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

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

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

marc

What’s up with the renders then?

Anonymous

“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

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

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

All 5 blocks will have lights. Nice!

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

This 0ost does not make any sense.

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

yes – closed to traffic – only pedestrians.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

sources?

Anonymous

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

That is easier, huh dummy?

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

Ken does have good looks.

Anonymous

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

Or the solar panel trees for Bayfront park?

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

How much are you donating?

Anonymous

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

solar panels?

Anonymous

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

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

Anti homeless person

At least the homeless will have some lighting…

Anonymous

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

Nice!

Anonymous

GREAT CONTRIBUTION

Anonymous

What’s the status with the Biscayne BayWalk?

Anonymous

Open. Try walking it.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

Damn Miami is beautiful.

Anonymous

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