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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 light” using sunlight “to illuminate a transparent cylinder that will take pedestrians across a rainbow of colorful shadows” according to the description provided by the developers. Open panels provide views to the water throughout the tunnel.

The General Obligation Bond supported by voters in November includes $10 million for the bridge. Commissioner Mark Samuelian said the design will be a “nice GO Bond showcase” for residents.

July 17, 2019 | RE: Miami Beach | Daniel Buren-designed pedestrian bridge unveiled for entrance to Miami Beach

North Beach Town Center plans stretch skyward

“For better or worse, probably worse, something was said to the community where 125 feet got locked into,” said Commissioner Mark Samuelian.

“Unfortunately, that is in the public mind. Having said that, we have to do now what we think is best.”

October 2, 2018 | Miami Today | North Beach Town Center plans stretch skyward

North Beach Town Center: Still Debating Development Guidelines

Commissioner Mark Samuelian said he thinks it is important that all projects contribute to a public benefit fund. He said he supported some incentive, but maybe through a discounted fee to ensure all projects contributed. He also said he wanted to “raise the bar” and require an “elevated” level of stormwater retention rather than offering that as a public benefit contribution.

Samuelian said he can see discounts to the “public benefit as a catalyst” and said he was open to “land on a number at 3 plus” per square foot. “If we do want to have incentives for development it seems rational to me that you pay less. I think that’s a big lever to get stuff going, to reduce the amount of the benefit.”

As the discussion wound to a close, Samuelian said, “One thing people said is they want us to move forward.” He proposed increasing the public benefit fee recommended by the consultant and to use a “discount as a catalyst” to move development forward. He also reiterated his desire to have more robust requirements for stormwater retention and reuse.

September 29, 2018 | RE: Miami Beach | North Beach Town Center: Still Debating Development Guidelines

G.O. Bond Will Total $439,000,000

“I think the action on the Inspector General which will be at the same time is related,” Commissioner Mark Samuelian added. “Hopefully the residents will see that as a wonderful step for government. They, hopefully, will see that that will add transparency and accountability to the GO Bond so I actually think there’s some positive connectivity of those two so I’ll support this today.”

Samuelian, one of the critics of the City’s plan to elevate roads said, “I have not been shy about my concerns about aspects of our stormwater management program. I have been very clear that we need enhanced planning, more external views, blue and green infrastructure. I’ve also been very direct about my concerns with road raising. Having said that, this bond provides us the opportunity to continue to improve what we’re doing. We cannot stop. We need to improve as we go and without the capital we wouldn’t be able to do the good things that as a group we’ve started to move through with so I’ll be supportive of this today.”

July 29, 2018 | RE: Miami Beach | G.O. Bond Will Total $439,000,000