Miami Beach

Transportation
6:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

How Miami-Dade's Dreams Of Light Rail Look A Lot Like Its Past

A streetcar in Coral Gables in April, 1925
William A. Fishbaugh/State Archives of Florida

Once again, Miami-Dade County is studying whether a light-rail train from mainland Miami to the beach would actually work.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the county’s metropolitan planning organization think it could be a solution to the traffic problems of South Beach. If traffic gets worse, Gimenez has said it will “kill the tourism industry.”  

A History Of Light Rail

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Redevelopment
2:09 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Miami Beach Convention Center Referendum Canceled After Court Decision

The entrance to Hall A of the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Credit MARSHA HALPER / Miami Herald Staff

An appeals court on Friday left Miami Beach to cancel a planned referendum on a $1 billion renovation of the city’s convention center, ruling commissioners must first approve a lease that voters could then consider.

The ruling comes a day before Miami Beach plans to print its ballot for the November 5 election, and the city’s attorney said there will be no time to appeal the decision by the Third District Court of Appeal.

Jose Smith, the attorney, said the lease negotiations with a development team South Beach ACE will probably last through the spring.

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South Beach
11:03 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Former Versace Mansion In Miami Beach Auctioned For $41.5M

Casa Casuarina, the former Versace mansion on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, still draws frequent tourists to its front entrance. The property was auctioned Tuesday in a bankruptcy proceeding.

The former Versace mansion fetched a top bid of $41.5 million from a group that included New York’s Nakash family, which controls Jordache Enterprises, at a court-ordered bankruptcy auction Tuesday.

After the auction, Joe Nakash, the winning bidder and owner of the Victory Hotel next door, said he plans to ask for the right to use the Versace name and operate the mansion as a hotel in conjunction with the Victor.

Lamar P. Fisher of Fisher Auction Co. conducted the auction Tuesday morning inside the ornate 10-bedroom, 11-bath mansion.

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Transportation
11:17 am
Fri August 30, 2013

A Tale Of Two Bike Shares From Miami Beach To Broward

Flamingo Park in South Beach hosts two bike share stations.
Credit Arianna Prothero/WLRN

The city of Miami Beach and Broward County both launched bike shares in 2011 but the two programs have seen vastly different success rates.

Bike shares have been popping up across the country over the past few years with one of the most recent additions launching in New York City earlier this summer. Despite its reputation for not being bike-friendly, South Florida was an early adopter of the bike share-- an idea, like many things in our region, born in another country.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Fillmore Miami Beach, Festival Miami, Mad Cat Theatre, Chef Norman Van Aken and Miami-Dade Calendar

Fillmore Miami Beach
https://twitter.com/FillmoreMB

08/09/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director of the Fillmore Miami Beach, Brandon Berry, brings us the enticing event details about the beach’s cherished concert hall. Dean Shelly Berg describes the exciting 30th anniversary events for Festival Miami.

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Real Estate
7:35 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Miami Beach Preservationists Battle Glitterati Over Homes

This house owned by a plastic surgeon and his wife, a cast member on The Real Housewives of Miami, is the poster child for efforts to stop runaway demolitions in Miami Beach.
Courtesy of Arthur Marcus

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:35 pm

Some of Miami Beach's quietest and most historic neighborhoods can be found in a chain of small islands connected by a causeway. On Di Lido Island, a community of homes built 50 and 60 years ago is being torn down and replaced, lot by lot. On one street alone, five houses currently are slated for demolition.

Daniel Ciraldo stands across the street from two '60s-era houses that will soon be demolished and replaced by a new home nearly double their combined size.

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Urban Development
1:37 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Miami Beach Approves New Convention Center Plans; A Public Vote Is Next

An artist's rendering of South Beach ACE's approved plans for renovations to the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Credit ACE

After months of deliberation, a winner has emerged.

Company South Beach ACE has won a contentious City Commission bid to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center, in what they have termed as the most important development in the history of Miami Beach.

The winning firm came as a surprise to many, but the Miami Herald reports that the firm was chosen because the "team's plan costs the public less and construction done quicker."

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Sculpture
1:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Miami Beach Botanical Garden Transformed Into African 'Sculpture Park'

"Silent Pride" by Brian Nyanhongo
Arianna Prothero

Sculpting is a family affair for Zimbabwe based artist Brian Nyanhongo and his siblings. He's one of 19 kids, eight of whom followed in their dad's footsteps and became Shona sculptors. Several works from the Nyanhongo family are currently on display at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

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Community Contributor
12:10 am
Thu July 4, 2013

10 (And A Half) Things People Should Know Before Moving To Miami

Welcome to Florida.
Credit State Archives of Florida / Florida Memory, floridamemory.com/items/show/163687

I’m a Northern California boy, through and through. I grew up ten minutes north of Berkeley, went to college at Davis, about forty five minutes away, and then was fortunate enough to have the industry I went to school for bloom around me. I spent my post-university career living around the Bay Area, the last four years in the Mission in San Francisco. I am attuned to things that are uniquely San Francisco: burritos, surly Asian women serving me pho, co-workers into fringe politics, passive-aggressiveness.

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Shuckers Deck Collapse
1:45 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Timeline: Shuckers Deck Collapses Into Biscayne Bay During NBA Finals

Credit Tom Tuckwell, WSVN Twitter

The deck at iconic bayside bar Shuckers Bar & Grill in North Bay Village collapsed into Biscayne Bay around 9:45 p.m. Thursday night, as dozens of Miami Heat fans cheered on their team for Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

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Urban Beach Weekend
9:40 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Does Miami Beach Need A Reality Check On Racism?

Credit Sammy Mak / WLRN

When WLRN put out a call last week asking Miami Beach residents if they were staying or leaving during Urban Beach Weekend, the overwhelming majority said that they would be leaving until Monday or Tuesday.

Among the most frequently cited reasons for the exodus: a recent history of violence, traffic and noise, along with the event bringing a "bad crowd" into town.

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Community Contributor
7:18 am
Sun May 26, 2013

Hialeah Mom Says Urban Beach Week Keeps Locals Away

Miami Beach hosts Urban Beach Week this weekend.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

In preparation for Urban Beach Week, WLRN-Miami Herald News asked members of the Public Insight Network to weigh in on the festival. 

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

No Super Bowl For You!

  On The Florida Roundup today at noon:

Dolphins Stadium

The Florida Legislature balked on proposed renovations to Miami Dolphins stadium. A  public referendum (already in progress) on the renovations was called off. And to make matters worse, the NFL denied South Florida a Super Bowl.

Oklahoma Tragedy

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Community Contributor
10:51 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Urban Beach Week "Gets A Bum Rap," Says South Beach Resident

Urban Beach Week kicks off this weekend in Miami Beach.
Credit Photo via Flickr

In preparation for Urban Beach Week, WLRN-Miami Herald News asked members of the Public Insight Network to weigh in on the festival. 

 

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Miami Beach
1:44 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Two Visions Of New Miami Beach Convention Center Emerge

Miami Beach is now entertaining to two competing proposals for redesigning the city's convention center. Click the link at the top of the post to see artist renderings at MiamiHerald.com.
Credit bizjournals.com
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