South Beach for the Local Crowd

South Beach for the Local Crowd - " . . . lately, the seaside playground has found a cooler, local groove away from the beach: a handful of cocktail bars, homey restaurants and boutique hotels — some imported from New York — have opened far from the hubbub of Ocean Drive and the frat-crush of Wet Willie’s. It is an untouristy South Beach for the self-selective few. “You just have to find the avant-garde in South Beach,” said André Saraiva, a night life impresario who has opened pop-up clubs here during Art Basel Miami Beach. Snowbird bonds between South Beach and New York run deep, a fact made clear at Catch, a weeks-old seafood restaurant at the James Royal Palm, a 390-room hotel on Collins Avenue. An outpost of a clubby restaurant in the meatpacking district of Manhattan, Catch packages Bloomberg’s New York as the authentic experience. Walls are doctored with faded warehouse-style lettering; enormous colander-shaped lamps with filament bulbs descend from the ceiling. Eschewing tropical hues, the celebrity-speckled crowd on a recent Saturday night wore furs and pencil dresses, dark suits and cardigans over denim shirts. At one table, Jennifer Lopez and her sizable cohort feasted on Cantonese-style lobsters."

Miami Beach mayor advocates for light rail with redevelopment - South Florida Business Journal: "Bower told the Business Journal about her interest in incorporating the long-sought transportation project at a Jan. 29 public workshop at the convention center. The workshop drew about 250 residents and businesspeople, giving them a chance to speak directly to the two groups that are vying to redevelop 52 acres, including the convention center."

Miami Beach residents raise questions about Convention Center plans, Gleason ...
Miami Beach residents packed the Miami Beach Convention Center to share their ideas and concerns about plans to revamp the aging meeting space in the heart of South Beach. Two teams are vying to land the project, which spans 52 acres and is expected ...

Light rail, public thoughts focus at Miami Beach Convention Center workshop
South Florida Business Journal (blog)
South Beach ACE, which includes Robert Wennett, the developer behind 1111 Lincoln Road; the Tishman hotel group; and international architect Rem Koolhaas. Neither of the groups presented anything, as the purpose of the meeting was to let the public ...

Beach Residents Offer Visions for Convention Center Property
NBC 6 South Florida
What to do with Miami Beach's aging economic engine? That's the question facing the city s residents. The Miami Beach Convention Center and the land around it need a facelift. Dozens of residents packed a meeting room inside the iconic building and ...

NBC 6 South Florida

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