Alex Rodriguez Sells Miami Beach Condominium - WSJ.com: "Alex Rodriguez, the embattled Yankees third baseman, has sold his Miami Beach condominium for $2.575 million, roughly a year after buying it for $2.1 million.... Located in the beachfront Mei condominium at 5875 Collins Avenue, the 1,725-square-foot unit has three-bedrooms and 3 ½ bathrooms, Ms. Dunand said. Mr. Rodriguez's Newport Property Construction renovated the condo before it hit the market, she said...."
A New Hotel in the Versace Mansion - NYTimes.com: "The former Miami Beach home of the late Gianni Versace, the Italian clothing designer, is seeing its second incarnation as a luxury boutique hotel, this time under the ownership of another fashion mogul. The Nakash family, which owns Jordache Enterprises, purchased the estate in September for $41.5 million, shortly after the property’s first hotel, the Casa Casuarina, closed. Barton G. Weiss, the property’s former manager, and his team will once again manage the hotel, which was reintroduced last month as the Villa by Barton G. with posh amenities, a new lounge and its own restaurant. Few changes have been made to Mr. Versace’s original opulent design, with 10 suites — none smaller than 434 square feet — decorated with frescoed ceilings, pebbled mosaics imported from Spain and private bathrooms laid in Italian marble. Mr. Versace’s own master bedroom, now called the Villa Suite, spans almost 1,200 square feet and includes seven closets, an oversize shower and a nine-foot double-king-size bed...." (read more at link above)
Miami-to-Beach rail estimated at $532 million - Miami Beach - MiamiHerald.com: "A passenger light rail system from Government Center in downtown Miami to the Convention Center in Miami Beach via the MacArthur Causeway would cost about $532 million to build and some $22 million a year to operate and maintain, project planners told the mayors of Miami-Dade, Miami and Miami beach during a meeting at County Hall on Wednesday...."
Medians are latest center of Alton Road discussions - Miami Beach - MiamiHerald.com: " . . . Miami Beach United, a citywide homeowners organization, believes the city should take ownership of the road from FDOT. “FDOT doesn’t even know the word urban development,” president Nancy Liebman said. “They think we are all suburbs. The road should be taken back from them.” Liebman also feels the state did not meet the desires of the community with the medians. “It is just a barrier,” Liebman said. “We didn't ask for barriers. We asked for medians.”...."
Getting Poetry to the People in Miami - NYTimes.com: "If you live in Miami and you do not read, recite or listen to a poem in April, something has gone seriously wrong. For the third year, the O, Miami Poetry Festival will flood the city with words, using any pretext to accomplish its mission of putting all 2.6 million residents of Miami-Dade County in contact with at least one poem. Readings, lectures and performances are part of the program. That goes without saying. It’s the stealth operations, though, that give the festival its distinctive tang. Mary Ruefle, a local poet, has written “scratch-off” poems for 5,000 cards that look like lottery tickets. Readers will use a coin or a fingernail to expose the words, which, if they match words printed at the top of the card, yield a prize. Poems will be pasted on the mirrors of public bathrooms and positioned at congested intersections, so drivers stuck in traffic jams can get some uplift while their engines idle...." (read more at link above)
Beach Buzz: Wendy Walk comes to Miami Beach - Miami Beach - MiamiHerald.com: " . . . The goal: To have as many people in Miami as possible to experience poetry in as many unexpected ways and places as possible. “We’re thrilled to once again surprise Miamians,’’ says O, Miami co-founder and Executive Director P. Scott Cunningham. O, Miami is funded with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. “Poetry is a living, breathing force that can light up the city. O, Miami is its platform. The written word leaves the printed page for a parade on South Beach, morphs into interpretive dance in Hialeah, and along the way helps art become part of people’s everyday lives,” says Alberto Ibargüen, president of the Knight Foundation...."