Miami Beach

The Future Of North Beach Is Up For Grabs

Mar 24, 2016
James Teeple

The future of Miami Beach’s North Beach neighborhood is up for grabs. People who like the sleepy, low-rise neighborhood that stretches from 63rd Street to 87th Street call it funky, but those who want change call it faded. 

In February, North Beach residents, city officials, town planners and even some developers met at a “charrette” or design workshop to hash out ideas for a future North Beach. The workshop was organized by Dover Kohl and Associates, the town planning firm that’s been selected by the city of Miami Beach to develop a master plan for North Beach. 

Noted Civil Rights-Era Photographer Bob Adelman Found Dead At Miami Beach Home

Mar 20, 2016
Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

  Bob Adelman, a photographer considered one of the foremost chroniclers of the civil rights movement, was found dead in his Miami Beach home Saturday by a friend who called police.

Miami Beach police would not confirm the identity of the elderly man whose body was in the house, saying they had not yet notified the family, but the county's medical examiner's website identified the dead man as Adelman, misspelled as Adelman.

A Miami Beach official with knowledge of the investigation said Adelman, 85, was found with a head wound.

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Voters in Miami Beach are deciding more who may run for the White House.

They also will decide if a new hotel should be built next to a renovated convention center.

The hotel would serve as headquarters for conventions. Supporters say it would bring more dollars to the city but opponents believe it would further overcrowd the city.

Plans for the hotel boast a modern 288-foot tall, 800-room building.

If voters approve the plan on March 15, the land would be leased to Portman Holdings. The developer says it will privately finance the $400 million project.

Art For Your Ears: Subtropics Marathon Airs Experimental Music

Mar 4, 2016
Diego Saldaña-Rojas / For WLRN

  On Saturday, 20 sound art pieces will be performed and displayed at the 24th annual Subtropics Marathon, a six-hour sound art and experimental music event.

"We don't try to pin down exactly the kinds of things these are. We're interested in experimental music, meaning music that is being made today, no matter what it is," said Gustavo Matamoros.

Riders, Runners Celebrate Re-opening Of Venetian Causeway

Mar 1, 2016
Diego Saldaña-Rojas / For WLRN

After months of being closed for repair, the Venetian Causeway opened for all vehicle traffic at midday Monday.

The causeway linking downtown Miami, the Venetian islands and Miami Beach is popular among cyclists and pedestrians for its reduced speed limit and views.

  "The Venetian, it's just a much safer route — and it's the only one," said Laura Parsons, a cyclist and employee of the Miami Bicycle and Pro Shop.

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The tourists keep coming, but many locals stay away from Ocean Drive.

People living in Miami Beach will tell you that Ocean Drive has turned into a carnival of rowdy crowds, petty crime and non-stop noise from cruising cars and bars along the street.

Mitch Novick, a longtime preservationist and owner of the Sherbrooke Hotel, just around the corner from Ocean Drive, says the street has become a “free-for-all for bad behavior.”

The composer John Luther Adams calls himself "deeply, deeply Alaskan." That's where the 62-year-old lived almost his entire adult life, and he still has his cabin in the woods where he's written so much of his music. But now he and his wife split their time between an apartment in New York City and a house in Mexico right next to the Pacific Ocean.

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On Wednesday, South Florida will go through another King Tide. Not sure what to expect, except maybe closed roads and cars on flooded streets. 

Miami Beach is trying to get ahead of the problem, which is a consequence of rising seas. The city is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on pump stations, higher roads and seawalls.

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Just two weeks after the last one, Tuesday is another election day in Miami-Dade County.

Two commission seats will be decided, one in Miami Beach the other in Miami, but you might not actually call the Miami race an election this time around.

Many cities in Miami-Dade County use a “majority” voting system,  which means that in order to win an election, you have to get 50 percent of the vote - the majority of the voters. But when elections, like those that produced  runoffs, have five or nine candidates, getting that majority can be difficult.

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I grew up watching hurricanes from the 21st floor of a high-rise condominium in Miami Beach.

I’d sit by the window and watch minor storm surge crash up against Normandy Isle, palm trees bend back and forth and transformers explode.

Some of my family and friends lived in the same building, so we’d get together and run around in the dark hallways with our flashlights and hopefully miss a day or two of school.

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If you’re going to the beach this weekend, you might want to check the parking prices before loading up the car—this is the first weekend of new, higher parking prices in Miami Beach.

The changes mostly affect metered parking spaces. In some neighborhoods, the meter rates will triple in cost.

You can see the change in fees broken down on the city’s website:

The change is projected to raise an additional $14 million in revenue for Miami Beach.

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The Baptist brand of health care is coming to Miami Beach.  

The city planning board voted 6-1 to give Baptist the green light to build an urgent care center at 709 Alton Road.

“We’re very happy and delighted that the planning board took such consideration really to give this project the time and attention that it needed,” says Ana Lopez-Blazquez, chief strategy officer for Baptist Health.

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Y'señia Almaguer’s turquoise-colored living room in her small Miami apartment doubles as her inspiration room.

A stack of art books featuring Frida Kahlo and Coco Chanel sit atop a purple and pink end table. Nearby, a towering bedazzled Santeria altar accented in gold honors Oshun, the orisha or god of love and femininity.

Adjacent to the altar is where Almaguer creates. Her painting nook is wallpapered with doodles, a portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat and a graffiti poster demanding that we all “coexist.”

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Miami Beach commissioners are considering a proposal by Mayor Philip Levine to ban outdoor liquor sales after 2 a.m.

The proposal is meant to curb intoxication on Ocean Drive where last call at its sidewalk bars and restaurants can be as late as 5 a.m.

Levine says he’s spoken with law enforcement about how to bring back a more family-friendly environment to the strip.

Which One Is Better: Miami Or Miami Beach?

Mar 26, 2015
Photo on left by Wyn Van Devanter, right by Katie O'Connor / Flickr (https://flic.kr/p/5idr27)

Miami Beach is celebrating its centennial on Thursday with a giant concert with performances by Gloria Estefan, Andrea Bocelli and Flo Rida.

And while non-South Floridians and some sports anchors might not realize there's a difference between Miami and Miami Beach, people who live in each city hold a lot of pride for their hometowns. And sometimes, it leads to rivalry.

So my colleague John O'Connor and I each took up the cause for our side of the causeway. Take a listen for what lovers of each city had to say:

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