WIOD clips with Mark Samuelian on flooding and raising roads

Short clip on flooding and raising roads in Miami Beach

Long clip on flooding and raising roads in Miami Beach

Miami Beach officials discussing plans to remedy flooding issues

Concerns like that prompted Miami Beach Commissioner Mark Samuelian to ask for more discussion before the city moves forward on elevating roads in the west avenue corridor.

“As I like to say, nothing good happens to properties below the street,” he said.

 Samuelian worries about the challenges of marrying raised roads to existing lower properties, even with the protection of pumps to handle overflow.

“At the end of the day, we need to think about protecting our properties, our neighborhoods and our residents,” he said. “Not just dry our streets.

June 22, 2020 | Local10.com | Miami Beach officials discussing plans to remedy flooding issues

Palm, Hibiscus, Indian Creek projects referred to Inspector General for review

Committee Chair Mark Samuelian brought the issue to the entire Commission at its final meeting in October. “The situation I would describe as pretty urgent. Our project is frozen” in an unfinished state, Samuelian said. “In my two years on the dais, this is probably one of the most concerning situations I’ve become aware of.”

“Like we had in Indian Creek, we now have unpermitted work and we are in violation,” he added. “This action needs to stop. Our project was stopped by DERM on July 9 and our residents are now suffering.”

Samuelian agreed. “When we brought in the Inspector General, it was to address waste and inefficiency. I think this is a classic example.”

He said he would continue to keep the item on the Commission agenda for discussion for the time being. “We need to act with urgency. We need to get this darned thing done.”

November 9, 2019 | RE: Miami Beach | Palm, Hibiscus, Indian Creek projects referred to Inspector General for review