Miami Beach Commissioner Proposes Ocean Drive As A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ocean Drive in South Beach should be nominated to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, according to a proposal by a city commissioner.

There are only 24 such sites in the United States, with 11 of those cultural sites, 12 natural sites, and 1 mixed. Miami’s Everglades National Park is among the 12 natural sites.

The Ocean Drive proposal is scheduled to be voted on by the Miami Beach Commission on March 9, with commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez the sponsor.

Here is a portion of the proposed text of the resolution (the full resolution is also embedded below):

WHEREAS, all member nations of the World Heritage Convention voluntarily nominate their own sites embracing superlative natural or cultural attributes; and

WHEREAS, the skyline of Ocean Drive in South Beach is iconic and has it’s been featured on television and in print photography thousands of times; and

WHEREAS, Ocean Drive is the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco district; this area gives visitors a chance to see this beautiful, historical architecture from a past era, which was saved and preserved by preservationists over the years; and

WHEREAS, the architecture on Ocean Drive from the 1930s to the present is a combination of different styles from different architects; this area is considered to be an “Art Deco capital” and is home to the largest concentration of 1920s and 1930s resort- style architecture; and

WHEREAS, people travel from all over to have a glimpse of South Beach’s famous Art Deco district on Ocean Drive; and

WHEREAS, among the most popular is the 1939 Colony Hotel, known as the most photographed art deco hotel, which has been featured in cameos in scores of movies and TV shows, including the series Dexter; and

WHEREAS, Ocean Drive is also the location of the famed Casa Casuarina, the residence of the late Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace, and is one of the most photographed houses in North America; and

WHEREAS, designating Ocean Drive as a World Heritage Site would elevate the City’s status as a cultural and tourist destination around the world; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Commission direct the City Administration to take all steps necessary to nominate Ocean Drive for consideration as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT DULY RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, that the Mayor and City Commission hereby direct the City Administration to take all steps necessary to nominate the portion Ocean Drive, from 5th Street through 15th Street for consideration as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (“UNESCO”).

 

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King of NMB
6 months ago

just get the cars back off that road bro

Anonymous
6 months ago

No, it’s called Ocean Drive not Ocean Walk! The current one way setup strikes a perfect balance and keeps the drive in Ocean Drive!

Anonymous
6 months ago

No one likes it.

Miami-Dade County
6 months ago

Don’t worry, the cars will soon get replaced with boats.

Anonymous
6 months ago

ahh yes. Nothing says a UNESCO heritage site like a place where drunk people are everywhere and fights/shoot outs happen in the area lmao

Anonymous
6 months ago

if it worked for the coliseum, it works for us!

Anonymous
6 months ago

*Paris looks at camera*

Anonymous
6 months ago

Make Ocean Drive Great Again! (and car-free!)

Anonymous
6 months ago

Make gas prices great again!

Anonymous
6 months ago

Ban cars from this UNESCO site

Anonymous
6 months ago

Ban cars from all miami beach. Cars ruin this unique art deco resort.

Original
6 months ago

Okay… we’ll start with your car first.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Make it pedestrian-only again!

Annymous
6 months ago

When was it ever pedestrian-only?

NYC Loves Miami
6 months ago

Pedestrian-only sounds good. But what if the crime statistics indicate a drop in crime from allowing vehicles back on the road. The police dept WANTED the cars back to help with cloud control. It’s not a complete solution to the problem, but maybe a small piece to a complex puzzle.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Get the ghettesco out and bring in UNESCO!

Anonymous
6 months ago

They just added sports cars back to Ocean Drive.

Maybe have several seats, Miami Beach.

pill traffa
6 months ago

this is a great idea , i do wonder if the “neo art-deco” disqualifies it

Annymous
6 months ago

Considering UNESCO adheres to the Venice Charter, which is an outdated policy from 1964 saying new stuff can’t look old despite, despite being contrary to “world heritage” and the resurgence of Neo-Traditional architecture, I wouldn’t be surprised.

ex-Londoner resident in 33132
6 months ago

Get rid of the tacky Lizzos first!

Anonymous
6 months ago

lmaooooo

Original
6 months ago

Yeah.. get rid of them like they did the people who made up “GOD’s waiting room” back in the day.

Melo is sigma and chad
6 months ago

To much neo-art deco has been added to the area. It needs to be fully art deco.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Too late for that.

Anonymous
6 months ago

It’s not even technically “Art Deco,” rather Streamline Moderne, which is 1920s Art Deco stripped of its extravagance because of the Great Depression, and made to look more machine-like and “streamlined.”

Ay 🙄
6 months ago

no

Anonymous
6 months ago

Miami Beach has turned into a shithole !!!

Afi K. James
6 months ago

Absolutely not, the UN is a threat to our national sovereignty and our constitution, get America out of the United nations and get the United nations out of the u.s.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Ok comrade

Anonymous
6 months ago

The UN, founded with the intention of stopping war, failed at stopping Soviet expansion, are failing at Russia’s military aggression, and will for China. Your joke makes no sense.

Market Urbanist
6 months ago

Facts.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Go read a book.

Anonymous
6 months ago

What if its a book you want burned or taken off bookstore shelves because it hurts your feefees?

Anonymous
6 months ago

Might want to check which side is banning books. Hint: it’s the side on their knees for the Cheeto in chief.

Correct
6 months ago

👍

Anonymous
6 months ago

Along with the WHO, it’ll move to China for its masters.

Anonymous.
6 months ago

Is it me or is this proposal shockingly/insultingly weak? Lazy? The UNESCO people won’t see that the presenter’s hearts aren’t into this – and shouldn’t take their proposals seriously again? The best arguments are that Ocean Drive is already heavily photographed, already visited by “people from all over” but is in need of becoming a … “tourist destination”? Why even bring up Casa Casuarina, which was sold after its celebrity owner was brutally murdered on…Ocean Drive itself? The heavy photography of the murder scene is a reason for heritage status?

I’m now skeptical that the 12 minutes spent preparing this lifeless, shallow, culturally weak argument for world recognition wasn’t design to fail – for whatever reason, to appease whomever that something was done and checked off some list.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Bringing up Dexter, LOL. If there’s one pop culture reference to Ocean Drive that comes to most of our minds, it’s a scene from a certain movie that involves a chainsaw.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Chi Chi get the yayo

Lily
6 months ago

Is he serious? Lol. What does Ocean Drive has other bars and drunk crazy people?

Pam
6 months ago

He is a she. Other than bars, Ocean Drive and the surrounding streets have the greatest collection of Art Deco buildings in the world. That good enough?