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County Commissioner Eileen Higgins, Phase II Landscaping, Expand Parking Zone 12, Commission Candidates 10/1/2019

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019
6:00pm Refreshments, 6:30pm Call to Order
1330 West Ave, Waverly Condominium

  1. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Eileen Higgins
    a. Transportation – A committee is reorganizing all bus routes throughout the county, including Miami Beach, to create smart routes which will greatly benefit passengers.
    b. Biscayne Bay – The Bay is being polluted throughout the county and Miami Beach is just a small contribution to that pollution. Beginning this year, for the first time, there will be an extensive study and testing. Example, DNA testing for human poop vs dog poop vs iguana poop. There is no way of telling if the new powerful pump stations are contributing to Bay pollution the same amount or increased amount because there was no previous testing, no benchmark.
    c. Sign up for newsletter by our county commissioner, Eileen Higgins. Include neighborhood association news, legislative updates, upcoming events, and more!
  2. Landscaping West Avenue Renovation Project Phase II
    a. Sabrina Baglieri, Heather Leslie, and a team from Ric-Man Construction presented the design for landscaping & trees. Large posters were displayed showing the type of trees and vegetation and their locations.
    b. Construction will take place in sections of 3 blocks at a time. Each section will take 4 months to complete.
    c. Each building impacted by the street raising must sign off on the harmonization plan before construction begins on a section.
    d. Groundbreaking is this December taking place simultaneously at two locations – West Ave & 8th Street, and Lincoln Road & Lincoln Court.
  3. Residential Parking Permits, Expanding Parking Spaces for Parking Zone #12
    a. Membership voted unanimously to expand permits to surface parking lot next to the West Ave post office, known as lot P24
    b. This metered public parking lot is still open to the public, but with the passing of a resolution, residents with parking permits can park here at designated evening hours for free
    c. Mayor Gelber will sponsor the Resolution at the October 16th Commission meeting.
  4. Introducing Candidates for Commission:
    • Kristen Rosen-Gonzalez, Group 4
    • Blake Young, Group 6
    • Commissioner Ricky Arriola, Group 5
    • Stephen Cohen, Group 5
    • Johnathan Welsh, Group 5
    • Steven Meiner, Group 4
  5. Meeting Adjourned 7:40PM

Captain Pfrogner, State Rep Grieco, MBU 6/4/2019

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
1330 West Ave, Waverly Condominium
6:00pm Meet & Greet
6:30pm Call to Order

  1. Introduced new south sector police officer, Captain Mimi Pfrogner. Besides the 2 violet incidents that were spontaneous nothing the police could prevent (car jacking and man beaten in alley) doesn’t appear to be a lot of crime in our neighborhood. Captain Pfroger’s cell phone number is 305.710.2318, Office 305.673.7776 ext 5032.
  2. State Representative, Michael Grieco, explains ordinances passed in Tallahassee during the past session, along with his insightful personal experience as a first term representative. Greico greatest accomplishment was passing legislation to postpone for 5 years retrofitting fire sprinkler systems in existing condo buildings. State wide this saves condo owners billions of dollars.
  3. WAvNA advocates for our neighborhood, but Miami Beach United (MBU) advocates for residents city-wide. Q&A with MBU board member Scott Needles. MBU’s most important accomplishment was passing the city ordinance called “citizens right ot know”. Now, any resident can register to receive automatic notices about any zoning change taking place in their neighborhood, or any notice citywide depending how you configure your options. Subscribe to MBU newsletter here, Everyone is invited to the MBU party at The Standard, June 13th, 6-8pm, $15, bites and drinks
  4. Introducing Candidate for Commission, Raquel Pacheco. Raquel lives in the Flamingo Park district, is a business owner (a translation company). She was a National Guard for six years, is a single mom with a child attending South Pointe Elementary school. And Raquel is an avid environmentalist.
  5. Introducing Candidate for Commission, David Richardson. David lives in the Flamingo Park district, is a business owner (an accounting firm). As our State Representative for six years, David has gained important experience and knowledge.
  6. Code Compliance officers answers questions about illegal short term rentals and dog poo left on sidewalks.
  7. Get involved! Join a neighborhood committee. To join or ask questions please contact Wavna at a. Streetscape Committee – Do you love trees? Do you ride a bike? This committee will follow the West Ave renovation project over the next 2 ½ years, meet with the landscape architect, ensure beautiful landscaping and outreach when problem arise. b. Safety Committee – The focus will be on pedestrian & bike safety, traffic safety, correcting dangerous crosswalks, clean sidewalks, traffic signals, street lighting, dog trash. c. Friends of Gateway Park – Be a founding member of a new important asset in our community, the 600 block public park. Focus is safety, landscaping, programming activities. Follow the process through construction and after the park is completed to work with developer and the city.
  8. Meeting Adjourned 8:10pm

WoW Feedback, Award to West Bay Plaza 4/2/2019

WAvNA 4/2/19 6:30pm, 1330 West Ave, Waverly Condominium

  1. Call to order: 6:32pm
  2. Welcome:
    • Adrian from Mayor’s office
    • Commissioner Gongora’s Aide, Diana
    • Officer Deborah Martineau
    • Candidate for commission Michael Barrineau
    • Commissioner Malokoff’s aide, Gloria
    • New officer, Seargant Phil Pulaski.
    • Commissioner Samuelian’s aide, Elias
  3. MBPD Announcements
    • Current captain David De La Espriella
      1. Recognized Martineau
      2. Recognized WAvNA for community leadership
      3. Is being rotated to North Beach sector. (WAvNA will miss him)
      4. Introducing Phil Pulaski (retired from NYPD – chief of detectives), will now take over for South Beach
      5. Spring break: Challenging year, but over, and now in the interim before Memorial Day (traffic patterns, etc)
    • Phil Pulaski intro remarks: Focusing on service
    • Questions
      1. Attack behind “new hotel alleyway” – what happened? Unknown, no suspects, investigation ongoing
      2. Question about MBPD reachout – “anti-tourism” campaign; actual arrest stats don’t indicate students are the problem
      3. Offer to provide space for police cameras at 17th & West
      4. Bike thefts at 14th St. – Report it to the police regardless of how “small” it might seem
  4. Recognition awards:
    • West Bay Plaza (West & 17th): Litter cleanup. (Notes that City ord mandates litter cleanup by buildings for own property up to the asphalt, including sidewalk/public ROW)
  5. Updates
    • CitBike expansion: Flamingo expanded, 16th & Bay future expansion, new station around Trader Joe’s, Belle Island park, Waverly possible expansion
    • More garbage cans; loss of can at 16th and Bay because used for household garbage
    • Bike box at 17th and West – bike lane expanded at the front of intersections for cyclist safety; crosswalk on west side of that intersection will begin installation Thursday
    • West Ave pedestrian bridge: Final approval granted, installation May 9 – June 10, pedestrian ramps June 11-July 23.
    • Questions?
      • Flashing pedestrian signal 9th & West.
  6. West of West (WOW) discussion (Alan from Capri): See detailed attachment
  7. Flamingo Point Apartments, update
    • Open “public square” concept (October)
    • New rideshare entrance to alleviate traffic problems (July)
    • Restaurant/coffeehouse (open to public, closes by 11pm)
  8. South Shore Hospital implosion is Sunday morning4/14/19 8am. Open house Thursday 4.4.2019 6pm Mondrian Hotel.
  9. Fishing on seawall and baywalk – neighborhood meeting coming up regarding this.
  10. Questions from audience
    • Street project info? Presentation May 2 at Mondrian – see WAvNA for more info
    • Next WAvNA meeting June 4

G.O. Bond, State Rep Candidates 6/5/2018

June 5, 2018, 6:30pm to 8pm
1330 West Ave, The Waverly

  • Announcements
  1.  Eleven (11) new garabage cans and 3 doggie bag dispensers placed between 5th to 17th Street
  2. Bernie advised that the best way to catch illegal short term rental (STR) is when they leave, NOT when they arrive. More likely then to throw owner under the bus
  • G.O. Bond by City of Miami Beach CFO, John Woodruff, and Commissioner Mark Samuelian
  1. Property tax bill increases $100 for every $100,000 assessed value of your home, i.e. $300 increase on a $300,000 home.
  2. The G.O. Bond has the added benefit in that it will leverage grant money
  3. Eleven (11) person citizen oversight committee choosen to recommend which projects makes the list. No members from our neighborhood, most live in midbeach.
  4. City already has a rainy day fund for hurricane cleanup and repairs
  5. Frank DelVecchio recommends the G.O. Bond referendum be postponed until 2019 special election
  • State Rep Candidates District 113 – Michael Grieco, Kubs Lalchandani, Deede Weithorn





Ped Bridge Survey, Commissioner Gongora 3/6/2018

March 6, 2018, 6:30pm to 7:55pm
1330 West Ave, The Waverly

  • Based on complaints about speeding cars on West Avenue, Captain Della explained that speed monitoring equipment detects the threshold to determine if a “speed trap” is warranted. The trigger is if over 15% of the cars travel over 5MPH over the speed limit and that has not been the case.  The city has recently taken several measures to substantially beefed up police protection.


  • Results of pedestrian bridge survey – Total 157 votes cast

Option 1 (X shape) 41 votes, 26%
Option 2 (V shaped) 9 votes, 5.8%
Option 3 (curve) 36 votes, 23%
Option 4 (artistic) 71 votes, 45%


  • Updates from city hall by Commissioner Michael Gongora

Appeal against 3,000 SF super LED sign above Dunkin Donuts – City working behind the scenes for a settlement agreement. Wavna membership unanimously opposed the sign.

State law to over ride city’s short term rental – the law is now stalled because all the focus is on gun laws. Lawmakers session ends March 9th so it might be postponed until next session which would be a good thing.

A garage with workforce housing at 1623 West Ave was killed at the Commissioner retreat. Decided that there are more appropriate places. Currently such a facility is approved on Collins near 10th Street.

1691 West Ave Trader Joe super mural (which is a painted mural not a sign) was basically approved by teh Design Review Board.

1409 Lincoln Rd Gaythering Hotel received approval from Design Review Board for a spa pool, but operating hours are restricted from 9am to 9pm.

Commissioner Gongora sponsored three ordinances, 1) to prohibit leaf blowers from 8pm to 8am, was 8pm to 7am, 2) to create city agendas with more clarity, 3) to sue the State to enable the city to impose strict gun laws.

Commissioner Gongora is hosting a Condo rules seminar March 14 at 5:30pm at the Collins Park Library on 23rd Street

Traffic lights – West Ave and Dade Blvd will be operational this week. Dade Blvd and Purdy will take 6 weeks.

Majority in attendance do not like the new trolleys because  the lead times are long and seats are uncomfortable. The city made improvements: longer leather straps, luggage cart, tweaking routes to make lead times faster. However, the city just began a 3 year lease so the trolleys cannot be replaced until after the contract ends. The audience asked why rent a whole fleet fo trolleys instead of sending out one trolley to test?

Abuse of handicap tags is causing lose of street parking spaces for residential parking permit holders. In general, the audience complained about lack of available parking spaces, especially near 15th Street.

Crime Prevention, Commissioner Samuelian 2/6/2018

West Ave Neighborhood Assoc. (WAvNA)
Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018, 6:30pm
1330 West Ave, The Waverly

* Neighborhood Updates by Shawn – dozens of additional garbage cans placed in our neighborhood is making a profound difference in keeping our streets clean. Meetings with the city have resulted in an improved design of the pedestrian bridge which will include lighting and landscaping.

* Miami Beach Crime Prevention and Awareness Group is a grassroots group helping to fight crime in Miami Beach. Led by John Deutzman, Michael Defillipo, and Jeff Feldman, they encourage everyone to get involved by joining their facebook page (must be invited as a facebook member so first contact wavna so we can invite you, The  Crime Prevention Group also suggests: all property owners install bright lighting on their property that also lights up the sidewalk, install “no trespassing signs on property”.  Police Chief Dan Oates stated signs posted on private property are important because it empowers police to engage that person and if that person is homeless to find that person shelter. Signs available by contacting South Beach Neighborhood Resource Officer

* Commissioner Mark Samuelian with city hall updates:

  • The commissioner sponsored an ordinance to protect the public against dishonest Ocean Drive restaurants that rip off customers.
  • The Rockefeller Foundation (the Red Team) is compiling a report for the city to evaluate the city’s resiliency plan thus far. The report will influence the West Ave Renovation project.
  • Although the pumps are filtering out large debris, the commissioner recommends the city investigate filtering all pollution as the city of Key West is proposing.
  • GO Bond may be on this November referendum. The commissioner stated the bond can benefit our neighborhood and suggested funds to complete the Baywalk.
  • The commissioner stated there is a possibility to add adult exercise gym or exercise programs. Anyone interested should sign the petition by contacting Wavna member Sandy Otero
  • The commission voted to pause any development of the surface parking lot located at 1632 West Ave. The commissioner reiterated that workforce housing should not be located here if the neighborhood opposes it.
  • Newly designed bus stops – there are two concepts and about 54% of the  membership selected concept #1, 46% concept #2.

Meeting Adjourned 7:50pm

Workforce Housing, Trolley 1/9/2018

WAvNA Meeting Minutes
January 9, 2018, 6:30pm, Mirador, 1200 West Ave

 *Surface Parking Lot at 1623 West Ave (P23) – Presented by: Office of Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), and Housing and Community Development

Moderator explains that this is currently a surface lot and neighbors are concerned about a garage blocking views and about the effectiveness of turning city owned land into workforce housing.

Staff CIP describes the proposed building:

A 75-foot-tall structure and 1st floor retail and parking, 2nd floor parking, with a total of 90 parking spaces. The top 4 floors are 64,000sf with approximately 64 apartments.

None of the apartments will have parking, the 90 spaces are open to the public.

The city would fund $9M for entire shell of the structure which includes the $5M parking component, hence $55,000 per parking space. Then a bid process would choose a developer who would spend about $21M to buildout the workforce housing units. The developer would then own the apartments and the city would own the parking spaces. The apartments would be dedicated workforce for a certain number of years then revert to market price.

Staff at Housing and Community Development defines workforce housing:

Criteria to qualify for workforce housing is income level, generally $50k-$70k for individual, and $64k-$90k for a family of three. The tenant would have to work on the beach. And another criteria being considered is work field;  for example a city employee or be employed in a life safety occupation like nurse, police officer, and fire personnel.

The purpose of workforce housing is to create affordable housing for families that work on the beach and also to reduce commuter traffic.

After the private developer’s workforce obligation terms out, the apartments would convert to market price. The number of years the workforce housing remains was unknown.

An audience member stated that it was discriminatory and illegal to exclude certain tenants with certain occupations and require that tenants must work on the beach. Housing Dept representative disagreed.

A vote was taken by show of hands and membership unanimously opposed at 1623 West Ave, a parking garage and opposed workforce housing.

*Condo Directors Club

Announcement by Chairperson Tim Carr that the next meeting is Jan 22nd at 6:30pm at 1200 West Ave at Mirador Condominium community room.

*Pause West Ave Improvement Project Phase II

Commissioner Mark Samuelian explained that the city is using a consultant to review all previous and current flood prevention projects in order to get a second opinion. Therefore, the West Ave project will be paused until results of report are complete. (Update – Public Works Dept states the report will complete end of this March)

*New Citywide Free Trolley –  Pros and Cons.

The Transportation Dept was present to hear from a dozen members that commented. Member remarks: the trolley should have a second door, front seats are too high, aisle too narrow for handicap, drivers take long rest time breaks, wait time for trolley 30 minutes, we can walk faster than the bus, drivers do not speak English, too crowded and many forced to stand.  (Update 1/20/2018 to the previously announced changes. After feedback from the community, South Beach Loops A and B are being extended to the Collins Park neighborhood, however, the Via 10th Street Loop will remain as is. Expect the average service frequency to now be 20 minutes on those loops. Beginning Monday, January 22)

*Miami Beach Crime Prevention & Awareness Group

Unfortunately, we ran out of time so this group will return at next Wavna meeting, Feb 4th.

* Meeting Adjourned

Note: Video 1623 West Ave garage/workforce housing appeared at Commission Jan 17, 2018


Candidate Gongora, STR, Ht Increase 4/4/2017

WAvNA Meeting Minutes
April 4, 2017, 6:30pm, The Waverly, 1330 West Ave

*  Candidate for Miami Beach Commission, Michael Gongora, described his qualifications. Gongora is an attorney, a former commissioner, and a former candidate for mayor.

* When asked if illegal short term renting was taking place in their condo building, 75% of membership raised their hand.

Methods to stop illegal short term rentals and collecting evidence was discussed.

– Report the rental for illegal homesteading to Dade county tax assessor (786) 331-5321.

– Post a sign in your lobby stating that short term renting is illegal in your building.

– Confront renter, ask them to post a low rating on STR website, in the comment section state that it is illegal.

STR Monitoring described how their company helps collect evidence against illegal short term renters. For a monthly fee as low as $77 a month they will monitor and collect evidence of all units that STR in your building. Contact 305-333-3659,,

Commissioner Michael Grieco put on his attorney hat and answered several questions from the membership. He stated that per state law, the maximum penalty a condominium can impose for any refraction is $100 a day not to exceed $1,000 a month. However, the city imposes their own violation fines which are up to $20,000.

* The owner of Box Coffee introduced his neighborhood coffee shop. With experience in the beer brewing industry, Box Coffee has developed a unique cold brewing process that they would like to bring to South Beach.  Owner, Lucas, seeks Wavna approval to replace the front wall of 1657 West Ave with a garage door.

* A height increase is being proposed on West Ave and Alton Rd; 5 feet in zone RM-1, 15 feet in zone RM-2, and 10 feet in the commercial zone along Alton Rd.  Note, last year the city commission approved a 10 feet height increase on Alton so this would be another 10 feet.  95% of the membership, by a show of hands, opposed any height increase. Wavna will invite the sponsor of the ordinance to explain their position.

* There was an update about the Hostel Ordinance. A suite-hotel is an apartment buildings that converts into a hostel. There does not seems to be enough commissioners to support a prohibition of suite-hotels, therefore, an ordinance to instead limit occupancy is being proposed; maximum 8 persons per unit.

* Wavna board director, Shawn Bryant described the success of the added trash cans and improved traffic control at Flamingo entrance.  Membership agreed that the Flamingo gates need to remain permanently open to allow cars to line up inside the property.  A member requested that trash cans at bus stops be adjusted so she can see the bus arriving.

*A request for volunteers to help Wavna in various capacities was made. Update, after the meeting six persons contacted Wavna to volunteer their time.

* Meeting Adjourned at 8:10pm



Terminal Island, Entertainment Litigation 2/7/2017

WAvNA Meeting Minutes
February 7, 2017, 6:30pm, The Waverly, 1330 West Ave
Chair: Travis Copeland, Board of Directors, WAvN

I. Call to order and introductory remarks, Travis Copeland

II. In attendance: Commissioner Rosen Gonzalez, Commissioner Grieco (later) and his assistant, Assistant to Comm. Aleman, Assistant to Comm. Arriola, City of Miami Beach: Eric Carpenter, Bruce Mowry, Jose Gonzalez, MBPD Captain David de la Espiella

III.Terminal Island project presentation: attorney Tracy Slavens of Holland & Knight. The related Group: Rory and Victor

Zoned IU-1, 1.0 FAR, 50 feet height. Seeking 17 stories, 300’ height,. Seeking zone IU-1 with a text amendment to allow the residential use on the waterfront as a conditional use.

Three lots will be unified for a total project area of 9 acres. Size of land is Miami Beach Port LLC = 161,716 SF/3.71 acres; City of Miami Beach = 94.090 SF/2.16 acres; FPL = 136,402 SF/3.13 acres.

The public benefit is that in exchange for using the city owned easement the developer will build a 395 parking space garage for city fleet vehicles and new vehicle maintenance facility and offices. Currently fleet has 80 surface parking spaces. Square footage of existing city buildings is 35,921 SF; after is 40,600 SF.

Conceptual plan is 5 levels of garage and podium and 17 stories of residential tower, maximum 90 units.  Have not designed the building yet, waiting for first round of approvals.  Expect to start drawings this summer.

Developer estimates the cost of construction is in the range of $15,000,000 for the new City facilities.  Additionally, freeing up parking in the garages around the City is an improvement that will benefit all City residents and visitors.

IV. Lawsuit against City Over Noise Ordinance & Entertainment Zones

Summary from Frank Del Vecchio: Bakehouse Brasserie at 801 1st St, played live music (saxophone player) prompting violation complaints from neighboring residents. Menin Hospitality filed suit against City City agreed to allow the live music, but Menin will pursue lawsuit objecting to entertainment zoning under “Freedom of speech” grounds .Would effectively topple all noise ordinances in the City Family connection explained between Russell Galbut/Crescent Heights/Menin Hospitality. WAvNA approached by South of Fifth Neighborhood Association (SOFNA) and Sunset Harbour Neighborhood Association (SHNA) to support their fight against Galbut/Menin to uphold noise ordinances and to compel City to hire outside counsel to handle the lawsuit.

Show of hands is unanimous support from WAvNA residents.  WAvNA then drafted and delivered a Resolution of Support to elected officials.

V. Streetscape update – Carpenter, Mowry, Gonzalez

A contractor has been recommended and will be referred to Commission March 1, 2017. Should Commission award contract, construction should commence in April. Will take two years to complete. Final streetscape design to be determined, town hall meeting will be held with neighborhood.

Questions on completed segments:
South of 8th Street – Why five vehicle lanes on West ave at 8th St and no bike lanes at all? Claimed that there wasn’t room and didn’t want to dead-end bike lanes. May reconsider – “It’s only paint”.

City directives is to create protected bike lanes only from 8th St to Lincoln Rd. Bike lanes on east side of street (in front of Post Office) are not protected, and thus regularly blocked by vehicles parking in them to use the Post Office. City is looking into adding protective bollards, blocking the illegal parking.

Dade Blvd raising and the West Ave bridge completion: June 2017

VI Statements from Commissioner Rosen Gonzalez

* Supports Terminal Island project, cites huge benefit to City
* Supports the City’s fight against Menin, will fight for our ordinances
* Supports our efforts to ensure City follows through with promises regarding bike lanes

VII Flamingo traffic update – Shawn Bryant

*Increased enforcement
*New signage
*Ultimate goal to compel Flamingo to open their front gates allowing passenger pick-up/drop-off onsite

VIII Various discussion and adjournment; next meeting Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Additional information: Article in the Herald,  “Late-Night Motion Marks Crescendo in Discord Over Miami Beach Noise Ordinance”


Train, Trolley, Water Taxi 1/3/2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
6:30pm call to order
Mirador, 1200 West Ave

Attending – Officer Deborah Martineau ; City of Miami Beach Winsome Bowen,  Jose Gonzalez, Milos Majstorovic, Code Compliance officer Manny;  Commissioner Malakoff, Commissioner Grieco, Aide of State Representative David Richardson


* Light Rail Update by Winsome Bowen, City of Miami Beach Deputy of Transportation -Based on resident feedback, the commission has changed policy. Instead of self funding a light rail that circles South Beach, the project will not move forward unless the county first funds a link from Miami Beach to the mainland and the project receives resident approval in a referendum. These steps will make it possible for the project to receive Federal and State funding.

* Trolley Expansion Update by Milos Majstorovic, Transportation Operations Supervisor (Trolley and Transit) , and Jose Gonzalez, Director of Transportation –  Service from the $.25 Local bus, run by the county, will end this year and the route will be seamlessly continued by the free trolley, run by City of Miami Beach. Twelve custom made “stepless” trolley cars, costing $3.6M, will run a circular route in South Beach, to include stops in Sunset Harbour, plus an east to west route on 11th Street will be added. This will all be accomplished by November 2017.  In the meantime, mid beach and north beach trolley has launched.

* Water Taxi Service Update –  Service began Dec 30, 2017. The route is Purdy Marina to Bayside and the Omni. The cost is $10 one-way, $20 round trip. For now, the taxi will only run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with plans to expand service throughout the week depending on the ridership.


* Ban Hostels in West Ave neighborhood-  Though hotels were banned in 2010, suite-hotel and bed & breakfast (which can turn into hostels), are still legal in our neighborhood.  The Commission shows no appetite to ban suite-hotel and bed & breakfast, instead the proposal is to create strict criteria such as limiting occupancy per unit.  The Planning Director stated at the previous Land Use meeting that the 2010 hotel ban already prohibited alcohol to be served in Suite-hotels and bed & breakfast.

* Developer is paying city $665k for an easement over Alton Alley (Near 17th Street) – Commissioner Arriola is proposing to allocate the revenue exclusively for West Ave neighborhood amenities. When several suggestion were presented, membership was strongly in favor of funding the Baywalk.

* Medical Marijuana – The commission is in the process of deciding where to allow the location and number of dispensaries in Miami Beach. Membership was generally in favor of locating dispensaries throughout the city, even in our back yard, Alton Rd. But several folks expressed concerned about safety (since it is a cash only business), and appearance of the outside of the building and the signage. Commissioner Michael Grieco (* that’s G-R-I-E-C-O) assured us that the commission is creating strict criteria to mitigate any of problems.  * You had to be there to get the joke.


* Illegal Short term rental Fines were increased for renting & advertising;  violation of 30 days or more change from $500 to $5,000.00. First offense of renting or advertising change from written warning to $1,000.  There was uncertainty if STR is banned in all three zones of our neighborhood, RM-3, RM-2, and RM-1. We will follow up on specifics of the law with Code Compliance at next Wavna meeting.

* Up Zone Dade Blvd and Purdy Ave to 90 ft height, currently 50 ft –  Planning Board 11/15/16 went against city staff recommendation and approved height increase. It was mentioned that that the Planning Board is stacked with developers and real estate agents who profit from over development, that there is little representation of resident concerns. Membership was distressed about height increases that may be proposed in our neighborhood.

* Terminal Island Project proposes height increase of 300’ height, currently zoned for 50’. Project includes residential, commercial, restaurant, and marina. There was discussion on whether there was a public benefit. The developer will make presentation at next Wavna meeting Feb 7th.

* New landscaping and lighting under the flyover. Commissioner Malakoff noted that more decorative lighting and beautification is still in the works.

* Miami Beach was re-districted so our new Congressperson is Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R), was Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D).  Membership seemed aghast.

* Wavna Newsletter had 53 emails ending in bounce back. If anyone out there knows solution please contact . Note, Bellsouth uses the yahoo server.

* Residents other concerns included : proposed rooftop alcohol at 1212 Lincoln; Uber blocking traffic in front of The Flamingo at 1500 Bay Rd; a drone with camera flying near Mirador windows which infringes on privacy; loud motorcycles without mufflers drag racing on West Ave; loud dog barking from a boat docked near the Waverly; stop sign needed in front of the Bentley; traffic backed up on West Avenue approaching MacArthur Causeway because drivers not aware of dedicated lane; garbage and overall filth in front of Publix on 6th St; homeless issue seemed to improve.

* Meeting Adjourned