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Second Sunset Harbour farmers market happens Wednesday

Organic veggies at the Sunset Harbour market

Organic veggies at the Sunset Harbour market

Our neighbors in Sunset Harbour have the second organic farmer’s market Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the breezeway at the new Sunset Harbour Shops.

paradise2The market will feature goodies from Paradise Farms, including baby greens, micro greens, fresh and dried oyster mushrooms, edible flowers, flower tea, herbs, carrots, beets, radish, scallions, avocados, heirloom tomatoes, honey, carambola, local eggs, goat cheese and seasonal fruit.

Monday morning briefing for Belle Isle and the Venetian Causeway — the week ahead

Monday morning sunrise over Belle Isle.

Monday morning sunrise over Belle Isle.

Happy Monday folks! Here’s some of what’s coming up this week and the next few:

sewerwork– The Venetian Isle construction project that started Jan. 6 on San Marino expands today to DiLido Island. The new work involves digging a trench in the middle of West and East DiLido drives and installing pipes, the city says. Work on San Marino continues.

– On Wednesday, there will be another organic farmers market in the breezeway at the new Sunset Harbour Shops, featuring goodies from Paradise Farms. It runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

– On Feb. 6, Miami Beach police will be holding a police captain’s walk with homeowners. It starts at 5 p.m. at the corner of East Dilido Drive and North Venetian Way. The walk is a chance to discuss security concerns in the neighborhood.

– On Feb. 25, the Belle Isle Residents Association holds its annual meeting in the meeting room at 20 Island Ave. There will be a reception before the meeting. We’ll have more details as the agenda unfolds.

Next new thing in Sunset Harbour: Wednesday farmer’s market

Okay, we all know that Sunset Harbour has become the hippest ‘hood going, what with all those Pubbelly places and Burgers and Beer and Panther Coffee and Ice Box and the new Sunset Harbour Shops.

Last month, Curbed Miami held its Curbed Cup competition for Miami’s hottest neighborhood, and Sunset Harbour beat out Midtown and SoFi and Wynwood and downtown as Neighborhood of the Year.

And now, the Sunset Harbour Shops is touting an organic farmer’s market put on by Paradise Farms in its breezeway.

The first-ever event happens Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wendy Chernin of the Scott Robins Company tells your blog.

It will be on the east end of the breezeway, and goodies will include baby greens, micro greens, fresh and dried oyster mushrooms, edible flowers, flower tea, herbs, carrots, beets, radish, scallions, avocados, heirloom tomatoes, honey, carambola, local eggs, goat cheese and seasonal fruit.

Drainage work starting in Sunset Harbour, will last six months

Flooding on 20th Street inSunset Harbour.

Flooding on 20th Street in Sunset Harbour.

We all know that Sunset Harbour floods with almost every rain and full moon-high tide combination. It’s no secret our neighboring hotspot needs improved drainage.

So this is good news, sort of. Starting this week, work begins on a drainage improvement project in Sunset Harbour.

But traffic is likely to go from bad to worse during the Sunset Harbour flooding work  construction phase. The area of impact includes almost the entire neighborhood, and construction is supposed to last (gulp!) six months.

The stretch on 20th Street in front of the Pubbelly restaurants, Publix and JugoFresh/Footworks is already a mess because of backups from the Alton Road work. Expect it to get worse.

According to the city, all existing pump stations in the area will be upgraded:

–There will be construction at the corner of Purdy Avenue and Dade Boulevard/17th Street to replace existing pumps and hardware (and yes, it appears the city had already been working on this).

–Existing pumps and equipment also will be replaced at Sunset Harbour Marina across from the Sardinia/PB Steak corner at 18th and Purdy.

–All along 20th Street, construction crews will replace a pumping station and add new drainage wells. In addition, a new sewer system will be constructed and connected.

Lane closures will happen between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, in phases.

Brace yourself — and remember the flooding in Belle Isle that finally got fixed after years of construction. In end, it was worth it.

Palau project to move forward

A rendering of Palau at Sunset Harbour.

A rendering of Palau at Sunset Harbour.

The developers of the Palau condo — the condo-retailed project that includes the old Mark’s Cleaners site — have made peace with their Sunset Harbour neighbors, The Miami Herald is reporting.

According to an agreement provided last week to the city of Miami Beach, the developers of Palau — which include the Disney family — will position the  project further back from the bridge to Sunset Islands 3 and 4, provide greater setbacks of the retail space. There will be a public plaza near the bridge as well.

Sunset Island residents in March persuaded the Miami Beach Planning Board to reconsider an approval its approval of the project.

The project, designed by Kobi Karp, includes 50 condo units in addition to 11,000 square feet of retail space.


Hotel construction, road work, flooding and Sun Pass on Belle Isle residents agenda

Can robotic parking machines change how people feel about parking garages?

Will a new pumping system, almost complete, keep Sunset Harbour dry the next time we have a full moon and high tide at the same time?

When will the city of Miami Beach finish work on the new Collins Canal seawall and adjacent bike path?

Should digital signage — also known as electronic billboards — be allowed as part of Miami Beach bus shelters?

All those issues and more are one the agenda for the Belle Isle Residents Association annual meeting, which happens Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Belle Plaza meeting room, 20 Island Ave.

The gathering starts social at 6 p.m., and the meeting should begin at 7.

Representatives from the city of Miami Beach will be on hand to discuss a variety of projects, and hear from residents, says association president Scott Diffenderfer.

Here’s a look at the full agenda:

Discussion and updates on the following City, County and developer projects:
— Collins Canal Seawall and Dade Blvd. Bike Path
— Alton Road Construction and traffic detour plans which will affect West Avenue and Venetian Way
— Ongoing Sunset Harbour Flooding and Pump Station Enhancement project
— Venetian Islands construction on side streets
— Proposed expansion and addition of parking at Standard Hotel
— Proposed Hotel on 17th Street and West Avenue
— Introduction of Miami Beach United
— Update on selection of City Manager
– Update on Convention Center Expansion
— Discussion of request to install Electronic Billboards to bus shelters in Miami Beach
— Timeline and info on how to register your SunPass for use on the Venetian Causeway
— Open forum for residents to ask questions and provide comments

Pubbelly team to open steakhouse in old Joe Allen spot

Many of us still miss Joe Allen in Sunset Harbour, even though it’s been almost two years and two unsuccessful restaurants (Morgans on the Beach and Georgia’s Union) since the place closed its doors.

Now, the team that created Pubbelly, Pubbelly Sushi and Barceloneta is getting the white house at 1787 Purdy Ave. prepped for a January opening as PB Steak.

Lesley Abravanel has a preview at Miami.com. Among the menu items: an extensive raw bar, steak tartar sliders, steak entrees from $19 to $60, and a veal porterhouse.

The bar will feature mixologist Ashley Danella, formerly of Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau.

Opening target is the second week of January.



First stores opening at Sunset Harbour parking garage; construction inside old Joe Allen space

Sunset Clothing Co. owner Juan Plasencia in his new store.

We walked around the neighborhood Saturday and discovered the first stores open at the new parking garage at Sunset Harbour — and construction workers at recently closed Georgia’s Union restaurant, in the old Joe Allen space.

The Sunset Clothing Co. is owned and run by Juan Plasencia, who ran Post Blue Jean Co. on Lincoln Road for more than a decade.

Plasencia, who lives in the neighborhood (down the street, near the corner of Purdy and 17th Street), opened the store at 1895 Purdy Ave. on Friday.

Plasencia made the move from Lincoln Road because rent simply became too high for a boutique retailer competing with the huge chains. Post had a terrific reputation.

Here’s what Yelp’s Maria Argüello wrote about Post a couple years back:

With close to a dozen different denim labels, tees, and even Diesel footware, this store is what American Apparel should have been, a symbol of American purpose and quality. It just doesn’t get more American than jeans and T-shirts.

Plasencia says he’s eager to cater to a neighborhood clientele.

We saw other signs of life in the Sunset shops. Frankie’s Boutique, next door to Sunset Clothing Co., had display cases of sunglasses and jewelry and racks of clothes visible in the windows, so opening seems imminent.

And construction crews worked feverishly Saturday at Panther Coffee, Tequitzlan Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar, and True Loaf Bakery. But from appearances, they still had a lot of work to do.

Interior of Georgia’s Union.

Meanwhile, at the old Joe Allen space, which housed Morgan’s and Georgia’s Union during the last two years, construction crews were working as well. No word on what is next for that space, but renovation is underway — again.

A shame about Georgia’s Union, which closed in early October after a run of less than four months.

Here comes the moon — and tidal flooding in Sunset Harbour, Alton Road

Seawater swamps Purdy across from Maurice Gibb Memorial Park, October 2010

The city of Miami Beach warns that seasonal high tides are expected starting Monday, and with them flooding is likely in Sunset Harbour, along Alton Road and West Avenue and on Palm Island.

The tides aren’t expected to be as bad as in October 2010, when flooding was severe, but salt water problems are likely, interim City Manager Kathie Brooks said in a memo to the mayor and city commissioners.

Areas particularly vulnerable, the city says: Purdy Avenue between Dade Boulevard and 20th Street; Alton Road and West Avenue at Fifth, Sixth, 10th and 14th streets, and the west side of Palm Island.

“It is likely that the city will experience some short-term flooding in its low lying areas,” Brooks wrote. “At this time, staff does not anticipate any driving lanes to be closed unless there is significant rainfall during the peak time frames.”

If you lived on Belle Isle during the persistent flooding before the drainage project was completed, you know its important to avoid submerging your car in the salt water. Many residents later had serious issues with rust damaging their brake lines and other parts.

Miami Beach approves new mixed use development on Mark’s Cleaners site

The latest development news in Sunset Harbour, our oh-so-hot neighboring neighborhood:

Miami Beach’s Design Review Board approved the Palau at Sunset Harbour, a sleek glass and steel mixed use project on the old Mark’s Cleaners property and a neighboring site at the entrance to Sunset Islands, where the Cypress Bay  condo started and stalled.

The Palau is to include 50 condo units and 11,000 square feet of retail space. It’s bankrolled by the Disney family, according The Miami Herald. The developers paid $8.2 million for the site a year ago; Mark’s moved from the site in January.

Some Sunset Harbour residents battled the five-story project, saying it was too big for such a small site.