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Be prepared — Friday’s Critical Mass bike ride will cross Dade Boulevard, Venetian Way

Critical Mass, the massive monthly bike ride, happens Friday night and is sure to shutdown traffic around our islands.

The ride starts at 7:15 p.m. on the mainland, and is expected to reach North Beach (over the 79th Street Causeway) at about 7:45 p.m.

From there, riders will head east to Collins Avenue, south to 23rd Street, and then west on Dade Boulevard to Venetian Way and across the islands to mainland Miami.

Plan on being home before the bike traffic, or travel on foot — or get caught in gridlock.

MacArthur closures planned again tonight

There will be more eastbound lane closures on the MacArthur Causeway tonight as part of the Port Tunnet construction. Most of the work will involve installing signage for the tunnel

On Thursday, the closures are expected on the I-395/MacArthur Causeway bridge starting at 10 p.m.. The entire eastbound bridge is expected to be closed between 1 a.m. and last until 5 a.m.

The FLorida Department of Transportation is telling drivers heading to the beach to exit at Biscayne Boulevard, head north to I-195 (the Julia Tuttle Causeway) and then go east, but inevitably, some will add to the overnight traffic on Venetian Causeway.


FDOT closes lanes at 17th and Alton

The Florida Department of Transportation has closed all but one lane east and west on 17th Street at Alton Road while Teco Gas crews repair a line.The work is epxected to continue throughout the day Tuesday.

(And thanks to the West Avenue Corridor Neighborhood Association for the heads up).


Sunday triathalon could snarl morning traffic on causeways, Alton Road

Bike and running routes Sunday

Bike and running routes Sunday

The folks behind the Nautica South Beach Triathlon warn that the bike course could cause delays between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The bike course starts on Ocean Drive at Fifth Street, goes south to Biscayne Street and north on Alton Road and east across the MacArthur Causeway. It returns to the beach on the Julia Tuttle Causeway before heading south on Alton road to Michigan Avenue and then Dade Boulevard. Then the course heads back up to Alton, west across the Tuttle, south to the MacArthur Causeway and back across the causeway to Miami Beach to finish near the start.

The MacArthur and Tuttle causeways will remain open, but with restricted lanes, so traffic is expected to be slow on both — and with extra pressure on the Venetian Causeway. Traffic also will be detoured around Alton Road at 17th Street.

So be safe out there.

Miami-Dade County: Venetian Causeway construction should be done by July

Miami-Dade construction chief Bassam Moubayed explains problems with Venetian Causeway construction.

The long, painful reconstruction of the Venetian Causeway — with its erratic lane shifts, jarring bumps, cyclist and pedestrian hazards — should be complete by the end of July, Miami-Dade’s County Public Works Department construction chief said Wednesday night.

“By July, it should be done,” Bassam Moubayed told impatient members of the Venetian Isle Residents Association. Being done means a final layer of pavement in place, flush with the pink crosswalks and manhole covers.

Unless there is lots of rain, Moubayed said. That could delay completion of the project, which is already nearly five months behind schedule.

“Pray for dry weather,” said Venetian Isles Residents Association president Greg Carney.

Bad weather is one reason the project — which includes wider sidewalks, new lighting, drainage and crosswalks — is so late. But so are the myriad surprises contractors found while doing the work, Moubayed said, like electric and gas lines in different places from shown on plans.

When the causeway work is complete, the city of Miami Beach will begin work on the individual Venetian Islands, installing new drains, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping.

Venetian island residents howl at Miami Beach when cars get towed from their neighborhood

On Saturday, the tow trucks rolled to Rivo Alto and DiLido islands on the Venetian Causeway, at the orders of the city of Miami Beach.

They towed more than a dozen cars.

Some belonged to island homeowners. Some belonged to their friends. Some belonged to workers with jobs at one of the homes.

Here’s an account from Rivo Alto resident Tony Santos:

“A complaint was sent in by someone on Rivo Alto that there were cars parked on the pavement in front of homes.  Based on that complaint, MB Parking Enforcement came out and ticketed and towed cars parked on the city streets on Rivo Alto.

“I stopped them from towing my wife’s car this morning because I heard a terribly loud noise of a truck in front of my home for a little while; otherwise there was no warning of any kind at any time.  The MB Parking Enforcement officer confirmed that to me as well.  While she was very professional (and I have to admit that given the fact I rousted out of bed, I was not taking too kindly to the situation), she stood by her orders.  Upon promising to move the vehicle, I placed it in neighbor’s driveway.”

By the count of some residents, the city had at least seven cars towed from the front of homes on DiLido Island, in addition to cars ticketed and towed from Rivo Alto.

The action created a furor on the islands during the weekend, and demands that Miami Beach city hall back off.

The issue, according to Venetian Island Homeowner Association president Greg Carney, is the city classifies the tiny streets on the three city Venetian islands — Rivo Alto, DiLido and San Marino — to be highways. And ordinances say “that vehicles cannot be parked in the travel lanes of HIGHWAYS,” Carney said in a letter to homeowners.

“The idea is twofold as I understand the Parking Department’s or CIty Attorney Office’s interpretation,” Carney wrote. “First, you don’t want cars being parked to create a hazard.  The idea here is if cars are parked in travel lanes on major through streets like Alton Road or the Venetian Causeway, fast moving traffic will be forced into the path of oncoming fast moving traffic, which creates an obvious safety issue.
“Second, vehicles should not be parked in such a way as to force pedestrians out into fast moving traffic for obvious safety reasons.
“In addition, there is another requirement that there be enough of a travel lane maintained on any public street whether HIGHWAY or not that emergency vehicles (e.g., police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, etc) be able to get by without hinderance for obvious reasons.”
Of course, the roads on the Venetian Islands do not function as thoroughfares like Alton Road or the Venetian Causeway.
One resident, who has lived on the island for 18 years, posted this note on a message board:
I got a ticket 4 months ago for parking in front of my house but not in my driveway.  I had no room because maids, maintenance, pool guy, etc. were there.  This is a problem and should be addressed.  We should be able to park near our homes…. there is no where to go.  There needs to be a way to handle all of this!
Carney said the city ought to apply some logic to its enforcement.
“The only rational solution, as I  have discussed with the City on a number of occasions, is to have the City interpret that the ordinance does not apply to non-HIGHWAYS and to deem our streets not to be HIGHWAYS,” Carney said.
“I strongly urge them to get this resolved once and for all: it seems as if it should be easy – modify the official interpretation of the ordinance and tell Parking to leave the residents alone.  I think it highly unlikely that the county or the State will come after the city for how it enforces parking on local city streets even if the county or state thinks our streets are HIGHWAYS.  Cut the residents some slack.”
He called on island residents to contact the city manager and their commissioners “to express frustration over this issue.  It sure has frustrated me.”

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

State to meet Nov. 15 on proposed West Avenue bridge

Proposed path for the West Avenue Bridge.

Planning is moving forward by the state Department of Transportation for a bridge that would link West Avenue over the Collins Canal, 17th Street and Dade Boulevard.

The bridge would more easily connect the stores, clubs and restaurants in the Sunset Harbour neigbborhood with the area around Epicure to the south, and certainly would be convenient for drivers and bicyclists, who sometimes have a circuitous path between the two. But it also could add intensity and speed to the traffic north and south.

FDOT held a public meeting in September on the proposed West Avenue bridge. At this meeting, the state and the City of Miami Beach are scheduled to reveal alternative plans for public comment.

According to Belle Isle Residents Association president Scott Diffenderfer, they are expected to show alternatives with different bridge widths — arious lanes, sidewalks and bike lanes. There’s also an alternative in which no bridge is built.

The meeting happens on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 22 St.

Before the September meeting, FDOT issued a report on its study of the area, as well as the planning process.

Sunday bike ride will squeeze mid-Beach, Tuttle, downtown Miami traffic

Part of the path.

There’s another bicycling event this weekend that could slow traffic around our area.

The Live Long Live Strong bike ride starts at 7 a.m. Sunday at Gulfstream Park. Its path takes riders down AIA, Harding Avenue through Surfside, west on 63rd Street to Alton Road, and then south on Alton until going west again across the Julia Tuttle.

The route heads south along Biscayne Boulevard through downtown, then to Key Biscayne and all the way back north.

So, we can expect some heavier traffic much of Sunday morning on the Venetian Causeway, road closings across the causeway in the general area of The Miami Herald and Adrienne Arsht Center as bikers head south and then north on a return to Gulfstream Park. There will be impact on mid-Beach, North Beach, Surfside, Bal Harbour and Sunny Isles as well.

The price of living in paradise.

Burn Notice to add to Venetian Causeway traffic clutter

Burn Notice plans a shoot on the Venetian Causeway drawbridge near mainland Miami on Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and that means intermittent traffic delays for part of the day.

The shoot is planned on the south side of the causeway drawbridge near The Miami Herald building, according to James Martincak with Miami-Dade County’s causeway division.

Miami Police will be handling the stopping and starting.