Construction Permit Submitted For Edgewater Dock Where Key Baywalk Piece Missing

A construction permit has been applied for at a condo building in Edgewater that is a key missing link for the baywalk.

The new dock is planned to be built at Bay View Tower, an older condo building.

According to plans filed with Miami Dade’s DERM, the construction will include both a new sea wall and dock.

The new dock will vary in width from 6′-10″ to 6′-8″. A that width, it seems unlikely to become a public baywalk.

There are newly built sections of baywalk built to the north at the Paraiso Bay complex, and to the south at Biscayne Beach, with development plans underway to extend the walkway further in both directions.

 

The baywalk at Paraiso Bay:

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Anonymous
18 days ago

Are you suggesting the public baywalks are an OPTION? I thought it was the law of the land that any new construction on the Miami River or the bay had to include a public baywalk.

Anonymous
18 days ago

If it was optional then developers would market their “private” waterfront access and screw the public…

Anonymous
18 days ago

It is the law for newly built buildings to include a baywalk. This building was built in 1980. I’m not sure if there was some rule that if an existing building made a certain amount of renovations then they had to do a public bay walk or not.

ANON
18 days ago

It’s in the City Charter under Section 3(mm). Anything approved by development order before September 1979 is exempt from it, however, any substantial site improvements to the land would trigger the Baywalk requirement.

Anonymous
18 days ago

What a fucking embarrassment our baywalk is.

Downtowner
18 days ago

That’s a pretty extreme comment; the baywalk isn’t even complete yet. A major portion of it will be built when the Biscayne 21 Condominium is replaced with a new project. Right now, you can walk from N.E. 15th St. to N.E. 24th St., with a little detour along Bayshore Dr in front of Biscayne 21. It’s happening; give it a chance. Actually, Elysee Condo did a nice job with their portion.

Anonymous
18 days ago

This city has been developing since the 1920’s. Nearby cities all have completed river walks. The reason we do not is because of generations of placing developers ahead of the public. Hard stop.

joe
18 days ago

Was in Philadelphia and they have beautiful walkway along the river that goes for miles through the middle of downtown. Made me think how great it would be if Miami had it, its safe and thousands of people use it everyday for biking and running.

Anonymous
18 days ago

It’s a complete lack of investment in civic spaces.

Anonymous
17 days ago

And, of course, NYC on the Hudson takes you miles and miles along the Hudson River filled with bikes, runners, hikers, tourists…… it’s amazing.
Chicago- along the Lake …. goes for miles and miles.
I guess we have City of Miami Beach with the boardwalk.
Shame about City of Miami being so behind.

Anonymous
18 days ago

Last time I checked, most this development has happened within the last boom, and previous generations did not view bays, rivers, etc. as recreational amenities.

Anonymous
18 days ago

Yes, all 50 linear feet of Elysee. Really was a game changer.

Anonymous
18 days ago

Too bad the building sucks eggs.

Anonymous
18 days ago

Very well said!!! It is an embarrassment that miami, surrounded by water, doesn’t have the best, longest baywalk and River walk in the country!!!

Anonymous
18 days ago

1000% agree. Cities like San Antonio should not be putting us to shame. But, alas, here we are.

Anonymous
18 days ago

San Antonio don’t have have anything like the beaches though.

Anonymous
18 days ago

you dont say

Anonymous
18 days ago

Finally. Building without leaving a baywalk should have never been allowed.

Anonymous
18 days ago

i agree that building without constructing a baywalk should have never been allowed , a lot of developers built some small ugly buildings on the waterfront and they did n’t even build a baywalk and those buildings are gated communities so they won’t even let you come close to the bay

Truth Matters
18 days ago

Building a community without a road fronting the bay was a crime to begin with.
Every city on the water in the world has a “malecon” “corniche” “promenade”. Only in the U.S. waterfronts become private entities. Rio, Nice, Abu Dhabi, Havana, etc etc built it right.

Anne A.
18 days ago

Wrong about generalization that “only in the U.S. waterfronts become private entities”. For example: The entirety of Miami Beach’s coastline is open to the public.

Even the beautiful boardwalk is longer (7 miles on the ocean) than Abu Dhabi’s Corniche Road (5 miles in a bay) Havana’s malecon (also only 5 miles), Rio’s Copacabana (2.5 miles). Even Nice’s Promenade des Anglais is only 4.3 miles.

Built right. In the USA.

Antennae
18 days ago

Anne
You missed the point.
No
Miami Beach is public but you can’t see water from anywhere unless you get close to shore.
Rio has a beach, the street and then on the other side the hotels.
They built it right.
Same thing in Nice and everywhere else

Conno Sir
18 days ago

Ft Lauderdale built their water front area and beach much nicer
Sorry Anne, I agree with the prev comment

Anonymous
18 days ago

So… Bayfront Park doesn’t exist?

Anonymous
18 days ago

Ah! You’re right. We have bayfront park! All remaining waterfront in Miami should be privatized. Screw the public!

What an absurd point of view.

World traveler
18 days ago

I like what Toledo, Ohio did with their riverfront. Very elegant.

Anonymous
18 days ago

This is not a public bay walk amenity. This is for the reconstruction of a dock (deck really) that is accessible from the pool area of Bayview Towers condo building only.

Get the Baywalk Done
18 days ago

legislation should be passed, any new seawall or dock even on waterfront buldings from pre1980 triggers the Baywalk. Without it, it could be 2050 before we have a continuous Baywalk. Also, ANY site work, for instance the demoltion and the concrete pad construction at the Gentiing porperty should have triggered the requirement

anon
18 days ago

Excuse me while I go walk Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful completed Riverwalk. Hit me up in 20 years when ours is finished.

Anonymous
18 days ago

Finally. Building without leaving a bag walk should have never been allowed.

Smith
18 days ago

Miami Beach just got their beach walk completed, one continuous path from 1st Street all the way to Haulover.

calivalle
18 days ago

Should of went all the way to Rickenbacker causeway…Could and would it been an awesome jog….

BDub
18 days ago

The city could use eminent domain if they were willing to pay, although prices per square foot are high along there.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Baywalk Winning.

Anonymous
18 days ago

Baywalk sucks, stop try to force this $hit.

Realtalk Reilly
18 days ago

^ Ha! Must be somebody who lives in a bayfront building and doesn’t like people walking behind it. That’s the only reason I could possibly think of to be against the baywalk.

On South Beach, the baywalk that’s supposed to go along the west side, from Lincoln Road down to 5th Street, is missing several pieces. Doesn’t look like they will be completed anytime soon.

Any new buildings have to include a baywalk, like the recently completed Monad Terrace. But older buildings are not obligated to construct baywalks UNLESS they seek to do major renovations, at which point the City will make the permit conditional on adding a public baywalk.

The owners in those older buildings are fiercely opposed to letting people walk behind them. So they break their renovation projects down into individual jobs and do things a little bit at a time, to avoid triggering the baywalk condition.

It will probably never get competed unless there is a big hurricane that necessitates those holdout buildings doing major repairs.