Miami Beach

8 bayfront properties may offer public access in North Bay Village

The village commission met Tuesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m.

The main item

When newer developers signed contracts to build in North Bay Village, they agreed to public easements, the right of the general public to use certain space on their property. Now, about 10 years later, the village commission wants to open those easements to the public on eight bayfront properties.

“There’s no question that each one of these properties has an easement that was a condition of their passage to do their projects,” said Village Attorney Robert Switkes. “It would be incumbent upon you as the commission to make the determination what you want to do in regard to the easement and public access at this time and what you plan to do in the future.”

Vice Mayor Jorge Gonzalez, president of the 360 Condominium Association, one of the properties discussed, left the dais during the discussion on the advice of the village attorney. The three-member panel — Commissioner Wendy Duvall was also absent by the time of this vote— approved holding a special commission meeting May 28 to consider rules and requirements for accessing the properties, which include the Bayview Terrace, Bridgewater, 360, Eloquence On The Bay, Cielo On The Bay, Adagio Lofts, Blue Bay, and Space01 condominiums.

“People are mad because we’ve been locked out [of] what has been given to us,” Commissioner Richard Chervony said. “Let’s get the water access open for the public as we should have it.”

Other business

▪ Trash pickup schedule revisited: To help mitigate the issue of trash left on the street, Public Works Director Rodney Carrero-Santana suggested changing garbage collection to Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays with a once-a-week furniture pickup. The commission rejected his recommendation and requested he revisit the issue.

▪ One “Bulb-out” is out: One Treasure Island property owner at 7529 Bounty Ave. wants to remove a “bulb-out” with landscaping (a built-out curb with shrubbery and a tree) on the street to accommodate additional parking. The commission voted 3-2 in favor of the resolution.

▪ Park hours extended: Some North Bay Village parents want increased park hours so that their kids can stay out longer during the summer’s evening hours. The city agreed to keep the park open until 9 p.m. for a three-month trial run.

▪ Treasure Island Parking: Caribbean Towers Condominium, 7545 East Treasure Drive, being renovated, has been grandfathered in without parking. The commission asked the village manager to start gathering information on the widespread parking space issue, that just last month it tried to alleviate with a parking decal program.

They said it

“We’re going to have a crisis. There’s just no parking on the east side of Treasure Island. We need to alleviate that situation for the residents.” — Mayor Connie Leon-Kreps on her resolution to fix the ongoing issue.

You said it

“My God! This has been going on so long. We’ve been doing this bay walk now for how many years? You got to bite the bullet and make a decision here.” — property owner Al Coletta regarding public access to the bayfront

The next special commission meeting

▪ When: May 28

▪ Where: 1666 Kennedy Causeway, #101, North Bay Village