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New Genting plan smaller — so far

Genting, the Malaysian gaming giant that bought The Miami Herald building and surrounding acreage last year, has a new plan for luxury hotel at the west end of the Venetian Causeway.

The plan, which The Herald covered today, is smaller in scale than the 5,200-hotel room mega resort casino Genting touted last year. And they say this proposal — with a five-star luxury hotel, luxury condominiums, waterfront restaurants,  retail and an 800-foot walkway on Biscayne Bay — will be built whether or not Florida opens up casino gambling.

But the plan only accounts for 5 of the nearly 14 acres Genting bought from Herald corporate parent McClatchy. And it doesn’t include the Omni property also purchased by Genting.

So the impact of the overall development — in fact, even details for the plans for the Herald 5-acre building site — is still quite unclear.

Stay tuned.



Belle Isle residents to meet; topics range from road and bridge construction to casinos to ING Marathon

The Belle Isle Residents Association holds its annual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 19 in the board room at Belle Plaza, 20 Island Ave.

It starts at 6 p.m. with socializing; the meeting begins at 7. Here’s the full plan for the evening:

Miami Beach officials will be on hand to discuss ongoing and upcoming projects, answer your questions and hear your comments on issues that affect our neighborhood.

 To be added to our e-mail list or to apply to serve on the Belle Isle Residents Association Board, please send an email tobod@belle-isle-residents.org or call Scott Diffenderfer at 305-458-3334.


 1.   Welcome and Introductions

2.   Project update/community information

  • Miami Beach Community Resource & Outreach Team – Lynn Bernstein
  • Belle Isle Park update/input from residents – Parks Department
  • Project Updates – Richard Saltryck, Public Works
    • Collins Canal seawall & Dade Blvd. shared use bike path
    • Restriping of Dade Blvd./Venetian Way and effects on traffic
    • Miami Beach/Miami-Dade County construction timeline on Venetian Way
    • Proposed West Avenue Bridge Update
  • Venetian Way Bridge Refurbishment/Replacement – Herb Frank
  • Destination Casino Bill Opposition Update – Sandy Money/Herb Frank
  • Other projects and questions from residents

3.   Upcoming Events affecting Venetian Way

  • American Fencing Conference – Jan. 23-27, 2012 – Bus Traffic
  • IMG Miami Marathon – Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 – Road Closures/Race Logistics – Whitney Murphy
  • Miami International Boat Show – Feb. 16-20, 2012 – Bus, Boat Traffic

4.   Treasurer’s Report

5.   President’s Report and all other questions from residents

6.   Approval of the Minutes from the January 2011 Annual Meeting

7.   Nominating Committee

  • Board of Directors Slate for 2012 & Election of new Board Members

8.   New Business

9.   Adjourn

Miami Beach goes on record against casinos

The Miami Beach City Commission took a formal position against any expansion of casino gambling on Wednesday, and pledged to lobby against legislative changes in Tallahassee.

The discussion and vote came after a protest promoted in part by Belle Isle Residents Association leaders.

The commission resolution said gambling brings “severe and painful economic and social costs,” “promotes corruption of the governmental process,” and would “exacerbate traffic,” The Miami Herald reported.

Venetian Causeway residents to discuss crime, casinos

This is a big week for big issues on Belle Isle, the Venetian Causeway and Miami Beach, with a variety of forums scheduled on topics ranging from the recent DiLido Island burglaries to casino plans for mainland Miami and Miami Beach.

The Venetian Island Homeowner Association holds its general meeting Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Miami Beach Police headquarters on Washington Avenue and 11th Street.

The presentation from the police department is supposed to start at 6:30 p.m., VIHA president Greg Carney says,  After that discussion, the homeowner leadership will “discuss the latest information on the proposed Genting Gambling Casino development at the end of the Causeway, the status of various construction projects on our islands, airplane noise” and other issues raised by residents.

So add that meeting to several others upcoming that are specifically geared to the casino issue:

— On Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m., Mayor Matty Bower is holding a forum with residents at the Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr.

— On Friday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m., the Miami Beach City Commission is holding a workshop in Convention Center Hall C, room 134.

— On Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. til noon, several prominent Miamians in organizations opposed to casinos are holding a presentation at Tony Goldman’s Light Box Theater, 404 NW 26th St., in conjuction with the Urban Environment League of Greater Miami.  Presenters include urban planners, architects, former state Sen. Dan Gelber (head of No Casinos in South Florida) and former Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson (head of the Good Government Initiative).

–On Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m., the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce is holding a gaming forum at the Convention Center in Hall D. To be sure of a seat,  you’ll need to register. You can do that here.  

— On Wednesday, Dec. 14 after 5 p.m., the City Commission is supposed to discuss the official city position on the issue.

Miami Beach sets new times for casino discussions; Commission vote expected Dec. 14

With interest growing in the push for casinos in South Florida, the city of Miami Beach now plans to discuss the potential impact and the city’s position at its Wednesday, Dec. 14 meeting. The conversation is supposed to start some time after 5 p.m.

Leading up to that meeting, there are several forums focused on the position Miami Beach takes on casinos.

— Mayor Matti Bower has scheduled a forum with residents at the Botanical Gardens, 2000 Convention Center Dr., on Wednesday, Dec. 7  at 6:30 p.m.

— The Miami Beach City Commission has a workshop scheduled on the matter at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9.

— The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce has a forum on gambling planned for Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., in Hall D.

If you want to attend, you need to RSVP.

Opponents have scheduled a little protest, Belle Isle Residents Association board member Herb Frank tells us, that will start at 5 p.m. outside the convention center.

The feverish discussion takes place as a result of a proposal from Malaysia-based Genting Group to build a $3 billion-plus resort and casino on the site of The Miami Herald and the nearby Omni Center at the west end of the Venetian Causeway.

Genting bought The Herald building and property in May. Other groups also are pushing casino plans for South Florida, from an idea floated by Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn for a gaming mecca at the Miami Beach Convention Center to proposals for downtown Miami, Sunny Isles Beach and at Miami Dolphins Stadium.

Have an opinion on casinos? Some ways to express yourself

How would traffic be managed if mega-casinos are built? What will be the impact on the Venetian Causeway, South Beach, downtown Miami?

Is this a good deal with good jobs? Should the city of Miami Beach back the effort or fight it?

As the casino discussion continues, there are two nearby opportunities to learn more and speak your piece (thanks to Belle Isle Residents Association board member Herb Frank):

— On Dec. 9 at 4 p.m., the Miami Beach City Commission has scheduled a workshop to develop its position and in advance of the Florida Legislature’s 2012 session, which starts in January.

— On Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m., the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum on gaming at the Miami Beach Convention Center in hall D.

Gambling talk worries residents’ groups along Venetian Causeway

The undercurrent of almost every conversation on the Venetian Causeway corridor — from discussions about the proposed West Avenue bridge to Venetian roadway construction — is gambling.

No mater your opinion on the benefits or hazards of gambling, the scale and promimity of the proposed casino projects surely will have major impact on Belle Isle and other causeway islands, as  well as downtown Miami and Miami Beach.

The mammoth casino proposed for the property Genting purchased from The Miami Herald would be the largest in the world. Vegas casino owner Steve Wynn has touted the site of the Miami Beach Convention Center as the best location in South Florida as he shops for a competing mega-casino spot.

The Belle Isle Residents Association and other island homeowner groups have had one meeting with representatives from Genting to discuss the potential impact, and expect to have another soon.

Venetian Island Homeowner Association president Greg Carney gave this report in a note to residents last week:

“The presidents of the close-by HOAs have met with representatives of the Genting group and continue to communicate with them.  We have a number of concerns including increased traffic on the Causeway (and the issues this causes), impact on security, and impact on quality of life and property values in our neighborhoods.

“While Genting has expressed their desire to be good neighbors and their interest in being a net improvement, they have not as yet put forward anything of substance that make the presidents feel comfortable.”

Meanwhile, Herb Frank, a Belle Isle Residents Association board member, points out a website from a group called Common Sense Miami, founded by University of Miami professor Greg Bush.

Carney recommends that residents follow the issue closely, and make their opinions known.

“I am afraid I cannot give you much reassurance on this issue at this point,” Carney wrote.  “We continue to pursue this and hope to have representatives of Genting to a general membership meeting so they can present you all with their plans.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact your state, county and city officials with your concerns.”