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Belle Isle Archives
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The city of Miami Beach is postponing water main work affecting Belle Isle until midnight on Wednesday, continuing through Thursday morning.
The work will leave the island without water for about 6 hours, the city estimates, ending at about 6 a.m. on Thursday. A boil water advisory will follow for Belle Isle residents for the following 72 hours.
We’ll let you know if the schedule changes again.
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.
The annual Belle Isle Residents Association meeting happens tonight at Belle Plaza, 20 Island Avenue, with a social hour starting at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 7.
As previously reported, there’s lots to learn about, from the impact of the Venetian Causeway west bridge closure and reconstruction, to updates on planned West Avenue roadwork.
Here’s the full agenda:
If you feel like that the construction projects around our island paradise never end, that’s because….they never end.
The Belle Isle Residents Association meets on Tuesday. The agenda is packed with presentations that affect Belle Isle, Sunset Harbour and the other Venetian Islands. A sampling:
— A report from the city of Miami Beach on the construction timeline and design for the West Avenue bridge, which will extend West Avenue over the Collins Canal to connect Sunset Harbour with the area south of 17th Street.
— An overview of the upcoming reconstruction of West Avenue south to Fifth Street, including the plan to raise the roadway as much as three feet to combat flooding.
–An update on the closure and rebuilding of the westernmost span of the Venetian Causeway, which will disrupt traffic throughout the Venetian Islands
— A presentation from the organization that is fighting the proposed mega-marina project on Watson Island, which is expected to affect traffic on the MacArthur, Tuttle and Venetian causeways.
And that’s just a start. The meeting begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., and important information at 7 p.m. It happens in the card room at Belle Plaza, 20 Island Avenue.
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.