Miami Beach activists work to organize neighborhood coalition

A group of Miami Beach activists is seeking to organize city neighborhoods, including Belle Isle, around a range of issues from traffic to what is reasonable development of the convention center.

Led by a core of 20 activists, the group held its first meeting in January. On Saturday, longtime Miami Beach activist and former City Commissioner Nancy Liebman emailed a large number of Miami Beach residents to invite them to a second meeting on Feb. 16 on Belle Isle to help the group refine its mission.

The call to action includes a questionnaire to fine-tune key issues and get feedback on a proposed mission statement, drafted by activist Herb Sosa:

Dedicated to ongoing and consistent attention to quality of life issues, sustainable growth and sound leadership for a vibrant city rooted in history, its people, resources and neighborhoods, with a focus on the future. 

Here’s a look at the questionnaire:

NAME OF GROUP   (choose 3 best):  87=the number of streets in Miami Beach

_____MIAMI BEACH ACTIVISTS COALITION

_____MIAMI BEACH RESIDENTS COALITION

_____MIAMI BEACH UNITED – 87 STRONG

_____87 UNITED:  FOR A PROGRESSIVE MIAMI BEACH

_____87 UNITED  

_____MIAMI BEACH UNITED

_____BEACH RESIDENTS FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

ISSUES OF CONCERN CITYWIDE:   Check your three best in each of the four categories below:

QUALITY OF LIFE: 

_____ SPECIAL EVENTS    _____CLEANLINESS _____TRAFFIC  _____NOISE

 _____ VISUAL & AESTHETIC POLLUTION _____COMMERCIAL ENCROACHMENT _____ENFORCEMENT OF CODES _____MAINTAIN GREENSPACE

SUSTAINABLE GROWTH:

______MANAGE DENSITY _________PRESERVE THE FABRIC OF THE CITY

______REASONABLE CONVENTION CENTER DEVELOPMENT

 ______COMPATIBILITY DEVELOPMENT ON NEIGHBORHOOD BORDERS

 _____ IMPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE

SOUND LEADERSHIP:

_______ SUPPORT RESPONSIVE POLITICIANS  

 ______IDENTIFY QUALIFIED BOARD MEMBERS 

______ ENCOURAGE PUBLIC SERVICE

A VIBRANT FUTURE:

______BUILD A BETTER VISION: ENHANCE THE “VILLAGE LIFESTYLE”

______PEDESTRIAN QUALITY

______ PUBLIC BAY WALKS

______INCREASE CULTURAL EVENTS AND VENUES

______RESPECT NATURAL BEAUTY AND GREEN SPACE

______PROMOTE DIVERSIFICATION AND TOLERANCE

 In her email to “friends and neighbors,” Liebman said that responses to a first survey “provided meat for the bones of this fledgling organization.”


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One response to “Miami Beach activists work to organize neighborhood coalition

  1. Pingback: New Miami Beach citizens group has roots in Belle Isle | Belle Isle Blog

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