High moon, Belle Isle — taken about 5:45 a.m.
Early, early Saturday, the moon was high over Belle Isle and downtown Miami. We couldn’t resist sharing these.
Moon over Miami, from the dock at 9 Island Avenue.
Smoky South Florida morning.
A brush fire in West Broward and South Florida fog gave us a nearly zero visibility morning on Monday.
The view of smoky Belle Isle from the Flamingo.
Our friend Herb Frank shared this weekend shot of sunset from paradise, in this case the deck over at The Standard.
Scenes from 2013 Miami Marathon
We’re in the countdown to Miami Marathon (and Half-Marathon) Sunday.
The big race happens Sunday morning, with a 6 a.m. start downtown near American Airlines Arena downtown. The route should bring the first races (wheelchair competitors) to Belle Isle around 6:45 a.m.
We can expect runners crossing the island and the rest of the Venetian Causeway in a steady stream at least until 9:30 a.m. — 27,000 in all.
Plan ahead — for breakfast at home, or a walk to the story, or better yet, getting up early to go out and cheer the runners.
When runners pass us by, they will be about 8 miles into either a 13.1-mile or 26.2 mile journey. They’d love your support, and they have worked hard for this day.
If you have to leave the island, know you can only go east, and it will be a slow slog…..
Monday morning sunrise over Belle Isle.
Happy Monday folks! Here’s some of what’s coming up this week and the next few:
— The Venetian Isle construction project that started Jan. 6 on San Marino expands today to DiLido Island. The new work involves digging a trench in the middle of West and East DiLido drives and installing pipes, the city says. Work on San Marino continues.
— On Wednesday, there will be another organic farmers market in the breezeway at the new Sunset Harbour Shops, featuring goodies from Paradise Farms. It runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
— On Feb. 6, Miami Beach police will be holding a police captain’s walk with homeowners. It starts at 5 p.m. at the corner of East Dilido Drive and North Venetian Way. The walk is a chance to discuss security concerns in the neighborhood.
— On Feb. 25, the Belle Isle Residents Association holds its annual meeting in the meeting room at 20 Island Ave. There will be a reception before the meeting. We’ll have more details as the agenda unfolds.
Touting the Lido as “Miami Beach’s only spa.”
As we wait for updates on the next step for The Standard’s proposed renovation, our crack research team cranked up the Wayback Machine for a look at the Lido Spa in its second coming.
A new way to vacation…
Remember, the Belle Isle motel/spa/hotel launched in 1953 as the Monterrey Hotel, designed by noted Miami Modern architect Norman Giller. Second Gen was the Lido Spa, in 1960, when the new owner added the three-story lobby and spa building with the classic sign and gold grille panels.
Out latest postcard find dates back to the early 1960s. The only high-rises visible on Belle Isle in the postcard are Belle Tower, the island’s first high-rise (1958) at 16 Island Ave., and behind it, Belle Plaza, at 20 Island Ave., Belle Plaza was completed in 1962.