Downtown Miami Getting A Lighted Baywalk As A Super Bowl Legacy Project

Downtown Miami’s baywalk will soon be lighted as part of a project too be built ahead of the Super Bowl to be hosted here in 2020.

Local officials are raising over $40 million to host the Super Bowl, including at least $14 million from Miami-Dade County alone. The city of Miami is also contributing.

The NFL is returning a small portion of the funds for permanent “legacy projects.”

The Baywalk lighting is among the legacy projects. It will cost $710,000, with the NFL to contribute $300,000 of that cost.

Another $300,000 will come from city of Miami transportation funds, since it will be “an invaluable asset for the greater public seeking mobility options in the Downtown area”. Commissioners approved the funding at a meeting last month.

Miami’s Downtown Development Authority will contribute the remaining $110,000.

(Savino & Miller Design Studio)

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peej
2 years ago

Very inaccurate headline…according to the embedded Site Plan, this is only for lighting improvements WITHIN BAYFRONT PARK, specifically along their existing Bayfront Park Path.

The lights only go from the Seafair boat dock until the Amphitheater’s rear parking lot, and do nothing to connect to Bayside.

This is still better than nothing, I just wish we had a larger vision to improve more than just the small area already pre-planned to host Super Bowl events…

Anonymous
2 years ago

The first render above is south of the Four Ambassadors and Brickell Key, well south of Bayfront. Hmm…

marc
2 years ago

What’s up with the renders then?

Anonymous
2 years ago

“Another $300,000 will come from city of Miami transportation funds, since it will be “an invaluable asset for the greater public seeking mobility options in the Downtown area”.”

listen, I’ve heard of the term “BS’ing people” but this BS definitely is in it’s own category.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s how the transportation funds get wasted, anything except what it was intended for.

Anonymous
2 years ago

My favorite public transportation is a sidewalk.
Parasites would rather I pay for their door to door free rail service, but sidewalks are cost effective.

Remember, everywhere is walking distance if you leave early enough.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You sure do like personalizing things, don’t you?

Anonymous
2 years ago

All 5 blocks will have lights. Nice!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I am grateful, but it is quite small in scope. If the NFL really wanted to leave us a legacy, they could have funded Baywalk in places where we don’t currently have it so that it would go all the way from the I-195 bridge to the Rickenbacker Causeway.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That might severely eat away at their “non-profits”.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Remember this is Miami. They hate us. Lets see how many shots of our beautiful skyline are beamed to the rest of the country.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Well you can be sure it’ll be a lot. ESPN will have a setup downtown on Biscayne Blvd.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This 0ost does not make any sense.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Seeing as the Dolphins pretty much launched the modern era of the NFL, this is the least the NFL should be doing. Great project.

Anonymous
2 years ago

So now we have a lighted pathway around a non-functional signature fountain. Only in Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Wow a lighted baywalk all the way to Miami Gardens? Thats amazing

Anonymous
2 years ago

yes – closed to traffic – only pedestrians.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Nice and it will done in time for Ultra next year. It’s coming back to Bayfront!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

sources?

Anonymous
2 years ago

I see someone would rather give this comment a thumbs down vote than quote a source.

That is easier, huh dummy?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Read the most recent Herald article on the subject. The correct politicians got bribed this time. Can’t wait for Ultra!

Anonymous
2 years ago

haven’t voted on it coming back to bayfront. Ken Russell said he doesn’t mind if they go to homestead.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ken Russell is a loser. Ultra is coming back. Only need 3 votes instead of 4 due to new legal interpretations. Manolo and Hardemon have already been bought off. Gort will most likely vote yes. The Miami DNA bought off Carollo last time but they may not have enough deep pockets this time.

Anonymous
2 years ago

who would you rather make out with — Ken or Mr. Mayor?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ken does have good looks.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Whatever happened to selfie yo-yo boy’s solar streetlight initiative? Is that one light near the near the Federal Building still even working?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Or the solar panel trees for Bayfront park?

Anonymous
2 years ago

The NFL is returning a small portion of the funds for permanent “legacy projects.” ***** A VERY SMALL PORTION !!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

The city should put up the money. After all, they should want our city to shine in every respect, given the opportunity to host this event where millions of people locally, nationally and internationally will focus their attention. Streets and sidewalks should be cleaned and accommodations up to standards.

Anonymous
2 years ago

How much are you donating?

Anonymous
2 years ago

And who will pay to maintain the lights? We don’t even have working street lamps on some blocks of downtown…How long do you guys give these lights before they burn out and never turn back on?

Anonymous
2 years ago

solar panels?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Two weeks! Think they can crank up the water fountain for superbowl? Even if they can’t keep it running for the locals? Shameful.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This will look nice when crossing the bridge. Hopefully they extend it.

Anti homeless person
2 years ago

At least the homeless will have some lighting…

Anonymous
2 years ago

since it will be “an invaluable asset for the greater public seeking mobility options in the Downtown area”. Commissioners approved the funding at a meeting last month.
how is this an INVALUABLE ASSET? Is this even an ASSET? are those renderings even Miami?

Interested
2 years ago

Nice!

Anonymous
2 years ago

GREAT CONTRIBUTION

Anonymous
2 years ago

What’s the status with the Biscayne BayWalk?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Open. Try walking it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

now we just need the Ferries Wheel to be approved @ the next commissioner meeting.

Anonymous
2 years ago

i hope it will be green and red for XMAS and Santa.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Damn Miami is beautiful.

Anonymous
2 years ago

If we’re getting more light at night, can we have more shade in the day?