FYI Miami: June 29, 2017
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PLAYHOUSE DRAMA DELAYED: A scheduled June 22 showdown between county officials and historic preservationists over the fate of the Coconut Grove Playhouse has been put off. Miami city commissioners were to hear an appeal of the Historic and Environmental Preservation Board’s April 4 decision granting a special certificate of appropriateness for partial demolition of the playhouse, reconstruction of a theater, and construction of a public parking garage with residential units at the Coconut Grove Playhouse site. The aging famous venue is in Commissioner Ken Russell’s district. He requested a deferral to July 27. The state owns the theater and leases it to Miami-Dade County.
BOARD FAVORS NATURE: The Virginia Key Advisory Board on Tuesday voted to recommend that the Miami City Commission amend a city application for a grant to build a seawall, dock and kayak launch at Jimbo’s lagoon, by eliminating the seawall from plans and replacing it with a living shoreline, and eliminating any fixed or floating dock from its plans. The resolution notes that if it’s too late to amend the grant application to the Florida Inland Navigation District, the board recommends withdrawing the application entirely. The secluded area is on the northeast corner of the barrier island, the bulk of which the city owns. Some board members have been critical of the city’s $2.8 million project called the Virginia Key Nature Center, which includes a new seawall, dock, kayak launch, concrete walkway and pavilions. Those changes, they say, would encourage power boats and overuse of a site that ought to be nurtured for its nature.
CASH A GLOBAL KING: More than half of Miami’s resale condo closings in May were for all cash, the Miami Association of Realtors reports, far ahead of the 24.6% of single-family home sales that closed with all cash. The association attributes large numbers of cash closings to international buyers, who the association says “tend to purchase properties in all cash.” Of May’s total resale closings, 39.4% were for all cash, down from 47.2% last May but still almost double the national figure of 22% of all resale closings in cash.
TRAFFIC ALERTS: The Department of Transportation and Public Works will post a notification 14 business days prior to removal of traffic control devices from county roads. The notification will be on Miami-Dade’s website and other available social media, according to a report the county commission received this week. If the location falls within a municipality, the department will also notify the affected municipality by email. Details: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2017/171543.pdf