We face an onslaught of construction projects and development in the Venetian Isles, Sunset Harbour and West Avenue neighborhoods. There are several community meetings happening soon that provide an opportunity to learn more and give some input:
— On Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m., the civic organization Miami Beach United is holding a discussion of how pedestrians, bikes and vehicles mesh (or don’t) on our roads and sidewalks — and how it could be better.
The discussion, which happens at the Miami Beach Golf Club, 2301 Alton Rd., includes representatives from the city of Miami Beach, the transportation planning firm Gannett Fleming, and the street plans collaborative.
— On Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m., the city of Miami Beach is holding a session in Sunset Harbour to get neighborhood input on streetscape improvements in that torn-up area.
As you know, most streets in Sunset Harbour are a mess, part of $5 million in improvements to replace underground pipes and utilities.
The city engineer, Bruce Mowry, last week said the utility work should be finished by the end of summer, and then work will begin on the sidewalks, landscaping and road resurfacing.
The neighborhood meeting, to be held at 1800 Purdy Ave., will give an overview and seek feedback on those improvements.
— On Monday, Feb. 23, the city of Miami Beach and the Florida Department of Transportation will meet with West Avenue neighborhood residents to explain the major road project that will begin this week on West Avenue and 17th Street.
The project, which ultimately will impact all of West Avenue from Fifth to 17 streets and includes putting in new pumping stations at Fifth, Seventh, 10th, 14th and 17th streets, involves raising the street as much as three feet.
The meeting will start at 6 p.m., but the location has not been determined. We’ll update. WAVNA, the West Avenue Neighborhood Association, is coordinating with the city of Miami Beach.