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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.

Flash from the past on Dade Boulevard

IMG_3766We photographed this throwback Friday truck at 6:45 a.m. at the corner of Meridian and Dade Boulevard.

Tell the truth. Don’t you miss Burdines?

Overdue Dade Boulevard bike path won’t be done for a while

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.

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.


How to get Miami Beach discount on new ParkMobile app

The city of Miami Beach is launching a new parking app for iPhone and Android that will enable you to park at metered spaces and in city garages without worrying about cash; they bill directly to a credit card.

The app, called ParkMobile, is a free download, and city residents who properly register the app save money on their parking.  Registering requires a trip to the city parking office. Here’s the lowdown, from the city website:

Miami Beach residents will enjoy the discounted hourly parking rate of $1.00 per hour in South Beach (south of Dade Blvd/23rd Street) in lieu of the retail meter hourly rate of $1.75. This equates to a 43% discount!

Additionally, ParkMobile has agreed to waive transactional fees for qualifying Miami Beach residents. Miami Beach residents, who are actively participating in one the City’s residential parking permit programs, are automatically pre-qualified for the resident parking rate discount/transaction fee waiver when they enroll with ParkMobile.  Just download the app and start parking!

In order to enjoy the parking rate discount and transaction fee waiver residents who are NOT currently participating in any of the City’s residential parking permit programs, will need to register at the City of Miami Beach Customer Service Center located at 1755 Meridian Avenue, Suite 100, Miami Beach, Florida and provide the following information:

• Valid Photo ID – Issued by local, state, or federal agency (driver’s license, passport)

• Valid Vehicle Registration – vehicle registration belonging to the person applying for the exemption. If the vehicle is registered to a different person, the resident must provide proof of insurance.

• Valid Proof of Miami Beach Residency – one (1) of the following items must be provided at the time of registration: monthly bill/statement with the resident’s name and address. Current statement must have been mailed within the last 30 days.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  Internet/electronic bills are not acceptable proof of residency.

o   Utility bill (electric, phone, gas, cable)
o   Mobile phone carrier statement
o   Bank statement
o   Credit card statement (credit card number must be obstructed)
o   Vehicle insurance statement
o   Mortgage statement
o   Property tax statement (last one received)

Once registered, ParkMobile will automatically update your ParkMobile account status and you may start enjoying your discounted parking rate and ParkMobile fee waiver.

Miami Beach to unveil phone app for parking next week

The city of Miami Beach is finally replacing the failed iPark system with a smartphone parking app that will allow residents to pay at metered spaces and in city garages at a substantial discount.

The free test period starts Monday, May 12, and continues until May 25. During the time, transaction fees for the app, called ParkMobile, will be waived. You can download it to your iPhone or Android for free.

Once downloaded, program the app with your Miami Beach address and a credit card for payment. When the trial period ends, Miami Beach residents who register the app with the city of Miami Beach parking department will get a 43 percent discount if they use the app, paying $1 an hour instead of $1.75 hourly.

ParkMobile is similar to Pay-by-Phone, the parking app used by the city of Miami and Coral Gables and South Miami.  Looks while we’ll need two parking apps as we travel and park in different cities.

The app replaces the white iPark devices the city made available to Beach residents. Those devices, which were battery powered, failed, as did the company behind them.



Venetian Causeway water main work begins Monday

Venetian Islands_010214_Water Line Work Begins FINAL watermainThe contractor on the Venetian islands right of way project begins work on Monday, Jan. 6, on new water lines on San Marino Islands, and the work will last three weeks.

There will be roadway closings and detours during the construction, as well as some parking restrictions in the immediate construction areas. For San Marino residents, there will be parking restrictions during construction times, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the city asks that residents put a contact number on their car dashboard to avoid being towed.

According to Lauren Firtel, the city spokesperson for the work, there should not be any water service disruptions during this phase of the construction work.