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 entertainment area,” said Commissioner Mark Samuelian in an interview. “Specifically, we recently passed an ordinance eliminating parking requirements for certain residential uses.”
The city commission also recently voted to bring back one lane of traffic southbound on Ocean Drive. Mr. Samuelian said the long-term vision for the street is pedestrianization. The lane, he said, could also be considered for the exclusive use of Freebees – the cost-free transit vehicles.
“For me the most important thing is that Ocean Drive is friendly to pedestrians, cyclists and especially our residents,” he added. “And I want to make sure, whatever we do, that we put the priority on people, not cars.”