It’s been almost a year since Miami Critical Mass staged its monthly bike ride through the Venetian Islands.
Friday evening, it’s back. and Miami Beach police warn of the usual traffic snarls.
The ride starts at 7:15 p.m. at Government Center downtown, through Northeast Miami to the 79th Street Causeway, then across Normandy Isle to Collins Avenue.
The last leg of the ride will take riders west on Dade Boulevard to Venetian Way and through the Venetian Islands — likely some time after 8 p.m.
So plan to avoid the traffic if you can. If you get caught in it, be patient.
(NOTE: This is a corrected version of this post — an earlier version had the route reversed).
The owners of the Belle Isle Key apartment complex, who want to knock down the current complex and build anew, will present their plans to Belle Isle Residents on Wednesday, March 30 at 7 p.m.
The presentation, which had been announced for Thursday, will happen in the card room at Belle Plaza, 20 Island Ave.
Yes, the Venetian Causeway reopens today after a nine-month rebuild of its westernmost bridge, and if the closed crossing to the mainland has mucked up you commute, that’s good news.
You might want to plan your first trip, though. The celebrations around the reopening may slow traffic.
There’s a ceremony (and ribbon cutting) at 11 a.m. The bridge is expected to be open to traffic around noon. (Originally, the county said festivities would start at 10 a.m., but hey, we have been waiting this long, right?)
Then, starting at 6 p.m., several South Florida running organizations have encouraged their members to participate in a “United Venetian Run” run. The idea is for groups to run from the Lulemon store on Lincoln Road on Miami Beach and from the Omni Metromover station near the Adrienne Arscht Center and meet for a group photo at the Venetian toll booth on Biscayne Island.
The Miami Beach group is to start running at 6 p.m.; the Miami group at 6:30 p.m. Organizers are from local run clubs and the Miami Marathon, which features the Venetian in its event, but had to route around it last month. They expect about 400 runners.
Cyclists are celebrating, too. More than 600 people have RSVPed for an event that starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Miami Bike Shop (18th and Biscayne), crossing the Venetian and ends around 7 p.m. for a happy hour. in downtown
So…..maybe Tuesday, we return to the causeway to head home at rush hour.
On a stormy Thursday, an ominous light rises over Souith Beach from Belle Isle.
Here’s a reminder: You can meet your neighbors and learn about key issues facing the neighborhood when the Belle Isle residents Association holds its annual meeting, tonight in the card room at Belle Plaza, 20 Island Ave.
The gathering starts with a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m., followed by a business meeting at 7 p.m.
We’ll get an update on ongoing and future road projects (get ready for bridge construction at West Avenue), the proposal for an five-story apartment complex on the Belle Isle Key site, progress on the Venetian Causeway and more.
The association will also elect new officers and hear from you about your concerns.
The Belle Isle Residents Association meets on Thursday, Jan. 21, and island residents can expect updates on a list of challenges:
— We’ll get a look at what’s planned to replace the apartment complex called Belle Isle Key, 31 Venetian Way, on the northeast quadrant of Belle Isle. If you remember, residents in 2010 successfully fought to scale back a previous proposal for the site, which now accommodates 120 rental apartments on 3.5 acres. But the developer decided it wasn’t worth building, and five years later has come back with a new plan.
— We’ll learn about other projects planned at our doorstep: in Sunset Harbour, and on West Avenue and Alton Road. Did you know the old Boston Market site is being planned as a hotel by the same developer that shoe-horned the Marriott Residence Inn on the sliver of land north of 17th Street at West Avenue? More proposals are in the works for the land south of 17th Street between West and Alton and other sites.
— We’ll hear a road construction and elevation update. The only truly good news — at least for most — is that the westernmost Venetian bridge is projected to reopen at the end of February. But more Venetian bridge work will follow. And the elevation work in Sunset Harbour will continue, and then comes more work on West Avenue and the construction of a new West Avenue bridge that links Sunset Harbour with the corridor to the south.
The meeting, at Belle Plaza, 20 Island Ave., begins with a social at 6 p.m. Serious business starts at 7 p.m., and also includes election of association officers.
Here’s the full agenda:
ALL RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Join us for Wine at 6:00PM
Annual Meeting at 7:00PM
20 Island Avenue Meeting Room (Belle Plaza)
- Welcome & Introductions of BIRA Board and City Officials present, Scott Diffenderfer
- Annual Meeting Business
- Approval of minutes from 2015 Annual Meeting
- Treasurers report, Herb Frank
- Election of board members and officers for 2016 Nominating Committee
- Introduction of Commissioners and Elected officials present
- Caroline DeFreze, City of Miami Beach Community Resource Coordinator (confirmed) will introduce will introduce police and transportation officials
- Update on area projects, Lynn Bernstein/Bruce Mowry, Ph.D., P.E., City of Miami Beach Engineer (both confirmed)
- West Avenue Bridge Design and Construction Timeline
- Sunset Harbour Streets and pumps
- Update on West Avenue and other city streets; upcoming projects
- Open questions from residents
- Update on reopening of Venetian causeway bridge as well as long range rehabilitation from FDOT/Miami-Dade County (not confirmed yet)
- Miami Beach Police (not confirmed yet)
- Update on Watson Island Project and Lawsuit, Roger Craver, Coalition for Causeway Chaos (Scott meeting with him on Wednesday to confirm)
- Park Update, Garry Korr
- Belle isle Residents Association Goals for 2016
- Other Business, Open Forum and questions from residents
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