New Commissioners Say There Are More Pressing Needs Than Baywalk, Riverwalk

Two newly elected commissioners don’t see any urgency to move on a baywalk or riverwalk.

A proposed ordinance that would have accelerated construction was withdrawn on January 11. According to Miami Today, two newly elected commissioners, Joe Carollo and Manolo Reyes, say the city has more pressing needs.

If approved, four to nine “pinch points” along the route from the Julia Tuttle to Brickell would have been closed, by having private property owners grant easements to ease liability concerns. The city would then pay to build, and the cost would be repaid if the properties were developed.

Previously, commissioner Ken Russell said up to $25 million in bonds could be issued to fund construction. Not one commissioner offered a second on Russell’s motion, however.

Miami’s Downtown Development Authority board members said they wanted to continue working to get the proposal passed.

 

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Common Sense Posting
2 years ago

Will Miami ever rid itself of these simple-minded, amateur (and often corrupt) politicians?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not when the majority of people west of I-95 don’t know how to read a ballot and only vote based on ethnicity.

Miami1
2 years ago

Love the bigotry…so the Miami that matters to you is only east of I-95 then? Si no te gusta echale azucar!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

The baywalk would benefit everyone and allow access to our beautiful scenery.. not just East95ers

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bigot ? The people voting based upon their ethnicity are bigots. All this diversity stuff SJW’s constantly say yet all these groups don’t even like each other.

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

You’re kidding right? That’s not one bit of what he said.

ILoveMiami
2 years ago

Not as long as we have simple-minded (and often ignorant) voters.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Until the voting demographic of Miami changes, they will continue to elect crooks,shortsighted and amateurish wannabe politicians.

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

MAYBE JEFF LORIA CAN PAY FOR IT
Just a year of the payout from the bonds that we are paying for Marlins Stadium would more than cover this.
Just a fraction of the proceeds Jeff Loria was supposed to give back to Miami when he sold the team for $1.2 billion would have paid for it.

Instead, all we have is a piece of eye candy on 836.

Parks & Recreation.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Too bad we have leaders with no vision. The downtown population pays some of the highest taxes in the state.
We get nothing for the taxes we pay.

Anonymous
2 years ago

We get more traffic in return. smh

Anonymous
2 years ago

Um, you live in the Downtown area… what do think it’s supposed to be like traffic wise, “suburbia?”

Anonymous
2 years ago

This is Miami. Whether your in the “burbs” or downtown, traffic blows.

Anonymous
2 years ago

you’re*

My bad.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yup! It should be like Suburbia! hahahaha

Anonymous
2 years ago

Funny, I thought you got parks, free trolleys, and free metromover rides?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yea they didn’t vote for it cause it doesn’t benefit there district one bit. Selfish scum.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s politics.. darn

The river is the future
2 years ago

Wow this is so disappointing!! These guys can’t be serious…must have a whole other agenda besides improving the quality of life for anyone in and around Brickell. This is so overdue! Imagine being able to walk from the icon up the river to the new soccer stadium (once built of course). It’s amazing how the river walk especially can be so overlooked when the area is booming and will continue to do so! Get it together guys don’t be so short sighted for the city’s sake…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Watch these two try to ram that Cuban Museum down our throats behind AAA.

Miami
2 years ago

I totally agree with you!!!! this is a JOKE!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Who voted for them?

Anonymous
2 years ago

A whole lot of people who speak spanish.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bilingual.. We speak English too.

Anonymous
2 years ago

1/3 of hispanics in Miami can’t speak a word of English.

Miami
2 years ago

Yo hablo espanol y NO VOTE por ninguno de esos payasos!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, enjoy it while you can, Trump is here to put a stop to all this BS.

Oscar
2 years ago

Carollo’s a buffoon and Reyes seems to be cut from the same cloth.

marc
2 years ago

So what’s more pressing? I’d like to know.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Laundering more money into their pockets.

Anonymous
2 years ago

certainly not affordable housing

Anonymous
2 years ago

What’s more pressing?.. a whole lot of raggedyass streets that needs fixing.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Welp, once again, City of Miami lacks leadership.

But hey, at least you can easily park your two cars in your 1000 SF condo.

Anonymous
2 years ago

No vision, that’s all…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Mayor Gimenez is probably involved in this.

Anonymous
2 years ago

well. it is kind of a catch 22 isn’t it? on the one hand i guess you could argue the those project can wait, however the approval process take so long, you might as well begin anyways, its like a 5 year permit process, so just start! but killing it makes it take even longer, it’s more important to define those boundaries now before development gobbles it up.

Yohan Perez
2 years ago

People all over Miami will benefit. Not just the home owners on the waterfront. Anyone from suburbs can park nearby and ride a bike or walk all along the entire continuous stretch of this baywalk if built. This is not just for the benefit of downtown residents.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I really wanted to walk on the boardwalk and riverwalk to get to places across downtown.

Yohan Perez
2 years ago

Vote these putrid sons of bitches out.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Simpletons without any vision at all. That’s what they are. Miami will never get close to being regarded as a “great” city with idiots like these in power.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Clueless useless “leaders”…!!!!…until people start actually paying attention to what’s happening in the city they live instead of the kardashians we are doomed

Anonymous
2 years ago

More pressing needs? You mean like pocketing money for their family’s lifestyle? Fat chance anything will be done to actually increase the quality of life of their constituents, because that will facilitate gentrification and cost them guaranteed votes as career politicians. Why do you think so much of urban America has remained poor while elected officials have been in office for decades constantly race baiting when questioned about ethics?

Anonymous
2 years ago

We should pour more money into transit drivers who never show up to work!

Let’s just waste the money elsewhere! Do these new commissioners have any extended family looking for government jobs? The Baywalk and Riverwalk money was just allocated to hiring someone to file their nails in the government center!

Oscar
2 years ago

You’re complaining about two different governments. The transit workers is a County Government issue whereas the Baywalk / Riverwalk is a City one.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Which shows exactly the extra layers of waste we have in this small area.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Jorge, really want a legacy? Complete the Baywalk like you said, and become part of Miami lore.

Magazine
2 years ago

The only way things change is if you hold these scumbags accountable. Every single person that believes this is a terrible decision needs to email these commissioners.

jcarollo@miamigov.com
mreyes@miamigov.com
fsuarez@miamigov.com

http://www.miamigov.com/home/cityofficials.html

Judith Anderson
2 years ago

Thank you Ken Russel for standing up for quality of our Miami living experience and bayfront/riverfront access. Miamian’s celebrate the rejuvenation of the River while protecting the heritage. Disappointed in our new commissioners stand. Please rethink. People are with you!

Anonymous
2 years ago

New Commissioners Say There Are More Pressing Needs Than Baywalk, Riverwalk

Yeah, like connecting Miami Beach to mainland Miami via BayLink.

Miami
2 years ago

They want to use the money to build the Cuban Museum!

Baywalk needs support.
2 years ago

These two novice commissioners are incredibly ignorant. Dolts. Another novice commish is MIA as he uses City pay check to run for higher office.

Mondocondo
2 years ago

Just trying to figure out how the “public” will be able to access a baywalk along Edgewater? No nearby parks, or public parking except west of Biscayne blvd. One metro mover station at 14th St. Seems like it may be a little more complicated, and costly. Nice amenity for the locals though. Cheers.

Anonymous
2 years ago

There are plenty of parks and parking along the potential Baywalk–Bayfront Park, Museum Park and Margaret Pace Park, just to name a few. Bayfront and Museum Park also have quite a bit of parking around them…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Oh, and they both have pretty good Metro access, too! Cheers.

Anonymous
2 years ago

they gonna give more money to the Brickell bridge….

Anonymous
2 years ago

It would have to be FDOT who funds this, the city would only have a very minimal part in funding the construction of the tunnel.Further more since it doesn’t create an economic impact in the eyes of our crappy governor it probably won’t happen for a longgggg time.