Category Archives: Development

Projects proposed on Belle Isle and nearby, including buildings and roads.

Will Watson Island development turn Biscayne Bay into an aquatic expressway?

If you live on Belle Isle or the other Venetian Way islands, boat traffic on Biscayne Bay looks cool —  but creates a heck of a lot of noise and traffic backups on the causeway.

And there will be more of it if the proposed shops, luxury hotels and mega yacht marina known as Flagstone is built at Watson Island.

The Urban Environment League of Greater Miami is holding a forum, Waterfront Gridlock, to tackle the issue Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Miami, at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design, 100 NE First Ave.

Panelists include Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco; lobbyist Brian May, representing developer Flagstone Island Gardens; Stephen E. Herbits of the Coalition Against Causeway Chaos; and Maurice Ferre, former Miami mayor, Miami-Dade commissioner and longtime Watson Island development advocate.

The forum will be moderated by Paul Schwiep, chair of the Miami-Dade Citizens Independent Transportation Trust and a UEL board member.

Southbound Alton Road detour between Michigan Avenue and Dade Boulevard should end soon

The roadwork on southbound Alton Road east of Sunset Harbour between Michigan Avenue and Dade Boulevard has backed up traffic on Alton for weeks.

It’s delayed traffic on Alton, shifted drivers to shortcut to Sunset Harbour via N. Bay Road, and generally been a mess.

But the Florida Department of Transportation says southound Alton is expected to reopen by the middle of next week (maybe Feb. 4…).

“Once reopened, two lanes of northbound and two lanes of southbound traffic will be restored in this area,” FDOT says. “Daytime lane closures may be used as needed while the contractor continues work.”

Work in the area includes water main, electrical, roadway and concrete construction.

Traffic double-play: Marathon Sunday morning, Alton Road flyover closure starting Sunday night

Belle Isle Blog loves the Miami Marathon, and our team will be out cheering the runners and snapping photos before dawn to share with all of you.

But we also want to remind Belle Isle and Venetian residents that with the race comes a Sunday morning traffic shutdown that begins about 6 a.m. and lasts as late as 10 a.m. So if you are making plans for brunch — or you need to get off the Beach early — either plan to walk or work around the timeline.

Our best advice, as always, is plan to cheer the runners!

Adding to our traffic trauma this weekend: The flyover bridge from eastbound MacArthur Causeway to northbound Alton Road will be closed starting on Sunday night through through Thursday while the contractor performs a paving operation and conducts bridge work.

Most of us don’t travel this way, but if you do — or your visiting plan to come this way — warn them to avoid the problem.

 

Venetian bridge repair tops agenda for Feb. 10 Belle Isle annual meeting

The closing of the Venetian Causeway west bridge for reconstruction. Changing traffic patterns since the switch to SunPass. What’s next for Alton Road and West Avenue roadwork. Fixing the flooding in Sunset Harbour.

If any of those issues affect or interest you, mark your calendar for Feb. 10. That’s when the Belle isle Residents Association will hold its annual meeting,

Expect those topics and others to be discussed, with representatives from Miami Beach city government, the Florida Department of Transportation and Miami-Dade County on hand to explain what Belle Isle residents can expect in the coming year.

The meeting starts with a social hour at 6 p.m. in the card room at Belle Plaza, 20 Island Avenue.

If there is a topic you’d like to see discussed, email the association at  bira@belleisleresidents.org or call association president Scott Diffenderfer at 305-458-3334.

Could there be a Trader Joe’s in our future?

The website Miami.com is reporting that Lucky Strike, the hipster bowling/bar complex off 17th Street and Michigan, closed Tuesday because of a rent increase.

Speculation on a new tenant? Trader Joe’s. Now that would be a good new option to add to Publix-Fresh Market-Epicure for Venetian Causeway and Sunset Harbour foodies, right? More here: http://www.miami.com/lucky-strike-bowling-lanes-miami-beach-closes-trader-joe039s-moving-article

As Alton Road construction winds down, plans for West Avenue gear up

The city of Miami Beach is holding a public meeting Monday to share construction plans for West Avenue between Fifth and 17 streets.

Please don’t tell us you thought the completion of work on Alton Road would end the west side disruption on South Beach. Nope.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Dr. It will be in the city manager’s large conference room on the fourth floor.

City engineer Bruce Mowry is supposed to provide an overview of the West Avenue Neighborhood Improvement Project, which includes the elevation of streets and sidewalks and drainage initiatives to deal with flooding issues.

 

Miami Beach United launches speaker series

The civic group Miami Beach United is starting a speaker series on what makes a great American city with a debate.

Former Miami Beach Mayor Neisen Kasdin, a prominent land-use lawyer, will debate Adam Kravitz, of counsel with the law firm Becker and Poliakoff. Kravitz is president of the Alton Road Residents Associaton.

The topic: Changing the way we vote on Miami Beach.

It happens at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Miami Beach Community Church, at the corner of Lincoln Road and Drexel Avenue. To RSVP, call 305-609-4288