With drainage work stalled, here comes the flood

West Avenue and Sixth Street during October high tides.

The city of Miami Beach — which started work on a drainage fix for Belle Isle in October but hasn’t turned a shovel of dirt for three months — is warning that high tides could bring flooding during the next several days.

In a memo to city commissioners and the mayor, City Manager Jorge Gonzalez says the high tides are not expected to be as severe as in October, “which averaged around 3.5 ft and pearked at 3.7 feet; it is anticipated that this weekend the high tides will average 2.7 feet and peak at 3 feet Sunday night.”

As a result, the city doesn’t expect to have to close any driving lanes, Gonzalez said, which happened in several locations in October — particularly on Alton Road and on West Avenue. Flooding was quite heavy at times at Venetian Way and Island Avenue as well.

As for the drainage work at bridge in front of the Grand Venetian, work remains stopped as the city and Miami-Dade County haggle. Work began Oct. 25, but stalled in early November after a construction crew excavated and began to remove and replace old drainage pipes where the bridge to Island View Park meets the Belle Isle seawall.

Among the surprises: pilings for the bridge in unanticipated locations.

Engineering drawings had to be revised, and then approved by Miami-Dade. In mid-January, city project manager Carla Dixon told the Belle Isle Residents Association that was in process. But two months later, no visible work has taken place


One response to “With drainage work stalled, here comes the flood

  1. DisgustedWithMB

    Yes, the flooding is the worst on West and Alton and there is no plan to fix it. But the City did dramatically increase the traffic on those roads by putting a hotel where it doesn’t belong. And now they will grant the same crooked developer permission to build a huge mall on Alton Rd. without fixing the drainage problem. HELLO? Doesn’t anyone at the city realize this might be a problem? The City Commission needs to stop standing up for businesses and take the residents concerns into consideration. Just ask the people that live at the Roney Palace who don’t sleep because of parties at the Gansevoort. And 70% of the noise violations they say are invalid. How much does that cost? It is all done out in the open and it is gross. Citizens of Miami Beach you need to start attending meetings at City Hall and speaking up. You live in a crooked city and there is no oversight. Demand better city government. We pay Gonzalez enought for it. His salary is $300,000.

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