FYI Miami: January 14, 2021
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LINCOLN ROAD REVISITED: Miami Beach commissioners are to discuss this week a resolution that would reduce the price and scope of the Lincoln Road Master Plan. While the original plan was set to cost about $77 million, city administrators are advising that the project be capped at $52.4 million and that intrusive and expensive elements such as the repaving of sidewalks be removed. The item was originally scheduled for discussion in December.
OBSERVATION WHEEL MEALS: Since the beginning of November, Bayside Marketplace’s observation wheel has been offering views of the downtown Miami skyline, with daily visitors rising into the thousands, according to Charlene Leavitt of Skyviews Miami, the attraction company that is managing the wheel. “During Christmas week, we had up to 3,000 visitors a day. We are just so grateful for how locals are coming out and supporting us,” she said. Next on the agenda is to sign a contract with Bayside’s Landshark Bar & Grill to provide catering for riders with hopes to have it up and running in about a month, Ms. Leavitt said.
SURPASSING SAN FRANCISCO? Miami will be buying additional trolleys for the citywide system with a $354,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation and matching funds to come out of the city’s share of transit surtax. The air-conditioned trolleys are free and run from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. for most locations, although the city has in the past expanded the schedule for Miami Heat games, Art Basel and other special events. Notable stops along the route include Mary Brickell Village, Brickell Key, Coconut Grove, AmericanAirlines Arena, PortMiami, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Marlins Stadium, Vizcaya and Miracle Mile.
COVID AND PROPERTY TAXES: Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Pedro Garcia is urging homeowners to review homestead exemption information and automatic renewal receipts he recently sent out “to ensure they are receiving all the benefits they deserve,” a press note from his office said. In accordance with Florida law, property owners must also inform him if they no longer qualify for certain exemptions. The deadline for property owners to update their information online or by sending it to the Office of the Property Appraiser at 111 NW First St., Ste. 710, Miami 33128 is March 1. “I want everyone that can qualify for an exemption to apply today on our website or in-person, especially if they have recently purchased a new home,” Mr. Garcia said in a statement, adding that it’s particularly important for “those financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic…”