Alton Road construction

 

About five years ago, a group of community leaders and I were at an FDOT meeting when the reconstruction of Alton Road in South Beach was announced. FDOT wanted our input because the corridor is a major entrance to one of the best-known tourist destinations in the world.

We talked about wide sidewalks with cafe tables. Medians with trees and landscaping — a grand boulevard. FDOT said it would get back to us with concepts.

An engineer from FDOT recently presented the plans to Miami Beach’s Transportation and Parking Committee, which I chair. Sidewalks were skinnied-down, the median was gone, one-third of the parking was eliminated and a dangerous bike-lane was added. The committee and the commission balked, but were told it was too late. Now, with shovels in the ground, we are trying to salvage anything to better this plan.

All we are asking is for FDOT to understand our needs. We’re an island community where things are more compact than in sprawling suburban areas. The rules are different here. The West Avenue corridor is one of the densest urban areas in the country. It’s a walking community. All we are looking for is an open dialogue with FDOT to design streets and roads that work in our environment.

Mark Weithorn, chair, Miami Beach Transportation and Parking Committee, Miami Beach

Read more Letters to the Editor stories from the Miami Herald

  • Declare war on ISIS

    The ISIS army, along with the other Islamic militants, have declared war on us by killing our citizens and threatening to kill more.

  • Too much coverage

    With 24-hour coverage of a St. Louis suburb and the shooting of a resident by police, we must get another 24-hour news channel. The Middle East is exploding. American citizens are at risk from brutal terrorists.

  • Black leadership void

    According to the interviews I have seen on television, Ferguson is 70 percent black and has no black elected officials. There are only three black officers in the 60-member police force.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category