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Revisiting Miami Beach’s Road Raising Policy

Samuelian acknowledges, “’Do nothing’ is not an option.” He said, “The City has made some important progress over the last few years.” With that learning and the recommendations of outside experts from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Harvard, Samuelian said, “We’re in a situation where we are going to… ‘reorient’ our resiliency program which, to me, means real change in how we’re doing it.”

“There’s one specific item that jumps off the charts and that is the idea that we have a policy in place to elevate streets to 3.7 NAVD across the City unless hardship is proven, so there is an out clause. That policy, in my opinion, is flawed and we need to change it,” Samuelian said.

“First, putting private property below grade is never a good thing. There are significant downsides and risks to doing that including potentially flooding. Why might you have flooding? It could be an event that’s outside of what was contemplated in the design. It could be a drain that gets clogged or the system may not function exactly as it was designed,” he said, mentioning Sunset Harbour.

June 2, 2018 | RE: Miami Beach | Revisiting Miami Beach’s Road Raising Policy

Miami Beach cataloging storefront vacancies

Commissioner Mark Samuelian said once the initial data is collected, he would like to see it updated periodically to show trends. He also wanted to know if the vacant storefronts were following City code with regard to aesthetics.

Currently, Huttenhoff responded, vacant storefronts are required “to have an opaque window covering and then if they don’t have that then they are able to purchase the blue window wraps from the city but they do need to have a covering.”

“I think this is an important priority,” Samuelian said, “because getting the market to find tenants, you know that’s a tough one but making the aesthetics more pleasant is something we can do.” He asked Saunders to come back with thoughts on any legislation that might be needed to help them do their jobs. “My thought is we need to nail the aesthetics quickly.”

May 22, 2018 | RE: Miami Beach | Miami Beach cataloging storefront vacancies

More Police Officers for Ocean Drive

Resolution sponsor, Commissioner Mark Samuelian said, “It’s a wonderful collaborative opportunity with the Ocean Drive Association.” He told his colleagues the action will be easily measured in terms of its impact on crime and the willingness of the business community to continue to pay for the additional officers.

May 19, 2018 | RE: Miami Beach | More Police Officers for Ocean Drive

Misleading specials and $55 cocktails could be a thing of the past on Ocean Drive

The regulations come in response to complaints that some Ocean Drive restaurants trick customers into ordering expensive food and drinks at outdoor tables or fail to include prices on menus, hitting unsuspecting tourists with hefty bills. At a few restaurants on the popular South Beach street, a single cocktail can cost more than $50 and food specials can stick tourists with checks in the hundreds of dollars, the Miami Herald has found.

The rules aim to “improve the way some bad apples have been treating our customers on Ocean Drive,” said Commissioner Mark Samuelian, who sponsored the amendment. “We’re trying to ensure that the customer has clarity on what they’re going to pay,” he added.

April 11, 2018 | Miami Herald | Misleading specials and $55 cocktails could be a thing of the past on Ocean Drive

Diners felt ripped off and misled. Now this Ocean Drive café is closed until July.

“The few bad apples on Ocean Drive need to clean up their act,” said Commissioner Mark Samuelian, who is sponsoring an ordinance that would give the city more power to crack down on businesses that do not clearly advertise prices at sidewalk cafes. “This ruling shows the consequences will be severe.”

Some Ocean Drive restaurants attract customers to sidewalk cafes using misleading food or drink specials or fail to include prices on menus, the Miami Herald has found. A tourist hoping to take advantage of a 2-for-1 drink special, for example, might unknowingly end up ordering a $55 fishbowl-sized cocktail.

The sidewalk cafe ordinance sponsored by Samuelian, which is up for a final vote at the Miami Beach commission’s April 11 meeting, would enable the city to revoke restaurants’ permits for sidewalk cafe tables if they don’t clearly advertise prices.

The ordinance “will be another step toward improving Ocean Drive for residents and visitors,” Samuelian said in a text message.

April 4, 2018 | Miami Herald | Diners felt ripped off and misled. Now this Ocean Drive café is closed until July.

Are you paying too much for your margarita? Miami Beach wants to put a stop to it.

City Commissioner Mark Samuelian is proposing an ordinance that would empower the city to revoke restaurants’ permits for sidewalk cafe tables if they don’t clearly advertise prices and display the city’s consumer protection laws on tabletop information cards. The city manager could even have the ability to strip away violators’ business licenses.

Miami Beach unveils new agility courses for dogs

Some residents brought their dogs to the ribbon cutting on Friday morning. Also in attendance were Miami Beach commissioners John Elizabeth Aleman and Mark Samuelian, Doral Vice Mayor Ana Maria Rodriguez and Miami Beach police officers.

December 1, 2017 | Sun Sentinel | Miami Beach unveils new agility courses for dogs