Category: Issues

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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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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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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Will they build the Hotel?

Miami Beach voters will decide on March 15th if the 800 room Hotel for the Convention Center will be finally built. The debate is over size, traffic impact and public benefit of the project. “Hotel proponents say that the renovated convention center will be a magnet for citywide [sic] conventions, not the trade shows it usually hosts that bring commuters from…

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A different vision of Wynwood

For two years Wynwood property owners had been working on a zoning plan for the neighborhood. Last year got the Neighborhood Revitalization District approved by the Miami commission. It includes a cap at eight to 12 stories and requires new development to make public benefit payments. Right after the Wynwood owner’s plan was approved, Moishe Mana, a New York owner of…

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Connecting Miami and Miami Beach

Three-quarters of a century after the last electric trolley traveled between the island and the mainland, the Beach is pushing forward with plans to create its own piece of Bay Link, a light-rail line that would efficiently transport passengers along the MacArthur Causeway across Biscayne Bay. City officials hope expedited plan will jump-start larger Bay Link project to connect island…

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Museum Park – a good thing

Creating Miami’s signature park has broad community support, and establishing the Museum Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that would be the primary fundraiser and manager of the park, is an initiative that should be approved by elected officials. Conservancy advocates make clear that the land will remain in public hands, and that residents’ input will be the guide for creating…

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