Miami Beach Commissioners Fight Over “Super Ugly” LED Sign at I-195 Entrance

While Alemán was aghast at the design, Commissioner Michael Góngora said he was excited about it, in a lukewarm kind of way. “I’m not so sold on it myself,” he said, “but I think that is the wave of the future.”

Ultimately, Góngora prevailed on Commissioners Ricky Arriola and Mark Samuelian to tentatively approve it. The LED display proposal will now go to the Design Review Board for consideration.

January 18, 2019 | Miami New Times | Miami Beach Commissioners Fight Over “Super Ugly” LED Sign at I-195 Entrance

Who says no one likes politicians? In Miami Beach, 25 people have applied to be one

Commissioner Mark Samuelian, who estimates that he has met with at least five candidates and heard from five more, said that agreeing not to run in November isn’t a deal breaker for him.

“At this point I’m going to wait and see the full lineup of potential candidates before I make a decision,” Samuelian said. The commissioner plans to go to a South Beach residents meeting on Jan. 22, known as the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club, where all of the applicants have been invited to introduce themselves.

January 16, 2019 | Miami Herald | Who says no one likes politicians? In Miami Beach, 25 people have applied to be one

Can she keep Miami Beach above the rising sea?

The city’s efforts have their critics. A citizens group, We Love Lakeview, is protesting a plan to raise roads in their neighborhood, worried about water drainage onto their land and property values. Miami Beach Commissioner Mark Samuelian agrees the city must respond to sea level rise but has concerns about what he calls “our one-size-fits-all policy of every street being raised,” both for the cost and the possible adverse effects on neighborhoods. The city has hired an outside firm to develop a sea level rise mitigation and stormwater strategy that will look at the street-raising policy, but also many other areas, such as ways to improve the aesthetics of a city while managing stormwater.

January 16, 2019 | OZY | Can she keep Miami Beach above the rising sea?

Restoring and Reinvigorating Lincoln Road

Commissioner Mark Samuelian said he appreciated the thought given to the various connection points in the 200-300 blocks at the entrance to the east and the side streets guiding traffic north to the convention center and cultural institutions, but he urged another connection point be added to the west, extending from Alton Road to West Avenue. As the City looks to complete its Baywalk, he said it should think about completing the “Bay to beach” connection.

The master plan as drafted, Samuelian said, left “two blocks in the middle” between Lincoln Road and the Baywalk where “you’re lost.”

“We’re talking about holistic connectivity,” he said. “The 2-300 block is serving hotels and tourists. Residents coming from the other end would like to see something beautiful.”

January 12, 2019 | RE: Miami Beach | Restoring and Reinvigorating Lincoln Road

West Avenue Project Closer to Restart

The first phase of the West Avenue project was completed but Phase Two was put on hold after the 2017 election and promises by incoming Mayor Dan Gelber and Commissioner Mark Samuelian to create a “red team” to study the City’s resiliency strategy to determine if it was on the right track. West Avenue residents weren’t necessarily unhappy about the delay, expressing frustration that while Phase One addressed the underground needs and the raising of roads, there was little to no thought about the above ground aesthetics.

January 5, 2019 | RE: Miami Beach | West Avenue Project Closer to Restart