Miami Beach's Evolving Lincoln Road

A new era for the evolving Lincoln Road - Business Monday - "Lincoln Road is in transition after decades of ups and downs dating from its 1920s origins. Through the early 1950s, elite department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bonwit Teller lined the street and women paraded by, dressed in fur coats. After falling into decline, the street has been on an upswing since the 1990s. Now, with a resurgence of investor and tenant interest, Lincoln Road is evolving into a new phase — and booming. “It is squarely in the sights of every major, exciting retail operator around the world, and the demand for locations on Lincoln Road has never been higher,” said Stephen Bittel, founder and chairman of Miami Beach-based Terranova Corp. Since December 2010, Terranova has bought several properties on Lincoln Road in a joint venture with New York-based Acadia Realty Trust, making it the street’s largest owner of retail property." (read more at the link above)

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Miami Beach bans Styrofoam containers

Styrofoam already is banned from the city’s beaches, and the new law would extend to the city’s parks or other city property. Also affected are sidewalk cafes, which use the public right of way to serve customers.(source infra)

Miami Beach moves to ban Styrofoam containers at sidewalk cafes, city parks - Miami Beach - "Styrofoam cups and boxes will no longer be allowed at Miami Beach parks and sidewalk cafes if the City Commission gives final approval to a proposed new law. “It’s terrible for the environment, it blows around the city, it breaks up, the chemicals are harmful, the wildlife and our fish … eat these things, and it’s time to get with the program,” said Commissioner Michael Grieco, who sponsored the ban." (read more at the link above)

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Dade Boulevard bike path, Miami Beach, ready by early 2015?

After more than two years of intermittent work, Miami Beach still has not completed a bike path paralleling the Collins Canal along Dade Boulevard....

Dade Boulevard bike path could be ready by early 2015 - Miami Beach - “....The replacement of the temporary asphalt from Alton Road to Meridian Avenue is in procurement process. The landscaping from Alton Road to Convention Center Drive is also included in this process. “The work on Dade Boulevard from Alton Road to 17th Street will be included in West Avenue Bridge project because the rebuilding of Dade Boulevard is intended to match the West Avenue Bridge approach. This project will not begin until the Alton Road project has been completed. We still do not have enough information on the Venetian Island bridge project to determine if it may have an impact on our schedule.” Despite the obstacles, Mowry anticipates the project will move ahead soon. Once the procurement process ends, which he estimates will take about 60 days, construction should not take long, he said. “It is ready to be advertised [for procurement],” said Mowry. “That should happen within the next couple of months. Completion depends on the schedule from the contractor. The amount of work is not huge, though.” (read more at link above)

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2011 Urban Beach Weekend Shootings, City of Miami Beach Liable for Victims' Attorney Fees

2011 Urban Beach Weekend Shootings --

City of Miami Beach Liable for Shooting Victims’ Attorneys' Fees | NBC 6 South Florida: ".... Miami Beach and Hialeah police officers fired more than 100 rounds at Herisse as he sat in a car that police say previously almost struck a bicycle officer. Video shows the car remained stopped for more than a minute before officers inexplicably opened fire, killing Herisse and wounding four bystanders. More than three years after the Memorial Day 2011 shooting, the state attorney is still investigating whether any officers should face a criminal charge. Porter said the appellate court decision clears the way for the trial judge to determine how much money the city should pay for his and other attorneys’ fees and costs...." (read more at link above)

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Miami Beach Convention Center hotel sites proposed

Miami Beach Convention Center hotel sites proposed - Miami Beach - "... City Manager Jimmy Morales said the hotel plans are in the “very preliminary” stages, but staff wants direction from the commission because the hotel location could impact the convention center renovation. The city wants an 800-room hotel that is easily accessible to convention-goers, built in such a way and in a location that makes it easy to get to surrounding attractions, such as Lincoln Road Mall. “If we’re doing the convention center, we have to do a hotel, because all of the experts worldwide say that people who come in for these trade shows and conventions typically want to be close or on site,” said Commissioner Ed Tobin. Each proposed location comes with advantages and drawbacks...." (read more at link above)

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Gap on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, re-opens June 20th

Gap on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach re-opens in June 2014 - South Florida Business Journal: "Miami Beach's Lincoln Road Gap is expected to re-open with a new second floor and an additional 4,000 square feet of space. The San Francisco-based retailer is hosting a public re-opening celebration on June 20...." (read more at link above)

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Thompson Miami Beach to open this year

Thompson Miami Beach to open later this year - Business - "After a major renovation, the former Crown Miami Beach Apartments will reopen later this year as the Thompson Miami Beach. The hotel opening will also include James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein’s first restaurant in Miami Beach. The new 267-seat restaurant is still not named, but the menu will be built around locally sourced food with Floridian touches. The 380-room property at 4041 Collins Ave. will be the only hotel under the Thompson brand in South Florida and the seventh Thompson hotel in the world. Other locations are in New York, Chicago, Hollywood, Calif., Toronto and London; Thompson is part of hotel management company Commune Hotels & Resorts...." (read more at link above)

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ParkMe App, Miami Beach Parking On iPhone And Android

ParkMe Announces Launch Of Miami Beach Parking On iPhone And Android - MarketWatch: "ParkMe and the City of Miami Beach have announced the collaborative launch of a new app that will help drivers find, secure, and pay for available parking. Miami Beach is located in a densely populated area, where parking is of major concern. The new application is free to download and available immediately on iOS and Android...."

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YachtBrasil USA, Miami Beach, Comitti Yachts

YachtBrasil USA of Miami Beach Brings Italy's Famous Comitti Yachts to South Florida - Press Release - Digital Journal: "For more than three generations, the YachtBrasil USA team has sold, serviced and represented the finest in nautical luxury worldwide, and YachtBrasil USA continues that tradition of excellence in Miami Beach, most recently with the addition of Italy's Comitti Yachts. World-renowned for their sleek lines and vintage sensibilities, Comitti Yachts combines the strength & performance of modern fabrication with the elegance and style of yesteryear....Available at YachtBrasil USA's Miami Beach facilities, Comitti Yachts bring Italian style, elegance and performance to South Florida. In support of our proud partnership with Comitti Yachts, YachtBrasil USA will launch a new marketing campaign with their agency of record, Miami's Glo Creative."

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Miami’s South Beach, Newest Destination for Starwood Hotels' Aloft

Miami’s South Beach is the Newest Destination for Starwood Hotels’Fast-Growing Aloft Brand - MarketWatch: "...“We’re thrilled to be developing this fantastic and unique property in South Beach,” said Jason Halpern, principal in JMH Development, who has a track record of restoring historic structures. “It’s especially appealing that this project involves the renovation of a classic mid-century motel along with the construction of a new, eight-story Aloft Hotel. Combining this historic building as a nod to the rich history of South Beach, alongside the opportunity to create an architecturally new structure is truly exciting.”..." (read more at link above)

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Nautilus South Beach, Sixty Hotels' Miami Beach project

Sixty Hotels growing with Miami Beach project "...Nautilus South Beach ... Sixty Hotels, the operator, announced Monday that the property, which opened in 1950 as the Nautilus, would become the fifth in its portfolio....The Nautilus South Beach will include 29 suites and two penthouses; a new restaurant, lobby lounge, event space, pool bar and fitness center are also in store. China Grill Management and chef Claude Troisgros will revive the Blue Door concept — formerly at the Delano — with French and Brazilian influences. Meant to evoke an “unpretentious beach vibe,” the hotel’s decor will be peppered with nautical touches and materials including gray concrete, stones and linen. Design is by Caroline Giraud-Sukornyk of CG Design, and Arquitectonica is handling the architectural work. Morris Lapidus collaborated on the original design...“For us, it’s nice to be back in Miami,” said Brandman, who managed the InterContinental Miami in 1994. Pomeranc said Miami Beach was “the next logical growth city” for Sixty Hotels. “It truly is, in and of itself, a global capital and destination,” he said." (read more at link above)

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Miami Beach Corruption Probe, former Miami Beach City Procurement Director

Ex-Miami Beach official arrested in corruption probe rejects plea deal - Gus Lopez, the one-time Miami Beach procurement director accused of accepting cash to help companies get an unfair advantage on contract bids, is facing at least some seven decades behind bars if convicted. Yet Lopez, 53, on Tuesday rejected a plea deal of six years in prison, plus three of probation. “I’m rejecting the state’s offer,” Lopez told Miami-Dade Circuit Fleur Lobree on Tuesday. “I want my trial.”
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Where to stay, what to eat, Miami Beach

Miami Beach: Where to stay, what to eat - am New York: " . . . If you can't afford to sleep at the Villa, at least stay for dinner. Il Sole carries through the hotel's luxury details with pebble-mosaiced walls, richly designed dinnerware and an intimate 30-seat dining room dripping with drama. A mouthwatering Mediterranean menu created by chef Scott Linquist is punctuated with equally tempting desserts by pastry chef Luis Vasquez. Designer eats are also available at Cavalli Restaurant and Lounge (, conceptualized and owned by fashionista Roberto Cavalli... For cuisine-conscious New Yorkers who don't like to stray far from home, check out the snowbird version ofLure Fishbar ( The SoHo-famed seafood spot opened a second location in the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in December. Offerings include a raw bar, crudo and sushi bar, as well as signature favorites from New York and Miami-inspired dishes. (read more at link above)

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