Belle Isle Park becomes a nesting place

Friday in Belle Isle Park (photo by Herb Frank)

Friday in Belle Isle Park (photo by Herb Frank)

You must have noticed how our little neighborhood park on Belle Isle has become gathering spot — for stroller-pushing moms and nannys, dog walkers and the occasional tropical bird.

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Belle Isle residents meeting to focus on upcoming projects — from Watson Island to West Avenue

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.

 

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.

Hey, Belle Isle, enjoy your Friday night sunset show

It just doesn't get any better.

It just doesn’t get any better.

A cool Belle Isle sunrise while the Northeast braces for a blizzard

Looking east on Jan. 26, 6:45 a.m.

Looking east on Jan. 26, 6:45 a.m.

Sunset from Belle Isle

A Belle Isle sunset over Miami, no filter.

A Belle Isle sunset over Miami, no filter.

Could there be a more beautiful end to a beautiful day? Perfect weather, perfect place.