in store.

Emack & Bolio’s started in Boston in 1975 and now has stores in four states, with three locations in Florida — on Vanderbilt Beach near Naples, at Hawks Cay Resort in the Keys, and at Hard Rock in Orlando.

It’s the first Shops at Sunset Harbour storefront to open that offers something to eat. Sunset Clothing Co. was the first store to open, in November. Still to come: Panther Coffee, Ice Box, Tequitzlan Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar, Fratelli In Toufala, True Loaf Bakery and more.

Sunday triathalon could snarl morning traffic on causeways, Alton Road

Bike and running routes Sunday

Bike and running routes Sunday

The folks behind the Nautica South Beach Triathlon warn that the bike course could cause delays between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The bike course starts on Ocean Drive at Fifth Street, goes south to Biscayne Street and north on Alton Road and east across the MacArthur Causeway. It returns to the beach on the Julia Tuttle Causeway before heading south on Alton road to Michigan Avenue and then Dade Boulevard. Then the course heads back up to Alton, west across the Tuttle, south to the MacArthur Causeway and back across the causeway to Miami Beach to finish near the start.

The MacArthur and Tuttle causeways will remain open, but with restricted lanes, so traffic is expected to be slow on both — and with extra pressure on the Venetian Causeway. Traffic also will be detoured around Alton Road at 17th Street.

So be safe out there.