Entries by Laura Dominguez

Miami Beach Greenlights Ocean Terrace Park Along 73rd to 75th Streets

On Wednesday, July 31st, the Miami Beach City Commission unanimously gave final approval to the Ocean Terrace Streetscape Plan. The development agreement that will bring a new oceanfront public space along the two-block stretch of Ocean Terrace along 73rd Street to 75th Street. … “This has been an excellent and very involved community process,” said […]

Miami Beach bans specials boards from sidewalk cafes, introduces new code of conduct

Miami Beach officials flexed their legislative muscle on Wednesday, passing a new ordinance banning boards advertising specials at sidewalk cafes and giving initial approval to a new Sidewalk Cafe Code of Conduct. … “We’re trying to improve the experience for our customers [and] any issues of deceptive practices,” Commissioner Mark Samuelian. July 17, 2019 | […]

Daniel Buren-designed pedestrian bridge unveiled for entrance to Miami Beach

Developers Russell Galbut and David Martin unveiled the much-anticipated design for the 5th Street pedestrian bridge, a colorful tube conceived by renowned French artist Daniel Buren, to be constructed at one of the entrances to Miami Beach. Miami Beach Canopy, a work in-situ, includes colorful glass panels “to evoke a space that is literally painted with […]

Moving Miami Beach Forward — Together!

Dear Neighbors, We have much going on in our little slice of paradise. I want to highlight some important accomplishments achieved for Miami Beach residents so far in my second year as Commissioner. My office has made it a priority to promote a better quality of life for our residents, improve Ocean Drive, prudently address […]

That tourist sipping a $55 mojito on Ocean Drive? He may actually be a secret shopper

“Our goal is to make sure that all Miami Beach customers are having the best experience possible and unfortunately we have had some problems with bad apples with these deceptive business practices,” said Commissioner Mark Samuelian, who sponsored the proposal. … Although commissioners have only allocated funding for undercover shoppers to patrol the entertainment district, […]

Balancing Historic Preservation with Adaptation for Sea Level Rise

“What’s the problem we’re solving?” Commissioner Mark Samuelian asked. “I’m not aware that we’ve had issues so I’m very reticent, for either of these parts, to do anything that would weaken our Board.” “I’m also concerned about the talent pool,” he added. By requiring that someone be a current resident in a historic district, “What […]