Author: bnamiami

HERE A PARK, THERE A PARK

     BNA has been successful in the creation of two pocket parks, and thankful to the City of Miami – Department of Solid Waste (Director Mario Nunez) and Department of Parks and Recreation (Director Kevin Kirwin) who have been instrumental in making our requests come to fruition. Both parcels of land (NE 18th St. and NE 4th Ave) have now been supplied with trash cans and park benches, and…

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Watson Island Too Big For Flagstone

Watson Island, where development was authorized in 2001, is connected with South Beach and the City of Miami by the MacArthur Causeway. It has well known facilities as Jungle Island and the Children’s Museum. The long-delayed waterfront development known as Island Gardens by the Turkish developer Mehmet Bayraktar was initially approved by Miami voters in 2001 and a 99 year…

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Camillus House Day Center

On February 10th Camillus House began the first day of scaled-back day center program that provides showers, hot meals, clothes and a place to rest to homeless. The program was serving about 340 people a day, but became unaffordable following funding reductions last summer. It has been the consequence of the HUD change in policy, favoring “housing first approach” at the…

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Alvah H. Chapman Jr Award of Excellence

On November 2nd, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce presented the third annual Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Award of Excellence for outstanding achievements on an individual, an organization and young leader who have made significant contributions and set standards for the development of Miami’s central business core’s economy, culture, promotion, education, beautification and preservation. This year the awards went to:…

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Dade Heritage Trust seeks voter approval for long-term lease of Dr. Jackson’s office

Asks for Yes Vote on #238 The City of Miami has placed an item on the November ballot asking voters whether to approve a charter amendment that would allow the Dade Heritage Trust to secure a long-term lease on the city-owned Dr. James Jackson office on 190 SE 12th Terrace and Brickell Bay Drive. The house, was built in 1905 and is…

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A Race to Watch

Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez (Democrat) running for the redrawn Florida Senate District 37 wrote to us. We contacted the office of the incumbent Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (Republican) but there has been no reply. This is a battleground district with approximately 86,000 registered Democrats, 81,000 Republicans and 71,000 Independents. The incumbent, three term Senator is a fiscal conservative…

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Miami-Dade Transit Extends Service Hours for Metrorail & Metromover

Press release from MDT: MIAMI (October 18, 2016) —Starting Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) will extend its Metrorail and Metromover service until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The time adjustment was recently approved by the Board of County Commissioners during the September 22 budget meeting and will go into effect…

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Increase Safety in Miami

by Andres Althabe BNA President I attended a memorial service for Thomas Lang at Viscayne Condo on October 1, 2016. His tragic death was caused by a homeless man, Evans Celestin, with a long list of 29 previous arrests, and a history of harassing people downtown. Lang’s husband, Stephen Dutton (standing in the middle), has started a petition supported by Downtown Neighbors Alliance (DNA)…

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Congress, stop Zika now!!

Democratic lawmakers have demanded that Congress be called for an emergency session from its summer break to approve Zika funding. When four cases of mosquito-transmitted Zika in the United States, all in South Florida made the news, Senator Marco Rubio, was the only GOP senator to join Democrats in urging representatives and senators to return to the nation’s capital and…

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Why Metromover Stays Free

On April 12, the County Commission rejected an initiative to charge for the rides on the Metromover. It will continue free, but this is an issue that keeps coming back. Commissioners asked voters in 2002 to approve a half-percent sales tax increase for local transit that year and they promised to keep the Metromover free. Since then, they kept their…

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