The “geyser” on Belle Isle. (photo by Fane Lozman).
For the third time in the last two years, we’ve got a big water main break on Belle Isle.
This one is a geyser. At 9 Island Avenue, building management used the building communication system to tell all residents at 10:15 a.m. that the water main on Belle Isle had ruptured, and all units would be without water for an undetermined period.
Update at 11:07 a.m.: The “geyser” has been capped and city workers are on the scene. 9 Island residents have been told to turn off their air conditioning units because the water is off.
Update at 11:30 a.m.: Water leak capped, service to be restored shortly, boil 48-hour water order expected.
12:55 p.m. update: Power service is returning, but a boil water order will be in effect for 3 Island Avenue, Island Terrace and 9 Island Avenue condos for 48 hours, according to Miami Beach spokeswoman Nannette Rodriguez.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.