Art Basel Miami Beach, Preview VIP

Art Basel Miami Beach changes preview hours
Palm Beach Daily News
The next level down — dubbed Preview VIP attendees — will be admitted from 3 p.m. until the fair closes for the day at 8 p.m. at the Miami Beach ...(read more at link above)

Rail link between Miami, Miami Beach likely to be private-public affair
The consultants also warned that popular sentiment on Miami Beach for a wireless trolley is likely futile. Though some trolley systems draw their power ...

Atheists Want Eruv Pulled From Miami Beach Streets
Jewish Daily Forward
A national atheist group is demanding that an eruv be taken down in Miami Beach. The eruv around the Pinetree Park area was erected two months ...

Miami hotels offer win-win for spa fans
Palm Beach Post
Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach delivers a 50-minute “body and sole” renewal that begins with a full body massage and concludes with a ...

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The Betsy South Beach, Low-Key Luxury

Haute Hotel: Low-Key Luxury at The Betsy South Beach: "The hotel is owned by Jonathan Plutzik and his love of the arts is apparent not just from the photography that line the walls, but also their extensive art programming. Imagine live music, poetry readings, book signings, an on-property writer’s room and poems placed on pillows every night and you get the idea." (read more at link above)

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami (videos)

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami (videos)

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Ex-Miami Beach cop convicted, sentenced

Ex-Miami Beach cop gets 18 months in ATV joyride case - Miami-Dade - "Derick Kuilan, the ex-Miami Beach cop convicted of running over two beach-goers during a joyride on a police all-terrain vehicle, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Thursday. "Many people will have to live with the consequences of your actions," Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez told him. "No one is above the law."..."

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Miami Beach Convention Center Deal

Convention-center deal would briefly ease Miami-Dade budget gap - Miami-Dade - "A plan to use Miami-Dade property taxes for an expanded Miami Beach Convention Center is helping county Mayor Carlos Gimenez narrow a looming budget gap. As part of a complicated swap with Miami Beach, Gimenez wants to delay paying $18 million in property taxes to the resort city this year and another $14 million in 2016. In exchange, Miami-Dade would add about 20 years to the life of a special taxing district around the Lincoln Road area — which is forecast to cost Miami-Dade about $800 million in diverted property taxes during the extension through 2045...."

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Hilton Cabana Miami Beach opens

Hilton Cabana Miami Beach now open - Business - "The Hilton Cabana Miami Beach, a 231-room hotel at 6261 Collins Ave., is now open. Featuring two outdoor pools and L’echon Brasserie, a restaurant from The Pubbelly Restaurant Group, the hotel’s style is inspired by 1950s-era Miami Beach. The property opened June 19...." (read more at link above)

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Miami Beach Preservation Board, Church Development Request, Miami Design Preservation League

Miami Beach preservation board asked to reconsider approval of church’s development request - Miami Beach - "... The Miami Design Preservation League also has the right to ask for a rehearing, and they have. The city preservation board will consider this request at its Aug. 12 meeting, where they can accept and hold the hearing, then schedule it for a later date or deny the petition. Daniel Ciraldo, a member of the Miami Design Preservation League, said the group wants the church to consider other areas on the church’s campus because the new building would obstruct an important view of the church. “It would block the view of the church from Lincoln Road,” he said...." (read more at link above)

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Venetian Causeway makeover including new name?

Venetian Causeway may get complete makeover including new name - Miami Beach -
".... The causeway is the oldest in Florida and since it has historic designation, the study needs to evaluate how to minimize changes to the bridges. With work to the bridge closest to Miami scheduled for this year, FDOT said it is likely that section will not require further repairs. In addition to assessing engineering concerns, FDOT will address environmental issues in the study. FDOT representatives anticipate the study will take at least three years before a plan is finalized... Several residents called for the first change to be one that does not require any machinery - a name change to Venetian Way. “This should be a way,” said Mark White, chair of Transportation & Parking Committee. “It has been treated it like a causeway.” FDOT plans to continue to host public meetings to involve residents. Weekly updates concerning meetings and the project are available at"

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Miami Beach lifeguard stands to be replaced

Miami Beach lifeguard stands to be taken down, replaced | News - Home: ""I think it's going to be a positive shock, because the new styles and designs are really hip, they're really cool, and they match what Miami Beach is all about," Levine said. The updated drawings do have ties to the past. Architect William Lane, who designed several of the most iconic lifeguard stands in the 1990s, drew up the new ones as well. The new designs have a space-age, art deco appeal. One of the drawings looks similar to the "Jetsons" style pink lifeguard stand currently at 10th Street." (read more at link above)

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South Beach the New NYC for Real Estate Buyers

Is South Beach the New NYC for Real Estate Buyers?: "MT: You have the same chefs popping up here. One of the biggest chefs in New York, Tom Colicchio, is doing his first restaurant in Miami here at 1 Hotel & Homes. Then you have the culture, the vibrancy of South Beach, and, most importantly, the pedestrian nature of this city. New Yorkers love that. PB: For New Yorkers, it’s convenience. Like you said, they don’t want to drive. They want easy access to everything, with a sophisticated attitude. They want the building with the amenities. You guys really hit every target [with 1 Hotel & Homes]—its location, Tom Colicchio, access to the ocean. That’s why you’re getting all these New Yorkers. 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, 2399 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-361-5100; Pietro Belmonte, 135 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-335-1981" (read more at link above)

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New Miami-Dade task force targets Miami Beach public corruption

New Miami-Dade task force to target state public corruption - Miami-Dade - "...“We need to battle public corruption. We’ve had a history of it in recent years and Miami Beach needs to be a part of the efforts to keep government clean and honest,” Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales said. Investigators and prosecutors say the need for scrutiny will only grow — upcoming public works projects, which always carry the potential for thievery, total more than $3 billion. That includes a $1.6 billion project to upgrade the county’s aging water and sewer system, a schools general obligation bond worth $1.2 billion and a bond issue in Homestead totaling $20 million. “These types of cases are very complex and one agency can’t do it all,” said Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Ian Moffett, who assigned one detective to the task force. “It just makes for good efficiency.”..." (read more at link above)

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South Beach Walgreens sold

South Beach Walgreens sold for $28M - South Florida Business Journal: "Walgreen Co. sold its busy store on South Beach’s famed Lincoln Road for $28 million. The drug store isn’t going anywhere, as it signed a lease with the buyer, New York-based 100 Lincoln RD SB LLC. Walgreen affiliate Deerfield Funding Corp. provided a $25 million mortgage in what essentially amounts to seller financing....The store is located on the ground floor of the Decoplage Condominium, near the ocean. It totals 13,480 square feet, so the price equals $2,077 a square foot. Walgreens bought the property for $4.9 million in 1999, so the company came out well ahead on its investment."

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City of Miami Beach eGov app

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City of Miami Beach eGov app now available | The Starting Gate: "Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine announced the release of the new City of Miami Beach eGov smartphone app, available for Apple and Android devices... Report a Concern: Snap a photo of unsightly graffiti, a broken sidewalk, illegal dumping, or another neighborhood concern. The app creates a smart report that automatically integrates with the City's customer support center. Tell the Mayor: Record a voice message and let us know how we are doing. We'll get a notification and respond accordingly. Track the Trolleys in Real Time: See exactly where the Alton Road/West Avenue Trolleys are at any given moment. And when the trolley service expands to NorthBeach later this year, it will also have real-time tracking. Citywide Calendar: Stay up-to-date with all city-sponsored events-including food truck and music festivals, City Commission meetings, and resident advisory board meetings...."

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