Miami Beach

Who would be exempt from 2 a.m. Miami Beach drinking cutoff? First proposals released

Two months after Miami Beach voters approved a non-binding referendum calling for a rollback of alcohol sales in the city, the city administration released a memo Thursday outlining potential options to impose a 2 a.m. booze ban with exceptions for certain businesses. … Commissioner Mark Samuelian said in an interview Tuesday that he would prefer …

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Ocean Drive to restore cars, add pedestrian plaza

After a chaotic and uncontrolled avalanche of party crowds during the spring break of 2020 that ended in arrests, ongoing curfews and the ultimate closure to vehicle traffic to the street, a southbound lane is opening again in South Beach’s Ocean Drive along with a temporary pedestrian plaza, following months of discussions and holiday delays, …

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‘A lot quieter’: Miami Beach Commission will consider ban on gas-powered leaf blowers

After years of discussions, Miami Beach may soon become the latest city to ban gas-powered leaf blowers. The City Commission will consider an ordinance that would outlaw the noisy, pollution-emitting blowers following a transition period that would allow landscaping companies and homeowners to replace their old equipment.  Commissioner Mark Samuelian, who will present the proposal …

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‘This is unjust’: Restaurants sue Miami Beach over crackdown on outdoor dining permits

… Commissioner Mark Samuelian, who sponsored the legislation that created the new criteria, said after the meeting that while he feels sympathy for the impacted employees, he supports the city’s actions denying the permits. He noted that the City Commission passed a code of conduct in 2019 requiring business operators to display actual prices for …

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Miami Beach mayor, commissioners sworn in after election wins. They call for civility

After winning their respective elections this month, Miami Beach’s newly elected and reelected city leaders took their oaths of office Monday and called for civility after a divisive campaign season. Mayor Dan Gelber and Commissioner Mark Samuelian, who won reelection Nov. 2, were sworn into office along with two newly elected commissioners, Kristen Rosen Gonzalez …

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Miami Beach strengthening its arts and cultural organizations

As part of Miami Beach’s aim to replace the Entertainment District with an Art Deco Cultural District, the city is strengthening arts and cultural organizations by providing local programming and funding the city’s major cultural anchors and their organizations. … “We are also exploring and implementing incentives for more of a live-work-play environment in the …

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Miami Beach replaces July 4 fireworks with ‘shine a light’ moment to honor Surfside

As a tribute to the first responders, victims and families of those missing in the partial condo collapse in Surfside, Miami Beach announced Thursday it will replace its originally planned fireworks celebration with a moment for residents to “shine a light in a symbolic gesture of unity,” according to a city press release. … Miami …

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Miami Today Features Aris Papadopoulos in its Annual ‘Best of Miami’ Issue

MIAMI, June 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Resilience Action Fund (RAF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and guiding the public on creating more resilient homes and communities, announced today that it has been featured in the annual “Best of Miami” issue of Miami Today. This year’s theme, “Best of Miami in Recovery Mode,” highlighted the people, businesses and organizations who are setting the …

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