Miami Shores

Out with the old, Village Council gives green light to replace street signs

Street signs in Miami Shores are getting a face lift.

On Tuesday, the Village Council unanimously agreed to extend Village Manager Tom Benton’s $25,000 purchasing limit to help finish replacing the community’s street signs — a project that began four years ago.

But due to spending restrictions set by the council, the process moved more gradually than anticipated.

So far, the village has swapped street signs on Northeast 96th Street from Biscayne Bay to Northwest Second Avenue and more recently updated all signs on Northwest First Avenue.

“We can move quicker,” Benton said. “Having us do it incrementally is slowing the project down and at the end of the day it’ll cost us more money.”

The last section of signs on Northwest First Avenue cost nearly $30,000 of the village’s $100,000 budget to update.

Now with the council’s approval, Benton will spend the remaining money to exchange the old road signs with new ones down Northeast 12th Avenue. The village will look to replace the signs on Northeast Fourth Avenue once 12th Avenue is completed.

The new designs, which were chosen by the council when the project first began, are on forest green poles instead of galvanized iron posts and include a decorative palm tree logo.

The village earmarked $100,000 of $470,000 in this year’s budget from the county’s half cent transportation sales tax to cover costs of the project.

According to the village, the project will be finished within the next three years.

In other action, the Village Council approved Doctors Charter’s request to place portable classrooms on their property. No amendment to the village’s zoning code was needed to approve the school’s plan.

DCS, if permitted to purchase the portable classrooms, would utilize the space as a changing locker room and computer testing lab.

The school still needs permission from the county to move forward with their request.