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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 plans more temporary public art

With the economy reopening and talks starting about a pedestrian promenade connecting Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road and Española Way, Miami Beach officials are looking at installing more temporary public art in the city in the next few months as a way to encourage the economic rebound. … This idea, Commissioner Mark Samuelian said, dovetails nicely …

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Miami Beach isn’t Vegas. A 2 a.m. last call makes sense | Opinion

By MARK SAMUELIAN AND ALEX R. PIQUERO Much has been made about Miami Beach’s spring break experience, especially in 2021, and residents are outraged. Even though we are amid a pandemic with curfews, that did not stop thousands of people from converging on our region to take a break from their lives — many attracted by …

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City Commission Adopts Tougher Penalties for Iconic Sidewalk Cafés

Sidewalk café operators who receive four or more sidewalk café violations over the preceding 12-month period will now be banned from “applying for and obtaining” a sidewalk café permit for two consecutive permit years following the permit year in which the most recent violation occurred. “I think this is an important ordinance. We’re strengthening. We’re …

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Miami Beach Continues to Wrestle with its South Beach Entertainment District

In a special meeting to discuss proposals to fix what Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber calls the “anything goes” atmosphere in the City’s South Beach Entertainment District, Commissioner Mark Samuelian summed up the discussion with the word “frustrating.” After praising the City’s Police Department for its work and efforts to increase enforcement, all of the …

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Preliminary consensus on some concepts to fix Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive

This month’s workshop was the first time the ideas were presented. No public comment was taken at the meeting but Gelber, City Staff, and Commissioner Mark Samuelian who chairs the Land Use and Sustainability Committee which hosted the workshop all emphasized each proposal would be vetted in various committees, some before the Planning Board, as …

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Miami Beach to start shutting down Ocean Drive early to control coronavirus spread

The city of Miami Beach is pushing to reduce large gatherings along Ocean Drive — one of the region’s most popular social spots — amid efforts to hold stop the spread of the new coronavirus. A Saturday release from the city notes the street had been closed to vehicles since Thursday. “Effective immediately, the city …

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Miami Beach votes to remove happy hour signs from sidewalk cafes

“Some of the signage up there just isn’t 100% clear,” Miami Beach Commissioner Mark Samuelian said. “Sometimes it says, ‘2 for 1,’ but the customers got charged. Some of our customers come from overseas. They’re not clear on what they’re getting. I’ve heard from the community. I’ve seen it myself that there are some bad …

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Miami Beach bans specials boards from sidewalk cafes, introduces new code of conduct

Miami Beach officials flexed their legislative muscle on Wednesday, passing a new ordinance banning boards advertising specials at sidewalk cafes and giving initial approval to a new Sidewalk Cafe Code of Conduct. … “We’re trying to improve the experience for our customers [and] any issues of deceptive practices,” Commissioner Mark Samuelian. July 17, 2019 | …

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Et tu, News Café? an Ocean Drive classic succumbs to the 2-for-1 game

Ordinance sponsor Commissioner Mark Samuelian said, “It’s an issue that we’ve had in this community for way too long.” “The signage is not clear and can be misleading, it’s aesthetically not pleasing, and anything that slows down pedestrian traffic is a problem,” he said, noting the boards clog the narrow pedestrian walkways and slow things …

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